UCLA is addressing student-funding issues in several
ways. Increasing fellowship resources through gifts and endowments
is now a major priority of the development campaign. Faculty are
seeking training grants from federal agencies and private foundations
to provide additional support. The Graduate Council, Graduate Division
and special campus committees are exploring ways to use existing
resources more effectively to enhance competitiveness. Construction
has begun on a graduate-student housing complex, with the initial
phase scheduled for occupancy in Fall 2004. These efforts are designed
to enhance our capacity to recruit and retain the best graduate
TO DOCTORAL PROGRAMS typically approach five or more universities.
UCLA is competing with a select group of research universities for
the very best students — Berkeley, Stanford, University of
Chicago, Caltech, Princeton, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern
and Columbia, to name a few. Among doctoral students admitted to
UCLA in Fall 2001, 48 percent were admitted to at least one other
UC campus and 86 percent were admitted to non-UC programs.
A student’s decision about where he or she
will do doctoral studies is primarily influenced by academic factors.
They seek a program with a solid academic reputation — of
which UCLA has an abundance — one that offers areas of specialization
relevant to their interests and the opportunity to work with particular
faculty. Next in importance is the amount and type of financial
support, including guarantees that support will continue throughout
the time required to complete the degree. Other notable factors
include location of the campus, availability of affordable housing,
presence of diverse faculty and students, size of the degree program,
time to degree and job-placement success.
conducted by the UC Office of the President (UCOP) in 2001 asked
1,084 Ph.D. applicants admitted to both a UC and a non-UC campus
how they reached a decision on which to attend. Respondents rated
both UCLA and competitor campuses excellent on academic factors,
and students were not likely to choose another program for this
reason alone. Rather, the decision of students who chose not to
accept UCLA’s offer often was based largely on economic considerations.