University of California - Los Angeles Reviews
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As a former transfer student I commuted to campus which provides a different experience. A car rider that was 20 minute without traffic would take 2 hours at time thanks to the 405 freeway. A parking pass was very expensive, and not guaranteed but was worth it for a commuter. I eventually started taking classes at a later time to beat the morning commute and it made a great difference. The school is very transfer friendly, there is a whole transfer center and Facebook page available for resources. I was surprised as to how many students were actually transfers in my classes, as well as a mixed age variety. Although UCLA is in a great location and one of the most applied schools, I do think it is a bit overrated. Many people attend for the prestige but Westwood was very bland. I do not regret commuting at all, there was not much to do for a California native. It is still drive on the 405 to the beach, and there is only one bar of walking distance from the campus. It was not adult friendly, everything was fit to adhere to the younger population of students. The campus itself is beautiful, and safe. I had never felt scared walking back to my car no matter how late it was. Be aware that if you live around the campus the parking is horrible, so prepare for that. I loved my transfer experience at UCLA but would question if it would have been a right fit for me as a freshman.
UCLA is a great environment for undergraduate studies. The campus is stunning, attracting people from not only all corners of our country but other countries as well. While the instruction in the beginning has large lecture halls and seems a bit impersonal, when reaching your upper division coursework the classes are more intimate and the professors along with their TA's are very focused on individual progress and learning. Their engineering program was great, fun and challenging syllabi.
UCLA is a fantastic place to pursue an undergraduate degree. Located in the heart of Westwood, it has the perfect environment to have a varied breadth of experiences. There are a wide number of courses to choose from, and it is convenient to know which classes to take through bruin walk.com
I loved my time at UCLA as an undergraduate - I grew a lot as a person from being able to interact with a diverse set of students, take advantage of on-campus opportunities and challenge myself with a difficult major and a heavy courseload. I majored in Physiological science and minored in English - getting the best of both North and South campuses. Ultimately, after graduating, I realized that my intended career path into medicine was not for me but taking the science classes at UCLA I believe was still worth it. I learned a lot and I think it differentiates me from the rest in my intended career path now - into publishing.
UCLA is a renowned university that caters to all walks of life. With over 125 undergraduate majors in six different academic divisions, students can explore various subjects to find what they are most passionate about. The presence of a quarter system enables students to maximize the number of classes they may take in an academic year to either complete their degree in a timelier fashion or explore additional courses that may peak their interest. The comradery amongst classmates and colleagues fosters a sense of teamwork and support amongst students, ensuring the academic excellence of the students. In addition to the diverse academic course offerings, UCLA is an inclusive university that respects and takes pride in its diverse student and faculty population. The Student Activities Centers offers services that cater to transfer students, non-traditional students, members of the LGBTQ community, war veterans and much more. This institution also offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities that enable students to develop and discover their passions outside of school. With over 800 clubs, students are bound to find one that suits their interest. Moreover, students also have the opportunity to collaborate with one another as well as faculty members to create new clubs.
UCLA is an amazing school, full of opportunities, recourse, research, student run clubs, passionate professors, and school spirit. Due to its large class, you will meet all kinds of people and learn about many cultures. There are multiple libraries and study spots students can go to for studying. UCLA offers tutoring services and professors/TAs offer office hours.
Enrollment for specific classes, especially the classes I required for my major, graduate school, or were simply aligned with my interests, was deeply irritating and unfair. However, my college experience, due to the people and environment, was unforgettable.
I had an amazing experience as an undergraduate at UCLA. Every job that I have had since graduating has been through UCLA. I am currently waiting to hear back from UCLA's MSW program and I would be delighted to go back to UCLA to further my education!
The rigor and quality of courses at UCLA was overall satisfactory. I always felt challenged and, for the most part, it didn't feel like I was learning useless facts. However, I think the Physiology department (now Integrative Biology and Physiology) should be reworked. Rather than move toward minimizing math requirements for the major, I think math should be more heavily integrated into the program. To think that majoring in a science discipline shouldn't require an understanding of math is naive. Mathematical modeling and statistical analysis are powerful tools for understanding physiological processes. My one other qualm with UCLA was the speed of the quarter system. I got very good at memorizing things, especially later in the quarter when the quantity of information increases exponentially, but with that came the ability to quickly forget tested material in order to make room for the next set of information. Aside from these two things, though, I really enjoyed UCLA. The campus and surrounding area is beautiful, the professors are extremely intelligent, the students are tolerant and level-headed, and there is ample opportunity to get involve in research as an undergraduate. I feel like this program prepared me for my current educational environment as a graduate student pursuing a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering.
UCLA is an amazing place to learn and grow; however, given how large the school is, you have to find the opportunities yourself. In most lower-division classes, you are one of hundreds of students and have to fight to get a moment with the professor, and often it is a hit-or-miss with the quality of either the professor or the TA. With hundreds of extracurricular, you will undoubtedly find your niche and develop valuable life skills in the process. With this and any large university, you have the obligation as a student to be proactive. For me, UCLA taught me to be independent, advocating for myself, and also humble, seeking help when I needed it.