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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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4 College Freshman

Facilities: We have a traditional undie run at the end of each quarter during finals week. We have some of the best athletic teams in the country. We are surrounded by a very nice part of LA (unlike USC). We have one of the top research programs. Last but not least we have some of the top dining hall food in the nation!

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is usually sunny, but be prepared for rain on any given day. It seems to pop up randomly. It gets chilly right when the sun goes down, so carry a jacket with you if you have a late class

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – Delicious food served. A variety of choices through out the week regarding ethnic dishes. Tries to please various backgrounds of people with the food served.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I joined Greek Life first quarter freshman year, and it turned out to be the best decision possible. Not only do I have the greatest sisters, but they party hard and also study just as hard. UCLA is a very challenging school, especially for South Campus (Science Majors), but it can be managed to find the perfect balance. Joining a sorority made a school that can at times feel very large seem like a small community. If you are a boy and not in Greek life, it can be very difficult to get into frat parties, though it is not the case at all for girls. But other than Greek parties, there are opportunities to go clubbing in Santa Monica and apartment parties and some of the fraternities let in boys. Greek housing is readily available with spots for 50-70 people in most of the houses.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Engineering Computer Labs – As an engineering major at UCLA we have access to many computer labs on campus that are exclusively for engineers. They are all installed with complex engineering programs which is very useful if you don't want to install the programs on your own computer. As well as our own labs, I have also used a few of the general computer labs to print off assignments and have never had to wait to use a computer. There is also WiFi all over campus, and I have my own computer and printer, so they are always just a backup plan in case something happens to my own technology.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Bioengineering Program – I was admitted into UCLA into the Bioengineering program, which admits around 100 students a year. I underestimated the difficulty of the program first quarter, but since then have understood how to manage studying and going out to have the best experience possible. I am not worried about finding a job, as I am a first year and already have an internship and have had many opportunities thrown my way. I can either apply to medical school after my B.S. or I can go straight into industry, both options that interest me immensely.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I joined Greek Life first quarter freshman year, and it turned out to be the best decision possible. Not only do I have the greatest sisters, but they party hard and also study just as hard. UCLA is a very challenging school, especially for South Campus (Science Majors), but it can be managed to find the perfect balance. Joining a sorority made a school that can at times feel very large seem like a small community. And beyond Greek life, the school itself is beautiful and hanging out everyday studying at Sunset Rec. There are so many opportunities: going on a run to the Playboy Mansion or through Bel Air, seeing almost every movie before it comes out at a free screening, being a seat filler at the People's Choice Awards, being so close to Santa Monica and Venice and shopping. I love everything about UCLA.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletes are treated very well at UCLA. They have their own personal tutors, advisers, etc., and private facilities to train in. Club sports are actually very good as well. And all of the athletes are very attractive. It's an added plus.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are few guys that are attractive, compared to the massive population of UCLA. However, the girls are very pretty, which amazes me. How can the ratio or cute guys to girls be 1 to 5?

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is usually nice outside which makes going to the pool and beach common especially during spring quarter

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood Village – Not a bad place to grab something to eat for cheap or expensive. Definitely have many different options to eat from fast food (subway) to dine in (Yamata's Sushi). There is a diverse amount of restaurants that can cater to your cravings, whether you're feeling something mexican or to a more american dining, throw in a couple delicious asian cuisines and persian and thai food in as well. Definitely a great place to eat late at night as well most places close midnight or later.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Lots of options available at all times. Also, they are excellent in terms of quality for school food. Sometimes it's a little repetitive.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everything you could possible want is nearby. Restaurants, museums, observatories, hiking spots, or anything else you could want. Plus, it has a very fun and cheerful atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: They are a little ways but they offer a variety of options some of which have excellent quality of food.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are many different races at UCLA, but a large portion of the student body is either Asian or white. We have people of all sorts of religion because I see lots of different clubs dedicated to the different religions.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinking is a huge part of campus life. Smoking marijuana is also very common but not as huge. Hard drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy etc. you will run across depending on you hang out with. I was personally never pressured into using any of these but I did encounter people who did use recreationally.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Fairly Diverse – The student body demographic at ucla fairly diverse. You will find students from many backgrounds and races however there are the predominant races that tend to make up the student body. Among those are Asian and Caucasian. However, that isn't to say that you won't find Latino, Hispanic, Middle Eastern as well (including other minorities). There are few African American and most of them are in athletes. I'd say UCLA is comprised of about 65% Caucasian and Asian, 10% Hispanic, 5% African American and the rest is a mix.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The psychology major is the biggest undergraduate major at UCLA thus classes are typically huge in size, with most having at least 300 students. If you don't take the initiative to get to know your professors, such as going to office hours, it's very easy to become just another number. However, if you do take that extra step, professors are generally very helpful and welcoming. There are also plenty of opportunities for research within the psychology department. You have professors and graduate students who are more than happy to receive the free labor. All in all the student body is huge but fortunately if you take advantage of it, you have one of the best psychology research institutions at your fingertips.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great College Experience – Beautiful campus! It is definitely possible to lead a rigorous academic life, while remaining social. Westwood is always a great place to get away and de-stress and there is a lot of opportunities to meet celebrities at movie screenings.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Thirsty Thursdays – Drinking is a very popular activity, especially on Thursday nights.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of opportunities to show school spirit and really get rallied up with a excited crowd

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It Here. I love the atmosphere here. The people are great, and I have definitely found my niche here. People are socially outgoing as well as hardworking - people care about their futures. It's a great place to be.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frat houses, kickbacks at apartments, clubbing events... the nightlife at UCLA is great! You're always going to have an opportunity to drink and party. Boys, however, have a tougher time getting into the frat houses.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Overall, the lower division professors are a bit meh. The classes are large and obviously, pretty competitive. Upper division professors are a lot better though and they give you more attention, and they really do care about you succeeding. Workload is definitely different from high school - you got to stay on top of your stuff.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Depends on Your RA – A lot of RAs (residence assistants) have a policy of if they don't see "it" they don't care. The campus police rarely patrols the hallways of a dorm, but you better not be drunk and walking around on campus.

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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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