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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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.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining hall food is really good, there's plenty of choices within the dining hall and you can choose from multiple dining halls.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors love when you are there to actually learn from them. They love when you go to their office hours, and actually talk to them above the course material.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is alot of work involved, but I learn alot regardless of what my grade is. Some classes unexpectedly cause me to become even more interested in the subject that I thought I was before the class.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Walking distance to various restaurants and bars. Some restaurants have student discounts. Diddy Riese is a popular cookie and ice cream spot.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is expensive; and it's difficult to find street parking.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Plenty of libraries; lots of green spaces to sit and relax; always an event to check out; plenty of organizations with activities to join.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Plenty of student organizations to join; only a bus ride to the beach; good restaurants are walking distance; beautiful campus and diverse people.

3 College Junior

Computers: Sometimes, you have to wait in line for a computer station at the library and sometimes you don't. I think it just depends on the week or time of day. The speed, wireless access, and printer are reliable.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I give it an A- just beacuse of the registration process. Independent undergraduate students should look up the residence guidelines and policies at least three years in advance before attending any UC. I think their financial independence policy needs to be reevaluated.

4 College Junior

Academics: As a Psychology major I am thus far, satisfied with my education. The professors are accomplished and are active in research. The workload does get to be much if you also work and participate in campus events. But, there plenty of on-campus job opportunities so that is convenient.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of apartments to find off-campus. There are service provided through the school with which you can search for roommates as well. My problem is with the cost, which is a big factor in my decision process.

2 College Junior

Parking: The permit cost is extremely expensive especially for an independent student like myself. The parking structure available for students isn't necessarily the closest to their department buildings, which means one needs to plan for getting to school on time, finding a parking spot, and then also considering to make time for the walk to the classroom!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly transfer students from asia but very diverse

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's a lot cheaper than dorms and has many transportational and grocery store avaivlabitility

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There's the good and the bad, just like any other school. Lots of good looking people though.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid process was pretty smooth. I received a lot of financial help that made it cheaper to attend UCLA in comparison to other schools I applied to.

4 College Senior

Weather: The temperature is usually in the mid-seventies year round. Nights are always a little chilly though because of the close proximity of the ocean.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Fairly nice area, though there have been some well documented attacks.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great area - right in the heart of LA. Fairly clean and affluent, so a little pricey.

4 College Junior

Weather: Generally speaking, Westwood has a mild, agreeable climate. Fall is my favorite time of year in terms of weather, but it does tend to rain - intermittently, at least - between November and January.

5 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity on UCLA's campus actually shocked me when I first started. There are so many different cultures present on campus and they are all clearly visible and also very much accepted.

4 College Senior

Majors: I enjoy being in the chemical engineering program. There are many opportunities for research on campus or finding an industry internship over the summer. The curriculum varies widely depending on which professor teaches the course and the workload can be tremendous at times, but studying with other classmates really helps.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood provides an amazing dining experience. There a plenty of fast food chains and pricier restaurants, but the smaller restaurants are the best. They give delicious food for low cost, and some give student discounts.

3 College Senior

Majors: The chemical engineering program at UCLA is a little odd. The focus is very theoretical, while other schools have a more hands-on or practical approach. Important topics like statistics and business-related issues are glossed over. The curriculum also varies widely depending on which professor is teaching. However, the job market for engineers is wide open, and UCLA provides many opportunities for landing a job.

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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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