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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have multiple safety features, such as Bruin Alerts that text us about emergencies. Regarding health, UCLA is run by the Ronald Reagan Medical Center, one of the best hospitals in the country. Just walking around campus, there's no second thinking about my safety.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Keeping most of the undergraduates in its own unique "village" encourages optimum social interaction. Basic lifestyle needs are exceptionally satisfied.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: There's a greek house for everyone. Within each house, students instantly have an intimate network to share ideas with, socialize with, and study with. The welcoming aura of greek life at UCLA is a major attribute to it's popularity.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: At UCLA, we are one of the most spirited collegiate teams in the nation. Our rival with USC fuels most of our patriotism, but the Bruin sporting events always seem to carry a sense of extreme passion and energy.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UCLA is truly a global university. People from all over the world come together to study what they love, and it creates an unparalleled college experience.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I loved the professors I took this past year. They were very attentive to students' needs and always made time for extra office hours when students really needed it. All but one professor responded to my emails in a timely manner. The professor were very passionate and knowledgeable about the subjects they chose (e.g. Astronomy, History, Economics, Math, Asian American Studies) and loved engaging with the students. They encouraged students to ask questions in class in order for them to really ingrain the concepts into the students' brains. The classes I took were Lectures and Discussions, but the professors loved to encourage student participation so they are not talking the whole time. Though the exams are difficult, they do a great job in having students use their critical thinking skills and apply the concepts that learned. There are a variety of courses offered, but there's not a sufficient amount of spots in the class, which makes it hard to get in a stay on track with graduating on time. For example, hundreds of students need to take Chem 14C, but because of the enrollment time (priority pass), not many can get in, thus setting them back. Some people have to wait until their third year to take it despite it being a class that should have been taken within the first two years of school. Whether it's the enrollment system or understaffed science department, there should be more measures to help accommodate for those who follow a timely plan (and that goes for most of the student body).

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have yet to utilize the career centers and resources, but from my observation, they are pretty effective in what they do. The alumni network does an amazing job in helping student network with alumni and other connected firms. There's a good number of students working on-campus jobs and even outside work as well. Though I have not much experience on this topic, I know a good number of people who have effectively utilized the career system.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall, the security at UCLA is pretty efficient. I wish there were more UCPD officers stationed at the dormitories and campus, though, since I don't see many of them on duty. I've rarely heard of any crime committed on campus and thus I feel safe walking around at night (within the UCLA campus). There's not a lot of security around the Westwood area though, or at least the perimeter outside campus, because there have been women who have been mugged at gunpoint before. I love how there is a Bruin Alert system that texts and emails every student of the activities going around campus. However, I wish that it was actually useful. One time there was a man standing by Powell Library that threatened to shoot everyone. There was no alert or warning sent out to anyone, and the only reason I heard about it was through my friend who heard from a witness. Therefore, I would like to know about situations like this instead of being informed about the daily schedules of police training. The recent murder-suicide showed a somewhat better use of Bruin Alert. However, I wish that the system kept us up to date on what was happening around campus since not everyone had access to the Internet.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I think the one problem I have with housing is that they don't adequately address mental health issues and roommate situations. For example, one girl was suffering from emotional abuse from her roommate, and all housing told her to do was move out or stay put. Never, under any circumstance, should a victim suffer the negative consequences of another's inappropriate and malicious behavior. And these types of situations has happened multiple times before. Thus, housing needs to do a better job in taking precautions and considerate steps to helping victims of any type of mental issue or abuse. Other than that, housing facilities are pretty well-performed. The cleaning staff always does a great job. Another inconvenience I have regards the microwave and vending machines. It would be more efficient to have a microwave installed on every floor instead of having students walk into another building. Because that's the thing. It would have been somewhat fine to have at least one microwave in every building, but there's only ONE microwave per housing area.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not often attend sports events, so I haven't been fully immersed in the environment. That being said, I know that football plays a big role in campus life, and probably is the most attended sporting event out of all the other ones offered. No matter what school, the Rose Bowl is always jam-packed with students, parents, children, and other college football fans, ESPECIALLY if it is a game versing USC. With sports like basketball and water polo, there's also a great amount of people who attend the games, albeit not as much as football. Even so, whenever UCLA wins a match or even the championships, students never fail to take pride in the team. For example, though I didn't follow the matches of the water polo team, everyone on my dorm floor congratulated and planned a celebration for the water polo players when they won the 2015 Championship. However, sports such as track do not receive the recognition they deserve, from the low attendance I have observed. Additionally, IM sports are not the biggest events on campus. They have relatively good participation if you look at the turnout statistics for IM sports, but they do not necessarily engage the campus community.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCLA is a great balance of intellectual stimulation, competitiveness, and social opportunities. Though concepts are presented on a more simplistic and relatively comprehensible level, professors and TAs really take the time to encourage your use of critical thinking skills. From my experience so far, professors are always willing to accommodate extra time for students at their office hours because they are genuinely determined to provide the academic foundation for students' occupational success in the future. UCLA also provides a variety of resources that provide for people in need. For example, they provide services like CAPS to really address the mental health illnesses prevalent in college campuses. They have various offices that help immigrants, low-income students, and other disadvantaged youth transition and adapt more easily to college life. Services like AAP provide additional academic support for students who may struggle in their classes. Additionally, UCLA has over 1,000 organizations on campus, thus catering to numerous individual interests of the students. As a result, students are able to engage in a particular concentration of their interests, for various organizations under one umbrella topic can encompass and implement different aspects (e.g. tens of organizations that focus on mental health awareness). UCLA also has a strong political community. Campaigning for the Social Justice Referendum allowed me to see the political knowledge and activism of various student/cultural organizations. Students really try to thoroughly understand the platforms of USAC candidates, thus paving the way for them to vote in the actual presidential elections and become well-informed voters.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Great experience, professors are usually good but they can be either be easy to understand or confusing.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Im not to aware of this type of services on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There are plenty of security measures around campus and the health services are great.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greeks for the most part seem to think they're better then everyone else around them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I've only attended a few football and soccer games, but athletics is important to campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It is a big campus with lots of diversity and the classes are mind-blowing as well as engaging.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I think that UCLA is a great school all around with a lot to offer.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Tye network for UCLA is great, that being said you still need to take advantage of the resources.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe walking around campus, but would still be aware of your surroundings.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Of corse the rooms are small, but that is dorm life for you!

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a great way to meet people, volunteer, and make connections.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Students are very into sports both to watch and play.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great school, nice people all around from students to professors and a fun area.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at UCLA is extremely well-rounded. They encourage not only socializing and partying (which they certainly do), but also community service and academics.

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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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