UCLA is one of the most competitive universities in the United States to gain admittance to. There were more than 86,000 applicants for the fall 2014 semester. The school generally admits one out of every five freshmen applicants and gets more competitive with each subsequent year.
The admission review process at UCLA looks at eight different criteria for each applicant. Among that criteria is achievement in college preparatory work, personal qualities, contribution to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus, performance on standardized tests, performance in academic enrichment programs, other evidence of achievement, opportunities and challenges. Evidence of excellence in these areas in an applicant's academic record and their personal statement are important for admission.