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The Financial Engineering Program in UCLA is offered by the Anderson School of Management. The course curriculum has been well designed to prepare the students for a diverse range of career paths: form Wall Street Banks to Boutique investment management firms. The academics and faculty are excellant. LA being a sunshine city is also a great place to be. As it was rightly mentioned it's one of the few public universities with Ivy League quality education.
I had a great time during my MBA at the Anderson School at UCLA. The collaborative student body, the entrepreneurial culture of the school along with the opportunity of being in a stellar university like UCLA, all helped in making my two years in Los Angeles quite exceptional. On the professional front the experience was equally satisfactory and I was able to make a seamless transition from a technology background to a career in finance.
UCLA was one of the greatest times of my life because I was able to interact with diverse groups of people, learn about myself through interactions with others of diverse backgrounds, and the support of the alumni network is amazing. I was able to engage in so many activities that opened my mind to the world, especially the study abroad program in Spain. After that program, I started travelling all over the world and have been to over 25 countries before my 40s.
My UCLA years were the best in my life. I learned so much, had wonderful experiences, and loved the campus and its facilities. You learn how to function in a fast paced world of the best and brightest, in the best part of Los Angeles. I have been an active member of the local alumni chapter for 25 years.
UCLA was a great experience for me. I gained a lot of knowledge in my major which wasn't only theory but gave me the opportunity to do "hands on" work such as mentor at risk youth. Professors were approachable and very helpful especially when it came to writing letters of recommendation. Aside from studying, I made everlasting friendships who I still connect with as alumni. Social organizations were fun to be a part of which allowed me to give back to the community and also served as a support/motivational group for me especially when it came to stressful times ie midterms and finals. It was great to have been part of an educational institution which is not known only statewide and nationwide, but also worldwide. I'm very proud to be a UCLA alumnus. Go Bruins!
For a progressive, diverse and well-rounded student body and first rate education, UCLA ranks among the best universities in the country. Professors are well known in their fields of expertise. I appreciated the level of students accepted to the school. You may have been top of your class in high school, but so was everyone else accepted to UCLA so it makes you strive harder to keep up. Post-graduation successes also are great indicators to the caliber of students and the education they received at UCLA.
UCLA was a fantastic place to study as an undergrad. I was given a lot of flexibility in choosing courses which both appealed to my interests and my future career goals. When I decide 2.5 years in that a Bachelor's of Science was not for me, dedicated counsellors helped me to find the right path to graduate on time with a B.A. I was incredibly happy in my B.A. program, and found that in addition to top-rated faculty-led classes, UCLA offered so many opportunities to pursue my academic (and entertainment) interests outside of class with guests lecturers and visiting performances. Finally, when I graduated, I had a job offer directly related to my degree. Since that first job, I know that when employers see UCLA on my resume, they associate it with high quality and standards.
UCLA is an amazing institution, not only for its academic excellence, but the quality of people who attend. The campus has unparalleled beauty, combining the awe inspiring architecture of Ivy league schools with the background of Southern California weather. There's always something going on on campus, whether it's a social event put on by the Student Alumni Association or one of the other hundreds of student groups, or an academic talk being given by a world renowned speaker, UCLA offers all you could ever hope for in a college, and more. Even though it's a public school, there is an unique sense of pride among alumni, and we all do what we can when we can to support fellow Bruins.
Studying at UCLA was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my entire life. Not only did I get a world class education (I studied English literature, French, LGBT studies, and music history), but there were always a ton of amazing things to do and experience within campus limits, and especially further out in the city of Los Angeles. I became an active member in the Office of Residential Life, befriended band members and theatre actors, watched movie premieres in Westwood, cheered on Sara Bareilles and Maroon 5 at Spring Sing, and made lifetime friendships with people I still spend holidays with today. If you have a lust for life and an urge for knowledge, there is no better place than UCLA.
College experience was excellent. Psych major was a bit too clinical for my taste. I also minored in Political Science and Education. Both minors I enjoyed. UCLA is an excellent school and if I had to do it again, I would again choose UCLA. Good luck!