Los Angeles, CA
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$35,570 ($12,692)
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Social Atmoshphere – Housing is adequate, as long as you're not expecting the Ritz. It's as best as can be expected.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – Being a former fan of USC, the differences in safety are day and night. I do not have to be afraid simply walking to class or being less than 10 feet off campus!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Ackerman Union-Bookstore – The student bookstore is THE place to go for anything UCLA-related. Clothing, sports stuff, etc., all can be found here. The atmosphere is great. The layout is wonderful. What more can you ask for?

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Sunny CA – Although some weeks the weather in LA is sure to shock you, the campus experience is greatly affected by the weather. It is quite a walk from dorms to campus, and the lovely weather contributes to very happy students (all the patches of grass we have on campus are filled come spring quarter, really gives campus a homier feel).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – Campus is not very strict. Protests are often welcome. There are few, if any, enforced policies that restrict one's social life.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a lot of drinking going on in and around the frats, but otherwise, on campus, people are very safe and sober. Smoking is not as common and usually done in private.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's Okay – UCLA is a very well-known college, but people who want to come to UCLA have to consider that there are 300 people in one class, so that there is less interaction between professor and student.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny California – The weather is amazing here in Southern California!

4 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation within UCLA is good with its campus shuttle, as well as the outside buses. It is easy to get around if you know which bus to take.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The main library is a good resource for students, but I find the ones close to north campus need to be open a little earlier. Also, some of the studio hours are being cut because of the budget, and it's harder to develop work in a crowded environment with less available hours. The museum on campus is an amazing facility that all students should visit with different shows contemporary to the art world. Finally, the general campus emits a friendly, happy environment.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at UCLA is very inconvenient. Day passes are expensive, monthly permits are not very affordable on a student budget, and parking buildings are usually very crowded. However, there is no need for a car if you live on campus or in Westwood as everything that is not accessible on foot can be reached through the network of buses in the LA area.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Amazing School Spirit – UCLA's top competitor is USC and that keeps the school spirit very high. At football, basketball, and volleyball games against USC, UCLA students rally to show support for their teams. Overall, the campus is very athletic, and there are many programs and athletic facilities available to all students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have personally never felt unsafe at the UCLA campus. Whenever any crimes occur, the students are notified. During emergencies and crises, mass texts are sent out to the students to notify them of potential danger. There are police and security on campus to help whenever needed.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: It's Overall Nice. The school work isn't too hard and the quarter system takes time to get used to, but it's worth it in the end.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Alright. There are some really cute girls and some not-so-cute girls. Everyone at the school is nice, for the most part, but usually very focused on getting things done.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Despite the cost of living in the dorms at UCLA, it is definitely an experience worth having. The accommodations that UCLA has to offer are not only state-of-the-art, but they are essential to the UCLA experience. With the opportunity to socialize and bond with your fellow Bruins in a comfortable and secure place, the UCLA students thrives in such a community.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood Eateries. UCLA lies in the heart of Westwood-a borough of West Los Angeles. It's a quaint little college village with lots of privately owned Asian and Italian restaurants. There is more variety and it is all very comfortable for a student's price range. Most places offer a percentage discount with the presentation of a UCLA student ID.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: UCLA offers a wide variety of food options to its students. Each of the four dormitory dining halls offers a fresh and diverse menu that is open to both students and non-students. Along with the dining halls, several eateries are scattered around the dorms, as well as all over campus, and provide anything from quick burgers to Asian to loaded gourmet salad bars. The student union, known as Ackerman, is a wonderful location that houses a small market along with the fast food/snack stations.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: City Life – UCLA is in the heart of Los Angeles, minutes away from the Santa Monica Beach.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is definitely a lot of variety in racial ethnicity at UCLA. Admittedly, there are a lot of Asians (which sometimes leads our school to be called University of a Caucasian Lost among Asians), but in reality, there's a lot of different "types" of people, ranging from Persian to Korean. There is a definitely a smaller number of African American and Hispanic students, however.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: Punishments Not Harsh – Don't get caught, but even if you do, it's not a huge deal. Just don't do anything illegal.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Varied, Lots of Parties Though – Some are more risky to live with than others. Some Greek organizations are crazy hard groups to get into, but it's not much of a status thing.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Easy to Get Housing – They're clean, landlords are usually pretty nice, and they're a good distance from school.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife scene for students under 21 would probably have to be house parties. There are a lot of 18+ clubbing events in hollywood, but those are usually reserved for those who have cars or friends who have cars. Living at UCLA will not allow many students to leave campus. Public transportation is expensive.

4 College Junior

Computers: Labs on Campus – There are a lot of computer labs on campus. MacBooks can be checked out in the libraries, and there are labs for statistics classes filled with iMacs. Wireless access is almost everywhere on campus. Speed is fast and good. It is easier to bring your personal laptops to class if you require it.


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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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