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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Well-Rounded Curriculum – Every department at UCLA is strong and well-regarded. However, many of the South campus professors (those who teach the "hard sciences") are foreign, non-native speakers and thus can be difficult to connect with. I entered as a neuroscience major and switched to economics/english after one year, and found that the professors in North campus are generally much warmer and more articulate. There is a wonderfully eclectic selection of majors and minors to choose from. Many new students fear the large-classroom atmosphere, but the discussion sections attached to each lecture are always more intimate and interactive; moreover, upper-division courses are almost invariably smaller.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Undeclared! WHOO! I am undeclared within the social sciences. (1) there are a lot of options (2) they don't rush you into making a decision and declaring a major just for the sake of having one (3) they make it easy for you to explore and get a feel for all you options. people are super willing to sit down and talk about their major, there are around a billion counselors just waiting for you to come talk to them and figure things out, they have major and minor fairs over the course of the year for you to see whats out there.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Volunteering, Concert – UCLA is in the nice part of LA (surrounded by Bel Aire, Beverly Hills, Westwood with movie premiers) but definitely tries to help the other parts of LA. All new students spend one day before classes at Volunteer Day, a university sponsored volunteer event. Buses ship the kids to elementary schools to paint, the beach to clean, and other places for 6 hours to make a difference.

Also, inner-city outreach programs abound here. If you are interested in tutoring inner city kids there is definitely a program at UCLA for you. The 7 - 9 on campus all have different programs and meeting times and goals, so there is definitely a program for you.

Bruin Bash is a free concert the week before classes start that the student government puts on. There have been some great acts in the past and it is always fun for such a huge amount of the student body to attend a concert on campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Typical Cali – lots and lots of blondes and lots of asians (U C Lots of Asians... come on guys) but everyone is very attractive. people here work out a lot and care about how they look. at a school this big you can find anyone and everyone. There are a lot of bro tanks and flowy tops here in so cal. there's always a frat party to go to but the hill (on campus housing) a lot of the time has dry offerings and LA is filled with things to do if you're willing to drive or take a cab.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sometimes I Feel Uncomfortable – The Greek system is mostly white, and their political slate in student government is on the ascendancy right now. The school paper is reflective of the white, middle-class, self-identified conservative mindset of the Greek system. I don't think they intend to make students of color such as myself feel uncomfortable, but they exhibit a lot of cultural insensitivity and casual racism/sexism/classism. There is a lot of work to be done. I will say, however, that there are a lot of options if you are a student of color. There are organizations for pretty much every cultural group you can think of, and each has a ton of projects and opportunities for advocacy, volunteering, socializing, performing... the list goes on and on.

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1 College Sophomore

Technology: Crowded Printing Labs! We have free printing on campus at one location, but it is majorly crowded! You're better off paying for printing at the library. Or just bring your own printer for home, but be careful not to be swindled buying ink!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Dynamic English Major – I'm an English major currently. Right now there are a lot of changes being made, to reflect movements in the literary community that call for a more inclusive canon. I'm enrolled under the new English major, and so far so good. The professors know their stuff. They are accessible and passionate. I love it!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: World-Class Humanities; Dog-Eat-Dog Math & Sciences – Most of the professors here at UCLA are AMAZING. The majority of them are really passionate about what they teach, are foremost in their field, and care about the undergrad experience. A smattering are only here to do research, and couldn't care less about teaching, but you'll still get a good education out of the deal. The humanities (called North Campus majors) at UCLA are really top-notch. Our majors are constantly under review to ensure they are current and relevant. For example, the English major was recently revamped to reflect the shifting dynamics in the canon. This is not to say that the curriculum isn't grounded---the humanities majors will provide you a balanced education of traditional and progressive. The South Campus majors (math and sciences) are really competitive. Again, UCLA offers some of the best minds, but as such things can get really competitive. North Campus is friendly and oriented toward community, South Campus is a tad cutthroat.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Great If You're Into That – If you want to get into the Greek scene, you'd like it at UCLA. The Greek system is pretty big---they've got the parties, and their political slate (in student government) is on the ascendancy. They offer housing after your first year in a frat or sorority, and it is pretty cost effective considering you get entertainment included in the cost. Seriously, if you want to be a Greek, Greek life is good at UCLA. But if you're not into that, they can get majorly annoying. Their enormous presence is considered chafing to some, and they unfortunately fit a lot of the more negative Greek stereotypes out there. The issue is polarized---you love UCLA Greek life or you hate it.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: At Least It's Not a Culinary Wasteland – Westwood isn't that bad. The economy is going down the tubes, so there are not a lot of options. The In-N-Out Burger at at the foot of campus is the saving grace, definitely. There are a few cutesy cafes, a lot of Greek/Middle Eastern options, a lot of Asian food options... It's your normal college town. What else can I say? I would definitely head elsewhere in LA for good food. Hop on the bus to Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills proper, or Koreatown for the good stuff.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: One Word: Ugh – The dining halls on the Hill (where all the dorms are) are mediocre. They are definitely banking on quantity, not quality. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet at every meal, but the rules for swiping in are draconian. I am so glad I live in the apartments now. Sure, sometimes it's a pain to cook when I get back late, but at least I'm eating food I enjoy. And it's waaaay cheaper.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: North Vs. South of Wilshire – If you want to be close to campus, be prepared to dish out the dough. Apartments north of Wilshire (the main drag in Westwood) are more expensive, older, and dirtier than those south of Wilshire. Their one virtue is that they are closer to campus. But when you have things like evening van service that takes you south of Wilshire, the cheaper, cleaner apartments start to look reaaaaally good. Keep in mind that UCLA is in West LA, and thus housing is going to be higher than most other places.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I Feel OK – Personally, I have always felt pretty safe walking around on campus. Even at night---I've been out there as late as 1:00 AM, and I felt like I could afford to be reckless. Granted, I was with people at the time. The surrounding area (Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Bel Air) is ritzy and thus has high-security. There is crime in the immediate neighborhood (Westwood's North Village), but it is mainly college-related crime (stolen laptops, etc). What you have to be careful of is walking around Westwood at night. If you must walk alone, don't be stupid: don't walk while plugged into your iPod. Be aware, and you'll be safe. It's common sense advice that holds true for any locality.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Ackerman Student Union – School administrators make a big deal about the historical significance of the Ackerman---there are a bunch of old black and white photos that illustrate what a hip, poppin' place the union used to be. At least in the 50s. Now, the Ackerman is settling into a comfortably dowdy middle age. No one really hangs out here anymore. It isn't as though the Ackerman is dirty, smelly, or otherwise undesirable: it is pretty clean, offers a lot of delicious food (including that college staple, Panda Express, and the new upstart beverage, boba/bubble tea). It just doesn't have the "cool factor" that Kerckhoff Coffee House has, or Powell Library. The alcoves in front of Royce Hall are the more favored study spot, even. People like to meet up in really distinguishable areas, and the Ackerman is bland. What it lacks in coolness, it makes up for in convenience. The store in the basement is a bit pricey, but if you need to buy floss at 6:30 PM, the Ackerman has your back.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frat Parties Are Thursday and Clubs Are on Sats – The frat parties are full of drunk guys trying to hit on girls. Not a really fun scene. The cubs are better but you need to pay for them. usually 20-25 dollars. You take a bus to clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lots of Asians! My school is full of asains everywhere. The only cute guys are the athletes. There are more good looking girls than guys. Girls and Guys here get drunk very easily and pre game before clubs. The campus is fast paced. Everyone is always on the move.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From What I've Heard – I live on campus so I dont know much about off campus housing but from what i've heard is that the off campus housing is cheaper than on campus. The apartments are close to campus and they provide bus rides to and from campus. Apartments have lot of parties and a con can be that its noisy on thurs and fridays.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: :) Dope – Nightlife is really good. We have the frat parties and the club parties that occur which are really good.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority are whit and asian but we do see students from different ethnicities such as Indian and some hispanic people

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are really nice and spacious to fit three people. The dorm life is amazing because our floor is very social and always planning activities

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Food Is Good. THe food is good. Each dinning hall has its specialty and we can also use our swipes for campus restaurants so its really nice.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food Is Good. THe food is good. Each dinning hall has its specialty and we can also use our swipes for campus restaurants so its really nice.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Its Awesome – UCLA is centered around many activities. The blue bus will take you to Santa Monica Beach or the promenade. Also Hollywood is close enough and you can just walk down to Westwood. There are many activities for a student at UCLA.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Internship I Would Like – I have not had any internships but one that I would like to find would be one related to the medical field where I can watch procedures.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus Life Is Fun – Campus Life is very fun because our RA's are really interested in getting everyone involved and have a fun social life while still being safe. Different activities are set up for us like game night or activities where the whole floor goes out.

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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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