Los Angeles, CA
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$35,570 ($12,692)
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Reviews 3005 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It is wonderful. There's a lot of variety. The food is also very delicious. One flaw is the price, however. Since the restaurants are located in a vibrant college town, their prices seem to be a bit more inflated than they should be.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The community here is incredibly diverse. Not only in terms of its international student body, but UCLA managed to put together an atmosphere that provides a comfortable environment for any person, any idea, and any view, allowing everyone to mix and empower the students to have a wider perspective of the world.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks have parties and their own social events. The school is very diverse in its events, so if you choose, you can go to a Greek event or an apartment event. The frat parties are fun but not necessary to have a good time.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Good Food – The dining is very good, but you will get tired of the meals after a while.

4 College Senior

Computers: Computer Labs Are Usually Available – Computers are usually available and only get crowded during finals and midterms. There are also laptops available for check out.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCLA is the best school ever. I love it here. There's a great balance of social and academic life. I'm so glad I chose to come here-it's made my college experience memorable.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: UCLA has every facility that you could want. There are even small gyms in the dorm buildings for convenience. You can also choose to do any activity inside or outside-they offer both. Our main library is open all day, so if you need to study, it's a great place.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall, the campus of UCLA is really safe. The only time I feel unsafe is when I'm walking by myself at night. Otherwise, if you're in the dorms, no one could get in because there are security people who check your ID before you can go in.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Too many people feel the need to loudly express their opinions and their diversity. There is always a protest about race. Why can't we all just get along?

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: With recent renovations, they have gotten better and are becoming the center of life for on-campus students, but the dining hall system is a mess. They should use points, not swipes, for buffet meals.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: No Car, Take the Bus – Public transportation is really good. There are buses that come often, and the cost is great for students who attend UCLA. We only have to pay a quarter when we show our student ID cards. For people who travel and come to school late, we have a shuttle bus that picks students up where the bus leaves them. So it's really convenient for people to travel.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Affects People – The drug scene at UCLA is somewhat extreme. I've come to realize that most everyone you meet has drank, drinks, or smokes. I've taken a mental survey that the ratio of people who do drugs to people who don't do drugs is 70:30. It usually starts with one person and influences others.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Meeting People That Help Students Out – When I was an incoming freshman, I had some mistakes in my FAFSA. It was really hard to fix the errors because the financial aid office has strict rules. Luckily, I found some counselors and other faculty people to help me out with my problem. They even helped me join programs that would help me with my classes. The workload is heavy and if you fall behind a little, the next time you have to work twice as hard to catch up.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Sunset All the Way! Besides the parties in the apartments, the real nightlife takes place on Sunset Boulevard, a street filled with clubs, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Hot and Smart – The guys and girls at UCLA are hotter than average because the city has a lot to offer and appeals to young people.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Dirty and Diverse – There are many off-campus housing options to choose from, but a lot of them have unreliable landlords and dirty grounds. Noise from parties is an issue and can be disturbing at times.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are clubs for everyone, and they actually make a difference. If you like to read, there is a club for you. There are other clubs for community service, technology, MAC users, or environmental concerns. Anything and everything is available to you.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The libraries are wonderful. There are lots of books, places to read and study, and most of all, they are very close to the vending machines where you will find the most amazing vanilla coffee on the planet.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Westwood is amazing with lots of different things to do-movies, food, and buses going everywhere else you would want to go.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's the Best – I can't imagine myself going anywhere other than UCLA. I am so proud to be a Bruin, and I love my school. Academically, it is a very challenging school, yet I've enjoyed every class I've taken, and studying doesn't feel like a chore but an interest. Socially, I love my fellow Bruins. There's always something to do and people to hang out with. I can't say I was ever bored. As far as opportunity, there are no limits to what a Bruin can do in life. To top it all off, our campus is absolutely gorgeous. I love UCLA!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a Greek student and couldn't see myself being one, but the friends I have in the Greek system really enjoy it. They do hold a lot of the typical frat party stereotypes, but there are also some really great people in the Greek system, and I'd say the Greek system as a whole is beneficial to the campus reputation.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Residence Halls – Living on campus in a residence hall is awesome, especially as a freshman. The residence halls are extremely social and always a good time. Having an on-campus meal plan is a must at UCLA. We have, by far, the best food out of any campus I've heard of.

3 College Student

Transportation: Since UCLA is such a big school, it is hard to get around and find places to park. Freshmen and sophomores have it hardest because they cannot drive or use their cars if they live in an on-campus dorm.

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: The relationships are so diverse here. Everyone is different and everyone dresses different, yet we all interact, accept, and love our differences.

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Campus Dining: It's good food that we want to eat, but it is not exactly healthy.


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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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