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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: UCLA is a beautiful campus. The gym, libraries, and housing facilities are fantastic. Classrooms could use some work though as most are unrenovated and have outdated technology.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life is very diverse so it is very possible for anyone to find what they are looking for in extracurricular endeavors.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Such a beautiful campus! So many places to explore where to explore and hang out

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful and there are tons of aesthetics for students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus has a wide variety of study and social surroundings.

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UCLA's athletic pride is evident when looking at most facilities. The track is gorgeous, the fields are spacious, and John Wooden Center is beautiful. Wooden, the gym where non-varsity Bruins exercise, is an athlete's dream with an extensive weight room, three basketball courts, two volleyball courts, tons of racquetball courts, a rock-climbing wall, cardio equipment galore, and private rooms offering lessons in everything from karate to salsa dancing. With a locker room and sauna, Wooden attracts A-listers like Magic Johnson and Adam Sandler, who have been known to play pick-up with star-struck students. UCLA's marina is a 25-minute drive from campus and offers competitively priced instruction in sports like scuba and rowing.

But, however nice many facilities are, UC could easily stand for Under Construction. Pauley Pavilion's re-doing is about to get underway, and messy building renovations seem like a regular part of campus life. One thing that hasn't changed in awhile, however, is the gorgeous Powell Library. A hotspot for brainiac Bruins, Powell's cushy couches, plentiful outlets, and vaulted ceilings are a highlight of the studying experience. Nearly a dozen other libraries on campus offer similar satisfaction.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
419 acres
Student Centers
  • Ackerman Union
  • North Campus Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Powell Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Ackerman Union
  • Bruin Café
  • The hill near Janss Steps
  • Northern Lights
  • Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Jimmy's Coffee House in Lu Valle Commons
  • Kerckhoff Coffeehouse in Kerckhoff Hall
  • Northern Lights in the North Campus Student Center
Movie Theater on Campus
The James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall
"Green" Initiatives
UCLA joined the "green" bandwagon years ago, when the University began recycling 44 percent of its waste via the Facilities Management Recycling Program. Students are encouraged to recycle in the dorms, and pilot programs are being conducted that instate compost-making programs in some buildings. Housing is also skilled at coming up with incentives that motivate residents to conserve power.
School Slang
  • 8 Clap: The ultimate display of Bruin pride. The 8 Clap is performed simultaneously by thousands of students at sports events.
  • Blackout: The week before/during Greek rush periods, when the party scene is essentially dead
  • BruCaf: Bruin Café, the buzzing dorm eatery open until 2 a.m.
  • Bruin Walk: The central walkway that separates North Campus and South Campus
  • Buck Fiddy's: Student nickname for a food stand officially named Tommy Taco, which is a popular late-night nacho and fries hangout
  • Cluster: A group of classes that, when taken together, give credit for multiple general education classes in different subject areas (e.g. humanities, social sciences), and sometimes shave off extra classes students have to take
  • The Dungeon: Basement area of Powell Library (one of the quietest areas to study on campus)
  • Midnight Yell: Finals week tradition of screaming loudly one time at midnight to relieve stress
  • North Campus Majors: A nickname for social science and humanities majors, because most of these departments are located on the northern half of campus
  • Rape Trail: The (now) well-lit walkway between the dorms and the apartments
  • South Campus Majors: A nickname for life and physical science majors, because most of these departments are located on the southern half of campus
  • Sunset: All-encompassing term for the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center's field and two pools. Bikini-clad students swarm this area during spring quarter's warmer days.
  • URSA: The online enrollment system and infamous source of frustration over hard-to-find classes
  • Wooden: John Wooden Center, home of the ever-crowded gym
  • Basketball Campout: Tents are pitched and pizza is ordered outside Pauley Pavilion on nights before big basketball games as students stake out for the best seats.
  • Book Reading Marathon: This little jewel is an English-lover's delight, as the Undergraduate English Association sponsors a reading of a book in 15-minute increments. Many times, actors will come out to read the first hour of the book and support the English department.
  • Dance Marathon: Each winter, hundreds of Bruins subject themselves to 26 hours of constant dancing in Ackerman Grand Ballroom to raise funds for pediatric AIDS. Celebrity appearances and killer food sponsors are highlights.
  • Inverted Fountain: All UCLA students are only supposed to touch the fountain twice in their entire UCLA career: during orientation and on graduation day (assuming you remember). The fountain ushers all students into the University and bids them adieu, as well. It is a time-honored tradition that links all UCLA alumni.
  • Undie Run: On the final night of each quarter, students strip to their knickers for a speedy jaunt around Westwood and through campus. Though cops have been cracking down on the event lately, a hundred or so brave souls have kept it rolling.
Urban Legends
Some say the Inverted Fountain, which was designed by a USC grad, was made to look like a toilet when viewing the fountain with Franz Hall in the background.
Favorite Things To Do
Between classes, students like to soak up sun, grab some chow, sculpt a stellar body at the gym, or play a round of pool. The pre-screenings at UCLA are always packed, regardless of how a movie is going to do at the box office. There are also events, from speakers to plays, at the North Campus Auditorium each week. At the end of the year, students like to check out cultural shows-there is a show every day from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Ackerman Square, but the end of the year is best because the squads have gotten in a lot practice.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Daily Bruin
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
On a campus as large as UCLA's, you will encounter hundreds of student groups trying to make their mark. Most students join a club or organization of some sort in search of a niche among UCLA's 25,000 undergrads, and community service organizations are popular. The Student Alumni Association, composed of fun-loving Bruins, is very active and plans well-respected events like Spring Sing and Homecoming that attract current students and alumni. The Dance Marathon committee is also a somewhat "trendy" service group to join.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • In addition to UCLA's main library-Powell-there are 11 other libraries: Arts, Biomedical, Clark Memorial, College, East Asian, Management, Music, Performing Arts, Research, Science and Engineering, and UCLA Lab School libraries. This doesn't include all the special collections and reading rooms also available.
  • While there isn't a bowling alley on campus now, there used to be one in Ackerman about 20 years ago!

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 168 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 30 responses

  • 19% The hill near Janss Steps
  • 12% Westwood, definitely!
  • 12% MY DORM
  • 12% Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
  • 12% Bruin Café
  • 9% Bruin Plaza
  • 9% Ackerman Union
  • 7% Northern Lights
  • 2% MacGowan
  • 2% The Sculpture Garden
  • 2% Young Research Library
  • 2% Dorms

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 18 responses

  • 39% Dining Services
  • 25% Restaurants like Wetzel's Pretzels
  • 11% They're all amazing!
  • 11% Hammer Museum, it's sooo far!!
  • 7% Driving the Special ED bus
  • 4% The bookstore
  • 4% Parking
  • 0% The library
  • 0% Teachers Assistant

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 29 responses

  • 22% Football Games
  • 22% Inverted Fountain
  • 19% Undie Run
  • 15% Midnight yell!
  • 8% Dance Marathon
  • 6% Exploring the Steam Tunnels
  • 5% Book Reading Marathon
  • 3% Basketball Campout

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 25% Hangout in Westwood
  • 23% Relax in a grassy spot
  • 12% Go to a club event.
  • 12% Go to the gym
  • 11% Sporting events
  • 8% Library
  • 6% Go for a run
  • 2% Landscape/Architecture Photography

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 19 responses

  • 40% Resident Assistant!!
  • 20% Campus tour guide
  • 17% CLiCC Lab
  • 13% The Wooden Center (gym) desk
  • 7% One of campus's three coffeehouses
  • 3% Lifeguarding at Sunset Recreation Center

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 74% Don't touch the water of the inverted fountain
  • 10% Rubbing the Bruin Bear's paw is good luck for exam
  • 10% Step on the 6th Janss step = stay for 5 years
  • 3% A student once lived in one of Royces towers.
  • 3% Dead people buried in various areas of campus

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 32 responses

  • 56% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 25% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 19% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 189 responses

  • 25% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 53% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 20% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 182 responses

  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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