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Los Angeles, CA
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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 Freshman

Weather: Like most places in Los Angeles, UCLA is mostly sunny. So if you enjoy the sun then this is a great place to be. However, like Southern California weather, it does randomly rain here and there. Other than that you won't need to buy expensive jackets to stay warm. One or two hoodies will do you just fine. There is a lot of stuff to do outdoors and indoors around campus so the weather, more than often, suits the occasion. Students take the bus to the beach or go shopping in local Westwood shops.

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3 College Junior

Majors: GEtting into my department was something i casually got into by the classes i was interested in during community college. The most important criteria for admission is consistent grades and the required courses needed for the major. Nothing to abnormal. Stay consistent with your grades at community college because it can get difficult when you also have to work and study.

4 College Junior

Majors: Im starting to love it more and more everyday. I surrounded by amazing museums that can help me with better opportunities.My parents are not very thrilled and wished i pursued the medical field, but i feel it is important to follow my heart and my dreams. In terms of finding a job i hope to land an internship and me the right people in order to get where i need to go.

4 College Junior

Majors: The staff is extremly knowledgeable and passionate. They all welcome you to come in for help or if you have questions.

3 College Junior

Weather: its extremely cold in the morning, but during lunch it is usually really nice to be outside

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus life is amazing! There's always something to do and many great food places.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is too expensive so I don't have a pass. Most people buy parking off campus if they go home.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I loved being a neuroscience major. It was a fairly small major as far as the life sciences go and I loved how the whole program was so cutting edge. It is very research based/heavy. I had no problem getting a job straight out of college and have now been accepted to medical school so it prepared me well for where I wanted to go!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: UCLA has amazing facilities. The John Wooden Center Gym is beautiful with great workout space and offers many workout classes. There are tons of libraries on campus which suit different study styles (noise level, tables vs. couches, etc.) Student spirit is very apparent at sporting events as well as during traditional events like Spring Sing and rivalry week.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Like any university, there was a lot of alcohol present at UCLA. Most of this was off campus (in apartments/frat houses). There are plenty of people on campus who do not partake in these activities though so it is easy to avoid if you want to.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I loved almost every aspect of UCLA. The campus is beautiful and the facilities are top notch. There is ready access to research opportunities, volunteer programs, and personal wellness resources. The faculty are all well known and respected in their fields. I loved how many events took place on campus (both university sponsored as well as privately sponsored) that students had access to.

The only negative to UCLA is the huge class size. You really have to go out of your way to get to know professors (especially in science courses) and it is easy to be struggling without anybody taking notice. UCLA is a perfect university for a self motivated student who is willing to speak up for themselves.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: The drug scene is visible only in smoking but any other drug is pretty much off campus. Those who do drugs are far off on the boundaries of the school or really isolated areas.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: UCLA has many types of girls and guys. I have seen athletic, jocks, southerners, country, preppy, nerds, geeks, and many international students. Girls are so different from style to personality.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports in UCLA are a major part of the students experience. Football and Basketball are the most popular sports and students are quite spirited. The John Wooden Center is the place to be to get fit and attend a variety of classes like Zumba. The gym has plenty of bikes, ellipticals and treadmills. Most campus dorm buildings have gyms. Trainers and physical therapists are available for students.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I usually feel safe but when I see the signs posted on the dorm doors that there has been a crime, that's when I feel unsafe. That happens probably... once or less a quarter.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is generally very accepting to everything but the only thing I've noticed on campus is some racism and possible sexism.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: there are a lot of options right outside of campus particularly Italian restaurants. the hardest thing to find are decent Mexican restaurants.

3 College Junior

Weather: Heat in Los Angeles fairly bearable and rain is usually not a major problem though occasionally it causes some flooding in areas of the campus particularly if they are near sites under construction. The only bad aspect of the weather is how irregular it can be regardless of season.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: there is much to see around the campus and if the storefronts and theaters of Westwood are not your thing, Hollywood and Santa Monica are just one fairly inexpensive bus ride away. However, if you crave a little calm and solitude outside of the campus libraries you might have to search a little hard.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: there aren't clubs near by to walk to. But the campus have a many events you can attend

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I give an A because this campus provide free public transportation. I love bruin bus!!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I'm a Studio Art major and the students do really impressive and progressive projects here. Major down side: I've had two non-permanent faculty instructors and I would say both were highly NOT qualified to teach at all never mind at UCLA...

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Unique to UCLA is being in LA. Westwood is a great little village to hide in but then you get to explore LA if you choose to. Public transportation or by your own means, this is where a lot is going on.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Surprisingly, I've had some outstanding professors and some really terrible ones. To the extent that I do not know how they could possibly be qualified to teach.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs on campus are very accessible especially on-campus housing facilities. Computer labs consists of both PCs and Macs, which is really fun if you don't own a Mac yourself. Printing is also available for student use. Although after a certain amount of prints you do have to may 5 cents per black and white page. Color is more expensive but the quality is worth it. As far as on campus computer labs, printing services are limited and hard to find.

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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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