University of California - Los Angeles Reviews
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UCLA provided me with an excellent education that enables me to apply what I learned to new areas of work and to learning new things. The professors are first rate, they are interested in you and they are thoroughly engaged in what they are teaching. There are opportunities to meet students from all over the world and to travel abroad.
What is not to love about being a UCLA Bruin. Just walking the campus brings immediate pride. The Sociology professors are experts and very knowledgeable. The material is interesting. The most challenging courses for me were statistics and Sociological theories. I preferred the core classes. As a Disability Studies minor, i was the first to graduate with this minor and I appreciated the perspectives offered in this course. It went very well with Sociology.
UCLA offered classes that spans the array from truly academic to vastly theoretic. As a student, you have the ability to take classes across every field, including graduate level classes that feed your interest. The students are truly the most eclectic bunch, from the artists seeking film and television in Hollywood, to the die hard foreign students that traveled across the ocean for the opportunity. My personal experience was very good. I enjoyed all of my classes, except a few of my basic economic and math classes. Unfortunately, there were a lot teaching assistants that spoke English as a second language which made some of my classes a little more difficult than anticipated. Other than that, UCLA offers a variety of classes and since graduating, I have found the graduate network truly amazing. I'm currently building up my local network and have found that the alums in the area are ready to mix and mingle with others.
UCLA was the only university that I applied to and I was lucky to be admitted. UCLA was a challenging and rigorous academic environment. The quarter system squeezed the time available to cover the necessary subject manner. You definitely had to learn time management. I was an Economics major because there was not an undergraduate Business Administration major. However, there were several Business and Accounting classes that were available. I was an Economics major because I wanted to major in something that I thought might lead to a job in the business world. While this background was helpful in obtaining my initial jobs in the business world, the longer I was out of school the more I realized that the ability to problem solve and interact with people were critical components for success, and traits that could be received through many majors. I have maintained friendships with my Sophmore roommate all of these years. I have had season football tickets since 1975 and have served in leadership positions in the Alumni Association. The longer that you are away from UCLA the more you appreciate it and the more that you want to give back!
I entered the program just as the transition to microcomputers was getting underway. In addition to my excellent systems classes, the team assignments and projects were very useful for my professional career as a consultant, where a lot of the job was collaboration with various end-users and the IT department.
UCLA was the best decision that I could have made. I was out of state so the tuition was the same as attending a private university elsewhere. The campus is lovely, the students engaged and the teaching staff was always available to answer questions and help guide me on my journey. UCLA is the total package school, a world class education with exciting sports and all the life that Los Angeles has to offer. I will always cherish the four years I spent there and the people I met. Go BRUINS!
I earned my degree in the department of Community Health Sciences. My courses prepared me for entering the public health workforce. The internship/field work was a great real world experience. I felt supported by other students as well as professors and advisors. I built life-long personal and professional relationships during my time at UCLA SPH.
UCLA offers an excellent doctoral program in environmental science and engineering. The program is designed for people who wish to make a real practical difference in the environmental arena, as leaders of environmental think tanks or similar organizations. The program accepts people with master's degrees in a wide range of areas, and graduates people who have completed a dissertation in a real-world application, rather than in a lab doing theoretical work or paper studies. The graduates have studied enough variety of subjects to converse intelligibly with lawyers, engineers, chemists, biologists, and anyone who might be involved in the environmental arena.
I have a degree B.S. Applied Physics. This major prepared me for many opportunities I the field of science, where a degree in let say electrical or any other engineering would have restricted me in selecting other jobs. Also if you think about it, at the age of 18 a person does not really know what he is interested in. Majoring in physics really encouraged one in to think and reason instead of memorizing. It was funny that my first boss looked at my records and said: "I see you have a degree in physics, what would you like to do?" As it turned out at the end I wound up designing optical systems which, I enjoyed very much and did for 26 years.
Spending four years at UCLA to get my bachelor's was the best choice I made. It is such a vibrant school, full of energetic and curious individuals doing so many different things. I came from a small private high school of 750 students total, but was able to find a niche in such a large student body.