Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 3056 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Both the academic and social life at and around UCLA are amazing. Professors at the top of their fields research and teach there, while tons of things are nearby to do to unwind after a long day. The campus is in Los Angeles--go to bars, nightclubs, the beach, amusement parks, Hollywood, Downtown Disney, etc. The frat parties are great, and everyone's friendly and fun. They're also all very intelligent and drivven, so you don't have to worry about your friends dragging your grades down. What more could you ask for when looking for a university?

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Boys at UCLA are amazing. They are obviously incredibly smart and driven if they are at UCLA in the first place, but they are very good looking on top of that. While a lot lack basic chivalrous characteristics, there are a great variety of boys, from geeky, super smart boys, to athletic jocks, to down-to-earth ones. Don't forget the very wealthy ones!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Westwood offers a lot to do for college students, from restourants to bars. Unfortunately to reach the rest of LA one absolutely needs a car.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on the UCLA campus or in the surrounding Westwood community. There are always many people around, even late at night. There are many contact numbers available at all hours of the day in case of an emergency, but such situations don't really occur.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: The Internet is very fast with an Ethernet cable, but sometimes does not work around campus. Printing is cheap and accessible. The computer labs are open late and free to use. There are often many computers open but they can work slowly and be frustrating at times.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a wide variety of ethnicities. I see many nationalities and none are treated indifferently. Many people have their own beliefs that can be practiced in clubs at the school.

4 College Freshman

Weather: There's no snow or hail so it's good. Rain is the only problem because you have to walk all over campus but an umbrella helps out much.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: UCLA has a bruin bus that takes you around campus. There are also buses in westwood that can take you all around all through the day. UCLA even has a program on campus that helps you find the right transportation to take.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life, but I do know that my roommate goes to the parties and drinks there. Also another floormate attended the party and came back very drunk. But since I don't go to those parties, I can't really give a grade

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Mostly everyone at UCLA are nerds. I rarely see anyone who doesn't care about school.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I don't understand how to grade this, but I am a student of the UCLA Department of Engineering and Applied Science (Henry Samueli). Aside from the different essays on the UC application, there was nothing difficult about applying. The difficult part is getting in! Out of like 14000 applicants they only accepted around 1000. My tip for admission is to "stand-out" in your app. Have some hands-on experience with engineering (ie go get a summer internship at GE or the DWP). I've met many valedictorians (I am one myself) and distinguished students in the engineering program, and many of them (myself included) have some experience in their major already.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't understand how UCLA could ever be considered "unsafe" in the least. I feel completely safe walking around campus, regardless of the fact that it is a public facility. Our police are part of the LAPD so they have much more power and ability than regular campus police. There are transportation services to help you get around campus at night if you really don't feel safe (eg if you were walking alone at night coming back from class).

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Oh. My. God. I am not lying when I say that UCLA dining hall food is the best food I've ever eaten. It's so delicious and convenient it's not even funny. There are 4 dining halls, each with it's own theme, from comfort food to Asian-fusion. They're all-you-can-eat, too. To go along with those, there are quick-service restaurants and franchised restaurants on campus. The food is so good that we're consistently rated top-5 in best colleges for food. Do not think I'm joking. I'm not. You may get fat if you come here, but you will enjoy every minute of it.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's Westwood! Which is really close to LA, which is a veritable myriad of every attraction one can think of. There's the Santa Monica beach (the fair and pier too). There's no shortage of restaurants and shopping places in Westwod. There's a farmer's market every weekend. There's a City Target about 10 minutes walk from campus with pretty much everything you'd ever need, and they always have some sort of student discount. There are some golf courses near the school (Rancho park, griffith park, bel-air). There's b-ball courts and volleyball courts on campus, as well as pools and gyms. Trust me, you won't be bored if you come here.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Although the curriculum can be very challenging, the academic staff is definitely qualified to be teaching it. The professors can be enthusiastic and the TAs knowledgeable as well. Registration was a very smooth and welcoming process. Typically most kids choose to study in their lounges although there are various other places on campus to study.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Westwood area is always brimming with activity fueled by University students. Many of the shops and stores stay open late because of the tendency of students to venture out late. The movie theater in the center of town is a popular site for many celebrities to host premieres and is frequently visited. Shopping can be a bit difficult if you are looking to buy food because the nearest supermarkets are a pretty long walk away. If anything though, it is a town tailored to the kids from the University.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think the visibility of the drug scene depends on who you hang out with. It is possible to hang out with people and be drug-free. There are a lot of people who smoke, but there is a proposal to make the campus a smoke-free campus by the end of the school year.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Most of the time, it's nice and sunny outside, and there's plenty of places under the shade or sun to hang out. However, if you're sensitive to temperature changes, then the sun isn't always a good indicator of how hot/cold it will be. Also, it still rains and gets cloudy in LA, like any other city, so you always have to check the forecast to make sure you're wearing the right clothes.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am an English major, which does concern me as there aren't many jobs connected with that field. However, I love it as the different courses allow me to look at Literature and how its changed since the Classical Greek Period to modern fictional writers. It does involve a lot of reading but that's what makes the classes often enjoyable.

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3 College Junior

Computers: It is often hard to find free computers that are located at the food courts; there is an abundance of computers, however, in the smaller libraries that are intended for certain majors- but can be used by anyone.

College Junior

Campus Housing: As I don't live on campus, I'm not eligible to rate it. Yet, I have tried the campus cuisine at the dining halls which I absolutely love.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The University of California, Los Angeles is directly in the heart of Westwood. As it is filled with coffee shops, banks, sparsely-placed movie theaters, and many other shopping stores; it can often feel crowded. However, these shops do prove convenient when one needs that quick coffee fix, entertainment, or affordable school books.

1 College Freshman

Parking: I hate the parking at my school. It makes you not want to have a car. The parking cost is absolutely ridiculous. Even if you try and find a spot off campus, you would still have to pay.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not everyone is good-looking and attractive, but there are a few of us. Most students are into studying a lot.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Yes, many people here are either Caucasian or south/east Asian, but there are PLENTY, and I repeat, PLENTY of blacks and Hispanic students here.

Ucla is a public school and under California Proposition 209, which passed in 1997, cannot use race as a criteria in admissions.

There are clubs for just about every culture on campus. Almost every ethnic group and religious group you can imagine is represented in some way.

Unfortunately, there is not much diversity in ideas around here as much of the student body is very liberal. These are the same liberals who preach the value of diversity but only when doing so comes at the expense of Caucasian students.

I am a minority student myself, but I cannot stand these left-wing hypocrites. The campus is not as hostile as Berkeley is to non-liberals, but you can bet it is not as common to see people openly identify as such.


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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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