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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Regarding sexual assault, especially after Title IX complaints, UCLA is making a solid effort to encourage safety. There are active student groups on campus like the Bruin Consent Coalition.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's inevitably an insular community, but there are some more "diverse" options like the pre-professional fraternities. I'm not involved in Greek life, but I have plenty of friends who are and enjoy it.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: UCLA has the most NCAA championships, so we take sports seriously. However, it's not a big deal if you aren't a football or basketball person. It's incredibly fun to go to a school that can balance athletic enthusiasm and academic commitment.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood, Sawtelle, and Santa Monica are conveniently located with diverse restaurants and delicious food.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Policies are usually pretty fair. The school trusts students to do the right thing and act for themselves. I honestly have not had many interactions with the administration.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I like that the party scene isn't overbearing here. You can go out and have a ton of fun if you want to, but nobody is going to judge you for wanting a quiet night in. It's more difficult to consistently gain entry into parties if you're a guy and not in Greek life, but it's all about the friends you make!

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received an unexpectedly high amount of aid considering UCLA is a public school!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Delicious food for a college campus! Many options available. I appreciate bPlate's healthy options!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Clean, new buildings. Many options available. 10-15 minute walk to classes, but you get used to it.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: UCLA is a beautiful campus. The gym, libraries, and housing facilities are fantastic. Classrooms could use some work though as most are unrenovated and have outdated technology.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: LA has so much going on it can be overwhelming combined with everything that is also going on on campus. Westwood and UCLA is a bubble but usually as you get older students venture out into LA more. There are some unique advantages of being in west LA that no other school in the country (including USC) has, such as movie premieres with red carpets at the Westwood movie theater, celebrities sports stars and NBA teams visiting and practicing on campus, sneak peak screenings of new movies, etc.

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: People here are athletic, attractive, outgoing, smart, and well dressed (although by well dressed we mean bro tanks and lululemons). Most students mostly just hook up but there are many relationships as well.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: These four years at UCLA have been the best of my life. I have had the opportunity to meet diverse, passionate, spirited, and inspiring students, to take classes with amazing professors that have challenged me and changed my views, to study abroad not once but twice, to cheer our football team on to top ten rankings, to eat the best dining hall food in the country, to watch our sports teams win five national championships (and counting), to become friends with people from all over the world, to volunteer through a variety of campus and LA orgs.... etc etc. This is my last quarter at UCLA and I never want to leave. Forget Disneyland, UCLA is the happiest place on earth.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: There is a huge variety of majors, minors, specializations, and courses. Lower division lectures tend to be large, although the average size depends on the department. Class sizes really depend on what major you're in, for example, upper division Spanish course are capped at 40, but upper division Econ elective courses range from 20-90. I've had quarters where all my classes were less than 40 and other quarters where all my classes (besides discussions) are 400+. The professors tend to be the best in their fields, and a majority are good at teaching while some are amazing, life-changing professors. They are usually pretty available and responsive, you just have to go to their office hours.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: There are a ton of recruiting events, job fairs, and job opportunities, however it is up to the student how much effort they want to put in to utilizing the resources available to them. Most of the best employers in business and tech fields recruit at UCLA. UCLA is a great degree to have and is very well known, especially internationally. The alumni network is rather lacking however.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: UCLA is a very safe campus both on campus and in the surrounding apartment areas. I feel safe walking around the apartments and dorm areas at almost all hours of the day and night. However like most colleges there is sexual assault and in recent years there has been strong student-run campaigns trying to combat sexual assault.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: As a non-greek girl who has more than half of my friends in greek life, I can say that greek life is a big part of the social life on campus, especially the party scene, but it definitely doesn't dominate social life. Sorority houses are beautiful and extremely close to classes although they are very far from the frats and apartments. Overall greek life itself is pretty serious here although it is not as intense as at true greek schools (for example USC)

5 College Senior

Athletics: I am UCLA's #1 fan and am proud to say we are #1 in the country in NCAA national championships. Going to sports events is a huge part of my college experience and especially as our football program has improved under Coach Mora the spirit on campus has increased dramatically. Students here are very proud of UCLA and that is especially visible among students that attend sporting events. Football is the most popular, followed by basketball. Other sports aren't as popular but are still fun to attend. A lot of people are also involved in club and IM sports and there are a ton of ways to get involved.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments in Westwood are expensive, poor quality, and run by crazy landlords and managers. Parking is very limited. However most people live off campus for their last two years because even with the downsides of the apartments here you still get a lot more freedom and choices by living off campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options in Westwood although it can be a bit of a walk from the dorms or from some apartment areas. Once you have a car or use public transportation there is a huge variety of amazing restaurants and food places in West LA, although they tend to be more pricey.

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3 College Senior

Administration: Overall administration is pretty lenient. They can definitely be difficult to work with and there is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape. Some department counselors are actually pretty horrible people. However I have also had some department counselors that are fantastic and really want to help students. I would always recommend going in person when dealing with admin because it makes it much more likely they will help you.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: The party scene is big at UCLA and is also incredibly varied. Most underclassmen go to frat parties, which are definitely fun as first years but also not as insane as at other schools. Once you have upperclassmen friends you usually go to apartment parties more, which can range from huge building-wide ragers to small kickbacks. I definitely think the party experience is adaptable to what you prefer, and if you aren't a partier at all there are still plenty of social events going on. Thursday night is the best night to go out in Westwood, and it is kind of strange that not that many people go out on Friday or Saturday. The bar scene in Westwood is not as popping as you'd expect for a large college.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I had a very very complicated financial aid situation my sophomore and junior year so I had to frequently visit the FAO. I had to appeal two years in a row because of large changes in my situation and it used to be hard to get an appointment with a financial aid counselor but in the last couple of years they have made the process much easier. Overall they are generally responsive and give a pretty good amount of aid for instate students with financial need.

5 College Senior

Campus Food: I have tried campus food at many universities and nowhere beats UCLA. There is a huge variety of different types of dining halls that are buffet style and "quick service restaurants" which are like fast food style service. There are two more traditional dining halls, as well as a super healthy one and an asian themed one. There are a variety of quick service restaurants as well as late night. Overall the food quality, taste, variety, and value is fantastic in the dorms. Once we move off campus we are always trying to find freshmen to swipe us into the dining halls because it is soo good and after two years in the dorms we still aren't sick of it!

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: In the four years I have been at UCLA they have finished renovating or are currently renovating all the existing dorms and have built four new dorm buildings including introducing the extremely spacious "deluxe residence hall". I lived in the dorms for two years, once in a normal res hall and once in a deluxe. The normal, all-freshman res hall has a great community and was extremely social. The deluxe res hall was nice for my second year to have more space and a quieter floor. There are a lot of other great options depending on how social and spacious you want your dorm to be, but I would highly recommend res halls for freshmen! (Plus it is way cheaper!)

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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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