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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 Junior

Facilities: A Little City on Its Own – The facilities at UCLA are incredible. The gym is great if you are looking to working out on the treadmill or playing basketball, volleyball, or squash with you friends. There is also a room for those who want to focus on strengthening themselves by weightlifting. There are also special group exercises that go on everyday from Zumba classes to Bootcamp to Biking classes to Bollywood workouts to Mat Pilates. The student center, while not central to everyone's student life here at UCLA, offers all you need to keep you on task with your academics. There is free printing there, a test bank, and a couple of other student groups that are located there for anyone to go get any information from. Campus activities are bountiful and there is never a reason to say that you are bored here at UCLA, except when you are studying of course. Speaking of studying, there are great locations for people to study in from numerous libraries, to study lounges, to coffee shops, to our beautiful campus itself. UCLA is gorgeous, and although it is the smallest UC campus, it is one of the most stunning and attracting ones.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Have a Car – Parking is expensive and difficult if you don't have a garage to park in under your apartment. If you're living in on-campus housing, don't even bother. Having visitors is a nightmare, especially for overnight parking. The side-streets are crowded and have strictly enforced parking hours. You can get around without a car and that's my recommendation.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's a Thing – There is plenty of off campus housing. The trick is finding good places. Some of the landlords of very unresponsive while others are far better. There's quite a bit of housing close to campus but then again there are many students so some have to live a 30 minute walk away. However the bus system in Westwood is wonderful so it's manageable.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Frats or Bust – The social life is completely centered around greek life, particularly freshman and sophomore year. If there are no frats having parties, then there is no where to go out. Additionally, the only night to go out that even has the potential of being fun is Thursday; if you try and go out on a Friday or Saturday night, the best of luck to you, because odds are that you won't find a party that is much fun.

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is abysmal - it's not unsusual for google maps to say it will take twice as much time to take a bus somewhere as it would to bike.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of yummy cheap options. Yamatos, Fat Sals, Yogurtland, Diddy, BJs, anything you want

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Westwood is a pretty good college town, and the bus system makes it easy to go to Beverly Hills or other nearby cities.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is expensive and people still have to fight for parking permits - which are also expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's Great – We got a gym, a track field, multiple pools, and plenty of other things. UCLA really makes sure that people have options for their fitness. It's great!

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone's All Right. This isn't a shallow review. Yeah, you can get to meet new people, and yeah the experiences are pretty fun. But if you're looking for a group of polite-folk who wanna just relax and take it slow, you're looking at the wrong school. People are fun, but also pretty rowdy.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Don't Forget to Move Your Car – Last year a lot of people received parking ticket due to construction making certain areas unsure of whether a person could park there or not. street cleaning sucks because certain days certain areas aren't available for parking so don't forget to move your car.

1 College Senior

Diversity: ASIAN INVASION – Begin mexican i found it extremely difficult to find someone of the same background. I love my roommates but they both Asian as with most of the people on the floor. Besides Asians there are also a lot of white students.

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4 College Senior

Computers: Labs Everywhere – Its not hard to find a lab on campus at UCLA.There are several location that offer different types of benefits like free printing depending on your major.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Better to Take a Bus – Because there is always traffic on the way to my school, I prefer to take a bus although I drive. The distance isn't that far but the traffic just make me waste unnecessary time on the road. In the bus, at least I can read some books or assigned readings.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Competance With USC – Our school has an old rival from long time ago: USC. So during the time of football or basketball tornament, students in our school get so excited by betting on who will win.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Various Style and Life – Because my university is popular for various races, you would see different kinds of fashion, style, and language. You will meet various people in just one class. Also, you will hear more than 3 different languages within one block.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of really niche places to go to eat, plus your run-of-the mill stuff like Burger King. The best part is that there's an In N Out at the edge of Westwood. There's also a Diddy Riese (best ice cream ever!)

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining Halls & Sandwich Shops – The dining halls are great! I lived in the dorms for two years, and I was impressed more often than disappointed. The menus kept switching things up, and the salad bar right in the middle of the dining hall helps me keep in mind that I need to stay healthy. I believe we have some of the best resident-hall dining in the country! While other school's students are complaining, I was chowing down.
Now that I live off-campus, I find myself needing to eat of campus. Northern Lights is a great place to get a quality,but incredibly affordable lunch. I also like to visit Taco Bell often- my fave.

4 College Junior

Academics: This is supposedly the most impacted, hardest-to-get-into major on campus. Obviously it isn't the most difficult, but it is what I and other comm. majors want to learn about. Classes are smaller since enrollment since the amount of students allowed in isn't as large. The topics have interested me thus far, and the professors and advisers are great. We have so many internship opportunities given to us, and feel that the Communications Program's networks are great. Graduation requirements have changed this recent year, and I feel like it allows students to get more of broad education over the discipline. The only type of class I am still waiting for though is an Advertising/Marketing class.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Yummy Food at Affordable Prices! Located in Westwood are some of the best off-campus dining places available. There are numerous Japanese style foods, a California Pizza Kitchen, and subs as well as Indian food and the famous ice cream at Diddy Riese. If the food at Westwood isn't enough, then it's only a bus ride away to more great food.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Ideal Location for College Students – The UCLA campus is centered between Beverly Hills and Westwood. It is only a twenty minute Blue Bus ride to Santa Monica. The close vicinity to Beverly Hills provides an amount of safety for students while Westwood and Santa Monica serve as primary entertainment for everyone. Local eateries, boutiques, and the occasional sighting of a movie star are all found in Westwood. More popular shopping destinations such as the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica provide a relaxing atmosphere to students with the beach within eyesight and only walking distance away. Every student and person who attends UCLA will be able to find everything they are looking for and more.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Pretty Good – Westwood is fun if your an athlete or in the greek system.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: Near-Campus Homes Are Best Option – I would not like to be a commuter. The traffic around the school is horrible. There is an escort, but it is a private police escort.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's Easy to Stay Away from Drugs – For the short while that I've attended UCLA, I have not met a single person who uses drugs. Before the school year, the school required every student to take an online course on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Students also have their dorms revised frequently to ensure no drugs or alcohol is present. There are also areas where smoking is prohibited.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Westwood, the area immediately surrounding the campus and where most students live after getting out of the dorms, is a nice and safe area, but it's so expensive! We are right next to Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, etc, and a lot of professionals live in Westwood, so the the restaurants tend to be on the higher side. There's only really two bars in the area, otherwise you need to head out to Santa Monica. Lots of frat parties, but I never really went to any of them since I was usually at some mixer for the business school.

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Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
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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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