Los Angeles, CA
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Biology Major. Let me tell you it is not an easy major because there is a large amount of workload, as well as classes usually are impacted, so it is hard to get into classes that I want. But if you have a passion for the development of life or anything related to life, then this major is for you. Since this one of the most popular majors that are many resourced there for your help. Also volunteer opportunities, as well as internships, become available to a lot of biological students.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: UCLA has many majors to offer and in each department there exists on campus many resources to help you out. Hence you are never left alone. It is usually the science classes that teachers have lots of lots of students, and many classes get impacted, as well as be pretty prepared to study because it requires you to know all the subjects that teachers cover. Many teachers have office hours, which means that they open time to help their students out. Many TAs also have office hours. Therefore if you find that a class is difficult to comprehend, then you can always find tutors ready to help you out.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Since UCLA is located near Westwood there are not only local dining you can find, but as well as fine dining. If you decide to embark to a local restaurant, it does not require lots of money, you can find many plated under $10. Many restaurants include a noodle shop, a creperie, In-N-Out, Taco Bell, Flame Broiler, Cafe Bakery Cafe, BJs, and many more. There are also a few hidden fine dining restaurants, including Italian and many Meditteranean food, but the plates for these kind of restaurants start at $20 and up.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife at UCLA is fairly well, students are able to go out to Westwood, eat with friends, have some ice cream sandwiches from Diddy Reise, or even enjoy a deliciously made burger at In-N-Out. If walking is not on your mind, then there are usually many social events on campus or even on the residence hills. Now if it is a party you want to go to, well the frat parties are the way to go, the only thing is that if you are a guy or a girl with a guy friend, the guy is most likely not allowed at the parties. There are many hookah bars, but not many clubs and bars that I know of, just if you decide to go out to West Hollywood, where the nightlife is raging.

3 College Senior

Facilities: There are many libraries available on campus so there's always a place to study as well as an enormous wealth of resources. There are many unique campus events and traditions such as Spring Sing, undie run (after finals), and many others that may be mentioned. North campus has the sculpture garden which is a large green space with surrounding artistic sculptures. Overall the facilities and traditions are very nice.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus can be fun. Not all dorms were created equally though. The majority of students either live in the off-campus apartments or the on-campus dorms. The off-campus apartments are cheaper but don't include a meal plan and are longer walks. On the up-side you save a lot more money. On-campus dorms are closer and don't require as much walking. But again, they are pretty pricey. The social scene can be very cool, especially if you live in the on-campus dorms.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Being at UCLA, you're in the heart of Los Angeles. Living in Westwood is unique. Everything you need is walking distance away. People may not seem very social at first but as a matter of fact the people can be very social. UCLA has many majors to choose from and internships can be found everywhere around the Los Angeles area.

3 College Senior

Computers: It can be hectic trying to get a spot at the computer labs on campus during midterms, but especially so during finals. The networks are very fast and there has only been one time I remember that the network was down throughout the campus, but it's rare. I would say that it is necessary to have a laptop. If you can't get one you could always borrow one from one of our many libraries on campus. They are not always readily available though so it may be an inconvenience not having a laptop.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at UCLA is not really big. You can smell it sometimes, but its not very noticeable. Drinking is a lot more noticeable and common among the students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: UCLA has students from all over the world! Most ethnic groups tend to clump together in their clubs, but everyone is really accepting. In all honestly, there are a lot of Asians, but that is to be expected at a UC school. Overall, though, there is so much diversity in all aspects. No one is left out.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is very good looking! Friday afternoons at sunset recreation are when people sit out in their bathing suits and show off their hot bods. Definitely a type for everybody.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at UCLA is pretty predominant; everywhere you see there's most likely a frat or a sorority trying to recruit new students. Yes, they do do major events that many students participate in, but it isn't all the buzz. Above all, students at UCLA are there to study first, and party hard later.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Likewise, since UCLA is inside a city of automobiles, traffic for parking on campus can be a hastle. Be sure to arrive on campus at least 30-40 minutes before your class in order to find parking and make it to class on time.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Conveniently located in the bustling city of Los Angeles, UCLA is also bustling with many activities in and off campus. This ranges from going on a surf with your buds at Santa Monica to going along the Bruin team to their multiple sports competitions.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a variety to choose from:)

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everything depends on who you associate yourself with on campus. If the people around you are all active users of drugs, you'll be seeing a lot of drugs. If you surround yourself with people above the influence, you'll rarely encounter drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe on campus. However, the only reason I rate it as a B+ is due to the small encounters that are heard of on the news.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Lots of parties Thursday thru Saturday, a few ok bars, and some clubs which I'm not sure about.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: At UCLA, Greek life is not that big of a deal. Frat parties are ok.

4 College Senior

Computers: The computer labs at UCLA are packed in the afternoon, like 1-5pm, and during Midterms and Finals, but other than that you can find good spots. I love studying in Powell Library.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is really good and there is a huge variety with many places to go. The only think I dislike is that the food is not very healthy overall.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are either new or remodeled and dining halls are great

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Local Attitude --- I absolutely love living in Westwood! It is so beautiful and there are so many little places to eat everywhere. There's also 2 movie theaters, Diddy Reese and many big chain restaurants like CPK and BJs.

4 College Junior

Parking: The great thing about UCLA is that you don't need to have a car. Everything is walking distance and there are also buses that will take you to fun places (Santa Monica, The Getty, LACMA, etc.). This is super helpful since parking is a nightmare and super expensive.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: The is some diversity at UCLA, but much like popular belief, the majority of the student body is Asian. There is a good number of Latin Americans but not many African Americans. UCLA has such a big student body, and I wish it was divided more equally.

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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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