Below are some commonly asked questions you may have as a first year student. Click on each category to learn about each topic and feel free to contact us if you do not see an answer to your question. If you are a parent or family member of a first year student, please refer to UCLA's Parent and Family Programs.
Go on MyUCLA to look at your enrollment pass time. Remember you have first and second pass windows. Set a reminder on your phone so you don’t miss it!
You may add classes during the first two weeks of the quarter without a fee by going to your MyUCLA. If for some reason you are having difficulty adding a class due to a prerequisite or Permission to Enroll (PTE) number needed, we recommend you contact the departmental counselor from where the class is being offered.
Beginning week 4, you will need to submit a petition to your counseling unit. Approval is not guaranteed and you will be charged a transaction fee.
Please note, the conditions to add/drop impacted classes are different (see question below).
To drop a class, go onto myUCLA and click on the “Classes” tab. Under “Enrollment”, there is the option: “Drop a Class”
You can drop a non impacted class without a transcript notation or fee through Friday of second week. You can still drop a class during Weeks 3 - 10, but late fees, transcript notations, and petitions will apply depending on the week you drop. For more information, refer to College Academic Counseling's website. Please note, there is a limit of three restricted late drops throughout your entire undergraduate career at UCLA.
NOTE: The above policies only apply to students within the College of Letters and Science. If you are a student within the School of Arts and Architecture, the School of Theater, Film, and Television, the School of Nursing, the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the School of Music, please contact your respective counseling unit.
Impacted courses are classes that have high enrollment demand and limited resources to accommodate this high demand from students. Because of this, impacted classes may be difficult to enroll in because a lot of people need to take them and during enrollment they quickly fill up. You can find a complete list of impacted courses here.
A "W" on a transcript indicates a student has Withdrawn from all university courses. If a student would like to withdraw, s/he will need to file the necessary paperwork with their counseling unit. Depending on when a student withdraws, s/he may receive a refund of a portion of their registration fee. Students who have not completed the final exam or the necessary paperwork in any class are eligible to withdraw.
NOTE: The above policies only apply to students within the College of Letters and Science. If you are a student within the School of Arts and Architecture, the School of Theater, Film, and Television, the School of Nursing, theSchool of Engineering and Applied Science or the School of Music, please contact your respective counseling unit.
Yes, you can retake graded courses in which you receive a grade of C- or below or a NP. You may retake up to 16 units.
Depending on whether you are majoring in the College of Letters and Science or within the School of Arts and Architecture, the School of Theater, Film, and Television, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, or School of Nursing, each school operates differently when it comes to their counselors. We recommend you visit your school's website for more information.
Within the College of Letters and Science, you will have both a departmental counselor and a general counselor within one of the following counseling units:
UCLA offers summer classes through Summer Sessions to students who wish to take classes before their first quarter and get a heard start on their academic progress. Depending on personal preferences, students can choose either Individual UCLA Academic Courses or Summer Institutes. Always consult with your academic/orientation counselor to discuss your academic plan and whether or not summer courses would be beneficial to take prior to Fall enrollment.
The Academic Advancement Program (AAP) also offers the Freshman Summer Program (FSP) and the Transfer Summer Program (TSP).
For information on studying abroad, visit the UCLA's International Education Office.
You can also visit their office in person located at 1332 Murphy Hall.
Depending on the course you are taking, T.A.'s may offer tutoring sessions outside class time (fee may apply). Additionally, departments may organize tutoring sessions. Contact the academic counselor within the department to learn more about tutoring services available. You should also ask your professor if s/he knows of any tutoring resources.
For assistance in writing, peer advisors are available via the Undergraduate Writing Center or the Writing Success Program.
Lectures are usually large classes (80 - 300 students) with the professor standing in the front to present the course content.
Discussions sections are small groups (15 - 30 students) led by a teaching assistant (TA) to discuss the professor’s lectures in detail or answer any questions that students may have about the course material.
Seminars are similar to discussions in size but are usually much longer. They encourage students to engage in reading, discussion, presentation, and often include the completion of a culminating project.
Visit the Undergraduate Research page for information on research in the sciences, arts, and humanities.
Changing your major involves contacting the department whose program you wish to switch into. Some people you may want to reach out to through this transition are a college counselor or the undergraduate or academic advisor for the program you are interested in switching to.
Students are allowed to pursue double majors in most fields except majors within the School of Theater, Film and Television. Majors may be found on the UCLA General Catalog.
Each minor has different requirements and course loads. Double minoring is possible, but it is recommended to discuss your class plan with an academic advisor to ensure that you will be on track to graduate on time. You can find a list of minors and the requirements for each on the admissions website.
You can access your Degree Process Audit report on MyUCLA and/or make an appointment with your counselor to discuss your graduation plan.
DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) is an automated record reflecting a student's academic progress toward degree completion in his/her declared major. By considering UMSL course work, transfer courses and courses in progress, DARS analysis provides timely information on a student's progress toward meeting degree requirements.
Library reserves are made upon an instructor request for a specific class. Materials are made available online or physically at a UCLA Library. Reserves include textbooks, articles, and any other supplementary reading. Reserves usually have a loan period of two hours and can be found on the UCLA library website.
The assigned textbooks for each course can be found on the professor syllabus as well as on your Study List through your MyUCLA portal under the title of the course. This tab will take you the the UCLA Store website and compare prices between other online bookstores that have the books in stock.
Generally, two types of requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the degree: preparation for the major (lower-division courses) and the major (upper-division courses). Lower division courses are numbered 0-99 while upper division courses are numbered 100-199.
Based on units completed and priority status, appointments are assigned randomly within pass time periods. Exact enrollment times are available through MyUCLA. Through a first pass, a student can enroll in up to 10 units. Through the second and final pass, the student can enroll in the study list maximum number of units.
For a full list of what tests and scores that will be accepted for course credit, access the Undergraduate Admissions website.
AP credit: https://www.admission.ucla.edu/Prospect/APCredit.htm
IB credit: http://www.admission.ucla.edu/Prospect/IBCredit.htm
You can access more information about receiving credit for previously taken courses at the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions website.
No. Classes may be taken on a Pass/No Pass grading scale if students are enrolled in at least 12 units. A pass or “P” is assigned to a letter grade of a C or better, these courses are counted toward requirements for graduation but not toward GPA. Only one course each term may be taken as P/NP and some courses may not be taken P/NP as requested by your major. More information on grading can be found at http://catalog.registrar.ucla.edu/ucla-catalog2017-48.html.
UCLA has a zero tolerance plagiarism policy for any and all assignments.
The website http://www.bruinwalk.com/ offers a guide to professors, courses, and apartments at UCLA with reviews and grades submitted by students.
WEPA stations are located around the Hill and Campus. You can view the map below for locations near you!
Check out the official list of over 1,000 registered UCLA organizations here.
You will be able to participate in the Enormous Activities Fair during True Bruin Welcome where many of the registered clubs above will be in attendance recruiting new members. Also, check out our blog post on the Spring Activities Fair!
Finally, if you do not find a club that interests you, visit the SOLE website on steps you can take to start your own organization.
"USAC", the Undergraduate Students Association Council, is the governing body of the Undergraduate Students Association (USA) whose membership is comprised of every UCLA undergraduate student.
USAC is comprised of fourteen student officers that are elected by students during the annual election held during Spring Quarter. For the duration of their term, these elected students lead their offices and commissions to execute unique platforms and initiatives for the undergraduate student body.
The following are USAC offices:
Office of the President, Internal Vice President (IVP) Office, External Vice President Office, General Representative 1 Office, General Representative 2 Office, General Representative 3 Office, Transfer Student Representative Office, Academic Affairs Commission, Campus Events Commission, Community Service Commission, Cultural Affairs Commission, Facilities Commission, Financial Support Commission, and Student Wellness Commission.
South Campus refers to the southern area of campus that houses departments containing majors that fall under the STEM category, including life sciences, physical sciences, physics, math, chemistry, engineering, computer science, etc.
North Campus represents the northern area of campus with departments within Arts/Social Science/Humanities majors such as English, Communication Studies, Sociology, Gender Studies, Music, World Arts and Cultures, and Business/Economics.
There are also some “in between” majors that fall somewhere between North and South campus, including Psychology, Anthropology, and Human Biology and Society.
Connect with the FYE office via our social media to get the latest information on programs related to first year students.
Additionally, we recommend you visit UCLA's Happenings Page and Residential Life's home page for events throughout the campus.
The main UCLA website has a great directory for all the different websites for these resources and services. If you are a current student, this may be helpful to you: If you are a prospective student, this may be helpful to you.
There are plenty of job opportunities on campus! A great place to look for available student positions is on the ASUCLA website and the Residential Life website.
We also recommend you check with individual departments on campus as they may also be looking for student workers.
Finally, the FYE office hires first year student ambassadors year round depending on space and need. Contact us to inquire if we are hiring.
The Bruin Resource Center houses the Undocumented Students Program, providing services such as counseling, financial aid assistance, legal advising, and more. The Undocumented Students Program also strives to bring the undocumented student community together and serve as an advocate for these students.
UCLA has many traditions that date back to the school’s founding. You can access a list of several fantastic events that have become tradition as part of Bruin Pride here: https://alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/
A variety of leagues, tournaments, and special events are offered each quarter. Individuals may register an entire team, or for most events, register as a free-agent and be matched with other free-agents to form a team.
UCLA’s Rock Wall is located on the first floor of the John Wooden Center. It is open free of charge to UCLA Students and members of UCLA Recreation. People at all levels of experience are invited to climb at the wall where both Bouldering and Top-Rope Climbing are available. Shoe rentals are free on one's first visit to the wall. For more information, access UCLA Recreation’s website.
UCLA Recreation manages six aquatic facilities throughout the campus. The pools offer a variety of services that include swim lessons for youth and adults, Master's swimming, leisure swimming and a variety of innovative aquatic fitness classes that cater to all ability levels.
Sunset Recreation Center is a park-like facility that features a park pool, family pool, picnic and barbecue areas, an outdoor amphitheatre, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, and a challenge course. The facility also has equipment available for checkout including volleyballs, swim paddles, kickboards, pull buoys, and fins.
The Student Activities Center is a great resource for students that houses the UCLA test bank, a gymnasium, some intercollegiate sports, locker rooms, showers, an outdoor swimming pool, and multiple on-campus organizations.
The UCLA Career Center offers services and resources to help UCLA students, UC graduates and employers reach their goals. You can visit the Career Center at 501 Westwood Plaza, Strathmore Building, North Entrance, 2nd & 3rd Floors or visit their website for more information at http://www.career.ucla.edu/.
UCLA’s New Student and Transition Programs offer orientation programs and the College Summer Institute. The UCLA Transfer Student Center is UCLA's central hub for all things transfer! It is the Transfer Student Center's mission to help you hit the ground running and make the most of your time at UCLA. We aspire to connect you to the university system and the transfer community, support you and provide you with the tools you need to achieve your goals at UCLA and beyond.
You can access their website here: http://www.transfers.ucla.edu/
For international students, the Dashew Center provides a wide variety of services, including assistance with immigration regulations, neighborhood orientation and programs in English conversation.
For UCLA’s program, a “first-generation college student” is identified as a student whose parent/guardian have not received a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree.
Housed under the First Year Experience, First To Go promotes campus involvement and visibility with a focus on the retention and success of all first-generation students at UCLA. First To Go serves as a resource hub to assist current UCLA undergraduate students as they navigate the campus and provide support in building community. Being first-generation is an accomplishment that should be celebrated!
Study abroad is a transformative academic experience that every college student should pursue. For more information, visit the International Education Office’s website here: https://ieo.ucla.edu/
UCLA's Office of Students with Disabilities offers a variety of support services for a spectrum of disabilities, both permanent or temporary. OSD staff can best assist students with accessing resources to assist with their educational needs.
There are many resources on campus to assist with mental health issues, which include:
UCLA Recreation has a variety of opportunities for involvement in physical activity, which include:
Although most of these opportunities are included in your student fees, others you must pay a nominal fee to participate. Registration is required and/or encouraged for a lot of the options above.
For more information on participating, refer to the Recreation website.
There are several resources on campus which can assist you when you are feeling overwhelmed. All you need to do is take a proactive approach and reach out and ask for help.
It is located east of the Wooden Center and north of Ackerman Union.
All information pertaining to UCSHIP and the services it provides may be found at http://www.studenthealth.ucla.edu/CustPages/Insurance.aspx.
Waiving UCSHIP can be done at the beginning of each quarter on the student health website. Students who wish to waive UCSHIP must meet certain waiver criteria including having a personal insurance plan.
Making an appointment with ASHE center can be done on the ASHE center patient portal.
CAPS or Counseling and Psychological Services is a mental health center for UCLA students. CAPS is available to support in any mental health needs through counseling and psychotherapy. Reasons to go to CAPS include feelings of depression, being overwhelmed, experiencing issues with eating, and any mental health concern that may arise.
To make an appointment with CAPS, log in to the ASHE patient portal and select “schedule an appointment” the patient portal may be found after logging in on http://www.counseling.ucla.edu/.
Administrative Offices - A255 Murphy Hall
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
(310) 825-9656 (FAX)
(310) 825-2263 (Van Service)
UCLA Center for Accessible Education Box 951426
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1426
You can reach UCLA's Financial Aid Office at (310) 206-0400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
Generally speaking, your counselor will be assigned according to your last name. For a complete list of FAO counselors visit here.
UCLA's Economic Crisis Response Team is dedicated to assisting students who are experiencing a financial crisis.
Contact ECRT at email@example.com or call (310) 206-1189.
Work-Study is a need-based form of Financial Aid that you earn through on or off-campus employment and receive in the form of a paycheck to encourage part-time employment and reduce the amount of loan debt incurred while attending college. Work-Study does so by paying a portion of your salary thus making it more advantageous for an employer to hire you.
Most on-campus jobs can be considered for work study; however, the employer must officially request the job be posted as work study by going to the work study website and submitting for official approval.
You can also go to the UCLA Work Study Job bulletin posted on MyUCLA, which has a current listing of approved work study jobs.
For more information, please refer to the Work Study page on the Financial aid website.
Handshake, operated by UCLA's Career Center, provides information on career services and events for students in addition to listing hundreds of jobs and internships UCLA students are eligible for. It also grants you access to other types of employment including internships and graduate school resources.
Sign up for Handshake
You can also look for on-campus jobs with the following departments:
All students are assigned a BruinBill account which records all charges and payments associated with registration, housing and transportation, as well as other service charges like health insurance that are assessed to students. A student’s BruinBill is available to manage nearly 24/7; the student just logins to MyUCLA and clicks on BruinBill Accounts.
Fees are assessed monthly via BruinBill and payment is due on the 20th of the month following the posting date of the charge. If the 20th falls on a weekend or a holiday, the due date is the last business day prior to the 20th.
Each month, students will receive an automated e-Bill reminder to a designated email account (selected via the Settings section of MyUCLA).
Tuition can also be paid in person using a check, cashier’s check, or money order at the Payment Solutions and Compliance office located at 1125 Murphy Hall, open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.
UCLA students are eligible for a budget increase when their educational expenses during the academic year are greater than the financial aid and loans provided to them. A budget increase can be submitted to cover the cost of: major auto repairs, computer purchases, medical/dental/optical expenses not covered by insurance, childcare costs, special projects, and airfare in the case of emergencies or to visit family over the holidays. You can find the Budget Increase Request form on the financial aid website.
UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) provides information regarding scholarships to all students regardless of need or merit through workshops, one-on-one sessions, as well as social media outlets. SRC is located in room 233 in Covel Commons on the Hill and is open 11am to 6pm, Monday through Friday.
If you already have a financial aid package and subsequently receive an outside scholarship/award, your financial aid offer will be adjusted for that award, and is dependent upon the conditions of the award.
Generally, need-based loans and work-study awards are reduced first to “make room” for that award. To ensure that an outside scholarship can help you as much as possible, it is our policy to replace your self-help (need based loan and work-study awards) first. If the amount of outside aid exceeds the amount of loans and work-study in your package, your grants are then reduced.
Outside awards that are split evenly between quarters have a more positive impact on students.
Your BruinBill can be accessed on your MyUCLA page under the “Finances and Jobs” tab.
The UCLA Loan Services Office is located in Murphy Hall Room A227, Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. They are also available at (310) 825 - 9864 Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm.
Any loans offered can be found under the “Finances and Jobs” tab in “Awards and Notices” on your my.ucla.edu. There you can see any grants, loans, and scholarships offered by UCLA along with work study eligibility. There are both subsidized loans for which interest does not begin until you graduate and unsubsidized loans for which interest begins immediately after the loan is taken out.
To learn more about your loan options visit the UCLA Loan Services Office or go to http://www.loans.ucla.edu/.
Scholarship information including scholarships offered by UCLA and departmental scholarships can be found on http://www.scholarshipcenter.ucla.edu/. Scholarships are available to both first-year and continuing students and vary in amount, eligibility, and disbursement.
You can add money to your BruinCard online or in person with a credit/debit card at the BruinCard Center at 123 Kerckhoff Hall.
Visit a BruinCard Center during business hours to get a replacement card. The main BruinCard Center is at 123 Kerckhoff Hall. You must return your damaged card to the BruinCard Center; otherwise, the card will be treated as lost or stolen. The fee for replacing a damaged card is $7.50.
For winter break, residents who have a need to stay on campus may request stay through accommodations which, when approved, will allow a student to stay in her current room and dine at a specific dining location during the winter break, except during university holidays when dining will be closed. Please note there is an additional charge for this stay-through package which must be purchased in advance. To sign up for the stay through package, please contact Housing directly.
For spring break, residents may remain in their room without any additional charge for the academic year. However, meals will not be served in any dining facility during this time.
Payment can be made online on BruinBill via www.my.ucla.edu under the Jobs and Finances section.
For more detailed information about your housing, please refer to Housing website.
Mutually requested room switches (or room swaps) and transfers to vacant spaces will be considered during the Open Transfer Period each quarter. There will also be a Room Swap Event each quarter so that residents may meet other residents who are interested in moving.
All residents interested in a transfer/room swap must submit an on-line Transfer Request from the My Housing web site at www.housing.ucla.edu/my-housing by selecting the Undergraduate Transfer Request link. Residents are required to meet with their Resident Director (RD) or Resident Services Coordinator (RSC) regarding their request at the Open Transfer/Room Swap Event before the request will be processed.
Students unable to attend the Open Transfer/Room Swap Event will need to schedule an appointment with their RD or AC before the event to be eligible for a transfer.
Roommates in the same building and with the same room request are assigned based on lifestyle preferences chosen on the application and gender. Mutual requests to be matched as roommates can be completed on the housing application. These requests are not guaranteed but every effort is made to ensure they are fulfilled.
Single room suites are available at Hedrick Summit, Rieber Terrace, and Rieber Vista. Information on contract rates can be found on the housing website.
Living Learning Communities are an initiative sponsored by Residential Life where students with similar interests live together and participate in programs that cater to their academic, social, and personal needs. Students living in these communities have the opportunity to partake in academic experiences with their peers and interact with faculty, enjoying the benefits of being part of a diverse community that shares scholarly interests. You can learn more or apply to live in an LLC here: https://reslife.ucla.edu/livinglearning/
Mini-fridges are allowed as long as they are no more than 6 cubic feet in size. Stand along microwaves are not allowed, however, a microfridge (refrigerator and microwave combination) can be rented for the year from collegiate concepts.
The UCLA Center for Accessible Education may be contacted for special accommodations in the dorms and on campus.
Dining hall menus can be found daily and in advance on the UCLA dining services website.
Overnight guests are allowed only with the consent of all roommates. Guests are subject to the same general conduct regulations as those living in the room. Regulations can be found on the UCLA Residential Life website.
A meal plan change request can be made before Thursday, September 14th without a fee or afterwards with a $25 fee. Upgrades to the meal plan are reflected on the Monday of the week that the change is made, downgrades are reflected on the Monday of the next week.
Meal plan changes may be requested through the ask housing page under the “Ask a Question” tab found at http://ask.housing.ucla.edu/.
UCLA offers 4 different payment plans for housing bills with differing times of payment. There is monthly, quarterly, full, and financial aid quarterly.
More information on these payment plans can be found on the UCLA housing website.
There is no set curfew in the dorms. However, specifically designated quiet hours are in place during the school year. These hours and more regulations can be found at https://reslife.ucla.edu/regulations.
Sunday-Thursday quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am the next day and Friday-Saturday quiet hours are from 1:00 am to 9:00 am.
Freshmen students admitted for Fall Quarter are guaranteed three consecutive years of on campus housing.
Cable TV is free and provided to all residents living On Campus. A coaxial cable is required to connect a TV to cable services. More information on what is needed can be found on the UCLA housing website.
All on-campus residents receive mail and packages at the Housing Mail Center located in Delta Terrace at Sunset Village. Please contact the Housing Mail Center with any inquiries at (310) 206-1767.
Please use the following format as the mailing address:
Student's First & Last Name (as registered at UCLA)
330 De Neve Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Fees for parking passes for students, commuters, and short-term passes are all listed on the UCLA transportation website.
The UCLA First Year Experience (FYE) Office helps students navigate campus resources, provides programming, and offers research and information supporting First Year Bruins’ success in the areas of:
Please contact FYE if you any questions or would like to speak with a staff member.
First Year Experience (FYE) is located in 205 (2nd floor) Bradley International Hall on the Hill.
FYE is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
No, students do not have to register with FYE in order to receive updates and assistance. All first year students are eligible to participate in FYE programming.
Our office consists of current student staff (undergraduate and graduate) and professional staff. All of our staff are knowledgeable about FYE services and the UCLA campus resources that could help you. FYE staff members can be reached by dialing our main office number at (310) 825-3401 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! As transfer students, you are first year students as well so all the services we provide apply to you! Also, our resources are not solely limited to first years and first year transfer students. If you are a transfer student, we also encourage you to visit UCLA's Transfer Program.