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Los Angeles, CA
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27,365
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$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: UCLA is definitely not a crazy party school. But I did see many people smoking weed at a public event (Bruin Bash) and for people who don't do drugs, it is hard to ignore. And people who are drunk at nights do go around like nothings wrong in the dorm areas. Although police force do step in, they do not take harsh actions but do send them back to their rooms. It's nothing big but for people who don't do drugs, it is bit frustrating.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have some good research program overall and especially in Asian American studies, African American Studies and Chicano Studies. I think these areas of studies are often neglected in other universities but UCLA provides a decent program to partake in these studies. Also, our campus is very beautiful. The buildings are very beautiful and many celebrities come to film somethings and people come to admire them. We have a place called sculpture garden, where people can chill on the green grass among unique sculptures.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police force is not strict at all but I do feel safe which gives me a sense of security. I think it is just right. And I think some policies that affect strictness are very good and helpful for the students.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is basically invisible at UCLA. Drinking, on the other hand, is more visible when you go to parties at the fraternity and sorority houses. However, you can definitely survive in this environment since there is no peer pressure to partake in such activities. Many students, contrary to popular beliefs due to the media, actually believe that they can have fun without drugs and alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Since Westwood is in the temperate weather conditions of Southern California, the weather throughout the year stays pretty stable. The worst that can happen is a random Santa Ana Wind day or rainy days, but other than that, UCLA has pretty pleasant beach-like weather for much of the year.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UCLA has some of the best variety of dining hall foods, ranging from traditional dining halls (such as Covel Commons and De Neve Commons) to specialized cuisine (such as Feast, which hosts Asian and Pacific Island foods). It kind of makes it hard not to get on that infamous Freshman 15!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a proud NCAA division school, UCLA takes varsity sports very seriously. We have awesome training and workout facilities, such as the John Wooden Center. We also have a variety of IM sports, ranging from Wushu to Quidditch.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UCLA probably has the best dining system I've heard of. With soon to be four dining halls and four take out places, five at night, you'll never go hungry. Menus are diverse enough, and there's normally enough options that you don't get sick of dining hall food. It's a little difficult to eat healthily, but there's always a big salad bar. Take out options are amazing. I think they do a good job of providing ethnic food, and though it's rarely authentic, it's tasty enough to get by on.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: One of the main reasons I chose to go to UCLA was because I was undeclared at the time, and knew I could pursue anything I wanted to there. After taking a few classes of things I was generally interested in, I've decided on double majoring in Political Science and Econ. My Poli Sci classes have been my favorites so far, and I've learned a lot in Econ that I didn't know before. It's easy to find what you're interested in and pursue it.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: You don't need transportation much, since most of what you'd need, as well as several restaurants and shops, are within walking distance. There are a lot of bus stops around, though LA buses aren't super frequent and leave a little to be desired. However, it's not too difficult to get where you want to go. You definitely don't need a car, and you probably wouldn't want one.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Dorm room parties won't get bothered unless they're loud and the parties within the frat house never get shut down.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The UCLA campus is beautiful. There are many areas outside to sit and study in addition to libraries. Also there is the John Wooden athletic center and many campus events that are available to students.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of parties available to people in Greek life and girls. Guys that aren't in a frat and don't know a brother in a house will not be able to party. UCLA is close to Santa Monica and Hollywood but transportation is by busses only unless you pay $275 a quarter to keep a car on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The GE professors do not care much about how their students do in the class. The curriculum is hard and the amount of work you have to do depends on your major. If you are math or science, you will spend most of your life studying.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UCLA's campus is safe. I never feel unsafe but as a girl I always walk with someone at night.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of students smoke cigarettes at UCLA, but they recently made they're campus smoke-free which is nice. There are a lot of people who take Adderall, mostly people in the Greek system since they have access to it and don't have as much time to spend on studying. Also many people smoke weed.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty dominant around the UCLA campus and Greek students are viewed as more "cool" than the rest of the students. The Greek system is completely centered around partying and hooking up with a bunch of people. The philanthropy part is only five hours a quarter. The Greek system is also pretty expensive for sororities but a lot more affordable for guys. Sororities have very nice houses and the fraternity houses are a little less nice.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: I Love taking the bus! its discounted for students and you can also buy and quarterly pass for only 30 bucks and you get unlimited usage for the big blue bus!

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food here is beautiful--ranked number 2 in California! I have the 14 "swipes" a week plan and if I don't use them all in a week, they roll over and can accumulate until the end of each quarter! there are 5 major buffet style dining halls and 3-4 other quick service places all on the residential area! the food is soo delicious!

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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.

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Suzy Strutner
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Newport Beach, Calif.
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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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