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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is always something to do at UCLA. From sports events to world premieres in Westwood, there is no such thing as a boring day.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Visually, UCLA is an architectural masterpiece. The classrooms inside the buildings aren't great and classroom technology seriously needs an upgrade, but most of campus is a sight to see with its many gardens and well-tended lawns. Facilities aren't bad and UCLA's library system is unparalleled.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Lots of space for people to learn and study and enjoy social life

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The UCLA campus is beautiful. Dining halls have some of the best foods on par with the sophistication of cuisine-style/gourmet restaurants. There are multiple dining halls to choose from, including Feast (not your typical Panda Express, but rather, Asian cuisine and delicacies) and B-Plate (pro-health and rich in all food groups). There are numerous beautiful scenes to take in on campus, including sculpture gardens and botanical gardens. New buildings and facilities are constantly added each year, making the amenities fresh and usable. While the room sizes are pretty standard, the cleanliness is maintained and well-kept.

5 College Junior

Facilities: UCLA's best selling point in my opinion is its abundance of resources. Any given night, there are dozens of activities/events to attend for free. Aesthetically, almost every student and visitor finds UCLA's campus architecture beautiful. It has been filmed hundreds of times, and is well known for Powell Library, Royce Hall, Janss Steps, and the famous red and cream colored patterned bricks. The best known campus tradition is the Undie Run which takes place on the Wednesday of Finals week. There is also the midnight yell, which has dwindled in recent years as Housing officials have begun to cite individuals who participate. UCLA has made it an effort that new buildings are LEED Gold Certified. The athletic center for athletes looks nice, I have never been inside. The Wooden center is the campus gym. It is not great, and can get very crowded. The libraries are another selling point for the campus. Powell is large and well air conditioned/cleaned, and offers an older feel while YRL has been modernized and feels futuristic.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 23rd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 28th
    Best Library
  • 31st
    Best Student Centers
  • 36th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 164th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Suzy Strutner
Newport Beach, Calif.
Communication Studies
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UCLA's athletic pride is evident when looking at most facilities. The track is gorgeous, the fields are spacious, and John Wooden Center is beautiful. Wooden, the gym where non-varsity Bruins exercise, is an athlete's dream with an extensive weight room, three basketball courts, two volleyball courts, tons of racquetball courts, a rock-climbing wall, cardio equipment galore, and private rooms offering lessons in everything from karate to salsa dancing. With a locker room and sauna, Wooden attracts A-listers like Magic Johnson and Adam Sandler, who have been known to play pick-up with star-struck students. UCLA's marina is a 25-minute drive from campus and offers competitively priced instruction in sports like scuba and rowing.

But, however nice many facilities are, UC could easily stand for Under Construction. Pauley Pavilion's re-doing is about to get underway, and messy building renovations seem like a regular part of campus life. One thing that hasn't changed in awhile, however, is the gorgeous Powell Library. A hotspot for brainiac Bruins, Powell's cushy couches, plentiful outlets, and vaulted ceilings are a highlight of the studying experience. Nearly a dozen other libraries on campus offer similar satisfaction.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
419 acres
Student Centers
  • Ackerman Union
  • North Campus Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Powell Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Ackerman Union
  • Bruin Café
  • The hill near Janss Steps
  • Northern Lights
  • Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Jimmy's Coffee House in Lu Valle Commons
  • Kerckhoff Coffeehouse in Kerckhoff Hall
  • Northern Lights in the North Campus Student Center
Movie Theater on Campus
The James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall
"Green" Initiatives
UCLA joined the "green" bandwagon years ago, when the University began recycling 44 percent of its waste via the Facilities Management Recycling Program. Students are encouraged to recycle in the dorms, and pilot programs are being conducted that instate compost-making programs in some buildings. Housing is also skilled at coming up with incentives that motivate residents to conserve power.
School Slang
  • 8 Clap: The ultimate display of Bruin pride. The 8 Clap is performed simultaneously by thousands of students at sports events.
  • Blackout: The week before/during Greek rush periods, when the party scene is essentially dead
  • BruCaf: Bruin Café, the buzzing dorm eatery open until 2 a.m.
  • Bruin Walk: The central walkway that separates North Campus and South Campus
  • Buck Fiddy's: Student nickname for a food stand officially named Tommy Taco, which is a popular late-night nacho and fries hangout
  • Cluster: A group of classes that, when taken together, give credit for multiple general education classes in different subject areas (e.g. humanities, social sciences), and sometimes shave off extra classes students have to take
  • The Dungeon: Basement area of Powell Library (one of the quietest areas to study on campus)
  • Midnight Yell: Finals week tradition of screaming loudly one time at midnight to relieve stress
  • North Campus Majors: A nickname for social science and humanities majors, because most of these departments are located on the northern half of campus
  • Rape Trail: The (now) well-lit walkway between the dorms and the apartments
  • South Campus Majors: A nickname for life and physical science majors, because most of these departments are located on the southern half of campus
  • Sunset: All-encompassing term for the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center's field and two pools. Bikini-clad students swarm this area during spring quarter's warmer days.
  • URSA: The online enrollment system and infamous source of frustration over hard-to-find classes
  • Wooden: John Wooden Center, home of the ever-crowded gym
  • Basketball Campout: Tents are pitched and pizza is ordered outside Pauley Pavilion on nights before big basketball games as students stake out for the best seats.
  • Book Reading Marathon: This little jewel is an English-lover's delight, as the Undergraduate English Association sponsors a reading of a book in 15-minute increments. Many times, actors will come out to read the first hour of the book and support the English department.
  • Dance Marathon: Each winter, hundreds of Bruins subject themselves to 26 hours of constant dancing in Ackerman Grand Ballroom to raise funds for pediatric AIDS. Celebrity appearances and killer food sponsors are highlights.
  • Inverted Fountain: All UCLA students are only supposed to touch the fountain twice in their entire UCLA career: during orientation and on graduation day (assuming you remember). The fountain ushers all students into the University and bids them adieu, as well. It is a time-honored tradition that links all UCLA alumni.
  • Undie Run: On the final night of each quarter, students strip to their knickers for a speedy jaunt around Westwood and through campus. Though cops have been cracking down on the event lately, a hundred or so brave souls have kept it rolling.
Urban Legends
Some say the Inverted Fountain, which was designed by a USC grad, was made to look like a toilet when viewing the fountain with Franz Hall in the background.
Favorite Things To Do
Between classes, students like to soak up sun, grab some chow, sculpt a stellar body at the gym, or play a round of pool. The pre-screenings at UCLA are always packed, regardless of how a movie is going to do at the box office. There are also events, from speakers to plays, at the North Campus Auditorium each week. At the end of the year, students like to check out cultural shows-there is a show every day from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Ackerman Square, but the end of the year is best because the squads have gotten in a lot practice.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Daily Bruin
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
On a campus as large as UCLA's, you will encounter hundreds of student groups trying to make their mark. Most students join a club or organization of some sort in search of a niche among UCLA's 25,000 undergrads, and community service organizations are popular. The Student Alumni Association, composed of fun-loving Bruins, is very active and plans well-respected events like Spring Sing and Homecoming that attract current students and alumni. The Dance Marathon committee is also a somewhat "trendy" service group to join.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • In addition to UCLA's main library-Powell-there are 11 other libraries: Arts, Biomedical, Clark Memorial, College, East Asian, Management, Music, Performing Arts, Research, Science and Engineering, and UCLA Lab School libraries. This doesn't include all the special collections and reading rooms also available.
  • While there isn't a bowling alley on campus now, there used to be one in Ackerman about 20 years ago!

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 160 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 11 responses

  • 23% Undie Run
  • 19% Football Games
  • 16% Inverted Fountain
  • 16% Midnight yell!
  • 10% Book Reading Marathon
  • 10% Dance Marathon
  • 6% Basketball Campout

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 42% Resident Assistant!!
  • 25% CLiCC Lab
  • 17% The Wooden Center (gym) desk
  • 17% Campus tour guide
  • 0% Lifeguarding at Sunset Recreation Center
  • 0% One of campus's three coffeehouses

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 32% Sporting events
  • 26% Hangout in Westwood
  • 26% Relax in a grassy spot
  • 5% Library
  • 5% Go for a run
  • 5% Go to a club event.

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 11 responses

  • 35% The hill near Janss Steps
  • 25% Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
  • 15% Bruin Café
  • 10% Northern Lights
  • 10% Bruin Plaza
  • 5% Ackerman Union

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 62% Dining Services
  • 12% The bookstore
  • 12% They're all amazing!
  • 12% Restaurants like Wetzel's Pretzels
  • 0% The library

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 62% Don't touch the water of the inverted fountain
  • 23% Step on the 6th Janss step = stay for 5 years
  • 8% Rubbing the Bruin Bear's paw is good luck for exam
  • 8% A student once lived in one of Royces towers.

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 17% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 17% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 189 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 20% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 53% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 25% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 179 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 40% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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