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

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – The drug and alcohol policy is pretty strict on campus and pretty lenient off campus. Quite a few people drink and smoke, but there isn't much peer pressure regarding it. It's a safe campus and our UCPD officers try to keep it that way!

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life is relatively strong here. About 13 percent of the people are involved in Greek life, but since there are so many students, chances are that you will know someone from a house. Fraternities and sororities are located on different streets, on Gayley and Hilgard, respectively. I don't find that Greeks and non-Greeks are loved or hated by one another-everyone is fine with each other!

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The Guys and Chicks – The girls, on average, are much better looking than the guys at UCLA. There are a lot of different styles here, from hipster to high-class. The social life is great since there are so many students. Relationships are relatively few-I believe there are more hook-ups than relationships.

4 College Senior

Weather: Sunshine Year Round – Los Angeles has beautiful, sunny, mild weather 97 percent of the time. During the winter months, there may be a week or two during the quarter where it is chilly, and a few days here and there where it rains, but by the time the "winter weather" comes, it is winter break. For someone who loves sunshine, it is the place to be. Plus, we're near several beaches, with good weather, the majority of the time.

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1 College Senior

Diversity: Many Asian and White Students – While UCLA likes to boast about its "diversity," in all actuality, the largest demographic of students is Asian. While Asian students are considered a minority in the general population, they make up the majority at UCLA. Because of this, most of the student organizations cater to Asian Americans or international students. The second largest demographic of students is Caucasian. So, unless you belong to either of these ethnic groups, you will most likely feel out of place.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: Beautiful Architecture and Landscape – The feel of the UCLA campus is lush and beautiful. You are surrounded by a lot greenery and excellent brickwork and architecture. Daily walks through the campus are always breathtaking. The student union has beautiful archways on the outside and modern design on the inside. Our student gym is top of the line. The student union is filled with fast food restaurants, a student store, and anything you need.

4 College Senior

Academics: There's an amazing, varied faculty with plenty of opportunities for hands-on field work and experience.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Best Choice I Ever Made – Going to UCLA was the best choice I ever made! It is a great party school, with outstanding academics. If you can juggle it all, then it's great!

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Frat parties, club parties, and house parties are a lot of fun!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: School Spirit – UCLA students have a lot of school spirit!

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly Two Ethnic Groups – Asians and whites are the two ethnic groups that are most seen here on campus. It is still very diverse because there are many races on campus, but those are the two ethnic groups on campus that are most seen. Religious-wise, it is a very diverse campus. Economically, you have different classes, from the high-class, "let's go party in limos every weekend" to the students who can barely eat and afford on-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The Very Important Computer Labs – The computer labs on campus are very useful. There are multiple sites around campus that allow you to access computers and print items you need. Wireless is all over campus, which is a huge plus. Some labs even offer free printing!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Prestigious and Close to Home – I came to UCLA because it is a nationally ranked school. It currently has the biggest history department in the nation, which I am currently studying. It is also far enough for me from home to become independent, yet close enough to be able to go back on weekends.

5 College Student

Nightlife: Party All You Want – If you want to party, you can always find a party. There are clubs almost everywhere and you dont need to be 21, just 18 is good enough. And there are always people throwing parties, so no need to worry about nightlife.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive but Doable – While housing in LA, especially west LA, is expensive in general, it is considerably cheaper to live off campus than on campus. By sharing an apartment with your friends, you can save a lot more money and have much more space.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Metropolitan, Fun, Big – LA is a crowded city, and UCLA is located in the lively town of Westwood. There are plenty of restaurants and shops, so you will never be bored.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Students Not That Different – Besides wearing letters and occasionally being intoxicated on campus, they don't really stand out that much.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Somewhat Overhyped – While the school holds a proud record of successful athletic teams, by making it a selling point, they create certain expectations for themselves-expectations they have not been meeting recently.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Many of the programs used in the lab are outdated and could use an update, but they usually tend to get the job done. Still, old programs can sometimes be frustrating.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Need a Good Reason for a Permit – They don't let you get a permit even if you are willing to pay for it. They only allow people with jobs off campus or commuters to get one.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty Cute Girls but Everyone Is Way Too Promiscuous – Personally, I don't approve of detached and superficial sex flings, but some people are into that. There is a variety in the types of people, but the promiscuous overpower the bunch. I imagine it would be hard to really connect with someone.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Excellent Dining Quality and Options – There is tons of variety. We have multiple ethnic foods ranging from Mexican burritos and quesadillas; Chinese orange chicken and varieties of fried rice; Thai and Indian curry; Italian-style pizzas, pastas, and paninis; and your standard hamburgers, sandwiches, and wraps.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is based on a point system, thus freshmen have the least likelihood of receiving parking unless they commute from far away. Parking enforcement is crazy! They give tickets away as if they were giving candy out during Halloween. The price is absurd and too high-$10 for a full day. They even charge disabled drivers $3 when it should really be free! There is limited meter parking that costs way too much.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Due to UCLA being located in Westwood, there are plenty of off-campus dining options. They range from fast food to upscale restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a great school and a great campus. The people here are very diverse and easy to get along with. UCLA is only 30 minutes from the Santa Monica and Venice beaches (not including more). Plus, everything you possibly need is within a five-mile radius of the campus.


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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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