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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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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletes at UCLA all have GIANT egos. The football team, as many of you know, is not the best at winning. As a result, the student body doesn't have a lot of school pride. The fans at the games (do dont attend UCLA) are the only ones who keep the spirit going. students get a bad attitude about our loosing streak and are just as poor of winners as they are losers. after a game everyones facebook statuses arent "congrats bruins" but rather vulgar, degrading statuses towards the other school. I am a ucla student but personally am a fan of the USC athletic teams.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Leave the Car at Home – Parking is costly and hard to come by, unless you have an apartment with a garage or street-side parking. Living on campus, parking permits are more expensive than they are worth. Public transportation is inexpensive for students and pretty easy to use. I'd recommend leaving the car at home, at least freshman year.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am absolutely in love with UCLA. It is a beautiful campus with great housing and meal plans, a huge selection of classes, world-class professors, and all the help you could need as long as you ask. The students are diverse, down to earth, academically-driven, and social. I feel like I'm getting an amazing education in an amazing setting with amazing friends. The only downside is the cost- California's economy is driving prices up continuously. It's especially hard being an out of state student. I think the jobs available to me and graduate school possibilities will make it worth it in the end.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is very beautiful however very dirty. Westwood is a dirty city and homeless people roam the streets. Sometimes the homeless people go onto campus and sleep in the sculpture garden on in Ackerman Student Union. There also tend to be creepy old men in Kerckoff coffee shop. UCLA is a great school but it is not safe for a girl to go walking around on her own (although so many do...Just dont get all gussied up to hang out on campus)

4 College Senior

Athletics: Bruin Spirit – It is not uncommon to see students sporting UCLA apparel around campus. Students often pride themselves on the school's athletic achievements which include over one hundred NCAA championship titles. Alumni, students, and fans look forward to cheering on Bruin Basketball in the schools newly remodeled indoor arena, Pauley Pavilion, set to reopen in 2012.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses All Around – The Metro, Big Blue Bus, Culver CIty bus are all available to take you from point A to point B. On campus a van service is available until 1 AM to anyone who calls.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Have a Good Time – There are many cool club parties that occur at a local club and party busses are available. The house parties are super awesome and they start Thursday nights so be sure to not have early Friday classes.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Fun and Exciting – UCLA is located in Westwood, which has a local movie theater, places to eat such as California Pizza Kitchen, Salons, and Clothing Stores such as Urban Outfitters. If that is not enough the Big Blue Bus is available to take you to Santa Monica and there, you can go to the pier or the Third-Street Promenade.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Southern California – With the beach less than a half an hour away, I can't really complain. It's freezing at night (especially for California residents, maybe not so much for East Coast kids), but the days are normally pretty nice.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pricey Apartments Locally – Apartments are expensive, but what do you expect, it's Westwood.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Transportation can be sometimes be a drag, but going to the parties on campus is fun, especially if you go with a group of people you know.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I actually don't live on campus so my grade is probably untrue for those who dorm. I have yet to come across a major policy that has affected me in a significant way or encroached upon my academic or social lives.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I'm glad that drug and alcohol use isn't very overt at UCLA. I don't think I've ever seen anyone even casually drinking. However, I do have a small complaint about the smoking policy. If I'm not mistaken, people cannot smoke within some feet of Powell Library. For some strange reason, the steps leading into Powell is like a "hotspot" for smokers. Obviously the policy is not being enforced, and it is quite annoying!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Plenty of Buses – We have a lot of buses that can pretty much take us anywhere at UCLA. They run all the time and it is really cheap for students. We have escorts at night and can get anywhere safely.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Acceptance of Other Races – There is a lot of different types of ethnicities at UCLA. I've met a lot of different people from all over the world and it definitely contribute's to our school's diversity.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking in Los Angeles is a hassle. It is difficult to get a parking permit at UCLA and eve more difficult to find parking. Students get fined regularly.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Smart and Attractive – Living in one of the hottest cities in the world, Los Angeles, students are not just attractive but smart. Students keep up with the hottest styles and love to go out to the city. On the other hand you can meet athletic and eclectic people as well.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are numerous computer labs at the residential housing for students. The students are given five dollars worth of printing a quarter. However, there are not enough computer labs on campus and can get crowded during midterms and finals.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Very Good – The dining options are usually very good. I only Complain about Late-night de neve: your only side choice is fries, I wish fresh fruit or a salad was an option.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Damn Safe – As a male, I have always felt safe, but for females its another issue. I feel like security is too focused on cracking down on drinking in the dorms and such that takes away from the focus of REAL safety concerns.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Easy Process – I experienced no difficulties in the admission process. It was just 2 simple essays, and filling out past accomplishments, GPA, etc. I think the most important criteria were GPA and SAT scores. But make sure to prepare ahead of time and not rush the application.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Best Food Ever – The dining food, compared to the food of other universities, is like premium vs. regular.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Well Rounded College – My school is very well rounded and diverse. You can meet people from a country that you have never heard before. So if you are from very unique background, you'll meet plenty of peopl ehtere. Also, people can have a balanced life between academics and social. You can have fun and meet the greatest people by joining clubs. You don't have to necesearily join sorority or fraternity to have a fun college life.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Services – There are many campus systems that keep you feel safe. There are walking escorts and shuttles at night. Most of the students utilize these systems. Buddy system is always safe. Even though we have all these services, some girls still decide to walk alone at night. Those are the ones who get raped. But this rarely happens.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Three Groups – There are three types of students at my school. The first group is the athlete group. All the athletes get priorities, and they are treated the best by the school. They are not necessarily smart, but they really are good at sports. They are always wearing their athletes clothes, and they are in practices.
The second group is the sorority and the fraternity group. Everyone in those greek lives is very pretty and handsome. They are the ones who bring up the social life on campus. They host parties. Furthermore, they are very sociable and nice. Because they party a lot, they tend to have lower grades than other students. It is very easy to tell if someone is in a fraternity or a sorority because they always wear their greek shirts. The last group is the regular students who focus on academic. They usually don't care about what they wear, so they tend to wear sweats. They are usually top of the class and they are usually found in the libraries. Most of them are math or science majors, who have no social life. Therefore, any kind of people can come to my college and fit in.

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Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
Major
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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