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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Dynamic English Major – I'm an English major currently. Right now there are a lot of changes being made, to reflect movements in the literary community that call for a more inclusive canon. I'm enrolled under the new English major, and so far so good. The professors know their stuff. They are accessible and passionate. I love it!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: World-Class Humanities; Dog-Eat-Dog Math & Sciences – Most of the professors here at UCLA are AMAZING. The majority of them are really passionate about what they teach, are foremost in their field, and care about the undergrad experience. A smattering are only here to do research, and couldn't care less about teaching, but you'll still get a good education out of the deal. The humanities (called North Campus majors) at UCLA are really top-notch. Our majors are constantly under review to ensure they are current and relevant. For example, the English major was recently revamped to reflect the shifting dynamics in the canon. This is not to say that the curriculum isn't grounded---the humanities majors will provide you a balanced education of traditional and progressive. The South Campus majors (math and sciences) are really competitive. Again, UCLA offers some of the best minds, but as such things can get really competitive. North Campus is friendly and oriented toward community, South Campus is a tad cutthroat.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Great If You're Into That – If you want to get into the Greek scene, you'd like it at UCLA. The Greek system is pretty big---they've got the parties, and their political slate (in student government) is on the ascendancy. They offer housing after your first year in a frat or sorority, and it is pretty cost effective considering you get entertainment included in the cost. Seriously, if you want to be a Greek, Greek life is good at UCLA. But if you're not into that, they can get majorly annoying. Their enormous presence is considered chafing to some, and they unfortunately fit a lot of the more negative Greek stereotypes out there. The issue is polarized---you love UCLA Greek life or you hate it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: At Least It's Not a Culinary Wasteland – Westwood isn't that bad. The economy is going down the tubes, so there are not a lot of options. The In-N-Out Burger at at the foot of campus is the saving grace, definitely. There are a few cutesy cafes, a lot of Greek/Middle Eastern options, a lot of Asian food options... It's your normal college town. What else can I say? I would definitely head elsewhere in LA for good food. Hop on the bus to Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills proper, or Koreatown for the good stuff.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: One Word: Ugh – The dining halls on the Hill (where all the dorms are) are mediocre. They are definitely banking on quantity, not quality. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet at every meal, but the rules for swiping in are draconian. I am so glad I live in the apartments now. Sure, sometimes it's a pain to cook when I get back late, but at least I'm eating food I enjoy. And it's waaaay cheaper.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: North Vs. South of Wilshire – If you want to be close to campus, be prepared to dish out the dough. Apartments north of Wilshire (the main drag in Westwood) are more expensive, older, and dirtier than those south of Wilshire. Their one virtue is that they are closer to campus. But when you have things like evening van service that takes you south of Wilshire, the cheaper, cleaner apartments start to look reaaaaally good. Keep in mind that UCLA is in West LA, and thus housing is going to be higher than most other places.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I Feel OK – Personally, I have always felt pretty safe walking around on campus. Even at night---I've been out there as late as 1:00 AM, and I felt like I could afford to be reckless. Granted, I was with people at the time. The surrounding area (Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Bel Air) is ritzy and thus has high-security. There is crime in the immediate neighborhood (Westwood's North Village), but it is mainly college-related crime (stolen laptops, etc). What you have to be careful of is walking around Westwood at night. If you must walk alone, don't be stupid: don't walk while plugged into your iPod. Be aware, and you'll be safe. It's common sense advice that holds true for any locality.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Ackerman Student Union – School administrators make a big deal about the historical significance of the Ackerman---there are a bunch of old black and white photos that illustrate what a hip, poppin' place the union used to be. At least in the 50s. Now, the Ackerman is settling into a comfortably dowdy middle age. No one really hangs out here anymore. It isn't as though the Ackerman is dirty, smelly, or otherwise undesirable: it is pretty clean, offers a lot of delicious food (including that college staple, Panda Express, and the new upstart beverage, boba/bubble tea). It just doesn't have the "cool factor" that Kerckhoff Coffee House has, or Powell Library. The alcoves in front of Royce Hall are the more favored study spot, even. People like to meet up in really distinguishable areas, and the Ackerman is bland. What it lacks in coolness, it makes up for in convenience. The store in the basement is a bit pricey, but if you need to buy floss at 6:30 PM, the Ackerman has your back.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frat Parties Are Thursday and Clubs Are on Sats – The frat parties are full of drunk guys trying to hit on girls. Not a really fun scene. The cubs are better but you need to pay for them. usually 20-25 dollars. You take a bus to clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lots of Asians! My school is full of asains everywhere. The only cute guys are the athletes. There are more good looking girls than guys. Girls and Guys here get drunk very easily and pre game before clubs. The campus is fast paced. Everyone is always on the move.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From What I've Heard – I live on campus so I dont know much about off campus housing but from what i've heard is that the off campus housing is cheaper than on campus. The apartments are close to campus and they provide bus rides to and from campus. Apartments have lot of parties and a con can be that its noisy on thurs and fridays.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: :) Dope – Nightlife is really good. We have the frat parties and the club parties that occur which are really good.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority are whit and asian but we do see students from different ethnicities such as Indian and some hispanic people

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are really nice and spacious to fit three people. The dorm life is amazing because our floor is very social and always planning activities

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Food Is Good. THe food is good. Each dinning hall has its specialty and we can also use our swipes for campus restaurants so its really nice.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food Is Good. THe food is good. Each dinning hall has its specialty and we can also use our swipes for campus restaurants so its really nice.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Its Awesome – UCLA is centered around many activities. The blue bus will take you to Santa Monica Beach or the promenade. Also Hollywood is close enough and you can just walk down to Westwood. There are many activities for a student at UCLA.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Internship I Would Like – I have not had any internships but one that I would like to find would be one related to the medical field where I can watch procedures.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Life Is Fun – Campus Life is very fun because our RA's are really interested in getting everyone involved and have a fun social life while still being safe. Different activities are set up for us like game night or activities where the whole floor goes out.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Libraries Are Ok – The libraries are good because they have a lot of resources for students. However, it can be overwhelming because the book may be in a different library from the main one. Some librarians are very helpful and others do not help much. THe study rooms are in good condition and useful.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Not Present – The greek life out there is not very dominant. I hardly see any movement from them so it would be difficult to be able to talk about them in any aspect.

4 College Senior

Academics: Study Options – There are various methods of studying on campus. THere are certain places where people can go and acquire help and it is interesting to know that there are other people who need help in the same topics as you do but one never realizes that until they seek the help.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Great Spirit, Football Lacking – In general there is great school spirit, however basketball and football has been lacking lately.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is a nightmare. I need much more financial aid than I received, and there are too many rules and regulations to fully understand the process.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The cost is very expensive, but the rooms are nicer than most campuses and the pricier options are extremely comfortable.

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Suzy Strutner
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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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