Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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..)

4 College Junior

Majors: History Department – Highly rated, very academic, some great teachers, some not

3 College Junior

Academics: Mixed Bag – Some really great professors, some not. You are very much left to get the work done on your own.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – Plenty to do, but because of heavy academic load time is limited

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: UCLA is located right in the center of the city life. Everyday, there are always thousands of cars and peoples roaming the streets of LA to either get to work or just have fun. There is something always going on whether it be on campus or off campus, and you'll never get bored. It is in driving distance to many local attractions such as the famous Diddy Riesce, LACMA, Hollywood, Downtown LA, and 3rd Street Promenade, just to name a few. About less than a half hour away is our biggest rival school, USC.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: You Won't Find Anything Better! Tons of things to do in LA. Everything is here. Everything is a walking distance away, or a bus ride away.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Good School, Lots of Facilities and Programs – I have researched information on this college and it seems excellent. Its one of the country's best universities.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Theres a Lot of Nature Around. Beverly Hills Is Nearby and That Attrcats a Lot of People Who Are Looking for New Opportunities. I just went to visit it about once or twice but I havent really stayed there to live or anything. Its a nice place, very beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: City Never Sleeps – Busy, bright, alive.... everyone is always doing something... and there's never a dull moment if your willing to seize the day and be spontaneous. There is something there to interest everyone, from famous museums to great beaches (and everything in between).

3 College Senior

Computers: Relatively Plentiful – We have several computer labs, but since UCLA is so big it still can be difficult to get on a computer during midterms or finals. Just get an early start if you need them. Also, only UCLA students can use the wireless network, so it'd be nice if the network could increase its accessibility.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – Though UCLA is probably in one of the safest parts of LA, one still needs to exercise caution at all times, just because the university is still in a large city. Night vanpool goes on until 11p, and CSO are always on-call for escorting service. It's nice when Night Powell is open for finals, though, because typically a lot of students are out late at night to walk back with.

4 College Senior

Academics: Kicks Your Butt... and Builds Character in the Process – UCLA provides a level of competition not found anywhere else. Such an environment has really prepared me for the labor force in that it has made me hardworking and open to always learning new skills. Although the budget cuts have severely hindered the university's potential to provide resources for students, I still would not have chosen any other school for my undergraduate education.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Oh the Places in Westwood! Westwood Village is a 15-minute walk from campus and offers restaurants such as California Pizza Kitchen, Ami [sushi restaurant], Bibigo [Korean restaurant], and BJ's.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Helpful Counselors and Professors – The counselors and professors at UCLA are always available to give advice on what classes to take, information on graduate school, and useful study tips.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very Strict – Ucla does not tolerate illegal behavior from its students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Mos professors I have had are very knowledgeable in their field and willing to help students.

2 College Junior

Facilities: Only Here for the Academics – The branded name of UCLA is the only reason why I'm here; I admire the professors here and what they offer for us students in education and learning. The campus is also aesthetically pleasing, but that's about it.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Fan Support – The athletics are fine; there's a lot of fan support at the games, but I don't personally attend any of them.

2 College Junior

Diversity: The Backlash Is There – Although now fully apparent or present, the discrimination is there, especially against Asian Americans (as one student so previously ranted about on her youtube video). There are many cliques on campus that make campus unity a difficult thing to achieve, and many Christian promoters that try to recruit followers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The Faculty Is Amazing – I started UCLA as a transfer student. As a student of microbiology I had to study hard and get involved with research. It was not an easy task to achieve, but I was fortunate to receive the help needed form my professors and TAs to better perform , and succeed in the program.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Forms Are a Hassle – I didn't get any work study though I thought I would. I also had to fill out a really long verification form, but I think it's normal.

4 College Junior

Computers: Free Printing – There's always 10 pages of free printing at the SAC, but there's usually a line. There's free prints for certain departments like engineering and psychology in their computer labs.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love going to UCLA. Most of the professors are really good and fair. You definitely have to work hard and there aren't many easy classes, but you learn the material well.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus Policy – Cheating is highly intolerated; if you are caught cheating on exams, suspension could be your next punishment.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: My nightlife is not spent typically as partygoers go, but with friends to just hang out, go to shops and stores, and watch movies.

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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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