Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 3056 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have the cheapest housing since I cannot afford better housing, and it definitely shows through. There is two washers and dryers for one side of housing floor which contains about 50 residents. There have been times where other residents will take out your laundry and place it somewhere in the not so clean room while they do their load. At move in, the room wasn't previously cleaned and the furniture in the room was graffiti and filled with dirt. The cost is too much for the not so good conditions. The social atmosphere is okay, people are generally friendly or cold. It's a 50/50 gamble.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There's a lot of professors that are rated poorly. The workload is sometimes over bearing, especially with the pace of the quarter systems and the demands of the professors. And, in my opinion, the registration process is brutal for classes. Watching the classes you want fill up is the worst feeling. The popular study places would be the lounges in every building on each floor, the study rooms in the libraries and halls, and the open glass areas.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm not sure at the moment. I recently switched majors before ending my first year of college. I was a biochemistry major before switching to psychology.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I enjoy taking part of the campus events and traditions. Although I haven't participated in many, I find the idea behind them quite interesting. No matter how strange the event might be, such as the bonfire prior to the UCLA vs. USC football game, it brings every Bruin together to sing along and dance. The student center is a helpful resource. Students can be held reliable by other upper class men and get student aid by other students (test bank, where other students can get previous exams by students who have taken the class before). The libraries are huge, kind of confusing to navigate, but are filled with people who can assist. However, there have been some awful situations that took place in them. For one instance, my friend was sexually harassed by an older man who wasn't a student.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I honestly wouldn't know. I've seen flyers for Greek Life, but have not attended a party or gathering hosted by them. I know people in frats and sororities, but not much has been said about Greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a wide range of diversity across campus that is visibly seen with the student demonstrations. LGBT flags hang from buildings, ethnic groups fight for their home country or other countries by asking for other student participation/help, and above all, people are generally accepting of other peoples beliefs and choices.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: UCLA has the best food. Period. The only thing that is missing is halal and kosher food options.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The quality of professors and courses are for the most part, top-notch. Sometimes you may have teachers who are not as invested in teaching because they are more dedicated to their research. If you go to office hours and utilize all the resources available, you will succeed in the class. However if you don't seek them out for yourself, you might very well drown in the course because the quarter system goes by extremely fast and there's hardly time to catch up after midterms start.

4 College Senior

Academics: I love all of my classes because there's a variety of interdisciplinary courses that allow students to find relevance and application of what they learn. The psychology major does have an honors program that requires you to conduct independent research with a faculty member as your mentor. However, this program is limited to the students with the highest GPA. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved in psychology research--however there are less opportunities where the students can be directly involved with analyzing the data than doing the labor work of gathering data.

5 College Senior

Athletics: What can I say. I go to UCLA. If you're not an athlete, you're at least a fan.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It's somewhat good enough to keep people from violating the rights of others.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There's buttons to push when you run into trouble at the residence halls--it'll call over campus security. You can also call campus police to walk you home at night. I don't know how often people utilize these services. It should be more emphasized.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I love my college town. I live right in the middle of a vibrant metropolitan city and only need to ride the bus to get to places.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's fun and there's always something to do.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: There's so many internship opportunities.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: You have to have a good GPA

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't really care for it.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's always something to do.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like my professors so far.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wish there was more interaction with counselors.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Some people are mean; some are very kind.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I like the professors I've had so far.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I don't see lots of reaching out to students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There's safety, but there should be more services

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's always something to do; can't complain.


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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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