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3 College Sophomore

Academics: If you're here as a premed, be prepared for being packed into limited spots in classes required for many more than those who get in. Good program, but not fun and very stressful.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's LA, so public transportation gets you pretty much anywhere and everywhere locally. If you fly to get home, there are excellent bus and van services to get you to the airport, you just need to sign up (and pay a fee in some cases, but nothing crazy). If you drive, I would ask you to reconsider bringing your car as an underclassmen. You won't really need it unless you commute, rather it will just be a hassle to obtain a parking pass for.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: If you're applying for any major within the College of Letters and Science at UCLA, your indicated majors of interest do not factor into your admission. This is different for the engineering and architecture schools, but those I do not know much about. For the College, I would say a top notch GPA and above average to high standardized test scores are most important. After that I would say that your essays and extracurricular activities are the next best factors for admission.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Honestly, I would definitely consider everything all over again. I am maintaining the same career goals, but only "just". I consider myself to be a pre-health student, meaning I intend to attend some sort of professional school after UCLA (considering dentistry). I wish I had done more conversational type discussion with current students before plunging into all of these pre-med classes, as well as before fully understanding the rigors of the quarter system. Through it all, I understand that UCLA is a prestigious school to graduate from, but I am still concerned about how my hard work in comparison to others has me still feeling mediocre and wanting to be elsewhere for university.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe. There arent that many homeless people on campus like I've heard at Berkeley. Police is generally on top of it. I don't worry about my health/safety at school.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: I think Los Angeles is a good city for the college student. It offers a lot of activities, and Westwood boulevard is the UCLA college town. It's nice and has all the essentials. The area is really safe and pretty. Close to the beach and close to Beverly Hills!

4 College Junior

Technology: I do not use them but from what I have seen, there are not many complaints. A lot of people use the laptops offered by the school and take them to each class with them.

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4 College Junior

Academics: There is a lot offered for anthropology majors. Because it has smaller classes than the average major, there are more opportunities to get individual research.

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4 College Junior

Academics: UCLA is great, but its nothing special. Most people make it out to be so much more than it really is.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: there is definitely a great variety of places you can eat at and each place offers more than enough choices, uncluding vegan

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: people go party thursday nights but there are always EMTs and ambulances close by for anyone in trouble or needing assistance. but for the most part, everyone parties responsibly

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3 College Junior

Local Area: UCLA is located a little over 10 miles from downtown. It's on the quarter system though, so school moves very fast and you will have less time to go out than you think. With a car, you can get anywhere you can think of, as long as you don't mind bumper to bumper traffic and no parking spaces anywhere. The residence halls (not suites or plazas) are really social, and once you get older and move off campus there's a lot going on in the apartments. The bar scene is walkable distance and there's always deals.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I personally haven't felt unsafe on campus, and there are many resources available to those who do, but every once in a while a story about some psycho on sorority row or some crotch grabber outside of the rec center circulates. I feel like there's staff everywhere to help in the event a problem comes up and they give you emergency phone numbers to save in your phone. When I lived in the dorms, I'd always leave my door open for whoever was passing by to stop in, we never had a problem with theft. There's night escort services if you find yourself far from home and don't want to walk alone.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I have to say that the sciences at UCLA are quite rigorous and provide an excellent education and preparation. I was in PhySci and it is packed with pre meds. This made it competitive but the quality of nearly all the courses was very high. In the sciences it is important to also get involved in a lab or projects, attend seminars and generally find your niche!

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I'm in Physiological Science. I've been very impresses with all of my professors thus far. they have all been active in their respective fields and are well published and respected. I've had some of the most well placed instructors who know the top people in our field and who can provide assistance and networking for career development.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Very good transportation around campus. The only thing missing is a good train system near the campus. However buses cover everything you might need, also the zip cars from the school, school rental bikes (45 per month), and car pooling cover every other need!

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: California weather! It rarely rains. It is sunny and mostly warm most of the time. The summer can get hot at times, but the quickly passes! It is beautiful.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of choices, but the dorms are costly. UCLA is surrounded by apartments and the school even offers their own. There are Married Student Housing Units as well as Family units. There is a private bus that will take you there, since it is in the Mar Vista Area and not near campus. There is lots of bus service to UCLA, so you can save lots of money by living along one of the bus lines.
If you can afford to live on campus, you do get more of a social life.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lots of enthusiasm for Basketball and football. Especially high when we're against the overly financed USC teams.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The Unicops are nice if you aren't causing trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: $11/day for parking, IF you can get it. If you must, CARPOOL

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have heard of minor occasions where drugs have been involved, but overall I have never seen it and I am never pressured for any of it.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: All the food here is amazing, especially the desserts.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone's dressed in fashionable summer clothes but not many guys are good looking. The girls are pretty though.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It's sunny. I like the warm weather but it's easy to get tanned.

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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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