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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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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Yummy All the Time – Every fast food vendor imaginable is on campus so it is the students own fault if they don't try something new. The meal plans are plentiful and good quality. There is always something good to eat somewhere on campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Students Feel Safe – There are systems put in place to keep the campus safe. The school is aware of its massive size and does its best to protect and keep people alert on campus. I always feel safe.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Somewhat Diverse – Many Asians on campus- they are the highest percentage. There is still a bit of a diversity of other students as well. There is a lot of diversity with religion and political beliefs.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I did not choose to use housing this year because it is way too expensive for what they give you. They had a few good options for apartments but they don't hand out as many of those as their own residential halls.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Much Variety – There are very many places to buy food from. There is a food court area where there are familiar food places to purchase from like Rubio's and Panda Express. There is also a cafeteria that is huge and has a wide variety of food to choose from. And the quality of the food is great.

4 College Junior

Weather: Being in California, the weather is usually on the hot side. But even during the summer it's cooler on the UCLA campus so you're not sweating like a pig and it's not distracting you from your studies. You can be outside without melting. It can be a bit too breezy at times though.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Pretty Strict – They make you take an online seminar about drinking before you even attend the college. They take plagiarism very seriously and you could get in a lot of trouble for it, suspension or expulsion.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Definitely Safe – UCLA has it's own police station that is located right on campus that you could call in case of an emergency if you're on campus. They will respond faster than 911. They have a free escort service to call in case you don't want to walk around alone at night, and even a free transportation service to drive you around instead. Way safer. They take the safety of their students very seriously. Very little serious crime.

2 College Senior

Parking: You have to have a permit to park on campus. You have to apply for and will most likely not get one for the dorms. Most people with parking permits in the dorms have some sort of job. Street parking around the school is a nightmare (in the middle of Westwood). Parking is very difficult. Most people not living in apartments don't have cars unless they have to.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: People Are Fun – UCLA is one of the most diverse campus in the nation, that applies to its guys and girls too! Here you are bound to meet and make friends with people from different cultures and backgrounds. There are a lot of inter-racial inter-cultural relationships that are fostered at UCLA. Most importantly, people are always down to have fun!

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4 College Senior

Facilities: The John Wooden Center is very large and has numerous activities from weight lifting, basketball, to rock-climbing. The Student Activities Center is a building on its own with many student clubs/organizations offices. UCLA has many libraries that are diverse and the architecture is state-of-the-art. Generally, the campus is busy, beautiful in architecture and scenery, and very well-lit.

College Senior

Campus Strictness: Within the school's major and minor departments, there are a variety of academic policies. I would classify none as strict; the academic policies simply establish guidelines.

5 College Senior

Diversity: I have met many amazing people at UCLA from all walks of life. And I have learned much about a variety of cultures. A+ to UCLA for their incorporation of a variety of students.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The cost of off-campus housing is extremely expensive. The simple studio in Westwood starts at $1300. I, of course, do not have that kind of money to spend, and I highly doubt that many students have that much money to spend, either. The options for housing are not amazing either. They are, of course, habitable, but they are not worth the price. Los Angeles is just an expensive town.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Glorious Westwood – Although Westwood itself does not necessarily have so-called attractions, there are many attractions nearby. The Getty Museum is only five minutes away by bus and the sights and sounds of Beverly Hills are only twenty minutes away by bus. In regards to safety, I have never felt uncomfortable walking around the neighborhood. Whether I am traveling at night or during the day, I never avoid any parts of the neighborhood for fear of injury.

College Sophomore

Majors: Currently I am undeclared but I am most likely going to major in physiology. I heard the program is great from other students

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Competitive atmosphere..Professors are concerned and very helpful

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Great School – There is always something going on at UCLA. The school is amazing from academics to sports and social life.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Lab Research – While I don't have a position in a lab, a lot of my friends do. Labs need help and will often go to undergraduate students. These positions give students experience in a lab and give us a chance to apply the knowledge we've learned in our classes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are UCLA are different from classes in high school. Classes are generally large, especially those that are required for many of the majors. It is easy to get lost, but discussions (smaller sections within the class) are definitely helpful. Don't be afraid of your TAs or your teachers. Because of the large class size, you will have to take the initiative if you don't understand something or have a problem. While you may encounter some indifferent teachers, you will have teachers that care about their students and make class enjoyable.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UCLA is surrounded by California landmarks, beautiful beaches, stylish shops, and delicious eateries. We are a simple bus ride away from celeb-filled Santa Monica beach and its romantic pier, shop-filled Third Street Promenade, Venice Beach (aka Muscle Beach), and the infamous streets of Hollywood. With countless attractions nearby, students have no problem finding activities to fill their weekends. But the most popular hang out spot for students is Westwood. Evident by our theme song "The Sons of Westwood," UCLA is nestled in the cozy city of Westwood. Westwood is a mere 5 minute walk from campus and includes delectable places for students living on a budget to eat. Student favorites In-n-Out, Chipotle, Fat Sal's, and Jerry's Deli are a walk away. The legendary Diddy Riese offers customizable ice cream sandwiches for a mere $1.50. Yamato's offers half-price sushi everyday during Happy Hours for college students on a budget. Westwood also has an American Apparel and Urban Outfitters for those wishing to update their closets. Westwood offers countless meals and activities to UCLA's students--it's an adventure you have to experience yourself.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles and Westwood – Los Angeles is a huge city with every thing you could ever want, but Westwood is a relatively small suburb of LA. By driving a few miles, you're downtown in a thriving metropolis, but by walking a few minutes, you're on a shady street surrounded by houses and people walking their dogs. I love the combination.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: We just filled out an application online that had two essays we needed to write. We had to write down our activities, awards, work experiences...etc. For my major, I had to prepare a portfolio, attend an interview, and finish a packet that consisted of an essay and sketches. I did not have much difficulties but it was time consuming. The most important criteria, I believe, was my portfolio and my interview.

1 College Sophomore

Academics: I picked UCLA because it supposedly has a very good program for Theater majors. It is located in LA and it caters to the students well. However, I was extremely disappointed. The curriculum is horrible, uninteresting, and far too easy. My first year was very unsatisfactory. The classes were a joke, the teachers did not care at all, and the "labs" to give us an "insight of all aspects of theater" were primarily to give us work that none of the graduate students or teachers wanted to do. I learned nothing about costumes, my specialization, except from the books in the library that I borrowed on my own time. I sincerely thought about switching out or transferring to a different school. Now, with the budget cuts, the program will suffer even more and less classes will be offered to us.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles – Los Angeles is a great place to live for those social butterflies who have the money to explore all the great museums, the various dining areas, and each different cultural area in LA. It is not very safe, especially at night since there are many people lurking around, but if you stick to a nicer area such as Beverly Hills then it is okay. The transportation is fine but most people take time to get used to the public transportation. The parking is horrible, however. The rates are extremely high and the street parking is always crowded and unavailable. I do not think it is an ideal place for younger college students and high school students, but those who are over 25 years of age and can afford to spend extra money on entertainment will love the atmosphere of LA. Westwood, where UCLa is located, is nice but can be pricey. The shopping is pretty expensive for struggling college students but there are the basic things that accommodate the students (Starbucks, movie theaters, museums, bars, fast food..)

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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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