Los Angeles, CA
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$35,570 ($12,692)
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4 College Freshman

Weather: Generally Quite Nice – The early mornings are a bit chilly, but the temperature warms up around noon to afternoon. At night however, temperatures are very very cold. There seems to be no pattern to how humid or dry the days are, and those days tend to vary significantly.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are multiple dorms on campus centered in one location, which we call the Hill. They are somewhat far away from campus, and the farthest dorm buildings (top of the Hill) cause residents to walk an extra 5 minutes compared to those at the bottom of the Hill. The halls are very social (sometimes to where it's hard to concentrate), but the plazas are nice and quiet. The dining halls/eateries are great, although most are located in the center of the Hill, which makes it a little inconvenient to get to for residents who don't live there.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Ackerman Student Union – This is a really nice and clean place to grab a quick lunch and/or eat there. The environment is quite relaxing. It is also connected to the Student Store and has multiple ATM machines for convenience. The place is also spacious and is conveniently located at the Plaza - where all roads meet.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood Village!! Home of a lot of favorites, including In-N-Out burger, Chipotle, Diddy Riese, and Fat Sal's for your late-night needs.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: While there is parking scattered throughout campus, I hear it is very expensive and a hassle to pay for!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It's difficult, that's for sure. I haven't taken any upper division classes yet, but I heard the faculty are very good! Difficult classes, but a rewarding learning experience.

College Junior

Nightlife: I Don't Hang Out at School – I don't live on campus, but it seems like other people really enjoy activities in and around campus. westwood is a nearby neighborhood.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – There are people who will escort students if they feel unsafe at night. There are always students in groups and I've never felt unsafe walking on campus.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I Love LA – Los Angeles is a great town. The UCLA campus is historic and beautiful. There is a huge city to explore and two years won't be enough to do everything I want.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny Most of the Time – Basically, the only time it rains is during the winter, and it usually doesn't rain heavily. Most of the time, it's sunny; I would say the cold is not a problem.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On Campus Dorms Are Great – Living on campus is definitely a plus. You're close to your classes (10-15 minute walk)and at the same time have access to four different dining halls.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: South and North Campus – Two different worlds between North and South campuses which are humanities and sciences respectively. If you are majoring in tough science majors like Biochem, Physiological science, chemistry, say good bye to social life. If you are on north campus, you will enjoy everything about the college and it's social life.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Horrendous Parking at UCLA. You need a permit to park on campus which is very very expensive. Street parking is very hard to find. The street cleaning is annoying and the parking enforcement is right on the dot about giving you tickets.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: UCLA is diverse. It's about 40/40 white/asian and rest other possibly more. There are many attractive women but not as attractive men. As with any other campus, there are attractive, non attractive, smart, or ditzy people. UCLA has a big greek life and a great college town of Westwood.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Use Those Legs. The best way to get around campus and to enjoy some things off campus is walking. Due to the campus's size, everything is easily accessible by walking. Also, Westwood is easily reached by walking--it's right there when you get off the UCLA campus!

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A lot of good-looking Asian girls. This, however, doesn't meant that all the other types of girls aren't. Everywhere you go, there's a guarantee that there's more than a handful of good-looking, hot, cute, and sexy women in your sight.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: One Weird Habit – The girls and guys are generally good looking but wear WAY too much fragrance. I don't know what it is! I'm choked by some dude's axe or some girls perfume multiple times a day. Besides that, 99% of girls and guys are nice and pretty laid-back.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Reflects LA – There's a strong LGBT community and a major Asian and Hispanic presence on campus. While most UCLA students are liberal, there are also lots of active religious groups, but most are tolerant and progressive. It's impossible not to meet people from radically different back rounds--it creates an amazing cross section of the diverse city.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Carbo Loaded – Bland food in the dining halls, and expensive as hell (500 a month for 2 meals a day).

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining halls are pretty good, even though I do not live on campus and only eat there when I work on that side of the campus. The rest of the campus are lacking in diversity and after six months at UCLA I am tired of all of the food. Would be nice with better diversity and more nutritious food. Panda Express and Sbarro doesn't cut it.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I have sort of a love/hate relationship to LA. I can't stand that this town relies on everyone having a car. It loses some of the connections between the different parts of the town because you cannot just jump on a subway train to go downtown.
I like the diversity and the possibilities as a filmmaker, but you cannot always get there without a car.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Being a public school UCLA doesn't have the funds to help you out. Any financial aid they offer doesn't come close to the amount we have to pay for tuition.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood for the Win – The dining off campus in Westwood is great as well. As a freshman you probably won't go off to eat very often because of the meal plans. But Westwood has a great balance of chain restaurants and homey one of a kinders.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: IT IS EPIC – UCLA food is awesome, there are so many options you can't get tired of it and brunch is delicious. The food is not on a rotation so you never know what it is going to be.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Join Clubs, Get Involved – Too many people fighting for limited spaces, too liberal. Get involved with people like you. Without the clubs I joined I would not be having fun. Lots to do in LA, great area, right in beverly hills, near santa monica, downtown, holloywood


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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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