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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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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

4 College Freshman

Athletics: USC Rivalry – Unfortunatly, football games (and basketball games this year) are an all0day affair because you have to get bused to the games, which are off campus. Partly because of te horrible LA traffic, the last bus leaves two hours before the game even starts. Between leaving for the bus and returning, you are gone for 5+ hours, which sucks on weekends when you have homework.
there is a ton of school spirit, especially in the rivalry against usc. The gym is nice, although there aren't enough machines for the demand, and there are tons of sports and athletic acitivites offered, on and off campus.

3 College Freshman

Academics: No Classes, Liberal Professors – Budget cuts mean that getting you classes in an absolute nightmare!!! Or maybe budgget cuts aren't to blame, it's just that there are so many people here! UCLA can be summed up as follows: too many people fighting for limited spaces, whether that is activities or classes, especially classes. I would advise you to come in with AP credits at the very least, and preferably a few college classes so that units will give you a slight advantage in signing up for classes.

The quarter system is great because you get to take so many classes. Once you get sick of your class, it's almost over and a new quarter means new classes. However, the quarter system is not always compatible with your friends' schedules who are on a semester schedule. We start school incredibly late (at the end of Sept), but also get out incredibly late (mid June).

The professors are terribly liberal, some even commmunist I would say.

There are study areas everywhere, but during peak hours they will be busy because, well, like I said UCLA has so many people and we are all fighting for spaces that just aren't there.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi is pretty fast. There's a lot of computer labs, and you get $5 printing credit for the year. There's also a bunch of places to get free printing, so you don't need your own printer if you're willing to go to those places. It's best to have your own computer, but you can probably get by without one, as the library has some that you can borrow while you're on campus. :3

3 College Freshman

Computers: Bring a Laptop – Although only about half of students type their notes and half hand write, I would bring your own laptop for writing papers etc. The library computers are always crowded, but they are nice!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not as Strict as It Should Be – The Campus police seems to let a lot of underaged drinking go on. There's a lot of people smoking pot behind Saxon Suites, it's the spot where all the smokers congregate and nothing's been done about it.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Very Lively – There's so many things to do in LA. Being a student, you have free admission to certain museums. There's so many things to see, take a bus down to Santa Monica and go shopping or chill at the pier. Safety is not so grade, but you can do a lot of things!

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4 College Junior

Weather: Sunshine Year Round – Sunshine exists in LA at least 330 days year round. Easy to wear shorts and a t-shirt every day of the year!

4 College Junior

Facilities: Lots of Options – Student centers located throughout campus with several food options. Many libraries with ample study room. Great athletic centers, several pools, huge fields.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Great System – Campus Escort System that both genders can use when walking alone. Own police and fire department. Special bruin alert text system letting students know of hazard areas like lab fires etc.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The People Are Cool – The majority of the students at ucla are from California. I don't really pay attention to the guys because Ive had a boyfriend since high school, but I have seen some really hot guys sprinkled around. The girls are very similar, it's crazy how similar people from norcal (northern California) act in comparison to people from soCal. But everyone's friendly. And the sorority and fraternity people are always hyped up.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood Village – We have a wide variety of options, from burger king, to sushi, to Italian. If you have a taste for something, you'll definitely find it in Westwood, well except for McDonalds lol. They always have specials, and once a quarter they have Bruin's Night Out where almost, everything in Westwood has special offers only for ucla students. Everyone loves enzo's pizzeria. If you're into hookah, they have a great hookah bar, Habibi. Oh, and the famous Diddy Reise cookies is always a student and tourist favorite.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Originally, I wanted to go to USC, but coming to ucla was definitely the better option. The academics were hard, but that's expected when you go to one of the best schools in the world. I've made a lot of friends, and have met people that are willing to help me in my educational and career pursuits. This is definitely the best school to be at

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: OMG THE FOOD! I'm very thankful for our dining halls. The food is always great and there are always so many options. We have 4 dining halls and they're all buffet style, so with one swipe from your Bruincard you can eat as much as you want. However, we also have 3 dining restaurants as well. There's a Mexican/Asian food one, a deli-type one, and an Italian one. If you don't feel like eating in the halls you can swipe food from one of these places and take it back to your dorm. The restaurants are all open till 12 or later. Also, one of the dining halls turns into a fast food restaurant after 9 o clock and they're open until 12, we call it Late Night. The food is something that no one can ever forget after coming to ucla.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Ucla, is definitely one of the most beautiful campuses. It's always clean and the people rare always friendly. It is an open campus, so we do tend to get a lot of random people from Beverly hills and the surrounding areas walking their dogs on campus and things like that. Ucla, is just a great place to be

4 College Senior

Majors: -Lots of interesting classes
-Some great professors
-Wide variety of topics (inter-departmental)
-Maybe hard to find a job, though?

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys & Girls – Lots of attractive people...lots of different types of people with various interests, styles, social identities, etc

4 College Senior

Facilities: Athletic centers...could be better, but everything else is really nice!! Some of the classrooms are a bit dated/not amazing, but they are fine and work for their purpose! Libraries, activity areas, and general campus appearance are all wonderful

5 College Junior

Facilities: The Academic Advancement Program within UCLA is great. The offer a plethora of internships, work study, research programs, lectures, and special guest. The help underrepresented students make the most of their college experience and create a place where one can feel comfortable.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: In UCLA the major focal point for activities is on the famous Bruin Walk built for the Olympics. Here is were the University is booming with clubs recruiting, people performing, food being sold, farmers markets being hosted, and the student store madness sales taking place. As you walk by student great you trying to get you to come out to their events to support their causes, there is always something interesting to do on Bruin walk. The centrality of all the student on Bruin Walk makes it fun and welcoming to go to the gym, eat on campus and, simply hand out. UCLA is its on little city with everything needed to be found on campus of in Westwood about a 5 minute walk. UCLA is great but what makes it so is Bruin Walk.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Highly rated food. Lots of options with three dining halls and three quick service restraunts within five minutes of each other. On campus, there are tons of additional food options all over, which can be easily bought using your Bruin Card.

4 College Junior

Computers: Pretty Great – Wireless is just starting to go through the dorms. Everyone living on campus gets free printing in dorm computer labs. Additionally, if you are taking a class within their department, you can get free printing in their lab. Computers are available to rent from the library.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse and Open – UCLA is extremely diverse. There are students representing virtually all ethnicities. I came from a diverse high school and didn't see much of a different, but have had friends shocked by the diversity. The diversity continues in politics and religion. There are student groups for all types!

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Average to other universities, no better and no worse.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: The greek life is in my opinion, is disappointing. The members are focused on the next social event that relates to drinking and social status.

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Suzy Strutner
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Newport Beach, Calif.
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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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