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$35,575 ($12,697)
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Very Hard
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Reviews 3104 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They attend you quickly and are available for appointments each day when you need it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I do not appreciate the dining options because I am a vegetarian and most of the vegetarian options include eggs and I do not eggs. Also, the options are covered in grease so they are not as healthy. The vegetables are not of the best quality and dry with little flavor. They do have a variety of food options but they are not optical for a vegetarian.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The off campus parking is difficult but due able. There are many garages to park, but not a lot of street parking. The parking is expensive. To park in a garage costs about $100 a month, even in an apartment. It costs about $500 a quarter to own a parking permit. Parking enforcement is strict. I was two minutes late and I got a ticket. Finding a car on campus is easy, there are many programs such as zip car that allow you to rent a car.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not part of the Greek life nor participate because I am not into parties, so I can not accurately rate it. Just from my personal experiences many of the students from UCLA participate in Greek life.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have faced a lot of barriers since coming to my school because I am a non-traditional student. I graduated from high school and community college the same week this May 2013 at the age of 17 years old. My status as a graduate from community college with her general education certification and AA degree was questioned because I was also a senior who had graduated from high school. I was made to sign up for classes I had already taken and received credit from my community college. The only reason I did not retake them was because I dropped them all and added the classes I needed when registration opened with no restrictions from the office since I had the status I had earned.
There was a lot of stress at this school because of my academics and my standing that I had a challenging time and did not feel welcomed at the school. It is a great school, but for me it was and is not. However, slowly I am adjusting.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many programs on campus that encourage lesbian, transsexual, and bisexual people. Everyone I know is very accepting of them, and the school is very helpful with encouraging people to come out. The school is extremely diverse, which many cultures and backgrounds. The only problem going on right now not only at my school but with other California Universities is the issue of Affirmative Action. There are many clubs on campus that encourage people to be religious or become religious if they are interested. Also at the end of they year, students are highly encouraged to become involved in voting for student government. It is greatly diverse.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I haven't been out to many any places on campus honestly. I only eat on campus at the dining halls, places that accept my meal plan. There are five dining halls to choose from and 3 quick food places which make the options endless! One of them is a cultural dining hall! Every night is a new theme, whether it is asian, japanese, or hawaiian. Another dining hall is very organic. All of the foods are vegetable based, and by the way very delicious! They also have quick food places that have warm, fresh panini's or a nice big chicken burrito with beans, rice, and guacamole, or even a nice sushi bowl!

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Living in southern California, the weather does not affect my overall campus experience at all. If it rains then you carry an umbrella, sometimes intramural games are rescheduled. The weather does not fluctuate more than 30 degrees which is another reason why I love my school!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The Greek students partake in the major partying and drug use. Otherwise the drug scene is pretty low key and you get to do your own thing. Marijuana use isn't as popular as you think even if its California.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Westwood is a cool neighborhood that gets more urban has you move off campus. It is pretty easy to find places to spend money and there are tons of things to do.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Being only 19, I have not had the opportunity to go to the bars, but from what i have heard they are always popping! I know they have happy hour and a lot of my older sorority sisters attend that! They are in the heart of Westwood and are within walking distance to the dorms and sorority houses. Nightlife is big Thursday's through Saturday night's, on campus and off! With one bus you can be on the third street promenade, or the Santa Monica Pier. Those are some fun places to walk around at night, grab a good bite to eat, watch street performers, and even go shopping. Transportation is very accessible, always taxi services available within 15 minutes or less, but other than that the Metro and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus very much used by UCLA students.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Living on campus does not allow me to go out very much, so my opinion's may not be as accurate. I have been to a few sushi restaurants, which is big in Westwood! They are very interesting! I tried eel for the first time in one of these restaurants. The late-night activity in Westwood is very big because there are many restaurants that are open, junk-food type of restaurants, but that does not mean that the quality is not good. I tried these nachos at this mexican restaurant! they were fantastic and cheap! Westwood also has many pizza places, as well as in in-an-out! With a couple bars too it can get a bit loud!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love how the security is strict, enforcing that students are knowledgeable of drugs, alcohol, punishments. This helps bring a sense of security within the police and the students, knowing that our community is safe. Whenever an incident does occur, the police are all on top of it, and with our top of the notch medical facilities, students are taken great care of. I also love UCLA because it is a very social school. Most students stay on campus on the weekends, making it easy to make friends. Just this past year I joined a sorority, and it helped me meet a great community of girls! Being in a sorority gives me many opportunities such as internships, scholarships, and also forces me to be involved in other clubs on campus. The entire sorority life has been my favorite experience of all! It has become my home away from home! They say that choosing a college is suppose to be one of the hardest decisions in your life, but for me, it was not. UCLA was the very last school that I heard from, and it had one of the top 10 nursing programs in the United States. I did not get accepted to many other nursing schools, so it was just as if there was no decision at all, rather a given. Speaking of UCLA nursing, I absolutely love the curriculum. Although chemistry killed me the first year, the nursing program hires a special tutor. My cohort is only 40 students big, and so we have all bonded over special nursing outings. The professors and the TA's treat nursing students better than the other pre-med students because they know we are rare to come across. I almost feel spoiled to be at school, for once in my life, I just love being at school!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: My RA's have been doing a great job that regulations are met, including quiet hours, documenting when students are using alcohol or drugs. Every night they walk around their designated dorm building a security officer to make sure there are not any strangers on campus. The policy about non-UCLA students spending the night is very strict as well. The guests have to sign a piece of paper explaining the rules, and have to make a copy of their ID, front and back. Even when there are no guests residents have to use their bruin card to swipe into their building, and to use their elevator. Security is very strict on campus. UCLA also offers a night shuttle for free. UCLA police know that students party, so when they see drunk students, rather than writing them up, they make sure they are okay, and sometimes will need to call an ambulance. If it a repeating occurrence or of damage of UCLA property is involved, correct evaluation and punishment will take place.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The John Wooden Center is fabulous, with many racquetball courts, a rock wall, and even a gymnasium. They offer many different classes such as Zumba, Step, Cycling, Hip-hop, and Caribbean Cardio. They also have additional classes such as guitar, ballet, Pilates, boxing, swimming, and personal training certification.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love how UCLA is very involved in research, which inspires many students to get involved too! There is an abundance of co-ed fraternities that help students get into law school, med-school, etc. Also since my school is in the heart of movie making, it is very involved in helping to create movies. The film and theater department is huge at school! There is an honors program at my school, and unfortunately I do not know much about it. The social scene is excellent because all of the dorms and dining halls are located on one part of campus, called "the hill". This allows students to all be within a 6 minute walk at the end of the day. Campus life is great! There is always events going on from students singing, to tour guides, runners running, comedy shows, movie fests, and sometimes even hypnotists! Through my school I have been able to learn much more about many different types of scholarships through the scholarship and career center!


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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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