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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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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Enough to Keep You Entertained – While there aren't tons of bars in the Westwood area, there are enough late night spots to keep you entertained. Most are a very short walk away from campus, and most are fairly affordable too. The Stand, which is very close to campus, remains open until 2am. A few other locations also remain open fairly late.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: You Will Be Severly Punished for Cheating/Plagairsim – Professors are very helpful and willing to see you during office hours. However, they have an absolute zero tolerance policy for plagiarism or cheating. You will fail the class, and you will be reported to the school. The school will then, in almost all instances, expel you from the university. It is not a risk worth taking, but it keeps the environment challenging and honest amongst the students.

4 College Junior

Majors: I Love the Material – Material is great but the classes are hard and generally based on a pre-med curve. Also the core series is difficult since you have three professors per class, and they are all pretty big. But since i love the material, I would do it all over again.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Solid Resources – We have our own scholarship center and a helpful financial aid office.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are mostly for first and second year students. We do have great dining hall food with lots of options since close to ten thousand students live in dorms! RA's are really good at helping new freshman make friends.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Is Quite Expensive – The campus is in a nice, affluent part of Los Angeles flanked by Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Bel Air. Thus, the rent in apartments near campus is very high. But there are plenty of options available.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Disclaimer: I don't own a car and have never used Campus Parking. But from what I've heard, it is terrible. It is quite expensive, inconvenient, and very limited.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The subtropical Mediterranean climate is perhaps the best in the entire continental United States. It is characterized by mild winters, no snow, and nice warm summers. Classes are never cancelled because of weather.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Buses Are Great – There are many buses available, all of which are subsidized when one has a student ID or special student pass. They generally run until late at night, to different parts of the city.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Process Was as Easy as It Could Be – I received a good amount of aid, and the office kept me in the know of any deadlines and required documentation. It went very smoothly.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sunshine 364 Days of the Year – Ok, maybe 364 days is a bit of an exaggeration. However, the normal weather in Los Angeles sunny and in the sixties or seventies. It is the stereotypical version of West Coast weather.The weather is pleasant, and that causes the atmosphere on campus to be bright and joyful.
A slight con is that, when it does rain, the campus floods. Southern Californians just are not that used to rain! Some may say that there is a lack of seasons, but snow and the mountains are not far from campus. There is not much to complain about nice, sunny weather!

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are many nightlife things to do at UCLA. The frats and sororities are lined up in a row that is close by the campus. Many campus clubs also have clubbing events and parties.
Westwood Village is a ten-minute walking distance from the campus, and there are restaurants, shops, and movie theaters in the village.
Also, Hollywood, Sawtelle, Koreantown, and Santa Monica are not far from campus. It is easy to leave the UCLA bubble to go to malls, clubs, restaurants, and beaches.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Being in Los Angeles, UCLA is really diverse. Statistically, Caucasians are a majority, but the Asian ethnicities are very present at UCLA, and most international students are from Asian countries. There is also a strong presence of other ethnicities, as seen through the cultural clubs for Latinos/Latinas, African-Americans, and various Middle Eastern ethnic groups.
Moreover, there are many different religious groups on campus. Although there are many Christian groups, there are also Buddhist, Jewish, Atheist, and Muslim groups on campus as well. There is also a Catholic center near campus, and the center actually hosts many different religious clubs' meetings.
There is also a strong acceptance of the LGBT community, and they have their own office in the Student Activities center.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm a pre med student so nightlife is limited to a Saturday night. the frats usually have parties and the town of Westwood is in walking distance to the campus.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Career Goals – I am very happy with my decision to attend UCLA as a pre med student. The staff has been very helpful and encouraging. I would definitely coose this path again. My career goal is be a Neurosurgeon. UCLA assisted me in obtaining an internship at UCLA medical

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4 College Freshman

Majors: UCLA has a vast amount of majors. Something for everyone. I'm a pre med major and I completed alot of AP math and science classes. My grades were very good so I realized I needed to concentrate on my essay for admissions.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My program at UCLA is very strenuous, busy and difficult. The curriculm is very informative and condusive to my field of study. My instructors are able to convey the information accurately. I've been very satisified with my education thus far. My instructors are very approachable when issues arise and always help solve the problem.

3 College Junior

Majors: Pretty Hard – It is considerably difficult to get into certain majors at this university.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is almost always warm and very rarely cold and raining.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – There is always someone on campus so you're never alone and there is always someone to escort you to your car if you need it.

5 College Junior

Parking: Parking is easy to find if you're in your designated lot.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Sunny and Pleasant – The weather is what you would expect from southern California: warm and pleasant most of the year. It can get pretty hot in the summer and at the beginning of the fall semester, which isn't always nice when you have to walk twenty minutes from your dorm to class!

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Campus Shuttle – As you might suspect, transportation at UCLA is difficult and parking is a nightmare. They do have a campus bus system that is decently convenient, and it makes quite a few stops in Westwood. I never caught a bus to take me around campus, so I'm not sure how convenient it is for that, but I have taken it to and from Westwood, which was a lifesaver coming home with groceries and no car!
They also have bus service that goes out to Santa Monica and stops by the beach.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly Asian and White Students – It seems as though a vast majority of the school is composed of Asian and White students, and though you do see some African Americans scattered around the campus, many of them belong to athlete programs. There is a fairly sized Hispanic base in the school, but it is overshadowed by the overwhelming Asian base.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Everything Imaginable Is Here – Everything from a $450/month studios, singles, one-bedroom, roommate situations and those things between is available. The area is large and diverse, and there is nearly every culture represented in all sorts of neighborhoods. There are services such as papers and rental placement that offer listings, Craig's List tends to be a better source.

However, it takes time to find places, call them, see them and be approved!

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Suzy Strutner
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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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