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

Facilities: Helping Out is Popular – There's so much volunteerism on campus. From going abroad to Africa to tutoring at inner-city schools, everyone wants to get involved and does.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most Dorms are Social – Some buildings are awesome, and some desperately need repairs. Mostly all are very social and fun though-students don't hide in their rooms here.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Hard Classes Mean Good Degrees – As a science major, I feel like I go to a different school than the Humanities kids. We do a lot more work, but everyone bonds because of it. No matter your major, the quarter system flies by, so it's very important to go to class.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood has a great mix of cafes and chain restaurants, all within walking distance. An ice cream sandwich at Diddy Riese is a rite of passage that freshmen have to try first thing.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Well-Rounded Students – UCLA is the best school I could imagine! We have so much fun, but we definitely don't forget to do our homework! Everyone here knows how to wildly party one night and study for a midterm the next. UCLA is full of well-rounded people.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Club Hopping – UCLA has a really diverse community. It seems like all races and religions are represented, and there's a club for everyone. Ethnicities are big on broadcasting themselves here via clubs or events.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek or Bust – Most of the most fun parties are centered on frats, so if you're a girl, it's helpful to be in a sorority.

1 College Senior

Parking: Can be difficult – Getting a pass is reallly difficult unless you can prove you have an off-campus job (which many students are fabulous at faking).

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Greek or Bust – Nightlife, for most students, revolves around the Greek scene. Frats will let girls in anytime, but guys really need to be in one to have a good time if they want to be involved.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I Heart Westwood – Westwood is the ideal college town-it's definitely got some variety but at the same time is very manageable. There are some great theaters, bars, and an overload of sushi!

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Some parts of UCLA are outdated, but for the most part, our facilities are clean and laid out well. The gym's a little small for the size of the student body, but it's really nice.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Always Spring – The weather is amazing here! There aren't exactly "seasons," but it's springtime year-round, and that's the way I like it.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Caps a Lot – RAs can be tough, and cops are always cruising around late at night. Don't walk with drinks.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Eh . . . nothing is out in open – You can get drugs if you're interested, but nothing's really out in the open. Weed is usually at frat parties, but that's the only drug that's visible.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The girls are hot – Lots of the guys here used to be nerdy in high school and sometimes can act cocky as they get used to girls actually liking them. Girls are down to earth, smart, and HOT.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Dining on campus is better than my mom's kitchen! Every dining hall has a theme or "specialty"-they're all delicious. Hedrick Hall even has sushi twice a week.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: There's a House for Everyone – Greek life tends to run the social scene, so if you're in a house, it's going to be a good time. There's definitely a frat or sorority for everyone-they're really diverse.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Number One! UCLA sports are nationally famous-we've won more than 100 NCAA championships. Everyone comes out to support at football games-the student section is always packed and crazy. Tailgating at the Rose Bowl is a guaranteed good time.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It! UCLA is the perfect balance: great academics, awesome sports teams, super-fun social scene. I'm so glad I came here because I'm getting the classic college experience and feel like I'm not being cheated in any area.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Easy Apartments – The big plus about off-campus housing is that parking spots are usually included! The off-campus apartments are near classes and campus. I have the convenience of a dorm but get to do my own thing!

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not a Problem – There have been a few little incidents here and there, but for the most part I always feel safe on campus and in the surrounding area, even when I'm alone late at night. I think that really speaks to the niceness of the area and the strength of the university police.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: RAs Are Alright – RAs (resident assistants) aren't too strict in most of the dorms, but in others they can crack down often.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors here aren't hugely accessible, but if you make the effort to come to office hours you really can form relationships with them and feel like a more involved part of the class. Registration is tough.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Is Fav – It's tough to find great places that will take my BruinCard, but it's still easy to find yummy places.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Is Amazing – Dining halls here are AMAZING. The menus are always diverse and changing, and they include creative concoctions that are both delicious and healthy. The best places to eat are Rendezvous and Bruin Café.

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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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