Oxbridge at UCLA visited two of California’s top universities on Thursday: the University of California, San Diego and Loyola Marymount University.
UCSD is home to approximately 30,000 total students with more than 100 different undergraduate majors. The school sits in a beautiful setting beside Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA and is only a 15 minute walk to the Pacific Ocean! UCSD is a public institution that prides itself on being one of the top 15 research universities worldwide. Our students visited the Geisel Library, which ranks in the nation’s top 25 public academic libraries and provides UCSD students with access to a near infinite amount of research information. Outside of the library sits a statue of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. It is said that amidst the Eucalyptus trees on the UCSD campus, Dr. Seuss found inspiration for the Trufulla trees in his book the Lorax. Following our trip to the UCSD campus, our students stopped in the “OC” (Orange County) on Balboa Peninsula at Newport Beach. While in Newport, our students were able to get away from the hustle-and-bustle beaches of Los Angeles and enjoy some free time on a more “laid back” beach with a suburban surfer feel.
Those who didn’t go to San Diego headed to Westchester, Los Angeles to visit Loyola Marymount University, a liberal arts school. The school has a relatively small campus which houses 9,200 undergraduate students studying in 60 different undergraduate programs. Our students had the opportunity to go inside the admissions office and had their questions answered about the college admissions process and about LMU specifically. After touring the campus, students had a chance to go inside the dorms and other lecture halls where classes are held. Visiting LMU’s small, private campus provided a great contrast to what the students have seen of our home base here at UCLA, which is a very large public institution. After the tour, the students took a surprise detour to Manhattan Beach, getting some time to explore a bit more of the southern California coastline and to unwind after a long week!