Los Angeles, CA
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$35,570 ($12,692)
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Reviews 3005 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: UCLA is definitely a diverse place. I feel everyone is accepted among one another regardless of each others backgrounds. Each person generally has a group in which a person would be interested in.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Imperfect Network Connectivity and Speed – The network connectivity lags in some areas of campus. It is very inconvenient for students who need to use their laptops in areas where the internet hardly reaches. Also, the internet's speed also fluctuates with the number of students connected to the network. If many students are connected, then the connection will definitely be low.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Very Good – There are a lot of options available--many public transportation options from several lines and different fare costs, driving is big, and because its LA there usually is traffic. Students also get discounts for public transportation and there are some programs at low cost to help students get to and from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Good Amount of Variety – The majority are caucasian students, with the next highest percentage being asian. There is a good amount of divestity though, and acceptance is relatively high. There are a number of different religious clubs available. Economic background also varies and there are a lot of services to help those from lower economic backgrounds. Sexual orientation doesn't seem to cause much of a disturbance and people are generally accepting of others despite their orientation. Overall good environment.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's Pretty Good Here – I believe that UCLA balances both social and academic atmospheres well. People are serious in their studies but also have parties and are social. Also there are many activities and job opportunities for students. UCLA also provides a lot of different foods in the residential community and on campus so you can try many different things.

3 College Junior

Academics: Good Professors If You Can Enroll in Their Classes – The biggest problem UCLA is facing is financial problems. Because of this scheduling and enrolling is classes are very difficult especially for classes that are required across many majors, have good professors, and have limited class sizes. Despite this there are many different kinds of classes. However what has changed over the years is that students are now required to declare a major in order to enroll in certain classes.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather here is always great, but you never know when it's going to be a rainy day or a windy day or a sunny day. The weather really does have a mind of its own. It rains rarely and never drops below about 60 degrees here.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Chill as Ice – Actually, the weather here is amazing. The people are mostly laid back and happy to point you towards something to do, and there is ALWAYS something to do around here. There are tons of museums, restaurants, and clubs. The bus system can take you to the beach in 20 minutes or to Hollywood in 40. You will never get bored here.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are computer labs available in several libraries, in the Student Activities Center, and in several other buildings on campus. It is possible to rent laptops from Powell. There are also several computer labs in the dorms. They're really only crowded around crunch time. Printing can get a bit pricy. Having your own computer will definitely help you stay at ease in the comfort of your own room.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – There are 4 residential dining halls: De Neve, Covel, Hedrick, and Feast (the new Pa-Asian themed dining hall). All four serve pretty decent food and are fairly conveniently located. My favorite is Feast; lots of diversity and authenticity in dishes, and everyday is vastly different from each other. One day could be Korean-Thai, the next could be Japanese-Hawaii or Vietnamese-Indian or any number of combos of the above plus Chinese. Moreover, Feast is located right at my dorm, Rieber Hall, so it's the most convenient.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: There Is So Much to Do! There is literally something for everyone! From research opportunities, clubs, volunteer groups, politically active groups, a cappella groups, music clubs, dance companies, sports teams, etc. Everyone is doing there own thing and the possibilities are endless! There are some amazing professors on campus and so many internship/job opportunities! I love UCLA! Also, the weather is sunny all year around! You can't beat that!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: UCLA renovates their buildings regularly, and although they are kind of small, I really like my dorm room! The facilities are all top notch, even though it's really expensive to stay in the dorms. The housing process is really easy and I haven't ever heard of disastrous roommate problems. My only complaint is that the dorms are too far away from campus. It takes me at least 15 minutes to walk to my closest class, and at least 25 minutes to walk to my farthest! There is a lot of walking involved, which keeps you in tip-top shape! I use a pedometer and it says I walk around 5 miles a day here.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles Has Lots to Do, but Transportation Is a Pain – There is so much to do in LA that it's almost over whelming, but if you don't have a car it's really hard to go anywhere. Westwood is really nice, but just has a lot of shopping and restaurants to hang out in. You have to use the bus system to do anything fun, which is fine, but it takes forever.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Closer Apartments Are Expensive – As you get closer to campus, the apartments become smaller and more expensive. Further away, there are apartments that are cheaper but getting to class can be a problem. However UCLA provides its very own bus system for these students so it can be worth the extra mile.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Expensive but Wide Variety of Choices – Around Westwood there are a lot of places to eat for a many different people. The problem is finding the right places to eat that is affordable with a student budget. There are some places with great prices but many places are pretty expensive. A popular place is called Diddy Reise that sells ice cream sandwiches for $1.50.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love it. I was unsure about my major coming in, Chemistry, and when I finally decided to switch to Anthropology and that was the best decision ever.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Helping Everyone – Everyone on campus is involved with a lot of community service programs and are dedicated to helping the student body.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is excellent. You can expect most days to be sunny and you do seldom have to worry about the rain.

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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.


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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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