Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 3056 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is notoriously bad at UCLA, but I have a motorcycle so the rules don't apply to me as strictly. Still, Westwood can be frustrating when it comes to parking.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Good Times – UCLA always has something to do, but the downside is you usually have to be in with a group since Greek life is very big at UCLA. I'm not a big partier, but people have a good time.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Nothing to Complain About – I've never had a problem getting a computer when I've needed it at a lab. The addition of wireless Internet in all the dorms makes doing schoolwork and surfing in general much more convenient. WiFi coverage is solid throughout the campus. No complaints at all.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I Just Said This! UCLA is a city within a city. It's huge and alive, and we're all a part of it. You don't feel lost in it though because people will remember you, they're friendly, and everyone wants developed connections. And they're here because they're intelligent and academically focused. Study groups are cool, gtting drunk and going crazy isn't. We just don't have the time for that.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Like It. The campus is gorgeous. It's like stepping back into the 1800s with all the brick buildings and gardens and trees everywhere. It's pretty spread out so you have to walk to get places, but it's really not so bad. They let people ride bikes around, and there's a bus system that shuffles people all over campus. It's definately a geeky campus. Everyone is going to be a doctor or engineer of some sort. It's 60 percent Asian, and sometimes your fellow students can barely understand English, but they study so hard that it usually doesn't matter. One of the coolest things about the diverse population and attitude of tolerance is that you see things you wouldn't other places. At 5 p.m., you're bound to see someone on a prayer rug facing Mecca. Off campus there are tons of good resturants and cool little movie theaters. As long as you don't have a problem with lab coats, UCLA is an excellent place to live. It' so big you feel like you're lost in a city inside a city, and you are! But that's okay because you belong to this little microcosm of a world.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Are So-So – Sports are a fairly big deal at UCLA with the UCLA/USC rivalry, but the fact is UCLA is better at research and academics than sports. Still, people have quite a bit of fun and let go of academics every once in a while to go watch UCLA lose at football. We also have a really affordable package for students, which makes it easy to attend all sporting events. It's $99 a quarter for all the football and basketball games, and all other sports are free regardless of whether or not you purchase the package. More than actual sports, there's a really nice student workout facility that offers all kinds of classes and group workout opportunities. You pay a small fee per quarter and can attend any class any time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Westwood Village – I give Westwood Village a B+ because of its lack of parking and parking ticketers. It has almost everything you would want from a plaza: movies, dining, and shopping, though the shopping is limited. Buffalo Exchange is in Westwood Village, which is a huge plus but I've been to better Buffalo Exchanges. The dining can get old after a while but you can't go wrong with Diddy Riesse cookie sandwiches for a buck! Mr. Noodle next door probably has the best Thai food and boba!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I Don't See It – There are people smoking all over campus; it stinks up my day. I don't know what else people do. I know that drinking is a big thing, and weed may also be too, but I don't see it. However, I do smell it around campus often.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – On-campus life is okay. I stayed in Sunset Village-Courtside during my freshman year. It's kind of a dead zone because no one ventures outside of their rooms, with the private bathrooms and all. The quality of the room was nice, though. Hedrick Hall is also pretty nice; De Neve, although a plaza, seems to have a great social atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood Dining Options – Although I haven't explored all of Westwood, the area does offer a wide selection of eateries to choose from. The popular and well-known one is Diddy Riese Cookies, an ice-cream sandwich, shaved ice, and cookie shop that always seems crowded but is worth the wait (the cookies are an affordable price and are delicious!). There's also Noodle Planet, which is about two or three blocks from the school. There is Yogurtland, Olive Garden, CPK,and boba places scattered through Westwood, too. Many places offer student discounts, but I don't think I've been to those places yet.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: You don't need to dress all pretty to impress people.

4 College Senior

Computers: Computer Lab – There are new, improved computers than run a lot better than before.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: So Expensive – Parking is terrible, mostly because of the cost. There is no lack of parking, but guest parking is horrendous. If one is slightly over the time limit, it's an immediate ticket.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Anything and Everything – Varsity sports are pretty important, especially football. What I like most, however, is the intramural sports. This is the league for the people who just want to play the game for fun. UCLA has everything from dodgeball to wheelchair basketball. And to make things sweeter, our athletic facility, the John Wooden Center, has all sorts of workout equipment, basketball courts, and even a rock-climbing wall. There's a little something for everyone.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The University of California - Los Angeles has the most amazing campus I have seen in California, or any other state. There are many libraries to choose from, but my personal favorite is Powell Library. It has many quiet places to study and many places to study in groups. The lecture halls are amazing as well, equipped with microphones, projectors, and such.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Living LA – Los Angeles is an amazing area filled with fun attractions and great people. I've lived in Los Angeles my entire life, and anytime I take a visit to another state or country, I can hardly wait to get back to Los Angeles. Everything is close to each other, and the bus routes are so easy to follow. The beach is always close, and there is great shopping. It is also a good place to learn about different cultures because of the diversity of the cultures all around. All in all, I LOVE Los Angeles!

4 College Senior

Facilities: Students with disabilities are understood and catered to in a comfortable way. The campus itself is beautiful.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Lots of It. I live off campus, just a block from it. There are so many parties! People drink like there's no tomorrow. The partying happens mostly Thursday through Sunday. That's when it's the loudest. Many people who drink at these parties also smoke herb. It is very common to do those two things. There is a number of people, however, who don't party or who just drink water or juice and might smoke little to none. Some people were into drugs before coming to this school and they bring that attitude with them. Once a friend of mine come to campus tripping on LSD. This is rare, however. Doing drugs seems to be most common with north campus students.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Looks Pricey – The guys and girls vary in appearance. However, in general, there tends to be more Asian and white students, with very few African American students. Almost everyone dresses in quality clothes. I can tell that both the guys and girls shop in expensive stores. Specifics depend on what part of campus you're on. For example, on North campus (art, photography, cinema, theater), there are some pretty creative dressers with lots of color and layers of pants and skirts and scarves. The guys tend to wear tight pants.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are the Way to Go, Go, Go! Buses are very available, and some of the bus lines give students a discounted fare.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe. UCLA is located in a very safe area in Westwood. But that doesn't mean that community service officers and police officers neglect to patrol the grounds. I feel very safe walking around campus and around Westwood.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Don't Let the Size Intimidate You – UCLA is a large school. The class sizes can be intimidating. However, a lot of the classes also require students to attend smaller discussion sections, encouraging (and by encouraging, I mean your grade usually depends on it) participation by discussing class topics. The professors generally make themselves available with office hours, as do the teaching assistants. So, help is available if you make the effort to seek it.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Culture Promotes Drinking – Greek life is a larger part of UCLA culture than I expected. Thursday night partying is a big deal even for people who have Friday classes. Greek life is just about drinking, which does not interest me.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Far from Campus – I lived in Hedrick Hall, which happened to be the second oldest and farthest Hall from campus. All dorms are about a mile from classes, which can be very inconvenient.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UCLA dining halls offer diverse menud of classic and ethnic dishes. I appreciate the wide variety of vegetarian selections in certain dining halls. However, it is inconvenient that no restaurants/cafes on campus are included in the meal plan. Only certain dining halls offer sack lunches, which makes it difficult to get lunch on my meal plan without having to pay extra at a school cafe.


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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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