Los Angeles, CA
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$35,570 ($12,692)
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Reviews 3056 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's in California, near the beach.... pretty much good weather all year round, but it does get chilly at night so you always need to carry around a sweater.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The Humanities majors are pretty good at UCLA, but the science curriculum is not up to par because it is very backwards. It is impossible to take science classes at a community college over the summer that would transfer over for credit. Also, the professors are not too great in the sciences.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is super expensive and hard to get. Many people just do not have cars on campus with them because they are not needed except for commuting students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is pretty strict about many things. There is a no tolerance policy for drinking and smoking, but people still manage to do it in their dorm rooms without getting caught. Also, the campus is very strict with jaywalking and parking. They hand out citations and tickets constantly. Also, UCLA has become a no smoking campus so they have strictly enforced that as well as you must walk off campus now to smoke a cigarette.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a ton of parties at the frat houses, and a lot of other things to do as well. Los Angeles has a vast transportation system so you can pretty much get anywhere. However, there are a lot of sketchy people on the bus, so going at night or alone is not advisable.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for off campus housing, but it is pricey because it is in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, it is still far cheaper compared to living on campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is really abundant but it is extremely expensive to live in LA. The best bet is to share rooms to beat the cost. Even if you live kind of far from campus there is great public transportation.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not a big deal at UCLA from what I have seen but they do crack down on those who break the rules

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining options vary widely and you can get any thing from Jamb Juice to Taco Bell to a salad bar. They offer something for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There's basically no parking available unless you live in an apartment, and even then it's limited. If you want to have a spot when you live in the dorms, it's about 1,000 per year, I believe, which isn't worth it because you can always take the bus or walk.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a variety of fast food places nearby, like Subway, In-n-out, Fat Sals, and some restaurants like CPK, Noodle World, as well as more ethnic and smaller businesses that offer food at really great prices!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We have a dry campus, so nobody actually drinks on campus... in public that we know of anyway. The big drug here is Adderall during midterm and finals time.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Crowded during crunch times, but usually pretty fast and problem free. They're always upgraded to the latest OS systems and in some labs there are even a few Mac options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm food is AMAZING. I mean like it puts any buffet you know of to shame. UCLA is really lucky to have this food available. The dorms are very nice, clean, and the freshman dorms look like hotels.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I enjoyed my program. I graduated in 2008 so can't remember the specifics.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: They have a different varieyt of majors to choose from from general to specific ones.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at UCLA. At nights it is a bit scary for me since I am a girl, but as long as I'm on the phone with a friend I feel safer.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is a huge town. For the Junior and Seniors there are plenty of interesting bars and nightclubs to attend. For all ages there are the amazing Malibu hikes and Hollywood hikes. Plenty of activities to do. As well as many delicious restaurants to try out.

4 College Junior

Academics: It's an amazing school to attend. It was an honor to be accepted. The workload is pretty heavy though. It is a quarter system and thus classes are shorter. So there is a lot to do in such a small amount of time.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: In a big city like Los Angeles, there is always something to do fo every type of individual. Whether it is one likes the nigh life and going out or relaxing on the beach, the city fits everyone. There are also a lot of museums, amusement parks, and sports events to go to. The rich ethnic and culture life and diversity allows for a fun and relaxed environment.

4 College Junior

Academics: My school offers over 300 degrees, giving students the opportunity to study whatever they would like. Also it is located in Los Angeles, a city of many possibilities. The school itself has a rigor academic program that trains and teaches students in their desired fields with world renowned professors.

College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not started school yet. Will be transferring in the fall 2013.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Big Blue Bus is really cheap (only 50 cents per ride with the BruinCard) and it goes to essential places like WeHo and Santa Monica. With the other parts of LA, it's pretty hard to travel there, and usually people take the Metro, which is much more expensive ($1.50 per ride, and usually transfers are necessary), and much more inconvenient. If you have a car, that's the best option. But if you're just interested in those normal places that everyone goes, the Big Blue Bus is a great option.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They're pretty lenient, and as long as you're not being recalcitrant and you're not carrying a pound of heroin, you'll be fine. They're not going to bust you for carrying a couple ounces of weed, but they are going to bust you if you're bats*** high and you're being a moron.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The options are pretty great, but sometimes variety comes at a price; a lot of the restaurants here in Westwood are pretty upper-scale.


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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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