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Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Choose Wisely – Dorms range in "niceness," with the worst amenities usually meaning the best social life. Crowded hallways means more friends! When you're a freshman, it's great to have the experience. Many freshman make friends for life in their residence halls because people really are friendly here.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drugs Are a No Go – Weed is the most prevalent drug, but I honestly do not see hard drugs ever!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Gotta Go Greek – There is never a dull night out. From Greek raids to house parties to salsa clubs in Los Angeles, UCLA has options for whatever kind of nightlife you're interested in!

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Daily Bruin Classifieds – If you get lucky enough to have a car, look in the Daily Bruin ads for an off-campus job. There are always some pretty good ads in the classifieds. Plus, there are some good deals on things like teeth whitening through the dental school that are free with your student insurance.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are Nerds – The guys here are pretty much all nerds from high school. The frat boys think they are cool, but they are really just former nerds trying to be cool in college. They may grow out of it eventually, but girls beware, especially your first few years.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Architectural Diversity – The architecture at UCLA is amazing. It is varied so everyone will find something that pleases their eye. The main campus has an Ivy League feel with brick buildings and stained glass windows. On the flip side, the new art department is in a beautiful modern building with views out of all the glass windows.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Sushi Central – My friends and I love sushi, and Westwood has literally a dozen options. The area around UCLA has other good eats and stores. Whole Foods, although expensive for a college student's budget, is a convenient place to stop and get healthy groceries or lunch from the hot food bar. BJ's Pizza is also a common destination for birthdays, thanks to its notorious desserts.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I'm a transfer student from UC Santa Cruz and enjoy eating on campus at UCLA regularly. Although UCSC has healthier options and a higher percentage of sustainable food offered, they do not have as many vendors or restaurant options. Overall, UCLA has a wide variety of fast food, but I would like to see more healthy options.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Don't Sweat It – Drinking in the dorms is not allowed, but usually RAs don't mind as long as you're not being ridiculously loud/obnoxious. Everyone walks around between parties, and a few people I know have gotten MIPs, but usually the police are very student-friendly. Just don't walk around with open bottles.

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3 College Senior

Computers: No More Free Printing – Printing used to be free, but since the economy has been bad, printing is now about 5 to 10 cents a page. Some majors offer 300 free pages of printing, and 5 cents a page printing after that. Almost every department has a computer lab, which is convenient. Also, you can rent MacBooks from the library that you can bring to class and use for the day. I wish there were more computers so the lines at the computer labs were shorter, but the lines go quickly.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is a great way to make a lot of amazing friends and make UCLA a more manageable community. There are plenty of parties if that's what you're interested in, and there are also plenty of other ways to be involved in philanthropies around campus. UCLA Greek life is not like Greek life at a state school. UCLA students put an emphasis on school, and sorority life is a later priority. We are all dedicated to our studies as much as our houses.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Aid Is Insane – Getting aid was really competitive.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They're all owned by UCLA, at least the ones close to campus. They're cheap and clean.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Is Pretty Safe – I only feel weird at night.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Best Decision I Ever Made! UCLA is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me. The campus is beautiful, the teaching staff is world renowned, classes are hard but interesting and fulfilling, the student body is diverse, and there are more ways to get involved than you could even imagine! UCLA truly offers the quintessential college experience and I feel so blessed to be able to attend such a wonderful school!

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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is nearly non-existent in LA. Buses are an option, but not a very good or accessible one. It is best if someone you know has a car. Still, school and life at UCLA is great because campus and Westwood are walkable and are filled with things to do.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Use Is Not Very Visible – The drug scene at UCLA is very small and is barely visible at all to the general student population. I have not come in contact with any hard drugs at all, although they do exist. Drinking is far more prevalent.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mixed Campus? I'm friends with people of tons of ethnicities and religions, but there's a big lack of black students-the only ones seen on campus are athletes. Otherwise, I feel as though I have come in contact with a diverse group of people from very different backgrounds than my own.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Motivating Sunshine! It's sunny for the majority of the year, and that keeps me motivated and happy to go to class! At other schools, snow or cold might bog down my willpower to go to class or out to a party.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Diverse Set of Friends – There are people who stay in their rooms and study 24/7, and there are the very social kids who go out practically every night. The boys are cute-they're from California!

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If You Have Money, Don't Expect Much – UCLA is a public school and does not give large amounts of financial aid to families that are somewhat well-off. Many merit scholarships are available, however, for those who cannot get financial aid from the school.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – UCLA is extremely strict on academic honesty, but if you want to go out and drink or smoke, just make sure not to do it in the dorms and you'll be fine. UCLA will not seek you out just to get you in trouble. In general, authorities are not strict.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Nearly every race, religion, and political belief is represented on campus. Although some may complain of a population dominated by Asian students or the under-representation of blacks, everyone finds their place at UCLA.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Yay for L.A. If you are able to find a niche and really fight to not get lost in the crowd, UCLA can be a great experience. Because it is such a large school, absolutely everything imaginable is available to students. Because UCLA is right in the heart of the nicest part of Los Angeles, internships are plentiful and jobs are not hard to come by.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a member of Greek life, I love being in a house. I have met tons of people, had a great social life, and have formed lasting friendships with the girls in my house. That being said, many students who are not members of Greek life look poorly on the organization as a whole. The UCLA community is hostile to the Greeks, and many people do not understand that we do much more than party.

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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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