Los Angeles, CA
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4 College Freshman

Majors: Like most other schools, we first have to complete the pre-requisites for the major before declaring the major itself. UCLA is also great for getting these required classes out of the way at the same time as general eds. A great way to ensure graduation within 4 yrs.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's a great place to study. The campus is beautiful and the classes are challenging. Apart from the great academics, living so close Los Angeles and Hollywood means there is never a boring weekend.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: There's plenty of things to do around town but you can bus elsewhere too

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not sure how to grade this. Not a lot of visible drugs. Mostly alcohol, no pressure.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food on campus is good, I get food cheaper and fresher at a Whole Foods. There are several UC offices in Westwood. Food is more varied here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: You are essentially a sheep in a herd, but you find your comfortable niche with the people who are most like you.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There are many internships available to you when you enter UCLA. You have to be willing to commit to them. Some are scams, I believe; but some are legitimate.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There is financial aid, but you do all the work looking for it.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Many clubs for students who are 21 or older. Few clubs for 18 and older. But I suggest ship the clubs to save money. Hang out with friends at school party is fun and free. Attending a lot of sport game at night is fun too.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't receive any financial aid. I wish there is more scholarships and financial aid for student like me, who both mom and dad working.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: it is very hard to find a available apartment near school. Also the rent is very expensive. I am able to share room with my relative, but the house is 40 miles away from school, and with the traffic at LA, would take me more than 1.5 hr to get to school.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very safe, I've never felt threatened walking around on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food in the dining halls are usually fine, but sometimes tend to have too much sodium in them (a concern that has already been brought up and is supposedly being worked on to reduce sodium amount). Dining hall hours are not all the same in the individual ones but is not a big issue since there are quick service (to-go) restaurants if one is fine with that. The variety is pretty decent except it can definitely be improved upon to reach out to mainly those with certain health concerns. The only thing that really needs improvement is the price of the food and the dining plan. The prices are slightly overpriced for its quality and variety. The regular dining plan (which has certain number of swipes per week: 14, 19) is actually a more expensive deal for those who wish to eat whenever they wish to (instead of eating regularly) because it only allows a person to eat during each eating period (breakfast, lunch, dinner). The premium plan (14P, 19P) allows a person to swipe whenever and however many times they wish to (good for swiping for visitors or friends, too). Overall, the dining is pretty nice with its american/european/asian menu + the quick service ones: sandwich/soup cafe, pizza cafe, and asian/mexican.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Very up to date. Fast computers. Has all the software you need. Very fast internet and pretty reliable.

3 College Freshman

Majors: even though I'm a Neuroscience major, mostly all science majors take similar lower division classes. As I finish my first year, I have realized that Neuroscience is not a safe major so I will be changing to Physical Sciences. Regardless of which major I'm in, the work load is still going to be heavy and the classes more difficult. There are internships for science majors but some (like Neuro) may be more difficult to find. Being a science major is intense, so be willing to be stressed out a lot.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I have never done an internship but do plan to one day. As a Neuroscience major internships are kind of impossible to find. However, you are strongly recommended to take one in order to attract future employers. I am concerned that I will never be able to find one especially since I have no past professional training or have never done an apprenticeship before.

4 College Freshman

Majors: the process of getting into the Neuroscience major is relatively easy. there isn't a special application process when applying. However, you must have great grades and be top of your class during high school. Other than that, you just apply and get in.

2 College Freshman

Majors: As a Neuroscience major I have to take difficult classes (such as Chemistry). I chose this major because it interested me, but once in school I wasn't sure how promising a job would be after I graduated. So I'm deciding to change my major to Physical Sciences and go to med school. The Neuro classes and Phy Sci are much the same however, Neuro is not a major that will get you hired.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Life is important at UCLA but it is not all encompassing. Greek Life has down-graded in teh past years since Frats and Sororities have been on social probation for many of the school terms since the Chancellor has made stricter policies and restrictions against parties and drinking. They are still a great way to party and meet people especially in your first two years!

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Scholarships are hard to come by at UCLA, unless you are extremely bright and demonstrate financial hardship. However, UCLA does offer a good scholarship and career center to help students find ways of easing their financial situation, but it is completely up to the student to take advantage of these services. Information is also sometimes hard to come by.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Los Angeles constantly faces the head ache of traffic. However, the bus and metro system are very conveniently located and accessible. The "Big Blue Bus" that mainly has routes on the West side of Los Angeles even gives UCLA students a discount during the middle of the week, making the fair 35 cents only to get to the beach! Taxis are always available as well, however these are quite expensive and I only recommend using if you are in a dire situation. The LA metro system also has a website online that makes trip planning around the city convenient and gives you time estimates based on traffic conditions that make planning less stressful as well.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at UCLA is extremely successful and entertaining. There is easy access for the students for nearly every sport and only a small fee for a pass for football and basketball home games. There is a high degree of school spirit and student involvement during the games. UCLA has excellent athletic facilities both for the athletes and the regular students.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at UCLA is not prevalent unless you go out looking for that type of thing. There is not a significant amount of peer pressure from the student population to participate and there are many other activities on campus to get involved in. Drinking is by far the most prevalent drug activity on campus with marijuana being the second most prevalent drug. I have not heard of any other drug use on campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood has a great variety of places to eat with a range of different types of foods and price ranges. Almost all types of restaurants are within walking distance from the campus and therefore makes it quite convenient for college students who don't have cars.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: We're in the top 5 most diverse schools in the nation! There is literally every single type of person you could ever expect or not expect here. Yes, there are many people of Asian and white descent, but the diversity is vibrant in every respect.


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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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