University of California - Los Angeles Reviews

  • 98 Reviews
  • Los Angeles (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $42,218
94% of 98 students said this degree improved their career prospects
99% of 98 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Jeff DeFazio
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2019
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2006
"My experience at UCLA was nothing but positive. I loved everything about it: the culture, the location in the center of Los Angeles, the beauty of the campus, the people, and the high quality education. I majored in mechanical engineering. I was tough! This is not a school or a program for those looking to cruise through school. You need to work hard your entire time you are there. UCLA was on the quarter system. The great part of this system is the variety of classes you took. Every year, you had three sets of classes not just two as with a traditional semester system. The downside of this system was that you constantly felt like you were studying for a test. With each quarter only 10 weeks long, your first midterms could be as early as three weeks after classes started. UCLA is a very large school. My number one piece of advice is to make it small. Join a club, go to sporting events, generally just find people you enjoy being around. For me, my outlet was a student engineering project organization. This program became a second educator for me. Supplementing my intense theoretical studies in engineering school, was the Society of Automotive Engineering and their Mini-Baja project. I learned real world applications for all the theory I was learning in class. I learned how to machine, how to weld, practical applications of stress analysis and most importantly how to work in an engineering team, a skill critical to success in a professional environment. Leadership and teamwork is critical to success outside of a school environment and the combination of in-class theory and practical training through engineering projects has helped me to become the successful professional I am today."
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and majored in Psychology and minored in Education Studies and Chicana/o Studies. I will first start off with UCLA in general. UCLA is a beautiful campus with many coffee shops to do your homework in. One of my favorite things at UCLA was the facts that libraries become open for 24 hours during finals week! This is helpful if you can't concentrate at home/dorm/apartment. UCLA also offers a free laptop loaning program for students for a certain number of hours. You need the laptop for a little longer? Renew it online! One thing about UCLA is that it also runs on the quarter system. This means you have classes for 10 weeks only. It goes by pretty fast and I personally prefer it over the semester system (which feels like an eternity to me). The services that you get at UCLA are pretty dependent on the program you are in. Advisors in the Education and Chicana/o Studies departments were very sweet and helpful! They created an environment where you can always ask them questions about your schedule, minor/major classes, and advice. On the other hands, advisors in the psychology department were always busy. Sessions were 15 minutes only."
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"UCLA is a wonderful school that is committed to making significant strides in the field of research. This school is very academics driven and you will definitely put work in. This school is not a walk in the park, but the skills you learn through your classes are something you will take with you for the rest of your life."
Jacqueline Cowan
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2019
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"UCLA is one of the top Universities in the world and offers a variety of courses that allow students to discover their true passion. I initially went into UCLA as a pre-med student and after taking some of the pre requisite courses I found myself in agony. Thankfully, UCLA offers great guidance counselors to help students figure out the right path for themselves if they aren't on it initially. I also highly recommend UCLA's AAP program. AAP offers free tutoring to those who are registered to it, as well as an entire community that will be by your side from the start of your degree to the end. I enjoyed every moment of my undergraduate studies there and could not think of a more diverse and stimulating college. In addition, the campus holds little to be desired as it has gorgeous architecture and sculpture gardens and fountains to name a few."
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2019
  • Degree: Cultural Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"UCLA is an exceptional school filled with phenomenal students. Sometimes, however, that can make one feel really small and insignificant. Everyone there was valedictorian or at least in their Top 10. Everyone there had UCLA as their dream school, or their backup school because they had their sights set on Harvard or some other Ivy League (me included--I wanted to go to University of Pennsylvania). With everyone being so smart and trained to study well already, it is common to feel like a small fish in a big pond. I took both "north campus" (Humanities) and "south campus" (STEM) classes, so I feel as though I have a pretty good idea of the entire campus (with the exception of specialized majors like the Arts or Engineering). With that said, each class and professor varies. Most professors are incredibly tough graders and expect you to understand everything much quicker than maybe one is ready for--but that does not mean that they're bad professors; as a student a couple of years out of undergrad, I realize that UCLA is tough on you so that anything in the real world (work, graduate school) is so much easier than it is for others. Honestly, I had an awful time at UCLA. It is hard to balance classes, a social life, work, lab, and extracurricular activities. I was frustrated and depressed at times. But now that I'm out and about to start a new master's program, I feel so well-equipped for whatever the program is going to throw at me. I have been working as a lab manager/research assistant for the past two years, and even that job came to me much easier than I thought it would (and from what I've been told, I have been one of the better lab managers for this professor over the last 10 or so years). This school is extremely competitive, but it will really kick you into gear to make sure you can do anything once you're finished. In hindsight, I really appreciate everything UCLA has done for me."
My-Linh Le
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2019
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"The years I spent at UCLA are still some of the best years of my life. I was lucky to have studied there when I did, when Dance was still part of the World Arts and Culture Department. The faculty was filled with brilliant, inspiring people, the students I had classes with were very smart. I enjoyed the balance of competitive and fun/relaxed environment. There was always new and exciting things to do at UCLA."
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2019
  • Degree: ESL
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"This was the best school that I have ever attended. UCLA's system of delivery worked perfectly for me while I was living in Japan. There was a nice balance between papers, quizzes, lesson plans, and technical assignments. The professors were top-notch, professional and always available. I worked hard on my assignments but I still had time for my job and family. I found the interaction between the students and the professors to be fascinating."
Valerie Powers
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2019
  • Degree: Religious Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"UCLA was a fantastic experience! It's amazing to be surrounded by so many talented individuals, who are brilliant, driven, and have a big vision for changing the world! I would highly recommend UCLA for many reasons. 1. The campus is absolutely beautiful. Nestled in the hills of Westwood, it's off the beaten path of the craziness of LA, but still in the heart of a vast array of internship, research, or mentee opportunities. 2. You are learning from professors who are literally the top 1% of their field! Sometimes they are so intelligent that it can actually complicate the way they communicate material, so lean on your TAs, classmates, and sometimes supplemental material. 3. Having UCLA on your resume is very beneficial when job searching (unless you're interviewing with someone who went to USC)! :)"
Daniel Lewis
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2019
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 1997
"UCLA was an amazing school with awesome professors. As an engineering student, I learned not only the theory but had many opportunities to practice my skills in the lab, on various projects, and in groups with others. Although many of the lower division class sizes were large, once I got further along in my engineering degree, I got to know the professors better and experience their mentoring as it helped me grow into my career. The nice thing about UCLA outside of academics is that there are so many programs available for students to get involved. I had been in the marching band all through high school and I was excited to be able to continue that opportunity in college. Since engineering was so cerebral, music was my creative outlet (and, really, who doesnt like the high energy excitement of a stadium full of fans cheering!). It was fun to be part of a culture of comradery and friendship. Although UCLA is located in the greater Los Angeles area, it is definitely in a nice area. Westwood has great shops, restaurants and bars and fun things to do. I worked in Westwood and always felt safe walking from my apartment to work no matter what time of day. It is located close to the beach (unless you try to leave during rush hour), close to the mountains, and close to all types of city life. It has been a long time since Ive been to the campus so there has probably been a lot that has changed. But, the name of the school travels far and wide when it comes to getting jobs! I had so many offers when I graduated, it was hard to decide. Go Bruins!"
  • Reviewed: 10/31/2018
  • Degree: Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"One of the worst schools to get your Master's from. The graduate program has professors who absolutely do not care if students are learning and getting a value for the money they invested in the program. People from inferior colleges get better jobs than someone graduating from this university in this program. The program is ridiculously difficult when nothing that they teach, except Steel Design, gets applied unless you get into a firm designing tall buildings but not many firms do that. Not diverse enough, professors are biased. PhD students will have an unfair advantage in getting a full GPA."