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Everything About University of California, Los Angeles

Everything About University of California, Los Angeles

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 31,505

Institutional Type: Public

Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible

Academic Rating: 4.5

Top Programs

Computer Science

Engineering

English

Fine Arts

Mathematics

Performing Arts

Political Science

Psychology

Who Recruits

1. Bain & Company

2. Airbnb

3. Salesforce

4. Netflix

5. Oracle

Notable Internships

1. CBRE

2. Los Angeles Magazine

3. Northrop Grumman

Top Industries

1. Business

2. Education

3. Operations

4. Engineering

5. Media

Top Employers

1. Google

2. Apple

3. Amazon

4. Facebook

5. Microsoft

Where Alumni Work

1. Los Angeles

2. San Francisco

3. Orange County, CA

4. New York City

5. San Diego

Median Earnings

College Scorecard (Early Career): $60,700

EOP (Early Career): $65,800

PayScale (Mid-Career): $116,100

Inside the Classroom

Among the most selective public universities in the US, UCLA is also the most diverse campus on the planet. The undergraduate student body is 27 percent Asian, 22 percent Hispanic, and 12 percent international, not to mention33 percent first-generation college students, making UCLA a fascinating place to pursue one of 134 majors in 109academic departments. More than 31,500 undergraduates enjoy a whopping 3,800 course offerings that include programs in over forty languages, many of which you won’t find offered at your average university such as Armenian, Old Norse, and Sanskrit.

The general education curriculum requires that every student explore three foundational areas: the arts and humanities, society and culture, and scientific inquiry. That entails completing ten courses. Additionally, in order to graduate you’ll need to meet requirements in foreign language, writing, and diversity. The school’s Capstone Initiative has sought to bring a culminating senior academic endeavor to as many students as possible. More than sixty majors at UCLA require a capstone experience that results in the creation of a tangible product under the mentorship of faculty members.

Close to half of classrooms contain fewer than twenty Bruins, but those taking introductory courses will find themselves in a fair number of lecture halls with a hundred or more students. Professors are given impressively high marks for a research university of UCLA’s size. Over 90 percent of the graduates of the College of Letters and Science rate their professors as being both intellectually challenging and accessible. By senior year, 40 percent of undergraduates have participated in a research experience. There are multiple undergraduate research journals in which students can publish their original works as well as a Research Poster Day each May when students can present. Every year one-quarter of the undergraduate population elects to study abroad, a sharp increase from only a few years ago. UCLA has 115 partner universities in forty-two countries around the globe.

By volume, the most commonly conferred degrees are in the social sciences (26 percent), biology (15 percent),engineering (7 percent), mathematics (7 percent), and interdisciplinary studies (5 percent). UCLA isn’t a school where one department is ranked significantly higher than any other. Departmental rankings are high across the board in areas such as computer science, engineering, film, fine and performing arts, mathematics, political science and many more.

Outside the Classroom

UCLA boasts an offering of over 1,000 clubs and student organizations, and most students find their niche. There is no shortage of opportunities to volunteer in the surrounding Los Angeles community—the Volunteer Center, Center for Community Learning, and Community Programs Office offer countless avenues for civic involvement. Greek life is readily available with more than sixty fraternities and sororities on campus, but it is hardly smothering; only 11percent of men and 13 percent of women are Greek affiliated. UCLA’s sports scene boasts storied basketball and baseball teams, big-time football, and 116 all-time championships across twenty-five Division I men’s and women’s sports. Ninety-eight percent of freshmen reside on campus, and 52 percent of the entire student body lives inuniversity-owned housing. As bountiful as campus life is at UCLA, the excitement that can be found in the surrounding neighborhoods is truly limitless. Within a few miles of campus undergrads can venture to Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, or Beverley Hills. In short, you won’t find too many Bruins complaining of boredom.

Career Services

With twenty-three full-time employees dedicated to undergraduates, the UCLA Career Center has a 1,373:1 student-to counselor ratio, much higher than most of the schools featured in this guide. The university does host a number of major-specific job fairs that are attended by an impressive selection of employers. Last year, its Engineering and Technical Fair was attended by forty organizations including the CIA, Texas Instruments, Visa, and eBay. Each academic quarter the school also hosts Hire UCLA, which is well-attended by major corporations.

When it comes to finding an internship, students are not going to have their hands held throughout the entire process. The Career Center connects students with internships via Handshake, and 60 percent of undergrads do eventually land one, but the school lacks corporate partnerships that allow for a more streamlined experience. The Career Center offers services such as an online resume critique with a five-day turnaround, and students are free to schedule an appointment or drop by for career advice, a mock interview, or graduate school exploration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Additional events are organized by the UCLA Career Center just about every day. For example, over the course of one random week in May last year the center hosted a resume workshop, a consulting industry meetup, a workshop on branding oneself on LinkedIn, and a recruiting visit from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Professional Outcomes

UCLA grads flow most heavily into the education, technology, and financial services sectors. The employers that snatch up the highest number of recent Bruin grads include Disney, Google (where over 1,500 alumni presently work), EY, Teach for America, Amazon, and Oracle. Hundreds also can be found in the corporate offices of Uber, Microsoft, Facebook, Netflix, Salesforce, Airbnb, and LinkedIn. Internships definitely help students land jobs; students who had at least one internship found employment at double the rate of their peers who did not have such an experience. The average starting salary for full-time employment exceeds $52,000, a solid figure considering the vast array of degrees being conferred. A good number of students stay in L.A./Orange County after graduation, but the other most popular destination points include NYC, DC, Chicago, Seattle, and Boston.

Roughly one-quarter of graduates enroll directly in a graduate/professional school. The most attended grad schools are primarily other excellent California-based institutions including Stanford, Pepperdine, USC, Berkeley, and Loyola Marymount. UCLA students applying to medical school have experienced acceptance rates varying from 51-59 percent over recent years. The most frequently attended medical schools include Duke, Boston University, Drexel, Temple, Case Western, and NYU. Over 90 percent of Bruins applying to law school garner at least one acceptance, a clip that is roughly 15 percent better than the national average. Law schools with the highest number of UCLA grads include many of the aforementioned California universities as well Georgetown, Vanderbilt, George Washington, Duke, and American.

Students' Voice: Pros and Cons of Location

Pros of Los Angeles, CA

• “Westwood is a pretty large town with restaurants and stores. There is also a huge movie theatre where they

have movie premiers that celebrities come to.”

• “For the most part, there is everything you’d need here. There is a Walmart, Target, restaurants, and there are

dessert places.”

• “It’s very safe and self-contained.”

Cons of Los Angeles, CA

• “It’s kind of far away from the city, and public transportation isn’t that effective from here.”

• “The apartment rent is high.”

• “It’s very hard to get around to different places without a car. If I want to go to Hollywood or Santa Monica I have

to take an Uber there.”

Students' Voice: Reasons to attend and not to attend

To Attend

• “The quarter system. It’s helpful and I personally love it.”

• “It has international prestige, which is very important. A UCLA degree makes you very employable, even back in Asia.”

• “I enjoy the social life. It taught me a lot, made me more confident and a better conversationalist, and I think that will add a lot of value when I go back home.”

• “Academic rigor. You learn a lot from the professors, assuming you choose the right ones. I’ve had some really amazing professors and T.A.’s.”

• “The diversity. You see different types of people everywhere, which is a really cool part of going here.” [About 12% of students are international, 28% are Asian, 22% are Hispanic, and 27% of students are White.]

• “We have awesome athletic teams.”

• “The campus is gorgeous.”

To Not Attend

• “You definitely have to reach out into social groups, organizations, or whatever you want to do. If you don’t make an effort to reach out a little bit, you’re going to be left doing nothing. There are always people handing out flyers and stuff, but if you don’t take the time to show up to a meeting, nothing will come to you. You have to go for it

yourself.”

• “If you don’t have a car, it can be really unbearable. I am lucky to make friends who have cars and drive around. Public transportation is pretty bad.”

• “The sheer number of students can be pretty overwhelming and makes the campus feel overcrowded.”

• “It can be hard to get involved in clubs.”

• “The classes themselves can be really big, therefore making the professors less accessible.” [70% of UCLA’s undergraduate classes have 30 or fewer students.]

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