Dear Bruins

I’m pleased that you are taking the time to chart your path to graduation. Setting academic goals for each year of your undergraduate experience enables you to remain focused on your educational aspirations, establish a manageable financial plan and explore courses outside your major — whether that means studying abroad or taking advantage of the wealth of meaningful non-credit educational opportunities.

Although most Bruins graduate in four years, a growing number now graduate in three years. Earning a bachelor’s degree from UCLA is challenging, but academic planning can help you take advantage of significant opportunities. To illustrate how, our academic counselors have assembled some sample pathways to completing degree requirements in three- and four-year tracks. Take a look.

Starting with new student orientation, Bruins have access to professional and peer advisors who can guide you in choosing courses for your first year. The College and professional schools have professional advisors available to you, and you will find advisors on staff in your chosen major. For students in Honors Program and the Academic Advancement Program, dedicated staff can be another outstanding resource. All of our advisors are well versed in UCLA’s degree requirements and know what pathways have worked for other students.

However you chart your path to graduation, I encourage you to take full advantage of the many academic support services our campus offers. I wish you much success as you begin your coursework at UCLA.


Gene D. Block