Los Angeles, CA
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots to choose from ethnically! Just in Westwood alone, there are plenty of Persian, Asian, Italian, and Mediterranean options. Prices run average to slightly costly, depending on the place. Many students come to Westwood since the walking distance is very convenient.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The diversity is great. Clothing is an essential part of campus students' self-expressionism. A lot of girls wear Pinterest-style clothing (boho look) or LA-casual, but not all. Winter coats are nonexistent, as the SoCal knows no real weather (typically 70 - 80 degrees and sunny). Guys usually sport tanks or button-downs and shorts. The dress is very trendy, although I'm no expert since I don't exactly know what other students at other college campuses typically wear on a day-to-day basis. Guys and girls usually meet most frequently through living situations, classes, or clubs (both the academic organization one and the party one).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus administration is generally pretty lenient. UCLA allows student self-expression for the most part, and there are many protests/demonstrations/activists on site. Drinking/smoking is not permitted, although there are easy ways around it. This usually does not affect those who do not wish to partake, however.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Some of the larger classes (usually science/pre-med prequisites) are very stuffy. Enrollment is usually difficult to snag, as spots fill up quickly. However, smaller size classes that I've been in are usually very catered to your personal growth. All professors that I've had my freshman year were highly qualified, although the liberal arts classes were usually more intimate.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Currently a neuroscience major, but I've been considering switching for a while. Pre-med is very competitive at UCLA, and grades/curves are a big deal for almost everyone. Classes are generally large (300+), and enrollment is stressful since everyone in pre-med needs to take those classes before upper divs.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Westwood is generally a very safe area. Campus has an escort van service that runs from 6pm to 11pm Monday through Thursday for anyone who calls for a ride around campus/Westwood Village/the apartments. Campus police is very effective, and overall, I feel very safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of diversity on campus. UCLA mainly does a good job with providing a welcoming atmosphere. There are a lot of resources on campus that provide support groups for any category you may happen to fall into.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: THIS CAMPUS HAS THE BEST FOOD EVER. I try to avoid caps if I can, but seriously, UCLA puts so much effort and delicacy into their food options. Like any other campus, it has chain restaurant options (Panda Express, Jamba Juice, etc.). But that's not what makes it so great. The dining halls are magnificent. B-Plate is one of the newest additions to the dining halls and serves health-conscious options that are also tasty. Workers put fine detail into each plate served, down to minute sprinklings of herbs on a dish. The salad bar is outrageous here, with so many exotic salad dressings, and there is even a booth for a worker to mix your salad for you. Some of the most memorable dishes I've had this year: lamb chops and crab cakes. Brunches on weekends are pretty gnarly as well.

Moving on. There is also Feast dining hall, which is Asian food. Many options are new each week, but some recur on every select day (e.g. Vietnamese pho on Wednesdays). I've had everything from pot stickers to Hawaiian mahi mahi to Korean barbecue to Japanese tonkatsu. There was also an anime night during the last few weeks of last quarter, in which the dining hall was decorated anime-style, and anime-plushes hung from the ceiling. All dishes were taken from some well-known anime and prepared, and there was even a spicy-ramen-eating contest.

Covel dining hall serves mainly Mediterranean or Italian food. Expect carbs. There is always pasta, and it is always good. De Neve dining hall just recently shut down at the end of last quarter for renovation, but a De Neve Lunch-to-Go area was built, which is extremely convenient, as students can just grab sandwiches or salads quickly before class.

Hedrick is also its own dining hall, and yet I've only ever been to its Late Night opening, where fusion tacos are served (Korean bbq with kim chi served inside tequila wrapping). Boba and fast-food options are also served.

All dining halls are immense and beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks usually tend to associate with other Greeks, but many students (Greeks and non-Greeks) do attend the frat houses most Thursday nights (main party night).

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: LA is very vibrant. Musicians, athletes, company professionals, and academics alike gather in this location. There is always something interesting to do, whether that be for entertainment, education, recreation, or other.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The UCLA campus is beautiful. Dining halls have some of the best foods on par with the sophistication of cuisine-style/gourmet restaurants. There are multiple dining halls to choose from, including Feast (not your typical Panda Express, but rather, Asian cuisine and delicacies) and B-Plate (pro-health and rich in all food groups). There are numerous beautiful scenes to take in on campus, including sculpture gardens and botanical gardens. New buildings and facilities are constantly added each year, making the amenities fresh and usable. While the room sizes are pretty standard, the cleanliness is maintained and well-kept.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCLA is the hub of many cultural, artistic, professional, and recreational activities. It has a certain atmosphere and provides countless networking opportunities with professionals of every field. These individuals are diverse, from those in the film industry to those conducting innovative, medical research. The campus borders Westwood Village, where movie premiers frequently take place, as well as Ronald Reagan Medical Center. UCLA offers so much rich diversity, not including the diversity that is offered in the greater LA area.

College Sophomore

Overall Experience: These days, an undergraduate degree alone from any university will suffice. Nevertheless, UCLA is well-reputable and a degree from this university is very beneficial for networking and future job prospects. Granted, the marketability of a degree from this university varies with different fields. The UCLA Career Center is very well-equipped, however, and sends out frequent emails to the university students about upcoming career networking opportunities.

3 College Junior

Athletics: UCLA has great school spirit, mainly because everyone is excited to go to UCLA. We have not had as much success in sports as we would like, although a major point of school pride is the fact that we have beat USC twice in a row!! Our womens tennis just won the NCAA championship, earning UCLA its 111th NCAA title. Coach Wooden is a prominent figure on campus, especially in the Wooden Center where his quotes are plastered on the walls. Student opinion towards athletes is indifferent.

5 College Junior

Facilities: UCLA's best selling point in my opinion is its abundance of resources. Any given night, there are dozens of activities/events to attend for free. Aesthetically, almost every student and visitor finds UCLA's campus architecture beautiful. It has been filmed hundreds of times, and is well known for Powell Library, Royce Hall, Janss Steps, and the famous red and cream colored patterned bricks. The best known campus tradition is the Undie Run which takes place on the Wednesday of Finals week. There is also the midnight yell, which has dwindled in recent years as Housing officials have begun to cite individuals who participate. UCLA has made it an effort that new buildings are LEED Gold Certified. The athletic center for athletes looks nice, I have never been inside. The Wooden center is the campus gym. It is not great, and can get very crowded. The libraries are another selling point for the campus. Powell is large and well air conditioned/cleaned, and offers an older feel while YRL has been modernized and feels futuristic.

4 College Junior

Diversity: UCLA is certainly a diverse campus, incorporating students from all over the world who bring with them their language, culture, religion, etc. Like any college campus today, there is a liberal bias and UCLA has traces of activism, although nowhere near the degree of UC Berkeley. A good majority of students identify as Conservative fiscally, and liberally progressive. Hilary Clinton recently spoke here to a sold out crowd in minutes. The campus has an LGBT center, and you can spot a few easiy identifiable homosexuals, although not many. I have found that there is a large diversity when it comes to economic backgrounds. A lot of students I have met are the first college students in their family, while others have siblings and parents who have attended UCLA.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood has tons of fine eatery restaurants and Santa monica provides even more food joints. Westwood is known to be expensive and the food certainly can be. There is In-n-out, Chipotle, McDonalds, and other major chain restaurants nearby. There is a good number of Vegan/vegetarian options such as Veggie Grill, and it is not hard to find a restaurant to suit your palete. A major gripe however is parking in Westwood.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: UCLA offers a great range of courses to meet anyone's interest or field of study. A major gripe students have is that TA's grade all the papers and essays and often have stricter standards than the professor. The class style is usually backloaded, meaning in the second half of the class most of the grade is distributed. Most science/math classes consist of a Final (usually worth 40%) and two midterms (worth either 15% or 20% each), in addition to homework (10% generally). Class sizes vary widely between major and impacted courses. Professors are generally accessible in office hours, email is not the best way to contact them.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Being a public school, I believe UCLA is at a disadvantage when it comes to providing a strong alumni network for job/internship prospects. The career center is very helpful and the campus often holds workshops on applying for jobs/scholarships/internships/housing etc. Contributing a great deal to the Los Angeles economy, employers are interested in top notch students from UCLA who have experience interning or volunteering in a respective field.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are a great way to meet people and are recommended for incoming students. UCLA has built several new dormotories in recent years, including Gardenia/Holly in 2011, Sproul Cove/Landing in 2012, and has renovated Dykstra in 2012. These dorms include private air conditioning and heating, the restrooms are nice, and they are generally kept pretty clean. The cost is a major factor, coming in at approximately $13000 per school year. The housing process is easy enough and most students I know were given their first choice. Rules are enforced, and violation of rules results in community service.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life is pretty big here at UCLA, especially for incoming freshmen. It's a great way to meet people and there are enough Social Frats and Business/Medical/Law frats to cater to anyone who is willing to join. Greek Life does not have a large presence on campus life, but most Greeks are seen dressed nicely heading to meetings and parties together. Most non-Greeks are indifferent to Greeks, but they are viewed as less than studious, stereotypical, and generally attractive/outgoing. No special Greek housing is available on campus, most Greeks I know do not choose to live in their chapter house. The Sorority houses are much nicer than the Fraternity houses.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process is smooth enough, but a FAA (financial aid administrator) reviewed my FAFSA and increased my family's EFC without any notification as to why. Meeting with the FAO can be difficult and not very productive. The UCLA Blue and Gold Program is superb.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: At UCLA, if you want to party, it's not hard to find one. You can visit a frat provided you know a brother, or tag along to an apartment party. You can go to a nearby bar, or a nearby club in Los Angeles. There are also bars in Santa Monica. The Greek life here is prominent and popular.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Its a good balance of strictness.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Ashe is usually always open when you need it to be.


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Suzy Strutner
Newport Beach, Calif.
Communication Studies
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Smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles and on the list of America's top colleges, UCLA is a school for those who want to have a blast while focusing on schoolwork. Although course registration is a battle, classes are crowded, and the registrar is impersonal, students praise the wisdom of their professors and feel that a UCLA degree will open major doors in the job market. The quarter system moves fast and tests tend to sneak up stealthily, but this allows for more experimentation when choosing courses and far less boredom. With more than 100 majors to choose from, the campus is bustling with students of all ideologies, races, and academic interests, making rousing discussions an everyday experience.

One of the nation's few top-notch universities that isn't private, UCLA is a place for those who want to learn more than a textbook contains. There’s pressure to shine socially and academically among the approximately 25,000 high-achieving Bruin undergrads, but there are plenty of campus organizations that give students a go-to friend group in the midst of the giant student body. However, it's up to the students to scout out and take advantage of all opportunities because nothing is handed to UCLA students—they must learn to navigate around red tape, persist through budget cuts, find parking and housing in Westwood's winding streets, and steer toward success. And how do they celebrate their successes? Parties! Whether through the semi-dominant Greek system or at a laid-back dorm gathering, UCLA students know how to put the books aside for a night. Overall, Bruins play nearly as hard as they work, making UCLA one of the most well-rounded schools imaginable.

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