Review of University of California-Los Angeles

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar_gray By: Alesha U., Alum Posted: November 24, 2011

My review

The Good:

The best thing about this school is the opportunities it provides outside of academics. UCLA encourages involvement in extracurricular activities during your time here. To support that, all incoming Freshman and Transfer students participate in UCLA Volunteer Day (along with countless staff, faculty, and alumni) to offer help and assistance throughout Los Angeles before the first day of class. UCLA is also the home to 950+ student organizations. Student advisors are here to provide you with the resources, support, and advice that you need to start your own program or coordinate your own events. You can find a volunteer program or student organization for every area in which you're interested. If not, UCLA provides you with the opportunity to start one.

The Bad:

The large classroom size for general education courses can cause many students to lose interest or focus since it's challenging for the professors to focus on each individual student in a class of 300. Still, there are many professors here at UCLA who have able to captivate the attention of such a large audience -- and those professors are highly valued. Also, a common misconception is that "the first two years are meant to explore, take care of your general education courses, and figure out what you want to do"; however, I would suggest figuring this out early on. In most cases, by the time you figure out what subject you'd be passionate about pursuing (often around the end of second year), it's already too late... and you realize that your desired major had prerequisites that you should have taken during your Freshman year. As is the case at any college, time is money. Plan wisely.

Would I do it again?

Yes, I think UCLA provides a well-rounded education not only through academics, but also through the opportunities it provides students to take initiative and be leaders. UCLA supports the idea that you can be anything you want to be and provides you with the resources it takes to get there. For the price, I find the experience and the network you gain from being at UCLA very difficult to replicate at any other university. It's like its own city, and there's something here for everyone.

About this school

Biggest influence when choosing this school Financial aid

The financial aid process went smoothly and I received the financial aid I needed.

Professors are generally Inspiring

The night life is Epic

Every student at this school needs A smartphone to always be on top of emails, especially if you intend to keep up with course material and the student organizations that you WILL join. :)

About the reviewer

Went to Temecula Valley High School

You might also consider U. of Southern California, NYU

Favorite class is GE Cluster: Inside the Performing Arts

Favorite professor is Professor M.J. Allen

Study Hard? Pray? Donate Money? Community Service & Extracurricular Activities

I wish I knew My Major

Preparation for the workforce

Time needed to find a job post-graduation I found work before I graduated

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