University of California - Los Angeles Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Website
www.ucla.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
27,365
Part-Time Undergrads
576
Setting
Large city
In-State Tuition
$12,692
Out-of-State Tuition
$35,570
Room & Board
$14,232
Acceptance Rate
27 %
Admission Difficulty
Hard
Average SAT Scores
1760–2140
Average ACT Scores
25–31

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Awesome food in dining halls and off campus
  • Location in LA and its close proximity to beaches
  • 60-degree winters
  • Movie premieres in Westwood and seeing actors on campus

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • No parking!
  • Traffic
  • Smog
  • Stupid school politics

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

UCLA Student Reviews

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5 College Senior

Campus Dining: UCLA has the best food. Period. The only thing that is missing is halal and kosher food options.

5 College Senior

Academics: The quality of professors and courses are for the most part, top-notch. Sometimes you may have teachers who are not as invested in teaching because they are more dedicated to their research. If you go to office hours and utilize all the resources available, you will succeed in the class. However if you don't seek them out for yourself, you might very well drown in the course because the quarter system goes by extremely fast and there's hardly time to catch up after midterms start.

4 College Senior

Academics: I love all of my classes because there's a variety of interdisciplinary courses that allow students to find relevance and application of what they learn. The psychology major does have an honors program that requires you to conduct independent research with a faculty member as your mentor. However, this program is limited to the students with the highest GPA. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved in psychology research--however there are less opportunities where the students can be directly involved with analyzing the data than doing the labor work of gathering data.

5 College Senior

Athletics: What can I say. I go to UCLA. If you're not an athlete, you're at least a fan.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It's somewhat good enough to keep people from violating the rights of others.

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