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Los Angeles, CA
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27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are usually computer labs in every dorm, as well as the library and various other places. Each student gets $5 worth of free printing for the year, and the wireless access is usually pretty fast!

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: UCLA is rated #2 in the nation for campus dining! The food is excellent. There are SO many options, and we even have a dining hall committed solely to healthy eating. We also have a dining hall that specializes in authentic Asian food! The choices are endless.

4 College Freshman

Majors: UCLA has a great biology and research program, but the class sizes are often SO big because a majority of the students here are taking the same classes.

4 College Freshman

Majors: sometimes I just feel like this community may be too big for some of us, but we can always make our own smaller communities.

College Freshman

Majors: It all depends on the type of internship we get. Some can be bad, some can be good. A lot of the times, it's what you make of it.

4 College Junior

Computers: The school libraries have computer labs for the students to use, as well as printing areas. Furthermore, the dormitories offer them as well. However, most students find it convenient to purchase their own laptops and electronics, as they can be transported and used at any moment.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Since it is in the heart of the city, UCLA is bustling with noise and activity every day. However, there are many options to choose from to do, whether it is eating, shopping, or exploring the streets. The Hammer Museum houses a plethora of cultural and current attractions and exhibitions for the public. Many eateries from different cultures are available as well, including Mediterranean, Iranian, French-Canadian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Mexican, and many more.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Some apartments close to campus are convenient, but old; one would need to live slightly farther from campus in order to obtain better apartments. Their proximity to fraternity and sorority houses may put some strain, as these houses sometimes throw loud parties or events. Regardless, apartments are relatively comfortable and functional, with reasonable pricing and distance to school.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have walked alone many times by myself, both during the day and night, and I feel relatively safe. Most people mind their own business, and so I am comfortable on campus.

3 College Junior

Parking: There are plenty of parking spots all over campus, from near the classrooms to near the dormitories. However, due to the many students, it is difficult to apply for and receive a parking permit: lines can get long, and the prices may be expensive.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity at UCLA is essential; there are many organizations, clubs, and events that come together to make aware and accept these differences among students. For instance, there are rallies dedicated to those of specific ethnic heritages (i.e. Palestine), many religious clubs (i.e. Christian, atheist, Jewish), and LGBT organizations. Additionally, students come from many different political beliefs, whether Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal, or neutral.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Between Thursday and Friday, lots of students go out to Westwood or West Los Angeles for night-time events. Whether it is a large social for clubs or Greek life, or a casual, intimate dining with friends, there are plenty of options, both high-end and inexpensive, for everyone.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Due to the diversity of the campus, the guys and girls at UCLA come from all backgrounds, whether ethnically, religiously, or by sexual orientation. There is a need to present oneself nicely in public, so a good majority of students are well-dressed in creative, colorful clothing, accessories, and boots. Social life is strongly encouraged on campus, as many students are involved in more than one club. Friendships are well-sought after; people do activities together, whether working out at the gym, eating together, or participating in other socials. There are romantic relationships, but not everyone is committed.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Most destinations are within walking distance, so it is most convenient to go by foot. However, the university offers cars to students in volunteering clubs that require traveling some distance away from the campus. Requiring the cars are easily accessible and inexpensive. Furthermore, shuttle buses are available for students for getting to the airport during holiday seasons and vacations. Every weekend morning, a UCLA trolley is available to take students out to Westwood for grocery shopping or other activities.

College Junior

Majors: Applying to my English major did not require any prerequisite classes; I simply talked to the department counselor and was immediately placed in the concentration.

4 College Junior

Weather: Situated in the heart of Los Angeles, UCLA is temperate with warm days and nights almost year-round. Late spring and early summer weather are relatively hot and dry, but the winters are seldomly cold.

5 College Junior

Academics: As an English major with emphases on French and Society and Genetics, I have found the experience to be very rewarding. There is a lot of reading and writing involved, as well as analyzing and offering an interpretation of the texts covered. I have taken many interesting classes geared toward specific spectra of literature and culture, including African-American Literature in the 1960's and 1970's, Queer Theory, The Study of Paris and Its Novels, and Asian-American Literature and Culture. The facilities in my concentration are brightly-lit and welcoming, offering students a friendly and professional environment to engage in their studies. Many opportunities for studying abroad and collaborating with professors on research are present, the former including traveling to England or France to experience and earn credit for the majors.

4 College Junior

Academics: The curriculum at UCLA is challenging and often times competitive, but the hard work and effort in the end prepares one for responsibility, discipline, and opportunities for jobs and internships beyond education. Professors are knowledgeable in their fields and are willing to dedicate their time to assisting the students' understanding of the material covered. Registration for classes is relatively efficient, since it is all done online; assigned times for enrollment are based on priority and the number of units in the system. Again, workload can at times be demanding, but pushes one to work hard and learn the most from the class. Popular study areas include the library, such as Powell or Charles E. Young, as well as opportunities in on-campus cafes and bookstores.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to dining. There is a variety of different cuisines and dishes to choose from.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, but those who I know that did find it relatively easy.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking anywhere on or around UCLA is very expensive

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood has a choice for virtually any kind of taste

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are a decent amount of scholarships available

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is pretty chill

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is the best... enough said.

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Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
Major
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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