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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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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Friendly Environment Wherever I Go – Throughout my experience, I have always met friendly faces. Perhaps it may be because I tend to approach people in a friendly manner, but the people I encounter are friendly and helpful. They dress in comfy clothes, as they know there is no need to impress others in an academic environment. Everyone is able to join groups that interest them and hang out with those with similar tastes in things. The relationships between one another can ultimately end up close. It's like one big, happy family.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Average Rates of Enrollment for Traditionally Underrepresented Students – The overall percentages of minority students from traditionally underrepresented communities are average, at best.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Family Housing – Overall, the affordability, proximity to campus, amenities, and quality of the family housing are outstanding and make a difference to my overall ability to be successful.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not What I Really Expected – UCLA has always been my dream school, but once I got here, it's not such a wonderful place. The academics are super great, but I have not made many friends. People have not been so great to me in the six months I've been here.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Small in Such a Big Campus – Being a French major at UCLA is very unique due to the fact that most people here are majoring in psychology or sociology. The French classes are very small, as is the French department. I love French so I do not really mind how big the program is. I feel very special when I tell everyone that I am a French major because I love it.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Places to Eat – There are many places to get great food on or around campus, no matter what your personal diet or preference. There's also a lot of diversity of foods around, so if you want, you can try new and interesting kinds of foods you maybe weren't used to.

4 College Senior

Weather: LA Rocks! It's a little hot in August and September and the campus is hilly, but it hardly ever rains and it's better here then just about anywhere else.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The football team is mediocre, basketball is good this year, and I'm looking forward to baseball season. There's good student involvement. The bus to the games at the Rose Bowl is very convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of students who live in the residential area tend to drink alcohol at parties. I don't believe these people are peer-pressured, but it would be nice to see the number of students drinking reduced.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is full of outstanding personalities. There are always religious groups on campus sponsoring their clubs. Everyone comes from a different economic background, but it is not a barrier from interacting with other students. The campus is very diverse. There are numerous organization to participate in, so I feel no one can feel left out. The majority of the students are white or Asian, but there are more and more minority students coming in each year.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Subway off campus is really convinient, and the sandwiches are really good. The cost is similiar to other Subways, but there are coupons provided to the students to eat here.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Avoid Hassles With Cars – Invest in a bike instead! There isn't a dire need to have a car. While cars are usually more efficient than the public transit systems, the traffic and the cost of parking aren't worth it. Parking costs a lot, but it is available. It is not worth parking in a space that you aren't supposed to be parked in either because the parking fines are nasty! Avoid the costs, save the environment, and ditch the car.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Westwood - a Village for University Students – The village surrounding the UCLA campus, Westwood Village, comprises blocks and blocks of high-rise apartment buildings and shared homes. There is really something for everyone. The options for off-campus housing are immense, whether you're looking for an apartment for many people or a room to share, many different set-ups are available. The cost of living is high but appropriate/reasonable for being in such a convenient and safe area (near Bel-Air/Beverly Hills and walking distance to three grocery stores, many restaurants, two movie theaters, several banks, FedEx/post office, shops, and countless bus stops). Many students live in the same general vicinity, which creates a sense of camaraderie, and the area is only about a 15-20 minute walk to campus. A car is not necessary to get around, but parking on the streets is common, and almost all of the buildings have parking (for a price).

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The entire campus may be accessed through WiF by signing in with a secure log-in. The Internet is fast and reliable. Don't have a computer? Not a problem! Almost all students find a need to use a computer for class work or research, so all of the libraries have desktop computers available for student access (hint: head to less-popular libraries like the Arts Library to avoid 10-minute lines during peak hours). If the computers in the lab you want to work in are filled and you want to skip the wait, laptop computers are almost always available from many of the libraries. They are available for students to rent for four hours at a time. The printers use our Bruin Cards to charge for printing at reasonable prices, less than 10 cents per page. Computer labs will get crowded especially around finals and midterms, so the laptop loans are a great way to circumvent the labs.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Finding Your Niche. I realized one of the largest problems with such a big school is feeling lost and unnoticed. By far, my best decision was to join a Christian fellowship, which not only strengthened my walk with God, but allowed me to find a family at UCLA. Here, I love how free we are to express our faith without fear of discrimination. Although I had not thought that far ahead when I applied for college, if I could choose again, my choice would still be UCLA because of the strength of the community here.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Doing the Right Thing – I feel the campus is generally fair. They focus on safety, and knowing how college students can get rowdy, this is definitely a tough job. For example, many students bike, scooter, or skateboard down Bruinwalk. Last year, they enforced a rule with a fine to deter students from doing this. Although this is a pain for students who prefer these methods of transportation to walking, it is for the safety of other students. I myself have been a victim of nearly getting hit multiple times. After the rule was enforced, I haven't been in as much danger as before.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The Diversity – One of the things that stands out the most about UCLA students is the diversity of interests. Not only that, but most students are very tolerant of each other's cultures and beliefs and are willing to talk to each other about these topics. The atmosphere is calming in that way because students don't have to "fit in" but can find a group or organization that suits their interests.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Just Walk! Transportation options are pretty reliable around campus, but the weather is usually wonderful, and although the campus is large, it is always best to just walk!

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Frat Parties – There are a multitude of fraternities and clubs on campus, so there are tons of parties during the week. They are always filled with lots students and are a perfect way to spend an evening.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Love My Roomies! When applying for campus housing, the coordiators take into consideration the similarities and interests of the roommates. I have made lifelong friends with my college roommates simply because of the superb matching of interests.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The Student Center, Library, General Campus – The student center is amazing; it's very big and roomy. It is a nice place to get help and work. The library is wonderful. You can study or read there without distractions. The overall campus is clean and nice.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Extremely Handy – Because UCLA is the biggest UC campus, there is actually a bus within the school that takes students from one side of campus to the other, and it's FREE! At the bus terminals, the buses wait patiently for some time so that students are able to board, and the fare is $1 compared to the usual $1.50. There are, of course, bus passes available for purchase for daily commuters.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Every day, without exception, I hear a conversation in another language or experience a cultural shock as I make my way to class. UCLA is brimming with people all over the world with unique styles of life, and I love it! For someone whose school was predominantly Latino, this environment is not only opening my eyes to whole new ideas, but is teaching me to acknowledge that faraway worlds are more connected than they might first appear.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Unique Variety With Meal Plans – Although UCLA has many food locations that range from fast fast to candy stores, the best food is found in the restaurants that can only be accessed with your Bruin card. Not only is there an enormous range of food in these locations, but the often-changing menu is very refreshing. If you are not on a meal plan, be prepared to pay from $10 to $20 per meal.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is notoriously bad at UCLA, but I have a motorcycle so the rules don't apply to me as strictly. Still, Westwood can be frustrating when it comes to parking.

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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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