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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great academics. Very challenging though

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are easy to talk to during office hours. The workload can be heavy in some courses because UCLA is on a quarter schedule so midterms immediately smack into students sometimes.

4 College Junior

Academics: Its a huge workload. Its hard to study comfortably in study areas such as the library because the libraries are always packed with students studying themselves so its hard to find a good spot.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: There are a variety of courses that are interesting. Of course there are the fair shares of boring and hard classes. But these are the regular prereq classes. Workload may be a lot but all is doable as long as people work hard and manage their time well. When we register for classes, it is almost like a lottery for the classes you want.

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4 College Junior

Academics: On the whole, I think it's fine. The professors are kind, and registration is designed to be fairly easy. However, it's easy to fall behind on the work or readings. Most of my classes in particular are very heavy in readings, though some classes are much easier to succeed in than others, either due to the grading styles of the professors or the nature of the material itself. Study halls do exist here, but I personally prefer studying in my dorm. I do wish there were more large, comfortable, quiet study spaces in the dorms, not just on the main campus.

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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
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,759
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
604
Total FT Faculty
4,290
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$128,018
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Part-Time Retention Rate
90%
Graduation Rate
92%
Programs/Majors Offered
147
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 289 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 181 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 181 responses

  • 34% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 4% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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