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Reviews 4101 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't understand how UCLA could ever be considered "unsafe" in the least. I feel completely safe walking around campus, regardless of the fact that it is a public facility. Our police are part of the LAPD so they have much more power and ability than regular campus police. There are transportation services to help you get around campus at night if you really don't feel safe (eg if you were walking alone at night coming back from class).

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Oh. My. God. I am not lying when I say that UCLA dining hall food is the best food I've ever eaten. It's so delicious and convenient it's not even funny. There are 4 dining halls, each with it's own theme, from comfort food to Asian-fusion. They're all-you-can-eat, too. To go along with those, there are quick-service restaurants and franchised restaurants on campus. The food is so good that we're consistently rated top-5 in best colleges for food. Do not think I'm joking. I'm not. You may get fat if you come here, but you will enjoy every minute of it.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's Westwood! Which is really close to LA, which is a veritable myriad of every attraction one can think of. There's the Santa Monica beach (the fair and pier too). There's no shortage of restaurants and shopping places in Westwod. There's a farmer's market every weekend. There's a City Target about 10 minutes walk from campus with pretty much everything you'd ever need, and they always have some sort of student discount. There are some golf courses near the school (Rancho park, griffith park, bel-air). There's b-ball courts and volleyball courts on campus, as well as pools and gyms. Trust me, you won't be bored if you come here.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Although the curriculum can be very challenging, the academic staff is definitely qualified to be teaching it. The professors can be enthusiastic and the TAs knowledgeable as well. Registration was a very smooth and welcoming process. Typically most kids choose to study in their lounges although there are various other places on campus to study.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The Westwood area is always brimming with activity fueled by University students. Many of the shops and stores stay open late because of the tendency of students to venture out late. The movie theater in the center of town is a popular site for many celebrities to host premieres and is frequently visited. Shopping can be a bit difficult if you are looking to buy food because the nearest supermarkets are a pretty long walk away. If anything though, it is a town tailored to the kids from the University.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think the visibility of the drug scene depends on who you hang out with. It is possible to hang out with people and be drug-free. There are a lot of people who smoke, but there is a proposal to make the campus a smoke-free campus by the end of the school year.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Most of the time, it's nice and sunny outside, and there's plenty of places under the shade or sun to hang out. However, if you're sensitive to temperature changes, then the sun isn't always a good indicator of how hot/cold it will be. Also, it still rains and gets cloudy in LA, like any other city, so you always have to check the forecast to make sure you're wearing the right clothes.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am an English major, which does concern me as there aren't many jobs connected with that field. However, I love it as the different courses allow me to look at Literature and how its changed since the Classical Greek Period to modern fictional writers. It does involve a lot of reading but that's what makes the classes often enjoyable.

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3 College Junior

Technology: It is often hard to find free computers that are located at the food courts; there is an abundance of computers, however, in the smaller libraries that are intended for certain majors- but can be used by anyone.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The University of California, Los Angeles is directly in the heart of Westwood. As it is filled with coffee shops, banks, sparsely-placed movie theaters, and many other shopping stores; it can often feel crowded. However, these shops do prove convenient when one needs that quick coffee fix, entertainment, or affordable school books.

1 College Freshman

Parking: I hate the parking at my school. It makes you not want to have a car. The parking cost is absolutely ridiculous. Even if you try and find a spot off campus, you would still have to pay.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not everyone is good-looking and attractive, but there are a few of us. Most students are into studying a lot.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Yes, many people here are either Caucasian or south/east Asian, but there are PLENTY, and I repeat, PLENTY of blacks and Hispanic students here.

Ucla is a public school and under California Proposition 209, which passed in 1997, cannot use race as a criteria in admissions.

There are clubs for just about every culture on campus. Almost every ethnic group and religious group you can imagine is represented in some way.

Unfortunately, there is not much diversity in ideas around here as much of the student body is very liberal. These are the same liberals who preach the value of diversity but only when doing so comes at the expense of Caucasian students.

I am a minority student myself, but I cannot stand these left-wing hypocrites. The campus is not as hostile as Berkeley is to non-liberals, but you can bet it is not as common to see people openly identify as such.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: BE WARNED: It gets really hot here during the first month of school in the Fall. My shirt was soaked in sweat from simply walking from my dorm to class and it was really embarrassing.

It gets better as the cold season starts to kick in, but then you have a lot of rain. If you have boots and a good jacket you'll be fine and if you live on campus it really isn't an inconvenience.

Basically just be aware that it's not always bright and sunny as people make it out to be.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Fortunately I didn't need too much financial aid, but going through the process was quite frustrating as I had nobody to help me with it.

The Bruin Bill page on my account wasn't the easiest to follow and it was very hard to tell what all the different pages meant. I would suggest including some sort of key and perhaps a tutorial video on how to read the information as it is presented.

If you are local, then I would definitely recommend going to the financial aid office in person to settle things you don't understand, but tough luck for those like me who live several hours away from their campus.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Public transit system around campus is pretty fair, given the reputation that public transit has in LA.

The buses that stop in Ackerman, Santa Monica (blue) bus and Culver City (green) bus, are 50 cents if you're a student and can take you most places in West LA. They start running as early as 5 am and run fairly late as well. The great thing about them is also that since they make their first stop in Ackerman, they are usually not crowded when they arrive.

There are other buses around the university, though I have personally not taken any buses besides the Santa Monica and Culver City buses.

If you wish to get to the airport, you have a few options.
A) You can take the aforementioned Santa Monica and Culver City buses for 50 cents to the LAX Transit Center where you will be able to take a free LAX shuttle bus to whichever terminal you need. This route will usually last at least an hour, but for less than a dollar it is really worth it (at least for me).
B) There is a flyaway shuttle bus that leaves to LAX from Westwood Village over on Gayley. The bus costs $10, no cash, and the ride usually lasts anywhere from half an hour to 50-something minutes depending on the traffic. It leaves every hour on the hour from 6 am to 11 pm. If you live on campus, give yourself about half an hour at least to walk over there because it is not as close as you would expect. Unlike the regular bus, there are racks for your luggage.
C) You could always take a cab to LAX. All the local taxies are heavily regulated and charge the same rates so it does not matter which company you call (at least with respect to cost).

The only reason I give it a B rather than an A is because there are no metro stops nearby campus. The metro takes you to most other parts of LA including downtown, Korea town, Hollywood, etc.

5 College Senior

Weather: The weather is always gorgeous, it only rains a few days a year and is always comfortable. I wear shorts 80% of the time and am fine! You can go to the beach almost any time of the year and is beautiful weather year round.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: It is really fun at UCLA, there is always an apartment party or a frat house party to go to. There are 3 or 4 great bars within walking distance and everyone is really nice and we always have a great time. There are free safe-rides if needed and also taxis. There are no clubs very close, all are a bit of a drive away but no one goes to clubs because the frat parties are basically the same thing without having to spend money or worry about 21 and older restrictions.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several places to choose from int the city of Westwood, but the places are not all that convenient and with reasonable prices. For example there is a Bj's, but Bj's is not exactly cheap. We are better off just going to Ralphs (which is also in the city) and buying groceries for a more reasonable price.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs are always extremely full, and this is understandable. However, sometimes the printers are slow and they can delay.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I had never attended a school where there was so much diversity, personally. I have met people of many races, and I find this to be very different from my previous school but it makes me more knowledgeable of other cultures.

2 College Junior

Parking: It's a nightmare, and it's expensive. It's currently $12 for the whole day, and you can only park at certain lots. The lots aren't very convenient, either. HOWEVER, you don't really need a car on campus, so if you don't have one, you shouldn't bring one, unless you plan on going around East L.A. or Santa Monica all the time, and even then, I would recommend taking the bus.

3 College Junior

Technology: The computer lab is usually really crowded during the morning and early afternoon, but during the evenings and night-times, it's a nice place to go. There's the CLICC lab, which has a lot of computers. You have to wait in line, though, unless you use the standing print stations. However, there are laptop lending stations all across campus, where you can borrow a laptop (Macbook dual-boot into Mountain Lion and Windows 7) for 4 hours for free as long as you have your Bruin card. You can also renew it. After third week of school, the lab is open 24 hours from Monday to Friday, which is really nice. The wi-fi across campus is okay. It's better in the dorms but on campus it can be spotty (Rolfe and Dodd come to mind as being "poor wi-fi" places).

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5 College Senior

Athletics: The UCLA Athletics program is a lot of fun. The Den pass is available for students for football and basketball games and all other games are free for students.

4 College Senior

Technology: There are lots of options available and different payment methods available for printing documents.


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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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