University of California - Los Angeles Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (84)
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.
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.