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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UCLA has been legendary for NCAA championships and continues to be legendary. There's lots of school spirit and fan support for the team games and is increasing as the recruitment of top athletes is improving. UCLA is a great sports school.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: UCLA is the California equivalent to Valhalla. The food is excellent and we students feast in one of the many all you can eat dining halls until we are about to burst. Then we enjoy the sunshine and we exercise: we lift, we run, we play football, we play rugby, we play soccer, we play Ultimate etc. Then, after we are tired we eat more. In addition to the all you can eat dining halls (two are similar, one has Asian food, and one is a sort of experimental new food place) there is a Mexican/Asian fast food place, a cafe open until 2:00 am, and an excellent Italian food joint. The food is great for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten-free alike.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is so much to say, it's hard to fit it into a single blurb. From the high quality athletic facilities to the constant stream of activities, UCLA is a wonderful and beautiful place that never seems to stop moving. In particular, the athletic facilities are perfect for the active Bruin. We are not rated as one of the fittest schools for no reason; we lift, we run, we swim, and we play hard. There is always an athletic activity occurring, just check out the John Wooden center. All in all, great except for perhaps some of the dorms are a bit old.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You really have to work for you scholarships at UCLA. They give away money, but it is quite competitive and they management seems to truly take forever. Only a strong heart can brave the financial aid system of UCLA. That being said, they do have some academic scholarships one can attain as a result of successful academics as well as need based scholarships. However, one must seek these scholarships. Unless you are a star quarterback, UCLA will not likely be in a hurry to give you money.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are huge at UCLA. As a successful division 1 school, there is a lot of excitement concerning athletics for the Bruins. Games are played, the school goes crazy; enough said. However, just as important are IM and club sports. This is the real way the average Bruin enters the athletic social scene. With huge variety of choices for club/IM sports, even the nerdiest kid can find something that they'll love. From rock wall climbing to powerlifting to golf, UCLA has it all. We've got the rock hard bodies and can go toe to toe with the athletics of any school on Earth.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: UCLA has the most NCAA championships of any school in the country. The facilities for both varsity sports and just normal everyday workouts are state of the art and come with many benefits. School spirit is ever present with bonfires and fun events. Both club sports and IM sports also play a large role in the athletic side of UCLA.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: All of UCLA's academic departments are top ten in the country (the only other school to have this is Harvard). Likewise, not many schools can claim to live in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world-therefore the social life is unbeatable.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities are UCLA are all state of the art and are continuously being updated and renovated to stay top of the line. The undergraduate student association is always planning events to bring the community together, and there are always events occurring around the campus. There are numerous libraries and plenty of other good study/resting spots.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is easy access to almost any location, but as it is Los Angeles the traffic is pretty terrible. Especially when one needs to go on the major highways. But there are buses and shuttles galore.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is always a lot to do! You're in the middle of Los Angeles! There are concerts and sporting events and pop culture events occurring almost every day. I have never been bored.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's in California, near the beach.... pretty much good weather all year round, but it does get chilly at night so you always need to carry around a sweater.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The Humanities majors are pretty good at UCLA, but the science curriculum is not up to par because it is very backwards. It is impossible to take science classes at a community college over the summer that would transfer over for credit. Also, the professors are not too great in the sciences.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is super expensive and hard to get. Many people just do not have cars on campus with them because they are not needed except for commuting students.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is pretty strict about many things. There is a no tolerance policy for drinking and smoking, but people still manage to do it in their dorm rooms without getting caught. Also, the campus is very strict with jaywalking and parking. They hand out citations and tickets constantly. Also, UCLA has become a no smoking campus so they have strictly enforced that as well as you must walk off campus now to smoke a cigarette.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are a ton of parties at the frat houses, and a lot of other things to do as well. Los Angeles has a vast transportation system so you can pretty much get anywhere. However, there are a lot of sketchy people on the bus, so going at night or alone is not advisable.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for off campus housing, but it is pricey because it is in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, it is still far cheaper compared to living on campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is really abundant but it is extremely expensive to live in LA. The best bet is to share rooms to beat the cost. Even if you live kind of far from campus there is great public transportation.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not a big deal at UCLA from what I have seen but they do crack down on those who break the rules

4 College Senior

Campus Food: The dining options vary widely and you can get any thing from Jamb Juice to Taco Bell to a salad bar. They offer something for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There's basically no parking available unless you live in an apartment, and even then it's limited. If you want to have a spot when you live in the dorms, it's about 1,000 per year, I believe, which isn't worth it because you can always take the bus or walk.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a variety of fast food places nearby, like Subway, In-n-out, Fat Sals, and some restaurants like CPK, Noodle World, as well as more ethnic and smaller businesses that offer food at really great prices!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We have a dry campus, so nobody actually drinks on campus... in public that we know of anyway. The big drug here is Adderall during midterm and finals time.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Crowded during crunch times, but usually pretty fast and problem free. They're always upgraded to the latest OS systems and in some labs there are even a few Mac options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm food is AMAZING. I mean like it puts any buffet you know of to shame. UCLA is really lucky to have this food available. The dorms are very nice, clean, and the freshman dorms look like hotels.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I enjoyed my program. I graduated in 2008 so can't remember the specifics.

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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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