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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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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls are awesome friends - they are involved and interested in so many things and are over all just really well rounded and great to learn and grow from.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Truly the best. I actually miss the dining when I come home!

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I practically live at John Wooden Center - they have amazing classes and are open late so if you need to destress after studying it is an option.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big. The housing is spectacular. They filmed many movies at these houses.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: shuttles to and from the airport

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I wouldn't know too much about Greek letter organizations. They throw loud parties. One of them has a house right across the street from the dorms.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have never been to a single party since coming to campus. My roommate has. Every off-campus party he has attended had alcohol. I wouldn't know about drugs. Too many ambulances have arrived at the turnarounds outside the residence halls.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Wooden Center closes very late, experience some average crowding, and is a good place to workout. Football and basketball fans are all passionate.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown LA has some great art places. UCLA's Fowler Museum, located on campus west of the iconic Royce Hall, celebrated its 50th anniversary exhibiting cultural artifacts this past year. For those who are more interested in visual arts, Westwood's Hammer Museum features an abundance of paintings, from Impressionist to contemporary pieces.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most people I know are friendly. This question seems phrased for people joining fraternities and sororities. As someone in the geek life, I wouldn't know much about fraternities. Don't go too crazy with the social ones.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For food places, Diddy Reese serves famous ice cream sandwiches, but Fat Sal's Deli serves famously fattening French fry sandwiches. Places in LA rarely charge cheaply. Student discounts are uncommon but not unheard of.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: To those in the life sciences, memorization alone does contribute to high scores, but statistics and chemistry courses still require problem solving. In some chemistry and physics classes that I somehow passed, failing the second midterm with a 55% actually yielded an A after the curve. 40% averages can be a blessing in disguise. All my major classes assigned homework, but the collection methods vary. For only around $40, physics students buy online access codes to complete textbook problems that look nothing like midterms and contribute to 5% of their grade. In my experience, when professors collected physical homework, they weighted it as high as 25%, which ended up feeling worthwhile, to some extent. Some five unit classes collect nothing. Some three unit lab courses require reports that take 5 hours to write. One of the most brilliant CS majors I know spent 25 hours on a large programming project.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I haven't delved too far into civil engineering yet, but the breadth of even core classes impresses me. Ranging from computer programming to thermodynamics to electrodynamics, all of which are not directly related to civil engineering, the classes for the first year emphasized technical breadth.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Residents on campus get $5 free for printing credit, at 10 cents per page for black and white and 25 cents per page for colored. Students must add money to residence hall credit in increments of $5, billed to their housing accounts. Boelter Hall, the headquarters of engineering, offers 10 cents per page, billed to BruinBill. Wifi users can usually connect to both secured and unsecured networks, but the speed varies. Personal computers are preferred for most coursework, but personal printers are not.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food offerings in dining halls include American, European, Asian, Mexican, and healthy hipster choices. One dining hall serves only Asian food from different countries depending on the day of the week. Takeout places offer Asian, Mexican, and Italian options.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Los Angeles branch of the University of California Police Department is stationed south of Bruin Plaza. With a police station located this close, students can count themselves lucky. A UCPD officer spoke to residents of Sproul Hall during the 2013 Welcome Week floor meeting. He apologized for being a Debbie Downer, but after recalling past alcohol poisonings that have occurred around campus, he urged residents to stay safe. I have seen too many ambulances arrive at the turnarounds outside residence halls. The officer encouraged everyone to use common sense. One example he gave was to avoid asking for directions when he, with gun drawn, was scanning for a suspected felon, which apparently someone did, probably a Trojan. Westwood is a nice neighborhood, but it's still Los Angeles. Walk away from officers with drawn guns. Use common sense.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I have had no experience with the nightlife in Westwood, and don't plan to any time soon.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Unlike meal plans at other UC's, at UCLA, there are no points to buy or spend on food options. One swipe of the Bruincard means all you can eat at Covel, De Neve, Feast at Rieber, Bruin Plate, or Hedrick Test Kitchen.

The first two dining halls serve mostly American and European food with some eclectic options like Afghan lamb stew during cultural days. For lunch and dinner, their daily menus always include pizza, fries, burgers, and pasta to satisfy when the entrees disappoint, which is almost never. Covel usually serves cold entrees for lunch, but De Neve provides Mexican food. Feast at Rieber serves cuisine from the "east," including Hawaii and India, hence its name. Choices from different Asian countries depend on the day of the week, encompassing phenomenal options like pho and some overspiced disasters like chicken curry. Bruin Plate and Hedrick Test Kitchen serve healthy (hipster) food like quinoa and Greek yogurt. Meat options determine how crowded they are that day. I went to Bruin Plate with the bros on lamb chop day. Dining halls do not encompass all the food on the Hill. Takeout places include Rendezvous, Late Night, Cafe 1919, and Bruin Cafe. With its French name, Rendezvous serves Asian and Mexican food. Late Night serves greasy pizzas and burgers. Cafe 1919 serves greasy pizzettes and paninis. Bruin Cafe serves soups and sandwiches.

For those not blessed with meal plans, which include most upperclassmen, try to befriend lowerclassmen, preferably those with premium meal plans. They can swipe more than once per meal period. Those with regular plans can only do so at Late Night. My current roommate had 60 swipes during finals week. With this much surplus, friends swipe friends freely. UCLA dining's variety, abundance, and quality mean that residents can count themselves blessed.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: "Fun" clubs that members often take quite seriously include archery, kendo, hip-hop dancing, and jazz. I only named ones with friends who joined. The list goes on. At the beginning of last year, my roommate in physiological sciences wanted to join the Quidditch team. I guess he got tired of holding the plastic broom between his thighs. Instead of Quidditch, this year he now volunteers through Care Extenders at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, contributes to sea hare research, and takes EMT classes off campus. He covers many categories: "fun" clubs, clubs related to a major or career, research under professors, and the city's abundant off-campus opportunities. But even the category list goes on: musician groups, service organizations, religious fellowships, and student publications, which include not only the school newspaper, although my roommate also joined that for a year. I'm just in a Christian fellowship with some engineering stuff on the side. To the Christians out there, college is a great time to grow in the faith by joining a fellowship that still fosters involvement at a local church.

The breadth of these organizations does not match the depth with which some members get involved. Each person determines their level of involvement, but each club usually pushes for more. First-years tend to sign up for over a dozen clubs at the Enormous Activities Fair, but eventually choose the ones to commit to. With UCLA's activities environment, Bruins as a whole can consider themselves highly involved.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bruin Bus, local lines, and Metro are mostly reliable but extremely slow. Students usually rely on carpooling or parents picking them up, braving congested freeway traffic on Friday evenings.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Bruins rely on sunniness, almost overly so.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are not many options and the food is ok. The price is relatively high and not a commodity a college student who can barely afford college can take to enjoy every day or on weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is not too hot nor cold. We can go out without a sweater and it is not too bad. Only in early morning or late at night does the weather get cold.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I do not go out or party at night. I usually just watch movies with my friends or study at night.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town is small and most of the things are highly expensive since it is at an influential neighborhood. Also, since it is in LA it takes a lot of time to take to get anywhere especially at distances of 15 miles or more.

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Suzy Strutner
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Newport Beach, Calif.
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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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