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January 2018CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Great economics professors. Location is amazing. Opportunity to succeed/excel as a transfer student.

Downers

Recreation department is abysmal. Social scene is lacking unless you're in a greek life. Courses are academically geared in the economics major, despite the fact that most graduates will be going directly into a business career after school.

Comments

As an economics major, spend time and seek resources focusing on career development, although these opportunities are somewhat lacking at UCLA.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Couldn't have picked a better undergrad school”
November 2017FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Accessibility of professors. Even in larger classes professors make themselves available and love office hours

If you want to do anything that has anything to do with research, this is an incredible school. You'll learn to approach problems in a completely different way, something that will help you in virtually any career that you choose

Downers

Cost - if you're out of state in particular tuition can be out of control, and has a habit of rising all four years

Once you're committed to a major it can be difficult to transfer

Housing and parking are predictably hard to come by off campus, and are really expensive on

Very competitive scene on south campus. If you're in the sciences or engineering come prepared.

Comments

I would highly recommend this school. It's an elite university, and even though it doesn't come with the casual grading styles of schools like Harvard and Stanford you'll learn in a way you never thought possible in an incredibly fun city. Job prospects for graduates are a huge positive as well.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Something for everyone”
March 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Variety of classes; strong psychology program; great parties; diversity of students

Downers

Big undergraduate classes, particularly the first and second years, but persisting through fourth year

Comments

I'd suggest a visit - the campus is beautiful and you will probably get a sense walking around whether it's the right fit for you

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

a little general, sometimes feel like I'm lost amongst the shuffle, class sizes: not as big as I expected, professors extremely intelligent, many research opportunities

Quality of Life

FOOD IS AMAZING, housing is great, cost of living is mediocre, neighborhood is incredible: you can't get any nicer than belair/hollywood, facilities are top of the line, architecture is beautiful, my overall happiness increased by 1000 when I began attending UCLA

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Lots of the lower division classes for life science majors are the same so it's nice to have the option to switch majors and it's nice to have many people in your classes.

Quality of Life

The dining is amazing. When I go home for breaks I actually start to miss the dining hall food. i never feel unsafe on campus and see people I know all over the place.

Admissions

Personal statements were very important, however the questions were broad enough that you could bend what you want to write about to make it fit. The application was pretty general.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

small class sizes from my major, difficult work load, interesting subjects

Quality of Life

sorority house- reasonable cost, delicious dining hall food, safe campus, GREAT :)

Admissions

UC application, essays, regular decision, scholarships (merit), financial aid- need based

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

High focus on a balance between academics and research. Various major degree requirements, depending on department. Lectures ranging from 60-300 and discussions ranging from 10-20 people in a class. College Academic Counseling as well as departmental counseling for individual majors.

Quality of Life

The residential housing community is a great place to live and helps foster a very comforting transition into college. Campus is gorgeous and walking distance from residential halls. Crime is rare.

Admissions

Common Application with Essays

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

For my major a supplemental application was required which included an interview, audition and extra personal statement

Level

4

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The number and scope of GE classes varies within UCLA but in the College of Letters and Science, there are a total of 50-60 required non-major classes. the major requirements are very straightforward for science majors and there is a little more wiggle room for arts and humanities majors. While classes can be large and competitive, there are many ways in which to ensure a satisfactory grade: Discussion sections are held once a week and led by TA's. These sections are much smaller in size and are excellent review tools. Also, both the TA's and the professors themselves are required to hold office hours which is when students can come by and ask about the material and get assistance if necessary. Tutoring is available for most lower division classes. I have yet to be in a class that wasn't graded fairly: If you put in the effort and the hours, your grade will reflect that. Most of my professors have been extremely reasonable and well-accomplished. There are many study abroad options.

Quality of Life

Love it at UCLA! I'm going on my second year living in the super-social residence halls. I'm in a triple, which is tight but much cheaper and easier to get into than a double. Cost of room and board seems steep, but I'm not a fair gauge because I've never had to pay for my own lodging or what have you before coming to college. The campus itself is very safe and kept extremely clean and well-maintained and would certainly appear to be the Ivy school of the west coast. Though some of the facilities are a little dated, most are very modern. The library is the coolest. Just don't leave your laptop laying around: You still have to be smart. Most people you meet are very friendly and helpful and the unspoken attitude is to pay it forward.

Admissions

Filled out a standard application and wrote two essays well before the deadline because the website is notorious for getting bogged down. There were no interviews but select groups of students were asked to submit a third essay about a month or two after the original deadline. In April, the acceptance letters were mailed, and there was no wait-list. The acceptance packet included a rough financial aid estimate that held mostly true when my official aid offer came. There are scholarships based on both merit and financial aid.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

good food, good living, very safe

Admissions

Application for the UC system, regular decision, scholarship opportunities

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

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