Los Angeles, CA
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Oh the Places in Westwood! Westwood Village is a 15-minute walk from campus and offers restaurants such as California Pizza Kitchen, Ami [sushi restaurant], Bibigo [Korean restaurant], and BJ's.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Helpful Counselors and Professors – The counselors and professors at UCLA are always available to give advice on what classes to take, information on graduate school, and useful study tips.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very Strict – Ucla does not tolerate illegal behavior from its students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Mos professors I have had are very knowledgeable in their field and willing to help students.

2 College Junior

Facilities: Only Here for the Academics – The branded name of UCLA is the only reason why I'm here; I admire the professors here and what they offer for us students in education and learning. The campus is also aesthetically pleasing, but that's about it.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Fan Support – The athletics are fine; there's a lot of fan support at the games, but I don't personally attend any of them.

2 College Junior

Diversity: The Backlash Is There – Although now fully apparent or present, the discrimination is there, especially against Asian Americans (as one student so previously ranted about on her youtube video). There are many cliques on campus that make campus unity a difficult thing to achieve, and many Christian promoters that try to recruit followers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The Faculty Is Amazing – I started UCLA as a transfer student. As a student of microbiology I had to study hard and get involved with research. It was not an easy task to achieve, but I was fortunate to receive the help needed form my professors and TAs to better perform , and succeed in the program.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Forms Are a Hassle – I didn't get any work study though I thought I would. I also had to fill out a really long verification form, but I think it's normal.

4 College Junior

Computers: Free Printing – There's always 10 pages of free printing at the SAC, but there's usually a line. There's free prints for certain departments like engineering and psychology in their computer labs.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love going to UCLA. Most of the professors are really good and fair. You definitely have to work hard and there aren't many easy classes, but you learn the material well.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus Policy – Cheating is highly intolerated; if you are caught cheating on exams, suspension could be your next punishment.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: My nightlife is not spent typically as partygoers go, but with friends to just hang out, go to shops and stores, and watch movies.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses and Walking – If you don't have a car, that's fine because the area around UCLA is filled with restaurants, attractions, and places to hang out with friends, if you desire to. There are buses that students can ride for a discounted price, and Westwood caters to the students as well with deals. Walking to places is what students usually do, as it is most convenient for us poor college students!

3 College Junior

Academics: Chemistry Major – So far, the Chemistry major doesn't diverge from the Biochemistry major for the prerequisites except for a few areas (Life Sciences). The workload is manageable, the classes are fine so far, but I reckon they will increase in difficulty as many pre-meds are also involved in the physical sciences majors.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks....Fine, I Guess – The Greek system is not something that I'm a part of, so there's not much I can comment about the sororities and fraternities on campus. I have nothing against them.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Campus Is Beautiful! The school's architecture is enough to make me a happy gal, and there are 12 libraries where studying can be done at. However, not all of them are known, so people usually crowd together at Powell (fresh-full of freshmen and sophomores...). Bruin Walk always has people handing out flyers to you, desperately urging you to join whatever club they're sponsoring. It's annoying, really, and I'd try to avoid that area as much as possible.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Not So Sure About This – The campus is pretty large, and since the actual dorm area is separated from the rest of campus, it's difficult to feel safe while walking back to your room at night. There are campus police who escort you back, if needed, but I've never used those because I haven't yet stayed on campus that late. Campus crime is reported very often, so keep your stuff safe.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Professors Are OK – It's true when they say that your grade lies with the professor who you have; it's not favoritism, per se, but some professors care more about their students than others. Lucky for me, I enjoyed the classes offered nonetheless. Most of the professors enjoy students' company during office hours, and are willing to make time for those who can't make it to certain ones.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Philosophy program at UCLA is rigorous, interesting, and highly prestigious.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: UCLA gets their financial aid out very slowly. Although they are fair with the distribution of money, the final eFAN (electronic financial aid notification) comes out far into summer, obviously way after the May 1st deadline. However, considering it is a public school with budget cuts, it gives out a good amount of financial aid. Advice: be on top of your financial aid, and apply for local scholarships as well as ones through schools.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Peer Pressure – UCLA is not known for its parties. The big parties are Thursday nights, and even these don't tend to get out of hand on campus. At UCLA, there is no pressure to drink. On the rare occasion others are pressuring you, they aren't people you want to be hanging around.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Registration Process – Considering the school student population is so large, UCLA manages an efficient and fair registration process. There are two passes in order to ensure that students get a majority of the classes they need. For freshmen, specific amounts of spots are held in otherwise "closed" classes. Although there are budget cuts and UCLA is a huge school, I do not worry about getting the classes I need.

2 College Senior

Academics: It Could Be Better! It's been hard to be in the MSW program because they have been working on changing the entire program this year at the school. Everything feels a bit out of place and the professor do not seem to talk to one another so course tend to be very repeative.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's What College Should Be! IF you are looking for the ultimate college experience, then UCLA is the place to be. Every other college no matter how c"good" is missing something, but not UCLA.


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Suzy Strutner
Newport Beach, Calif.
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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