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

Computers: Labs Are Decent – There are labs available in the dorms, but the fact is that there are not many. If u want more you have to walk somewhat farther to a larger computer lab.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Wide Spectrum of Assistance Available – The main reason why I decided to attend UCLa is because it is one of the best universities to receive a psychology major. I have also discovered that although it is a very large campus there are many ways to achieve help in courses. Whether its going to a professor, forming a study group of asking a TA.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is always sunny. The hottest it gets is 80 and the lowest is 50. Occasionally it rains like 5 days a year but other than that, the weather is awesome.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is horrible. It cost $300 per quarter to park on campus, and the cheapest you can find in garages near campus is $100 per month. There is mostly 2 hour parking within a 5 mile radius on the campus, and people get parking tickets like crazy.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm currently going to be a sophomore at UCLA, and so far I am very satisfied with my time there. I completed nearly all of my GE requirements and I decided I wanted to pursue economics. I completed an internship for the newspaper Daily Bruin marketing and I learned a lot, and now I am a sales rep for them. I hope to succeed as a sales rep in determination to gain experience for my future career in business.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing Is Great! The food is amazing, and UCLA was voted the #1 most vegan-friendly campus in the country. The dorms are also very nice.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Some of the teachers are too lax with the athletes, but that will happen at any university. UCLA is known for its great academics, and it holds true to its reputation.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lots of School Spirit!! Whenever there's a game, everybody rallies up and supports the team, especially for football.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Fun Events Year Round – There is something to do for everyone regardless of your interests you can easily find an event oud enjoy!

5 College Junior

Academics: Wonderful School! This is a great school! Perfect for individuals who seek a well rounded education.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: UCLA has the most beautiful campus I've ever seen. The campus facilities are top-notch. For example, the school's gym, the Wooden Center, is enormous and consists of volleyball/basketball courts, dance studios, cardio rooms, weight training rooms, rock climbing walls, and more. There is also the Powell Library, a beautiful library with a vast collection of books as well as areas for students to study. The Student Activities Center is the headquarters of all the main student organizations and clubs, and it is the perfect place for students to gather for meetings and organize and plan important events.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Could Do Better – Although my experience at UCLA is limited to the one year I have been enrolled so far, my academic experience has been all right. I give it an A- because I feel that some of the professors do not teach the material effectively, and in some cases, my high school teachers could have done a better job. However, UCLA offers tutoring ad several designated study areas, so that is a plus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Research Programs – There are a lot of opportunities to do research in the lab. I am glad I went to UCLA

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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Flip a Coin – There a total of two bars in Westwood. Two. That's not much variety. Some of the restuarants have tried to open this market by offering some late night deals, which are great, like $3 pitchers and 25 cent beers, but if you crave variety, this is not the place. Of course, you are in LA, so the world is at your doorstep, but if you don't want to take a taxi or drive, your options are pretty limited.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all third and fourth year students live in off campus housing on the west side of campus in about a six block radius. Because housing is so concentrated here, it is a lot of fun. Your best friends all live within walking distance and the town of Westwood and all its conveniences are right at your feet. However, it is very pricey as landlords know students don't have much choice. Some apartments have better upkeep than others. For the most part, you will need to spend more for a nicer place and will most likely be sharing a room all four years.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academic Independence – At a large university like UCLA, sometimes you feel like just a number, especially in class sizes of 500+. But the size of the university also means that there are a huge amount of classes avialble to take in any subject you wish, the ability to have a truly interdisciplinary education, and endless learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. If you are comfortable paving your own path and taking responsibility for your own education, UCLA is a wonderful place to exercise your academic indepence and make the most of it!

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think that at UCLA, you'll definitely feel like you belong. :)
Everyone is extremely nice and you'll make lots of new friends.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I find that the classes I have been taking are not only challenging, but in a way entertaining as well. I have learned a lot from my professors over the three quarters that I have been there, and I can't see myself anywhere else. Yes, the classes are hard, but with a little bit of time and effort, it is possible to obtain that B and that A

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Public School System 101 – Financial aid is given by strict income braketing and the UCLA Alumni scholarship is very hard to get.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Take the Train – Living in the valley, its extremely great to go to union station and ride the train home on the weekends

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Freedom from Who? RAs vary per dorm, but generally you have a lot of freedom from the school. The problem is that you have a small dorm of 3 people per room, so the cramping makes things irritable and people will report on you.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Protect Personal Belongings – Protecting your personal belongings is the biggest concern. You should always keep electronics close at hand. It is safest if you do not walk alone after dark.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Internalized Uniformity – Though this can always be no more than a subjective judgment, it seems to me that most of the students do not engage in open expression of their believes or lifestyles. The result is a mix of frat-types and ambiguous looking students. A hard-rock punk with a high Mohawk will be searched for in vain.

4 College Junior

Diversity: UCLA has a very mixed student body with races ranging across the entire spectrum. The university is very popular among students from East Asia, which results in a "majority among minorities" of students with the respective ethnic background. In addition, the elaborate Financial Aid Services give students from all socioeconomic backgrounds the chance to attend (though a trust fund helps). Finally, the large Associated Students Organization promotes diversity in regards to political views, religion, LGBT etc. issues of which are frequently addressed publicly during events.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood Village – Located adjacent to the University campus (Westwood Village) are numerous restaurants, cafes and snack bars that serve to substitute for on-campus dining. For the most part these businesses are aware for their predominant student customer population and price accordingly. They can be conveniently reached by city or campus public transportation.

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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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