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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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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computer labs on campus and many computers in these labs. Some rooms require reservation, or are only accessible to students with a University ID. Some computers are very slow, others are very fast. There was one room full of Macs for students to use.
Network connection in dorms is very dependable. However, on campus, you often find yourself without internet access. Especially in some classrooms, it could take twenty minutes just to get a connection.
Printing on campus is somewhat convenient. Every student gets 100 free pages to print per quarter. After that, each page is $.05. Sometimes the line can be long.
I think it is very important to have a personal computer and printer. Especially if you are finishing an essay at midnight and you have an 8am the next day. You don't want to wake up extra early just to print. Every class I've had, besides math, has required the use of a computer.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a very large variety of food around campus and the dorms depending on what you are in the mood for. Sometimes the food gets old though, after eating it so many times. But the quality is very good.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UCLA is completely since it is surrounded by a clean and safe community of Westwood. Since UCLA is a huge campus, the school provides its students with the utmost safety. However, be sure to keep your dorm rooms locked to keep your personal belongings safe just in case your neighbors invite rude visitors.

College Freshman

Majors: As an Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics major, I will be mainly involved with research opportunities that are in the lab. Since my future career of becoming a Microbiologist requires a lot of experience, whether an internship or research opportunity is paid or not, I will need to participate in the opportunity to gain experience in my field. I have not yet taken part in any opportunities, but I will be participating in any program that wil help me gain a greater insight into my career objective.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty of options for computer labs and printing on campus. Although the need for a personal computer is not high, it may be more convenient as there is good wireless access almost everywhere on campus (and on the hill). A personal computer may also be convenient, but the school offers plenty of cheap and free printing on the hill and on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UCLA is safe (in my opinion) compared to other schools. There are campus police officers, evening van services, and CPO walking escorts when it gets too late. Even late night trips to Westwood is almost 100% safe. However, occasionally there will be unfortunate events, but in those cases, there isn't much you can do.

4 College Junior

Athletics: All sports teams do really well and most students get excited about sport events and games

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather remains beautiful almost everyday for the majority of the year. It rarely rains and it never snows so none of the classes ever get canceled. The only real effect the weather has on my campus experience is having to decide under which tree to take a nap.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: There was no unique process to getting into my Biomedical Engineering major. The only real process was the same process as applying to the university as a whole. It is said that Biomedical Engineering is the hardest major to get into at UCLA but I encountered little resistance when becoming one as a Freshman.

College Sophomore

Majors: My love for medicine and mathematics is what drove me to declare biomedical engineering as my intended major. I have not had the opportunity to have an internship but I certainly plan to have one during my remain years at my university. It would provide me with the experience necessary to become slightly more competitive in this new field and would certainly be rewarding. Finding internships that accurately match my goals would be difficult but I am satisfied with looking for internships that would broaden my horizons and open my eyes to new opportunities within my field.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My experience with the biomedical engineering curriculum at UCLA has been rewarding and satisfactory. It is a difficult curriculum to follow and the challenges that one faces as a part of this program are not to be underestimated. The professors are experts in their field and their teaching methods are an embodiment of the enjoyment and happiness they feel when they are able to share the knowledge of their field. Of course, this happiness can also be considered cruelty to those who are not so keen to the material being taught. The courses are difficult, the professors are masters of their field and the workload depends largely on the professors but overall the program is thoroughly enjoyable.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As a second year biomedical engineering major at UCLA, I would say that I am fairly satisfied with the program overall. The instruction provided is of the highest caliber and the classes required for my major are some of the most difficult courses in the university. When I had initially applied to universities I had planned to become a biology major, in fact, biology is the intended major I picked for every other school except for UCLA. This major seemed to encompass all of my interests and it captured my attention immediately. Perhaps I made the right choice in choosing this major over my intended biology major. If I could do it all over again, I would have done more research regarding my current major and approached my first year with a higher degree of concentration but over all I would not have changed too much. Currently, I am torn between choosing medical school or graduate school following my graduation but my overall goals remain broad. I will find a job that encompasses the principles of both mathematics and medicine in order to advance human knowledge and satisfy my thirst for knowledge and desire for happiness. Despite my seemingly optimistic goals I fear that financial strike will curtail any hope I have of attending any institution of higher learning following my graduation and thus cripple my ability to find a good job in chosen field. I can only work towards my goals and hope that I do not falter along the way.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is very accessible for UCLA students. As UCLA students, we get 50% off our bus fare and even have a "big blue bus" designated for the UCLA campus. There are bus stops everywhere and they come every 10 minutes, which is really convenient for students always on the go. In addition, there are local buses to take students from the campus to the university apartments, as well as long-distance buses for those students who commute to downtown LA. Parking on campus is very costly, especially for the little options offered around Westwood (they're primarily two hour parking or extremely crowded). However, the problem is not the cost or convenience of transportation, but rather the horrible traffic that comes with the 405 and 10 freeways. If you're on the road between 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., you are guaranteed traffic and most of the time, it's bumper to bumper traffic on both side street and the freeway.

4 College Junior

Computers: To my understanding, almost every building as a computer lab (though each varies in size). Wireless accessibility and network reliability and speed remain excellent throughout the campus. There are a number of printers on campus that print for free, however, they do not all print in color. Sometimes paying for printing can be inconvenient if there is no money on my UCLA Bruincard. The computers at the Daily Bruin (I work in the Daily Bruin Radio Department) are fairly slow and not as reliable, although the Video Department has new computers that work perfectly. Overall, I have no problem finding a reliable computer and printing on campus. If you're prepared with money and do not need to print in color, you should be happy with the computers.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I strongly agree that living on campus is a crucial part of the UCLA experience. First, the location of the dorms makes living on campus convenient, especially for those students who stay longer on campus studying in the library or working a job. Each dorm has security watch in front of each dorm by 9 p.m. and the high population of the dorms ensures students that somebody is always around. All dorms have been renovated within the past 5 years, which leaves each living space clean and up-to-date. UCLA dorms are ranked 2nd in the nation for best dining hall food. We have three fast food services, one for Italian, American, Asian, and Spanish, as well as four dining halls, one Asian themed and another a healthy options kitchen. In regards to activities, ORL (office of residential living) puts on at least three activities every week, highlighting areas of health, social atmosphere, education (careers and scholarships), and interest. Overall, I suggest living in the UCLA dorms for the first two years. However, I wouldn't mind living in for another two.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Not really my scene, but they have a strong presence like at most UC campuses.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty difficult to find a reasonably priced one that's not completely old. If you're willing to shell out more, accessibility and facilities go up.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Pretty lively, young crowd. Close proximity to some popular tourist areas with nightlife.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather here is beautiful, sunny Southern California weather.

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4 College Junior

Computers: The internet is amazing. When I go home, I miss UCLA internet. People in off-campus apartments miss it as well. The internet is fast and available. There are multiple wireless networks to join if necessary. There is free printing available in specific places, but there are numerous computer labs that charge only 10 cents. I know people who have personal computers and printers and others who don't. Computers are very accessible.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: It is worth the money. The food is amazing and the people are friendly. You meet a lot of people--even people who don't live on your floor. Everyone studies together and has fun together.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: In summer, it can be very humid. In winter, a sweater and a pair of boots will do. The weather is not extreme.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think UCLA is pretty diverse and people know how to treat other people with equality and respect.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation like metro rapid are available, but it will take you about 45 minutes just to get there.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I'm an incoming freshman and I don't know if there are drug or alcohol incidents, however, during my stay in the university for my high school internship I can say that they have a good policy enforcement.

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Suzy Strutner
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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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