Los Angeles, CA
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$35,570 ($12,692)
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4 College Junior

Academics: Academics can be challenging; they expect a lot from us. However, classes are usually interesting and professors are usually pretty good. There are a goo number of fellowships and professional organizations as well.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: UCLA has been coming up in pretty much every sport, especially football and basketball.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The competition is harsh and intense. Sometimes you feel as if all the hard-work you put into the class is not accurately represented in your grades. Also, studying with others can be a challenge because no one wants to help another person if he/she will hold them back.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I like the level of difficulty of the classes, and the fact that subjects are culturally relevant, but that's only if you know which classes to take. It is not impossibly difficult to pass classes with an A or B at UCLA but the work load can sometimes be pretty intense (depending on your major, etc.). Registering for classes is annoying as a freshman because the classes fill up so quickly. I wish the curriculum and the classes offered were more diverse (although the communications major requires courses from a variety fields).

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4 College Junior

Academics: Being pre-med is definitely a struggle sometimes, but it is doable if you can manage your time effectively. The classes are hard but Bruinwalk lets you rate professors so you know what you're getting yourself into before enrolling for a class.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 174th
    Best Course Variety
  • 643rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 1199th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 1208th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Suzy Strutner
Newport Beach, Calif.
Communication Studies
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Professors at UCLA are, to say the least, qualified. Many of them hold graduate degrees from prestigious American universities, conduct ground-breaking research, and publish famed books and articles. Due to their class sizes and demanding research schedules, professors don't necessarily beg students to forge relationships. However, almost all hold regular office hours and are happy to reach out once students take the first step. Teaching assistants (TAs), while used widely, are much more sporadic. Some are highly knowledgeable, while others simply do not care about the material, often times making for unfair grading systems. A beacon of hope is that the deeper a student descends into a major, the more attentive professors become, and there are fewer TAs used in the upper-division classes.

Professors and TAs aside, most students agree that the workload at UCLA is manageable as long as procrastination remains the enemy. The quarter system breaks the year into three speedy 10-week chunks, so it's critical to attend lectures and complete work on time. One thing Bruins don't rave about is the course registration process. In a class network barraged by budget cuts, sections fill up quickly, and students' first-choice schedules rarely become realities. However, counselors are present and eager to help students navigate the treacherous course maze, and almost all students are able to fulfill the necessary requirements, even if it means taking that dreaded history seminar. 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 54%
  • 20 to 49 students: 26%
  • 50 or more students: 20%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Letters and Science
  • Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Herb Alpert School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • School of the Arts and Architecture
  • School of Theater, Film, and Television
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • History, General: 2%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
English (including composition)
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
It's rare that students take online courses, but if they want to, they'll encounter a plethora of online options. The UCLA Extension program is reasonably priced and offers a range of classes that bolster most majors; however, those studying more offbeat topics should register for old-fashioned lectures. Classes are taught by "instructors," some of whom are UCLA faculty, and most involve reading online lectures and completing one assignment per week.
Best Places to Study
  • On the hill next to the Janss Steps
  • The Powell Library Reading Room
  • Young Research Library, fourth and fifth floors
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Always dispute bad grades.
  • Appear interested (even if you're not).
  • Ask the TAs tons of questions.
  • Buy your books online to avoid paying zillions at the campus bookstore.
  • Check your e-mail frequently.
  • Don't ever fall behind-the quarter system moves fast.
  • Drink lots of coffee!
  • Go to office hours.
  • Pick classes you actually like.
  • Research your professors before choosing your classes.
  • Study with other people in the class.
Did You Know?
  • Bruins can choose from 127 majors, including the newly introduced ethnomusicology major, the only one of its kind in the United States.
  • You can create your own major by running it over with your counselor and pushing through a lot of red tape. Some of these majors catch on and become entrenched in the curriculum, like the international development major.
  • Unique general education "clusters" are year-long courses that allow students to knock out a substantial hunk of general ed requirements while bonding with classmates and attending an array of hilarious-sounding field trips, such as fossil hunting in Nevada.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 35% James Franco - star of the "Spiderman" trilogy
  • 23% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - legendary basketball player
  • 12% Troy Aikman - star NFL quarterback
  • 8% Jim Morrison - rock idol, frontman for The Doors
  • 8% James Dean - actor, "Rebel Without a Cause"
  • 4% John Soloman - writer for "Saturday Night Live"
  • 4% Francis Ford Coppola - filmmaker
  • 4% John Wooden
  • 4% Jackie Robinson
  • 0% Andrew Goldberg - contributing writer, "Family Guy"
  • 0% Karch Kiraly - Olympic gold medalist, volleyball
  • 0% Darren Star - creator of "Sex and the City"
  • 0% Nancy Cartwright - voice of Bart Simpson
  • 0% Jimmy Connors - world tennis champion

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 141 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 141 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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