Los Angeles, CA
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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: UCLA is located in Westwood, just a couple miles from Hollywood and Downtown. Personally, I love the city vibe. Westwood is very much designed to cater to college students, with book shops, cafes, small restaurants, etc. For L.A., very it's clean and safe. But if you feel like getting out into the city it's easy to do so. You can't find a cooler place than Sunset on a Friday night.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is extremely difficult to find both on and off-campus. If you're living on-campus you'll need to apply for a parking permit so you can park in one of the lots near the dorms. It's a lottery system, so no guarantees. Without a permit it's virtually impossible to keep a car while living on-campus.

However, if you do manage to get parking, the lots tend to be quite safe even late at night.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am an African American Studies major and the professors that UCLA has available for this major are amazing They are very educated and most are published and well known nationally and internationally. They offer a variety of classes as well as independent study. UCLA takes student leaders and molds them into greater leaders, if they are ready for the challenge. The African American Studies curriculum provides one with electives from other majors that compliment the Afro-Am major. All departments continue to broaden the horizans of there students by offering guest lectures / authors. Student must develop great time management skills to participate in the educational wealth UCLA provides.

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4 College Junior

Computers: UCLA is great at providing everything their students need to receive an excellent quality education. The libraries have loaner apple computers students have access to every day. One can borrow an apple computer for 4 hr periods and renew if needed. There are also computer labs that have computers and printers. Some centers provide free printing and computer use. During orientation they will provide information. Networking with other students will give one additional information. It is always great to have your own computer as it saves time. They also have an apple store on campus in the same building a the bookstore.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I am very happy with my major, African American Studies. I had initial plans of attending law school but my plans now include medical school. UCLA exposes one to so much opportunity. The work is challenging as the professors are amazing and want their students to become great leaders. One is basically a leader in training at UCLA. I have experienced great counseling from a variety of great counselors. They take their jobs seriously, which is giving you the guidance to achieve your goals. I would do everything the same way. I am very pleased that I was directed to select UCLA.

College Junior

Parking: parking permits are expensive but at least you are guaranteed a space.

College Junior

Drug Safety: I have never been involved in the drug scene at UCLA. I'm not saying it doesn't exist, but it isn't something you will find on campus. Drinking is a popular thing within the Greek community. It isn't always an activity people can participate in when they have to be on top of their studies.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are several types of people here at UCLA. Anyone will be able to find someone to connect with.

5 College Freshman

Weather: California weather is magnificent. It is not too cold and not too hot. Evidence of this is revealed in the form of international students everywhere claiming that the weather is amazingly stable and just right. Even students from out of state say that their weather is not quite as ideal as that of California. Beach weather is perfect in the spring and the summer; winter weather is manageably cold, but not too cold.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Political science major only requires four pre-requisites to enter, and only has four more classes to finish to declare it fully. No application was required, and I was able to simply go into it. The major is quite easy and leaves plenty of room for other classes, raising the possibility of double major.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The political science major is not the most interesting, but it segweys very well into the law career. It's not too bad either; I think of it as a boring but sometimes entertaining fiction book. With that being said, this major is very easy and not many classes are required; you could easily double major. I fully recommend this major to anyone due to accessibility.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I have found an internship at a nearby law firm, due to my aspirations of being a lawyer. Even though I'm only helping print stuff and organize, I can gather a lot about my future occupation. I feel like internships are pivotal in preparing for the future.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food in the dining halls surpasses any other college dining hall food I've had. There is a good variety and there is even an Asian dining hall. Every year there is a theme day where all of the dining halls serve one kind of food. This year is Filipino food.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I've met some incredible people here. There are some incredibly attractive people here and there are some brilliant people. I enjoy the company and stimulating conversation with lots of people here. However, there are some people here that get under my skin.

4 College Student

Scholarships: I didn't receive financial aid, but it is helpful to those who did.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: Both are present, but kept in certain circles and usage is limited to nightlife.

4 College Student

Computers: Computer labs in dorms are readily available and include study space, working computers, and printing.
Wifi around campus could use improvement.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here are a big thing, especially football and basketball, but lots of other sports as well. There are really great facilities for all the athletic teams and sports, both varsity and IM. The athletes at this school do get a lot of preferential treatment with regards to classes, schedules, and other things.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved with Greek life, but I have friends who are. If it is something you're interested in, it's definitely there and can be an integral part of your experience. If it's not for you, it doesn't dominate the campus and there are plenty of other ways to be social and get involved within the school community. Also, I've heard that Greek life is kind of expensive to participate in.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm currently undeclared at UCLA, which can be good and bad. The quarter system allows for more exploration and trying out new areas that you might want to major in, but it also goes by very quickly, and can be difficult to keep up in. In addition, the school is very large, so it can be difficult to connect with professors. In this area, it is a very self-driven process - the professors, TAs and resources are available, but if you don't seek them out they will not come to you.

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.


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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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