Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 3018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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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