Universities in Los Angeles, USA
- Rankings & Reviews -

Los Angeles
13 out of 17
  • Universities in Los Angeles
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
32
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Los Angeles
  • (25 institution and 7 subject rankings)
28
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Los Angeles
  • Among TOP 200

Los Angeles, the city of angels, is of course best known for being the epicentre of the entertainment industry, but is also a city that has something to offer for many different kinds of people.

Many neighbourhoods in Los Angeles are connected by what are known as ‘secret staircases’, which have been inherited by the city from a time before mass transportation, and they offer a way to get to know the city more intimately.

Some other lesser known attractions are Echo Park Lake and the Botanical Garden at Huntington Library, great places for those who want to relax far away from the huge crowds often associated with L.A.

PROS

  • Since Los Angeles is a city that dedicates itself to the entertainment business, you can find all manner of performance entertainment, whether it be music, plays, or comedy. The city has a long-standing reputation for attracting aspiring artists.

  • L.A is the place to be for all those who are looking to make contacts and connections in the entertainment industry, but that’s not all L.A is. For the rest of us who don’t dream of being on the big screen, L.A offers large municipal parks, observatories, and a vibrant nightlife scene, and much more.

  • Students who belong to universities participating in the U-Pass program are entitled to a transit pass, which gives unlimited usage of all Metro services in L.A. For many learners this will be a crucial money-saver, so it’s recommended to get it as soon as possible.

CONS

  • Many residents of Los Angeles advise newcomers to try to find an apartment in the area that you will most often need to be during your day-to-day routine, as the public transport isn’t very reliable, or affordable. If you don’t do this, you may spend a good portion of your day commuting.

  • Rent prices are generally high. The most expensive areas for housing are Santa Monica, Venice, and Beverly Hills. In general, better rental prices can be found in San Fernando Valley (or just ‘the Valley’ for the locals.

  • Living in Los Angeles is not realistic on minimum wage, so it’s recommended to try to arrange your work situation prior to arrival.

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Los Angeles, USA

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Los Angeles
  • 29 Mar, 2021: Publication of US News: Best Grad Schools (US) (Medicine - Research). University of California, Los Angeles with highest ranking among universities in Los Angeles ranked #3.
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Publication of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. University of California, Los Angeles with highest ranking among universities in Los Angeles ranked #18.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK published most recent results of QS World University Rankings By Subject (Art & Design). Includes 47 universities from Los Angeles.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Publication of UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities. University of California, Los Angeles with highest ranking among universities in Los Angeles ranked #12.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Los Angeles

Communication & Media Studies
#2 
University of Southern California
History
#5 
University of California, Los Angeles
Medicine
#7 
University of California, Los Angeles
English Language & Literature
#9 
University of California, Los Angeles
Molecular Biology & Genetics
#10 
University of California, Los Angeles
Statistics
#14 
University of California, Los Angeles
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
#16 
University of California, Los Angeles
Library & Information Management
#37 
University of California, Los Angeles
Art & Design
#46 
University of California, Los Angeles
Agriculture
#67 
University of California, Los Angeles

Rankings of universities in Los Angeles, USA 2021

  • #26 
  • #26 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #15 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #16 
  • #36 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


  • #19 
  • #19 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #27 
  • #53 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #34 
  • #121 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


  • #90 
  • #89 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #445 
  • #626 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #347 
  • #2007 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (443 reviews)
  • #100 
  • #100 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #356 
  • #582 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #329 
  • #1892 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

  • #433 
  • #401 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #370 
  • #590 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #238 
  • #1281 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


  • #250 
  • #252 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #557 
  • #3320 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #246 
  • #252 
MONEY Best Colleges
[Published 25 August, 2020]

  • #186 
  • #452 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #447 
  • #2555 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #280 
  • #2016 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]


  • #230 
  • #242 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]
  • #1270 
  • #7189 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #410 
  • #435 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]
  • #1038 
  • #6308 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #893 
  • #5729 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #1365 
  • #7702 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #1491 
  • #8427 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #1720 
  • #11481 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#14

American Film Institute Conservatory

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (62 reviews)
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#15

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (50 reviews)
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#16

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (2995 reviews)

#17

School of Business, California Trinity University


Student Opinions About Studying in Los Angeles

“The locals here avoid the most touristy beaches and instead prefer beaches like El Matador, Cabrillo, Topanga and Abalone Cove. These are great ways to relax in this busy city without having to deal with huge crowds of tourists.”

“I made the mistake of not selecting my apartment based on the location of my university, so I ended up commuting for 2 hours every day which I really wish I could have avoided. Overall though the city is very alive and offers plenty of events and opportunities for connecting with people involved in the entertainment industry.”

“It can be hard to make friends in L.A sometimes because it seems like most people are mainly worried about advancing their careers and not much else. If you’re studying, make sure you take advantage of the clubs and societies available on your campus for meeting like-minded people, but if you’re not studying there are plenty of Facebook groups you can join with this purpose in mind.”

Los Angeles Key Facts for International Students

Population: 3793000

Elevation: 89 m. above sea level

Time: GMT -8

District/province: California, Los Angeles County

Living costs for students in Los Angeles:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 90* (10% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 85* (15% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 91* (9% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 5.74 US$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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FAQ

University of California, Los Angeles ranks #1 in Los Angeles in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Los Angeles University of California, Los Angeles is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 46 rankings where University of California, Los Angeles is listed.

University of Southern California is ranked best in Los Angeles for Journalism & Media Studies (Communication & Media Studies). See all rankings for the University of Southern California.

University of California, Los Angeles is ranked best in Los Angeles for Social Studies & Humanities (History). See all rankings for the University of California, Los Angeles.

University of California, Los Angeles is ranked best in Los Angeles for Medicine & Health (Medicine). See all rankings for the University of California, Los Angeles.

University of California, Los Angeles is ranked best in Los Angeles for Languages & Literature (English Language & Literature). See all rankings for the University of California, Los Angeles.

University of California, Los Angeles is ranked best in Los Angeles for Natural Sciences (Molecular Biology & Genetics). See all rankings for the University of California, Los Angeles.

University of California, Los Angeles is ranked best in Los Angeles for Mathematics (Statistics). See all rankings for the University of California, Los Angeles.

University of California, Los Angeles is ranked best in Los Angeles for Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering). See all rankings for the University of California, Los Angeles.

University of California, Los Angeles is ranked best in Los Angeles for Computer Science (Library & Information Management). See all rankings for the University of California, Los Angeles.

University of California, Los Angeles is ranked best in Los Angeles for Arts Visual & Performing (Art & Design). See all rankings for the University of California, Los Angeles.

University of California, Los Angeles is ranked best in Los Angeles for Agriculture (Agriculture). See all rankings for the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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Forbes

Criteria used in ranking -America's Best Value Colleges 2019:
Rank on Forbes 2018 Top Colleges ranking 20%
Student debt 20%
Alumni earnings 20%
Net price 20%
Graduation rate 10%
Pell Grant recipients 10%

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Kiplinger

Criteria used in ranking -Kiplinger's Best College Values:
Quality Criteria 55%
Cost Criteria 45%

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MONEY

Criteria used in ranking -MONEY 50 Best Public Colleges:
Quality of education 33.33%
Affordability 33.33%
Outcomes 33.33%

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Criteria used in ranking -MONEY Best Colleges:
Quality of education 33.33%
Affordability 33.33%
Outcomes 33.33%

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Criteria used in ranking -MONEY Colleges That Add the Most Value:
Quality of education 33.33%
Affordability 33.33%
Outcomes 33.33%

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU North America:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

Payscale

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Wallstreet Journal USA & THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings:
Outcomes 40% (employability)
Resources 30%
Engagement 20% (teaching)
Environment 10% (diversity)

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Washington Monthly

Criteria used in ranking -National Universities:
Social Mobility 33.33%
Research 33.33%
Community and National Service 33.33%

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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