Los Angeles, CA
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$35,570 ($12,692)
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Reviews 3005 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are readily accessible in all areas of the residential area at UCLA. They are never full, for there are so many computer labs around the campus and for the number of computers in each computer lab is extremely high. The computer labs are sophisticated in that they have a separate lab of iMacs with all necessary high-tech software and programs and another lab of regular PCs also with all necessary high-tech software and programs. The quality of printing is excellent, though it costs money.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Attending football and basketball games is amazing.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Best food ever on the Hill! Some people say they're sick of it already, but I haven't felt that yet. The food can be better than my food at home.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm only a freshman, but thus far I've enjoyed every part of my life here. The teachers are passionate about what their teaching (with a few exceptions). But, you do have to put in a lot of your own work to succeed.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I'd say most people are pretty lax about keeping the students from doing what they know they are going to do anyway. Some RA's might be very strict, but for the most part they know you are in college and won't be to harsh on you.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: In terms of busses, it's pretty great. The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus only charge UCLA students $.50 cents per ride, so $1.00 roundtrip. The Metro isn't too bad either, it's a $1.50 one-way. Traffic is pretty terrible but if you can avoid traffic time, it's really easy to get around via bus.

Parking for cars is ridiculously difficult to find and expensive (so is the gas). If you live in the apartments, there's a shuttle but that takes you from your apartments to campus. I haven't personally taken it, but I heard that it's pretty reliable.

There is also a van for disabled students who cannot walk up the hill to their dorms. The van will come pick the student up and drop them off near his or her classroom building. Furthermore, if you are out late at night, you can call the CSO Evening Van Service and they will either send an escort or you can take the van back to the dorms/apartment.

On campus, most students just walk or they bring a bike/skateboard/longboard/ scooter. There is a bike garage on campus where you can rent a bike.

If you live in the area and you want to commute or go home for the weekend but you don't want your parents to come pick you up, you can take the Vanpool.

On Saturdays, there is a grocery trolley that takes you out to Ralph's/Trader Joe's so if you need a ride to Westwood on Saturday, you can save yourself the walk down.

To get to the Airport, you can either call the Super Shuttle which picks you up at the dorms and drives you straight to the airport (costs $24.00), or you can walk out into Westwood and take the Fly Away (costs $10.00). I personally prefer the Fly Away because it's cheaper and more reliable. The Super Shuttle can sometimes be late or overly crowded. It is more convenient than the Fly Away because you don't have to lug all of your luggage out into Westwood. It's about a 15-20 min walk with your luggage.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is great! Not the healthiest route but tastes amazing!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Pauley Pavillion just reopened! Sport teams are amazing here!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: My school offers so much to do in order to succeed.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UCLA is surrounded by the top 4 safest cities in the Los Angeles area. The chances of a crime happening in our campus or even around the campus area is rare! If any potential crime were to happen, we have on-campus security that will get there faster than the regular police department.
As for health, we have the Asher Center for students conveniently located on campus--Bruin Walk, next to the Wooden Center. They have the best doctors! If that's not enough, the Ronald Reagan Center--one of the best hospitals in the world, is only a few blocks away.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Personally for me, I don't enjoy the frat parties. I don't belong to a sorority so maybe that's why. For guys especially, you're going to have a hard time getting in to frat parties unless you're a pledge, you bring a certain number of girls, or you're best friends with someone in the frat. Other than that, I suggest people go to apartment parties. There are a good proportion of guys and girls, and you might run into some athletes there.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: Right across campus; plenty of apartments; easier to meet new people close to Westwood-supermarket, Target, restaurants, stores, etc.
Cons: too loud--parties from Thursday-Sunday; parking is a little complicated; high rent unless willing to share room with a bunch of people

3 College Junior

Diversity: the campus is probably one of the most diverse in the nation. being a UC though, there are a lot of asians and very few blacks, which is not exactly indicative of the rest of society.

3 College Junior

Athletics: there is potential for us to be a great athletics program but for the big money sports, there just is not very much support compared to other schools with the resources ucla has. plus, it's LA! there are so many other things to do sports just don't get the attention they do say in the SEC.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing on campus is very convenient and housekeeping is great but it is quite expensive.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on and something to do on campus or in the dorms. You can never be bored or have enough time to do everything and if you want to try something new, Westwood is full of things to do and Santa Monica is only 50 cents and 30 mins. away on the bus.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The frat parties are pretty great, the vibe at all the parties is fun and full of life. It sucks for guys who are not in frats because they usually don't get in.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Quite a bit of options, although not too close to the dorms. Also, I love Mexican food, and was disappointed to see there are no authentic restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It's kind of expensive and the spots are located usually around the perimeter of the campus, so there is still quite a bit of walking to do.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys aren't that great looking, a lot of Asians that's for sure. The frat parties are kind of lam sometimes, and you can't really have fun unless wasted.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I didn't have any trouble getting in on my Applied Mathematics major (I have since switched to Mathematics/Applied Science), but I do know that all maths and sciences are competitive at UCLA. Good SAT scores and grades will help, but there is no special application for this major because it is part of the College of Letters and Science. Switching to Math/Applied Science later was also very simple, I did it at my orientation, because it is within the same department (though switching to other departments isn't too difficult either, as long as it is within the same college).

5 College Freshman

Weather: In the summer it's always warm, and we have heat waves but it's nothing you wouldn't be able to deal with. It never gets too cold in the winter, and the worst we usually get is a week of heavy rain.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Go to the financial aid section on the website and follow the instruction there. You need to state ur reasons and financial situation.

4 College Junior

Majors: The program im currently doing is a certificate program. its not hard to get in. all the information needed is on the website.

4 College Junior

Majors: The program is good. I enjoy it because it is practical and the professors are experienced professionals.


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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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