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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 Freshman

Diversity: The campus is pretty diverse economically, with a variety of students from different economic backgrounds on different plans through college. Ethnically, it is mostly Asian and Caucasian, with a variety of other backgrounds after that. Politically and ideologically, it's mostly very liberal, but not devoid of other views.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is great on campus. With the meal plan, Rendezvous and Bruin Café are great places for lunch that are not dining halls. There are plenty of restaurants with a good selection of food on campus-away from the dorms-but require money rather than the meal plan. The dining halls are great-different halls have a good variety of choices-but like most dining halls, they can get kind of familiar and old after having it too often.

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Facilities: The facilities are all relatively new-except for a few original buildings-and well maintained. I find it easy to get involved in recreational sports, study in the libraries, and find anything else I need because of the great condition of the facilities on campus.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's awesome! I would come here again.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's definitely convenient and worth it.

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Off-Campus Housing: Westwood Village is the closest housing to school. It's quite expensive, but students pay for the convenience of living close to campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is expensive. You can find less convenient housing in nearby West LA, Palms, or south of Wilshire for a lot cheaper.

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Off-Campus Housing: If you look in the Daily Bruin, our school paper, you might find some people in Bel Air who are willing to provide free room and board in exchange for hours of babysitting or other household chores. It doesn't sound too bad, but it depends on the family. If they're super freaky, I'd rather pay rent than live with psychos.

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Off-Campus Housing: I would say live on campus, unless you really know what you are getting into. The fact that you have to cook every day for yourself is a big change. You can find housing off campus, but it is expensive and most likely a dump.

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Off-Campus Housing: I hear that off-campus housing isn't so bad. I lived in Westwood my last year, and the walk was only 20 minutes. For people who live in West LA and take the bus, I hear that it wasn't so bad either; you just have to get up earlier. You have to start looking up to one year ahead to get housing in Westwood, though.

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Parking: Many people who apply for parking do not get it. It's a point-based system, and it's very hard to understand it, let alone conquer it.

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Parking: Parking is horrendously hard to get. Don't expect to be able to get on-campus parking in any of the UCLA lots. Street parking is also very restricted and hard to find in the entire Westwood area, and the non-UCLA lots in Westwood that you can get monthly overnight parking in are outrageously expensive. Only bring a car if you are really going to need it frequently.

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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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Athletics: Football and basketball are huge. The teams are usually pretty solid. The fans go all out, and it's a lot of fun to go to the games.

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Athletics: Basketball and football are the only two college sports that get any serious attention at UCLA. Intramural (IM) sports don't seem to be that huge, but they are around.

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Athletics: The sports program is thriving, although many students never pay attention to them. I've heard that IM sports are also popular.

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Athletics: Both varsity and intramurals are huge. I have never participated in IM sports, but there are ample opportunities to participate if you like that. We have a huge sports program, and men's football and basketball are huge. I think a lot of funding goes to sports, and going to games is definitely an experience in itself.

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Athletics: Sports are very big; especially football and basketball, as we always field a good team. The IM sports get lots of attention, as well. Sometimes they feature competitive teams with really talented players.

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Athletics: UCLA has lots of school spirit; it's actually really fun if you get into it. However, UCLA basketball hasn't been doing so well the last couple of years, but that hasn't really affected the school spirit. As long as you're interested in them, IM sports are as big as any other UCLA sport. There are IM sports for pretty much any and all sports.

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Athletics: Basketball tickets are kind of hard to get. You have to order season tickets in advance. IM sports are not that big. There is a large variety of sports, but I don't really know many people who have participated in them.

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Transportation: The Big Blue Bus and Culver City Bus are your best bets. They'll get you almost anywhere you'd need to go if you can't afford to have a car.

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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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