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

Academics: I am currently undeclared but am thinking of economics. The program is good and the area is perfect for internships.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Hard to get scholarships and grants unless it is need-based.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drug use is like every other regular school, depends on who you hang out with.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: All of the UCLA Professors are the top of their respective fields and are more than happy to work with students on their projects.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ditty Reese – An amazing place to eat ice cream at the low price of $1.25 nearby campus. Definitely go there if you have the time.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The faculty and facilities are great for any student to grow and learn more about how to make a difference in their communities.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Darn Safe – For the most part, UCLA is a safe campus. However, every once in a while, there have been several instances of moderate theft. I have never seen any violence on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Not a lot of food options, but Westwood Village is close by

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: UCLA is a hustling and bustling campus. The path known as Bruin Walk is reminiscent of the streets of New York in the sense that it is always busy and filled with people. It is a very active atmosphere, yet can be very intimidating at times. There are plenty of school activities and campus events, so there is never a dull moment here

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Run Frequently – Public transportation is pretty good around UCLA. They have buses running frequently. In addition, there are also Santa Monica Big Blue buses running around frequently. UCLA students are able to ride the Big Blue buses with a student discount.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Well Rounded Housing – Most of the dorms at UCLA are quite decent. The new dorms including De Neve are definitely nice, especially because De Neve is closest to the classes. The dorms at UCLA are well-rounded in that the social atmosphere, food, and convenience are somewhat above average.

4 College Junior

Computers: Easy and Reliable Internet Access – At UCLA, they provide the students with easy access to computers on campus. They have quite a few computer labs that are not crowded, and their libraries as well provide easy access to computers. The computer room at the Powell Library can get crowded at peak times, but the wait to use the computer is not very long. The network speed is fast and quite reliable.

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.

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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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