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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 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.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I did not get housing because my scholarship did not cover all my expenses. I only got FAFSA, Cal grant, and UC scholarship of around $3000. But I think they really have a good housing and food.

College Sophomore

Parking: I have not had a vehicle on campus since starting at UCLA in the fall of 2010

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UCLA has been legendary for NCAA championships and continues to be legendary. There's lots of school spirit and fan support for the team games and is increasing as the recruitment of top athletes is improving. UCLA is a great sports school.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: UCLA is the California equivalent to Valhalla. The food is excellent and we students feast in one of the many all you can eat dining halls until we are about to burst. Then we enjoy the sunshine and we exercise: we lift, we run, we play football, we play rugby, we play soccer, we play Ultimate etc. Then, after we are tired we eat more. In addition to the all you can eat dining halls (two are similar, one has Asian food, and one is a sort of experimental new food place) there is a Mexican/Asian fast food place, a cafe open until 2:00 am, and an excellent Italian food joint. The food is great for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten-free alike.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is so much to say, it's hard to fit it into a single blurb. From the high quality athletic facilities to the constant stream of activities, UCLA is a wonderful and beautiful place that never seems to stop moving. In particular, the athletic facilities are perfect for the active Bruin. We are not rated as one of the fittest schools for no reason; we lift, we run, we swim, and we play hard. There is always an athletic activity occurring, just check out the John Wooden center. All in all, great except for perhaps some of the dorms are a bit old.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You really have to work for you scholarships at UCLA. They give away money, but it is quite competitive and they management seems to truly take forever. Only a strong heart can brave the financial aid system of UCLA. That being said, they do have some academic scholarships one can attain as a result of successful academics as well as need based scholarships. However, one must seek these scholarships. Unless you are a star quarterback, UCLA will not likely be in a hurry to give you money.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are huge at UCLA. As a successful division 1 school, there is a lot of excitement concerning athletics for the Bruins. Games are played, the school goes crazy; enough said. However, just as important are IM and club sports. This is the real way the average Bruin enters the athletic social scene. With huge variety of choices for club/IM sports, even the nerdiest kid can find something that they'll love. From rock wall climbing to powerlifting to golf, UCLA has it all. We've got the rock hard bodies and can go toe to toe with the athletics of any school on Earth.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: UCLA has the most NCAA championships of any school in the country. The facilities for both varsity sports and just normal everyday workouts are state of the art and come with many benefits. School spirit is ever present with bonfires and fun events. Both club sports and IM sports also play a large role in the athletic side of UCLA.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: All of UCLA's academic departments are top ten in the country (the only other school to have this is Harvard). Likewise, not many schools can claim to live in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world-therefore the social life is unbeatable.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are UCLA are all state of the art and are continuously being updated and renovated to stay top of the line. The undergraduate student association is always planning events to bring the community together, and there are always events occurring around the campus. There are numerous libraries and plenty of other good study/resting spots.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is easy access to almost any location, but as it is Los Angeles the traffic is pretty terrible. Especially when one needs to go on the major highways. But there are buses and shuttles galore.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always a lot to do! You're in the middle of Los Angeles! There are concerts and sporting events and pop culture events occurring almost every day. I have never been bored.

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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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