Los Angeles, CA
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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In the dorms, they can be strict. But my RA (resident assistant) personally is relatively loose about some things. If the campus police are near and you aren't doing what you should be doing, you will get busted for it. No one will go out of their way to punish you, though. Respect authority, and if you slip up unintentionally, you'll likely be okay. At off campus parties specifically, authority isn't really there at all and people can get away with almost anything.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Usually excellent. Or at least, satisfies and doesn't leave you missing home cooked meals TOO much.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a scholarship for academic achievement in high school, however, no aid necessarily. None from UCLA, and none from the government.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a chemistry major, and so far I like the chemistry department. The only thing is that there are a lot of pre-requirements and those take a long time to complete that sometimes you feel very behind.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: UCLA has so many resources and opportunities! Because the school is so big, there are lots of majors to choose from, and the faculty is excellent!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict, but that just makes the students feel safe. At the same time, however, people can still party, as long as they are SAFE.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Although there are numerous parking lots around campus, I hear that they can be quite expensive. Moreover, I know that many people have received tickets for being only a few minutes late after their pass ended. Nevertheless, there is always parking available.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is total crap. It is really hard to get a permit unless you live outside the area code or you have a job that requires you to commute. There are ways to petition it, but its not an easy process.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus university housing is relatively cheap for the area UCLA is in. University subsidized apartments in particular are priced well. The only issue is that most leases run an entire year, so you're paying for the months you won't be there. A lot of people sublease in those time periods, though.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is great. People come to California for cities like this. There is never a boring day here because of all the stuff there is to do on and off campus. As a college student, there are many different entertainment options that are relatively cheap or even free, so that's a major plus.

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College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet had an internship, but I plan to have one in my third year. I am a double major in Psychology and Sociology and I want to do research in one of those fields. The school has tons of resources available to students to help them find the perfect internship for them, as well as help creating a resume. Take advantage of all that UCLA has to offer!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a variety of places to eat ranging from fast food like In-N-Out to upper scale sushi restaurants. Many places offer student discounts, and there are a lot of healthy choices as well as late night craving options. I like Fat Sal's, a sandwich place near campus.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I have never had to wait for a computer in the lab, and they run well. My only problem is that I need to save files onto my own computer and I like having the ability to type my notes during class.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: You must check the menus before going to know for sure.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Poli Sci is a fascinating program but not very extensive. Most students need to pick up a minor to fulfill the upper div requirements. l

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are many things to do on campus and events that go on every week. The facilities are beautiful and I love walking around the campus throughout the day.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The university takes their policies seriously; first time offenders get a sanction and are put on probation for two quarters. If you are a repeated offender, there are serious consequences, and may result in removal from on campus housing. It depends on the action.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Los angeles is a huge city; it get really chaotic sometimes in the city. People are usually friendly, but many people are always in a rush and sometimes not in a good mood. People are sometimes rude, but there are a variety of people here. Just depends where you go.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are clean and nicely maintained. They are new compared to other schools. All the dorms are close to each other and it makes it easy to going from one dorm to another.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is very nice year round. It does rain every once in a while but the sun is usually out and it's rarely freezing during the day. It is normal to wear shorts in January on certain days. The summer can be hot but it is beautiful. It is a dry heat, not humid.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is bipolar. One day it can be nice and sunny and the next overcast and cold. In the morning it can be hot then later on cold.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I attend UCLA. The campus is beautiful and once in a while you will encounter camera men around campus... why? Commercials are shot at this school and some celebrities are spotted! All my professors so far are great and enthusiastic to lecture students. TAs are a great help. The workload is manageable as long as you do not procrastinate. Studying is a must to succeed and thankfully UCLA has many places to study. Lounges, coffee shops, dorm, library, and even laying outside on a sunny day reading for a class are options to choose from to study.

1 College Freshman

Parking: UCLA is obviously located in a well known city with a huge population. Many arrive to UCLA early just to get a good parking spot and have enough time to arrive to class on time. Parking passes are also expensive for those students who are trying not to spend too much.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: UCLA is located in the center of a huge city with many attractions. Westwood is a cute college town with a decent amount of restaurants and stores. It's a great place to watch a movie or get a bite to eat on a low key night. Visitors have to go to Diddy Riese (the most amazing ice cream sandwiches) and Fat Sal's (super unhealthy yet delicious) when they visit UCLA.
Venice and Santa Monica are just a short bus ride away. Students who want to get off campus can go hiking in Topanga State Park or go to the Hollywood sign. And there are countless other attractions like the Getty and LACMA really close by. Those who have cars can regularly go into Hollywood and Downtown LA.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Students who live on the hill get $5 of free printing from Sunset study commons. There's also printing in the Student Activities Center.
Wifi is spotty in some places, and almost nonexistent in South Campus.


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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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