From The School
At UCLA students have immediate, first-year access to a virtually limitless selection of studies that only a world-class university can offer.
Incoming freshmen can begin their UCLA experience with a Freshman Cluster (www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/clusters), an innovative program that involves stimulating, multidisciplinary exploration of challenging, timely topics. Clusters become year-long learning communities.
Or, students can choose among 200 small group seminars in the Fiat Lux program (www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/fiatlux). Fiat Lux offers more than 200 classes each year to bring the talents and expertise of a premier research university into a small classroom setting where students and faculty engage in critical thinking together.
Undergraduate students can perform important, publishable research in close collaboration with senior faculty—often as early as their freshman year (www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/ugresearch). Each year, thousands of UCLA students participate in seminars, research tutorials, and departmental honors programs. Two undergraduate research centers—Humanities and Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Physical Sciences—help undergraduates identify faculty mentors from every discipline.
The Honors Program (www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/ugresearch) provide an enriched educational experience through interdisciplinary seminars, engaging classroom presentations, individualized mentoring, and special honors courses designed to encourage and reward critical thinking. The Honors Program also offers the Honors Collegium, which is open to all UCLA students. The Collegium creates a community atmosphere in small, interdisciplinary courses with extensive interaction between students and faculty from throughout the campus, including the graduate professional schools. More than 75 Collegium courses are offered each year.
At UCLA, community service is a cornerstone of undergraduate education. The Center for Community Learning (www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/communitylearning) sends students into the diverse communities of Los Angeles in programs that merge a volunteer experience with academic coursework. Programs include tutoring, research and credit-earning internships, AmeriCorps service—even academic minors in Civic Engagement and Disability Studies.
Want to study abroad? UCLA’s Education Abroad Program (www.international.ucla.edu/eap) offers opportunities in 33 countries taught at 140 universities. You can go abroad for a year, a summer, or an academic quarter, or work on international internships, independent research, and field studies.
Undergrads at this esteemed university don’t mince words when boasting
about all that UCLA has to offer. As a geography and environmental science
double-major proudly declares, “There’s nothing that can’t be accomplished at
UCLA. The possibilities are endless, and the resources are unparalleled.”
Moreover, students appreciate the “ideal” location as well as the “pride of
going to a Division I school with more NCAA championships than any other
college/university.” Perhaps more notable, “UCLA is the kind of school that
pushes you to work hard academically but reminds you that interaction with
people outside of the classroom is just as important.” Students are continually
impressed by their professors who are “leaders in their field.” Indeed, most
consider it “a privilege to study under them.” While some undergrads caution
that you might encounter some teachers simply “in it for the research,” others
insist, “Most professors care about their students.” A political science major
interjects, saying that professors “Are willing to work extra hours with students
and help us with anything we need.” An English major concurs, sharing,
“I have never had a professor that I did not feel comfortable approaching,
which has made my academic experience incredibly more beneficial.” As this
grateful junior succinctly explains, “UCLA is the campus. The people, the
weather, the academics, the sports; it has absolutely everything I could ever