Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2812 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The competition is harsh and intense. Sometimes you feel as if all the hard-work you put into the class is not accurately represented in your grades. Also, studying with others can be a challenge because no one wants to help another person if he/she will hold them back.

College Senior

Scholarships: I did not receive financial aid.

College Senior

Greek Life: I am a commuter student who also works, so I have no opinion.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I do not spend time on campus.

4 College Senior

Weather: Makes walking on campus pleasant.

College Senior

Diversity: I do not spend time on campus except for classes. I also have an off campus job.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live about 20 miles away.

3 College Senior

Computers: I use my own computer.

College Senior

Campus Housing: Do not live on campus. Commuter student.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very prevalent, but there isn't much "peer pressure" to drink. Many students drink and many don't, and students tend to respect each others' decisions.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: Economics is a really competitive major.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: The students are really competitive.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are accessible but I don't partake in it

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I dont like to party much, but parties definitely happen just about every weekend. there are clubs and bars nearby in hollywood and some around westwood which you can easily get to via public transportation.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's a bit high priced to live in westwood, but it is a part of the city that feels very homey. there is always something interesting going on in Los Angeles

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: the shuttles are great but they don't take you back up to the hill which is kind of lame. As for public transportation, you can go just about anywhere on it (it is, after all, LA we are talking about).

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: lots of variety in both types of foods, and prices.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I like the level of difficulty of the classes, and the fact that subjects are culturally relevant, but that's only if you know which classes to take. It is not impossibly difficult to pass classes with an A or B at UCLA but the work load can sometimes be pretty intense (depending on your major, etc.). Registering for classes is annoying as a freshman because the classes fill up so quickly. I wish the curriculum and the classes offered were more diverse (although the communications major requires courses from a variety fields).

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: You get a certain amount of free printing a quarter which is nice. The computers in the computer labs are kind of slow. I chose to buy my own printer just because I have about 300 pages to print per quarter so it turn out to be cheaper (and more convenient).

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The rules about subjects like underage drinking, drinking in the dorms, and drug use are strict, but as far as enforcement goes, its much more lenient. Visitation is not too much of a hassle ( you have to check people in after 9 so they have to have a photo id with them to get a guest pass). The campus isnt strict about protests and marches, but there are hardly any because most people are complacent.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school makes an attempt to meet your financial needs. There are also many scholarships that are not need based, but I have no experience with those.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There should be more minorities admitted (such as African-American and Hispanic students), but the diversity of thought is a little better. I wish we had more radical thinkers (people who have a vision and who are passionate about creating change).

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: You definitely don't have to be Greek to enjoy parties and the social life. There are plenty of other parties going on and you can almost always attend Greek parties even if you're a non-Greek.

4 College Junior

Academics: Being pre-med is definitely a struggle sometimes, but it is doable if you can manage your time effectively. The classes are hard but Bruinwalk lets you rate professors so you know what you're getting yourself into before enrolling for a class.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: The school sprit is great, there are always a ton of people just walking around wearing UCLA stuff. However, I wish more of those people would show up to basketball games! Its so convenient since Pauley Pavilion is on campus, yet not many people take advantage of it (except for the really big games).

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Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
Major
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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