Los Angeles, CA
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4 College Junior

Academics: I am a Sociology major and I love it! I'm minoring in Labor and Workplace studies and they have a phenomenal internship program. The workload is heavy when you are a full-time student and a part-time worker working maybe around 20 hours a week. I would say to always meet with a counselor if you can and to always update your resume for any possible internships that look like they might fall into your passion.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Crime Does Happen Once in a Blue Moon – UCLA does have a nice campus patrol officer every now and then, but once you step foot off campus and go off towards some of the local apartments, I have seen and heard more crime rates in those parts of UCLA campus life.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs Can Be Found Where You Least Expect It – Don't be surprised to go to any UCLA party and have someone with a connection with some illegal substances. It does happen occasionally, so I highly recommend that you always party with a friend. Never leave home alone and never plan to abandon a friend no matter how cute the chick/guy is that you just met.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Hashed Out Accordingly – I would generally say that it's very important for me to feel safe on campus; and for that reason, I would also like to add that I admire that UCLA has strict guidelines to follow that would allow all students to feel safe at all cost. Punishments are hashed out to deserving students and the first time offenders are met with a strong hand to follow.

3 College Junior

Weather: When It's Hot, It's HOT – During the early back to school summer days, it gets extremely hot on campus. For a California girl like myself, anything over 85 degrees is scorching hot. It tends to rain here and there, and when you're running to class, be sure to wear rain boots because there are plenty of nice puddles that would love to drench your shoes :)

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frat Parties – Frat parties are the place to be, clubs not so much.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Best Sports – Sports at UCLA are a priority, athletes get excellent tutors, classes, and equipment thus they have excellent abilities on the playing fields.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Campus Is Diverse but Segregated – There's a *ton* of people at UCLA and a ton of diversity. Unfortunately, people from the same ethnic group tend to hang out with each other and nobody else. If you make a conscious effort it's really easy to have diverse friends so don't let yourself fall into your comfort zone!

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Pretty Nice – The financial aid here is nothing to complain about. Though the financial aid office is on the other side of campus from the dorms, all you have to do is wait in line and they can straighten anything out. You can also call them; that has worked a lot for me. I got quite a bit of financial aid.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Dorms: The official rule is if they see, hear, smell, or taste alcohol you're in trouble. Even if you keep your door closed but you make a lot of noise during quiet hours they can make you open your door (so hide your alcohol). The punishment isn't that bad: just taking an online education course about alcohol and maybe come community service (vacuuming the hallways). But after three times you risk getting kicked out of the dorms. They also don't let you back into your dorm room at night if it clearly looks like you've been drinking; they call the ambulance.

Apartments: The university police shut down parties for noise violations but rarely get anyone in trouble for underage drinking (in California it's legal for you to drink underage but illegal for people to give you alcohol or for you to be drunk in public). Tip: don't talk to the police if you're drunk.

4 College Junior

Majors: Great Material but Terrible Instructors – The Computer Science major itself is amazing (great classes, great department, professors that did amazing things like build the internet), but most of the instructors aren't too great. The instructors for the intro Computer Science classes and some of the more advanced classes are pretty good but sometimes you get a professor you can't understand or who is just a terrible teacher.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: What Can I Say? We have the second best dining hall food in the nation! Every single day it's something new, and they have special accommodations for every diet! If I could afford to live on the hill, I'd definitely eat in the dining halls ALL THE TIME. Come check it out!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood- Tons of Options – Westwood has a large variety of off campus dining options. Whether you want to go vegan, crave pizza, in the mood for fast food, need boba, etc. You won't get bored with the food!

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Nonstop Busy – There is no excuse for being bored in Los Angeles! UCLA is minutes from the beach and beautiful hiking trails. You can go kayaking or camping. Explore downtown with the Metro subway, and visit some of our many museums. Westwood is extremely safe and there is an abundance of opportunities!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Keep It up – I'm a musical theater major, so my workload is definitely heavier than others. Between all day classes (including ballet, tap, etc.), rehearsals that can go on to 11pm, and keeping up with required GE's, it can be very hectic. The curriculum is great though (for any major you choose). The facilities on campus work around your schedule. The libraries and computer labs stay open until about 1am (maybe later, I forgot) and there are many other resources that you can take advantage of.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We're Pretty Good – I actually feel safe on this campus most of the time. The security is aware and keeps up with all events happening that could be dangerous to students. We even get text messages to alert us if an emergency happens.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Commuting Is Horrible – Almost everything is a good 20 minute walking distance so walking or either taking the bus is your best choice. Commuting, on the other hand, is horrible. The 405 freeway is currently undergoing construction which is causing really bad traffic as compared to before.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: UCLA's Financial Aid office is always on top of things and will always remind students about upcoming deadlines/changes.

4 College Senior

Weather: Weather at UCLA is perfect! Usually sunny and peaceful.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCLA has a little bit of everything! Housing is great with amazing dining hall food, even students who live in the apartments try to get there way to being swiped into the dining halls. There are so many extra curricular activities to be involved with, which is a fine balance with academics. Speaking of academics, students at UCLA know how to party hard as well as study hard. Westwood is also walking distance from UCLA, making dining-out possible. UCLA is even located in an area where buses can take you to the Santa Monica Beach or even the clubs in Hollywood. After being at UCLA for one year, I know I made an amazing choice deciding to go to UCLA. I've even made wonderful friends from numerous different groups that share my interests.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Close, Affordable, Chill – Off-campus dining is great. Because of UCLA's location, you could even take the blue bus to Santa Monica or even to Hollywood. There's a great variety of ethnic options.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Very Satisfied – I am very glad that I switched to English at UCLA. I was originally an anthropology major and I knew that since I would be going to law school my major was not extremely important. However, I felt that English as a whole challenged me much more and molded me into a more well-rounded student.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The English program at UCLA was an extremely challenging yet rewarding experience. I felt that writing was my strongest academic talent and the professors forced me to constantly reevaluate and improve my writing.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Not Applicable – I did not have a school-related internship when I was an undergrad, but my English department always sent out postings and job openings through the email listserve so there were good resources available if you were looking to do an internship.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Easy and Rewarding – The only requirement to get into the English major was to take the 4 prerequisite classes with a passing grade of C or higher. I also changed my major to English relatively late and was still able to graduate on time, which I see being a plus for the program.


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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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