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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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Parking: Parking is not easy. Street parking is terrible, meter parking is terrible, and permit parking is terrible. If you want a permit, get it extremely early. Otherwise, you can ride the bus.

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Parking: Parking sucks. If you're looking to get a permit to park, that's probably not going to happen, as there is a lot of construction going on to make a new parking lot. But until then, there is a huge shortage of parking. If you have friends coming to visit, they can purchase one-day parking passes, or if they come after 9 p.m. and leave before 7 a.m., they can park at the meters for free. Otherwise, metered parking is 25 cents per eight minutes! That kind of sucks. I don't like parking here.

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Parking: Parking on campus is a pain. If you live in the dorms, it's most likely that you will not get a parking permit on campus, which means you will have to buy it off someone, or park somewhere off campus.

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Parking: It is hard to find a parking spot off campus, and there's a two hour limit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on most of the streets, so you have to move your car often. The meters on campus are a total rip-off. I wouldn't recommend having a car while living in the dorms unless you have a parking permit, or can buy a space off someone.

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Parking: Good luck getting parking. They raised daily parking rates to over seven dollars a day! Avoid commuting to school, if possible. However, the Big Blue Bus is free for UCLA students with the swipe of a Bruin Card.

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Overall Experience: Well, I've just graduated. I'd say it was okay. UCLA is just so darn big, and it's hard to be involved, or really feel like you're actually a part of a school that has over 35,000 people.

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Overall Experience: UCLA was a great school for me. I had a lot of fun. There are a lot of opportunities available, so take advantage of them. I was afraid it would be too large and impersonal for me, but I found that the opposite was true. You get a great education for the price of a state school.

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Overall Experience: I definitely do not regret my choice when it comes to college. I have had nothing but good experiences here and would not trade it for the world. And I know that this sounds like a `sell,' but honestly, I really think that if you're looking for nice people, a surrounding area full of experiences and fun, and a good academic experience, then come to UCLA. These have definitely been the best years of my life.

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Overall Experience: At UCLA, you really are just a number. It's huge. Every day, you'll be surrounded by people you have never seen before. The key is to find a niche. You will meet so many different types of people who will really open your mind. You'll have to fight with the administration a lot, and they don't always give you help or advice. You also have to fight to get your questions answered. It's a hard school both socially and academically. UCLA had made me socially and politically aware. I guess I could say I have been hardened. Sometimes, I wished I went to a small private school where everyone knows your name and they hold your hand, but UCLA prepares you for the real world. Although it wasn't always smooth sailing, I wouldn't have gone anywhere else.

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Local Atmosphere: LA's atmosphere is awesome. There are lots of other schools around the area, including USC. Boooooo!

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Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is a tourist's dream; there are museums, amusement parks, water parks, movies, theater, musicals, beaches, and movie stars right outside your door.

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Local Atmosphere: Westwood's atmosphere is a mixture of tourists and students who don't have cars. There are a couple of pretty nice theaters, where the premieres are actually held, and restaurants. I feel that it isn't really college oriented because there aren't enough bars, just expensive restaurants that students can't afford.

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Local Atmosphere: Westwood is a good college town. There are lots of little shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and theaters. As for Los Angeles in general, there is everything from the beaches to Hollywood, all the clubs on Sunset, Disneyland, and Magic Mountain.

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Local Atmosphere: UCLA is lucky to be right in the middle of it all. We are right next to Bel Air and Beverly Hills. Westwood is also the place for all the big Hollywood movie premieres. There are good beaches, good shopping places, and not really any other universities close by, although our rivals from USC like to come hang out.

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Local Atmosphere: The area directly adjacent to campus is for students. There are many interesting things to do around the town including bars, clubs, museums, and the usual. Stay away from the Buck Fifty restaurant unless you like sitting on the toilet for hours at a time. The alley behind Maloney's is bad stuff, too.

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Local Atmosphere: UCLA is right in Los Angeles. It's in a really nice area between Brentwood, Bel Air, and Beverly Hills. Santa Monica, Venice, West Hollywood, and the La Brea and Fairfax districts are all cool places to hang out. Hollywood, downtown, and South Central are worth skipping. There's never a lack of things to do in Los Angeles. That is, of course, if you have a car.

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Local Atmosphere: Across town, you'll find our school rival: USC. Yep, those damn Trojans. Westwood's a pretty cool city for a while, but it gets boring after you've seen all the places. There are quite a few movie theaters in close vicinity, so that's always good. If you have people who drive, there are tons of places to go to in Los Angeles. Activities in Southern California are endless, as long as you have transportation.

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Local Atmosphere: It's cheerful; everyone is nice and great. There are five big universities by UCLA. They are, by distance: Mt. St. Mary's in Brentwood, Loyola Marymount by LAX, CSUN in Northridge, USC near Downtown/South Central, and Pepperdine in Malibu. I'd stay away from South Central; it's a much better place than before the riots, but I wouldn't go there alone, especially at night. The same goes for Hollywood; if you go there during the day, that's fine; at night, go with friends. Other than that, the area is pretty cool.

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Off-Campus Dining: Westwood has a decent selection of good, cheap restaurants. In-N-Out Burger and Shakey's are my favorite commercial franchises. The Westwood Brew Company has great food and good beer.

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Off-Campus Dining: Westwood has a ton of good restaurants within walking distance of campus and the surrounding living areas. You get everything from fancy dining to good cheap spots. My favorites are Damon and Pythias, California Pasta Company, Jerry's Famous Deli, BJ's, and Noodle Planet.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are really diverse. Acapulco, In `n Out, California Pizza Kitchen, Diddy Riese, BJ's, Moustache Cafe and Roll In (you'll have to ask around to find Subbies Roll-Inn Sandwich) are all good places in Westwood. Plus, there are tons of little places to eat, as well.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants in Westwood, and most are very good. Some of the bigger names are BJ's, Jerry's Famous Deli, Olive Garden, Baja Fresh, Subway (open 24 hours), and Togo's.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of restaurants off campus, but I haven't been to all of them. BJ's is a nice pizza place. There's In `n Out burgers, Noodle Planet, Le Chine Wok, Thai House, California Pizza Kitchen, Jerry's Famous Deli, Gypsy Cafè, Habibi Cafè, and a bit more. It's all in the Westwood area, which is right outside of campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: Right outside the campus in Westwood Village is where you have all the great places. At the famous Diddy Riese, you can buy humongous cookie ice cream sandwiches, and you can pick from many different cookies. This place is crazy. They only cost one dollar, and juice or milk is only 25 cents! It's a great place. There are plenty of other places to eat. You'll find something for your taste bud in the village.

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Off-Campus Dining: The food in Westwood is good, but I don't particularly like the Olive Garden. In-N-Out's always good when you can't decide where to go. There's also this cookie store close by called Diddy Riese's. It's only a quarter for each cookie and a dollar for an ice cream sandwich. It's a fraction of what they charge at Mrs. Fields, and they taste just as good. You'll definitely have to try it.

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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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