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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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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship at UCLA yet, but I know they have excellent research opportunities for both technical and non-technical majors. I've had friends who have taken part in both and really felt it was worth their time. As UCLA is one of the top research schools in the country, there is a lot of hands-on application opportunities found in their internships.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Process for my majors has been easy so far, although I have not been able to declare my second major yet. I also have not taken any upper divisions yet. North Campus majors (non-technical) are pretty straight-forward and are far from the cut-throat competition seen in the medical and more technical fields.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I guess it all depends on your perspective (whether or not you want it to be controlled/strict) and how seriously you take your studies. In the dorms, they're strict about drinking, smoking, and the likes. In the apartments, you're pretty free to do as you want as long as it doesn't get too out of control.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is inexpensive for college students. The buses get you to commonly traveled places like Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Downtown. However, the weekends have different bus pickup locations and schedules which can make things confusing. Overall, the Santa Monica buses are very reliable.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is a mess. Unless you have an off campus job you will most likely not receive on campus parking. I am a sophomore and the first year I did not have a car. It is doable, but makes it pretty hard to explore LA. This year I brought my car down, but parking pass are very expensive and parking tickets are even worse. Parking in Westwood and the apartment areas is extremely inconvenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It is such a big school that their is no standard student. The different sorority houses each have their own look, ranging from those who dress up all the time to those who play it more casual. For the most part dress and looks are average to slightly dressy as we do live in LA. The social life seems to revolve around the frats and apartment parties, and relationships are not a big deal.

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3 College Senior

Computers: BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) – Residence halls are wired with WiFi, so i pretty much do all my work in my dorm. I also have my own printer. Therefore i have no need to compete for compete for computer/printing time on campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: At a large school like UCLA it makes sense that they would have a wide variety of choices for every on campus activity. Want to go to the pool we have five, the gym is massive, student centers and libraries are frequent and expsansive.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood has a great variety of dining options and many of them cater to the college student palet. In addition, any time your looking to get more you can take the short drive to the up class and expansive options Beverly Hills dining has to offer.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Los Angeles is a city where it is incredibly helpful to have a car. Its hard to really create a good public transit system in the city but buses do go to santa monica and westwood so it is somewhat convenient.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They have University police not too far from the campus and are rather quick in terms of response. The campus is also located near Beverly Hills so the area itself isn't dangerous by any means.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Excellent transportation systems through van services that pick you up when you call the number. Their route is always ongoing so don't hesitate to call because they don't mind picking you up!

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Southern California, so the weather is ALWAYS gorgeous!

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: As long as you submit your FAFSA and apply for scholarships, you should have no problem getting financial aid at UCLA.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The only thing I don't like about UCLA and Westwood is parking. On campus permits and parking are super expensive, so I hardly drove to campus. But if I had to, I parked at a friend's off campus apartment so I didn't have to worry about high parking rates in Westwood.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I really can't complain about any of the facilities at UCLA - there are so many academic programs, facilities, and opportunities avaiable for students. And the social scene and campus life at UCLA are just as great!

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Since I never lived in the dorms, I don't have the best view of campus strictness. But my friends, who lived in the dorms, never had any problems with campus police.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, unless its later in the evening and its starting to get dark. They do have volunteers to help look for crime and various other activities so that is always reassuring.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity but they single themselves out and keep to themselves instead of working together.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's in a pretty safe place of Los Angeles. On campus is safe and off campus is safe so far from what I have seen. I have walked off and around off campus many times and have yet to feel unsafe.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have people of all races, economic backgrounds, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation. No one is alone.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There are people of many different races, but it mainly is comprised of asians and whites. A good amount of out-of-state students, although most are from California.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: A diverse population of both guys & girls. Different looks, styles, interests, etc. I love the diversity here!

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is gorgeous. During the fall months, you should dress in layers.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at UCLA are top notch. The teachers here are at the top of their field.

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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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