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The Regents Scholarship Program was established by the Regents of the University of California in 1962, and represents one of the highest honors awarded to a student at the University. Regents scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and exceptional promise. Although the Financial Aid Office administers the Regents Scholarship Program on the UCLA campus, financial need is not used as a criteria in the selection process.

UCLA awards up to 100 Regents scholarships each year to entering and transfer students and currently has a total of 450 Regents scholars enrolled at UCLA.

The UCLA Regents Scholarship program is unique to the UCLA campus, therefore, the award cannot be transferred to other UC campuses.

Selection Process

  • The top 1.5% of the entering freshmen applicant pool are invited by the Faculty Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes and the Financial Aid Scholarship Office to compete for the UCLA Regents scholarship.

    (approximately 1000 entering freshmen are invited to compete each year)

  • Letters of invitation are mailed to students during the first week of February.

  • UCLA has, historically, chosen the top 1.5% of the entering freshmen applicant pool to compete for the Regents scholarship.

  • Approximately 600 transfer students are invited to compete for the Regents scholarship each year and have, historically, maintained a cumulative 4.0 GPA at their prior colleges.

  • The UCLA Faculty Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes selects the scholars after a rigorous review of each student’s academic performance, quality of the essay, the quality of the student’s extra-curricular activities, letters of recommendation, personal achievement rankings (as determined by the Admissions Office), life’s hardships, and additional distinctive personal achievements.

Monetary Award and Tenure of Scholarship

  • Entering freshmen are awarded a four-year scholarship (12 straight academic quarters not including summer).

  • Entering transfer students are awarded a two-year scholarship (6 academic quarters not including summer).

  • All Regents scholars are considered for a $2000 honorarium regardless of financial need.

  • If a Regents scholar has additional financial need beyond the $2000 honorarium, the scholar will be awarded university scholarships and/or grants to cover the remainder of the scholar’s need.

    • The Regents scholarship need-based award is determined annually and is designed to supplement the Cal Grant A or B programs, Pell Grant award and other outside scholarship awards.

  • Regents scholars are required to report additional outside financial assistance and/or outside scholarships awards to the Financial Aid Scholarship Office.

Maintaining Eligibility for the Regents Scholarship

  • Scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA during all quarters of attendance to retain the Regents scholarship.

  • Scholars are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units/ quarter during their tenure as a Regents scholar and must make satisfactory progress towards a baccalaureate degree. Students must notify the Scholarship Office of any change in academic status, such as taking less than the required 12 units per quarter, dropping below a 3.0 or if they are planning to take an approved leave of absence.

  • The Scholarship office performs an annual academic review of all scholars.

Special Privileges

Preferential Pre-Enrollment:

  • Preferred early enrollment will be offered beginning with the second quarter after appointment as a Regents scholar. Information will be sent to you before each quarter begins.


  • Entering freshmen Regents scholars are guaranteed housing in the University residence hall for four years and Transfer Regents scholars are guaranteed two years of university housing. A separate housing application must be submitted by the published deadline.

Parking Privileges:

  • All Regents scholars who apply by the appropriate deadlines are guaranteed campus parking. Students must complete and submit an application with the UCLA Parking Services Office.

Regents Scholars Society:

  • All Regents scholars are eligible to join the Regents Scholar Society and are strongly encouraged to establish membership in this official campus organization.

  • Official Regents Scholar Society Web-site:

Undergraduate Scholarship Office

Alejandra Ramirez

Regents Scholarship Coordinator
A-128 Murphy Hall
Phone: (310) 206-9323
Fax: (310) 206-5530

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