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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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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking lots are abundant but most of the time they are pack. The cost for parking is moderate and in order to get a good parking spot get there early.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Costly – Apartments are very close to campus however they are costly and parking is not the best. There are however other apartments that are less costly but further away from campus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Feel Safe on and Off Campus – I have never felt unsafe on or off campus because there are various programs that the UCPD sponsor in order to ensure student security. Some of these include Evening Van service, Night escorts, UCPD night rounds around the campus.

4 College Senior

Facilities: An Ivy League With Out Pretenious Attitude – UCLA is a highly accredited affordable school based in a very safe neighborhood of one of the worlds greatest cities. It has an intelligent(and beautiful!) student body that attracts people of all incomes and ethnicities. The perfect weather is the cherry on top of this amazing university!

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Because the school is such a hub of great culture, students of the greek life are more closely associated with UCLA than with their individual society. If a student of the same fraternity but a different school were to get into a conflict with a non-affiliated UCLA student, the latter would receive the aid.

5 College Senior

Athletics: MOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Though the fan base is lacking at UCLA the athletes are definitely not! We have top national teams in almost every sport from Baseball to water polo to swimming and gymnastics. Our basketball team was once lead by the great John Wooden, all-time win leader in NCAA championships.

2 College Senior

Transportation: Horrible! Hard to get campus parking. Its expensive if you do. Hard to get street parking. Public transportation ok.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm Living – Living on campus is an interesting experience. For freshman year, I probably got what is considered the worst dorm but also the most social. It has its ups and downs. As a freshman you are pretty much guaranteed a triple so it's small but you could get a hall which has a bathroom down the hallway or a plaza which has a private bathroom or a bathroom shared with a neighbor. It's not horrible and I've actually had a fun time living in Dykstra. The housing is very expensive though. But you're paying for your room and your meal plan. UCLA also offers on-campus housing for 3 years which is rare but nice, so I'll be living on campus next year. There also working on creating a 4 year guarantee for housing, so that's pretty cool.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Right outside of UCLA, there are plenty of places to eat. From local places, to chains it's impossible to find something you won't like. There's definitely cheap options out there and many places offer a student discount if you're right in Westwood.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There's an abundant amount of computers and labs. The school also has a convenient program where you can rent out school MAC laptops for a couple hours during the day. Wireless is pretty good, I never really have too my trouble. In general though, I would suggest bringing your own laptop and you're own printer. It's much easier and faster.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Endless Opportunities – UCLA is the best decision I've ever made. The school spirit alone makes it feel like one big family. The campus is beautiful, the city is great, the academics are top notch, and the social scene is great. The opportunities are endless here. Going to a big school, there's nothing you can't find that you won't be interested in. And don't worry, it's not easy to get lost in the crowd. As long as you find your niche and take advantage of all UCLA has to offer you'll find it will be a perfect fit for you.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny LA – The weather's pretty much great here all the time. On a sunny day, its great to lay in the grass on campus between classes and just soak it in. Sometimes it can get really hot especially if you're in one of the dorms without AC but it's bearable and with fans, you get used to it. It really only get that hot like right in September for like a couple days. It never snows obviously and hardly rains. If anything sometimes the weather just wants to make you skip class cause it's so nice out!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Living LA – UCLA is located in a great atmosphere. It's located in a great part of LA, right in between Bel-Air and Beverly Hills. We have a great little town we're situated in, Westwood. LA is a great location for school because you're only a bus ride away from so many museums, beaches, DisneyLand, shopping, Hollywood, and so much more. Plus, the culture and diversity is immense here with Koreatown, Little Ethiopia, Japantown, etc. I've never felt unsafe here and it's been a great first year. The pride here is unifying and although it's a big school I've always felt welcomed and secure. I'd never change my mind in a million years about the college I picked to attend.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Pretty Lenient Policies – Campus strictness is at a minimum. Living in the dorms, there are rules but you can usually get away with doing stuff. If you do get written up, the punishments aren't usually severe until after a few offenses.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are lots of 18+ clubs in Hollywood nearby. However, getting there without a car and having to pay every time makes it a rare event. There is always something going on during the weekends though at frat houses and in the apartments.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is very pretty and also very large. The buildings have an east coast feel with the red brick but with west coast weather. The dorms are all clustered up on the hill at the edge of campus, which allows for a good community to form. The athletic centers are very good. There's a small one in each dorm and a larger one for everyone's use on campus. The large one includes everything you could want and usually there isn't a wait for machines. The library is a very good environment to study in. My only qualm about it is that it's so far away from the dorms that making it to the library is the hardest part. The general feel of the campus is very lively. The main "Bruin Walk" running through campus is always buzzing with student clubs and groups (and sometimes annoying people handing out fliers.) There is always something to do at UCLA and a place for every type of person.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Some Drug Use – There is some smoking and a good amount of drinking. It is at a controllable level and there is policy enforcement in the dorms. No peer pressure to drink or do drugs

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity at the school. There are people of all ethnic backgrounds and different student groups/clubs that cater to different people. There is general acceptance of all types of people here.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good Food – There is a nice variety (multiple dining halls with different foods). The food is good too, but some choices are not very healthy.

4 College Junior

Academics: I went to UCLA. Some TA are great. I think they teach even better than professor, such as Andy for econ class. However, there are always lazy TA that don't care about students. It's important to pick a good TA

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Everything Depend on the Internet – I did received a great amount of financial aid. Many other say that UCLA do offer a lot more financial aid than other school, well, at least it's enough to cover your tuition and your livings. Renting an apartment is quite expensive so prepare for that. When you want to ask them questions, better to go to their office hour, even they told you to email them. Emails take them 1-3 business days but if you go directly to them, you will get more than you have. Good luck with who you are asking, because sometimes they might find you annoying and transfer you to other play. BEWARE. Overall, it's great. Many other submissions and decisions are mostly made through internet. SO you must check your email all the time.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Better Than Private School – UCLA is great. Every bruins at school are really passionate about what they are doing. Reputation here is great, many visitor came over through the weekends just to take pictures with our bruin statue. There's a lot of opportunity for you to learn, inspire from, get interns, connections and friends.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: More About Drinking and Partying – 90% of students who do party especially on Thursday to Sunday yet they would stop a week before finals week and finals week. UCLA students seem to know when to play hard and when to study hard. However, drinking is always included mostly all activities at night.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a bus system: the Big Blue Bus, that has reduced costs for students. It is very convenient because it comes straight into campus and goes to many of the favorite local spots.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Social Life – If you're a partier, UCLA is generally good for parties at least several times a week.
If you're more into the arts, and more wholesome entertainment, there are always events and clubs to get involved with.
If you just like to hang out, there are lots of people here that are willing to do that too.

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Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
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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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