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Los Angeles, CA
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27,365
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$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of really niche places to go to eat, plus your run-of-the mill stuff like Burger King. The best part is that there's an In N Out at the edge of Westwood. There's also a Diddy Riese (best ice cream ever!)

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining Halls & Sandwich Shops – The dining halls are great! I lived in the dorms for two years, and I was impressed more often than disappointed. The menus kept switching things up, and the salad bar right in the middle of the dining hall helps me keep in mind that I need to stay healthy. I believe we have some of the best resident-hall dining in the country! While other school's students are complaining, I was chowing down.
Now that I live off-campus, I find myself needing to eat of campus. Northern Lights is a great place to get a quality,but incredibly affordable lunch. I also like to visit Taco Bell often- my fave.

4 College Junior

Academics: This is supposedly the most impacted, hardest-to-get-into major on campus. Obviously it isn't the most difficult, but it is what I and other comm. majors want to learn about. Classes are smaller since enrollment since the amount of students allowed in isn't as large. The topics have interested me thus far, and the professors and advisers are great. We have so many internship opportunities given to us, and feel that the Communications Program's networks are great. Graduation requirements have changed this recent year, and I feel like it allows students to get more of broad education over the discipline. The only type of class I am still waiting for though is an Advertising/Marketing class.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Yummy Food at Affordable Prices! Located in Westwood are some of the best off-campus dining places available. There are numerous Japanese style foods, a California Pizza Kitchen, and subs as well as Indian food and the famous ice cream at Diddy Riese. If the food at Westwood isn't enough, then it's only a bus ride away to more great food.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Ideal Location for College Students – The UCLA campus is centered between Beverly Hills and Westwood. It is only a twenty minute Blue Bus ride to Santa Monica. The close vicinity to Beverly Hills provides an amount of safety for students while Westwood and Santa Monica serve as primary entertainment for everyone. Local eateries, boutiques, and the occasional sighting of a movie star are all found in Westwood. More popular shopping destinations such as the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica provide a relaxing atmosphere to students with the beach within eyesight and only walking distance away. Every student and person who attends UCLA will be able to find everything they are looking for and more.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Pretty Good – Westwood is fun if your an athlete or in the greek system.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: Near-Campus Homes Are Best Option – I would not like to be a commuter. The traffic around the school is horrible. There is an escort, but it is a private police escort.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's Easy to Stay Away from Drugs – For the short while that I've attended UCLA, I have not met a single person who uses drugs. Before the school year, the school required every student to take an online course on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Students also have their dorms revised frequently to ensure no drugs or alcohol is present. There are also areas where smoking is prohibited.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Westwood, the area immediately surrounding the campus and where most students live after getting out of the dorms, is a nice and safe area, but it's so expensive! We are right next to Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, etc, and a lot of professionals live in Westwood, so the the restaurants tend to be on the higher side. There's only really two bars in the area, otherwise you need to head out to Santa Monica. Lots of frat parties, but I never really went to any of them since I was usually at some mixer for the business school.

4 College Junior

Facilities: It Surrounds Me – First and foremost, the facilities on campus are aesthetically pleasing, at least to my eye. When not actually utilizing the resources on campus, I can find joy in just walking around them. I would not consider these places as social grounds or hangout areas but many people frequent the different facilities offered. Moreover, these buildings are kept in a nice condition. Some are nicer than others due to their more recent construction but the more rural feel to some of the buildings house the exact thing I enjoy as a student at UCLA.

1 College Freshman

Parking: The parking structures at school are generally full especially those close to class. They are also very expensive. Free street parking is hard to find.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not So Strict – The campus is not so strict. They are strict on plagiarism and cheating; however, they give students a chance to redeem themselves. Socially, the campus is lenient unless the student is in a dangerous state of mind. I haven't gotten in trouble at school, so I don't know for sure.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Tunnels, Parties and Lounging!! There are so many places to explore on campus we have steam tunnels under the campus and secret entrances scattered throughout but some are locked so you'll need someone who can pick a lock. You can also get to the roof of some buildings for a spectacular view of the city and I have heard of a telescope on top of one of the south campus buildings. The frat parties are very fun, boys do have a hard time getting in but girls dont have a problem. There is also a hookah bar and lounges to entertain complete with pool tables and air hockey.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Very expensive and even visitors have to pay. However, there are a few loading and passenger pickup spaces that I have used before longer than what they supposedly there for and have never received a citation.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty to choose from, and all very nice and well maintained. Everything is conveniently located close to Westwood which is an adventure in and of itself. There is even the possibility of a room for rent in Bel Air which is literally right across the street from campus.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking in westwood is either extremely expensive or impossible to find.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Land in westwood is pretty expensive in general so you can expect high prices for apartments, but the apartments are where it's happening

5 College Freshman

Academics: One of the Best – UCLA is a top ranked school in nearly every academic category. There's a reason why more people apply here than any other school in the world.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pricey but Nice, Lots of Options – There's a lot of choice in dorms. I advise staying in a hall freshman and maybe sophomore years because they're the most social. Hall bathrooms are definitely acceptable, and most dorms have been remodeled recently or are completely new. Dorms tend to be pretty small, so if you want more space go with the pricier plazas or suites. It does cost a lot to live on campus, but it's worth it for the social aspect and food. Junior and senior year, most people get apartments because of price and space.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Feel Safe – UCLA is actually in a very nice part of LA, between Brentwood, Bel Air, and Beverly Hills. I've never felt unsafe on campus, though I wouldn't go off campus at night without a buddy. There's security everywhere and numbers to call for help or an escort home. The biggest crimes are petty theft, so just be careful about your valuables and don't leave your things everywhere.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Be Smart About It or Get Sent Home – On-campus drug and alcohol restrictions are very strict. There is also a strict honor code that can result in immediate termination. However, it's easy to stay smart about partying and honest about schoolwork, so I don't worry extensively about punishment.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Nothing Not to Love – I am in love with my school. I love the classes, food, campus, surroundings, and people. There's almost nothing I can complain about besides cost. You have to work pretty hard, but there are also plenty of opportunities to unwind. I can't imagine myself anywhere else.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Choose What You Want Out of Your College Experience – UCLA is in Cali, so of course there's lots of weed. Drinking is also readily available because a lot of students have fake IDs or connections with upperclassmen. However, on-campus restrictions are very strict and definitely enforced. You can easily stay clean, as many students do, or go off campus and party all you want. Police often break up parties if they're too loud though.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Great Varsity and Club Sports – UCLA has great athletics, though both football and basketball have been disappointing this past year. Most students purchase a Den Pass, which allows you to go to all games. You have to take a bus to most big events, and it costs a few bucks each time you want to ride. Varsity and club sports are very popular and usually really good. There are pretty great athletic facilities, and students are pretty spirited.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Demonstrate Need – I didn't receive any financial aid from my school, which was quite a bummer. However, they do a pretty good job with scholarships and aid if you demonstrate need. There's lots of opportunity for work-study, and you can make appointments with financial aid personnel to help maximize your benefits. It's such a pricey school that almost everyone could use aid. It's hard to get in touch with people on the phone, and sometimes the online resources are confusing. Best bet is to go to the office and do everything in person.

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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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