The Ultimate Guide to UCLA

Recorded Wednesday, January 13 at 01:00 AM

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University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

The University of California, Los Angeles is the #1 public university in the nation. The school has a vibrant sports culture, beautiful campus, and plenty of opportunities for student involvement.

If you're interested in becoming a future Bruin, don't miss this opportunity to learn all about this prestigious university. Elias will cover topics like campus culture, academic requirements, extracurricular opportunities, housing options, and much more. He will also give admissions information that will help you optimize your chances of getting into UCLA.

We'll also have a Q&A at the end of this livestream, so come prepared with all of your questions about UCLA!

School information

University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA

Los Angeles, CA
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
27:46@dishitar:Do UC's re-weight classes or do they just take what they see on the transcript. I am asking this because my school does not weight our Honors courses but I thought UC's do.
29:20@anonymous:in terms of courseload, u r only compared to other ppl in ur grade in ur school right? so like if 4 ppl in my grade skipped a math one year and are taking an ap math (while the other ppl r just taking honors), would those ppl just taking honors be at a disadvantage *those in the ap have an advantage
31:02@anonymousems:do you think ucla/colleges in general will be more lenient with online learning? I got a B last semester in Honors Chem (+ im not going for stem major) because a lot of stuff happened like my friend was in the hospital and I developed depression bc of stay at home orders lol. also for context im in state for ucla
33:19@anonymous:If you are a sophmore in southern california look into vips a ucla initiative
34:52@TK:I did not understand what is meant by Honors: 23-36 for out-of-state. Pls explain one more time. Thanks
35:53@anonymous:Yeah I could only take 4 honors classes
36:52@stressedseniorlol:Do you recommend juniors to take the SAT? UCLA my top school and I will cry if I get rejected but also cry if I get in
38:51@anonymous:And then take ap classes my junior year. I take 3 honors classes and 1 level class
39:28@anonymousems:whoever said they will cry if they get in or they dont I feel you oml its my dream school
39:43@anonymous:is it better to have more and more APs as HS progresses or to have better and better grades as HS progresses?
40:31@anonymous:does the fact that classes are hard to get cause delayed graduation
42:27@anonymous:how many students were offered housing this quarter and last quarter during covid? and what kinds of students were prioritized and offered?
43:29@anonymous:would you say that opportunities for internships and jobs that come directly from UCLA connections are abundant or low in quantity?
44:53@ac130:does UCLA hold academic rigor and accomplishments with the same weight as extracurriculars or do they want/prefer one over the other?
45:44@anonymous:is UCLA very competitive among students
46:19@anonymous:does majoring in a social science automatically mean more reading/writing based courses and assessments?
47:54@anonymous:Has anyone ever seen harry styles on campus?
48:17@anonymous:Does UCLA offer summer pre college programs?
49:49@anonymous:do all UCs prioritize academics>>?
51:09@anonymous:are there really any advantages to the quarter system? i feel like the benefit of 10-week classes does not outweigh how overwhelming it can be and the courseload/frequency of assessments
53:16@anonymous:me, a senior watching this livestream 👁👄👁
53:16@khuang0009:Will not submitting a test score affect my admission? I have not taken the SAT yet and am currently a junior
53:36@anonymous:would you say a 4.3 for in state junior is good on the academic side
53:42@anonymous:can we get a specific video on how to get into ucla computer science major please
53:52@dishitar:i have gotten 3 B's in my high school tenure but they have been in AP's and honors classes. Will this alleviate some of the disadvantage that comes from not having perfect grades?
55:04@ghermione:Hi! I am a sophomore looking into pre-med. I take courses after school at a community college nearby as part of an Early College Program at my high school (I take 2-3 classes a semester). Will that give me an advantage? Also, because this program is kind of time consuming, I don't have any leadership positions at school. I am in HOSA and Science Olympiad (academic clubs), and California Scholarship Federation and Acts of Random Kindness. I do math peer tutoring at school 4 hrs/week. I have a 4.71 GPA this year and a 4.42 GPA last year. What are my chances of getting in and what can I do to improve my chances?
55:17@stemcurious:Qualifications for UC regents scholarship?
55:54@anonymous:thats my uc gpa unweighted i have a 3.9
56:39@anonymous:wait where can i find the chancing engine?
57:02@anonymous:how similar is the business econ major compared to other schools' business programs?
57:40@anonymous:is regents more compeittive for ucla
58:02@BriannaM:Does UCLA take a holistic approach when it comes to applications?
58:27@ghermione:Will doing college courses in high school help? I'll have an associate degree by the time I graduate high school.
58:44@ghermione:Will doing CNA or EMT certification as a high schooler help get into a pre-med major?
59:28@anonymous:Would a C in an AP Calc class soph. year with a CS intended major kill admission chances for UCLA?
60:29@stemcurious:How does one qualify for regents scholarship
60:38@stemcurious:Can you elaborate on qualifying criteria for regents scholarship
60:43@dishitar:Do colleges understand the sparsity of opportunities during COVID or will UCLA basically frown on students with no research experience considerign that I want to major in biology but have no experience.
60:50@anonymous:is 3.9 gpa weighted for one semester going to kill your chances (sophomore year)
61:35@ghermione:yeah, some are dual enrolled. but i plan on sending a college transcript as well.
62:02@BriannaM:Which would you say is better to take, college dual-enrollment courses or AP classes? Also, thank you Elias and Priya. This was extremely helpful and informational.
62:55@ghermione:which do you think is better: CNA certification or EMT certification
64:26@anonymous:is it worth it to self study for some APs to beef up the amount of APs I have if my schedule didnt allow me to take many
64:48@anonymous:Can you explain how UC weights the GPA. Thank you.
66:50@ghermione:what are some good institutes/programs to do medical research as a highschooler?
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