Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 2812 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: In a big city like Los Angeles, there is always something to do fo every type of individual. Whether it is one likes the nigh life and going out or relaxing on the beach, the city fits everyone. There are also a lot of museums, amusement parks, and sports events to go to. The rich ethnic and culture life and diversity allows for a fun and relaxed environment.

4 College Junior

Academics: My school offers over 300 degrees, giving students the opportunity to study whatever they would like. Also it is located in Los Angeles, a city of many possibilities. The school itself has a rigor academic program that trains and teaches students in their desired fields with world renowned professors.

College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not started school yet. Will be transferring in the fall 2013.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Big Blue Bus is really cheap (only 50 cents per ride with the BruinCard) and it goes to essential places like WeHo and Santa Monica. With the other parts of LA, it's pretty hard to travel there, and usually people take the Metro, which is much more expensive ($1.50 per ride, and usually transfers are necessary), and much more inconvenient. If you have a car, that's the best option. But if you're just interested in those normal places that everyone goes, the Big Blue Bus is a great option.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They're pretty lenient, and as long as you're not being recalcitrant and you're not carrying a pound of heroin, you'll be fine. They're not going to bust you for carrying a couple ounces of weed, but they are going to bust you if you're bats*** high and you're being a moron.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The options are pretty great, but sometimes variety comes at a price; a lot of the restaurants here in Westwood are pretty upper-scale.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There is a lot of visible alcohol use, especially along frat row, but it is easy to avoid all other drugs. If you want to avoid alcohol, living on campus is a great option. Enforcement is strong.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Westwood is amazing!! There are so many restaurants, shops and museums in the area. The beach is fifteen minutes away and Beverly Hills is ten minutes in the opposite direction. Anything you're interested in, they have!

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from the Midwest that has the worst of both worlds (sweltering, humid summers and freezing winters), Los Angeles was a shock to my system. The first 8 weeks of my first quarter at UCLA were literally straight weeks of sunny, slightly breezy, 60s to 70s. Unbelievable.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most freshman get sorted into triples that were meant to be doubles, but if you're in one of the more newly renovated (a.k.a. every one except Sproul Hall) or newly constructed residence halls (e.g. Sproul Cove), the dorm rooms are pretty nice. The communal bathrooms are cleaned twice a day, which makes them a much better option than shared bathrooms between two rooms. Sunset Village has more spacious rooms with private bathrooms, and it is the most quiet atmosphere, but there's a price tag for that serenity. De Neve Plaza is older than the residence halls, and they are also quiet with private bathrooms, but they seem to be a little more social. Avoid Hitch and Saxon Suites if at all possible. Literally run-down, bug-infested, dimly-lit suites that are not at all worth the extra money.

3 College Junior

Majors: Physiological Science is a TOUGH major. Prepare yourself for medical school like training by various instructors who teach in very different ways for a much shorter time period than in CC's. Keep up with the work and check in with Inna Gergel the counselor of the major.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There are many groups that unite together to make the most of being diverse in not-too diverse campus and so it's alive within those groups but we still have a long way to go to be as prevalent within the student body.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls are absolutely gorgeous, smart, and talented.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Boys and girls dress pretty much casual. From UCLA gear and jeans to gym clothes. Due to the unpredictable weather in LA, people pretty much dress in layers!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere at UCLA is great for all kinds of people with different hobbies and interests. Westwood Village is just a short walk away from campus and is filled with various shops and restaurants where you can hang out with your friends and meet new people as well. One thing I love about Westwood is that it is very pedestrian-friendly. If you are more of a nature-loving and outdoors-y person, there are great trails for hiking while getting a beautiful panoramic view of Los Angeles. If you are more of an artsy person, there are great museums nearby like the Hammer Museum, (a bus ride away) include LACMA and Getty Villa. Since I am into musical theater, I love visiting local improv stages and watching performances at the Pantages Theatre or Ahmanson Theatre (just a short bus ride away to Downtown LA). UCLA is the best of both worlds. You don't get the congested feeling of being in the city, but you are still close enough to experience the culture of Los Angeles. (:

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2 College Junior

Parking: Although there are plenty of parking structures, the prices are outrageous. Also, parking is not guaranteed even if you purchase a pass. In general, parking in the Los Angeles area is horrendous.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs around campus, and many of them are available for drop-ins. There is free printing in select labs and very cheap prices in others. The computer systems are all up-to-date and have presented no problems for me. However, the campus WiFi is spotty. There are several wireless networks to join, but they cannot always be reached or made a connection with. Also, WiFi connection in lecture halls are spotty.

4 College Junior

Majors: The recruiters actually comes on campus so it is easy for students to get internship at their convenience

4 College Junior

Majors: For an Economic major, the process was to maintain 3.0 in general studies before a student can declare or enter the program. It's seems challenging at first, but once a student gone through the process then it becomes less intense.

4 College Junior

Academics: The program is fairly easy in general, however those doing the B.S instead of B.A in Anthropology have to take many more classes, specifically science and math classes. The workload is manageable but rather heavy on reading journal articles. I get constant emails from someone in the department on news about thing going on at school, deadlines, internships and other interesting opportunities relating to the field or workshops being offered that relate to the major.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are pretty good since its one of the top schools in the state and country. Like most schools you get some professors that aren't as good teaching, or dont seem to put much effort into it, but there are a lot that really try to get the students to learn and be active, and even some that emphasize the importance of them learning from the students. The curriculum is fair I would say, however it probably depends more on the major as you get to upper division courses, and the registration process is usually pretty well coordinated and smooth. Workload varies by class and teacher, but do expect to do a lot of reading, especially of journal articles if youre in social science classes.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Its fairly easy to get financial aid if you need it, however the amount can vary. Theres the federal grant, cal grant, scholarships offered through the school, work study, but there is a deadline and if you miss it, your financial aid gets reduced by quite a bit. The blue and gold program will help students cover tuition if they demonstrate financial need, which is good. Because its a UC though, overall you don't get as much financial help as you would at other places, especially private schools, or so i've heard.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The majority of guys are average, but once in a while there will be one that catches your eye. The girls are a little more varied in terms of styles of dress, hair, personality, and interests. There is a lot of variety in terms of ethnicity, but its predominatly caucasian and asian.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Beside the awesome academics offered by my school, it also offers a host of activities such as free lectures, student invitations to special events, an array of performing arts events, and the campus provides a park like setting making it easy to escape from the daily monotony. It is an exciting place to be. At one event, I shook hands with the president from Bosnia, another time I listened to a lecture given by Justice Hassan Jallow Chief prosecutor for the UN tribunal for Rawanda. There are just so many positive things to say that I could go on and on. The only negative thing is that at first it's easy to feel lost because the campus is so large.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It sucks to be a Bio major here. The classes are harder than they need to be in the sense that the professors have ridiculous expectations. As far as the classes you take, some feel unnecessary, but whatever. They have many good opportunities and we've got a good program.


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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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