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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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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's not convenient unless you have an apartment with parking.

College Sophomore

Parking: Campus parking is bad. There are multiple parking lots, but they're expensive. Freshmen can bring a car, but getting a permit is unlikely.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not personally involved in the Greek scene, but I have been to one frat party, and I have some friends in fraternities and sororities. It's not a big deal if you're not part of such an organization, but it's not bad, either-it depends on your personality. I say rush to see if you enjoy it, pledge if you do, and continue on if you don't. And, if you don't join, there are still many ways to have fun.

College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCLA is amazing. There's so much to do, so many people to meet, so much to learn, and so many great times to be had! It can be hard to juggle one's social life with one's academic life, especially depending on the major you're in. I like how there are so many choices of what to do, whether it involves what to do in my academic life, what to see around LA, or simply what to eat in Westwood.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are good overall. The halls are, generally, social and loud, the plazas are, generally, quiet but come with a private bathroom, and the suites are very secluded and are usually taken by upperclassmen who already have found their group of friends. There are a lot of choices to suit any kind of person, and none are really bad.

College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is amazing. It's usually sunny and warm. There are cases of May gray and June gloom and winter gets relatively cold, but it's still shorts and flip-flops weather if you're so inclined. It also rains very rarely.

College Sophomore

Parking: Most people don't get parking unless there's a genuine need, like for an off-campus job or for commuter students. Otherwise, parking is a real pain. Freshmen probably won't get parking unless they join an organization that has special needs for it or get it from a special qualification.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus, but I know many who do and enjoy it. Most live in the apartments that are a short walk from on-campus housing, and I visit often. That's generally where the party scene is, as well. There are also places to live farther away, but I feel that those create somewhat of a social barrier due to distance.

College Sophomore

Diversity: It's a very diverse campus. Although it's mostly Asian, there's definitely a lot of people of all ethnic backgrounds. Likewise, a majority of the people are liberal, but there are enough conservatives to warrant a newspaper for them. Overall, if you want to find a niche revolving around one group, you'll find it.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus is great. The dining halls have an amazing variety of food, and I almost never get bored. There are also four take-and-go restaurants available that have an even wider variety of food choices.

College Student

Computers: The computer labs are small and always busy. Definitely bring your own computer! WiFi doesn't always work everywhere, and you have to be on the network in order to get free Internet. The Internet only works if you have an approved anti-virus program installed.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: Weed? It's everywhere. I mean, if you don't partake in it, it doesn't really affect you. But, you hear about it quite frequently and can occasionally smell it, too.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Having Westwood within walking distance is awesome. It has a Chipotle, BJ's, Chili's, Subway, Quiznos, Pinkberry, Red Mango, and Corner Bakery-a bunch of great places within a decent price range!

College Freshman

Athletics: The D-I athletes here are like gods. They get amazing privileges, like priority enrollment and priority housing sign-ups. Besides getting to take the easy classes to keep their GPAs up and having their own training facility, they get away with things normal students never would. Some of their special treatment is understandable, but other parts are a bit excessive. Intramural sports are somewhat neglected to the point of the fields not being set up until the game should have already started and the refs showing up late.

College Freshman

Diversity: The majority of students at UCLA are Asian of some sort or another. Coming from a small central California town consisting of about 80 percent Hispanics, it has been weird for me to notice that there are very few Hispanics here. Economically, most of the students seem to be from middle-class families.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a drug scene, and it's most dominant with community college transfers and those in Greek life. It's also dominant among very academic students who will take drugs such as Adderall to improve concentration.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's very dominant at UCLA. There is a social standing that comes with being in a top sorority or fraternity. But, every individual has the chance to do want they want at UCLA, which makes it a well-rounded university.

College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are exceptional! Everything from the student centers to the John Wooden Center to the libraries are great.

College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is a busy city with lots to do. The beach is only a few miles away. There's nothing to really stay away from, but you have to be careful going out at night. The downside is that if you don't have a car, you become extremely limited in what you can do. USC, Loyola Marymount, and Pepperdine are nearby, but I rarely interact with those students unless I went to high school with them.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Getting an apartment is competitive, just like everything else on campus. Truthfully, the apartments around the campus are owned by a total of four owners-no joke-who have capitalized off the area and the students. In that way, the apartment system has become a monopoly, and the cost is outrageous. For instance, parking has stopped being included into the rent, and now we have to pay an extra $100 a month just for parking alone! But, nonetheless, apartments offer you space and the chance to pick your own roommates. Personally, I think it's a lot better than living in a crackerbox-sized dorm room with filthy roommates who don't respect your stuff.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: Pretty much everyone at UCLA is geeky, but I guess you kind of have to be to get in here. Most students, especially the science majors, are all extremely focused on their studies, and, since all they do is study, most of them are pretty asocial because of it. As for race, I'd say at least 75 percent of all science classes have Asian and Middle Eastern students, so, if you're blond, you'll stand out!

College Junior

Weather: California has the weirdest weather! One day it will be 90 degrees with people wearing shorts and tank tops. Then, the next day it will be 65 degrees and raining. So, my suggestion is to pack everything you got because you'll probably be wearing it all.

College Junior

Campus Dining: There are lots of great places to eat on campus that offer a wide range of choices. To list a few: Panda Express, Taco Bell, Jamba Juice, Rubio's, Sbarro, and The Greenhouse. I never personally lived in the dorms, so I can't offer any real advice on the dining halls. However, I have heard from people that once they moved out of the dorms, they missed the food a lot! So, the dining halls must have been good.

College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is impossible for freshmen and sophomores. You can not live on campus and have parking. And, there is no street parking. If you live off campus, getting a parking permit is very simple. Once you get an apartment, you'll be able to have your car there.

College Sophomore

Computers: It's the fastest internet you will ever have, and you can connect from anywhere on campus, including the big grassy hills in the middle of campus! There are also a lot of places to print a paper quickly. Bring your own computer-you'll feel left out if you don't. And it's a technology driven academic environment, so the convenience of it is totally worth the cost of it. I recommend a laptop, so that you can take it with you.

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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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