In for the win: how to get into UCLA

Recorded Tuesday, July 27 at 11:00 PM

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School information

University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

The #1 public university in the nation, the University of California Los Angeles, receives the most applications out of any school in the United States. With admissions getting more and more competitive, you’ll need more than just good grades to stand out from the crowd.

Join Elias as he walks you through the ins and outs of the UC application, and gives you the relevant statistics so you can see how you stack up against other UCLA applicants! He’ll also delve into extracurriculars and essays, and other components of the admissions process. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn all about becoming a future Bruin!

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.
5:57@Kadin:Please just send me the recording because I’m not receiving your webinar. Thank you
6:01@Kadin:I don’t see or hear you
6:08@Wecanhearandseeyou:Any way to change my user name?
20:39@Hari:Does UCLA publish the employers and salary for the CS students?
21:13@Wecanhearandseeyou:Road cycling
21:35@User812:I’m enjoying skateboarding and surfing
21:53@jcamper24:Mens Volleyball
29:01@sriya:where can i find which majors are impacted?
29:22@Wecanhearandseeyou:Do they look at what area you live in?
29:30@AMTF:Will UCLA allow submission of AP exam scores? Thanks.
36:48@Hari:what is visual and performing arts
36:51@Hari:I dont know if TX schools even offer visual / performing arts
36:55@Hari:Doe they need applicants to do 2 years of visual / performing art even to apply to CS?
47:11@Wecanhearandseeyou:Does a 5 on an AP foreign language test matter if your applying for a bio major?
47:45@User812:Does UCLA have letter of recommendations and interviews?
47:52@jcamper24:So my school doesn't have many AP classes. Should I then self-study for another AP class or take community college courses to demonstrate course rigor? Which choice would be more preferable?
48:35@WaterLily785:I haven't done many extracurriculars (mostly because I'm quite introverted). What extracurriculars could I do that could help?
49:50@WaterLily785:I plan on majoring in English and minoring in Piano Studies
50:46@Josh1:I write music for my baritone. Do you have any suggestions for what I could do with this to impress colleges?
51:31@Josh1:I took four semester of marching band and one entire year of band. Does that count as the two years although most were for one semester?
52:00@Wecanhearandseeyou:How represented are minorities at UCLA specifically Hispanics
52:15@Wecanhearandseeyou: Does that percentage benefit you if your 1st gen and a minority?
63:42@Wecanhearandseeyou:Yea you did thank you!
70:58@WaterLily785:Would getting a "C" in a STEM course severely affect my chances at getting into a top university (I don't plan on majoring in anything STEM, and my GPA was barely affected)?
73:49@Hari:Can I do the second year of arts course during my senior year
74:18@sriya:what was your tip for impacted majors? i think you said something about double majoring?
74:49@Hari:The website says 1 year required
76:51@Hari:Thanks, that is a big relief :) I almost started crying for poor planning
77:24@Hari:F) Visual and performing arts UC-approved high school courses One yearlong course of visual and performing arts chosen from the following disciplines: dance, music, theater, visual arts or interdisciplinary arts — or two one-semester courses from the same discipline is also acceptable.
79:05@Hari:I did my High school art from midle school - so if thwy dont take first year into consideration, will I not get the credit
80:16@WaterLily785:Here's a random question: What's your favorite piece to play on cello? Read your bio below the livestream, lol :D
81:05@User812:Bye! Thank you


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