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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Far from Campus – I lived in Hedrick Hall, which happened to be the second oldest and farthest Hall from campus. All dorms are about a mile from classes, which can be very inconvenient.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: UCLA dining halls offer diverse menud of classic and ethnic dishes. I appreciate the wide variety of vegetarian selections in certain dining halls. However, it is inconvenient that no restaurants/cafes on campus are included in the meal plan. Only certain dining halls offer sack lunches, which makes it difficult to get lunch on my meal plan without having to pay extra at a school cafe.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: It's Los Angeles- You Can Find SOMETHING – Between the clubs on Sunset and the concert venues located all over town, it's easy to find something to do. There are also movie premieres and screenings in Hollywood, and comedy clubs and late-night diners to hang out in. You just have to pick up a paper and look at the events section. There's bound to be something you'll enjoy.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Reasonable, Common-Sense Rules – You are allowed to drink in your room, as long as you don't make excessive noise or disturb other people. RAs tend to be extremely friendly and will only write you up for the most severe things.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most of the People Are Either Asian or White – People at UCLA are mostly color-blind. As long as you're social and outgoing, you'll meet a lot of people with different interests than you.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Regardless of Your Price Range, You'll Find Something You Like – There is a variety of choices for off-campus dining at UCLA. A popular place for students is Diddy Riese, which has ice cream sandwiches for $1.50. There is an In-N-Out as well, and every fast food option available. There are also more expensive places to eat if you inviting someone special.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Very Good! I'm getting a good education and have a good social life. The only thing it lacks is that it can be a little dirty. Do not stay in certain locations in the city at night.

5 College Senior

Weather: It's generally perfect: not too hot, not too cold. It's sunny Los Angeles, what can go wrong?

3 College Senior

Parking: You need a permit to even park near the school. The best way to get one is to say that you have a job on weekends outside of Los Angeles, or say that you're commuting.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is there for parties and other events, and you don't have to be in them to go. It doesn't completely dominate the scene at school but if you want to party, that's usually one of the only places to go. It's not really a big deal if you don't go. There are so many students that you will always be able to find your niche.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Great – There is a lot of support for athletics at UCLA. It's a big part of campus life. There are also club sports that students can join.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Powell library is great during the week when it is open 24 hours; however, this undergraduate library is never open on Saturday and only for a few hours on Sunday. This can be frustrating when you need to go the library on the weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Labs Are Available When I Need Them – Everyone I know at UCLA has their own computer, so labs are mostly used for the special software that may be necessary for a class. The printers and scanners are also in high demand. WiFi is available throughout campus, with varying strength depending on where you are. Most departments in the school have their own computer labs, and there are also the conveniently placed computer labs in the residential buildings.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Could Be Better and Cheaper – I wish the prices were more student-friendly.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's Been a Great Year of Life – I am learning so much that I am just in love with school. You can find everything you dream of.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Its a Small Country Itself. When I arrived in LA, I never thought I could meet so many people. There are people from nearly every country in the world. It's so nice to find different people with different background making groups, partying, and studying together. I feel like UCLA is its own small world.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Good to GO – I would definitely say Westwood Village is a good place to chill out. You can find any kind of food you want. It has so many different varieties and all are within a mile distant of the school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The bus schedules are pretty good. People mostly wait for only 15 minutes for each bus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Large Varieties of Transportation – There are many shuttles around the school that run between shopping centers, LAX airport, and school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Nice and Safe Campus – Students can call for an escort to get them back to dorm. In general, students only have to wait 10 minutes for this free service.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: My school is one of the most diverse schools in the nation, with people from all sorts of demographics of the United States and from all over the world.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny and Clear – It's Los Angeles, enough said.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Keep Your Nose Clean – You can have fun and stay out of trouble. The police will only breakup the insane ragers, so if you're having a good time while not really disturbing anyone, you'll be fine. Play it cool and safe. (But you can always have fun.)

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Vary in Prices Depending on Location – There are different price ranges, depending on which side you're on and which you prefer. North of Wilshire on the dorm side are the party apartments and they are expensive, crowded, and have no parking. North of Wilshire on the campus side is very quiet. It is usually the same price but is really close to campus. It has no parking, as well. South of Wilshire, the apartments have some parking and are relatively big in size, but they are far from campus. Shuttles are available only at certain times.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: UCLA isn't a dry campus, but if you're acting stupidly drunk or high in public, the UCPD will definitely arrest you. If you look/act fine, then you'll be fine. Peer pressure isn't too bad; people do what they want. It's clear that it exists on campus, and it's funny to watch the drunk people come back to campus on Thursday nights and get food at BruCaf. Pot and cocaine seem to be the most popular drugs at UCLA.


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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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