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Los Angeles, CA
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27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 3005 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lots of enthusiasm for Basketball and football. Especially high when we're against the overly financed USC teams.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The Unicops are nice if you aren't causing trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: $11/day for parking, IF you can get it. If you must, CARPOOL

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have heard of minor occasions where drugs have been involved, but overall I have never seen it and I am never pressured for any of it.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: All the food here is amazing, especially the desserts.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone's dressed in fashionable summer clothes but not many guys are good looking. The girls are pretty though.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: It's sunny. I like the warm weather but it's easy to get tanned.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The dining halls, in my opinion, were awesome. Tons of choices, lots of hangout spots and lots of options whether you care about the freshman 15 or not

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Although the computers/laptops are fairly new, there doesn't seem to be enough of them at peak times throughout the year. They have a pager system for library computers, but there is always a line at the main library. there are tons of other computer labs on campus, so the wait times may be less at these labs. The school has WiFi throughout, so that helps if you already own a laptop.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is quite a bit of diversity on campus and every group has an association/fraternity/etc to cater to it. While everyone accepts and acknowledges these groups, there is not too much mixing between the groups.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants in Westwood, from California Pizza Kitchen and BJ's to In N Out and Five Guys. These are the bigger, more well-known places, but the smaller ones are great, too. Gushi--Korean cuisine--gives enormous portions of meat, rice, kimchi, etc. for less than $10. Angelino's Cafe--Italian--gives great quality pastas for around the same price. There's also, of course, Diddy Riese, famous for its cookies and ice cream. Everything is a bit more expensive now than it used to be ($1 to $1.25 for a scoop of ice cream, for example), but it's still extremely popular. There's almost always a line for it! So many dining options outside of campus--it's spectacular. Also, many places have discounts for UCLA students. Just ask them when you enter, and it's usually a 10-20% discount, if not a free side dish or drink.

5 College Junior

Weather: Beautiful weather. It is Los Angeles, after all. Rarely ever any rain, rarely ever very cold. When it's hot, it can get very hot, but that's what lecture hall AC is for!

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is outrageously expensive: $250+ for a quarter permit (and you can't even park wherever you want anytime), $11 for a day permit in one of the parking lots or structures, and $18 for a day permit right next to the administrative/ professional school buildings. Ridiculous.
Most of the street parking off campus is only two hours, and this includes meter parking. Only one small part of Hilgard Avenue has free parking, but one side has street parking on Thursdays (the other side doesn't seem to have street parking), and it's extremely difficult to find a spot on this street since time is unlimited and it's free.
You really don't need a car on campus, though. Everything is walking distance, and you can always take the BruinBus (campus shuttle) to and from various locations.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I have just started UCLA and personally I am not a big fan of attending random parties, but I have heard the parties are pretty good.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Greek Life: Everything is so alright here. We have various cultures community and every culture has a interesting thing about it and that makes us, the students, feel comfortable about the atmosphere here which has non-dominant particular.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoyed the experience being an International student. The staff was nice and polite.

4 College Junior

Parking: There are parking lots in the school and they are very efficient in giving tickets. the only problem is the distance u have to walk from the parking lot to where you are going.

5 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs at the law school were up to date and we had high speed internet and wifi. we could also print in the lab.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics here are some of the best in the nation. We have several huge gyms around campus where athletes train, and also an IM field for the other popular sports.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene here is not big, and the only things I see are people smoking in designated areas. Other than that I don't really notice.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are Covel, De Neve, Hedrick, and Feast. I like Covel the most because it's in a central area--next to Bruin Cafe, on the way to North Campus, etc. And there's a nice computer lab right upstairs. The food gets quite monotonous sometimes: some kind of pasta next to the pizza, some type of meat across from there, and then the typical grilled cheese sandwich, hamburger, and grilled chicken breast (available in every dining hall but Feast). De Neve has the best salads, but it is extremely crowded. Hedrick is the worst dining hall, with the worst salads and least variety and worst quality of foods.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is nearly always perfect. Summers are full of sunshine and breeziness. Winters are not that bad or too cold. I'm the type of person who enjoys the occasional fog and sometimes that marine layer that envelops the school can make for perfect cuddle weather. Lately, it's been around 90 degrees on campus during the day and it dips down to around 60 at night. This is as much as the weather will vary.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The campus is diverse. You'll find sorority girls, engineering nerds, smart stoners, hot-stuck up fratty guys, average guys, average girls, hipsters, and people of all shapes and colors. This campus is not like high school whatsoever. As clique-y as it may sound from my description, everyone is really friendly and gets along with each other quite well. It's very easy to make friends here.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lots of smart and nerd guys and girls on campus. Everyone is generally pretty fit from all of the walking through the hilly campus and spending time at John Wooden Center. They girls are beautiful and they guys are good looking but on the shorter side.

10 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Weather: It's beautiful sunny california weather all year round. Something, some clouds would be nice though. This summer has been in the 90's almost everyday!

1 person found this useful Report
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Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
Major
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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