BENEFITS

WHY TAKE A FRESHMAN CLUSTER?

Students who take a Cluster on average graduate earlier

  • 18 units toward degree 
  • Receive three quarters of Honors credit (18 credits) for students in College Honors including Honors Collegium for spring quarter seminar

Students that take a Cluster on average graduate with a higher GPA

A key component to the Clusters, is that they prepare students for the rest of their time at UCLA. After Clusters, students are equipped to excel at the college level having acquired key skills in research, writing, and information literacy.

Study with distinguished faculty

Students have the opportunity to learn from senior faculty who are pioneers in their approaches to learning and research. By learning from faculty across disciplines including UCLA’s professional schools, Cluster students are given a unique one-year opportunity to learn from as well as network with Ladder Faculty early in their college career.

Join a vital learning community

With almost 30,000 undergraduate students on campus, it can be hard to transition from high school to college. Our Cluster courses take a large campus like UCLA, and makes it smaller. Students are part of a year-long community of 200 freshmen, 4 faculty, 5 graduate students, 1 librarian, 1 writing specialist and residential life support.

WRITING II CREDIT

Writing II Credit

The Writing II work for the Cluster is spread throughout the year. All the Clusters have partnerships with Writing Programs and the Library to help with your writing, including Inquiry Specialists (former Cluster students who did well on their writing)!

Priority Enrollment in English Composition 3 

The entering freshman class is large, and there are certain classes that the many first-year students are required to take, such as English Composition 3. All Cluster students are given priority enrollment for this course in the fall, winter and spring of their freshman year. This allows for students to compete get a head start in their major/minor classes. Note: Cluster students must complete English Comp 3 (or the equivalent) by the end of their first year in order to receive Writing II credit.

Log onto MyUCLA and check the Degree Audit System to confirm that you are eligible to take English Comp 3 (Writing I), and follow the steps below if you have not yet satisfied the Writing I requirement.

GE CREDIT

Upon completion of each the Cluster program, students satisfy 4 GEs requirements. Download the complete list of the Foundation Area GE Credit.