University of California - Los Angeles Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (85)
UCLA was the best choice I ever made. The classes, facilities, experiences here were exceptional and the location of UCLA is perfection.
UCLA was a great place for someone who wanted a diverse array of experiences. I didn't know what I wanted to get out of college going in, but with so many majors, programs, people, groups and classes I felt like I found my place - which was vastly different than my friends, but that just made it all the better.
The college was great. I had wonderful professors and challenging classes. Plus, the campus was diverse and social
College should be more heavily focused on inquiry-based learning as opposed to rigid classes.
It was a beautiful campus with great professors and extracurricular programs.
Great school and enjoyed the experience of attending UCLA. It was a great location, close to the beach and had a lot of activities to do in Los Angeles.
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.