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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The resources for mental health could be better.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is surprisingly pleasant. Of course there are issues with the white fraternities and sororities when dealing with racism, but that is expected. Every other type of fraternity and sorority is friendly, welcoming, and a wonderful contribution to the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are AMAZING!!!! If only the athletes themselves lived up to them...

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Going into UCLA, I had grandiose expectations, which is probably my fault. I expected every professor and TA to be experts and everyone to be over-the-top passionate about whatever field they were working in. In reality, UCLA is just like any other college. It's ok to aspire to go there, but any college is just as good.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think for me, UCLA was a pretty good fit - the diversity was eye opening (I learned so much from my roommates and suitemates it was amazing - they were random by the way. Also very very lovely people.) and I found my fit right away. The classes and teachers were pretty good, and there's always a lot to do and see. The school spirit is lovely and everywhere, and there's resources everywhere. I would say that forming close relationships with the professors with pretty hard unless you have a lot of time to spend with them (office hours are important!), and that no one is going to coddle you here. Those who are physically handicapped might have a harder time getting from place to place, and the class sizes of basic courses might be pretty huge, but you learn to work with the system. And as far as systems go, UCLA is pretty ok.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think there's a lot of value in coming to a huge school like UCLA, because it also means you have a huge number of alumni who are willing to help you out. The career center is pretty good, and they make it a point to let you choose what you want, and don't push you into doing something unless you're certain you want to do it.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: From what I know (I'm typically unaware of things - most things go flying over my head), there aren't a lot of safety problems or concerns. Everything is pretty well lit, and it's generally a safe place to wander. I'm a pretty small girl, with no real strength or defense knowledge. But I've had days where I'm out walking by myself between the hours of 6pm to 6am straight and I've never really had any worries or concerns. There are escort rides and people to call, of course.

In regards to sexual assaults, I have been very sheltered, and I haven't experienced anything in the way of seeing how the school deals with these things, but I will say that there are opportunities for emotional support (you get a few free counseling sessions if you have the school's health insurance I think) through your counselors and peers. I do know that when we had a shooting incident that was all over the news, there were countless offers of support from everywhere - counseling, the head of the school, teachers, TAs, friends - everywhere, and though I know that sexual assault and shootings aren't the same thing, I believe that the sources of support I mentioned earlier would've been more than willing to help out in either case.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everything is so overpriced, it's ridiculous. My RAs for last year were pretty great - I went to Saxon Suites. It is one of the further buildings from campus - unless your class is on the hill (where all the housing is), you can expect anywhere from a 25-45min walk, filled with stairs, people, and people throwing flyers at you. And stairs. (UCLA isn't very handicap friendly for people who need to move by wheels. Unless you are really, really, really good at skateboarding or pennyboarding, I would recommend you not ride down the hill to campus - it's steep and fraught with curves and oncoming traffic. And moving around campus if you are limited by wheels is a pain - I learned this when I visited the campus with my cousin, who were alumni, and their kids (in strollers). Whether on the hill or on campus, you will often have to take detours that double, triple, or quadriple an already long walking time, just to not take stairs. Also Saxon had been newly renovated when I moved in - very, very newly renovated - as in, they were still renovating as I moved in - the stair banisters had duct tape to stabilize them for a while, and the steps themselves were really unsteady. Did I mention there were no elevators? Oh, the wifi is pretty good though. But don't keep your windows open for too long - Saxon is notorious for having smokers nearby, because it's so far from campus. Enforcement was pretty ok though.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not personally involved, but I know it's a pretty "big thing" on campus. You see a lot of greek letters of frat and sororities on shirts, tanks, sweaters on people everywhere. I've also even heard about a lot of parties, which should say a bit, as I usually run in circles that are completely separate from such topics. One of the big pluses of going to parties means that in whatever classes you enroll in, you'll probably know quite a bit of the people because you've already met them. I would say there is quite a bias for looks though, especially if it's one of the older, more recognized frats - even if no one says anything, you can tell.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics I would say are pretty good here - a lot of money and sponsorship come through for the more popular sports, so athletes do get a bit of an advantage (earlier enrollment, better meal plans, separate facilities, free stuff). There's is also a ton of team spirit - blue and gold everywhere - although personally I don't really understand it, it's certainly quite ubiquitous. There's also quite a push for people to go to the less popular sports - there are often posters around the school advertising that the first 100 people will get something or the other.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The diversity is amazing, so no matter where you are, you'll find people and a place to fit in. The classes are interesting, even if some of them are pretty hard (the pre-med life, haha). The teachers are pretty passionate and knowledgeable about their subjects, there's always something happening, and there are so many resources it's mind boggling. (AAP especially - the staff is wonderful.) The few difficulties I've had stem from the fact that you have to go out and find the resources (they don't come to find you), the large class sizes for major classes (often 300-400 people per class), and the sheer competitiveness (although I also find that good because it pushes me to do better).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on The Hill is fun and exciting. The residential staff is very helpful.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UCLA's athletics are high caliber and very impressive. Attendance is always big and the student body shows quite a bit of school spirit.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCLA is one of the best schools in the nation and it is a very competitive school. The student body is very warm and welcoming while the professors are intelligent and passionate. The opportunities available for students at UCLA are extensive. Overall, it's a really great school to be attending.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: The sorority houses are a lot cleaner than the fraternities. However, some of the sororities have an attitude.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: The school spirit is off of the charts. The students bleed blue and gold. It has some of the best sports teams and famous athletic facilities.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's a beautiful school, with a lot of history and school spirit. Everyone is super friendly.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Union has athletic teams in many sports and excels in one, hockey. It has good to average teams in other sports with occasional exceptional athletes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Excellent academics and extracurricular opportunities, beautiful campus, adequate opportunities for socializing.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I have yet try out the athletic facilities, but the team spirit is high here.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm an incoming freshman and I already feel welcomed to the school. I'm always well informed by the school. The only downside is that the school population is huge, but that is what makes the school diverse and special.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: North Campus courses are great because classes are smaller and professors tend to get to know the students. South campus courses have classrooms of 100 or more and it takes a lot of effort to get to know these professors. It's difficult to reach out and have all the time for everything else. All professors are passionate about their field, though.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are always career fairs and events, interview practice opportunities, and internship opportunities. The alumni network is strong.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have the number of the LA police on our BruinCard as well as free van ride services for walking back to our rooms late at night.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I stayed in a classic residence hall my first year. It was at the top of the hill and had no AC so that aspect was terrible; however, being in a classic residence hall is extremely beneficial as a first-year student because the atmosphere is so social. i would recommend upgrading to a quieter, more spacious, and higher quality dorm afterward because you don't need the social atmosphere so much after making friends the first year.

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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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