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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 Dining: There are fantastic restaurants around UCLA. Have you ever heard of Westwood Village? Well, UCLA is famous for it, and every other university tries to copy our setup. There is everything you could ever want there-stores, food, movies, and coffeeshops.

College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCLA has been really wonderful. I do not live on campus, so it has been a struggle to find friendships. But, I also know people who live on campus and do not have any good friends. It really depends on you and how much time you are willing to put in to a friendship.

College Sophomore

Academics: The classes at UCLA differ in quality according to the department. The science departments have 300-student introductory classes that all the pre-meds must take. While this may seem intimidating, the professors are always available for office hours, but it becomes easy to fall behind in these classes because the student must be very responsible about staying on top of homework. The humanities and social sciences often have much smaller classes with a more interactive structure. The professors and TAs are often very liberal and outspoken, and this creates an uncomfortable environment for those who disagree in class.

College Sophomore

Facilities: UCLA has great facilities that cater to every student's needs. The gym has all the cardio and weight-lifting equipment you could ask for and a rock wall! There are plenty of libraries on campus, so finding the "perfect" place to study is simple. I really like all the coffeeshops on campus and the outside seating because they are conducive to hanging out and studying.

College Freshman

Weather: It's beautiful, usually. It's sometimes a little hot, and winter quarter can see some rain. Umbrella, sweatshirts, a swimsuit, and sandals should cover most of your weather needs in LA.

College Freshman

Athletics: UCLA has a pretty big emphasis on sports, especially football and basketball. Considering our history of athletic accomplishments, sports are held in high esteem. IM sports are also a big deal and include a lot of people.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are reasonably good, but Sproul is far superior. The plaza options on the Hill-Sunset Village, De Neve Plaza, Rieber Vista/Terrace, and Hedrick Summit-are popular for their private bathroom option, but the social aspect of a floor drops in comparison to a res hall. The suites-Saxon and Hitch-give people expanded living options and the greatest sense of living autonomy within the dorm system, but the separation from other residents is increased. Suites are generally populated with UCLA's many athletes.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: UCLA wasn't my first choice college, but after being denied admission to Cal and Claremont McKenna, UCLA was my best option. Of course, I don't know what those schools would really have been like, but UCLA was been a great experience, and I've really found some great groups of friends that make a massive school a more tight-knit experience. I'd come here again.

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College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Westwood is a really cool smallish town in West LA. However, you're pretty much limited to movie theaters, restaurants, and some clothing stores here. Diddy Riese is a landmark/must-visit location made famous by its cookies and ice cream sandwiches at a extremely reasonable price. Our rival USC is considered "cross-town," and many Trojans can be found in Westwood in the evening as the environment as preferable to USC's neighborhood.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frats have parties a couple times a week, but they don't seem to have too much influence. Greek life is there and strong but not pushing itself on anyone or anything.

College Sophomore

Diversity: No one really emphasizes the differences here-people just accept the diversity, of which there is a lot.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: That's not really my crowd. Some people smoke weed, but no one really cares. The fraternities have a rep for drugs, but that is mostly hearsay.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everything in Westwood is actually fairly expensive. There are a bunch of good sushi places. The dorm food is so good I rarely eat out, though.

College Sophomore

Computers: Who doesn't have their own computer? The labs are fine and never full, but really, bring your own. WiFi is everywhere, and the Internet is very fast.

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College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys are, for the most part, pretty chill. Girls are usually fairly attractive, though sometimes they are kind of SoCal stereotypical "end-a-sentence-like-it's-a-question" types. People here are mostly the nerdy kids who have managed to fool everyone into thinking that they are the cool kids.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Coming from a guy, the guys, in general, are nice. There are all sorts of different types of people, though. The girls are very cute, and there are lots of seemingly genuine girls here. UCLA is definitely a great place to come!

College Freshman

Facilities: The Wooden Center is amazing!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is lots of off-campus housing, but most sophomores choose to stay on campus.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are very friendly at UCLA. I really enjoy how everyone is on "the hill," and people can so closely connect with one another for dinner, studying, hanging out, or playing sports.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Party night here is usually Thursday, but there is stuff on Fridays and Saturdays sometimes, too. There are many frats, and different frats have parties on different nights. It depends on how good the party is, but going out with friends is almost always fun. There aren't many bars and clubs near campus, but there are some in other parts of the city.

College Freshman

Campus Dining: We have some of the best on-campus food in the entire country. There are a lot of options for food at different times. The dining halls are the basic places to eat. There are vegetarian options and different foods at some sections each day. Bruin Café is open until 2 a.m., so you can get food late at night. Rendezvous has Mexican and Asian cuisine. These places are near the dorms, and you can use your meal swipes. On campus where most classes are, there are places to eat where you can pay to get different types of food.

College Freshman

Weather: The weather is usually warm, but during the winter and maybe some other seasons, the nights get chilly, but not much colder than 50. During the summer and spring months, the temperature is usually in the 70s. There is sunshine and blue skies with some clouds, and sometimes hardly any, most days of the year. It doesn't rain a lot, but an umbrella is always handy anywhere.

College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is a huge city. There are many different sections, though, so it's hard to generalize about it. There are cultural areas, upscale residences, beach towns, and more. It's fun to go to Santa Monica (the Pier and the 3rd Street Promenade,) and it's easy to get to. You can go to Hollywood and see Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Wax Museum, the Kodak Theatre where they film the Oscars, and much more. There are places you should stay away from at night-especially alone, which is basically anywhere-and maybe also in the day, just like any large city. Our rival is the University of Southern California, also in Los Angeles, but in a different part of town. Some people take the rivalry seriously, but others do not.

College Freshman

Athletics: Certain varsity sports are big at UCLA, like basketball and football. All of the athletes work really hard, and even have their own place to workout. If you can't get onto a varsity sports team, there are many intramural sports you can play. This gives a lot of people a chance to try new sports or continue ones they used to play. There's a lot of school pride here and a lot of people participate in sports, but if you don't particularly like to watch or play sports, there are others like you, too.

College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is pretty good. Good spots are De Neve Late Night and Rendezvous. The dining halls are pretty good quality, in general.

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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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