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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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3 College Junior

Greek Life: You have to be actively engaged to be part of anything.

3 College Junior

Parking: It is expensive and takes too long to find a spot usually.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process went pretty smoothly for me but I know other people have had troubles with the fasfa saying one thing and the financial aid office saying another. Just apply to as many scholarships that you qualify for because there are some scholarships that I didn't even know existed that my friends got and I could have gotten too if I applied.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am in the nursing school at UCLA, and I enjoy it. The program is very small and a little bit exclusive by providing tutors to the nursing students. The professors are nice and very experienced in all aspects of nursing. The nursing program at UCLA sets you up for success in and after college.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some of the Frats are "tired" looking buildings.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: 75% Sunny. 20% cloudy. 5% rain or drizzle. Uncomfortable walking between classes in the rain, but it is rare.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: All are good. I gave it an A- because the places to study get crowded. Sometimes you have 3 hours between classes. No place to take a "power" nap. The Dorms are a VERY long hike up a big hill.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Lots of places to eat and hang out. We are next to Westwood with trendier places to dine/date. We have over 100 clubs to join. The Wooden Center is a great place to exercise as well the the Rec Ctr. There is something for you whether you are a jock, a nerd or an artist.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It really depends on what professors you get; some will be more interesting than others, obviously. The registration process requires research on your part and if needed, you have counselors to help. Study areas such as Powell Library tend to be packed during midterm season, but it's generally a very nice place to study.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm currently a first-year in the Fall Quarter, and so far the classes I have to take require a lot of work on my part.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are enough pretty girls and cute guys around, but sometimes everyone's in their own little world and it's hard to approach someone when they're speed walking to class or on their smartphones.

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4 College Junior

Computers: We have a bunch of computer labs and printing labs all over the dorms and campus, so finding a computer lab is not a problem. Depending on the lab, black and white printing is about 10 cents, and color is 15 cents. Some labs give free printing. Most labs close between 8pm-12am. There is one lab open 24/7 by the dorms, but during midterm/finals season it gets super crowded. There is Wi-Fi everywhere on campus, and it is pretty fast. You definitely need a personal computer. Almost every class you take here will require assignments to be done online, and there are so many resources professors give online, so a personal computer is worth it. A personal printer is not worth it, because there are printing labs, and when it comes down to it, buying your own print cartridges add up, when you can go to a free printing lab on campus.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: UCLA is in the middle of Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and not that far from Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Venice. It is a school in the middle of city lights, media, a place where celebrities are occasionally spotted, and often a place where people from all over the city come to visit and hangout. If you are into a big city school in the center of one of the biggest cities in America, UCLA is the place to be.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: UCLA's dining halls are ranked as number 2 in college dining hall food, with only Stanford's Culinary school being #1. There is a lot of variety here on campus. Each of our dining halls are themed: one of our halls has Italian and pastas, another has Mediterranean, we just opened one last year that is Asian/Indian food, and there are working on opening up a new one next school year. We also have three cafes if you are in a hurry and can't sit in a dining hall for long. In addition, we have restaurants on campus that take cash instead of dining swipes. After your freshman year the food does get old, which is why it gets and A- and not an A+, but by junior year most people have moved off campus, and by then you go back to missing the food.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It is gorgeous all the time! It rarely rains and is at the least 75 degrees through November. The sun is always out and you can plan on going to the beach several weekends.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am involved in Greek Life and I absolutely love it! Rush is a little bit stressful, but there is no pressure to conform to a sorority or fraternity and almost everyone who really wants to join will find a good place. It is not a huge part of campus, so you are still able to make time for other clubs. I found my best friends through my sorority. For boys, joining a frat is the easiest way to get into a party.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties are either at Frat houses or apartments and are every thursday and saturday nights. There is normally not that much going on on Fridays, but exceptions exist. The club scene is fun but skip it if you are under 21 and go to the frats cause the booze is free and you don't need a cab.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is so huge that there is always something to do, you just have to have the motivation to go out and look for that something. Students are always around advocating for their clubs and groups, and the school puts on many job and activity fairs. Students are always hanging out around campus and off campus as well, so there are options for every type.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is average. As long as you are respectful there shouldn't be any problems. Parties and frats parties aren't even busted often. If you are underage be cautious but overall the strictness is fine to live with and still have lots of fun.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computer labs all of campus, and printing is of average cost. Wifi is available almost everywhere. Everyone should definitely have their own computer.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am an out of state student so tuition is VERY expensive, but the UC schools don't give out much money because they don't have much at the moment. Loans are available though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at UCLA may not be the most spacious or beautiful, but they are always clean and well maintained. Dining halls are close to all of the dorms and for the most part, the dorms are social. Plazas and suites are said to be less social because people aren't forced to interact as much.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: UCLA offers a variety of programs in every area you would think of. Not only does it offer high quality research programs but also gives you the opportunity to get your hands-on it as well. It gives you the opportunity of joining many clubs, internships, and study-abroad programs. It allows you to meet people from around the world and gives you the opportunity of meshing with them as well.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are too expensive. On the other hand it does have an easy access and definitely has a lot of space.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene and alcohol visibility is pretty noticeable over the weekend. It usually starts on Thursdays when all the fraternities throw parties.

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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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