Why Choose UCLA?

Located in the “world city” of Los Angeles, UCLA Luskin is a living laboratory that tackles problems facing communities around the block and across the globe. The School’s multidisciplinary faculty are known for policy-relevant research on a wide range of issues such as immigration, criminal justice, health care, global poverty, child well-being, education policy, environmental justice, transportation, and climate change. UCLA Luskin has for decades produced master’s and doctoral graduates in Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy, and offered several undergraduate minors. The Public Affairs B.A. greatly expands undergraduate access to the School’s world-class resources and scholarship.

General Information



Information for Transfer Students

Applicants should use the Transfer Admission Guide in conjunction with www.assist.org (for California Community College Students) and www.transferology.com to determine which specific courses you should be taking at your institution. This guide is not a substitute or replacement for your college counselor, who can advise you about requirements for multiple universities. Transfer students must be admitted into the pre-major upon their admission into UCLA to be eligible to pursue the Public Affairs major. Transfer students who were not admitted into the pre-major are not eligible for the major.

UCLA is committed to being a transfer-friendly institution. A strong academic preparation and performance make you a more competitive candidate during the admission review process. See page 30 of the Transfer Admission Guide for the Public Affairs guidelines and articulation agreements.

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Luskin School of Public Affairs Open House for Admitted Transfer Students

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs welcomes admitted transfer students and their families to UCLA!

Join us at the virtual UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Open House on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 9:00am – 1:00pm (PST) to learn more about the Public Affairs major, experiential learning capstone experience, and opportunities available to transfer students. The Public Affairs Open House will operate on a drop-in basis where admitted transfer students can speak with Luskin academic counselors and current public affairs majors about the Public Affairs curriculum, involvement, and other opportunities.

To attend the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Open House, please register here.

If you are unable to attend the Open House, we invite you to schedule an appointment with a Public Affairs academic counselor. Please contact undergraduateinfo@luskin.ucla.eu with questions or to schedule a meeting with a Public Affairs academic counselor.


Information for Freshmen

To be considered for admission to UCLA as a freshman, you must fulfill the academic subject and test requirements. We understand that UCLA’s subject requirements may be difficult for some applicants to meet due to differences in school curricula. All applications for admission are reviewed within the context of courses available to them.

High school students interested in the UCLA Luskin Public Affairs major should complete the general UC application and select Public Affairs as a pre-major preference.

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Luskin School of Public Affairs Open House for Admitted Freshmen

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs welcomes admitted freshmen and their families to UCLA!

Join us at the virtual UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Open House on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 3:00pm – 4:00pm (PST) to learn more about the Public Affairs major and the opportunities available to undergraduate students. The event will feature the Dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs, Chair of the Public Affairs Undergraduate Program, the Public Affairs Students Services team, and a facilitated panel of current Public Affairs students. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask faculty, staff, and student panelists questions about the major and student life.

Missed this event? You can still watch the webinar and access the resource shared by registering here!

Please contact undergraduateinfo@luskin.ucla.edu with questions or to schedule a meeting with a Public Affairs academic counselor.