University of California - Los Angeles Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (82)
After transferring from community college I was very confused as what I wanted to do with my life. However, that all changed once I discovered the Chicano/a Studies Department at UCLA. It was a life changing experience that provided meaning to my education. Not only I found my self at home in this department, but I felt my presence actually mattered in the University. The curriculum was one I could truly relate to, in which the history of my people was a key component in my education and where "studying" was no longer a chore but it became my passion; to submerge myself in this new found knowledge. The professors, as well as the counselors, took a personal interest in his or her students, to help them find their own voice and opinion; while at the same time challenging preconceived opinions and stereotypes. And even though the curriculum was very difficult and demanding, in the end, it was worth the long hours of studying and the lack of sleep. Switching majors, from Anthropology to Chicano/a Studies, was the best decision I took!
The diverse student body and faculty, advanced research facilities, and standard of achievement are truly the cornerstones of the academic ethics of UCLA. The school's promotion of collective unity and embracement of diversity made me feel comfortable in an environment where my differences were accepted. The faculty and academic support was consistent with professors and aides clearly stating office hours and devoting significant effort into each student's success. The academic and social environment stimulated a mutually inspiring environment in which I was able to contribute to the academic integrity of UCLA.
UCLA is a HUGE school. If you are looking for one-on-one attention from your professor, this is not the school for you. If you are self-motivated and driven, it's a perfect match! My major was great. I LOVED the diversity of my classes. I got to learn about the world!!!
Great school with walk able campus. Environment provides the ability to explore and leverage other opportunities in the surrounding Los Angeles area. The school provides a safe and challenging environment for students pursuing all professions, including degrees ranging from engineering to the arts.
A lot of support for low-income students. however the school was not diverse in my time. The majority of the students there were Caucasian and Asians. Professors were amazing. Competition was fierce. Extracurricular activities were fun. All combined made you extremely prepared for future careers.
I have been able to find steady jobs, due to my UCLA degree, since the name holds a higher prestige. The expectations and qualifications of a UCLA grad is always higher and finding a position with the district and/or charter school was fast and easy. The time, dedication and patience are qualities that one already attains as a student at UCLA. Every job has its challenges and my only regret is not completing the minor in psychology, because it supports the field of education and it would have made my experience easier. I enjoyed all of the psychology courses I studied, when I first started attending UCLA in 2000; I was fortunate enough to be one of the students in Doctor Ivar Lovaas' class, one of the first doctors and researchers of autism. He developed discrete trial teaching and his hard work has given the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and therapy serves as a guide for therapists and educators all over the world. Since I aspire to study Applied Behavior Analysis, I feel proud to have been a student at UCLA; When I tell others that I was his student, I feel like I was one of Einstein's students. It has been the most positive, exciting and challenging part of my life and I'm so grateful for attending UCLA.
UCLA is a very great college, plenty of resources to improve your learning capabilities, excellent teachers and an all around good mood.
UCLA is a wonderful experience with a beautiful surrounding campus. It's a great place to network and meet brilliant young minds who will enrich your lives.
UCLA is a wonderful school! There's a wonderful student website that may not look like much at first, but is actually very advanced and organized. It contains everything a student would need to look up administratively along with the best class planner I have seen hands down. They have so many top notch resources and events that quickly helps you get integrated into their school, be it school-organized or by any of the hundred clubs on campus. The campus beauty challenges many others and is optimally structured so every building is concentrated in one area and easily accessible. The hills may be a challenge, but they encourage fitness. Dorm food is the bomb, always ranked in the nation's top 5 and I miss it so much. Not only are there highly qualified educators and high class staff, they also have a world class hospital right next door, allowing those interested to volunteer and gain insight on the medical industry. Research is available everywhere, easily letting you gain work experience. Everyone is so friendly and approachable. There's a great reputation attached to the name. It's close by to great neighborhoods such as Bel Air and Santa Monica. There's all this and even more. I had no qualms attending at all and I encourage you to attend as well. It may not be an Ivy League college, but it's definitely comparable and on similar standing if not better.
UCLA is a city unto itself, with a very diverse student body. The school is in the heart of the entertainment field, so there are many opportunities to network and gain knowledge from people in the field. Academics are challenging, and social life is active. And living in Southern California is great.