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Los Angeles, CA
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27,365
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$35,570 ($12,692)
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Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Nice but Crowded – We have really nice on-campus housing, but the rooms can be pretty crowded. Most people will be in triples. It is also more expensive than living off campus. But many students live on campus for 3 or 4 years because it is so convenient. We also have seriously delicious food. For freshman, I would recommend the dorms because they are the most social. Holly and Gardenia are the newest ones, which are the biggest and best option. The plazas have their own bathrooms, and the suites have their own living rooms and bathrooms, but both of those options are less social.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: So Much to Do – There are always things going on on campus. First off, UCLA has over 800 student clubs. There are always different on-campus events going on throughout the week. We also have an awesome gym. There are also over 10 libraries on campus. Basketball and football games are always a fun thing to go to. One of my favorite events is the Jazz Reggae festival in May. Spring Sing is also a giant talent show that is a huge UCLA tradition. You'll never be bored! There are often too many things that I want to go to that I can't make it to.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: One of the frustrating things about being a Business Economics major is that it is an impacted major. That means you have to apply to get in. It requires a minimum 3.33 GPA in the pre-requisite classes. With the curve, it can be kind of difficult to make those grades. It is said to be the second hardest major next to the Biology majors. It requires more classes than most of the other majors do. However, I have really enjoyed all of the classes I have taken for it so far. The workload can be tough but I have found all of the classes to be interesting and engaging, and have had experienced professors that really know the subject matter. There are a lot of internship opportunities for the major as well. An accounting minor is also only a few extra classes after you take the required Business Economics courses.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: UCLA is not only one of the top universities in our state, but also the nation and world. Having a degree from UCLA is serious business! It takes a lot of work to get good grades because there are so many intelligent students at our school, but it's worth all of the effort. UCLA offers countless amazing undergrad and graduate programs. While class sizes can be big, professors are almost always willing to give students individual attention and help during office hours and are concerned with student learning.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: College + LA – On the weekends there are tons of frat parties and apartment parties you can go to. Girls get in basically anywhere they want. The only annoying thing is that Thursdays are the biggest nights and Saturdays can be pretty dead. But the great thing is you're in the middle of LA. So when there's no parties you want to go to near campus, you can take a cab to the many clubs or bars in Hollywood and Santa Monica.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are expensive, and hard to get if you live on campus unless you have a job. They also give out a lot of tickets which I believe are about $60. When friends come to visit, parking is expensive on campus, so you have to find street parking, which is a nightmare. There are few spots without time restrictions.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Sociology Major – As a sociology major at UCLA, I have been blessed to say that I enjoyed most of my classes. My major offered a variety of subjects from culture and personality, to social stratification. The curriculum was designed to allow each student to touch upon three core subjects, along with five other sociology elective classes. The instructors were interesting. Most are approachable and genuinely are interested in teaching, and learning. Establish a connection with your professors in order to gain access to job opportunities and recommendation letters.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Team Spirit – Bruins may not even know the rules to football but they have an amazing spirit to cheer their fellow bruins on to victory. My entire floor went to a football game decked out in blue and yellow. Extrapolate my entire floor to the whole rest of the campus; the seats are always filled.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great but Repetitive – The food at UCLA is famed for having some of the best out of the universities in America. There are a lot of options with four dining halls and three cafes with different specials every day. The only problem is the the inevitable problem: living on campus, eating the same food over and over does make one annoyed of it.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: UCLA's weather is generally nice. It's about what you expect: bright and sunny. The weather is not as hot as other areas in LA because it is fairly close to the beach. However, there are some days when the weather is very hot.

5 College Senior

Athletics: We have the most NCAA national championships of any other university. That being said, our football and basketball teams are not very competitive, which is disheartening.

4 College Senior

Academics: Communication Studies – I love being in my major at UCLA. You have to apply to get into UCLA's Comm major, so it is viewed as a prestigious major because only a few people get in. Once in the program, however, classes are not too challenging, and are mostly interesting. Professors all seem to have an invested interest in what they are teaching and try to make learning exciting for the students. Being in Los Angeles, I think the Comm major is highly applicable and relevant to lead us into future careers.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: UCLA is known for having some of the best dorm food in the country. I haven't tried food at other schools, but I know that I enjoyed my food while I lived on campus. My favorite was always brunch that they serve on the weekends. Unfortunately, dining plans can only be used in the dorms though.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I normally feel pretty safe on campus and the surrounding area, mostly because there are typically always people around. That being said, we are in a very populated area, and being in an urban setting I try not to walk alone at night where I know there won't be people around.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good Prestige, Not So Good Teachers – There are many good teachers here at UCLA, but so far, most I have gotten aren't so good.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It Can Get Expensive – There are a variety of places to eat here. The restaurants are in abundance and there so many different kinds of foods to try. The problem is the price. Living near Bel Air and Beverly Hills can increase the price of th food around here. There are two restaurants that are completely worth the money: Waffle Chix and 800 Degrees.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It Doesn't Get Better – This campus is amazing. The weather is gorgeous, the campus is beautiful, the people are generous and kind, there are no complaints. It provides an opportunity to study hard and have fun afterwards. The libraries are amazing and there computer labs all over the place. There are so many great things, at UCLA.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gyms and Libraries Are Great – The Wooden Center has a variety of activities available to the student population. You can rock climb, play racket ball, play volleyball, or any other activity on the second floor. The is a big room with treadmills and bikes as well as treadmills and stationary bicycles throughout the gym. The weight room is divided into three sections: free weights, machines for your upper body, and a section to do lower body work outs. The basketball is spacious and is top quality.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Many Restaurants Not Enough Clubs – The nightlife at UCLA is for students 18-21. There a variety of restaurants which provide different opportunities to experience new cultures. There are few bars here, but no clubs. The nearest clubs are in Hollywood or downtown LA. There are many parties here, but it tough to get into the fraternity parties.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus can be okay, but it has its terrible moments. There are four of five parking structures with a great amount of parking, unfortunately, once these parking structures fill up, there is no parking around campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Great Gym and Recreational Services – I used the gym extensively and it had great equipment and the quality of my workouts were great. There are also a lot of other activities that students can get involved in such as swimming, dance classes, yoga, and many more!

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Overall Good – Access to computers is very good and even laptops can be checked out, but the wifi around campus is stronger in some parts of campus than in others and this was very inconvenient.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The food was overall very good especially in the dining halls. The food around campus is however, a little repetitive and while there are quite a few options, it's the same thing every day. It gets a little boring and the prices for some of the meals are a bit too high.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've Never Been Worried – I always feel safe walking at UCLA no matter what the time of day is -- and sometimes I'll be walking back from the library in the wee hours of the morning. UCLA also has a nifty program called BruinAlert that you can sign up for to get text messages about possible safety concerns on campus. UCLA is very concerned about its students' safety and it shows!

2 College Junior

Parking: There are tons of parking lots at UCLA that you can park in, but be prepared to pay the price -- that is if you can get a permit. Permits for students are almost impossible to come by and don't even think about street parking. But hey, what did you expect? UCLA itself is a city within Los Angeles.

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Suzy Strutner
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Newport Beach, Calif.
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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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