Los Angeles, CA
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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.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: South Vs North Campus Divide – Unfortunately, the layout and architecture of UCLA lends itself to a very clear divide between "South campus" and "North campus" majors: North campus having picturesque brick buildings like Powell Library and Royce Hall for the liberal arts majors, and South campus with dull buildings for science and math majors. As an engineer, I found myself spending a huge majority of my time in South campus, venturing to other areas of the campus on occasion only to feel somewhat out of place. It would be great to see more integration of the two!

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: From a Non-Greek, Greeks Did Not Affect Me – I always saw Greeks around, but they did not affect me or my decisions in any way. It was easy to keep myself separate from that scene.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: With the introduction of a few new bars in Westwood, nightlife is more accessible to UCLA students. For the clubbing scene, Hollywood is just a drive or cab-ride away!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are the Way to Go – Thank god for buses if you don't have cars. The buses here at UCLA are affordable for students and a good means of transportation around school and the city itself. There are many buses that run in Los Angeles taking you almost exactly where you need to go and the best part about these buses are that students get discounts!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: So Nice, but So Expensive – Los Angeles has some very fine apartments near campus; some of the apartments are very luxurious. On my apartment hunting with my friend, we found an apartment that was spacious and roomy as well as pre-furnished. Everything about it was nice, but there was only one problem. It was definitely too expensive. Although I must admit the apartments here are actually standard price, it is a little pricey for me because I am on a certain budget. However, it isn't that hard to find a nice apartment that is affordable. I was able to find a studio with two other roommates, and I must say, not only is it in my price range, it is absolutely adorable. I can wait to live their next year.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Campus Is Beautiful – I love the campus here at UCLA. I must admit it is a far walk to my classes, but the scenery here is gorgeous. I just like to take a look at the many of the buildings around the North Campus as I walk to class. The gardens, such as the Sculpture Garden and the Botanical Gardens, are amazing; the plants and sculptures really appeal to me and I simply like to walk through it from time to time looking and admiring the work and gazing at the flowers.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't find the campus strict at all. Of course you are expected to act like adults and concentrate on studying while at school but everyone knows students have other things to do in life also.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students vary. You can find almost any type of person and any type of dress at this school. There is something for everyone. There are museums on campus and lots to do. The social life is great.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: STUDENT LIFE – UCLA is located in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. This is a very nice area and the community embraces the college students. There is student housing all around the campus and you can walk to lots of shopping, restaurants, movies, and night spots.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking situation is probably the worst in the world. You have to pay to park on campus and it costs your life's savings for about 3 hours of parking

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: People Like Alcohol Better – The drug scene is not popular, people prefer alcohol, especially the greek scene

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Grub – Dining hall options are flexible to suit many needs. Menus change periodically for variety. Meals are overall good.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is almost nonexistent. While one can easily survive without a car, and most do, it is rather inconvenient for those who are day commuters.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is great. It provides students with a wide variety of events to attend throughout the week and creates a smaller community in which students do not feel overwhelmed by the size of the university.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: UCLA is overall an excellent school, with fantastic athletics, academics, and overall experience.

4 College Student

Athletics: UCLA's athletic program is fantastic-much school spirit, great facilities, excellent team performance.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I love LA! I have met many amazing people at UCLA.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many Different People – There are people from all over the world and of different races and cultures here. It is interesting to learn about other people's cultures.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: SUNNY CALIFORNIA – The weather is great all year round minus the slight coolness in the summer. The campus is surrounded by trees, making the air very fresh all the time!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Reiber Vista – The dorm plaza are new and clean. UCLA is currently building a new dorm to house more incoming students. The food is great and you can eat as much as you, which is great! Great food, living space, and study rooms!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Professors expect a lot from their students and don't hold on their hand. Most professors challenge their students to make them think and apply concepts learned in class. UCLA provides an environments where each student can grow intelligently and socially.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: My school's residential life is well systemized. College students have to spend about 4 years in campus, so circumstance around the campus is really important. My school is a number 1 dining system in America and buildings are all re-constructed every year. Our Student Leaders are always available to help us out to make better residential life.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny and Warm – As usually, weather in LA is pretty good. It's kind of cold in the morning, but gets hotter afternoon. It rains only a few days during winter time. No snow or hail in LA.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Unsafe at Night – I have heard some crimes and happenings around the campus and dormitory at nighttime. Especially around Westwood, there are some drunk people and homeless people walking on the street. The good point is that there are emergency call on every street in campus.


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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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