Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 3005 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Team Spirit – Bruins may not even know the rules to football but they have an amazing spirit to cheer their fellow bruins on to victory. My entire floor went to a football game decked out in blue and yellow. Extrapolate my entire floor to the whole rest of the campus; the seats are always filled.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great but Repetitive – The food at UCLA is famed for having some of the best out of the universities in America. There are a lot of options with four dining halls and three cafes with different specials every day. The only problem is the the inevitable problem: living on campus, eating the same food over and over does make one annoyed of it.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: UCLA's weather is generally nice. It's about what you expect: bright and sunny. The weather is not as hot as other areas in LA because it is fairly close to the beach. However, there are some days when the weather is very hot.

5 College Senior

Athletics: We have the most NCAA national championships of any other university. That being said, our football and basketball teams are not very competitive, which is disheartening.

4 College Senior

Academics: Communication Studies – I love being in my major at UCLA. You have to apply to get into UCLA's Comm major, so it is viewed as a prestigious major because only a few people get in. Once in the program, however, classes are not too challenging, and are mostly interesting. Professors all seem to have an invested interest in what they are teaching and try to make learning exciting for the students. Being in Los Angeles, I think the Comm major is highly applicable and relevant to lead us into future careers.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: UCLA is known for having some of the best dorm food in the country. I haven't tried food at other schools, but I know that I enjoyed my food while I lived on campus. My favorite was always brunch that they serve on the weekends. Unfortunately, dining plans can only be used in the dorms though.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I normally feel pretty safe on campus and the surrounding area, mostly because there are typically always people around. That being said, we are in a very populated area, and being in an urban setting I try not to walk alone at night where I know there won't be people around.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good Prestige, Not So Good Teachers – There are many good teachers here at UCLA, but so far, most I have gotten aren't so good.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It Can Get Expensive – There are a variety of places to eat here. The restaurants are in abundance and there so many different kinds of foods to try. The problem is the price. Living near Bel Air and Beverly Hills can increase the price of th food around here. There are two restaurants that are completely worth the money: Waffle Chix and 800 Degrees.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It Doesn't Get Better – This campus is amazing. The weather is gorgeous, the campus is beautiful, the people are generous and kind, there are no complaints. It provides an opportunity to study hard and have fun afterwards. The libraries are amazing and there computer labs all over the place. There are so many great things, at UCLA.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gyms and Libraries Are Great – The Wooden Center has a variety of activities available to the student population. You can rock climb, play racket ball, play volleyball, or any other activity on the second floor. The is a big room with treadmills and bikes as well as treadmills and stationary bicycles throughout the gym. The weight room is divided into three sections: free weights, machines for your upper body, and a section to do lower body work outs. The basketball is spacious and is top quality.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Many Restaurants Not Enough Clubs – The nightlife at UCLA is for students 18-21. There a variety of restaurants which provide different opportunities to experience new cultures. There are few bars here, but no clubs. The nearest clubs are in Hollywood or downtown LA. There are many parties here, but it tough to get into the fraternity parties.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus can be okay, but it has its terrible moments. There are four of five parking structures with a great amount of parking, unfortunately, once these parking structures fill up, there is no parking around campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Great Gym and Recreational Services – I used the gym extensively and it had great equipment and the quality of my workouts were great. There are also a lot of other activities that students can get involved in such as swimming, dance classes, yoga, and many more!

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Overall Good – Access to computers is very good and even laptops can be checked out, but the wifi around campus is stronger in some parts of campus than in others and this was very inconvenient.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The food was overall very good especially in the dining halls. The food around campus is however, a little repetitive and while there are quite a few options, it's the same thing every day. It gets a little boring and the prices for some of the meals are a bit too high.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've Never Been Worried – I always feel safe walking at UCLA no matter what the time of day is -- and sometimes I'll be walking back from the library in the wee hours of the morning. UCLA also has a nifty program called BruinAlert that you can sign up for to get text messages about possible safety concerns on campus. UCLA is very concerned about its students' safety and it shows!

2 College Junior

Parking: There are tons of parking lots at UCLA that you can park in, but be prepared to pay the price -- that is if you can get a permit. Permits for students are almost impossible to come by and don't even think about street parking. But hey, what did you expect? UCLA itself is a city within Los Angeles.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots and Lots to Eat – I'm always surprised that I can go to school and not gain weight (has to do with the exercise you're going to get actually walking to your food!) since there are so many different good food options. You'll find that Westwood is packed with restaurants of every type of food, most of which offer deals to students. An added "cool factor" is sometimes seeing celebrities dining at the same place you are!

3 College Junior

Academics: Due to the sheer size of classes at UCLA, sometimes its hard to get into classes that you really want or ask the question that is on your mind at office hours. I'd say that every professor is willing to help you if you ask for it, but that's exactly what you'll have to do. UCLA is on the quarter system, and the year passes by very quickly. Professor do not stop to review, they continue until all of the material they want to cover is covered. Hence, if you have questions or if you don't understand something in class, you better figure it out quick, otherwise you'll find yourself behind! Another disadvantage of the quarter system is that you literally have class until the weekend before finals. There is no dead week, so be prepared!

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5 College Junior

Weather: The weather at UCLA is honestly amazing. It doesn't get very cold and it doesn't get very hot (due to our desert like climate and the proximity to the ocean). Lots of sunshine most parts of the year, but you might want to bring rainboots or an umbrella for those few days during the winter when you might have a few showers.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Be Ready to Compete – A large school like UCLA means that there are a lot more opportunities for scholarships than at smaller schools, but it also means that there is much, much more competition for those scholarships that are available. Unfortunately, I also feel its very important for incoming students to know that if they are "middle-class" then they might just have the toughest time paying for college.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Dynamic and Welcoming – There's a running joke here and that is that white is a minority, which is absolutely reflective of the diversity of students that are present at UCLA. I would say that UCLA is one of the more conservative UC campuses (although you'll find your fair share of liberals and radicals here) but the student body is overwhelming tolerance of others and their beliefs. For every ethnicity, religion, culture, political opinion, or sexual orientation there is a school club. The programs that these clubs put on are constant reminders of the diversity which exists on campus and of the differences that make each person who they are.

4 College Junior

Majors: Professors Are Dedicated – I like my specific program at school because many of the teachers are talented and dedicated. They are concerned with their students. There are a lot of internship opportunities, but many of them are competitive. I have heard that many of the "South Campus" majors have professors that are too involved with their research, but that is not the case with North Campus majors like Art History.

3 College Junior

Majors: Art History – Art history is an enjoyable major for me. I would do it over again if I could, but I would also take on a minor in design or something more geared towards my interests. It is challenging enough and wide enough of a major to keep me interested; my only complaint is that a lot of professors focus more on memorizing the art than learning about art trends and such. My career goals are to find a job in a museum or do anything loosely related to art (working in a gallery or auction house, art dealership, marketing and sales, etc.). The only concern I have is about not finding a job that pays very well, or that I would eventually get tired of my job after having studied for 7 years or so for it, if I decide to go to grad school.


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Suzy Strutner
Newport Beach, Calif.
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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