University of California - Los Angeles Reviews
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I received my BA and MBA from UCLA. For the MBA program: very top notch facilities and faculty. If you want to stay in the LA area and network with its top employers, then I would shoot for here or USC. My MBA was expensive since I received little scholarship, but the contacts easily make up for the price/time. Majority of my professors (marketing MBA) had long office hours and were very friendly. I felt like I was treated far less than a little fish in a big pond and was valued more for my input (undergrad business program had many students, alot of work to stick out). Networking, academy quality, campus life, and overall experience was a solid A
UCLA provided a diverse, rich and opportunistic experience for me. They helped foster autonomy and encouraged us to explore any career avenue we were interested in and helped us explore our options before we decided to pick a career choice. The school's spirit, resources and mentors helped me get to where I am now!
I originally intended to get a Master's degree at UCLA. At that time, the Chemistry Dept. staff offered almost no feasible projects for a Master's Degree. The professors wanted PhD students only. I believe that this was due to the emphasis being placed on research. I changed to a PhD programme when my Master's project became very challenging, albeit very interesting. During my first three years I was a teaching assistant in 1st and 2nd year Chemistry courses and I received an Outstanding Teaching Award. I later worked as a Research Assistant until I received my degree. The money I earned from these assistantships plus the cancellation of tuition fees enabled me to support myself while in graduate school. I discovered that I had a talent for teaching chemistry and spent the next 50 years mainly in teaching positions. I maintained an interest in crystallographic research and assisted my husband (also a UCLA PhD crystallographer) in his research in the Chemistry Dept. of the University of Natal here in Durban, South Africa. The UCLA Chemistry Dept. was an exciting place in those days -- most of the top scientists in the USA visited or lectured. The crystallographers from Cal Tech cooperated with their UCLA counterparts and I was privileged to meet Professor Linus Pauling at those meetings. With regard to the quality of teaching, good researchers were hired but these men were not always good teachers. On the other hand, some excellent lecturers were not given tenure as their research (or personality?) was considered not up to standard. The graduate students were given no instruction about how to teach, so it was due to luck if a first year student had good instruction during the ten hours per week he/she had contact with the teaching assistant. Most of these new 1st year students were under a lot of pressure and did not seem to be having a good time. I hope that the UCLA Chemistry Dept. of today (a) hires women lecturers, (b) hires good teachers as well as good researchers, (c) provides instruction on how to teach chemistry for the new teaching assistants and (d) helps all students to discover the joy of Chemistry.
Excellent learning environment and outstanding support from professors and staff. My advisor and committee were really helpful in making the doctoral experience a unique one, where immense learning became the focus of my experience throughout. Now I am better equipped to make a contribution in the field of public health.
I absolutely loved my experience at UCLA. The teachers were engaging, challenging, and passionate about their work. My experience taught me how to navigate a new setting and truly flourish as a mature adult. I would also encourage joining the Greek community, as its network and support system completely shaped my university and occupational experience to follow.
Top notch education. The school is large, so making friends can be a challenge, but the dorm experience helps with that. The neighborhood is expensive, the in-state tuition is a bargain, but prepare to pay for parking at the grocery store, out to dinner, and everywhere else. Beautiful sculpture gardens and tons of top-notch research opportunities. The Alumni network is very active in California, and some other metro areas. This is not the school for individualized attention.
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!