UCLA Class of 2027 Official Thread

The AP class will be considered for rigor but for the GPA calculation only a-g courses taken the summer after 9th grade through the summer prior to 12th are factored in so No.

No, many are just rejected with no waitlist option.

My daughter is waitlisted so although a bit disappointed she was happy it wasnt a reject. And she got into UCI and UCSD so that was exciting


Great options and good luck with Cal and UCSB


Is there a thread for the UCLA waitlisted group to connect?

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My son is registered for admitted student presentation and your on the 8th. Anybody knows what they do in this tour? I am so confused about Bruin Day. How is that different?
We can’t make in there in the 15th but I really wanted him to understand what opportunities there are in his department.

We went to admitted students day. It felt like an ordinary tour, to be honest. In the common green area they had a set up of what a typical dorm room looks like. We did not stay for a department specific talk as we were already familiar with it.

More informative, and beneficial, is the signup for summer orientation (it seemed like almost every week starting in late June). They spend a couple days in dorms on campus to get acclimated, meet with advisors, and register for classes. The last day of orientation (parents pick up student that day), there is a more interesting information session with the parents. It lasts prob 5 hours. You then pick up your student on the Hill.

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But how does one figure out what sorts of opportunities exist in physics department and if kids can do research and so forth? As we make decisions, it would be so helpful to have a departmental tour. I am asking too much. :frowning:


I don’t know the official policy but have triplets who all applied - 2 were accepted and 1 rejected. Fortunately he’s super happy for his siblings and has options he likes, but can be a rough process for multiples.

Since we are brand new to UCLA, what is the summer orientation? Is it mandatory, sounds like very beneficial. Can you please provide us some 100-level information:) appreciate it!

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I am not sure it’s mandatory— but you are meeting with advisors and registering for classes. It’s a time to get acclimated and learn about the school and traditions. He had a great time and probably didn’t get a lot of sleep!

Importantly, they register for classes the last day of this orientation. My son was worried because he was one of the last orientation groups. He was working over the summer and also was taking CC classes so he had to wait until CC classes were done. He was worried that not registering for the earlier orientations would disadvantage him for class signups. But I think they hold back slots for every orientation signup. He was able to get every class/time he registered for. I think they also get their student ID card during this time.

We are CA residents, but for those that are OOS, there are orientation days just prior to the student starting and the student can then just stick around before the dorms open, so you don’t have to travel back and forth. And again, I don’t think those kids will be shut out of classes when it’s time to register.

My son is in Engineering and it seemed like the group he was paired with were mostly STEM kids. So he was able to meet a lot of kids which I think was nice. His roommate for the 3 days was also an engineering student.

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They definitely hold slots in popular first year classes so that those in later orientation sessions are given equal opportunity. But do make sure to sign up for an orientation session once that is available (in May or June the signups start I think). The slots fill up quickly but it doesn’t matter which one you sign up for. I also recommend new students look into the freshman Cluster program. It can be a good way to take care of GE classes that are not related to your major. And they are smaller and more personalized than many first year lecture classes. Our son took the one on Evolution and it knocked out all of his science GEs (plus the final writing one).



Yes- that is great advice! With all his CC classes, he couldn’t do that. He had a Final exam last night (quarter classes ended this past Friday and a Final exam Saturday night). He is very intent in trying to have each quarter with 3 classes. This summer he is doing “C-Sesh” to knock out a GE and also an online A session to do another class.

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Summer sessions can be great for knocking out requirements that are hard to get otherwise. Our son did that last summer and might again this year since he couldn’t get some pre-requisites he really needs in order to declare his major. One nice thing for families who are OOS is that there is no OOS extra tuition for summer session.

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My daughter was accepted for Psychology. 3.99 UW 36 ACT. Sectional figure skater, Jr board president of her figure skating club, figure skating judge, figure skating coach, principal harpist 3 years in youth philharmonic, published author, has 2 articles published.

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My D was accepted to both UCLA and Cal Poly, and putting aside the prestige factor and considering the importance of community and prioritizing her social/emotional well being, I am encouraging my daughter to accept Cal Poly over UCLA (though ultimately she will make the choice) from what I have read and heard from parents whose kids go to both, Cal Poly is a very collaborative environment, while UCLA is more competitive. Graduates from both tend to be in demand, so unless your kid works best under pressure and thrives on competition, your kid is would likely be better off at Cal Poly.


Without commenting on the specifics of these schools, I confess I’ve never understood what this means. In every top school, there is always competition - for everything. From scholarships to internships to research opportunities. And if it’s an impacted major, also competition for classes. In every school, kids will have to work in groups for projects and outside of classes in clubs and other activities. May be people are more perceptive and sensitive than I am but personally I find this a questionable way to differentiate between the schools.


I have several friends whose children attend both schools (5 at CP and 4 at UCLA) and have asked students (random kids, not the tour guides) whom we encountered when visiting both campus’s who have described the overall vibe of the schools and attitudes of their classmates as such. In a nutshell the consensus is that the students at Cal Poly are more about “we” whereas kids are at UCLA are more about “I”.


My daughter is trying to decide between the same schools!

I think she will end up at Cal Poly, she likes that it’s a little smaller.

There’s definitely pro’s and con’s to both.