Applying to college is no easy feat. Whether you're a high school student, a transfer student or a graduate student, the application process for any school is usually a bit stressful or intimidating. However, by following the school's guidelines and taking it step by step, applying to a school like UCLA shouldn't be too difficult. Whether you're about to apply or you've already submitted your application, checking on your UCLA admissions status is rather easy as well.
About UCLA Schools
UCLA stands for the University of California, Los Angeles. But it's useful to know that there are eight other schools in the University of California system and that the general application for all of these schools is the same.
However, if you want to send your application to more than one UC school, you will have to pay an additional application fee for each school you apply to. It's also important to know that each school has its out specific admissions requirements, and UCLA tends to be the most competitive.
UCLA Eligibility Requirements
If you're interested in applying to the University of California, Los Angeles, you will first need to check if you meet the basic eligibility requirements. For students applying as freshman undergraduates, it's necessary that you have:
- Subject Requirements: Two years of history/social studies, four years of English, three to four years of mathematics, two to three years of laboratory sciences, two to three years of foreign language, one year of visual and performing arts and one year of college preparatory electives.
- Standarized College-Readiness Tests: Students must submit their scores from either the ACT with the writing portion or the SAT with the essay portion. The average SAT score is a 1,365 and the average ACT score is a a 29.
- GPA Requirement: A 3.0 GPA or higher for residents and a 3.4 GPA or higher for non-residents.
- SAT Subject Tests: These are optional but may be highly encouraged depending on the program you're applying for.
How to Apply to UCLA
The University of California has its own UC application system, but you can also apply to UCLA via the Common App. Undergraduate students that are applying as freshman to UCLA will apply for the fall quarter. Applications open in August, but are due between November 1 and November 30, a year before. Once you're sure you've met the basic eligibility requirements, you'll need to gather:
- Test scores, in addition to ACT or SAT scores, you should also submit scores from any other tests you've taken, such as SAT Subject Tests, AP tests, IB tests and/or TOEFL or IELTS exams
- Social security number and/or your citizenship status
- The application essay, also referred to as "personal insight questions"
- A credit card or payment method to pay the application fee
To apply, visit the UC application, the UCLA website which has a link to the UC application or select UCLA on the Common App. If you're applying as a transfer student, you will have until January to submit all of your application materials.
How to Check Your UCLA Admissions Status
Once you submit your application, and you've done so by the deadline, you're probably wondering when you'll hear back from the UCLA admissions office regarding your application. Between March 1 and March 31 is when decisions for freshmen go out.
If it's March, and you still haven't heard any news, then you can check your UCLA application status. To do this, visit the UCLA website My Application Status page. You will need to fill in your last name, your date of birth, the city of birth you wrote on your application and your application ID.
Once you've put in all that information, click "login," and you will see information regarding your UCLA application status. If you're still not getting any definitive information, you can call the admissions office. But keep in mind that if it's still March, you will have to be patient.
- PrepScholar: UCLA ACT Scores and GPA
- PrepScholar: UCLA SAT Scores and GPA
- Campus Explorer: A Complete Guide to Navigating the UC Application Process
- Admission.ucla.edu: Applying for Admission
- UCLA.edu: Apply
- University of California: Admission Requirements
- University of California: Dates and Deadlines
- Admission.ucla.edu: My Application Status
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