Mindful that you're a student-athlete—and not just a student—we offer you the 4th Annual STACK Elite 50 Colleges, a ranking of the best schools for academically-minded athletes. After months of crunching numbers [wins, losses, championships, school rankings, academic progress and more], we improved on our prior years' compilations to help you choose a school with the right balance of academics and athletics.
UCLA earns this year's #6 position.
Total Points: 58.21
Top-15 Ranked Sports: 11
U.S. News Rank: 25
WHY THEY'RE ON TOP
The Bruins are gradually clawing their way back toward the Top 5, thanks to their women's strong performances in the Elite 50 sport-specific rankings for soccer , softball , golf  and tennis .
Ranked Sports: Women's Golf , Women's Soccer , Softball , Women's Tennis , Men's Tennis , Men's Basketball , Women's Track & Field , Men's Soccer , Men's Golf , Volleyball  and Baseball 
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Year founded: 1919
Percentage of freshmen in top 10% of their graduating class: 97
Application fee: $60
Acceptance rate: 23%
Average GPA of incoming freshmen: 4.2
Male/female ratio: 45/55
Student/faculty ratio: 16/1
Percentage of students from out of state: 10
Tuition: $8,228 for residents; $29,897 out of state
Dr. Vu T. Tran, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951436
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1436
National championships: 104 [71 men, 33 women]
Longest coaching tenure: Al Scates, Men's Volleyball, 48 years
Nearest professional team: Los Angeles Dodgers [MLB], 19 miles
Notable alumni: Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, iconic actor James Dean, actors Jack Black and Ben Stiller, NBA players Trevor Ariza and Baron Davis, MLB All-Star Chase Utley, NFL RB Maurice Jones-Drew, former sports greats Troy Aikman, Arthur Ashe, Reggie Miller, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Jackie Robinson
Fast fact: Who wants to go to UCLA? Apparently, everybody. Each year, the school leads the U.S. in total number of applicants, and students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Still, 90 percent of UCLA students are from California.
Go to elite50.stack.com to read more on UCLA and the rest of the STACK Elite 50 Colleges.
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