Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 2811 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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Health & Safety: Usually it's safe. There are a bunch of security measures available, but you can never be too wary.

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Guys & Girls: I have no idea. We're pretty diverse in terms of how people look and the groups that hang out with each other I guess. I wouldn't know too much though because this is only my first quarter.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Yeah, there are so many ways to get around the city.

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Campus Strictness: Like I said, they know we're college kids who kind of have the ability to what we want, and yeah.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Well, people don't really enforce not doing drugs. They say if they can't see or smell it then that's that. They know kids will do it anyway so they don't see a point in any wasted effort.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's definitely one of the better campuses for dining halls.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's soooo amazing. Everything--EVERYTHING tastes SO good!!! The only downside is the cost, but hey--if you want to splurge, the food is amazing! (Or maybe I'm just cheap. Hahah) The on-campus restaurants as well as the dorm food, and even the food options off-campus... they're soooooo good. Haha, it makes the college experience a whole lot more worthwhile. (Am I a secret foodie? Possibly, yes.)

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I'm not here for the guys. Haha people dress nicely enough, some you see walking around in sweats. No big

3 College Freshman

Transportation: If you commute, traffic can be a disaster. On-campus busing is somewhat convenient, but it doesn't take you everywhere that you need to go. Metro, Blue Bus, and other bus systems can take you to most places that you need to go in L.A. and nearby. It'd be nice if the grocery shuttle at UCLA ran on weekdays as well as weekends, although I can see how that might be unreasonable for the people who dorm. It would be nice if people who lived off-campus had access to this and on weekdays though.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They have campus escorts for nighttime, so that's nice. I heard that on-campus health services are great (we have counseling too!), but I believe that you need USHIP Health Insurance to use it "without cost." I may be wrong.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Small rooms, amazing dorm food, very nice social atmosphere.. I stay with my friend in her dorm a lot so I live vicariously. Haha it's pretty good, but I'd say that it's too expensive for my tastes... too expensive for even the food to be worth it! It would be cheaper to use EasyPay and pay $8 every time you eat in a dining hall. Otherwise, the social atmosphere and the food make up for the cost for most people (but not really in my case).

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Tons of Greek students handing out fliers on BruinWalk and whatnot. They seem nice. Haha

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Athletics: Tons of people are into the sports here. I think it's okay. haha

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty good, enough variety to go around in my opinion. :)

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process was fairly easy and streamlined for me. However, after I decided not to dorm this year, they took away a scholarship that I had received from the school, so that wasn't too fun. It's their money though, so it's alright. I'm glad that I'm learning and furthering my education, so it's all good.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love learning at my school, the people I meet, the professors and the things I learn in my classes.. it's the best!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Clean area, nice shops, overall a little fancy college-town sort of neighborhood. I'm from an urban area, so it's not completely city-like in my opinion, but there's plenty of places to eat nearby and places to go. I say that it's a fairly good place to be in.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: I love the facilities in the Broad Art center building (I am an art major, and spend most of my time there)! The campus in general is very beautiful--from the North Campus buildings to the South Campus's botanical garden.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are available on different parts of campus, and there's enough for a person to comfortable walk back and forth from classes, in my opinion.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of apartments around the area; it's just having the right connections for finding the right one, or going apt-hunting on your own... the price is a little costly even with a shared room, but that's a given considering that it is Westwood.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics is very big here, and our gym is excellent.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process is tedious, but the money is worth applying.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining is amazing. You don't even need to go anywhere else off campus for food.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is excellent almost all year round; it is SoCal after all!

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our school has a very high tolerance for diversity, promoting diversity whenever possible. There are many organizations on campus to provide support or get involved with whatever issue you are interested in.

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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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