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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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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If You Have Money, Don't Expect Much – UCLA is a public school and does not give large amounts of financial aid to families that are somewhat well-off. Many merit scholarships are available, however, for those who cannot get financial aid from the school.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – UCLA is extremely strict on academic honesty, but if you want to go out and drink or smoke, just make sure not to do it in the dorms and you'll be fine. UCLA will not seek you out just to get you in trouble. In general, authorities are not strict.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Nearly every race, religion, and political belief is represented on campus. Although some may complain of a population dominated by Asian students or the under-representation of blacks, everyone finds their place at UCLA.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Yay for L.A. If you are able to find a niche and really fight to not get lost in the crowd, UCLA can be a great experience. Because it is such a large school, absolutely everything imaginable is available to students. Because UCLA is right in the heart of the nicest part of Los Angeles, internships are plentiful and jobs are not hard to come by.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a member of Greek life, I love being in a house. I have met tons of people, had a great social life, and have formed lasting friendships with the girls in my house. That being said, many students who are not members of Greek life look poorly on the organization as a whole. The UCLA community is hostile to the Greeks, and many people do not understand that we do much more than party.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Just Drinking – People drink and some smoke pot. I have never seen people doing any sort of hard drug or ever been asked to try them, and I consider myself a very social person. Any drugs that do go on are hush-hush because users know the students don't think it's acceptable. Mostly people just have an awesome time and get drunk.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Cheap and Yummy – There are a million sushi and frozen yogurt places in Westwood, and lots of them allow you to pay with your student ID card. Students also are offered discounts or specials frequently.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Psychology Is the Biggest Department on Campus, and for Good Reason – Though many students are put off by the application process for psychology, this department has some of the most interesting classes and professors at UCLA. There are also plenty of research opportunities for undergrads, and professors are usually more than happy to interact with students on a personal level.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Frats, Westwood Bars, and Hollywood Clubs – UCLA really has it all in terms of nightlife. There are always fraternity and apartment parties off campus (for the underage scene), as well as bars in Westwood and clubs in Hollywood for those 21+. However, campus is usually pretty quiet at night, which is the perfect atmosphere if you're planning on staying in to study.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Hugely Spirited Pac 10 School – Though UCLA teams are not always the best, there aren't many universities that rival our school spirit. The athletic facilities are top-notch, and the fan support is unbeatable.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Res Halls are Cramped but Have a Great Social Atmosphere – While most upperclassmen choose to live off campus, freshmen and sophomores have the choice between brand-new plazas and suites or older residence halls. Though the plazas and suites are more spacious and modern, there is no better way to instantly meet people than life in a res hall.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Permits Hard to Get – Parking permits are nearly impossible to obtain if you don't have a job. Street parking can be very hard to find, and parking patrol gives out tickets readily.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is no shortage of apartment and fraternity parties in Westwood. Thursday nights are big going-out nights, especially for Greek parties. The Westwood bar scene is limited with two bars, but that also makes it fun. Bars can be crowded but you're guaranteed to know the people there and pretty much always guaranteed a good time.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: We have the best teams!

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: UCLA provides a flyaway bus service to and from all the airports in the area for only $5. It comes at all times of the day and is so easy to use! There are also a variety of opportunities and programs available that make finding a ride home quick, affordable, and easy!

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The great thing about UCLA is that you do not need a car on campus. Westwood is a five-minute walk from campus, and Santa Monica is only a 10-minute bus ride. There is plenty of parking on campus, but it is difficult to get a parking permit to park on campus all year-round. However, there are parking spots available to park your car in Westwood year-round. The only problem is that this option is pretty expensive.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities at UCLA are absolutely fantastic. We have the best gym of any other school I have been to, and it includes a rock-climbing wall, cardio machines, weights, more fitness classes than you could ever think of attending, and great volleyball and basketball courts. We also have state-of-the-art athletic facilities that all students have a chance to use through IM or club sports. The 17 libraries on campus give more than enough room for any studying you need to do, too!

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4 College Junior

Facilities: There are computers in the student union to access the Internet. Buying books is convenient, and the staff is very helpful. The food court options are great, as is the selection of UCLA paraphernalia. The gym is large with modern equipment and a wide range of fitness classes are offered.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Celebrity Sightings If You Pay Attention – Westwood is the best place to go to school because if you stay on your toes, you're likely to see a bunch of celebrities throughout the year. Movie premieres are always held at the Mann Bruin Theater, about a three-minute walk from campus. Sometimes movies are filmed around Westwood or on campus, and I've even run into a couple celebs while shopping during a break from class.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Literally, in order to get parking on campus you either have to have a child at home, a terminally ill parent, or a disability, or you can lie and say that you have any (or preferably all) of the above. The parking situation is unacceptable.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing: Minor Headache – It's expensive, but we live in Westwood, which is sandwiched between Wilshire and Bel Air, so it's bound to be pricey. The quality of apartments varies a lot-some were built decades ago, while others are much more modern. Parking is often included with apartments, so usually it's not an issue.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: It's SoCal . . . bad weather doesn't exist here.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amazing School – I absolutely love UCLA-it was by far the best choice for me and I'm so glad I made it. If you want to go out any given night of the week, you'll have no problem finding friends to go out with or places to go, but you also never have trouble finding people to stay in and study with. Everyone is fun and loves to party but has their acts together schoolwise (I mean come on, they did get in here).

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Fun People – Most guys who are in a frat or play a sport are always down to go out and have fun. There are way more blonde girls here than at home! Everyone gets along really well and has friends in a bunch of different groups.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – There have been a few crime incidents, but overall, I feel very safe on campus. Campus police are willing to escort you at night on and around school grounds.

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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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