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Los Angeles, CA
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27,365
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$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Off Campus Food - but Expensive – Westwood is known for its restaurants, boutiques, and salons, however, these are not easy on the wallet. They have a great new italian-style pizza place, tons of mexican food, gourmet french cafes, sushi, In-n-Out, falafel shops, sandwich shops, bagel shops, and pretty much anything else you want. The noodle-bar seems pretty popular, and a lot of the stores and restaurants right off campus have student specials. Despite the student specials, it is pretty hard to get a sit-down meal (even at a sandwich place) for under $15. The one HUGE perk is that we have Diddy-Reese's Ice Cream Sandwich shop, which will sell you a delicious Ice-Cream sandwich with 2 cookies and ice cream of your choice for $2.50! Or you can buy a dozen of "yesterday's cookies" for the same amount! Overall - food is good off campus, but you can't eat it every day.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Lack of Healthy Options – As much as the food normally tastes good, it is hard to go to the salad bar over and over again. There aren't many healthy options with pastas, burgers, and pizzas in your face all day - along with every fried fast food chain serving food on campus. Even the salad place over-dresses their salads and without another option you get tired of salad pretty quickly. The food is not poor quality, but at the dining halls it is made for thousands of students, so your definitely not getting gourmet grilled veggies anytime soon. And, at the vendors, well, they are vendors and most are not thinking about healthy alternatives to fried tacos and chinese food. The sushi place, jamba juice, and maybe one sandwich place are your only semi-healthy options if you want to change up the salad options.

4 College Senior

Majors: Love the MBA Program – As a business masters goes, UCLA Anderson is providing great opportunities for me to explore what I want. I was an engineering undergrad and really wanted to get a breadth of business experience before focusing and the school has really allowed me to do that. I also wanted to the opportunity to be involved with the graduate and undergraduate community in order to build relationships and potentially find an idea for a start up. I feel that those connections have definitely been built among the business school students, but not necessarily between the graduate and undergraduate communities.

4 College Senior

Majors: Lots of Businesses in the Area Looking for Students – I have had a great time finding internships as an MBA, I have done one during school and one over the summer. Both were relatively easy to find and I found there to be an abundance of opportunities in most industries. I am focused on social entrepreneurship and finding small non-profits who want help has not been hard. Other internships (i.e. in entertainment) can be a bit more competitive, but if you want something, you can get it. I took an unpaid internship for credit during the school year, and then a paid internship for the summer. The time commitment for both was very manageable and businesses in the area are very understanding of student concerns.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood Eatery – UCLA has excellent off-campus dining options near the school. Westwood has great bites such as BJ's, The Flame Broiler, In-And-Out Burger, California Pizza Kitchen, and Five Guys bugers. However, if you want to go the best places to eat in Westwood try having donuts are Stan's Donuts voted one of the best donuts stores in America (ranked in the top 5). For dinner or lunch try out 800 degrees some of the best pizza you will have ever had. They specialize in thin crust pizza and it is to die for. The best kept secret of Westwood is Diddy Reese a ice cream sandwich store that is famous for its great prices ($1.29 for an ice cream sandwich) and its great quality it delivers. Westwood has a great selection of affordable bites to eat. If you are looking for a more upscale meal Los Angeles is home to some of the best chiefs in the world, but I am warning you dinner can easily become over $200 dollars.

5 College Senior

Academics: Top Notch – UCLA described in one word would be competitive. The student body is highly competitive academically. The professors are some of the best in the world, for example Professor Ruiz just received a metal from the President Obama for his excellent work as a teacher and inspiring students to learn. The professors are always available to talk to and if they are not available the TA are. The registration process can be annoying as UCLA classes can be impacted in the blink of an eye. The most popular classes tend to vary with teachers but, I would say Political Science is the most popular classes at UCLA. It is so popular in fact that they had to shut down their political science minor program last year because the classes were becoming too impacted.

5 College Senior

Weather: Hello Sunshine – UCLA is located near the heart of Los Angeles in southern California. Their is hardly ever any rain. This school enjoys sun shine most of the year, which opens up opportunities for the beaches near by or just going out and having fun. Los Angeles has some of the best weather around and this means that going out is never a problem. It rarely ever gets hotter than 80 degrees or colder than 50 degrees. It never snows and is a great place to live if you want weather that will make you feels as if you are on vacation your whole life.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Not Geeks – UCLA has a dominate Greek life. While, school and academics take precedent over all else. It is Greek life that flourishes at my school. Greek life creates a social atmosphere of the Hollywood portrayal of college. This is where you party everyday, which is a close description of Greek life at UCLA. Greek life makes one popular at UCLA. Greek students are viewed unfavorably by non-Greeks. This typically is because of the Greeks strict standards for entry into their parties and because it is viewed that Greeks do not try as hard at school as non-Greeks. Greek housing is readily available at UCLA and their are dozens of fraternities and sororities to pick from.

5 College Senior

Academics: History Major – UCLA History program has fantastic opportunities for there students. Personally I have experienced being taught by some of the top history professors in their field. UCLA provides a unique opportunity to work with these professors one on one and conduct research. The workload of being a History major at UCLA can be intense but yet very rewarding in the end. The facility and curriculum in the History Department is top notch and very personable from top to bottom. Outside of school UCLA does an excellent job at provides internships and job opportunities by connecting with former students and by reaching out into the Los Angeles community. UCLA provides its history major with the tools and resources to not only find success in the class room but also outside in the competitive job market.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Fun, Fun, Fun – There are movie theaters, restaurants, and stores. In addition, there is a good transportation system so it is easy to go out to either Santa Monica or Getty Center. Most of the time Westwood is safe to go out at night, because there are a lot of people out already.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Awesome Dining Hall but Expect to Gain Weight – You can swipe into dining halls and they are a buffet style of gourmet food. I love UCLA's dining hall!! However, because there are dessert bar, I gained 10 pounds in one year

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Laptops Available for Use Almost Anywhere – The laptops are available for use anywhere in the campus and it is really convenient. There are a lot of smaller libraries in the campus, where there are always plenty of laptops. However, the only downside is during the midterm or finals week, when all the laptops are used and you have to wait around 15-20 minutes.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life seems like a lot of fun, and it is a chance to socialize. However, a lot of parties they have involves drinks, so be careful.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I Still Have a Lot to Learn – Sociology major is great, I love that study of groups and the reasons behind their actions, though I have still more to learn because I want to be able to relate to others situations that are not similar to mine, and not only relate to those who have experienced what I have.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had to pull out loans my first year cause the cost of education was expensive. I was never notified either that they didn't reward me m cal grant which would have been a very helpful towards m education.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I recieved some scholarships for my good grades in high school and for joing the academic advancement program

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Not a Big Problem – Drinking is nto a big issue. It mostly fraternities and sororities who throw parties.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Very Very Diverse – As far as colleges go, I think that UCLA is pretty diverse. Since it has such a large student body, that kind of makes sense. You will see every type of person when you are walking around UCLA and especially on Bruinwalk. While, I am not saying that there is necessarily an even distribution of different groups, you will be hard pressed to think of someone that you can not find on campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It Has Been Great – All in all I am really glad I chose the University of California at Los Angeles. Classes are great, the campus is gorgeous, the weather is amazing, the people are very nice, and you can always find something to do. It is also really nice because while we get the advantage of all the options of a large urban area, UCLA is a sort of separate community where you don't really feel the big city.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Not Very Good – The Big Blue Bus, which is what you use to get to Santa Monica and the surrounding area is pretty good. And there are other bus lines that can get you to other places, although you have to make sure to plan carefully. However, I grew up in the San Francisco bay area and had AC Transit and Bart. So compared to the relative ease of moving across the Bay Area, Los Angeles still does not have an adequate transportation system, especially for how large it is.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Good but Relatively Limitied Coming from a Picky Eater – There are a lot of choices in Westwood and the surrounding area. However, if you dont have a car youre pretty much stuck with Westwood. And while there are a lot of choices, I tend to only stick to a handful of restaurants when it comes time to choose. Bella Pita is a good and relatively cheap choice and well as Ami sushi for lunch. There are other nice restaurants like the Garden Inn but you have to be willing to pay more.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: You Got It Set – Beautiful, and fully equipped gym.

Recreational center with several pools and big lawns.

New stadiums, new dorms, new, new, new!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Fantastic Selection – UCLA has several dining halls and a couple of on campus restaurants that you can "swipe" into. They have great selection and specials. Each dining hall has a theme, which allows for ethnic flavoring.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The people who run UCLA really care about their students and employees.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not that great especially for the price. I rather cook for myself to be honest, or get a dining hall pass.

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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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