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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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5 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are really popular here, especially football and basketball. Almost everybody comes to the events and we are all definitely all dec'ed out in Bruin wear or blue and gold! Even when it isn't game day, you can still spot students representing their school teams!

5 College Junior

Weather: I LOVE the weather here at UCLA. It is right by the beach, so we get the sunny California weather!

4 College Junior

Majors: I am currently an intern with UCLA itself learning about how it runs and how it serves its purpose as an institution of higher education in the local and global community. I work within the development office and learn about how we get successful people to donate to research and programs at our school. This internship has paired us with supervisors who are interested in our growth and student perspective. It is a paid internship, and I am receiving my first professional experience as it is essentially a 9-5 job that I have to dress professionally for every day.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: UCLA is a diverse place - and it exists in the middle of Los Angeles. The campus has a lot of amenities, including a very large gym. We are known for our athletics department and all the hills and stairs on our campus. There are many attractive men and women on our campus, and that's partially because of the superficial atmosphere of LA in general and partially because it's easy to live a fit and healthy lifestyle on this campus. As an incoming undergraduate student, I was expecting many vain, artificial, stuck-up people but I was very pleasantly surprised to see that people here are beautiful on the inside and out. People also don't go to class in their PJs like I expected, but that may not be such a bad thing.

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: I will be returning to the UCLA dorms as a Resident Assistant next year, and would hope to return the following year. This means that I am planning to live on campus for four years, and this would potentially be dull if the food was too. Instead, I am excited that on-campus living at UCLA is so easy. There are four dining halls, several quick service restaurants (similar to fast-food joints), and local restaurants filled with a staff who are always looking to improve the dining experience. The food tastes great, and there are also many options. Some dining halls specialize in certain foods either by cuisine or lifestyle. For example, there is a new dining commons that is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and offer many healthier options than the other dining halls. There is food available from 8:00 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily and there is everything from chicken quesadillas and chicken piccata to gelato and italian sodas.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am very satisfied with my program - I pursued this major for a year and finally declaring a Communication Studies major was a huge weight off my shoulders. It has also been everything I imagined it to be and more - I am sometimes in awe how lucky I am to be taking interesting and engaging classes that I truly enjoy. My career aspirations are to pursue a job in either entertainment or the non-profit sector. The communications department here has helped me learn about and get internships in both fields - I feel that in two years I will be prepared to enter the workforce and find a job that I love.

4 College Junior

Majors: The Communication Studies major at UCLA is a competitive one because it is small and impacted. As a result, the few who are selected receive many opportunities to speak with counselors and professors. A variety of classes are offered, with fundamental yet interesting topics such as Conflict and Communication or fun elective classes such as Situational Comedy in America. Everyone in the department is interested in the students' growth and well-being. We are consistently sent e-mails regarding possible internships in the local area that would love to work with students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: If you go here be ready to have a lot of work. You end up teaching yourself most of the stuff especially in the opening classes but there are a lot of possibilities to get help and its a great competitive school.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great food places around the campus. Not only are there burger places like In-n-Out and 5 Guys but there are a lot of other good restaurants to check out.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's hard to get off campus even though you are really close to the city and you have to spend so much time studying that you don't get out most nights.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood Village is fairly close to UCLA, about half a mile. They have many options from cheap fast food to fine dining. They have in-n-out, all you can eat sushi, chipotle, five guys, gushi, diddy riese, boba loca, and much more. If you have a car, the options are innumerable. There are all types of food from Mediterranean, Persian, Lebanese, Cuban, Chinese, Japanese, Italian to Mexican.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently pre-business economics at UCLA. In order to get into the actual major, Business-Economics, you need at least a 3.0 average gpa counting only your pre-requisites. There's another 3.3 gpa minimum required that they calculate by putting heavier weight on certain classes. It's very difficult to organize your schedule the way you want with some many people fighting for classes. For example only those with Junior standing can take Econ 11, a pre-requisite for the major. If you were unfortunate enough to barely become junior standing your junior year (the year you should be junior standing), then you would already be behind in classes and would probably need a 5th year to graduate.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Since UCLA is Los Angeles, the hubbub for business, there are tons of internships and job opportunities. One thing that I don't like is that we don't have an accounting major at UCLA. We only have an accounting minor, but it doesn't prep us for the CPA examination.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: The scholarship department is superb. The women who work there are the most helpful people on campus. In your initial meeting they ask you many questions to help build your profile. The center has hundreds of scholarship books. They also have a great bulletin board and Facebook page. They print a monthly listing of scholarships. The financial aid office is always busy but the lines move pretty fast. From my experience you get better service in person than over the phone. Most financial aid at UCLA is need based. So if you don't qualify for need based the scholarship office is your best bet.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: UCLA is a powerhouse when it comes to athletics. This year they won the NCAA College Baseball World Series. There is hands down great student involvement. The teams in all sports are some of the best in the nation. There is incredible school spirit. The athletic facilities are superb. The school has a long history of being a superior sports university. UCLA students take a lot of pride in their teams even if they don't play sports.

5 College Junior

Weather: UCLA is located in a mediterranean climate. The days are beautiful even in the winter. The rainy season is December through February. The rain is not what one would encounter in other parts of the states. No thunder and rarely any lightening. June in Los Angeles is known as June gloom, the sun does not come out until late in the day. Summer months are warm but not excruciating. The nights are always cool. So students know to layer up. The weather affects campus life in the most positive way possible.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Student life is great at UCLA. There is a club or organization for everyone. During the week the main walkway near the main bookstore is lined with tables with representatives to the various clubs on campus. This area is a major hub for this type of activity. UCLA is loaded with campus events and traditions. During its games with USC the bruin is put into hibernation to protect it. This is pretty serious stuff. Every center you go into from the athletic center to the libraries are immaculate and state of the art. The campus was many many years ago farming land so there are acres of green spaces. The campus has beautiful massive trees and gorgeous landscaping throughout.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: UCLA is located in the middle of Westwood which has great restaurants within walking distance to campus and the dorms. There is also a great public transit system which can take one into Santa Monica and Venice. You are literally minutes away from the ocean. There are plenty of opportunities for a great nightlife. The local theatre has many Hollywood premieres, so celebrities are only a block away from campus. The campus is also used for filming major motion pictures. If getting in the best physical shape is a priority for you, UCLA now has the new Wooden Center and working out is right at your finger tip. But you can also use the bleachers and track on campus. The weather is almost always perfect for outdoor activities.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We do have a Greek life on campus, however, it's not the focal point of the campus. There are parties and events, but if you're not a part of it or don't go, you won't be missing out. It's great if you're in it, and it's also great if you're not. It's an addition to the college experience, but not necessary to have a college experience.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is great in UCLA, being in southern California. We get at least 350 days of sunshine and it never passes 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and even then 90 degrees is rare. If anything, the local weather will motivate you to make your day the best, because it's always such a great day outside.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: UCLA is an exceptionally lovely space. North Campus is beautiful, and while South Campus has much more to ask for, it's still pretty astonishing. Pauley Pavillion is new renovated with upgraded equipment in the rec center. It's an overall great campus.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid and I had no problem with submitting documents for confirmation. If the amount does not meet my need, an appeal can be made. It's a fairly smooth process.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is beautiful. During the day, it is usually warm, sunny, and breezy. At night, it cools down to a comfortable temperature. Rain in nonexistent!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everyone is very school spirited, so athletic events, such as basketball and football games are great places to go to hang out.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The gym is really big and very accessible. The student union has all the college student essentials and is a great place to stop by in between classes.

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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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