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

Off-Campus Dining: So Good – I love the sushi in L.A.-it's a really trendy thing. We are in a huge city, so there's a restaurant for everyone. There's upscale Italian and good old McDonald's, so I've never been disappointed by this city.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs Don't Really Exist – There's always a long wait to use computers in the library. But this doesn't exactly matter because basically everyone owns a laptop, and between lectures and notes and papers, it's really a necessity.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Two-Sport School – Athletics are supposedly good here, but some teams are lacking this year-ahem, football. Students attend football and basketball games but basically nothing else. Football bus rides to the Rose Bowl are, however, pretty unforgettable.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Everyone is friendly – Everyone here is pretty friendly, which I wouldn't expect from a high-level university.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Lax but There if Necessary – The professors and building personnel are relatively lax, but they are definitely there if you need them. When you get in trouble in the dorms, not a lot of punishment is enacted, so it's not too troubling.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Easy to Get Around – The bus system rocks, and taxis are always ready and available-they arrive five minutes after you call and know the confusing streets super well.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: It Doesn't Get Much Better – You can't complain with SoCal's sunshine. We get less than 20 days of rain per year, and you can wear shorts and flip-flops in the dead of winter.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on the Hill Is a Great First-Year Experience – Living on "the Hill" (where all the dorms are) is the only way to go as a freshman. Because everyone's concentrated in one place, it's easy to get around to each other, and there are lots of spaces to study/eat/hangout. The suites are a popular place to pre-game before going out, and they're really fun. Most RAs are really friendly and laid-back. Most people live on campus for their first two years and move off campus for the last two.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Even though we are in the heart of LA, unlike (cough) USC, we're surrounded by the Three B's: Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Bel Air. Campus crime isn't too much of a concern, except for the occasional backpack or laptop theft. There have been a couple of incidences of off-campus break-ins. Walking around campus or the surrounding streets late at night is relatively safe as long as you're wary.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking and Marijuana Are It – I've never encountered any other drugs since I've been here, although it all depends on the crowd you're hanging out with. Because we live in LA, we're in close proximity to many other drug scenes. There isn't a lot of peer pressure to drink or do drugs, and you can definitely go out without being pressured to do that.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food and Variety Are Amazing – UCLA dining is rated one of the best in the country, and it definitely shows. Each of the dining halls that are buffet-style offers a wide arrangement of meals every night-rarely will nothing appeal to you. Bruin Café is open until 2 a.m. and is a common gathering spot late Thursday and Friday nights. 14 Premier is the best meal plan to get as a freshman, unless you're a student athlete or have a large appetite.

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1 College Senior

Parking: Not Possible! Parking is a JOKE. It's so hard to get a spot, and forging the paperwork to get a pass doesn't work. I tried.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys Can be Cocky, Girls are Great – Guys here are kind of on a power trip. They are not used to girls flocking them, which can sometimes lead to cockiness. Girls are really cute, fit, and put together. Oh wait, and super smart!

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: People at UCLA make this experience as great as it is. Everyone is really diverse, balanced, and so nice. I love the people here.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Not the Stereotypical Scene – People perceive rushing a sorority or frat as a judgemental experience, but honestly, lots of houses here are very down-to-earth and the members are nice people.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Lots of Fun – For underclassmen, the nightlife here pretty much revolves around Greek life. Older students hang out mainly at apartments, Westwood bars, or clubs in LA.

4 College Freshman

Academics: People take academics seriously here, but they definitely still know how to have fun. People will respect you if you stay in on a Friday to do homework, which is a nice change from high school.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Accepting and Tolerant – I'd say there are more ethnic backgrounds represented at UCLA than any school I've visited. People are very accepting, too.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: We're Famous! A lot of movies and commercials are filmed here, so it's fun to see your school on TV! That also means we have really cool architecture. And unlike real movie stars, everyone here is pretty friendly. I didn't expect that.

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3 College Senior

Facilities: Most Are Great – The athletic center is a little small for me, but most other facilities are awesome. The library is definitely a social hub, and it has some pretty comfy couches. All the buildings here are gorgeous-I feel like I'm on the East Coast most of the time.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking here sucks. Getting a pass is tough, and spaces cost about 100 bucks.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Basketball and Football Domination – Pretty much only basketball and football play a big role in campus life. These sports are popular and well attended. Everyone buses to the Rose Bowl for football, and people sometimes camp out in front of Pauley Pavilion for basketball, which is a fun tradition.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Not all Rich – UCLA is known for its diversity, and there is definitely a lot of it. I was surprised by the huge range of economic statuses represented here. There's also a ton of exchange students, and the nationality mix is awesome.

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5 College Senior

Campus Dining: So Good – Our dining halls are seriously some of the best in the nation. Sushi, make-your-own stir-fry, paninis, bread bowls, Coffee Bean drinks, and the best muffins ever are all over the place at UCLA.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Always Busy – There's alwyas something to see or do in LA. Freshmen pretty much stay in the Westwood bubble, but there are layers of LA waiting to be peeled back as one gets older. When age 21 hits, a whole new world called Sunset Strip opens-the clubs and bars are so much fun!

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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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