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 Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something going on every night of the week. Thursday nights are the most active in terms of frat parties. They're fun for a while but get old pretty quickly. Apartment parties are fun too. There are a ton of clubs in LA but it's hard to get there without a car.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The police are there to help. Even if you get blacked out drunk and do stupid things, the police won't arrest you, they will just make sure you are safe and not harming anyone. If they need to, they will call an ambulance, and are always willing to escort you home.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Camping housing is safe, clean, the atmosphere is pleasant and welcoming.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are a lot of buses around the area, and if you live in surrounding apartments shuttles will take you to and from campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are generally several assaults and attempted rapes on campus a quarter.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: 10% of UCLA students are involved in Greek Life. It can be a great way to meet people, but certainly not necessary, socially. It can be fun to go to frat parties freshman year for females (not so easy to get in for a non-Greek male), but as you move forward and friends move in to apartments etc., if you're not involved in the Greek system, it becomes much less present in your college life. And you don't even notice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: So fun. Fantastic way to make friends. Excellent food. Overpriced. But what else can you expect for west LA.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking at UCLA is awful. I often need to drive around for 45 minutes to find a spot, only to then make a 20 minute walk to get to where I need to go. Then there is the threat of ending apron parking... and the inconvenience of 2 hour parking... and street sweeping. But its LA, what can you expect.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The music department is like a family. Students always have someone to talk to and we are always united by our common interests.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The environment around UCLA is very friendly and fun. Being in LA, there are of course lots of options for activities, ranging from concerts to sports to Disneyland. There is good shopping and food immediately surrounding the campus, and movies often premier red carpet events just a few blocks away.

5 College Freshman

Academics: So far all of my professors have been intelligent, funny, interesting, and have made material much more interesting. I'm not sure how, but my psychobiology teacher made memorizing the different parts of the brain fun. So far the workload has been intense, but that's to be expected at a school like UCLA. The registration process is easy.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a Pre-Psychology major and the diversity of classes and opportunities presented are really awesome. The workload is a bit heavy but it's doable! The curriculum is very fast-paced but also very interesting. All of my professors so far have all been very acquainted with the subject on a personal level and are very welcoming. The internship/job opportunities are quite endless, I get several emails per week about paid internships and research opportunities. Also, there are seminars and workshops to help you find a job after graduation. Quite recently, there was also a career fair where you could bring your resume and talk to potential employers.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a huge variety of off-campus housing selections around UCLA. There are university apartments that are a bit pricier but still cheaper than the dorms. The apartments further away are available in quite a huge variety and the costs are dramatically lower than both the university apartments and dorms. The cons are you do have to walk a bit longer but there are Bruin shuttles that come around every 20 minutes to pick up people to take them to campus. It's really not that bad. The parking is pretty limited, especially if you're living with roommates that have cars but it's pretty doable if you have one or two cars among you guys. In general, the off-campus apartments are really nice and worth the walk.

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.


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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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