In for the win: how to get into UCLA

Recorded Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 11:00 PM

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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!

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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.

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