Los Angeles, CA
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$35,570 ($12,692)
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Reviews 3018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a considerable usage of drugs and alcohol on campus, in the dorms, and off campus. Walking around campus, you don't really see much more than people smoking. UCLA does a satisfactory job in policy enforcement on campus and in the dorms. If you have a problem in your dorm with someone you could always talk to you RA on your dorm floor.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't have a permanent residency card upon entering college so I couldn't receive financial aid for my first two quarters in college. I got it in the middle of the year and so I was able to file for FAFSA. I didn't get a whole lot but I did get a bit of free money as well as direct subsidized loans. The financial aid office was very helpful; I would suggest making an appointment if you have any questions or problems as soon as possible. The most important thing, of course, would be to file the FAFSA on time and to work really hard during that first year to keep up a GPA that will qualify for Cal Grants and scholarships.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Great, there are many diverse options off but near campus for all budgets

4 College Senior

Greek Life: It is about average, but with a frat row very near campus it fares better than some other schools. there are also a lot of Greek members

4 College Senior

Academics: I am an art history major and although the program is not large, it is far more extensive than those at other institutions

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are many public transportation buses, from bruin bus to metro to culver city and vans that pick you up late at night

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are Apple MacBooks available for students to rent for a short period of time from the campus libraries. The main campus library also offers a lab with printers and scanners for students to complete their work and print as necessary for a small cost. The entire campus is equipped with fast WiFi, although the wireless network is spotty in some buildings.

5 College Freshman

Computers: we have few excellent computer labs and they include PC's and MACs, so it satisfies all student's need. it is not that crowded and easy to access. printing costs about 10cents which isn't that bad and they work really well. printing or copying services are everywhere so it is very accessible.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: i hear it is great to find good option near the campus. and my friend's apartments are all nice and manageable also. the price are not that high, which surprised me at first. they are affordable with few roommates and there are bruin buses that make commuting easier.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: i live in courtside and it's great. we got our own lounges to study and they are quiet! also it is close to the campus and especially north campus. and generally living on the hill is great because you are more exposed to the events and social atmosphere that goes about. You get closer to the people and get to know others easily.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: we have the best food. ther's italian, asian, mexican and just regular pasta, one regular meal and salad bar. there are so much variety and that makes you miss dorm food which never happens for some of other universities.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is ridiculously expensive and still hard to get a spot and sometimes, lots are far from classes/dorms.
It's not possible to get a permit as a freshman unless you have an off-campus job.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We are always rated one of the best universities for diversity from ethnicity to sexual orientation. We are also have an amazing international student program!

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: UCLA's campus is pretty safe. UCPD patrols the campus at night, and there is an escort service that is available until 1AM, you just have to call the appropriate number, which is listed online. I don't like the fact that some areas of the campus are very dimly lit, and I would highly recommend walking with someone to and from the dorms if you will be traveling on foot after 11PM. A lot of students also like to jog the perimeter at night when it is cooler and there isn't as much foot traffic. Ladies, please be sure to only wear one headphone/earpiece if you plan on jogging at night so that you can always hear what is around you. There have been a few reported incidents of female students being violently confronted by older males when they are out by themselves at night jogging and listening to music on their ipods, so just be aware of your surroundings.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a plethora of computer access points around campus and the dorms.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gym is usually crowded and a lot of people use the library to sleep, but I usually find a spot.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Typical Los Angeles weather its sunny for 300 days of the year, occasionally it will rain very hard for a week.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: When I decided to pursue the Global Studies Summer Travel-Study Program in Paris, I applied for and was awarded the Merit Scholarship from the International Institute. This scholarship of $1000 made it feasible for me to conduct independent research and gain academic credit for major coursework. Other than that, I did not receive any scholarship to pay for my undergraduate education.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Located in the heart of Westwood, UCLA offers amazing opportunities to taste a wide variety of cuisine with ethnic options, gourmet dining, amazing happy hour deals, fast food, healthy fare, and much more. There are a lot convenient choices for quick food in the middle of intense studying. For instance, the In'n'Out is always bustling with UCLA students from all walks of life. The Whole Foods hot/cold food bar and deli provides a super convenient access to health-conscious food. There are also Korean BBQ stands, pizza joints, and other restaurants with fast options available. Westwood also features its fair share of coffee shops like Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Gourmet restaurants also abound with places like Palomino, the W Hotel's restaurants, and higher end sushi restaurants as well.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Weed is fairly popular considering its California, and many people use it in fraternity houses, but other drugs are rarely seen on campus. Alcohol is the most popular activity though.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: The Big Blue Bus is the UCLA bus that most students take. I am personally a commuter and the transportation office has given me a parking pass. The pass is sort of pricey but is worth it for someone who lives as far as I do. It is also usually very easy to find parking in your designated lot.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There have been few incidents that make me feel unsafe on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around my school are great, but they can often cost you. Going out at night is nice because of all of the movie theaters that surround the school, but often many of the people living on campus decide that instead of using money to buy food outside of campus, they'd rather use their meal swipes on campus and eat there. The restaurants are generally very nice and the employees are polite, but there are also very few -if any- student discounts given in restaurants. Don't get me wrong, I love eating out with friends and walking around Westwood, but most of the times I'd rather use up my meal swipes (since we have already paid for those) than use up more money by eating at multiple restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: My school's campus is fascinating! The buildings each differ from one another and you can tell when you're in different parts of campus because of how the buildings are built. There's this whole north vs. south campus thing here. South campus is where most of the engineers, math, and science majors are located, so the enviornment tends to be less appealing to the creative sort. On the other hand, north campus is where all of the creative majors such as art, dance, and english majors are located. The buildings there cannot be confused with any south campus building; the designs on the north campus buildings are beautiful. There is even a sculpture garden with multiple artistic sculptures placed throughout the garden- it's a nice, de-stressing walk before getting to your next class. Everything about my school's enviornment is welcoming and warm. You don't just see concrete when you look at our school; it makes you feel at home.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of students over pay for apartments close to campus which have the tendency to be old and run down.

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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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