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Not all valedictorians are created equal.

When Kaylin Portillo Chavez ’20 entered high school in Fresno, her family was homeless, taking refuge in friends’ homes for two years. Inspired by a hard-working and motivating mother, she applied her smarts to achieve through adversity. Kaylin graduated valedictorian of her class and earned admission to UCLA.

Thanks to scholarship support, she was able to take her place among the Bruins. “I could not be here without the support of donors,” she says. The first-generation college student, who calls her first year at UCLA life changing, is studying political science and plans to practice law and help fight injustice in impoverished areas.

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Infographic: As reported in the NY Times

UCLA ranks number one for upward mobility.

The New York Times ranked UCLA number one out of 64 top-tier colleges for creating upward mobility for alumni. This recent report placed UCLA highly in a number of categories.

When college graduates gain greater economic status, their communities, the economy, and all of us prosper.

As reported in the New York Times. January 2017. UCLA ranks #1 out of 64 top-tier colleges for the number of graduates who move up two or more levels. 24% of UCLA graduates move up two or more levels. Of 64 top-tier colleges, UCLA ranks among the highest for the number of students moving from the lowest to the highest level. Source: The Equality of Opportunity Project.
As reported in The New York Times. January 2017. UCLA ranks #1 out of 64 top-tier colleges for the number of graduates who move up two or more levels. 24% of UCLA graduates move up two or more levels.
 
Of 64 top-tier colleges, UCLA ranks among the highest for the number of students moving from the lowest to the highest level. Source: The Equality of Opportunity Project.