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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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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus can be a hassle at times although it is not a huge problem. Best advice is to arrive early so you can have a nice parking spot. Even though parking permits are a bit costly, it is worth it rather than pay-by-day service.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not a Problem – Drinking is not really a major problem on campus but it does depend on the crowd you surround yourself with. Although there are regulations that students must deal with, it is not an issue that affects the campus as a whole.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Even though the large campus of UCLA might be a little intimidating to most students it is a very safe school. Everyone is very friendly and helpful and the staff is always there to help each student. I feel very comfortable walking around, no matter the time of day, and safety has never really been a concern for me and my fellow peers.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very cliquey. Whites only talk to whites, asians only talk to asians...etc.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UCPD does a good job of protecting UCLA's campus. They are constantly on call and I have never had an issue with security or safety on my campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Cheap Transport – Public transportation is really good around UCLA. You can take a bus anywhere--Santa Monica pier, Third Street Promenade, Venice Beach, even to Westwood. Students can get discounts with their ID. UCLA also has buses for those living nearby or just to get across campus. And of course, you can always walk.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The students at UCLA are very involved in sports, whether it be in club/intramural or showing support for our varsity teams. There are countless sports available--we even have a Quidditch team.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at UCLA are very diverse. There's someone for everyone. And the attractive athletes are abundant.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs – There are many computer centers at UCLA. There are also computers you can rent out for hours, so having your own computer is up to you. But it is helpful to have your own computer. There is a fee of 10 cents to print!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: WESTWOOD FUN – Los Angeles/Westwood has so much to offer! There are many attractions, and so many things to do throughout the day. Whether you have a car or not, transportation is accessible and easy to use. Two words about UCLA: Diddy Reese, enough said! GO! USC, our big rival, is close by! Everyone has so my much Bruin Pride!!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Challenging Classes, but Many Activities Available – Classes are challenging, but the university offers relief through its gym and ports facilities. Many study rooms available.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most people are of Asian descent, but variety at UCLA prospers nonetheless.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: certain greeks have certain rep's. there are those that are seen as party animals, others as difficult to get into, and others as volunteers. there's a bit of everything, enough to please anyone.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I wouldn't be the best judge in this topic because I am not a night person.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nice but Far – restaurants surrounding UCLA are good and convenient for students budgets the only problem is getting there. UCLA is on a hill and walking around all day can be tiring. On the plus side one looses what they eat with the walk:)

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: UCLA is pretty generous with financial aid for students that need it. You just need to make sure that you're on top of the process. that you turn in all the necessary forms and check to make sure you answer all requests for more information. There are a wide variety of scholarships for UCLA students to apply for, but most of them require a bit of work to get.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood Dining Options – If you tire of dorm food, never fear - Westwood City - the city surrounding UCLA, offers many options for the hungry college student. If your sweet tooth is aching, drop by the famous Diddy Riese, which serves amazing ice cream sandwiches with your choice from a variety of fresh-baked cookies and ice cream. Counting your calories? You can always drop by Yogurtland instead for a healthier option. Of course, both places keep costs low in consideration of the needs of students. If you're looking for well-priced gourmet sushi, swing by Ami Sushi. Craving Greek? Mexican? Whatever it is that you're looking for, Westwood has a wide array of restaurants to keep any picky college student happy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There doesn't seem to be much diversity on campus from what I have seen, although again, I have limited knowledge since I just started, and am going to the extension school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safe, but Don't Be Stupid! I only just started taking extension school classes at UCLA, so I cant really say, but I have been warned by many about the high crimes there, and am from LA and know it can be an unsafe neighborhood.

4 College Junior

Majors: Speaking for Anthro – The teachers and department itself are great. The one complaint I have is that the classes I was interested in taking aren't offered as regularly as I would like.

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.

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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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