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  • 07/22/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    hello everyone. my name is sylvia huynh and i am an upcoming sophomore at ucla. everyone may be wondering about the dorm life and i am here to inform you about that. there are four types of rooms: classic, deluxe, plaza, and suite. a classic hall is one with a communal bathroom and no ac. a deluxe hall is one with a communal bathroom and ac. a plaza can either have its own private bathroom or share with another room. a suite is kind of like an apartment with the option of a shared bath or private bath. if you are looking for a massive amount of moving space, you might want to get a plaza or suite, but keep in mind that those are a little more pricey. personally, i think a deluxe would be the best option since it is not too pricey or small, but most freshman do not get this option. however, if you are on a budget, a classic hall isn't that bad either. i was in a classic triple my first year. yes it was a little cramped with minimal moving space, but it was doable. the perks of living in a hall is the amount of socializing there is. usually, most freshman are stuck in a classic hall, and in my opinion, it was the best thing ever. i got to meet a lot of new friends and you can always work on homework with some friends or floor mates in your lounge. it is very convenient. plazas and suites tend to be a little less social as everyone is either in their rooms or in their friends room in a hall. overall, if you want the freshman socializing experience, i definitely recommend getting a hall over a plaza or suite.

  • 06/16/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    this school takes safely really seriously. we have these towers all over campus that you can press and alert the security/police. report any suspicious activity or anything that happened to you and the school will send out an email describing what happened, a description of the person, and what they are doing to catch the person. once they caught the suspect, they send another email regarding how they caught the person, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    many different clubs and activities! just go to the student union to find out more.

    Great for these types of students

    there many many places to sit and study all over campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nothing i am aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    money is only important when paying tuitions, books, and food.

    What to do for fun

    join a club, sorority, fraternity, etc. go to events in school; all can be seen on the students calendar that the school provides every semester.

    Food and Dining

    we have a student store that sells various things such as food, clothes, books, laptops, etc., things that students needs. we also have a food court; el pollo loco, carl's jr, rice garden (it's like panda express), saborro, starbucks, sushi, noodles, breakfast sandwiches and more. we also get food trucks everyday that sells different types of food!!

    Dorm Life

    just know that it is very expensive but if you can afford it, go ahead. also, it has its pros and cons.

    Academic Rigor

    pass your classes with a c or better! there are some classes that has a passing grade of c- or better (not sure which ones). keep a planner because you will busy and it will be hard to keep up with everything that you need to do without it. put important dates on it when your professors gives you the syllabus! attend classes because attendance is a part of your grade. there are online classes available. we use moodle to keep up with certain assignments that the professors put on there; it depends on the professor if he/she uses moodle.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are not sure about something make sure to ask your counselor, friends, classmate, professors, etc. once you decide what major you want to take, make sure to claim that major by going to the enrollment center because it will be easier for you to know what classes to take when using the csula system called get. always email your professors or go to office hours when you need help on anything! another thing, use ratemyprofessor.com to learn about the professors at school; some you won't find because they are either new or a substitute for that semester. visit your counselor every semester to ask questions about your schedule, plans for the year, etc. make friends! get their number! make connections!

    In three sentences

    california state university of los angeles is a very diverse and independent school. we just recently transitioned to semesterly and everything has been a mess because we are not being informed about everything that was changed in the system. overall, for the past three years everything has been great for me. they open and add classes when there is enough people on the waiting list and when students really need more classes open for certain subjects. counselors are very helpful and making an appointment online is very easy. also, connections such as friends, classmates, etc. are very important when you do not know certain things in college!

  • 06/15/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 379

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    In three sentences

    great campus!

  • 05/03/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 379

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    In three sentences

    i have visited the campus before and it was so beautiful! ucla was a clean campus and also the students were very nice. i look forward to hopefully becoming apart of this wonderful university.

  • 04/30/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 379

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    In three sentences

    ucla is what i've always dreamed about i mean i feel like i wont fix on a usual college cause i dont wanna work with anything other than art

  • 04/14/2016

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 379

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    In three sentences

    ucla was great. i enjoyed the environment and the spirit. i really will enjoy it next year.

  • 02/29/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beautiful architecture all around campus.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city you have in front of you!

    Food and Dining

    Second best in the nation!

    Dorm Life

    Very clean and social.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course the academics are rough but our motto is work hard, play harder :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club, don't work during this time. You only have so much time in school, so enjoy it.

    In three sentences

    You will never be bored here. There are events going on every week and nearly something new to be discovered every day with countless student organizations you can take part of, in one of the best cities in the world. What more could you ask for?

  • 02/13/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If you stay on campus it is very safe. However, it gets sketchier in the dark.

    Greek Life

    The Frats here have tons of parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything; from Quidditch to Women's Engineering.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic but with a taste for a social life

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The squirrels here are the unofficial mascots.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, the UCLA region is pretty expensive but if you stick to the essentials you can get along.

    What to do for fun

    UCLA offers a lot of activities on campus for free and you can pretty much uber/bus anywhere in LA.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is delicious and if you eat at BPlate regularly you can stay pretty healthy.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty small and the classic dorms are not air-conditioned so it gets really hot in the summer. However, they are a great way to socialize and if you get along with your roommates it's fantastic!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at UCLA are very rigorous and the quarter makes them very fast-paced. However, if you keep up with the due dates and (try) not to procrastinate you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do readings and homework on the suggested due dates! It helps you keep up with the classes and know the material for tests.

    In three sentences

    As cheesy as it sounds, deciding to attend UCLA was one of the best decisions of my life because I know I will obtain the knowledge and certainty that a UCLA education provides. Not only is the campus beautiful, but the classes are interesting and there are endless opportunities to expand one's education and future profession.

  • 01/08/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are a plentiful amount of clubs that university has to offer. Amazed to see that the have a Crew Team.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things outside the campus that I have found. It doesn't seem like there will ever be a dull moment when and if I attend!

    Food and Dining

    There are many choices around the campus as well as the meal plan they offer.

    Dorm Life

    ******

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have personally read this school is great for any school enthusiastic students who appreciate a challenge. It takes a lot of time and effort but it's definitely worth it in the end.

  • 12/31/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 379

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    In three sentences

    I visited the campus on my Christmas break. The campus is beautiful as others have stated. I look forward to attending UCLA in the future.

  • 12/21/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    You should take advantage of all the scholarships available.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood Village is a great place to explore. Santa Monica is close by too. With Uber and Lyft though, distance is no limit (only money is).

    Food and Dining

    Food is delicious! Many options. The weekend hours aren't as accommodating as during the week though, so that is something to consider if you are planning on staying over the weekend and are an early bird or someone who needs to have 3 meals a day. If you are a busy bee and someone who likes to get involved, getting a premium meal plan may be ideal as it allows you to swipe for meals more than once during a given meal period (which helps for those long days filled with back to back meetings).

    Dorm Life

    The staff and the buildings themselves are great. However, you will quickly learn that living with another 100 people or so on a floor is no picnic. Make friends with your RA's; they'll help you get through anything.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA is definitely a school known for its academic rigor. However, this should only encourage you to do your best. If you ever feel you need help, there are many free tutoring options available. Professors are also willing to help. You just need to be willing to put in the time to go to their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Work hard. It'll pay off. Do not procrastinate. Get involved. Give back to your community. Do your research on every school you are planning on applying to, and if possible schedule a tour/on campus visit.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is an amazing school over all. There are many opportunities available to undergraduates to get involved in many ways. The campus is big and beautiful too.

  • 12/20/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    EAF (Enormous Activity Fair) at the beginning of the year proves that there are so many clubs that students can join. There are over a thousand (an estimate) of clubs that there is bound to be one (or two or three) that will fit you.

    What to do for fun

    CEC (Campus Event Commission) hosts so many free events for students to attend like concerts or movie screenings. There are free buses to Santa Monica for students to go shopping or to the beach. Westwood has movie premiers and food. Many floor and housing events occur.

    Food and Dining

    On the hill, there are a large variety of food to choose from: organic/healthy, American, Asian, Mexican, and more that I probably don't remember. You can get something different during a whole week. But I know that I have gotten tired of the food quickly.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Hedrick Hall, the highest point of the Hill. It may be the farthest from campus and without air conditioning, but the people and environment make it worth it. There are so many fun events that the building and my RAs have planned. Everybody is friendly, and it feels like one big community together.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely hard. It takes time and perseverance to pass classes. But that isn't to say that there aren't opportunities to better yourself in the classes. It may be hard, but as long as you take those opportunities and focus, it is possible to pass!

    Tips for prospective students

    For students applying: Grades aren't everything. Do what you love and show passion when writing your essays. As long as you take your time and do your application seriously, there is a great chance of getting in. For accepted students: Take advantage of all the FREE academic help and opportunities that UCLA offers. As long as you manage your time wisely, you can succeed.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is truly a diverse university filled with people from various countries, backgrounds, and motivations.The campus is beautiful, and the education is excellent. The atmosphere and social life gives a nice balance between hard work and fun.

  • 12/14/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 379

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    In three sentences

    I visited the campus and it was very beautiful and made me feel very safe. The students were all willing to answer questions I had about the school and guide me in the right direction as I did a personal campus tour.

  • 12/11/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe on campus. You can hold your phone out without having to worry that someone will steal it. You can walk safely back to the dorms from campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join! There's quidditch, acapella groups, and so much more. If you cannot find a club for you, then you can always create it yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a school that balances social life and academics well, then UCLA is a great place to be. The environment is not too cut-throat, but you still have to study to do well.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive and unreasonable anywhere you go honestly.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood is just a 10-15 minute walk away. You can explore different areas of LA. You can go to Santa Monica to go shopping or go to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. My friends from UC Irvine came to UCLA and said the food tastes so much better. I cannot imagine what food at other colleges taste like then. I like how there's a variety too since there are four different dining halls. There's Asian food, organic food, American food, and Italian food.

    Dorm Life

    I like how everything is walkable distance from the dorms, which makes it convenient to go to places, such as another friend's dorm or dining halls.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are pretty tough here. You really have to put in effort and work hard. You cannot expect to sit back and get an A. You get what you give.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be honest in your essays. I cannot stress how important the essays are! Do not try to sound sophisticated when you write them. Use concrete details and show, not tell!

    In three sentences

    Attending UCLA has been a great experience for me. It is such a spectacular school, and I am positive I made the right choice in attending this prestigious university.

  • 12/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Amazingly safe

    Greek Life

    Lots of choices, if interested

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of choices

    Great for these types of students

    Willing to explore a varied college life at a fantastic institution

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None at all

    Bang for the buck

    Ranked 8 th out of 750 leading colleges in the world by US News

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs on campus and great neighbourhood

    Food and Dining

    *****

    Dorm Life

    *****

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough and excellent

    Tips for prospective students

    Very selective as of 2015. Get the grades and be a holistically good student.

    In three sentences

    One of the leading Universities in the West coast and USA. Enjoying my college experience immensely. Go Bruins!

  • 12/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Generally pretty safe. Never heard of rape/ robbery cases on campus.

    Greek Life

    Fun, lots of great people in Greek life. Parties here have legit alcohol though it is hard to get in if you aren't in a frat or don't know anyone in one.

    Clubs and Activities

    As said, there is probably a club for whatever that you are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to be a nerd in school and a party animal at night, Ucla is great for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We like to dis USC. You can find lots of meme and jokes about them... You can't spell suck without USC lol

    Bang for the buck

    Great if your in state, otherwise a bit pricey

    What to do for fun

    Get involved on campus. There's parties, extracurricular, inter murals and so much more

    Food and Dining

    Some of the best food available. Occasionally complaints are like the fries got cold or the line is too longer, otherwise it's all good. Some dining halls may not suit your flavor profiles but I'm sure there is one that will.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms here are generally great, not too noisy and a social able atmosphere. Sometimes it really depends on your Residential Advisor, some make dorm life really fun others bland.

    Academic Rigor

    Especially in the engineering departments, life is tough. Most people come in with a 2100,2200+ Sat score and several APs under their belt. I used to think that I would be able to own everyone here because I used to do the same in my high school, but apparently so did the other people. Faculty here are always willing to help and genuinely care about the students.

    In three sentences

    Great place with lots of diverse people. School has lots of resources for every kind of student. If you have an interest or want to do something, you can find a group of like minded people here.

  • 12/02/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Large variety of things to try. If you are interested in something but never had the guts to try it, start here.

  • 12/01/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt scared on campus or even in Westwood at night!

    Greek Life

    Amazing! Being in the city makes the experience a lot better because the events are much more novel.

    Clubs and Activities

    Even the clubs here are hard to get into. There are a ton of options though so eventually you will get into something interesting.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to work more than play, this is a good place for humanities students because they have more time to take advantage of the city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kerckoff Hall makes you feel like you're in a Harry Potter movie and is always a great place to study.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally think that a community college would have been a better option before coming here. The lower division class quality isn't amazing.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Santa Monica or Venice, the bus is only 50 cents!

    Food and Dining

    Amazing gourmet food. There is something here for anyone and the upperclassmen are always begging the freshman to swipe them in.

    Dorm Life

    Your dorm can either have an ambulance coming every weekend or have no interaction between students. The experinec here all has to do with where you are.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely difficult classes with a very fast pace.

    Tips for prospective students

    Office hours are the best, they are usually empty and the professors love to talk.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a competitive school for students that know how to work hard and are comfortable seeking help outside the classroom. To be a student here you must be focused and dedicated to your academics if you are looking to be successful. The students that are pre-med at this school are going to be the ones having the hardest time because there is an incredible amount of pressure in all the required life science classes.

  • 11/30/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for high academic achieving students

  • 11/24/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    20 of 379

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, sprawling but also contained. In terms of academia, the professors are highly decorated and seem to be extremely knowledgeable. Student body is also friendly and welcoming.

  • 10/16/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 21 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    While on tour, there were many clubs and activities that were mentioned by our tour guide. Also, if there is not something that you are looking for, then you can start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to go to a big city school, but also want to have a relaxed and friendly setting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At UCLA, it is tradition to stick your hand into the Inverted Fountain and be initiated to the school during your freshman orientation. It is then said that if you touch the water again before you graduate, you will add on an extra quarter to your stay at UCLA. So when graduates take their final exam, you will see many of them go into the fountain and celebrate.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA has a variety of dining options! I also loved that it actually has a Yoshinoya on campus too. I feel that anything that I would ever want to eat is available right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I was not able to see the dorms because of saftey regulations, but there were a lot of housing options that were explained in the tour. On-campus and off-campus housing is available. If you would like to learn more about it, you can visit the school website.

    Academic Rigor

    As an intended computer science major, I think that UCLA has very good acedmic standing. Not to mention, it was the place where the internet was first invented.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like big city schools, then I would recmommend UCLA. You are in the city and get to experience city life, but the campus is set apart from the city a little by all of the off-campus housing, which to me, gave a sense of privacy also.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely fell in love with UCLA. I loved everything about it from the location to the people to the food. UCLA has become my number one choice school and I hope to get accepeted for the Fall of 2016.

  • 08/20/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    UCLA has one of the best culinary programs in the nation, so dorm food is always high-quality and delicious!

    Dorm Life

    I think the best feature of the dorms at UCLA is that they are all concentrated on one side of the campus called the Hill. The close proximity to the dining halls and other residence halls allows you to socialize with all of your friends!

    In three sentences

    UCLA is such great university, as it provides beneficial volunteer opportunities, career guidance, and a world-class education. The students are well-rounded and ambitious, in addition to being intelligent and career-driven. The school spirit is amazing, as both academics and sports bring the entire student body together to cheer for the Bruins!

  • 08/03/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the Fall Quarter of every year there is a Harry Potter Week on the Hill (which is where all the residence halls are). There are Quidditch games, Horcrux Hunts, and even a Yule Ball to go to!

    Bang for the buck

    Diddy Reise!! The most amazing build-your-own ice cream sandwiches in the world, and its located right in Westwood. Only $2, but the line gets pretty long because its so popular.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood is about a 10 minute walk from the dorms and there is so much to do. There is great shopping, amazing places to eat, bars, and its even nice to just walk around to people watch.

    Food and Dining

    The food is incredible. There are so many choices when it comes to food for the meal plans. And there are also a bunch of restaurants and cafes on campus to choose from as well. By far, my favorite place was Bruin Plate, the healthy dining hall in the residential area.

    Dorm Life

    I got the cheapest room for my first year: a small triple. I didn't like my roommates and the communal bathrooms were not so great. The building I was living in was newly renovated, so at least I had an all new room.

    Academic Rigor

    As a transfer student, I was used to the academic rigor of a community college. The amount of studying and effort at UCLA needed to pass your classes is so much more. I really had to adjust and improve my studying habits to keep up with the pace of the classes. The amount of information you learn in the classes is so worth the extra effort!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the people you see and hear from when you are there. They all started the same way that you did, and you can grow to be at there level during your time at UCLA.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is an incredible school, with not only a beautiful campus to explore, but also amazing opportunities to take advantage of. After spending one year here, I am constantly astounded by the amount of intelligent people I am surround by every day, and I can't wait to go back for my next year. UCLA has enhanced my desire to learn and helped me to grow as both a student and a person.

  • 07/04/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 379

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The best thing to do for fun is to go out with friends to do the many things that UCLA has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    The food is the best you will ever have!

    Dorm Life

    It is fantastic! You meet so many people that are kind and fun to be around.

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough, but you just have to believe in yourself and do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well during high school and be involved in at least three activities that you are committed to. In addition, it is a good idea to obtain leadership positions.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is the perfect college. The students are nice and diverse and the campus is beautiful. There is also never a short of school pride!

  • 06/20/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Sometimes the campus can feel very dark and unsafe at night. The police do have an on call ride system though for traveling back home at night from anywhere on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Check out the sculpture garden and the botanical garden! They are great places to relax!

    What to do for fun

    Westwood is nearby, as well as all of Los Angeles! Go to the museums, events, beach, etc. all around the Los Angeles area! Take advantage of all that is going on in the city, there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining on the hill (around the dorms) provides many different options. My personal favorite was Bruin Plate (BPlate), where they have a large selection of Vegetarian/Vegan meals, all organic and local! They made delicious food! Brunch on the weekends was always the best at the dining halls, as well as the Monte Bianco (gelato sundae with a warm fudge brownie) from Caf�© 1919.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great! Since I transferred in, I got to stay in the transfer dorms which are a bit larger and have AC (De Neve Gardenia/Holly). Get to know your floormates! Some of them will become lasting friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be very intense. The quarter system moves fast so don't slack off. Plan out study groups with other classmates, and try to stay ahead if possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your professor's office hours! They are more than willing to help you out, as well as become crucial resources for letters of recommendation. Also, be prepared for faster paced classes since this school is on the quarter system.

    In three sentences

    A very competitive school, but where everyone is friendly to one another. The classes are very informative, and the professors are willing to help you out if you put in the effort and show up to office hours. This school has allowed me to grow academically, socially, and has made me a better person!

  • 05/02/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 379

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food was delicious! I especially liked the dining hall at De Neve. A+ waffles!!

    Dorm Life

    I had a chance to stay for a couple nights at a dorm room in Rieber Hall. The layout is very space efficient and works well if you are at least somewhat organized. The bathroom has about five toilets and five showers and four sinks and I never had to wait for anyone when I needed to use the bathroom for any reason.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started classes yet, but from the application process, it is evident that UCLA has really high standards. I'm really looking forward to attending!

  • 04/04/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 379

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many museums nearby as well as many food places.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty small, but that's every college. It's pretty neat.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will definitely challenge you intellectually.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely amazing! The people are so nice! The food is definitely the best.

  • 03/30/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 379

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Excited for Bruin Day!

  • 03/19/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Its Florida...

    Tips for prospective students

    Hell or High Water...your choice.

    In three sentences

    The campus is filled with life! The campus' has superior diversity. In comparison to it's surroundings UFL has a great football team!

  • 01/21/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 379

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We can not tell you or we would have to kill you.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is delicious and healthy.

    Dorm Life

    I live in an area that is known as one of the worst places to live but I still have a good social life and quiet dorm to come home to. When I go to other dorms I instantly meet new people and make authentic connections.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has excellent education and stands up to the rigor of any Ivy League school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here ready to learn and work hard. Also make sure you still join clubs and do things, you need stories to tell your children.

    In three sentences

    The university of California at Los Angeles is a very diverse and well-rounded school. The classes are very challenging and enriching. The students here get a one of a kind education.

  • 01/02/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 379

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    What to do for fun

    Sleep, because I do not have time due to work and classes/homework.

    Food and Dining

    Horrible people say it is so amazing but after the third week you get tired of it. Plus, the lines for one small amount of food are so long and they are everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Its expensive and irritating, the housing payments are stressful because the office never helps people on time, and the housing cost is more than the tuition of going to the school. And they do not give you the roommate you requested in the beginning of the year.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not underestimate any class you take even if you believe it would be an easy A, because you will be surprised.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you really want to go to this school and are passionate about your major then its do able and you will do okay.

    In three sentences

    It is extremely competitive and hard. I never seen so many students that were as smart as me and so many others that are smarter than me. But, even with this competitive atmosphere there is this sense of lifelines.

  • 12/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 379

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    In three sentences

    Attending UCLA will force you to become a better student and an independent thinker. The collection of braniacs here make life at UCLA an engaging academic experience that is combined with an exciting social life in a vibrant part of LA. UCLA offers an intense but amazing college experience that is unparalleled elsewhere (especially the school which shall not be named).

  • 12/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus and in Westwood and walking around with friends in the middle of the night. Apparently the area is not rated as being that safe though. I would just recommend being with others you trust when going out late, but that's with any place.

    Clubs and Activities

    Huge club selection. There WILL be something you like here, whether it's a fun-seeking club, an exercise club, or a club related to your major.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, adventurous, independent, social, deep-thinker

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Hill is a huge hill you have to climb to get to the dorms AND climb down to get to classes. UCLA is basically a valley. You get good exercise and you get to see the beautiful campus from both hilltops.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is pretty affordable RELATIVE to other top-notches in the country. I'm happy with the price as an in-stater. As a middle-classer not so much.

    What to do for fun

    You can visit Westwood and walk around, see a movie, eat, shop, etc. Take a bus and go to Santa Monica and the pier there. Exercise at Drake stadium, Wooden gym, or the new gym on the Hill (the Hill is where all the dorms and dining halls are). Participate in a club that's basically a hobby. You can seek out local volunteer work. Bike ride if you take your bike. Take a bus to Culver City Mall.

    Food and Dining

    Love the food. Lots of good brain food options. BPlate is the newest and best dining hall at UCLA that is loved by most. It has lots of healthy food. When I was on break, I actually missed dining hall food. I'm pretty sure we're on some list for best college food too. Other dining halls: Covel (Italian), De Neve (American and Mexican), Cafe 1919 (Italian fast food), BCafe (like a Subway), Feast (Asian).

    Dorm Life

    Very social for freshman (the halls are). There are also dorms that are less, well, loud. They are maintained well by cleaning staff. The rooms are small. The buildings are big. UCLA by no means has award-winning dorms but they are all pretty new and in good condition!

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely rigorous. You have to learn how to study efficiently and how to manage your time wisely. Nonetheless, getting through a course is so rewarding (if you tried your best, that is) and you surprise yourself in what you can do.

    Tips for prospective students

    If there is an area of study you are mostly sure about pursuing, then I would recommend attending this school because you will be challenged in that area to learn a lot in a short amount of time. But no worries because if you like it, then it will be worth it in the end of your studies. Do no attend this school JUST because it is prestigious. Once you're in here, you will have to work hard to be a part of its prestige. But it's not like you won't have friends and resources along the way to help. There are plenty of those if you seek them out! You will definitely be independent at this school but you will learn how to overcome some life challenges.

    In three sentences

    This school is academically rigorous, network-encouraging, diverse, and in an exciting area to live in. Students study all the time everywhere but at least the dorm food, weather, and opportunities are great! I would recommend this school for someone who wants to be challenged academically, socially, and maybe even physically (many don't get a lot of sleep haha)!

  • 12/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCPD is often on campus and are supposed (I haven't personally called) to have a fast response time to calls. Evening vans shuttle students for free from Westwood to campus. Campus service officers are available to walk students after sunset on campus to their dorms or wherever they need to go. The campus is fairly well lit, it's never completely dark. They even have a lighted trail for joggers. I find it's a safe campus. The biggest crime on campus is theft, so just make sure to close dorm doors and lock bikes. The campus has safety events and talks as well.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life, but I know there are different focuses that the various groups have. They can range from pre-professional to community service to cultural oriented. Not all sororities and frats have a house, but are rather just a group/organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities offered for almost any interest, group, or passion you have. Areas covered include environmental, political, religious, cultural, fantastical, community service and athletic. If you find there's something missing, you can always start a club.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for students who love the sun, nice people, great academics, a plethora of opportunities, and a community feel in the middle of a big city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After you are 'bruintized' in the inverted fountain at orientation, vowing to uphold Bruin values, you cannot touch the fountain water again until after your last senior finals. If you touch the water, the legend says you will add a quarter to your four years of college.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is really a wonderful university. The price of tuition is a great value for the education received. Housing can be expensive, but it is worth it to have at least one year of dorm life. It makes a student's life so much easier not having to worry about cooking or driving and parking. It also makes it easier to attend events and participate in activities, which are usually in the evening. The campus is hilly, so I like to think of it as a built-in workout :). The campus also happens to be gorgeous; there are a lot of trees and the architecture is unique, especially in north campus. This makes studying almost anywhere on campus absolutely perfect. Studying is enjoyable not only because of the atmosphere, but because you can pick to study something you are interested in from a variety of classes. The professors, in my experience, are so engaging that they make you even more interested in the subject. They have surpassed my expectations. At a big university, I didn't think professors would have the chance to remember students' names or be so available to answer students' questions, but they have been so attentive and responsive. They make learning enjoyable. Even though studying and learning is the main purpose of attending UCLA, it is important to have a support network. People at UCLA are some of the nicest people I have ever met. I often encounter smiles, hellos, and enthusiastic directions when needed. You truly feel like part of a community- a helpful, supportive, nice community. There are also clubs focused on creating smaller communities within the campus (cultural, religious, transfer, etc.). Overall UCLA excels aesthetically, academically, and in extracurricular activities.

    What to do for fun

    UCLA makes sure there is plenty of fun to offer students needing to take a break from studying. There are many clubs and extracurricular activities you can join, including quidditch, chess, and dancing. There is almost always a dance group practicing in the evening, from Bruin plaza underground parking lots! There are free movie screenings, concerts, open mic nights, and dances in the library. Student discounted tickets are offered for events in Royce Halls which include a variety of music, dance, and speaking performances and presentations. There are gyms, pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, a rock wall, and challenge course on campus (including near the hill). If the facilities and events hosted on campus don't fulfill your need for fun, in Westwood (the village walking distance from UCLA) there are movie premieres. You can also take a bus to Santa Monica, where you can shop and play on the beach. Also nearby are Beverly Hills, the Getty Center and Griffith Park. UCLA's centrally located position makes it an awesome campus at which to learn and play!

    Food and Dining

    The food at UCLA is diverse and delicious. Feast at Rieber serves Pan Asian food, focusing on a different Asian cuisine each night. The different stations include a flatbread, spice kitchen, and more. Covel serves Mediterranean food and has Pita Tuesdays for lunch. Although the hummus and other dishes are not authentic, it is still great food. The menu usually includes pasta. De Neve features Latin and American food, including quesadillas, Chile Verde and corn fritters. Covel and De Neve always serve burgers, grilled cheese, hot dogs, and pizza. Bruin Plate is focused on providing healthy food to students. Their freshly made food incorporates whole grains and seasonal fruits and vegetables. They have the most unique dishes while still being delicious! Dessert includes a fruit and yogurt bar, bread, and other small, healthier desserts (e.g. peanut butter chocolate chip ball or date bar). All residential restaurants have a salad and soup bar. The atmosphere is nice, all having huge windows overlooking the campus. If you're not into scenery, there are televisions as well. If you do not have time to sit in, there are several to-go dining options. There are breakfast and lunch to-go options from the dining halls, which include parfaits, smoothies, and sandwiches, but there are also quick service restaurants. Bruin Cafe offers soups, salads, and sandwiches- BBQ Beef Brisket, Southwest Chicken wrap, and Chinese Chicken salad are some of my favorites- as well as coffee, pastries, and smoothies. Cafe 1919 serves Panini sandwiches (Chicken pesto-yum!), personal pizzas, salads, gelato, and coffee drinks. Rendezvous has both a Latin and Asian menu with daily specials. The pick two items Asian combo is big and includes delicious items such as orange chicken and sesame wings! Whatever food at whatever time you feel like, chances are your cravings will be satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, easy, and convenient. There are different living options. Essentially the differences lie with the number of roommates (zero to two) and bathroom location (down the hall, shared between two rooms, or private bathroom). One dorm option includes a shared living area. Dorm life is situated on what is called the hill. The hill is home to the dorms, dining options, a convenient store, study lounges, computer labs, fitness facilities, and some other resources. Each dorm floor or building hosts events. The On Campus Housing Council at UCLA also puts on events for all dorm students. Events range from movie nights to awareness fairs to finals stress relief. Some dorm buildings are known to be more social than others (most say residential halls are the most social), but I think it is what you make of it. There are themed halls as well that you can request when you apply. In the residential halls' bathrooms are cleaned every day while private bathrooms are cleaned once a week. Residents must take out their own room trash and recycling. Laundry facilities are located within each housing area. The rooms may be smaller than you're used to, but they make good use of the space. Important to note, it takes about 15-25 minutes to walk to classes from the dorms depending on which building it is located, and about 15-30 min to walk to Westwood, depending on your destination. Overall, dorm life makes it easier to focus on being a student.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA is rightfully a highly ranked university. The professors are some of the top researchers in their fields and their lecturing skills are just as good. UCLA's academic rigor is challenging but not unbearable. The classes I have taken have been taught by professors who wish to engage students in critical thinking and analysis of not only the material being studied in class, but issues and events occurring in real life. The classes have been a good challenge that have encouraged more questioning and exploration of those and similar concepts taught and have led to mastery of the subjects. The rigor of the courses has led to increased interest and mastery of the subjects, as opposed to being so difficult that interest has subsided. It requires much time and effort, but academic success is achievable with determination.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCLA can only benefit those who take advantage of its offerings. As soon as you're admitted, look up all of their (free) resources and plan on visiting each place early in your time at UCLA. The Career Center is a great place to help you figure out your career plans and become involved with programs/internships related to your field of study. Many resources are also devoted to writing help, scholarships, academic advising, mental health, clubs and organizations, free printing, and more! Workshops (the link will be on your MyUCLA) are offered on a variety of topics and are quite helpful. Also, there are usually lectures and events that are advertised on a department's homepage. So check your favorite departments' homepages and for other events around campus look up UCLA happenings and UCLA Reslife for hill (dorm life) events! Don't forget your professors are also resources. Try not to be intimidated; all the professors I have encountered are extremely nice and welcoming to students and their questions. Go to office hours early on, whether it be to introduce yourself, discuss their research, or ask questions on class material. The point is to utilize this precious time that the professor has set aside to interact with his or her students. Teacher Assistants usually offer office hours as well, so try to take advantage of those too. Remember, don't let the vast array of athletic facilities, sports, clubs, lecture events, and other extracurricular activities along with your classes overwhelm you. Try out a little at a time to see what you can handle with your coursework. If you follow these tips, you'll be well on your way to having the most academically and personally enriching university experience!

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a beautiful campus (that serves good food) providing many opportunities to explore your intellectual and extracurricular passions and interests through its many helpful staff and resources. While here, you are bound to encounter a professor whose research intrigues you and fosters an intellectual pursuit of that topic. Most importantly, the professors are not only talented and intelligent, but kind, approachable, and interested in their students' learning.

  • 12/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The list of fun activities is inexhaustible. Quite literally, any interest that you may have is sure to have a club or organization associated with it at UCLA.

    Food and Dining

    One of the best college dining facilities in the United States. Every meal you have at any of the dining halls or restaurants around campus is sure to be a fulfilling one. Outstanding variety and top notch quality on everything that emerges from those kitchens.

    Dorm Life

    The quality of dorm life at UCLA is unparalleled. Most of the dorms are very social. The rooms are well designed to meet your requirements. If you are in a triple, it may get cramped at times but that's just a minor problem. The restrooms are cleaned on a regular basis. Depending on whether you are in a hall or suite, you may get a common or a private restroom. There are study lounges on the floor if the room gets too boring for you. There are also residential assistants who are on hand to help you with whatever you need.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA runs on the quarter system which is extremely fast paced. So, even if your coursework doesn't seem too hard, you might become hard-pressed for time. Time management is the key to success at UCLA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some of the majors are quite hard to get into, so you may want to apply undecided and then on the strength of your grades within college, switch to the major of your choice. Make sure your application presents a comprehensive picture of who you are & what your achievements are. Even if some parts of your application aren't very strong, there may be other things you've accomplished that may swing the admission decision in your favor.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus with a very diverse group of students. There are so many different opportunities on campus, that every student can realize their true potential. Highly qualified teaching staff and excellent facilities & infrastructure.

  • 12/17/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I really want to go to this school, it seems so amazing! Is it hard to get in? Do you have to pay for applications?

  • 12/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Westwood is only a short walk/Uber away, with tons of stuff to do there.

    Food and Dining

    An incredible amount of options, variety and hours. 10/10

    Dorm Life

    Very friendly people, classic dorm halls are incredibly small though.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging school, with some GE's that are somewhat easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    An amazing school with great academics, people, and environment. Not only will it give you the challenge you've been searching for, but the tools to take it on. Not only are academics a huge part in the school, but hundreds of clubs and sports are available at a moments notice.

  • 12/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe neighborhood (Westwood) and there's an entire police branch dedicated for the safety of UCLA students.

    Clubs and Activities

    With so many students on campus, it's guaranteed to find something you're interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Well-rounded individuals. Purposely vague because you can't define a Bruin by only one aspect. It's all or nothing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This section is for us to know and for you to find out when you get here.

    Bang for the buck

    With the tuition the way it is already and the UC Regents passing a tuition hike, the thought of graduating with a lot of student debt gets really depressing, especially because this is a public school.

    What to do for fun

    Do what you like! If you played a certain sport or were in a certain club in high school, you'll definitely find people you click with here. There are so many students it's actually harder to find something nobody has ever done before.

    Food and Dining

    With 8 places to pick where you want to eat everyday, how can you get sick of it?

    Dorm Life

    So many things to do, so little time to do it.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're not prepared academically, it's going to be rough. If you are prepared, you've found the right place.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's not just about the grades or the scores. Get a well-rounded education that includes plentiful extracurriculars to show you have a life outside the classroom and are hungry for more. At the same time, don't just join clubs for the sake of joining clubs, UCLA appreciates commitment and leadership.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has a great history and tradition that gives you a full college experience. Students get so many opportunities to do what they love and love what they do. Even if you can't find your niche here, you can create your own.

  • 11/23/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This school is really big and it is a great school to get to know the people. This school has great records in Football and others.

  • 11/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of things you can do for fun. There is Westwood, the planetarium, the gym, swimming pool, pool, air hockey, ping pong and much, much more.

    Food and Dining

    Overall, the food is amazing, but you begin to miss home cooked meals with the family.

    Dorm Life

    People tend to get too comfortable with you and start acting like they own your stuff, set boundaries. Get a double if you can triples suck and people are invasive.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes may seem easy but midterms come and it is like BANG, it seems like you skipped every class.

    Tips for prospective students

    USE ALL RESOURCES PROVIDED TO YOU (there are many) AND DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!

    In three sentences

    The first few weeks everyone is super friendly and willing to be your friend; however, that soon changes so focus on a couple of people to be friends with rather than everyone. Dorm food is amazing, but you will miss home food quickly. Overall, it is a great school but there is something missing.

  • 11/14/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    not a student

    Dorm Life

    not a student

    Academic Rigor

    not a student

    In three sentences

    From research, this school sounds great! I also think being in the middle of LA would be great, I love California!

  • 11/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is lots of campus safety seminars when I started so I feel comfortable and know how to have someone help me keep safe in all areas at all times.

    Greek Life

    Not participating at this time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every sport including Quidditch and ultimate frisbee. I joined 3 clubs the first week.

    Great for these types of students

    Courses here are for those that really want to get into a subject and have opportunities to discuss it with students, professors and TAs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone knows how to do the 8 clap. The special spot for every Bruin is the inverted fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to the Rose Bowl for football games is so exciting and the students are very into all the spirit.

    What to do for fun

    There is a sporting event on campus often. I also like the concerts and lots of places to go out in Westwood.

    Food and Dining

    There are many choices so I can easily find what I like.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of people to meet and it is very convenient to get to campus. Some areas are more crowded than others.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but you can keep up.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will be very busy here doing lots of things. Get good shoes for walking everywhere. Living on campus is very good the first year.

    In three sentences

    The classes are challenging, but lots of students to discuss topics with. There are topics that I never imagined I could take. The campus is great and it is easy to get everywhere including close by Westwood.

  • 10/04/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Yummy food! Who doesn't like food?

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life seems so exciting! I think I want to live in them.

    Academic Rigor

    While researching the university, I've noticed it is very challenging. Getting admitted is very difficult but I love a good challenge!

    In three sentences

    From my research, UCLA is an amazing school to attend. Not only is there amazing rigorous academic courses, but the school is in the middle of Los Angeles. I'm so excited to experience this first hand and not through research.

  • 07/22/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    For an In-state student, it is totally worth it. But an out-of state student may want to consider other colleges as well because out of state tuition is about the same as private colleges' tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons (800+) clubs/organizations on campus. Plus, L.A. is a big place with lots to do and explore.

    Food and Dining

    The food is SOOOOO GOOOD!!!

    Dorm Life

    So many things going on everyday

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes (particularly upper-division ones) are hard; however, the GEs are fairly doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before deciding to see if you actually like the big college feel.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has an absolutely gorgeous campus. Additionally, the campus food is delicious! (Do I even need to say anything else? b/c good food is all you need :) )

  • 07/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 45 of 379

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    Campus Safety

    Even at 3 am, I felt safe walking around campus alone. There are little podiums you can go to if you don't feel safe and someone will come assist you, and there is an escort service that will pick you up / walk with you to your destination. UCLA is such a safe campus and rarely do you hear of anything going wrong on the campus itself. The surrounding apartment areas are a bit less secure but I have never encountered any problems walking from the apartments back to the dorms late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I've said many times, UCLA has something for everyone. Swim club, League of Legends club, quidditch club... you name it. And if it's not a thing yet, it's super easy to start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for students who are looking for a challenge, but are willing to be humbled. You may have been the smartest kid in your graduating class but I can almost guarantee there will be someone who is 100x smarter than you without even trying. It sucks but it really helps you grow as a student. To be successful at UCLA you have to be disciplined. Going to class is so SO important, no matter if lecture notes are online or if the teacher podcasts the class. Students who are willing to put in the hard work will do very well.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's be real - UCLA is not cheap. There are a lot of seemingly pointless fees. While graduating with a degree from UCLA is advantageous in today's job market, it doesn't always guarantee success. How much bang you get for your buck really rests on if you choose to take advantage of all the free perks you get by being a student (gym access, pool access, rec center access, etc).

    What to do for fun

    Besides having a club to appeal to literally everyone, Westwood and the surrounding areas are all great places to go and hang out. Santa Monica is super close and only costs $1 for a bus there and back; tons of buses go to downtown from nearby as well. Greek life is pretty big on campus so there is always a party on Thursday or Friday to go hang out at. Most dorm buildings have a game room on the bottom floor you can use, and the IM field is almost always open to go and mess around on. Sunset Rec is another great place to go; there are pools, volleyball courts and large fields to hang out on.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA restaurants are incredible. Hands down. Tons of variety between the dining halls and the quick serve places; Italian, Mexican, Asian, and American food. The hours for some of the restaurants make it hard to coordinate classes and grabbing lunch at your favorite place (unless your favorite place is BCaf) but there is always somewhere open to go eat. Meal plans are pretty pricey but if you can, get either 14P or 19P. Don't settle for regular.

    Dorm Life

    The experience you have in the dorms will really vary depending on where you end up. If you choose to live in a themed community, make sure it is something you really care about, otherwise you will end up with a group of people who are all passionate about something and you may feel left out. UCLA has a lot of amazing people, but there is always potential to be stuck on a floor with a bunch of boring people. If you can, try to room with someone you know because it will make the transition so much smoother. Getting stuck with crappy roommates really puts a damper on freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    Both North Campus and South Campus classes are hard for different reasons. North Campus classes involve a lot of reading and writing but the material is usually pretty straight-forward and just requires memorization. South Campus classes generally require little homework but involve a LOT of studying to be able to get the material down because of how complex it can get. Classes at UCLA are hard but are definitely manageable on the quarter system.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on building up extracurriculars and volunteer hours. Grades do matter but they're not everything; UCLA looks for very well-rounded students. Dedicate a lot of time to writing and rewriting your essay to make it as good as possible; this is your one shot to communicate your personality to admissions when, otherwise, all they have to go off of is numbers.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is an amazing school if you love being around people and testing your academic (and social!) limits. There are so many clubs and teams and there is literally something for everyone. While attending UCLA is a challenge, the people you meet, the experiences you have, and the things you learn make it so worth it.

  • 07/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to read, and study a lot, but also prepare to have the time of your life.

    In three sentences

    I love my college. It's very friendly, and provides a great academic community. There's endless opportunities of what one can do at UCLA, and there's available connections everywhere you turn.

  • 06/30/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing

    Dorm Life

    It seems VERY fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Seems very tough, but definitely worth it.

    In three sentences

    It is a great looking school. Awesome academics. Food court is bomb.

  • 06/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    All the Hill buildings require you to swipe with your Bruin Card and after 9:00 pm there are guards posted at the entrances of all of the residential buildings.

    Greek Life

    one word: Awesome.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and Hill activities that you will ALWAYS be busy with something fun.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is a great school for the students that are really competitive but really love to party, too. And obviously, the athletes are more than welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The tunnels. Be careful trying to get in because they are completely off limits. The tunnels are something you HAVE to explore before graduating, just don't bring your Bruin Card.

    Bang for the buck

    Out-of-state tuition is rough, but what tuition isn't? As for the rest of your money, trust me it is going into a great school that you will earn a great education from. And some of that money goes to some free once in a lifetime events that UCLA puts on.

    What to do for fun

    You are in LA! Hollywood to the east, Santa Monica to the west, Beverley Hills in the north, and about a billion other fun things to do are going to be a real distraction from studying. If you know how to manage your time right, you'll feel more like you're spending a year discovering all LA has to offer than a year getting through the tough courses.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA is ranked second for the food they offer, and that is only because Cornell (which is a culinary school) is ranked first.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing. All on campus housing is up and the Hill. Everyone is so social and food options are always close by. You have to spend at least one year on campus for the true UCLA college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are intense. The students are even more intense. Be prepared for what we like to call the classic weeder classes. Once you get past these you'll be in upper division courses that will be more specific to your major and your interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for heavy competition. Everyone is there for the same reason as you are, and like you, they are all trying to get the best grade they can get. Study hard and don't get too distracted by everything UCLA and the rest of the city has to offer.

    In three sentences

    All I can say is absolutely amazing! The combined atmosphere, academics and social life offered here amount to much more than what I was expecting. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.

  • 04/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. There are Campus Security Officers that will walk you back to your dorm from on campus late at night if you feel unsafe, and there are courtesy shuttles from anywhere on campus that will also drive you back.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for anything that you're interested in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, because some people go home on the weekends, the parties are thursday nights, which is a little unfortunate if you have early friday classes.

    Bang for the buck

    The experience you get from UCLA is priceless. Your're making an investment on your future, so when your're older and successful, the price of school will definitely be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of on-campus activities from intramural sports, to chilling at the sunset rec center (which has two pools, a huge grass lawn, tennis courts, and sand volleyball). And, the bus to Santa Monica pier is only 50 cents and less than half an hour. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in Westwood along with a movie theater. Never bored here!

    Food and Dining

    Ranked number two for dining halls in the nation! There are four dining halls: two traditional american, one asian, and one healthy. There are also three take out restauraunts--one open till 2 am! All of this on the meal plan, so you never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms are together so the entire campus community is very close

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are definitely harder than high school. Especially if you are a south campus major (math and sciences and engineering).

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep those grades up but just as importantly the leadership extracurriculars.

    In three sentences

    UCLA deserves its prestige as one of the best colleges in the nation. It is one of the top research universities in the nation, so your professors are the ones doing the cutting edge research. AND, school is not just about academics: there's the great community of the dorms, close proximity to the nightlife of the frats or anywhere in LA!

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA is in LA, but it's at the West end of LA. The surrounding town is called Westwood, and unlike the LA downtown, it's a very safe and lively place.

    Clubs and Activities

    Various people attend UCLA, so there are various clubs. International, multi-cultural, charity, pop culture, academics, sports, the list is endless!

    Great for these types of students

    For people who love the sports, there are many, many types of fields, gyms, swimming pools, etc. around the campus and even at dorms.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The famous Royce hall and Powell Library are very pretty, Gothic buildings. They are, along with the Bruin bear statue, the center of the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Dormitory and tuition fee altogether aren't cheap as to say, but there are many opportunities for scholarship and financial aid. If you are a California resident, you should not be worried.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things you can do for fun. Go to Westwood for off campus dining, there are museums inside the school, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, or Chinatown is not very far, fraternity parties, and there are always some school event going on, so you don't even need to get out!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is the best in US, in my opinion. There are 5 dining halls and even more cafes where you can use your meal swipes to eat or take out various cuisines, from European to Asian.

    Dorm Life

    Many types of dorm buildings available, most are fairly new or remodeled. 90% of the students live in dorms or apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA isn't Harvard; we don't focus 100% in academics. We have various majors in art, music, technology, sports, etc. However, those who are diligent and studious, UCLA is happy to support.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to come to UCLA just because it's in a major city. It's not at all dangerous or scary. Also, be open-minded about students from other parts of the world. That way, you will gain the most.

    In three sentences

    I personally find it an awesome university. There are various fields of study and majors, good dormitory meals and buildings, many students from around the world, and famous sport teams. The college staffs are very supportive and open-minded.

  • 03/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a group for everything. You can any sport you can think of, learn to dance, or take martial arts classes. Los Angeles is a huge city to explore with an extensive public transport system. The Santa Monica beach is a short bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    The food tastes great and there are many vegetarian options. It's easy to eat healthy with a salad bar in every dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    You meet a lot of people.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here blow out any AP high school class out of the water in terms of difficulty. The final exams are nothing like high school tests. It's not enough to just memorize formulas and equations; you'll have to use everything you know to solve a completely new problem. At least that's how it is as a Civil Engineering major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work, but don't lose out on the great attractions around Los Angeles. Your social life is just as important as your academic life. Expose yourself to as many new experiences as possible to find out about yourself and what you enjoy.

    In three sentences

    There are great things to eat, people to meet, and things to do. The experience is marked by an intense academic rigor - no matter your major, you will find it difficult. It will be incredibly fun at times, and dreadfully stressful in others.

  • 03/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus has its own UCPD. they also have services to walk you home at night or drive you to your dorm/apartment if you do not want to walk alone. Safety is taken seriously at UCLA.

    Greek Life

    I tried greek life. It wasn't for me. It is a typical sorority/fraternity scene. The men are respect-less and the women are clique-y. Drinking and getting drunk is all too common, to the point where the sorority's or fraternity's values are completely left behind. As a whole, Greeks seem superficial and are not for the more down to Earth, genuine, wholehearted individuals.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCLA offers 1000 student clubs. there are a couple hundred club sports as well. Join one or many and try them out! a feeling of shared community within these clubs is the best way to not feel so small in such a large school. there IS something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    passionate, driven, diverse, wanting-to-create-change kind of students. dedicated and motivated students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spring Sing is a MUST-ATTEND spring student concert including solos, duets, bands, and a Capella. Undie Run is a fun experience too, every Wednesday of Finals week, run around westwood and campus in your underwear with your friends, releasing yourselves of finals stress. Den Passes are available for $100 and allow you entrance into all men's football and basketball home games. very worth it and a great deal considering normal ticket prices!

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is hard to pay for if you do not have financial aid. Loans are available, but keep your academics up and you could qualify for an academic scholarship. UCLA comes with the name, so you have that on your degree for life: prestige and worldwide recognition. its worth it, but don't give up on financial aid searches.

    What to do for fun

    Club of IM sports are awesome to get involved in, meet new friends, and have a release activity to count on. It not only gets you exercise but you meet cool people and have a scheduled fun activity away from academics.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA has a ton of dining options on campus especially for the dormers with meal plan. a variety of cuisines are available. Other non-meal plan options include restaurants such as Panda Express, Rubios, Northern Lights, Subway, and other dining establishments.

    Dorm Life

    did not live in dorms

    Academic Rigor

    the quarter system is one to stay on top of because once you're behind, its difficult to catch up. classes are demanding so prioritize study/schoolwork time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your niche! with 40,000 students, a social life is difficult if you don't narrow it down. join clubs/activities that suit your interests to find others that have the same interests as well. don't leave your studies behind though, the quarter system is a quick and relentless one.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a goldmine of academic, athletic, extracurricular, leadership, jobs, and athletic opportunity. Its diverse and offers a lot in terms of activities to its students. As a large school, the population can be overwhelming.

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, netflix, hang out with friends, ice blocking, exploring the tunnels (jk don't do that)

    Food and Dining

    UCLA has great food. I hardly eat off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Can be pretty social unless you live in some of the anti-social dorms like in Sunset Village. Other than that I hear it's pretty awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with college credits of some sort: community college, AP credits, IB. Don't worry too much about SATs focus more on essays and extracurriculars. Make friends FAST (especially with upperclassmen).

    In three sentences

    UCLA is good school all around; the reputation is good, social life is great, and there's lots to do since it's in Los Angeles. Academics can be tough especially since you compete against a lot of students and sometimes professors don't care about how well you are doing. It's can also be really hard and stressful if you DON'T come in with college credit.

  • 03/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    phi beta sigma

    What to do for fun

    I used to play basketball for fun but now I'm a junior. I like to watch and do a little cheerleading on the side.

    Food and Dining

    I like the food there. I just mentioned that. It has a lot of flavor, but not too spicy. I could survive on it.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but I did socialize there from time to time. I like the food there and they have fun people. I had so much fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Its easy to loose focus on how hard to work, become lazy. Study groups helped me stay on task. I built some relationships there.

    Tips for prospective students

    I only will give advice from my experience. I always study early. If I don't study early then I cram.

    In three sentences

    I like UCLA. The campus is nice. The teachers are good.

  • 03/22/2014

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    Tips for prospective students

    Stick to deadlines and apply for scholarships!

  • 03/21/2014

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    In three sentences

    A reach school as well as a major dream school.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and events.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many bight students here and the professors expect alot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard in your classes.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a school that lives up to its standards. The classes challenges the students. Overall, the school is very good academically.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The main paths and walkways are always lit and there are emergency phones scattered all over campus. If you feel unsafe, you can call a campus security service to escort you to where ever you're headed, even if it's a little ways off campus.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of clubs, activities and events as well as local happenings!

    Tips for prospective students

    Your acceptance into UCLA is not only based on grades. If you show you are passionate and serious in your personal statement and extracurricular activities, you are just as likely to be accepted.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has been a great experience so far! I transferred from my local community college and fit right in with the other students I got to know. The quality of the academics, professors and faculty is outstanding and I look forward to the remaining time I have at UCLA!

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Westwood? Nuff said....

    Greek Life

    Not in one. But there are plenty available for all who do want to be in one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything and anything under the sun.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart but laid back in attitude. Lovers of sunshine and optimism. Socialites.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the Bruin statue's nose. Not touching the fountain. Deep, I mean Deep Hatred for all things SC! 8 clap!

    Bang for the buck

    Being an in-stater, I'm getting a world class UCLA education and It's virtually free. Not so good if your an out of stater, but worth it I would say!

    What to do for fun

    Museums, Art and Entertainment, L.A. Nuff said.... Sports nut? Then this place is for you....

    Food and Dining

    Delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Great, but they can be very different! Just know what type of housing you're getting into. Tour, call, read reviews, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't let the beautiful, social, happy people fool you! People here are ambitious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read a lot! Keep your grades up. Show that you can lead.

    In three sentences

    L.A.. Nuff said.... Internet first began here. Jackie Robinson.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join the Greek system, many clubs, and volunteer! There are so many fun places to go to in LA, especially Santa Monica beach.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to work super hard to keep up with everyone academically, but the professors are amazing and are dedicated to their teaching. You also should make sure you know how to balance a social life with good grades.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is the perfect college for any type of person! There is a place for everyone here, and I really feel like there are so many opportunities presented to me. It is academically challenging and socially enriching! We also have amazing sports teams and a friendly, outgoing student body.

  • 03/01/2014

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    Bang for the buck

    Costly, but well worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun!? Go anywhere, anytime, and you're guaranteed to find something.

    Food and Dining

    Good food.

    Dorm Life

    The people you meet and live with are amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    It takes work, but the work pays off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start working on apps early, it can't hurt.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The people are great. The academic life, professors, and sheer range of opportunities available are incredible.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA is surrounded by wealthy neighborhoods like Beverly Hills and and Bell Air and beaches like Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu. Very nice areas with little crime.

    Greek Life

    Is it Thursday yet? Parties are thrown every Thursday in the Fraternities / Sororities 3 minutes from the dorms.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities almost every day.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is the type of place where motivated students thrive. Students who take initiative in approaching professors and exploring clubs will be the happiest because they will get to experience more of UCLA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many 'hidden libraries' and study rooms that I'm still discovering. The campus is very beautiful so any location you chose to frequent will be pleasant.

    Bang for the buck

    The one thing about UCLA that made me wince was the cost of dorming. The cost of dorming for one year can easily reach 14,000, but that includes the meal plan. Overall UCLA offers unique opportunities for connections with companies, professors, employers, study abroad programs, and very accomplished students, so it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown LA is just a bus ride away, but if you prefer to walk, Westwood is within walking distance of campus. Within 9 minutes you can be enjoying a movie, hookah, or Diddy Riese. Many great restaurants are in Westwood, and it is a very safe neighborhood, so late night treats are possible. .

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, honestly I looked forward to eating in the dinning halls every evening. The other smaller restaurants like 1919 and Bruin Cafe have some of the best pizza and sandwiches I've ever tasted. If I could have the Pepato Piatto pizzetta from 1919 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner I would.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is all up to you, your roommate and neighbors. The dorms are very nice and spacious. I stayed in Hedrick Summet with one roommate and a shared bathroom between 4 people and I LOVED it! The Halls are shared between three roommates and have a hall bathroom which makes them very social.

    Academic Rigor

    Varies greatly from major to major. Some classes like the Management and Econ classes require much dedication; think, dream, eat economics, but they are very satisfying in the end because you really learn and you find that the classes are a good test of character.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip would be go to professors' and TA's office hours even when you don't need them (I need to take my own advice more often). Also, don't be shy to speak up in class and ask questions. UCLA is very academically challenging, students are very studious and yet still have time to go out! You will forcefully learn to manage your time.

    In three sentences

    Thee campus of beautiful and near the beach, museums, and Westwood! The Metro or Blue Bus can take you anywhere (metro $1.50, and BBB $.50 with ID). Students are very friendly and very dedicated to their studies but still find time to get involved in extracurricular activities and have a social life.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I am a vegan and I found that UCLA has many options for meals.

    Dorm Life

    Although I am not currently a student at UCLA, I've taken dorm tours and there are so many options. There are smaller rooms with smaller prices, and larger rooms with air conditioning. You can also request 1, 2, or 3 roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Out of all of the colleges I've applied to, UCLA has the highest academic rigor.

    In three sentences

    I love UCLA! I've visited the campus three times and applied to the Nursing School. Right now it's my first choice college and I'm hoping for an acceptance soon!

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food choices were various and accomodating.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem on the small side, but well-organized.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely one of the top schools, academically, that I have visited so far.

    In three sentences

    Upon visiting the campus, I was blown away by the beautiful and traditional style of the campus. I can really picture myself thriving here!

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    (see 'what to do for fun') There's north of 800 clubs, so there's no lack of choice - and if a club representing your interest isn't there, go ahead and petition to start one!

    Great for these types of students

    Nearly everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run - people run in their undies/boxers to bust stress in finals week. Sliding down hills on blocks of ice. The Mysterious Underground Tunnels - oooohhh Generally being drowned in excitement during the UCLA-USC game - even if we know we're going to trash USC. Trying to dodge fliers on Bruinwalk (nah I'm just being mean) Oh, and occasionally you can find Platform 9 3/4 or DIAGON ALLEY written on walls on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Totally. And this is coming from an international student.

    What to do for fun

    There are a LOT of recreational on-campus clubs, and others devoted to certain subjects. There's not only a lot of socializing you could do, but also a lot of doing what you find fun. For example, there's a Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Gaming club, an astronomy club, a film and even an origami society, and loads of other clubs and societies where you find people who share your hobby.There's even organizations that bring together people of the same major or the same field, like the Math or the Stats associations. Ooh, and there's these two lovely gaming places - Ackerman Game-On (where you can choose from a wide variety of games to play on PC stations, XBox 360 or PlayStation consoles), and an arcade room which will give you a good hour of pure fun and a rush of nostalgia. There's even various events/celebrity talks/film sneak peeks (no kidding, they're shown at UCLA about two-three weeks before release) organized by the Campus Events Commission. Watch out, film trivia buffs - they give out free movie posters for answering questions! For those who like comic books and graphic novels, there's an entire section of those in the Powell Library, and a large number of them even at the YRL. For people who like to party a lot - well, you're at UCLA. Knock yourself out.

    Food and Dining

    Cafe 1919 Cookie Sensation Gelato. That is all. Kidding, there's 4 dining halls/restaurants and 3 cafés on campus, within a very close range of the res halls - just a 2 minute walk away at best. De Neve and Covel are two very satisfying options, though De Neve is the more vegetarian-friendly option (I'm vegetarian). They serve hearty and delicious breakfasts as well. Covel leans towards Italian cuisine while De Neve serves more on the Mexican side. Feast is the pan-Asian restaurant, which focuses more on flavor than quantity. There's a wide range of cuisines - Indian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Thai and even Vietnamese and Hawaiian! They're the ones I go to the most often because of the variety available for vegetarians. Bruin Plate is the other restaurant, a favorite among a lot of people on the Hill. Healthy and yet lip-smacking, the food there is very good, though if you're hungry, the small servings would eventually translate to stacks and stacks of plates on your table.

    Dorm Life

    There's three types of dorm rooms: residence (res) hall rooms, plazas and suites. (in decreasing order of liveliness, and increasing order of size and cost) I'm currently in a deluxe residential hall, which means there's a bit more space, even if the floors are just as lively. There's always new people you can meet at the study lounges and interesting building events that take place. It's much more exciting this year for me than it was last year - take the suites only if you prefer a lot more quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA's lower division classes are very highly competitive and the upper division classes to me are wonderfully interesting and yet challenging and rigorous, and the classes are taught by distinguished professors. 'Course one can always organize a study session, or even schedule office hours with the TAs or the professors, who are quite accessible and friendly in general.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your academics matter a lot, but UCLA's a place where you could do anything marvelous and exciting - start a club, or even something more! Stay focused on your academics, but remember that you're in a place that's so lively and energetic, that there's always more to do. Stuff you might find annoying: Parking Stuff you won't find annoying: The weather. Not in a hundred years.

    In three sentences

    I'm so glad to have chosen UCLA. The college is both very prestigious and lively - loads of fun events and parties to go with learning and researching under top notch professors and fantastic resources.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. If I were to choose to study late at the library and I still have to walk back to my room, I have the option of calling the escort service to accompany me on my walk.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs that are bound to suit you. During the first week of school, there is an activities fair in which all the clubs have their own booth and they are organized by the type of club they are so that you can easily find the club that you'd like to join and sign up or get more information.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, I think that UCLA can accommodate any kind of student. Our student population is very diverse with people who hold many diverse interests. The one thing a student may want to consider is the amount of the population. If a prospective student is weary about being a part of such a huge community, they may have to adjust or find another school that suits their preferences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One prominent feature of UCLA is the Sculpture Garden. It is located on North Campus and had many pieces of artwork and sculptures throughout the garden. It is one of my favorite places on campus. And it is really nice to just lay in the grass on a nice day and read.

    What to do for fun

    UCLA is in a great location with Westwood within walking distance. As a first or second year, you are most likely going to not have a car on campus. Therefore, Westwood is a great option to look for something fun to do outside of school whether it be eating out, shopping, or watching a movie. Santa Monica and Venice beach are not too far either. Since Los Angeles is such a tourist site, there are plenty of options to explore and to have fun with. Within school, there are plenty of events that clubs provide the students with including early releases of movies, concerts, guest panels, and fairs.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA has amazing food services available. The cafeterias are all you can eat and serve a wide variety of foods everyday. There are also fast food eateries that serve things such as sandwiches, smoothies, Asian food, Mexican food, paninis, and pizzas. The food always tastes great and the staff is very friendly.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms during my first and second years. The dorms are very nice. The janitorial staff come daily and clean the bathrooms and halls. There are various types of rooms to choose from with many different buildings with great locations. The social aspect of the dorms is great, especially during my first year when I was just getting situated here. People are very friendly. Some people that I met that lived on my floor during my first year have become some of my best friends. The resident advisors are very friendly and helpful. Many fun events are planned throughout the year as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very rigorous here, which should be expected considering that the admittance rate is about 20% of the 80,500 applicants. Compared to my high school, this transition was huge considering academics. Therefore, I really had to adjust to new learning habits and environments. Although it is hard, it is not impossible. Professors, teaching assistants, and tutors are all available for your use.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I have for prospective students is to stay on top of reading and try your very best not to fall behind, because since UCLA is on a quarter schedule, time tends to go by very quickly. To add on to my advice to not fall behind, I strongly encourage that you attend each and every class. It is very easy to decide to miss a class and stay in bed instead but I advise you that going to class is always for the best!

    In three sentences

    This is one of the most prestigious universities on the west coast and I am beyond thrilled to be able to attend this school. While UCLA is very competitive and challenging in schoolwork, I have found it rewarding nonetheless. Additionally, the people are friendly and the campus is beautiful.

  • 02/04/2014

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    Food and Dining

    In-n-out close by enough said.

    Dorm Life

    Looks fun and beautiful scenery everywhere on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor looks tough but there is always help.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is insanely huge, like a mini city in itself. But there is the Ronald Reagan Hospital, fire department, and police department standing by very close to the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    As stated earlier, there are many types of intramural/ club sports to join, ethnic/cultural clubs, performance clubs, volunteer clubs, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student would enjoy this campus, especially those who are very ambitious!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a lot of money, of course. But you are paying for an unforgettable experience that you will not regret.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and Everything you can think of. Workout at the gyms, go swimming, play tennis, basketball, soccer, join an intramural/club sport, join the hundreds of interesting school clubs, hangout with your friends around campus, or go roam the amazing city of Los Angeles. Go to Venice Beach, Santa Monica Boulevard, 3rd Street Promenade, the Grove, the Museum of Arts, walk around Westood, DisneyLand, Universal Studios, watch a movie at the iMax Theater, etc. And that is just naming a few.

    Food and Dining

    Spectacular food at the dining halls! So many great choices, from the traditional Bruin Burger, to the elegant made pasta, pizza, omelets, variety of salads, sandwiches, muffins, ice cream, cake, pie, fruits, cereal, toast, etc. The food selection goes beyond this small list.

    Dorm Life

    There are normally three students per room and there is usually a suite to share as well. Living space is nice and fair, granted your roommates aren't slobs. Cleaning services usually clean bathrooms once a week. Like any other dorm life, can be fun and memorable if you make it that way.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared for the academic rigors. It's a pretty hard school to get admitted into, and there is a reason for it. Most admitted students used to getting straight A's in class find it a real challenge to even earn a solid B- in a class. Get ready for a heck of a lot of studying and sleep deprivation. :P

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for everything this campus has to offer, which is just about everything. Be prepared to be lost for the first few weeks within the school's breathtaking atmosphere. For those still in high school, finish your last years strong. Shoot for higher GPA's and SAT/ACT scores. Continue being involved in volunteer work, clubs, and extra-curricular activities. Those look great when applying to UCLA.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is the idealistic dream school. Everything from the beauty of the campus itself, the great student organization, campus spirit, competitive athletics, respectful academic facilities, incredible dining hall food, unparalleled legacy/history, and, of course, the ideal location in the heart of the City of Angels. It is the perfect university for all types of incoming college students

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the orientation campus tour there are all kinds of stories about different locations on campus. One tradition that UCLA students have is rubbing the back paw of the bear statue before a test in order to bring good luck. Also, there is an inverted fountain, and the UCLA students are only supposed to touch the water when they are first beginning at UCLA as part of the orientation tour and after they graduate. Otherwise, it is said that you will not graduate from UCLA within 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is reasonably priced, but the housing is rather expensive. It is about the same as the tuition if not more.

    What to do for fun

    When looking to have fun at UCLA there are a wide range of clubs to join and become involved with. Anything you are interested in, you will likely find at UCLA. There seems to always be some kind of activity happening on campus. There are plenty of things to do, if you just look.

    Food and Dining

    There is an array of food choices at UCLA. There are take out eateries and traditional dining halls. Anything you have a taste for, you will probably find at UCLA. There is Italian food, Asian food, Mexican food, etc. There is even a dining hall that specializes in natural, healthful food; everything is cooked healthily, without frying or trans fat, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at UCLA are well kept. There are a variety of options to choose from. There are residence halls which are the typical dorms with the community bathrooms in the hall. There are plazas in which there is a room and a bathroom inside the room. The bathroom is either shared with another room or is private for the room. There are also suite style rooms and university apartments. In the residence hall, the bathrooms are cleaned once a day and in the plazas, bathrooms are cleaned once a week. There is also the option of a room by oneself, a room shared with one other person, or a room shared with two other people. The price goes down, the more people there are to a room.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at UCLA is challenging, but not unreasonable. At a prestigious institution such as UCLA, some work is going to have to be put into getting the grades, but there is still time for enjoying yourself. Studies should be a large part of your time at UCLA, but not the whole of your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be prepared to be challenged in their academic as well as personal lives. You will meet so many people with differing opinions on life and it will challenge you to think about your own views on issues. Along with that, prospective students should be ready to meet people from all walks of life. Prospective students would do well to get involved in some clubs and activities. Studies are important and they are the main reason for being in school, but students also need to have time to enjoy college. Make sure not to procrastinate on your school work. Lastly, be prepared to do a lot of walking. There are plenty of hills and stairs that you will encounter daily.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a diverse school full of people from all over the world. There are always activities taking place and things to get involved in. UCLA is overflowing with opportunity in the wonderful city of Los Angeles.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable college. Many professors make extra effort to keep textbook cost down which I appreciated greatly.

    What to do for fun

    Make friends. Catch some of the free movies. Catch the train into downtown LA and explore!

    Food and Dining

    Very poor choices on campus. Bring a lunch if you want to eat well. They have almost no vegan/vegetarian options. Johny's is good but expect a long wait.

    Dorm Life

    I did not dorm here.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes have been very challenging! All my upper division courses have been difficult, but passable. Some of the lower division classes were too easy, but I liked that balance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make use of all the resources included. Us the student union's gym, study rooms, and lounges. Find the quiet grassy spots on campus by the music building. Always make copies of paperwork submitted. Stay on top of all class registration dates and prerequisites that need to be cleared.

    In three sentences

    The campus is a mix of beautiful new and old buildings. Their is some exceptional professors here who have changed my outlook on life. The location is wonderful because it is so close to LA.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is okay, but the restaurants are the best!

    Dorm Life

    If you dislike sharing space with others and prefer the quiet, submit your confirmation quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    They have a great political science program, but prepared to be challenged.

    In three sentences

    I love the architecture and the atmosphere around UCLA. It seems like a really great school to go to. They have a really great basketball team too!!

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You couldn't feel safer anywhere else. From late night access control, security, escort services, emergency texts, card accessed entrances, to emergency post all around campus, safety is very important at UCLA.

    Great for these types of students

    All types. Introverted, extroverted, in between. All races, sexuality, and religions.

    What to do for fun

    To many to count. The possibilities are almost endless. Beach, movies, exploring the wilderness and city, shopping at many malls and shopping centers, great nights out to eat in LA, parties, dance clubs, bowling, ice skating, etc. Even cheaper fun night are possible from the many events/activities going on on campus. Game rooms, recreational centers, and much more is offered. Even dance, martial arts, music classes are offered!

    Food and Dining

    Quality food that is healthy, aesthetically prepared, and varied. One can find food from all around the world. There is still a good share of chicken wings, fries, and that junk food we all love now and then. There are multiple dining halls that are always clean and constantly improving. Overall, the food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life because you can find yourself fitting into with the wide range of people. Everyone is feeling the same way and is open to finding new friends and meeting new people. Many students are helpful and others very social and fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Not Impossible, but difficult to get used too. The lectures are very engaging and intriguing but exams can be rigorous. Much studying and use of the many resources is required! It is a great time to settle into your passion and finding what you love to do because it makes it all the more easier.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a great place to start investigating your life dreams and aspirations because it has an innumerable amount of opportunities to meet very different people, get a job, explore a new subject, and to do plenty of extracurricular activities! UCLA is the ideal university where one could get a little bit of everything from quiet dorms to very social ones, engaging professors to very caring ones, and quality healthy food to amazing junk food! Finally, UCLA provides a wide range of resources (from tutoring, counseling, guidance, workshops, training, etc.) for students that can really be taken advantage of!

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCLA eight clap! We are super spirited bruins and the eight clap is a part of spirit tradition.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs you may attend, socializing is no problem here. A lot of people are super friendly and inviting. We are down the street from Hollywood and Santa Monica is a 20 minute ride on the bus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is VERY good. We have four dining rooms and three 'on the go' places. There is a large variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is super social! I feel very comfortable and they try to match you to a fun roommate that is similar to you.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA is very academically challenging. Depending also on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCLA offers many majors, therefore anything you wish to learn: it will most likely be available here.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is very social and diverse. You feel super comfortable walking through campus. There is a lot of club/work/intern/ opportunities.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA is pretty safe. They have UCPD dedicated to keeping it safe and Community Service Officers who patrol the dorms, walk people to their apartments, and provide an evening van service so students don't have to walk back alone.

    Greek Life

    I enjoy being part of greek life. I joined a sorority and have made amazing friends. There can be a misconception about sororities, so check it out, you have nothing to loose. They have parties, but also push academics, and creating well rounded people.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCLA has a club for everything, from community service to quidditch. If they don't you can create it. People are friendly, and you can meet so many interesting people through organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a school for everyone. There are groups for out going people, and groups for the more studious homebody people. The only people who may not like UCLA are those who like small classes. They do exist, but are not that common in some majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tunneling is pretty interesting. Undie run happens during finals week, where people run around campus in their undergarments, or shorts.

    Bang for the buck

    It is comparatively less expensive than a private university, but the cost of living is about the same as your tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood has lots of restaurants to go to. There's a few bars, movie theaters, and shopping available. Not to mention as it is Los Angeles you can hop on a bus, or drive to downtown, the grove etc.

    Food and Dining

    While they have a variety of dining halls, the food gets tiring. You eat the same stuff quite often. The lines are long too.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in dorms for three years and I had a great time. Although, my roommates were insane people I still enjoyed it. I had lots of friends on all my floors who I still hangout with. They have different dorm types for the more sociable person, to the person who doesn't like to hangout with new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough. South campus which contains the sciences are difficult. So you will need to study. Being on a quarter system means you have to keep up. North camp, which is the Humanities and social sciences has a lot of reading so try and do as much of it as possible. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a big University, so find your niche as soon as possible. Whatever you are interested in, check it out for yourself, don't always listen to what people say about certain organizations. Make friends in your major, you may be in need in notes one day, or a study buddy. Get involved, UCLA has so much to offer outside as well as inside the classroom. Go to office hours if you need help, it may be intimidating at first, but you can do it.

    In three sentences

    Classes can be way too crowded sometimes, that is including upper division courses. School spirit/pride is big, once a bruin always a bruin (mainly applicable during football season). UCLA is a place where people are friendly, yet competitive in the classroom.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Movie nights are always a big hit. Join clubs. Get involved. Talk to the people in your dorm.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study on your own. No one is holding your hand but you feel a lot better once you know you have done everything you could possibly do to earn your projected grade.

    In three sentences

    There is more than just the academics here. Although it is stressful and difficult at times, it is worth it. The possibilities are endless.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a huge issue on campus and people take it very seriously. You can call an escort anytime throughout the night that can walk with you to your destination. Also, they have a shuttle service at dark. Every Thursday night there is a christian club that offers rides to wherever you need to go!

    Greek Life

    Just new to greek life, and I can tell you it is not for everybody, but if you are a very social person, it is extremely for you. There are many events that you are required to go to, which makes it inevitable to meet people! The sororities have a strict no hazing policy, you can trust me on this! I have met so many fantastic people through this!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 300 clubs and activities, it is bound that you will join a club or two.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are on outdoor type of person there are many hikes, and running paths, outdoor swimming pools and clubs that you can join that allow you to be active. If you are more of a video gamer there is an entire store inside the student center dedicated to video games, sometimes I hear they even have competitions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Wednesday night of finals week at midnight students will run around campus in their underwear and sing the UCLA songs the entire time.

    Bang for the buck

    Things are expensive. It is okay if you can not afford to live on campus, because there are so many clubs that you can join that will help you meet friends.

    What to do for fun

    Every floor always does fun activities throughout the year, so i suggest to get to know your RA's and floor mates. Some other fun things include going out on Thursday nights, going to the bars in Westwood, taking a bus to Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade, or the Santa Monica Pier, or Venice. There are many sushi places in Westwood that are fun to try. Also sometimes there are premieres in Westwood and it is very possible for UCLA students to get into the movie.

    Food and Dining

    Food is absolutely fantastic! Much better than your mother's cooking! There are four dining halls and three fast food places that are all allowed on your meal plan. The dining halls offer a variety of food, and always include cultural foods, comfort foods, and desserts. One of the dining halls is brand new and offers organic food that you can only find at foo-foo restaurants. The quick food services include Mexican, Asian, Italian, or plain old deli style. Unlimited options!

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love dorm life. I live in a classic hall. I have two roommates and many floor mates. I also have a communal bathrooms. But there are many other options if this life is not for you. If you want something more quiet you can have a bigger room with only one other roommate and a bathroom and shower in your room. They have many types of options. The best part about dorm life is that all of the dorms are dedicated onto one part of campus, the hill. That way if you want to go visit a friend in another dorm, it is only about a six minute walk.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the general science classes are rigorous! Extremely hard, but there is always a curve. Some smaller classes are not as challenging because you get more attention from your professor. Some classes are just fun, but there is no class that is easy, and no work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most of the students that I have met were involved in many extracurricular activities. UCLA values education as much as outside school learning. I also talked about leadership and experience in my essays, which I felt was a big part onto how I got into the school. UCLA students have a very wide background and are very studious students who truly value learning.

    In three sentences

    UCLA offers many opportunities including research, volunteering, internships, and friendships. UCLA is right in the heart of Los Angeles and offers many fun activities for students, including a walk down Westwood Blvd, or a bus ride to Santa Monica Blvd. The academics are rigorous, but not to worry, it is guaranteed that you will meet students taking the same class as you and you can always make a study group together.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs you just have something that is right for you.

    Great for these types of students

    its great for open-minded students lots of different people and cultures to learn from

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    many sightings of celebrities walking around campus and westwood.

    What to do for fun

    there are so many things to do at UCLA: you can go watch games, performances, and intramurals, but you can also go out to westwood and that is a whole lot of fun in itself.

    Food and Dining

    the food at UCLA is ranked as one of the best... I just get tired of the same taste everyday.

    Dorm Life

    the people are friendly and they have many bonding activities that are optional and not forced.

    Academic Rigor

    of course the academics at UCLA are intense, hard, difficult; all you have to do is belive in yourself and study for it and you will be okay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in AAP if you can and when writing papers go to the student writing center, they both are a really big help.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school, although it may be intimidating since there are many different kinds of people there. Sometimes you feel as if you're drowning but its okay there are many resources to help you.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Los Angeles branch of the University of California Police Department is stationed south of Bruin Plaza. With a police station located this close, students can count themselves lucky. A UCPD officer spoke to residents of Sproul Hall during the 2013 Welcome Week floor meeting. He apologized for being a Debbie Downer, but after recalling past alcohol poisonings that have occurred around campus, he urged residents to stay safe. I have seen too many ambulances arrive at the turnarounds outside residence halls. The officer encouraged everyone to use common sense. One example he gave was to avoid asking for directions when he, with gun drawn, was scanning for a suspected felon, which apparently someone did, probably a Trojan. Westwood is a nice neighborhood, but it's still Los Angeles. Walk away from officers with drawn guns. Use common sense.

    Greek Life

    As someone in the geek life, I wouldn't know much about Greek letter organizations. Don't go too crazy with the social ones. From people I know who joined, the service ones, like Alpha Phi Omega, seem interesting.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fun clubs that members often take quite seriously include archery, kendo, hip-hop dancing, and jazz. I only named ones with friends who joined. The list goes on. At the beginning of last year, my roommate in physiological sciences wanted to join the Quidditch team. I guess he got tired of holding the plastic broom between his thighs. Instead of Quidditch, this year he now volunteers through Care Extenders at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, contributes to sea hare research, and takes EMT classes off campus. He covers many categories: fun clubs, clubs related to a major or career, research under professors, and the city's abundant off-campus opportunities. But even the category list goes on: musician groups, service organizations, religious fellowships, and student publications, which include not only the school newspaper, although my roommate also joined that for a year. I'm just in a Christian fellowship with some engineering stuff on the side. To the Christians out there, college is a great time to grow in the faith by joining a fellowship that still fosters involvement at a local church. The breadth of these organizations does not match the depth with which some members get involved. Each person determines their level of involvement, but each club usually pushes for more. First-years tend to sign up for over a dozen clubs at the Enormous Activities Fair but eventually choose the ones to commit to. With UCLA's activities environment, Bruins as a whole can consider themselves highly involved.

    Great for these types of students

    The disciplined will master the quarters, but the procrastinators will suffer. That statement generalizes the truth. Everyone likes to believe they fall into the former group, but it's really a continuum. After every essay, project, or midterm, people need to relax and tumble toward procrastination. That doesn't help when deadlines are back to back. Climbing toward discipline takes practice and accountability. UCLA rewards those who study together and exploit office hours from the helpful TA's and professors. College entrusts personal control of learning to students, but that freedom needs to be used for something worthwhile.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The UCLA Sculpture Garden features modernist sculptor Richard Serra's T.E.U.C.L.A., a massive contorted cylinder of weathered steel. A cast of Auguste Rodin's The Walking Man stands about ten meters away. During Fall quarter 2012, Modern Art assigned a 6 page paper that needed to contrast the modernist elements of those two works, so the Sculpture Garden always brings back fond memories. South of Bruin Walk, the Court of Sciences rises high above street level on its south and west edges. Bruins call the Court of Sciences Student Center the Bombshelter, because it used to be a bomb shelter. Now it's just a place to eat, although people can still walk on top of the food facilities. West of Bombshelter, behind the California NanoSystem Institute, six midair walkways crisscross and connect different wings and floors of the institute. The top floor of one wing can lead to the second floor of another wing. These walkways would make Dom Cobb proud. Heading south from Bombshelter leads visitors toward the Factor Building, my favorite building on campus. With its imposing black windows and blocky structure, Factor looks like a space fortress and also serves as headquarters for the School of Nursing.

    Bang for the buck

    I had a conversation with a church member about how much my parents were sacrificing. I could only tell him rough estimates for the quarterly tuition, remembering only the $975/month for housing. I live in the cheapest room type, a triple hall, but a 14 Premium meal plan inflates costs by over $400 compared to the regular plan. Costs for food and housing are available at map.ais.ucla.edu/go/1004941. Tuition with the student services fee is over $4,000 per quarter, but that doesn't include other fees like the $510/quarter UC health insurance plan, which can be waived. For online lectures, class websites, and software, UCLA charges $8 per unit, every quarter. With other miscellaneous fees, like the $17/quarter for Wooden Center, there are $300 beyond housing, tuition, and textbooks. The fee descriptions are at www.registrar.ucla.edu/fees/description.htm, and the costs are at www.registrar.ucla.edu/fees/gradfee.htm for the curious. If bang for the buck originates from the prestige of UCLA's brand, it's not worth it. Forget the brand. Applicants and their families don't pay for the Bruin logo, they pay for a quality of education that depends largely on personal motivation. It's true that getting just the UCLA degree opens doors. But the effort endows the degree with value, not the other way around. When classes cost thousands of dollars and professors rarely take attendance, think carefully about skipping a lecture. I have done it for lectures that feel pointless at times or because I was too tired, but always remember the cost. Complete the FAFSA. Apply for the Cal Grant. Doing both means an automatic application for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. Details available at http://www.fao.ucla.edu/fao_information_types.htm#grants for those families that make less than $80,000 a year. The financial aid office requires that all scholarships be reported, which may reduce the grants accordingly, but definitely apply.

    What to do for fun

    UCLA's Fowler Museum, located on campus west of the iconic Royce Hall, celebrated its 50th anniversary exhibiting cultural artifacts this past year. For those who are more interested in visual arts, Westwood's Hammer Museum features an abundance of paintings, from Impressionist to contemporary pieces. Shopping can be expensive in Westwood, but there are exceptions. I purchased a Physics 4AL lab manual not available on campus, and it only cost $8, a steal compared to the prices of other manuals. For food places, Diddy Reese serves famous ice cream sandwiches, but Fat Sal's Deli serves famously fattening French fry sandwiches. To work off the calories, the UCLA's hilly jogging trails and Wooden Center provide excellent exercise opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    Unlike meal plans at other UC's, at UCLA, there are no points to buy or spend on food options. One swipe of the Bruincard means all you can eat at Covel, De Neve, Feast at Rieber, Bruin Plate, or Hedrick Test Kitchen. The first two dining halls serve mostly American and European food with some eclectic options like Afghan lamb stew during cultural days. For lunch and dinner, their daily menus always include pizza, fries, burgers, and pasta to satisfy when the entrees disappoint, which is almost never. Covel usually serves cold entrees for lunch, but De Neve provides Mexican food. Feast at Rieber serves cuisine from the east, including Hawaii and India, hence its name. Choices from different Asian countries depend on the day of the week, encompassing phenomenal options like pho and some overspiced disasters like chicken curry. Bruin Plate and Hedrick Test Kitchen serve healthy (hipster) food like quinoa and Greek yogurt. Meat options determine how crowded they are that day. I went to Bruin Plate with the bros on lamb chop day. Dining halls do not encompass all the food on the Hill. Takeout places include Rendezvous, Late Night, Cafe 1919, and Bruin Cafe. With its French name, Rendezvous serves Asian and Mexican food. Late Night serves greasy pizzas and burgers. Cafe 1919 serves greasy pizzettes and paninis. Bruin Cafe serves soups and sandwiches. For those not blessed with meal plans, which include most upperclassmen, try to befriend lowerclassmen, preferably those with premium meal plans. They can swipe more than once per meal period. Those with regular plans can only do so at Late Night. My current roommate had 60 swipes during finals week. With this much surplus, friends swipe friends freely. UCLA dining's variety, abundance, and quality mean that residents can count themselves blessed.

    Dorm Life

    Located on the northwest side of campus, UCLA's residence halls, plazas, and suites are collectively named the Hill. It's uphill both ways from the Hill to the lecture halls, so complaining is a tradition. Unlike students from campuses such as UCI, many people stay on weekends, and they get to spend $2.50 on one laundry load. Hall residents enjoy sociable floormates and unpleasant community bathrooms, but often meet new people in those bathrooms. Plaza dwellers enjoy private bathrooms and no social interaction with the rest of their building. Suite dwellers pay the most for the extra space and walk the furthest distance to get to class. Personally, unless the thought of a community bathroom seems unacceptable, I would opt for a residence hall. Save thousands and meet more people. I was kidding mostly, for those bathrooms are not that bad. It all depends on how hygienic the rest of the people are, whether they respect the bathroom floor and stick to using toilets.

    Academic Rigor

    To those in the life sciences, memorization alone does contribute to high scores, but statistics and chemistry courses still require problem solving. In some chemistry and physics classes that I somehow passed, failing the second midterm with a 55% actually yielded an A after the curve. 40% averages can be a blessing in disguise. All my major classes assigned homework, but the collection methods vary. For only around $40, physics students buy online access codes to complete textbook problems that look nothing like midterms and contribute to 5% of their grade. In my experience, when professors collected physical homework, they weighted it as high as 25%, which ended up feeling worthwhile, to some extent. Some five unit classes collect nothing. Some three unit lab courses require reports that take 5 hours to write. One of the most brilliant CS majors I know spent 25 hours on a large programming project. As for the one GE I have taken so far, art history was no pushover. The analysis of a contorted steel cylinder in the UCLA Sculpture Garden seemed subjective, but the writing still needed to present something with structure. On both the midterm and two papers, my TA caught all essay filler and didn't spare people a C if there was too much of it. Disparities between courses can seem staggering. Even for non GEs, I hear about courses like Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 162 that people pass without attending a single lecture. You don't have to attend a single lecture, the professor apparently told his class. Just know the course reader. I have had no experience with such classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter how often continuing students warn first-years, no new Bruin can anticipate the swiftness of the quarters. There are fewer class hours than in high school, but all the extra free time lulls people into complacency. My first two weeks of Fall quarter felt more relaxing than middle school, but when the first round of midterms arrived, all the work started to overwhelm. For engineering and physical sciences majors, passing classes takes memorization, but learning the technical discipline demands analytical skills. Regurgitating problem procedures only covers so much when an unfamiliar derivation appears on the test. Writing remains important for everyone, not just humanities majors. Lab reports still require full sentences and organized syntax. The general chemistry lab for physical science majors requires two short online essays. Look for syllabi online. Some professors email syllabi before school starts. Check to see if homework requires the textbook. Only in that case would I recommend buying early on Amazon. For GEs, lectures and posted online readings often cover the essentials, so wait before committing. Early in the quarter, textbook shipments create crowding in the central mailroom, but it's better than buying a book that won't be needed. People add, drop, and swap classes with relative ease the first two weeks of every quarter. All enrollment happens instantly online, so snagging a class often means hitting refresh on the registrar's page until an opening appears. AP credits from high school contribute to a first-year's class standing and earlier enrollment times for those with sophomore status. To students planning on graduate school, talk to professors. Prospective students may think that four years is far into the future, but it's never too early. Ask about their research, and hopefully there will be opportunities to contribute. One day they might write a glowing recommendation letter.

    In three sentences

    No other college surrounds its students with the same mix of delectable food, ceaseless stairs amid impressive buildings, and personal control of learning. For those serious about school and making friends, the work is as intense as the play. Three quarters per school year (four with summer school) are completely unlike two semesters, and with only ten weeks plus a finals week every quarter, the fun passes by pretty quickly.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Dine, shop, watch movies and games in Westwood and Santa Monica.

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely excellent. On campus, there are 4 dining halls to choose from, each with its own style of cuisine. Deneve is standard American with lots of burgers, pizzas, and the like, while Covel is for pasta and sandwich lovers, Feast specializes in Asian food, rotating through two combos of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hawaiian, Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese style food every meal,every day. Last but not least, Bruin Plate which just opened, is perfect for vegans and vegetarians, or those just interested in staying healthy, for it has many options of healthy greens combined with grass-fed meat, spritzers, milk, and tea instead of soda, and in-season food and fruit. Even if you don't want to eat on campus, there are many cheap off campus restaurants in westwood, some of which even offer student discounts and free deliveries.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Hedrick Hall, which is pretty far from campus, but it's really nice up on the hill. Yes, you walk a little farther, but not that much farther-it's a good workout as well. Hedrick as a lot of study rooms, music practice rooms, a TV room, and even a mini gym on the first floor (which is very crowded most of the time, so be sure to go at obscene hours). It's also quite close to the rec center, which has a pool. It does get noisy at times in the night, so the dorms is not the perfect study place, but that really depends on who you live next to, and how social your floor is.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely doable (4 classes a quarter, with honors), even with extracurriculars and a social life. Just need to find the right balance between everything you're involved with and make sure you're not procrastinating or falling behind, because a quarter zooms by FAST. Make sure to ask upperclassmen, keep in touch with professors/TAs/classmates for help (MUST go to office hours! if the times conflict with other classes, schedule an appointment).

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a car, parking, gas, and traffic are major issues you would need to get used to. The people are all really nice, but since it is a really big school, you really need to take initiative if you need help in anything, whether it's academics or just questions about campus life. And, don't hesitate to get involved, intern, or get a job early! Once again, big school=lots of opportunities, but also a high level of competition.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school, lovely atmosphere, easy access for dining, transportation and the like, especially right in Westwood and with Santa Monica (beach!) half an hour away. You definitely won't be bored coming here.There is a nice balance between the emphasis on academics and athletics.

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing, spread across multiple dining halls (they like to stylize themselves as restaurants) and a few quick-service cafés. Other eateries can be found on-campus, but they do not accept any meal plan swipes.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen can look forward to fantastically social residence halls. Apply for classic residence hall on your housing application!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are doable, but students unaccustomed to studying will struggle heavily.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study your weakest subjects during the summer. Do not arrive rusty and slow when you'll be challenged like never before.

    In three sentences

    So many things to do. So little time. So many people.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own little police and I always feel safe. Also, at night for the dorm life you need your bruin card to get into anything. That ensures more safety.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Burning the trojan before the USC vs UCLA football game. Beat SC!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, it is expensive but I know the degree from such a prestigious school will definitely be worth in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    Visit Westwood it is beautiful!

    Food and Dining

    The food at UCLA is so delicious and you have so many options there! Regardless if yo want to be fat or healthy, you'll have something that you will definitely enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    I'm usually always studying so I did't socialize much but I know that if you try it can be very fun for you and you could gain a second family.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA is very hard and you have to put in effort in order to survive with decent grades. Professors and TA's will push you, but it will be for the best at the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to succeed, get to know your TA's very well and go to office hours! Also, get ready for a lot of hill climbing that will give you a work out every day to and from class.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has a beautiful campus where every day I walk to school and see the buildings that look like castles in my eyes. The professors that teach there can really change your outlook on life and education. UCLA also is very school spirited and I love it.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Recreation centers in the dorm areas. Basketball, volleyball, and other cool games.

    Food and Dining

    Spectacular food.

    Dorm Life

    Fun dorms but small living areas.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous. Difficult math and science classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Go to the football games, and have a great time.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a beautiful school with an amazing amount of resources for academic counseling and research opportunities. The architecture is incredible and the people are great. Also, the football team and marching band are incrdible.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    the PIT, flat screen tvs, pool tables , and also the campus offers basketball courts, tennis and a field for soccer and baseball !

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning is great on campus, ranges from what you are in the mood for!

    Dorm Life

    Wouldn't know, I commute! from what I have heard its great besides the flight of stairs to get on to campus!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends how you want to do your first years there! the college it self offers various things in regards to offering help !

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are very aware that it is a QUATER system school not SEMESTER!

    In three sentences

    Engineering department, is very helpful !! The staff is small but goes out of there way to get things done! Quarter system rocks !!!

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club! There are hundreds to choose from. There are tons of things to choose from on a UCLA bucket list.

    Food and Dining

    Again, get 14P as a plan.

    Dorm Life

    So. Much. Fun. You need to live in the dorms at least one year. Everyone also realizes you're here for academics, so you work hard and play hard.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a really intense school, especially for us science majors, but it's well worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get 14P as a meal plan!!!! You'll be happy you did.

    In three sentences

    An amazing place to obtain an amazing education in an amazing atmosphere. Nearly everything about UCLA has exceeded my expectations. From students, to faculty, to alumni, there are always great things happening from people associated with this university.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The possibilities are endless, the school is in an amazing location, close to city life and only minutes to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    Westwood has some of the most amazing restaurants I have ever been to.

    Dorm Life

    Very fun, I met many new people.

    Academic Rigor

    At times the classes can be very difficult but if you put in enough time you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best and don't give up.

    In three sentences

    UCLA was a very educating and life changing experience. All of my professors were very engaging and I have grown immensely as a person from my studies there. It is an incredible learning institution.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a top priority at UCLA to the point that during New Student Orientations they offer multiple seminars of who to call, and where to go (they even have the students add to their phones the schoolâ??s emergency number). If anyone suspicious appears the school takes a picture and posts it all over the floors and school alerting everyone of a threat. The school really does try to keep the students feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at UCLA offers students a good opportunity to join a different setting than already used to. Those in a sorority and fraternity never regret joining despite any drama or problems felt. The Greek life has students get to become a tight knit family and also experience a new form of rivalry one where the students help one another, but still compete against each other to see who can do things better.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCLA offers many different clubs and activities to join such as Circle K, and Kung Fu. Certain activities others can join in include dance, and various teams. The fact of the matter is that these clubs and activities tend to find the people and the students just need to reach out and try them.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus offers many volunteer opportunities and is great for those kinds of students. For the kind of students that prefer to stay indoors and not deal with those outside, during Finals Week the Powell Library is open twenty-four/seven so those anti-social students can go hide in the library.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before every UCLA versus USC football game the campus has a bonfire dedicated to beating USC and students throw things that are red into the bonfire and watch the flame burn. In the summer before their first year, students must attend New Student Orientations (NSO) where they decide on their classes for the fall quarter. During the students stay the NSO Administrators, (those in charge of the students) must inform the students of certain attributes of the school, but some of the things they say are false and some are true; therefore the students do not know until the very end whether certain things were a lie or not.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive (above thirty thousand dollars per year in tuition and fees), but it offers many opportunities for financial aid. They present people with awards such as the Scholarship Recognition Award (offered to incoming undergraduates), and offer their own personal scholarships such as the Stevenâ??s House Scholarship (offered to minorities). The school even has a separate scholarship resource center dedicated to helping students with financial need.

    What to do for fun

    Since UCLA is located around a well-known area (Culver City, Los Angeles) there are many things that can be done. For starters the campus is located by two movie theaters where one of the movie theaters plays the number one movie in the box office and the other plays the second movie in the box office. Aside from movie theaters and many restaurants found within UCLA one of the best things to do is just hang out with friends, whether inside the school or outside, being with friends makes everything around the school better.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining at UCLA is truly an amazing experience, they offer a wide variety of food from dining halls to fast food restaurants. At UCLA in order to enjoy the food the campus offers one uses their bruin card (a special identification card solely used for UCLA, such as entering the gym) to swipe themselves in; at the dining halls one eats just like in a buffet (where the menu always changes in order to give the students something different, for example in the dining hall Feast, the place hones in on Asian cuisine and offers Chinese, Japanese, and various other types of food), for the restaurants UCLA has they give one a set amount (and these include Chinese fast food, and Mexican fast food). The school also has various fast food chains located within it such as Carlâ??s Jr., Taco Bell, and Wetzelâ??s Pretzels offering to the students many different locations to eat out at (although for these fast food chains one has to pay with money).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at UCLA varies between individuals, but it really does lead to meeting new people and ideas. The dorms offer rooms of: single occupancy, double occupancy, and triple occupancy; UCLA has had the largest pool of people apply to it over any other schools in the country, and because of this that means much diversity (including people from all over the world such as China or India) and many interesting people; the floor, people are assigned in tries to incorporate everyone into fun activities during the first week of school, such as the carpe noctum (seize the night) event (it is a scavenger hunt all over the dorms where the winner gets a mystery prize). The dorms are found on the other side of the school, so walking to and from the school does take time, but it gives a person the opportunity to get to know their roommates more by walking together (and sneak in some exercise).

    Academic Rigor

    The UCLA campus goes by the quarter system rather than the semester system, meaning that students go to class for ten weeks. Therefore, classes do not go into as much detail as those of a semester system; and the pace is much faster. Luckily the teaching assistants and professors offer office hours, and also there are many places to find help for classes; such as the Student Math Center for those needing help in math.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important tip to give is to build time-management skills. College will throw at a person so many different things (homework, tests, deadlines for projects or even club activities), and the student has so much freedom to do these things; therefore the student must exercise personal responsibility and develop proper habits and the most important is to manage time wisely (there is enough time to do everything, and still sleep enough, one just needs to know how to manage their time wisely). Other tips include attending lectures, knowing where to go when one needs help (whether academically, financially or medically); if one plans to pull an all-nighter then take a nap beforehand (people need to sleep).

    In three sentences

    The University of California-Los Angeles offers a myriad of opportunities for everyone within the campus. It is without a doubt a difficult school both academically and financially; the good news however, is that because of the opportunities offered it is a completely manageable school; the teacher's assistants are always willing to help (their help is free) and the financial aid center is always ready to offer information over scholarships, loans, and how to pay for tuition and room and board. The school is also located within a well-known area and therefore offers students so many places to visit; such as, a place known as Didi Reese where they sell ice cream sandwiches made with real cookies; overall the school really is a great place to learn and experience things.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall it's safe, but things do happen! Always be aware of your surroundings and have at least a friend with you at night.

    Greek Life

    Fantastic! There are so many options here. UCLA have six official Greek council, and there's one bound to be the perfect match for you. To name a few, there are Tau Theta Pi, Omega Sigma Tau, Beta Theta Pi, Gamma Zeta Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Pi Beta Phi.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCLA is such a diverse school, and there are a great number of clubs here. I am sure you will find something you like! If not you can always start your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have something called the Undie Run that happens Wednesday of Finals Week. Regardless of hot or cold, people strip down to run down the stress!

    What to do for fun

    Westwood area has some places to go. Sawtelle is close by if you are looking for some amazing Asian cruisine and cute Asian stores. If you are feeling adventurous, explore the many options that UCLA recreation and outdoor adventures offer.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is amazing, but if you are looking for food on campus, there are options, but I wish there's a little more places on campus that will meet the need of a poor college student! lol.

    Dorm Life

    Good food, good accommodation, and good environment!

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive for pre-med & science major! Ruthless!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your school work and don't fall behind. Have fun and make friends!

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a to of clubs at school and in general L.A. is a busy place so there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    FOOD! The food at UCLA is amazing, there are a variety of options so if you do get bored venture out and try something new.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small and some are far away from campus, but overall the experience is great and one you will never forget!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult and demanding, but at the end of every quarter it all proves to be worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first quarter of your first year is tough, believe me it's tough, but just keep going and I promise you will make it.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere and people are great. There is competition, but for the most part everyone is very helpful. I are really really enjoying my time here.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Dont go here yet

    Dorm Life

    Dont go here yet

    Academic Rigor

    Dont go here

    In three sentences

    I love the school and all it says about it! I hope I will be able to take a tour of the school. The way everyone talks about the school it's just great! Wish it didn't cost so much though.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    many clubs to join in.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are great!

    Dorm Life

    Room is large.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ok in a huge campus with so many people.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school!

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It feels fairly safe but I am still wary walking around alone at night, that just seems common sense.

    Greek Life

    Seems good, but I'm not too involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs! There is more clubs than you will have time to participate in so choose wisely. They're a lot of fun so I recommend finding one that you are really passionate about.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for both academic and social people, UCLA is an excellent balance of both aspects of people's personalities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go tunneling, it's a UCLA tradition and a lot of fun to do with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Great price for the level of academic opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty of places to eat and hang out in westwood. If you're looking to go to the beach or go shopping, its a quick bus ride to the Santa Monica promenade which can be lots of fun. Or if you're more into going out LA has tons of clubs in the nearby region and the frats are always raging.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA food is delicious and theres a ton of options. Just make sure you know who's serving what food and when so you can catch all your favorites. They make it easy, all you have to do is look it up online. Also brunch will always be crowded as will all peak dining hours so at times tables are hard to find.

    Dorm Life

    If you're living on a hall dorm life can be a lot of fun. The more social dormotories provide a lot of chances for fun activities and great friends. A lot of the time the friends you make on your dorm floor will be your best friends throughout your college years.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an engineering major so perhaps I'm a little biased, but UCLA is difficult. The quarter system moves fast so do not be lazy in the beginning and think you can catch up, because it'll be midterms sooner than you expect. The curving system can be a saving grace, but study hard, you want to beat the curve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and get involved right away, whether it be with your floor, greek life, or one of the many campus clubs. It is a great way for you to make friends, looks good on your resume, and just really helps give you a sense of purpose while you're attending school.

    In three sentences

    This school has a lot of opportunities if you're willing to look for them. UCLA obviously has a lot of students, but they provide many opportunities for you to find your niche on campus and thus give the campus a smaller more homey feel in spite of it's size. The campus is beautiful and Los Angeles weather can't be beat, which definitely improves your experience walking to and from classes.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While living in LA has it's perks, its also a big city and campus security is great at its job to protect its students from the dangers of the city. Also we have one of the lowest crime rate of the all the UC campus' here in California.

    Greek Life

    There are some pretty well established Fraternity's and Sorority's here on campus. Most deal with philanthropy and community service but there are also the more fun outgoing organizations. There are also Fraternity's and Sorority's that cater to minorities or one's sexual identity for example.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are IM and club teams for the more athletic type. And well over 1000 students run organizations and clubs to chose from ranging from art to archery and music to martial arts. And if you can't find what you're looking for, you are able to start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're the more focused type of student on studies but still cant live without your fun, then UCLA is the way to go. While we are a melting pot of communities and backgrounds, most students you'll find still wish to go out once in a while to experience all that being in LA has to offer. Being able to balance fun with the rigor of academics marks your true bruin nature.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Diddy Reese, a cookie and ice cream store that is known for being exstreamly cheap and delicious located in the Westwood. A must go for any new comers to UCLA.

    Bang for the buck

    What is great about this school is that you don't have to be super well off to enjoy your college experience. Understandably, many college students share the same financial needs with one another and plan things that they can do around the school and Los Angeles with paying little to no money. College is also an environment where you understand, learn and grow together with your fellow peers. So don't feel constrained to act a certain way. Everyone is finding themselves on this adventure and preparing themselves for the future. Being yourself is instrumental for success at this University.

    What to do for fun

    There i so much! Staying on campus there are intramural teams or club teams for sports if you're not a professional athlete. Game rooms galore with ping pong, fuse ball and other recreational games. Several swimming pool locations around campus. And best of all UCLA is located in the heart of Westwood, a bus mecca with places to visit across Los Angeles for the more adventurous types. My favorite being the beaches of Santa Monica.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA offers amazing dinning options for the residential students. They vary from dinning halls, to cafes to snack bars and they are all located close to the campus dorms. There is a reason UCLA is awarded among the highest every year for its dinning options.

    Dorm Life

    For me dorm life is excellent. UCLA offers 4 different on Campus housing options that range from the classic residential halls and deluxe halls, to the more private Plazas and Suites. Also the community is pretty tightly knit, so other students get along well with each other.

    Academic Rigor

    As far as academia goes, UCLA is known for its rigor. Along with the fast past quarter system, UCLA students have the opportunity to tackle on more classes than students on semester system in a given academic year. And these classes do challenge the student in analytic and subjective ways. Be prepared is my advice.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first year is where you make your friends. You need all the support you can get with your fellow students, and it helps to join Organizations, clubs and sports teams to help in this endeavor. Also don't be afraid to ask someone for help if your lost or confused. Most people around here are willing to help.

    In three sentences

    This University is great at acclimating its student to the sudden change of a bustling metropolis. Even for a small town resident such as myself, the people here, whether students or faculty, almost make it seem like there job include and acknowledge its fellow Bruins. In the end, we a well diversified school that prioritizes fair treatment and opportunity to all who come here.

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA has its own police department. Students can request escorts back to their dorms or cars from security anytime they need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have everything from a'cappella groups to environmental activism. UCLA is all about helping others and volunteering in the community and abroad.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We touch the Bruin statue's back paw for luck. We touch the water in the inverted fountain once when we start our freshman year and can't touch it again until we graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    For the experience you get attending UCLA, it is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Football! Football! Football! I can't say enough how exciting it is to go to our football games. You wear your blue and gold swag, paint your face, and do the eight clap a million times. And it is AWESOME.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options for on-campus dining. The meal plans are great because you can swipe your BruinCard and not worry about carrying cash.

    Dorm Life

    The students at UCLA are the nicest, most interesting, I have ever had the pleasure to encounter. You become so close when you live together.

    Academic Rigor

    In the beginning, classes seem overwhelming, but as you continue your UCLA education, you learn to manage your time better and handle even the most intimidating courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    To make friends, be open and embrace each others' differences. To keep up with your work, stay in contact with your professors and complete all reading assignments. To have the best college experience, live in a dorm, go to the games, and try new things.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is the epitome of school spirit. We Bruins love our school for its amazing campus, classes, and people. The camaraderie felt at our school's sporting events is unlike anything I've ever experienced and I would not trade it for anything in the world.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have great staff who look out for students, and other students look out for each other too. There are numbers to call to ask someone to escort you back to your room after a late night of studying (or partying, you know for most of us). The Bruin Alert keeps you up to date with emergencies on campus, and if ever in need of a hospital, UCLA always has the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

    What to do for fun

    There's everything to do here. Go to Santa Monica Pier to surf, swim, or shop; it's just a Big Blue Bus ride away. Hang out with your friends in the awesome lounges and buildings. Chill at the B Cafe. Go visit Westwood, get some Diddy Riese, and go shopping! Sunbathe, go swim or workout at our many recreational centers. Go to one of the many activities that various clubs at UCLA hold. You can get free food while you're at it. Go to a game or concert! There's everything to do and no time to waste not doing one of the awesome things you're thinking of.

    Food and Dining

    FOOD HERE IS EXTRAORDINARY. If you want to gain that freshman 50, do it the right way at UCLA. You can gain that freshman 50 anywhere, but if you're going to gain the weight, come and eat at the awesome diverse food at the many buffet dining halls. We have dining places open for those staying up late or just want a midnight snack. Not to mention, we have all of Westwood's awesome food just outside UCLA.

    Dorm Life

    I'm living at Sproul Landing right now, which is usually for upperclassmen, so there's not that much of a dorm social life, but the Resident Assistants try their best to make the dorm life as exciting as possible. We have a lot of dorm activities which make it pretty fun, like going to Venice Beach and hiking to the Hollywood sign. Although the social aspect is limited, you also get really good advice from upperclassmen who really guide you on which classes to take (easy GEs and such) and which classes not to take.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely rigorous. To be more specific, I would rate academic rigor a 4.5, but for some students who take more than the regular 3 classes per quarter (kudos to you), it is much more rigorous but highly possible. I know someone who is taking 6 courses in the fall quarter. Amazing, I know. You'll be surrounded with people just as smart and some definitely smarter than you, but don't be discouraged because their smartiness will make you try just as hard to be the best student you can be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work on your GPA of course and take as many honor or AP courses without overworking yourself, because you'll have to make time for other commitments like clubs, volunteer, internships, sports, or just any hobby you might have. Make your time in high school matter; it's the same at UCLA. I heard this in one of the clubs I went to at UCLA, but rather than just staying in your room to watch the latest episode of Jersey Shore, spend time with your friends, pick up a book, go to a game, and do something worth your time.

    In three sentences

    This school is for the best of the best. Bruins are academically, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually prepared for the best and worst of days and can accomplish anything we set our minds to. The diversity here will blow your mind, but if you're meant to be here, you'll fit right while still being your own individual person.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is super safe and there's emergency poles everywhere if you ever feel threatened.

    Greek Life

    We have the top sororities at UCLA and an excellent Greek life.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Westwood and LA, and the beach is only a bus ride away!

    Food and Dining

    We're the college with the second best food in the nation. We have gelato, macarons, sushi bowls, you name it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice, and there's some with your own bathroom! There's also 4 new dorm buildings with lots of space and clean living space.

    Academic Rigor

    Be expected to put in a lot of work, and remember to study hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk up a giant hill everyday coming back from campus to your dorm, but hey, no freshman 15 for us!

    In three sentences

    The best college in the nation, with top academics and a variety of clubs and activities for social life. The campus is beautiful, the people are diverse and amazing, and the food is spectacular!!

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCPD and escort system are here to help! Campus provides plenty of resources for students' safety, including numbers for the UCPD and LA police department as well as resources for treatment centers as needed.

    Greek Life

    Plenty! :) I didn't rush, but I know people who did and they become really close with their group. It's not all about partying here either, so there are plenty of groups who are serious about what they do and don't go overboard with the fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    So, soooo many...I still can't pick and choose.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone. :) But take note that it gets super competitive!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite so far is getting Bruintized. We have an inverted fountain whose waters the new students touch. Students can't touch that water again until graduation when some students will even jump into the fountain. Otherwise, you stay another quarter. Same goes for stepping on the sixth step of the Janss Steps, but that's a whole other story.

    Bang for the buck

    So expensive. But, then again, that's college life. The food and the competitiveness here are worth it, though.

    What to do for fun

    So many clubs and organizations on campus!!!!! I'm currently stuck trying to pick and choose the club(s) and organization(s) I want to join since I don't want to overwhelm myself, but it's really hard to narrow it down. There's just so much that is interesting on this campus, it's almost impossible to avoid doing them all.

    Food and Dining

    THE BEST! Buffet style dining halls and cafes for quick stops with good-quality food. Plenty of options for vegetarians/vegans. Totally worth that walk up the hill every day.

    Dorm Life

    Amaaazing! They have the best and friendliest staff, including the RAs who try to make themselves as available as possible to talk when needed. Housing does their best to group you with a roommate(s) who is (are) similar to you, asking questions like, When do you sleep? or What bothers you when you study? They even ask whether or not you drink. Showers and beds take a little getting used to, and walls are thin, so invest in some mattress padding, earbuds/headphones, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Super competitive! My class's average high school GPA is a little above 4.0. It really motivates you to work your hardest to stay on top of things.And, of course, there's the usual: some professors don't teach. But college is all about learning to learn by yourself, anyway. Too bad we have to pay for this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Invest in some good walking shoes! It's a huge campus, and if you're dorming, getting back up that hill isn't all too fun. A laptop with a good battery life is also a good idea. It's such a beautiful campus; it's tempting to just sit outside all day studying...

    In three sentences

    It's such a large but beautifully stunning campus! There are plenty of places to conveniently eat, and some of the best dining halls in the nation. As a student who is dorming here, the experience is amazing, and they really try to make you feel at home.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun. This is a school known for sports on the national level so attending the games is a great way to be part of the Bruin family. There are also hundreds of clubs and the Greek Life is big here too. The beach is minutes away from campus as well as the night life in Los Angeles.

    Food and Dining

    Each dorm has its own dining hall. The dining halls serve a variety of foods. There are always salads and soups as well as options for vegetarians. The desserts are amazing. There are yogurt machines as well as soft drink dispensers and tea and berry flavored waters. There are always pasta dishes, burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and ethnic foods as well.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus but the dorms are pretty nice. All the dorms have rooms for studying and some have one- two roommates per room. All the dorms are located at the top of the hill and the campus is at the bottom of the hill. My friends in the dorms love living there. It's a great way to meet new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Do everything you can to learn about the level of writing at UCLA before you begin your first quarter. I came to UCLA with a 4.0 from a community college and was in Honors but have to say my essays were not up to par. I attended summer school and quickly learned to write the caliber of essays to succeed at UCLA. There is a lot of work. If you stay focused and do your work before you party you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend all the events/conferences prior to applying. TAPS ( Honor Students - but anyone can attend) STOMP, Admissions Workshop for writing a strong personal statement. These conferences and workshops are loaded with a wealth of information. Also students can put these on their applications. It looks good since you have shown interest in the school you want to attend.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is the most applied to school in the nation. There are over 120 majors that one can obtain a degree in. It is one of the most beautiful campuses and the student body is very diverse. It is centered in the middle of Westwood and convenient to many restaurants and shopping.The weather is magnificent. By far one of the friendliest places on earth.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA places a big emphasis on campus safety. When it gets dark they offer an escort service that will take you up to your dorm or anywhere in or around campus. They have there own police on campus called UCPD. There dispatch response is quick because they only have to worry about UCLA not a huge city. I always feel safe wherever I am in Westwood.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During orientation you get bruintized. With your group you go to the inverted fountain and stick your hand right above the water. After that you say an oath. At the end of that oath you touch the water. After that you can not touch the water until you are graduate or you are cursed and have to stay another quarter. When the senior graduate they play in the fountain and have barbecues out in the fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is about half the price of our across the town rivals.

    What to do for fun

    There is something always going on at UCLA. There are over 300 clubs, so you will find something that interest you. If not there are tons of events going on like free movie screening. If you want to go off campus for fun the beach, Beverly Hills and Hollywood are only a short bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    There is dining hall option for every taste bud. The variety of food is incredible. The feast at rieber is a great asian cuisine dining hall. If you are feeling more in the mood for something quick the B Cafe is the perfect place. You will find something you like here.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is an experience everyone should try at least for a year. As you settle in your dorm, you start bonding with roommates, floor mates and even with people in other halls. Being so close to all the students makes things interesting. There is always something going on.

    Academic Rigor

    Most high school classes are nothing compared to classes here. The amount of time you spend studying should be at least two hours per one hour of lecture.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to do a lot of walking and walking up and down tons of stairs. Go to Orientation during the summer. Orientation is a little expensive but it is worth it. You get personalized help with choosing and enrolling classes. It is also a great way to make friends before the fall quarter starts.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a well rounded school. The academics are held to high standards and the social life is lively. No other school can do what UCLA does.

  • 09/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA is one of the safest campus in the United States of America.There are countless emergency call towers around the campus that allows students to simply press a red button and ask for help. Also services like CSO Escort Service provides students who are lost to be guided back to campus or walked to campus at night. when students are by themselves The local police, LAPD, can arrive at any site of emergency near campus within just two minutes.

    Greek Life

    Frats and sororities are popular to students at UCLA who want deeper types with fellow students and enjoy Greek Life. In fact a road dubbed Frat Route sits just next to the hill where all the dorms are located.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over a thousand activities and increasing activities and clubs that students can fervently engage themselves in. The great variety of activities may confound you at first, but you will find the activities that will provide you social life, community service, and new experiences.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to meet students of diverse background and culture, and seek for a well-balanced academic, extra-curricular, and social life should apply to UCLA

    What to do for fun

    This list would not end at UCLA. It is highly recommended for new students to explore West Wood, Sante Monica Beach, and Downtown LA. These are the places where many students hang out. There are over a thousand activities and clubs ranging from Quidich to Model United Nations. Parties are hosted very often, along with special events. There are swimming pools, gym, fields, ball room, arcades, tennis court, and more facilities available to students.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at UCLA are superlative. Students often joke that UCLA is where you get Freshman 30. Fortunately, the hilly campus provides students natural work-out; ergo, allows students to cherish palatable food as much as they desire and stay fit. Each dining hall has different types of food (eg. hamburgers, Asian food, Mexican food, etc. ). A mix of carbohydrate, fat, vegetable, oil, and other nutritions keep students healthy. All in all, delicious and healthy.

    Dorm Life

    One of the best experiences one can have in his life is living in a dorm. Whether it be a double or a triple, even a quadruple, you will find your time at dorm replete with excitement and at the same time comfort. In general, the beds are comfortable, the rooms are clean as they are cleaned periodically, and facility is excellent. I personally felt as if I was at home at UCLA dorm. By the way, many of the dorms have renovated just this year!

    Academic Rigor

    Students matriculating to UCLA are aware that college is not just about partying, The majority knows that their priority is their academic experience. Ergo, many students are assiduous in their studies, as they plan to pursue top-notch grad schools and careers. The academic rigor at UCLA is definitely high.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for the orientation. It will familiarize the student with the campus, provide opportunity to make new friends, and learn about everything it takes to be a true Bruin! Also, start looking into scholarships that are offered at UCLA and other scholarship institutions. Many scholarships that are eligible for entering freshmen end around August and September, thus earlier the better. Make sure all your highschool transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, etc. have been submitted to UCLa, for they may affect the courses you will be enrolling. For instance, your AP scores can fulfill requirements for certain classes, which makes you eligible to take more advanced courses. Don't forget to submit FAFSA if you are a US citizen.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is one of the most diverse campuses in United States of America, not to mention the world; here you will find students from all over the globe. Providing a broad range of courses over various fields of study, UCLA will guarantee a well-structured academic opportunity and allow students to pursue their goals and dreams. Moreover, UCLA with up to a thousand extracurricular activities will engage students in social life, community, and new experiences.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and take the necessary means to succeed.

    In three sentences

    This university has helped me grow into the professional adult I want to become. I know through this institution I will get the education I need to succeed in a field that not only interests me but provides the necessary means to live by. I am so thankful for the opportunity to attend UCLA and get everything from the education they are giving me.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never personally had a problem with safety on campus. However, there have been many late night thefts and assaults, usually to females. My best advice to the females would be to try not to park too far if you have night classes and try to park in well-lit areas. There are emergency alert system posts all over the parking lots and if you feel unsafe, I would definitely urge you to contact someone to either be assisted or escorted to your vehicle.

    Great for these types of students

    The library and computer lab is great for the types of students that want to get work done in peace and quiet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THE GYM!

    Bang for the buck

    The quarterly parking permits that run for $90.00 is well worth it if you plan on staying on campus for a long time, studying in the library, or if you have gaps in your class schedule.

    What to do for fun

    The university has many open spaces to just hang out and relax, whether it is alone or with peers. There is a great gym at the university that is free to all students, not many people are aware of this great facility but it provides many different options for working off some steam from the sometimes stressful quarter system university workload.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria and food court is great and it offers many different options for food. There is a Carl's Jr., El Pollo Loco, Sushi, Asian food, Mediterranean food, Starbucks, etc. There is also a great food hut that offers great snacks, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I personally have never stayed at a dorm but I have had personal friends who have and from what I have heard, the dorms are quite nice. It is also not your typical university's dorm life, which basically means that you can actually get your work done and accomplished in a dorm life. The reason for this is because the party life does not exist here in comparison to other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    This university academic rigor is fair, I would give it 2.5 stars if there was the option. Academic probation exists just like every other college and university and it is quite fair. After all, we are all in university to efficiently and thoroughly be educated, there is no room or time for procrastinators.

    Tips for prospective students

    This university is a quarter system university. My best advice is DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. I am aware this sounds cliché but it actually is the best advice I can give you regarding a quarter system university. However, do not let this intimidate you. I personally thought it was an easy transition transferring from a semester system community college that I attended from Spring 2007-Winter 2011. The pros to a quarter system is that it really does feel like you accomplish much more in a shorter amount of time, including graduating. If you are eligible for financial aid, 3 classes are considered full-time at 4 units each, which is a big bonus because you can get a full amount of financial aid rather than less. Another good tip I can give is to use the resources at the university because they are great and efficient. These resources include the library, the writing center, personal tutors, etc.

    In three sentences

    Great university where everyone is there to be educated and only be educated. University is definitely strayed far away from your typical party school. Everybody seems to be in their own world but not to the point where you will be ignored and not spoken to.

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. There's always a breeze of fresh air. Students are very friendly and are always smiling when you walk around campus, and it's so easy to meet people.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Good education and great atmosphere. What could be better?

    What to do for fun

    GO TO A SPORTING EVENT!

    Food and Dining

    Best dorm food hands down.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life!!! Like most though, the rooms are small but the people are great and it's great experiencing college through this living situation.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel challenged. I'm guessing most people do. But it's not too hard which is always good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun. Explore your options. Be adventurous. Don't procrastinate!

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a beautiful school that provides quality education. I love the level of school spirit and I look forward to going to class everyday. The people are wonderful and I couldn't ask for a better place to go to school!

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police of the city of Los Angeles there to protect you, a medical center right on campus, and escorts to walk you home at night.

    Greek Life

    The sororities and fraternities are forbidden from hazing and are extremely nice to the students!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs for all different types of people with different interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an underground tunneling system. SHHH! It's a secret!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in LA. Take the shuttle and go explore. Head to Westwood and explore the neighborhood a little.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious here! The dining halls have different choices every day and within those days are different booths.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very social and a good way to get to know people, especially the halls.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are graded based on the students. It is really difficult and you need to be at the top of your class to get a good grade. Study hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to be outgoing at yours school; don't just focus on academics. UCLA wants a well rounded student that has done extracurriculars as well as achieved in school.

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous. The academics are top notch. There is so much diversity on campus in terms of race, political views, sexuality, and more.

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I constantly see police officers roaming at night and the main parts are always lit.

    Greek Life

    I plan on joining a fraternity next year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything and if there is not, one can easily start it.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for the brainiacs as well as the jocks. UCLA is great for anyone within that range or completely out of it, because the school has a wide open door for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On freshmen 3-day orientation there will be a scavenger hunt on your second night. I am really glad I decided to go, best time to bond with your future classmates.

    Bang for the buck

    For such a major campus and with all the resources it offers, I honestly think tuition is very reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    There are too many clubs to list and not enough time to join all the clubs I am interested in. Archery is just one of the dozens I want to join.

    Food and Dining

    Hedrick dining hall has really good burgers and plenty of fresh fruit to keep my stomach busy for a long while.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm buildings make me feel really safe and part of a happy community. I've stayed in Rieber terrace with one roommate and it was great. The AC worked perfectly, the window was huge, and the view on the fifth floor was great.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is challenging in just the right amount to keep you on your toes and widely expanding your mind. The classes for my major are tough Math and Chemistry classes but with the right help, I will get through them with flying colors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do a lot of research on the school before entering. There are so many programs and resources available to you that you will need time to look at it all. The PEERS program requires you to apply during the summer before you enter freshmen year.

    In three sentences

    Students welcome you with open arms. Staff go out of their way to make sure you have all the information you need. The campus is beautiful.

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of students at this school so chances of you being kidnapped are low if there's at least one person there. Unfortunately there have been incidents regarding rape attempts so I'd still be careful if I were you. You have to have a Bruincard to enter the dorm buildings by yourself but people still can get in just because someone will open the door for them. Always keep your door shut just in case they decide to go into your room!

    Greek Life

    Can't say, I don't know too much about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs at UCLA for everyone! Many of them are community service and cultural clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Work hard, play harder people who can thrive with the curve in the classes but still enjoy themselves

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run - during finals people run around the school in their underwear

    Bang for the buck

    One of the factors of my decision to attend UCLA was the great financial aid! Others weren't so lucky though.

    What to do for fun

    You can take either the #1 or #2 bus to go straight to Santa Monica for $0.50 a ride if you have your Bruincard ($1 if you don't). You can walk to Westwood and get something to eat too. I personally like going to the rooftop of some buildings to get a nice view of the skyscrapers in Westwood.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is AMAZING! Who doesn't like gooey fudgy brownies every Monday night?! I never got sick of the food my first year because there are a lot of options, including 2 Asian places, Mexican, American... pasta every night at the dining halls. Westwood has some pretty good food too although I must say it's a bit pricy. BUT you have to try Diddy Riese and Fal Sal's at least once while you're at UCLA.

    Dorm Life

    As for living in a dorm, I stayed in a triple in a residential hall (the cheapest option) and it was a little too small for my liking, but the people in my hall were great people. It's always nice having your classmates so close to you for studying and just hanging out.

    Academic Rigor

    I was part of a very prestigious high school program and made it out with a 4.5 GPA. That all changed when I got to UCLA. The curves are high in the math and science classes, but not in the humanities/social science classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a very high GPA, and find things you like doing and stick to them! UCLA likes passionate and smart students.

    In three sentences

    Being at UCLA requires a ton of energy - studying and walking up and down the hills all day. The people around you are always full of energy as well, so bring your A-game. The dorm food is fantastic.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have securities and we also have police on campus.

    Greek Life

    We do have fraternity's and sorority's at our school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is many types of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for many types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have hip hop convention when we have artist come and perform.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition at the school is very low.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do fun there are many clubs to join or you can go t the gym or library or hang out and play in the resting rooms or you can go to the theaters on campus or the pools.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dinning offer a wide range of foods, and offer many healthy options, they also do have calorie charts for each restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    i do not dorm, but i do here from students that dorm that it is a very amazing opportunity

    Academic Rigor

    There should be no challenges as long as you blance yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrasinate, get things done as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very beautiful and clean. The students there are very kind and willing to help you,and the school is very diverse. There are several forms of transportation to be able to go to school.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any student who is willing to do excellent in a career.

    Food and Dining

    There are many fast food restaurants and there is a cafeteria in which any can go and get something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    There are dorms rooms in which you get to share with 2 or 3 room mates or there are apartments in one is in a fraternity or the women the sorority.

    Academic Rigor

    It does seem that there is security as protection to students and I know that there is zero tolerance for any violence.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask the tour guide any question about a university and the life that one might experience. Go and talk to an academic advisor to talk about enrolling or transferring if one is in another college.

    In three sentences

    It is an excellent school to visit because it has an interesting campus tour that I would recommend anyone to check out. It is a good school to go to if one is accept into it. It has good programs that anyone would like to research and should research.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Pre-Meds, Engineers, Film, theater, or music major, also for communication studies and business

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each Final week will has undie-run at night all round campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely a good place for pre-med students and engineers Study Hard and Play Hard is the slogan of UCLA

    In three sentences

    Enormous opportunities for pre-med, buz-econ students and also engineers, hundreds of student groups give you space and stage for your leadership and volunteering. Have the best dining halls in the States: each has its own theme food like Asian food, Mexican dining hall, American, and so on. You will find whatever suite your taste.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe. I haven't run into trouble with anything but sometimes there are robbery reports. Not many though.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a huge activities fair at the beginning of the year full of opportunities. We have a club for everything. It's a bit overwhelming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our campus is full of hills, if you don't already know that. It keeps us in shape. Anyway, people love to go tunneling in our underground tunnels. They go ice blocking down our hills. They also love to go roofing at night.

    Bang for the buck

    You get your money's worth. UCLA offers so many opportunities to its students. You won't walk away disappointed.

    What to do for fun

    It is way more than likely that you will see a movie star, sports athelete, or musician during your time here. Stars tend to visit our campus or we have stars as speakers for students. We even hold concerts with stars like Macklemore or LMFAO. There is always something to do on campus. Besides campus, there is the whole city of LA ready to explore!

    Food and Dining

    AMAZING. We are always rated highly on our food and I can assure you it won't disappoint. Our dining managers are constantly looking for ways to improve our dining halls and are always bringing new foods to campus. We also have special dinners on Valentine's Day and St. Patricks. This campus spoils us when it comes to food.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life. Everyone tends to be friendly and approachable. There is no way you can go to this college without making a friend!

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA is a very competitive school. It may not be Stanford, but you can expect to get a B sometime in your career if you were used to A's. The academics are impressive, be sure to absorb it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to study, it'll save you a lot of time. Don't get distracted, there will be many other fun opportunities ahead and you don't have to do them all. Speak with Professors, you can get a feel for tests that way.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is the perfect mixture of academics and fun. You're guaranteed an unforgettable college experience in every way possible. I am thankful I chose this school to attend.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In my experience our campus is quite safe. During the daytime there isn't much to worry about, although because it is a public institution there are many outside visitors and theft is sometimes a problem. Nighttime might be a little scarier for students, but the great thing is that at almost all hours of the night there are people out and about both on campus and in Westwood. Moreover, there is an excellent police escort program in the evenings and nighttime so you don't have to walk alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life definitely has its presence here, but it doesn't dominate. Many students are involved in Greek Life either for the social aspect, or as a means of networking. Many students also don't partake in sororities or fraternities at all, and that's fine too. There isn't any pressure to join, but it is definitely available.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 different clubs and activities on campus, and if you can't find what you're looking for, you can always start a new one. There are cultural groups, sports clubs, professional clubs, dance, theater, community service, local outreach, anything you can name. Most students at UCLA are involved in at least one or two groups on campus!

    What to do for fun

    As I have mentioned before, you have Westwood! A very common activity is going out to eat in one of the many restaurants in Westwood, in addition to the popular (and discounted!) theaters that show current movies all the time. Once in a while you can even catch a premiere! Student groups on campus are constantly having cool events that often involve music, food, and performances. You can always go to the central ticket office and see what kind of discounts you can get there for either on-campus events or local entertainment. Royce Hall, for example, often has distinguished guest speakers from around the world that you get to see for FREE as a student. There is also a number of theater troupes at UCLA that have performances year-round. Now if all that's not enough, there's sports. UCLA football games take up many a weekend throughout the fall, and they are major events for many students. As the football season ends in the winter, basketball games become the new hype. UCLA students also have free access to all the other sports besides basketball and football, and there are events going on year-round. One of the UCLA student challenges is to try to attend one event for each sport! Now outside the immediate campus and college town is the great city of LA. While you're here you absolutely have to visit the Santa Monica beach and pier, and perhaps rent a bike or roller skates for the day and ride up and down the beach to the boardwalk. Great activities that are sometimes even sponsored by RAs in the dorms include hiking up to the Hollywood sign, visiting hot spots in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and getting some KBBQ in Koreatown.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is awesome. To begin, the dorm food at UCLA is ranked 2nd in the nation and there is definitely a reason for it. Students who move out to the apartments always miss dorm food and you will definitely encounter upper-classmen begging for a free swipe. The actual campus unfortunately does not have any dining halls, but there are plenty of eateries all over the place where you can buy lunch or a snack. They also serve as great places for meetings, interviews, studying, or just lounging with friends. Finally, there's Westwood. There are grocery stores and clothing stores in Westwood, but I would say nothing beats the amount of places to eat. And they are great. It will take a long time before you have tried them all, and it's a great place to explore with friends.

    Dorm Life

    My experience in the dorms has been pretty great. Different dorms have different vibes, but overall what you get out of the experience is new friends and a place to call home. You get to know the people you are living with and it gives you a sense of community. Each dorm has some sort of game room, lounges, and workout equipment. There are many events going on in the on-campus housing each week, including a variety of freshman transition programs to help you find your way, but also plenty of just-for-fun stuff like movies and carnivals. Oh, and the dorm food is GREAT.

    Academic Rigor

    This shouldn't be surprising for a highly distinguished institution such as UCLA. The professors here are top-notch professionals from all over the world, and the students here are chosen from over 100,000 applicants. There is definitely a large emphasis on academics here, and as a student you feel it wherever you go. You will be challenged by not only your professors and mentors, but also by your peers and coworkers. That being said, there are many different services available all over that can ensure your academic success. Just know, you're going to have to work just as hard as you did to get in, if not more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't listen to the stereotypes you hear about UCLA, or big colleges in general. The experience you have here is entirely what you make it, but you need to be proactive. That doesn't necessarily mean you need to know what your major is, or what you want to do with your life - at all. But in order to take advantage of your time here, you can't sit in your room all day and expect to get something out of it. Go to the career fairs, apply for jobs, attend events on campus, and get to know the people around you. That's how you make your success here, and a lot of the time it will lead you to the major or career path you want.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a place for students who are eager to find countless opportunities and take advantage of them. There are jobs, research opportunities, internships, community service groups, sports teams, and countless student groups to get involved in, led by some of the most talented people in the world. And in addition to the plethora of academic and professional outlets, there is plenty of fun stuff to do on campus, in Westwood, and all over Los Angeles.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    You definitely won't regret attending UCLA. It is worth it on so many levels.

    What to do for fun

    Everything!! Be open minded and have a good time!

    Food and Dining

    So many options and such good food! I hardly ever missed a home-cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    Amazing people, amazing dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Find friends with good study habits and always be on top of your work even if it seems easy!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join every club that interests you! Definitely learn how to manage your time and find friends with good study habits!

    In three sentences

    The best school ever!!! The best and easiest choice I have ever made in my life. I had the most amazing first year here and I can't wait for what else is in store for me for my remaining years here.

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There is a fairly prominent greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fat Sals is a great sub place thats right on Gaylee Avenue and it's open until 2am.

    What to do for fun

    The main thing to do when you have some free time is to head into Westwood Village. There are a couple movie theaters and a lot of restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is pretty good. Besides the few dining halls there is also a mexican and a chinese place and a good cafe.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a little biased because I got stuck in the transfer and foreign student dorm so my dorm experience wasn't that great since everything was really antisocial, but I have heard that the other dorms can be really great.

    Academic Rigor

    Very time consuming and very fast paced.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in getting involved with anything other than academics make sure you do it in the first week or even before a quarter starts. After about a week or two into a quarter you get stuck doing midterms and it gets really difficult to get involved with other things.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has a very nice campus tucked away in the nicest part of Los Angeles. Mile wise the beach and downtown are not very far, but because of traffic you don't end up heading off campus too often besides heading down to Westwood village. The quarter system is very stressful and fast paced; get ready to cram a lot of information in a very short time.

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great.

    Greek Life

    Not really any Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is the best school to meet new people because there are always activities going on. Whether for sports, sororities or fraternities, and there are many clubs on this campus as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Westwood is an amazing area. With lots of night life to offer. As well as shopping places and good restaurants all around the area.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run after finals is definitely a celebration that not only UCLA students take part in but many students from all over California join to run in their underwear as a celebration of ending finals.

    What to do for fun

    There is a theater on campus, free gym, and a hangout spot to watch television, play pool, and listen to music with classmates downstairs in the Student Union.

    Food and Dining

    Good cafeteria on campus. And goof restaurants and taco stands, etc within 5 mile radius from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Many students often say dorm life is amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    I have had some really good professors that actually enjoy teaching their students and seeing them grow. This makes classes more appealing, and easier to connect to and strive to be successful in.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school really does challenge you, but what is great is that there are many other students that are willing to learn and want to be successful that are around you. It will be easy to make friends and find classmates that want to have study groups as well. Stay motivated, the connections you make at this school will help a great deal in your future.

    In three sentences

    I would love to attend this school and actually plan to transfer to this UCLA as soon as I finish my GE at CSULA. Meeting student that attend UCLA has really opened my eyes and showed me that CSULA does not offer the college experience that every college student dreams of. This is a school gives you access to a great network of hardworking people that will be valuable to your future.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a couple theaters in Westwood. There are also many restaurants and stores to visit. But being able to get to the beach in about twenty minutes is awesome.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has many restaurants. South campus has the bombshelter. In Boelter Hall there is Seas Cafe, a great place that is cheaper than other stores on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, but friends have said they enjoyed the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA is an extremely competitive university. The curve system only allows a certain percentage of student's to get above average grades. That is why it is best to keep up with lectures and ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should begin studying the first week of lecture and continue throughout the quarter. This is the only way to stay on top of the material when it is presented in such a short time frame. Go to office hours and don't feel shy about asking questions on material you don't understand.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a very diverse campus, making it easy to meet new and interesting people. Westwood Village is a great place to hang out with friends. Professors care about students comprehending and understanding the material.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Remember to stay focused on academics. While messing around and hanging out with friends is fun, getting into the college of your choice is even better.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a great public university. There are top tier classes and professors and students will get a world class education. Students will also have the time of their lives living in LA.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always events available for students on campus not to mention weekly basketball and football games for which UCLA is nationally ranked.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA has actually been nationally recognized for the taste of its food and the variety of cuisines served at the dining halls. Food is always accessible and a service dubbed fourth meal serves greasy foods late night. Great food is also always available near campus at Westwood village as well.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on which hall you're residing in, dorm life can vary from loud, social and lively to quiet and peaceful. Rooms in the halls are relatively cramped but are clean and comfortable. Suites and plazas are more spacious but quite a little bit more secluded.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA is somewhat notorious for its academic rigor, challenging students to achieve higher levels of mastery in all subjects - especially life and physical sciences. If you're looking for a place to get challenged, UCLA is your school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely take advantage of the slew of resources available on campus such as the Powell library, Murphy student resources hall, and the John wooden athletics center. Prospective students should also be wary of UCLA's rigorous curriculum and be able to demonstrate consistent high academic achievement.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is home to a vibrant atmosphere and a beautiful campus. Situated in Westwood Village, it's campus is near downtown, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Its athletic program is nationally ranked and academics are superior to most public universities.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities going on during the school year. One of my favorite is Bruin Bash, which is basically a concert that UCLA throws for it's returning and incoming students. Artists playing in the past have ranged from Travie McCoy, to Kendrick Lamar and the Ying Yang Twins.

    Great for these types of students

    I honestly feel every type of student can find a place here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The underground tunnels. Ask your NSA's about it during orientation.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA offers a Ivy League level education for a fraction of the price (especially for in-state students).

    What to do for fun

    UCLA is located in the heart of Westwood which offers a wide variety of stores, movie theaters, Hookah Bars, etc. You are also very close to Santa Monica and Hollywood, which offer endless opportunities for fun.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA honestly has some of the best food!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun! The only downside is that dorm rooms tend to be very small.

    Academic Rigor

    You will come to discover the academic rigor of UCLA within your first weeks of matriculation.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Study as much as you can. This isn't high school anymore! You will definitely not get away with studying the night before. 2. Enroll in easy GE's your first quarter. 3. If you're not an engineering/science major, take your science and math classes winter quarter. Curves are much more generous.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a beautiful place filled with millions of opportunities. Students are usually nice but a lot of classes are impacted.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for students who want the whole College Scene. (Clubs,Sports Education, Greek Life)

    What to do for fun

    Bruin Day was a lot of fun. They introduced us to many clubs, sports, and activities that were available to us. If you are looking for things off campus, Westwood has plenty to offer along with Santa Monica beach and Hollywood close by.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten in the school cafeteria yet, only the section with the restaurants. They have lots of variety and even a candy shop for the late night cravings.

    Dorm Life

    I was very disappointed with the size of the dorms. The basic singles, doubles, and triples are all the same size, but it is the only downfall about going to this school.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet attended any academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy every moment of it! You worked hard to get to there and you deserve it.

    In three sentences

    The college campus is absolutely gorgeous. It is the well-rounded Dream University every student asks for. From activities, education, and staff, UCLA is at its prime.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining halls on the camps are rated high for their great satisfaction and food quality. It is publicly known that UCLA has some of the greatest dining halls in the nation.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is great, having themed housing or housing based on the year of enrollment. The social life in the dorms is always bustling and dorm mates usually grow close together.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at the school is very high. It is a quarter system university, moving much faster paced than a standard 18 week semester school. Students who get accepted must hit the ground running, having already studied since week 0 because if you fail to study by week 2, you will face the consequences of having midterms around the corner on week 3.

    In three sentences

    The University of California-Los Angeles is one of the top ranking institution in the world. It is a great campus, offering over 126 different undergraduate majors for students to undertake. It's also world renowned for their great research and how well they are linked to the world internationally

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    During my stay at UCLA, everything was wonderful and peaceful. Although there seems to be constant construction on campus, everything seemed to be safe. Only a couple of unsafe people who makes the campus unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities one could do at UCLA! That includes martial arts, photography, journalism, and much more!

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, self-challengers, determined, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    I have heard that the South is more expensive than the North. I believe this is true, but I will just have to budget better.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely a person could chill in their dorm, go outside and walk around campus, commit to sports/clubs on campus, study at the library, and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    There are many places a person can eat. That also includes many varieties and choices in each store/restaurant!

    Dorm Life

    I wish dorms were bigger, but they are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA has a pretty low acceptance rate. The determined and ambitious are bounded to be at the university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always work hard and no matter what, always do what's right.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is the most beautiful school I have ever seen. There are many things a person can do at UCLA, let alone a person can do so much in L.A. When I first stepped on campus, I never really wanted to leave because I felt as though I found my place.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This could improve since there have recently been several reports of crime. The school has its own police department, which is a plus. The areas around the campus are not always the most well lit.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bruinwalk is where everyone passes by everyday. Thousands of students pass by there during the day, and it is know to be the place where people constantly are promoting their club, organization, product, etc.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things you can do. Celebrities are always on or around campus, so going out to meet them can be fun. There are constantly events on campus by different clubs and organizations, such as musicals, concerts, performances, etc. The beach is nearby, and everything that LA has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Voted the best by many, UCLA offers many different dining opportunities. The food is made well and eating is made easy, with just a swipe of your BruinCard.

    Dorm Life

    There are a huge amount of dorms on campus, with more being opened each year. Many are brand new, others have been recently remodeled. They are mostly social and it is easy to get to know people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be difficult and competitive. The quarter system is fast paced and gives little room to slack off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in a few extracurricular activities that you enjoy, and no more. Most people end up very busy at UCLA and having time for academics becomes difficult. It is easy to feel lost at such a big school, but if you find a club or group that you feel comfortable in, then it becomes easy to feel like you belong.

    In three sentences

    It is a large school with many opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities such as clubs, research, volunteering, etc. There are always events on campus and in the city, so it is a fun time living here. Academic life is fast paced and can be daunting and competitive.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA is in the more glamorous part of Los Angeles, I had no safety concerns.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ultimate frisbee is awesome- for girls BLU (A team) and Midas (B team), and for boys Smaug (A and B teams).

    What to do for fun

    Two words: Santa Monica! Students can take the Santa Monica city bus directly from campus to Santa Monica for $0.50 with their student ID card. Go shopping/eat on Third Street Promenade or spend the whole day at the beach- this place is awesome!

    Food and Dining

    On-campus dining is amazing, every meal of the day- you can either sit down with friends in a dining hall or pick up meals to go at three different quick service cafes. Off-campus options are just as good- Westwood has a number of restaurants as well as Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Ralphs.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are coed, high rise style; usually about 100 students per floor with 2 RA's. Some people make all their friends through their floor, others don't know any of their neighbors- it's really up to you.

    Academic Rigor

    Pre-med and engineering classes are very competitive to get into, and also to do well in. Most classes are heavily curved so don't be discouraged with a 40% on an exam- as long as you do a little better than average, there is no need to worry about your grade at the end of the quarter.

    In three sentences

    UCLA was my dream school as a kid, and not only did it meet my expectations it surpassed them! I am totally living the dream in LA (especially being an out-of-stater from the east coast). If you get in- GO!

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Beware of the dining halls and quick services at UCLA because you will gain the freshmen 15 or 30. The food here rivals a 4-star restaurant and it is incredibly healthy if taken in the right proportions.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone should live in the dorms at least once. It is the best bonding experience there is. You learn a lot about yourself, others and different cultures. It is the quickest way to make friends and form study groups.

    Academic Rigor

    This is definitely an exceptional school, academically and the grading is tough but do-able. Studying is important and staying on top of assignments will help you tremendously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be early to classes, you want to get a good set Go to office hours held by your professor and TA, it's the only time you can ask for their help on things you don't understand Study something that interest you, it makes going to class a lot easier

    In three sentences

    The campus is breathtaking and the faculty members are superb. Enjoy every minute of your time here and make the most of every opportunity inside the class room and out of the class room. Talk to other students, make as many friends and you can, the more connections you have the better, it is simple the best place to go to school.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I've been to Orientation and I dined in the Covel Commons dining hall specifically, and the food was pretty darn good.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in a double in Rieber Vista for Orientation, and it was pretty nice. No complaints here!

    Academic Rigor

    Study smart!

    Tips for prospective students

    I can't say much because I am an incoming student, but I'm really excited to go! :)

    In three sentences

    Campus is lovely, as well as surrounding area. Academics and other things to do are always aplenty! The campus vibe is really nice, especially at nighttime at Cafe 1919 (gelato, mmm).

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police department is within 3 minutes of the main campus in terms of walking distance. There are security kiosks that provide emergency help every 2-3 blocks of campus so the school is generally safe. The campus is quick in reacting to any threats to safety and makes sure the students are aware of anything that can affect them.

    Greek Life

    Exciting for girls, but somewhat exclusive against guys. Unless you know people in the frats, guys have somewhat of a problem getting in. Girls generally undergo difficult initiation and rushing phases. The parties are usually on Thursday nights with occasional quarterly parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide array of clubs and activities that require quite a bit of researching into. The school is an advertising outlet for these clubs and provide a great selection, but requires effort in finding them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The tunnels under the campus provide a spooky midnight adventure for all classes.

    What to do for fun

    John Wooden Center provides an exercising center for fitness enthusiasts. Large variety of free weights, machines, and fitness rooms and classes for students. There are basketball courts, tennis courts, swimming pools, racquet ball courts, etc. Westwood provides many shopping boutiques, as well as an exciting array of restaurants and dining options. The Westwood Regency theatre provides theatrical entertainment, including premieres of movies before they are released. Fowler Museum on campus provides free exhibits as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is constantly evolving and the school truly cares about the student's palate. The quick cafes provide a number of dining options, from Italian paninis and pizzas to Mexican food and Asian cuisine. The dining halls vary, including exotic Asian food and healthy organic options.

    Dorm Life

    Generally, the students are friendly, but tend to group together once they have found a group they can identify with. The dorms are generally clean, social, and mostly quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    Levels beyond the challenges of high school. Most math and science classes are ruled by a grading curve, which assigns grades based on how students score relative to their classmates. Student-student competition is a consequence of this grading system, which can assign certain percentages of grades. The professors are here to introduce the students to material, while the students are expected to master and refine their learning techniques on their own.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the university resources, which surpass any found in high school. Counselors, teaching assistants, libraries, campus magazines, etc; everything offers insight into the happenings in UCLA. Be active in finding your passion, because the possibilities are endless.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a rigorous school with many opportunities for individual growth and maturity. Overall, it is balanced in its academics, sports team reputation, and ability to produce successful, functioning leaders to the real world. This school challenges students to excel and find themselves in an accelerated transition to post-university life.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Some of the best tasting food and plenty of options for everyone on campus. Plus lots of places to dine-out around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The different dorm options are great for finding your perfect fit for living conditions. Some buildings are newer than others.

    Academic Rigor

    Go to class. Different classes are harder than others. The professors have very high standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early and be outgoing. Don't slack off your first year. Go to class.

    In three sentences

    The campus is like its own little city and is in the perfect location in LA and near the beach at Santa Monica. There are so many clubs, organizations, groups, sports, student activities to be involved in. The classes are challenging and rewarding.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who like the city and want to go to a large college

    Food and Dining

    Some of the best dining halls. Very versatile and the salad bar is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a passion and stick with it instead of stretching yourself thin with activities.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is an awesome school. They have majors to fit anyone and any personality. I would highly recommend coming to this school.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus has been Tobacco free since April 23, 2013 so you know this is a great campus. It is accepting of gays and bisexuals and it has surprisingly low crime rates.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and sororities completely shatter the stereotype here at UCLA seeing as the frat guys are generally kind guys and the sorority girls are sweet. Of course there are exceptions, but that is because there are all kinds of people here that want different things out of the college experience. Overall, you can find a fraternity or sorority that is right for you here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs to choose from that range from all sorts of talents. If you are a beginner, they understand and will gladly take you in and help guide you. There is no way to get bored or not make friends here.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is a great school for sports fans, book worm, or a person that likes to have a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the greatest monuments at UCLA is the inverted fountain. A fountain that goes in instead of out and your freshmen year there you are only allowed to touch it once and you cannot touch it again until the day before graduation or you will receive bad luck while you are there.

    Bang for the buck

    You'd think for it being a university in such a well-off area, everything there would be more expensive. However, it is college and everyone there is aware of the difficulty of hanging on to money there. Prices are low enough for you to afford what is necessary and if you are in need of money, there are plenty of jobs available on campus that are flexible with your schedule.

    What to do for fun

    Fun is the one thing that is hard to avoid at UCLA. Feeling like the California weather is too hot, go for a swim. Think you gained a few pounds during the summer, there is a free gym there for all bruins which includes raquetball courts, basketball courts, and a rock climbing wall. With over a hundred clubs to choose from, it will be hard to not fit in. Go dance, hang out with the legendary mascot Joe Bruin, or go see any of UCLA's various sports. There is always something to do at this school.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UCLA is great! There is plenty of variety and is flexible for your cultural needs such as ramadan. There are plenty of meal plans to choose from, like if you do not feel like eating one day or just not in the mood to eat what they are serving, you can save your meal for another day. Speaking of not liking what they serve you, how could you not with plenty of options and restaurants both on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    UCLA has a funny way of knowing just where to put you. With a bunch of creative and like-minded teens like yourself, the only way you could not enjoy your time there is if you purposely try to avoid everyone. Which is a tough feat seeing as people want to get to known one another with the dorms holding ice cream socials every other week.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here have some of the best professors in California. Of course there are other private schools who are doing great and some of the professors here are more dedicated in their research, but the professors are very open and willing to listen. They go at the pace you'd expect from college and they have extra time for those who did not grasp a subject to come and understand it in greater detail. It is a well-known fact that the classes are tough, which is why there is so much support from your bruin family to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a college bound student with plenty of goals and aspirations, UCLA is the next step. Keep your grades up and your test scores high and you too could be a bruin. Just when it seems like it is out of your reach, keep striving for the best and that is where you will end up.

    In three sentences

    There is no school in all of California with more school spirit than UCLA. If you are looking for a place to have fun and be serious about your studies, this is it. With challenging courses in a competitive and nurturing environment, UCLA is the next step to a successful future.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely worth while. Memories of a lifetime.

    What to do for fun

    What's not to do? Theres free movie screenings (sneaks included), guest speakers, and even concerts available throughout the year, courtesy of the Campus Events Commissions (CEC), clubs events and parties, and many student performances, such as different cultural nights.And if thats not enough for you, Westwoods only a few minutes away from campus!

    Food and Dining

    Whether you're on campus or on the hill, UCLA caters to everyone. From salads and steaks, to pastas and ribs, and even sushi, there is a wide variety of food. What's not to like? I mean, we are ranked in the top 10 college dining foods.

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm is on the hill, so visiting friends is a breeze. There are also plenty of study rooms, music rooms, and recreational centers and activities to do while you are on the hill. There is also free wifi in every dorm (but the quality depends on where you are).

    Academic Rigor

    The classes, depending on what you take, can vary from fairly easy to extremely difficult. Some professors are amazing, while others are mediocre (it can be hard to tell when enrolling, so good luck). The difficulty also depends on your peers, since most of the classes are curved. There is also department grade standards, but if the professor believes more (or less) of a certain grade is deserved, he/she is definitely able to tinker around, so long as it isn't too abnormal. Overall, just stay on top of your studies and it shouldn't be too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, get involved, and apply for internships. Also don't be afraid to use the resources available to you (i.e. the Career Center, Libraries, SAC).

    In three sentences

    UCLA offers great opportunities for students to strive and find their interest. There are plenty of majors available and loads of clubs and activities to join. The diversity and acceptance of students makes it hard for anyone to feel left out, so once you're a bruin, you're a member of the bruin family.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA is a really safe campus. There are vans to take you back at night to your apartment or dorm and the campus is well-lit at night. If you don't have anyone to walk with, you can always call the CSO to escort you back to your dorm also.

    What to do for fun

    There's the Wooden Center if you wanted to work out (with a rock climbing wall!) We also have our own museum and botanical garden on campus. There's also usually events going on somewhere on campus most days of the week and theres' a ton of clubs and organizations to get involved with. If you want to get off campus, you can take the bus to Santa Monica, or the Getty Museum, or a bunch of other museums near by. Or just go around Westwood for places to shop and eat (Diddy Reese and 800 Degrees is a MUST). A lot of students also like going to Sawtelle for food and boba (but most of the places there only accept cash).

    Food and Dining

    The food is top-notch. There are always a lot of choices for where to go and what to eat. I love the variety and the quality of the food. They also put the menu up online so you can check before you swipe in. It's really convenient!

    Dorm Life

    There's always a lot of social events going on in the dorms to help everyone make friends ad feel connected to the campus. I love that there's always something to do! I definitely recommend dorming for everyone's first year here because it tends to be the hub of social activity, which eases the transition period.

    Academic Rigor

    There will be a lot of reading and work. Each professor expects you to invest a lot of time in each class, so be forewarned. Since it's on the quarter system, there will be a lot of information thrown at the students in a short amount of time. Do your best not to fall behind because it's very hard to catch up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to be as prepared as possible for the pace of life here. It's really fast-paced and can be exhausting your first couple of quarters. Take only a couple easy classes your first quarter to feel out how you'll adjust and take time to recover during the weekends!

    In three sentences

    I love UCLA! It's my dream school and both academics and extracurriculars are exciting and challenging. They take really good care of their students and provide lots of great opportunities.

  • 07/03/2013

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    What to do for fun

    After hours of studying one can work off that freshman 15 by going to the Wooden Center and exercising with their friends. If one has enough of doing any work, since UCLA is in the magnificent City of Angels, one could take a bus a hit Hollywood blvd or if its a hot day one can grab a few friends and take a bus down to Santa Monica or Venice beach. UCLA is just a bus away from any of Los Angeles' attractions. On any given weekend one could go to Disneyland or Universal Studios.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choosing a college isn't just basing it on its prestige, classes, or professors. When I chose to go to UCLA, I chose it based on its environment. The people there make you feel like you found your home, the place that will help you thrive both academically and socially, the place where one can grow to become a much happier person.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is the most applied to university in the nation, not just because of its prestige but because of the students and welcoming atmosphere. UCLA offers students the best professors and faculty to receive one of the best educations in the world. Although extremely prestigious, UCLA is a home that bears and nurtures the future president, scientists, doctors of our nation.

  • 07/02/2013

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for any types of students. You can stay in dorm or go to library to study, or join an activity if you are an active person, or join a sport if you are an athlete.

    What to do for fun

    UCLA is probably one of the best universities out there that offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, so fun is the last thing you have to be worry about. Just try to get involve and you will find your joy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to make the best out of your opportunity and never give up, because UCLA is a place that provides you with many chances.

    In three sentences

    It is a very large campus with a variety of activities to choose from. UCLA is also a very prestigious university with a lot of reputations about their education. The student service is also great with tons of resources available to student.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is to die for! Make sure to head to the gym weekly or else you may end up like the saying goes for the undergraduates..

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life may be a turning point in your life. You will meet new people, and these people may become your lifetime friends!

    Academic Rigor

    In each class, you will be surrounded by the top of the top. What ever comes your way, please keep your head held high and stay motivated to work hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, then play hard. Make sure there is a balance when you are at UCLA.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is just a dream come true. Every corner of the campus, there are students going beyond limits. I am lucky to attend such an incredible school with many incredible opportunities.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    UCLA has by far the best dining hall system that I've ever encountered. They have constantly changing menus in their buffet style dining halls and cater to everyone whether you are vegetarian, vegan, etc. I have heard some problems though with availability of kosher food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is where you meet the majority of your new best friends for the next four years. It's like having a giant sleepover with all your friends for an entire year!

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely difficult coming from high school and adjusting to college classes. Especially at UCLA where you are competing with some of the best students in the nation. But there are several resources on campus that are available for those struggling with their classes.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    THere are so many clubs and all of them are REALLY involved!

    Great for these types of students

    People who are super passionate about what they do. Other than that, there is a crowd for everyone here , it's so diverse that UCLA isn't targeted for a type.

    What to do for fun

    LA has so many things, from hitting up downtown LA to going to Santa Monica beach, there is an endless amount to do and no room for boredom.

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely amazing! There is so much variety and everything is delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Although the dorms are very small, everyone gets to know one another intimately.

    Academic Rigor

    Well, I haven't started yet, but i do hope to be challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although high school academics are important, being involved in school activities are much more important if you want to get in.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The place is so diverse that I'm sure everyone has a place to fit in. However, one thing everybody does have in common is that everyone is super passionate.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are programs where you can have someone escort you to your dorm if it is late at night. There are also van drop offs if it really dark.

    Greek Life

    It is popular, but if it isn't you, don't feel obligated to do it for a social life. There are numerous clubs to make friends that share your interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities. There is a .0001% chance that there isn't the club you are looking for, but you can start it if you like!

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds of students will enjoy their experience at UCLA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is tunneling, where people sneak past security and go beneath campus (where maintenance goes) and have their own adventure.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is absolutely worth any money, grants, or loans necessary to go to the school.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to Santa Monica, Westwood (which has plenty of different ethnic foods), Sawtelle (more amazing food), Hollywood, LACMA, hike at Malibu, Marina Del Rey for aquatic sports, and parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UCLA is absolutely amazing. I won't be living in the dorms for the next half of my college career, and I am extremely sad that I don't have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    It is the best experience ever. You make lots of new friends and you can be very independent. You study and play hard with your community.

    Academic Rigor

    It's UCLA. Everyone is very intelligent. You are studying with the top of the class all over the world. You are pushed beyond your limits for the better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms for at least one year. I took out loans to do it, but it was worth every compounded interest. You make wonderful friendships, and it is an experience you will never regret.

    In three sentences

    It is absolutely amazing. You get the best of both worlds, hardworking people and hard party-goers. It is in the most perfect location--you have the beach, clubs, attractions, places to hike, and WESTWOOD.

  • 06/25/2013

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    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in your classes, but at the same time don't spend all your time on just classes. I feel like one of the reasons why i was accepted was because i had so many extracurricular activities. Be well rounded, and spend time studying for both SAT and ACT. Take both for one will give you more UC points than the other and it can make a difference in whether you get into a UC or not.

  • 06/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something interesting going on every weekend, whether it be a concert, movie premiere, or a musical production. Never a boring weekend.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run and Midnight Yell during finals week is a great stress-reliever.

    What to do for fun

    Go out to Westwood for great dining, movies, and shopping. Great way to get out of campus life for a while.

    Food and Dining

    There will always be something appetizing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It doesn't get any better than this.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are all located relatively close to each other. Residence halls are recommended for first-years; it is easier to meet new people. Only downfall: quite a hike from campus back to the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is not unbearable. It is a healthy type of rigor that challenges students to put in the necessary amount of effort in order to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to meeting new people and trying out different clubs and organizations. Research professors' ratings before enrolling in their classes. 8 AM classes are difficult... unless you are a morning person.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is very diverse; there are students from a wide range of backgrounds. UCLA has clubs and organizations that provide a great escape from the academic sphere. UCLA's academics challenge the students in a healthy, learning environment.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue-boxes, UCPD, Evening Vans, Campus Escorts, Etc.

    Greek Life

    Great! Huge variety, strong. ~33% of the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 250 different student groups.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven people who want to give back and really be challenged.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So many. Jumping in the Inverted Fountain upon graduation, tunneling below campus, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    You're partially paying for the name of the school, but it's absolutely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. Join a club, or an IM sport. Greek life is extremely prominent (~33%).

    Food and Dining

    All great options, constantly changing and improving.

    Dorm Life

    Made great friends for life.

    Academic Rigor

    So hard, but so worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. It's the only way to survive at this driven school.

    In three sentences

    AMAZING. The campus is perfect in every way; the students here are driven and truly make the changes they want to see in the world. Classes are challenging and rewarding.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    all students

    What to do for fun

    This is LA and the amount of things to do for fun are innumerable.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the hardest UC's to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and take in the environment.

    In three sentences

    This school is simply a beauty to behold. The academic rigor it offers and the lifestyles it portrays are something else. Definitely a balanced school.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Order your books online from Albris.com

    Tips for prospective students

    Try the University of Southern California VAC MSW program. It will provide you the education you need and the connections you need in your own town.

    In three sentences

    USC has an awesome VAC MSW online social work program. the school gives all students in different states great support throughout the program and the professors are great! The online class setting is like the classroom setting with a more comfortable atmosphere.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT GET TOO COCKY! Try your hardest in every single one of your classes no matter how minuscule they are.

    In three sentences

    It is a very large school that could be taken both ways. It is extremely large and may be difficult to find someone to relate to. However, once you do, it will make experience so much better!

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Most of the time students are respectful of one another's belongings and privacy. However, it is an open campus, so there may be outside strangers who can threaten the students' safety. There are occasionally some vandalism, and there has been some known thefts during this past year.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities on campus that may be applicable to a student's interests. There are ones for socializing, ones for culture and tradition, and ones for your major. There are also groups for religion and volunteering.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCLA provides clubs for almost anything you can think of and each of these clubs create their own activities for other students to participate in as well. Each cultural club holds an annual Culture Night in which they showcase their traditions to the students and public. The gym is open for students and we can use the tennis court, volleyball court, basketball court, track and field, and swimming pools.g

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for students who love to study, but also love to socialize. Although UCLA has high expectations academically, the students are also encouraged to participate in sports, volunteering, or clubs that share their interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a unique fountain called The Inverted Fountain. During orientation, they told the incoming freshmen to touch the water in the fountain, however, they warned us never to touch it again until we graduate. Or else, every time we touched it, they say that it will add another quarter to our stay at UCLA.

    Bang for the buck

    Although UCLA provides its students with university scholarships, it is still quite expensive to attend, especially the housing costs. Tuition is fair enough, but housing takes up most of your money. However, UCLA does provide great food, good professors, and a large variety of groups/activities, so your money is going towards your own experience at UCLA.

    What to do for fun

    You can leave campus and explore Westwood to shop or find restaurants, all within walking distance. You can also attend free movie premieres and sneak peaks. Occasionally, there will be festivals with foods, games, and prizes in Bruin Plaza. At Rieber, there are weekly movie showings.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA provides its students with a large variety of food. There are regular dining halls such as De Neve and Covel, but there are also unique ones such as Feast, which serves Asian cuisine, and Hedrick, which serves healthy food. BruinCafe serves coffee, pastries, ice cream, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Rendezvous serves Mexican and Asian food. There is a different menu in the dining halls every day, and in other places, they have daily specials you can order.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm building holds its own activities and plans its out outings. Throughout the year, it is always fun to attend these various activities and sometimes you get free food or school supplies. Sometimes they set up games and you can win prizes such as UCLA t-shirts or gift cards. You meet many new people in the dorms and you will spend a majority of your time at UCLA with those living around you.

    Academic Rigor

    Competition in UCLA is very high. Students must learn to study by themselves or with groups outside of class time. Depending on the professor, there may or may not be a curve in the grades. Most classes largely depend on the final exam to determine your overall grade. Midterms are also fairly important, but homework and projects are rarely helpful in boosting up your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming into UCLA, you should remember that top students from high schools will all be competing against you. You may have done well in high school with minimal or no effort, but at UCLA, you need to learn time management and proper study habits. Since there are many things to do around campus, take advantage of everything UCLA offers you-- especially the free movie sneak peaks.

    In three sentences

    The UCLA campus offers a large variety of student clubs and activities students can participate in. There are many opportunities to find tutoring or homework help, including fraternities/clubs and Professor/TA office hours. They offer delicious food throughout campus and on the residence hill.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think campus safety is one of the top priorities at CSULA. I do not hear much of any attack or theft on campus or near campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Hispanic Business Society, Hermanos Unidos, The Golden Key Club, Association for Student Involvement, the Cross Cultural Center, and Circle K.

    What to do for fun

    Things to do for fun would become a member or an organization, join a sport, or work at the Student Union because they always have fun events going on. THey show movies every other week for free.

    Food and Dining

    They have a variety of restaurants on campus, but it helps that it is a commuter school so there are many other restaurants to eat at near school.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but I hear it is hard sometimes to find a room to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    I think CSULA's academic background is not as strong as it could be, but it tries its best to allow us to receive an education and become successful people after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to potential students would be to be involved with organizations, from fraternities, sororities, professional organizations or anything of interest. It will be a great experience if not the best of your college life.

    In three sentences

    In my opinion CSULA is great school and it has improved so much over the years. It continues to improve for the students by providing them with academic excellence.

  • 06/02/2013

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    Food and Dining

    Heard there's quite a bit to choose from near campus

    Dorm Life

    I will be living at home

    In three sentences

    Will be attending in the Fall 2013

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The school isn't everything I expected. It can be hard to get classes if you are going out of sequence, a lot of the classes required for chemistry majors are only offered once per quarter, and a few classes that I wanted to take (such as laboratory glassblowing) that are in the course listings aren't even offered every year or anymore. However, most of the professors are quite good and there are a lot of classes to choose from.

    What to do for fun

    Study. If you plan on majoring in science/math/engineering, you don't have time for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is good and it's nice that it's a buffet. There are lots of fast food joints available, from Carl's Jr. to Subway to Panda Express. Everything that they don't already have on campus you can easily find in Westwood. Whatever you want to eat, it should be somewhere on or near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes have been fairly difficult compared to community college, although there have been exceptions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the quarter system take you by surprise. If (and only if) you really want to learn physics, take Brent Corbin.

    In three sentences

    It can be difficult graduating on time if you start out of sequence. The chemistry department seems to favor biochemistry students. The student body leans very far to the left.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Los Angeles - that says it all.

    Food and Dining

    They have a lot of food options, when I went and visited the campus with my school we ate in one of the food halls in a dorm. It was a buffet style, with numerous options to choose from and it was delicious.

    In three sentences

    The campus is HUGE. The tour I went on lasted for about 2 hours. There were a lot of stairs and walking. Now I'm not lazy or anything, but it was right after a buffet lunch, and it was hot that day, and it made me not like the school.

  • 06/01/2013

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do. There are many clubs and other extra curricular activities like sports and organizations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to tour the campus and research the clubs as well as the tuition and transportation options.

    In three sentences

    This school is very open and friendly. It is very diverse. And most of all, it has many opportunities to help its students earn money to pay for tuition.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus feels very safe, even though it is in the middle of a big city

    What to do for fun

    Westwood Village is amazing, but honestly, UCLA is right in Los Angeles so what to do for fun is totally up to each individual person. Also, Disney Land is only a short drive away

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food i not great, but Westwood Village has amazing food options and the dorm food is good for college food

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful. There are rooms of all shapes and sizes and they are all close to each other so that you could always be near to your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know because I have not taken classes yet, but it seems worth the investment

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus. It is totally worth it to walk around and see what it is like. Take people's business cards and e-mail them. Do not be afraid to contact them because they can really help you out. I got a private tour and conversations with professors this way.

    In three sentences

    It is really big and really beautiful. I am super excited to get the whole college experience at a big school. The people there were very helpful and friendly on my visits.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus always feels really safe. There is an escort service at night too

    Greek Life

    We have a really great Greek system with houses for anyone interested

    Clubs and Activities

    They have every club imaginable... and then some

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, brilliant, productive, athletic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run and protecting the Bruin Bear during I <3 UCLA week.

    Bang for the buck

    For in state, the deal is great. Out of State students tend to get less for their money.

    What to do for fun

    Museums, beach, art galleries, concerts, plays, sports, movies, everything you could possibly want!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try not to be overwhelmed. Just by meeting a handful of people, you can grow as an individual and take your time becoming familiar with the school and surrounding area.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a world-renowned school with a beautiful campus and thousands of ways to get involved. The fan base is great, as there is so much school spirit. To top the high ranking academics and breakthrough research, there are lots of fun things to do in the area.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You live in LA. There's hiking trails, beaches, clubs, melrose, and EVERYTHING.

    Food and Dining

    They have better food than 70% of the restaurants in Los Angeles. They contain cuisines from all the countries imaginable!

    Dorm Life

    A lot of new dorms on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    There are lots of temptations to keep you from studying, but if you can deny those temptations, you'll do fine

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved with your school. Talk to your professors and counselors. Be a dreamer and show action. Find what you are passionate about.

    In three sentences

    If you want to learn, you have to put yourself out there. Beautiful campus and beautiful weather. College is what you make of it.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Playing

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe here, main pathways are pretty much always lighted at night and there is an escort service that will walk you home if you don't feel safe enough to walk alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life dominates the social scene, so if you're interested in that, this would be a great place for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs on campus, but whether or not you want to join is another question (a lot of them are religious or culturally based so many clubs are based on exclusivity). If you want to get involved though, you'll easily be able to.

    Great for these types of students

    I'd recommend this school to people interested interested in Greek life, a huge school experience, an impersonal education, and Southern California weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a tunnel system under UCLA that you can explore if you're feeling edgy.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you're paying for. I pay in-state tuition so it's pretty cheap, but I also don't feel like I'm getting very much out of the experience. That being said, I know a UCLA degree will be respected by the greater community once I graduate so if you're only here to get a degree from a well-known school, you might like it here.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood has some great restaurants, three movie theaters, and UCLA isn't far from some cool concert venues. The bus is your friend and can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go in LA if you have the time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is the best part about going here! The dining halls alternate what meals they serve and offer new options about every quarter. The only downside is that you can only use your meal plan at certain locations, and none of them are on campus (they're all in the residential area).

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, and if you like your roommates and floor-mates, it can be pretty fun.

    Academic Rigor

    I've taken mostly humanities and social science classes and none have been that challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA up, get involved in a lot of extracurricular activities, and have a decent number of volunteer hours. From what I've heard, the personal statement doesn't matter much, but try to write as well as you can in case your admission comes down to the essay.

    In three sentences

    While UCLA is considered by many people to be a great school, I canâ??t say itâ??s been great for me. With such a large student body, itâ??s been difficult to create meaningful connections with other students and my professors. Social life is dominated by Greek life, lectures are interrupted by people more interested in gossiping than listening, and discussion sections are mostly void of meaningful interaction.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus is very safe. We have UCPD who potrol and can easily be reached in case you need them. And we have a text/email alert system in case something occurs on campus.

    Greek Life

    From what I hear, its great!

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list! There is something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Like to be involved in their school!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We recently went smoke free!

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is expansive, I think its worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Join student organizations. Go to games! Watch the many musical and dance performances students put on. Go and hang out in Westwood! There are lots of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The many dining halls, restaurants and cafes offer a delicious variety of food! There is always something for everyone! UCLA has wonderful healthy options, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

    Dorm Life

    I commute so I dont know much about it, but I hear the dorm life is very fun and comfortable. The dorms are safe and clean, and you make a lot of friends because you live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult mainly because of the quarter system, time flies by very fast. However if you are interested in the subject you will do great and the class will feel like a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are so many great opportunities on campus that you will never know about unless you get involved with student groups and go to events.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a beautiful campus and a great environment to learn in. People take their education very seriously but still make time to have fun. Extracurricular activities are a huge part of the UCLA experience.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have the police station like 5 mins away, enough said!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Here at UCLA! We have the underwear run, in which students run in thier underwear just for the kicks of relieving stress! Also, we have a massive bonfire/rally for the UCLA vs. USC game!

    What to do for fun

    I love to go out into Westwood Village and walk around the shops and go eat at nice restaurants. Also, I am in clubs that are fun, like BruinHope which helps orphan kids. Santa Monica is only 20 mins away, so a simple bus ride and I am there!

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. But, umm with all sincerity you definitely start to miss home-made food after a while!

    Dorm Life

    DORMING IS THE AWESOME! It definitely makes college life much more fun in my experience! You get to meet interesting people and you get to enjoy college at it's fullest!

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, UCLA is top 8th in the world and thus it means that you need to be on top of your game if you want to succeed! But, UCLA is a great school that offers various programs to help!

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT...may I repeat DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!! It is a college student's worst nightmare. Once midterm and finals week comes around, you start yanking your hair if you procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is an amazing institution that is challenging and yet it is a rewarding experience. The professors here are amazing even though they are challenging and they expect from their students nothing but the very best. UCLA is your best choice!

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    Even though I haven't started taking classes (I'll be an incoming freshman this fall), it's widely known that UCLA is challenging. Still, I think UCLA is a healthy kind of challenging and will make you a better student and person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus a lot on your personal statements; in other words, don't do them last minute! UCLA is the most applied to university in the U.S., so there's bound to be many other students who have similar test scores and GPAs. What sets you apart is your personal statement.

    In three sentences

    What really attracted me to UCLA was their Optimist campaign -- this positive and energetic attitude made me feel like I can really pursue my dreams there. I also love the school spirit that UCLA has. Finally, the weather's awesome and great weather = happy students!

  • 04/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    During my admit weekend with Afrikan Student Association, we got a taste of the food and man the food is delicious!!! I grew up on African food and didn't really like most American food because it was too sweet or tasteless to me ( no offense, I'm used to spicy food) but I was surprised at the food at UCLA. It was delicious and you get a lot of healthy options to prevent that freshman 15 weight gain plus all the walking to classes you'll do

    Dorm Life

    At my admit weekend, I got a chance to dorm for 3 days. The plazas are great but the halls are really small. My counselor told me that all the rooms are the same sizes but spacing depends on how the furniture are arranged.

    Academic Rigor

    Common now, this is one of the top schools in the world, so obviously the classes are going to be very rigorous. Be ready to take the challenge but it's not too hard especially if you're the AAP ( I heard because you get a lot of free tutoring0

    Tips for prospective students

    To prospective students... SIR!!! Can't wait to see you guys in fall of 2013

    In three sentences

    This is such a great school: The students are very friendly and smart , campus beautiful, great school spirit, lot of resources, rigor classes, & good food

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you ever feel uncomfortable, you can call a Community Service Officer to come walk you from one place to another

    Greek Life

    Greeks at UCLA are very involved, and role models on campus. They participate in many philanthropic events, and are a very close-knit group, supporting each other.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The eight clap is essential to life.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is the most expensive UC, but classes are good and the meal plan is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You can walk to Westwood to get food, go shopping, or go to a movie. There are almost always sports events going on on campus that you can attend and cheer on the Bruins. The bus is very cheap, so you can go to Santa Monica and go to the 3rd Street Promenade or to the beach. There are many things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, you can be close with the people in your dorm and make lots of friends. However, some of the plazas are very antisocial

    Academic Rigor

    Classes move at a fast pace, but as long as you take the time to work and study you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with many things on campus to meet new people, and start studying for midterms during week 1.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a great school with lots of diversity. There are many things to get involved with. Professors are very easy to talk to and get to know.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many places to dine on campus, and they serve any kind of food you can think of. It is a little expensive, though.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are OK. A bit better than other schools, but not perfect.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough school academically. It uses a quarter system instead of a semester system, making learning there a little fast-paced, but not necessarily difficult. Overall, a great place with a great quality of education

    In three sentences

    Great reputation for academic excellence. Located in an awesome city with everything nearby. UCLA is a great school overall.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is really good for dorm food. It is buffet style.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms look a little small.

    Academic Rigor

    It's UCLA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear comfortable shoes and check out the dorm food.

    In three sentences

    UCLA seems like a really good school. Bruin day is informational and fun. Students do a lot of walking.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    relatively safe

    Clubs and Activities

    Suppperclub, the Troubadour, and other events hosted at the COOP or by Bruin Party Network

    Great for these types of students

    Urban, cool, suave, intelligent, down-to earth, work hard play hard students who are ready to meet a lot of new cool people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think UCLA is a great place to have weekend photoshoots with your friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Watch your finances! LA can get pricey sometimes.

    What to do for fun

    There's lots to do for fun, you can visit the Getty Museum, LACMA, beaches, Rodeo Drive, and Hollywood. There's lot of hiking trails in Malibu, Santa Monica, and Runyon Canyon. Koreatown is a great place to go for karaokee and great KBBQ. There are lots of concert venues as well.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA is located in one of the best areas in Los Angeles, with Santa Monica to the West and Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Hollywood to the East, you're sure to find lots of fine dinning and cusine and all price ranges. LA is so diverse so you are bound to find food from all over the world everywhere you go. The Persian restaurants on Westwood are a must try!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life has its perks but make sure to stay in shape and not put on some extra pounds at the dinning halls.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be rigorous but forming study groups will allow you to form strong academic bonds with other students for future classes and will give you the opportunity to meet new people. Getting your work done on time and having a strong discipline also paves the way for success. Getting to know your professors and going to their office hours is a must! that way you will feel more comfortable in your class and are more likely to be successful. Knowing your professor will create an interpersonal relationship between you and your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you explore every possibility as early as possible. As a transfer student, there were simply too many things to do in such a small amount of time. If I could go back I would be informed of the many programs the school offers to get started on them instead of wishing I had done them when I'm about to graduate.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a beautiful campus with a friendly and clean environment. One can truly find classes and professors that will change their lives and inspire their futures. I wish I could spend another year to get more out of the millions of opportunities offered at this university.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA has a program in which it hires and trains students who are then on call at night to walk people home. They also provide vans to drive people back to the dorms or apartments at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    The number of clubs still amazes me. I only wish I had more time so I could join more.

    Great for these types of students

    Social people and people who love to volunteer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCLA has something called the Undie Run on Wednesday night of every finals week. Students gather and run around campus in their underwear to relieve stress or celebrate finishing their finals.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs are constantly holding events on campus or at the dorms. They're usually free for students and are a great way to spend a (cheap) evening with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is great, considering dorm food is generally thought to be terrible. There's a great variety and the all-you-can-eat dining halls are a great deal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to make friends. All of UCLA's dorms are located together, so it's a great community. However, the dorms are a little cramped, being mostly triples.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors here definitely challenge you to think critically. Studying is a priority, as you'll see many students in the library at all times of the day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit your counselors periodically; you want to make sure you're on track and taking the classes you need. Join a club or two; it's a great way to make friends with similar interests. Study abroad; if you can, it's an amazing experience.

    In three sentences

    Attending UCLA has been the best experience of my life, both socially and academically. One of the best things about UCLA is its proximity to so many things, such as Hollywood, the Getty Museum, and Santa Monica. Student life is definitely thriving, with student groups for just about anything you can think of.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is tons to do around UCLA need I mention that In-N-out is two blocks away! and you have the awesome city of LA one bus ride away that gives you unlimited insite to a variety of cultures

    In three sentences

    UCLA has a beautiful campus and a great feel to it. Honestly if you got accepted you must feel so proud of yourself and exited to join the great community at UCLA

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They try to keep the campus as safe as possible. If you have any safety concerns, they are always willing to try to fix it.

    Greek Life

    Many different Fraternities and Sororities that take pride in who they are.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 Clubs to join. If a specific club is not there, you can always make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    People at UCLA are very outgoing and down the Earth, but also still very responsible and studious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run and Midnight Yell! All to relieve stress during finals week.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone I have met has never regretted going to UCLA. You will always find something that you will be passionate about. There is also many resources that you can take advantage of.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Westwood, which is literally a 10 minute walk. There you can shop, eat, watch a movie. Even on campus and on The Hill, you will always find an event going on.

    Food and Dining

    We're number 4 in the nation, I think that speaks for itself.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very nice and welcoming. No one looks down on you. You will meet amazing people of different personalities and form friendships that you will want to keep throughout college and beyond.

    Academic Rigor

    Nothing in life ever comes easy, and UCLA makes sure of that.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to succeed at UCLA, you first must feel like you belong at the school. Don't choose it because of its name, but choose it because it feels right to you, physically and mentally. Take pride with the fact that once you become a Bruin, you'll die a Bruin.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is my home away from home. It is my hopeless romantic because I fall in love with the school over and over again each day. It is my biggest challenge, but my greatest accomplishment.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Movie Previews on campus, comedy club, dorm floor activities, explore L.A

    Food and Dining

    Great!

    Dorm Life

    Excellent!

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely demanding!

    Tips for prospective students

    You won't be able to slack off at all. The workload is demanding and unceasing.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. It combines excellent academics with lots of extracurricular opportunities, social school, and great location! Dorm food is good too.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Westwood is a nice escape from campus with all the great eateries and shops! Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Culver City are close by, too, so there is never a shortage of fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is great! There is a lot of variety, and most things are very well made!

    Dorm Life

    People are especially social in their freshmen year. If you are opting for a more social dorm, opt for a residence hall over a residence plaza or suite.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class here is very difficult! There is no such thing as an easy class. That being said, try your best all the time :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that you are okay with the fast-paced quarter system before you enroll here! Classes can move very quickly.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is everything I could have wished for! It has a great location, vigorous academics, and so many different options for how to get involved in extracurriculars. Definitely apply to this great school.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It's amazing campus. The location is amazing, Malibu is very close, only twenty minutes away. The atmosphere is invigorating.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe and well lit campus.

    Greek Life

    Not necessary to be in a sorority or frat to party.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tend to be disorganized but there are a lot to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. Might not be great for Math majors because of the lack of good math professors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beat SC bonfire prior to the UCLA v. USC football game is a great tradition where firemen burn USC signs made by UCLA students.

    Bang for the buck

    Beautiful place to live and learn.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood village is close by and frat parties are fun.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious dining halls and a wide variety of food. One of the best in the nation.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very clean and have been a great experience for me. It is a really good way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Very fast paced because of the quarter system so it is important to stay on top of everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on campus is a great experience and you should consider it even if you live nearby because it is a great way to form lasting friendships.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has a beautiful campus and everyone on campus has a lot of school spirit. Teachers are very knowledgable but the math professors tend to have very thick accents. Overall I love it and think it was a great pick for me.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot. Buses can go to almost anywhere close by: Hollywood, Santa Monica, Culver City. As well as Westwood is in walking distance, so at night you can go to the big movie theaters, or eat out (Diddy Riese cookies is delicious!) and there are some shopping places close too. Plus Frat row is on Gayley right next to the dorms so there is always a way to find a good party!

    Food and Dining

    Food is awesome actually, we have like 3 to 4 dining halls and 3 take out places where you can use the meal plan on the hill and the food is delicious. You can get Chinese, Mexican, Italian, or just a coffee or a smoothie, or simply a buffet of salad and burgers and sweets. We have it nice here.

    Dorm Life

    Its pretty sweet, not going to lie. There are nicer dorms, and not so great ones, but overall the feel and space is nice. There are apartments, single spaces, doubles, triples. All depending on what you choose in the housing application. It feels safe too so thats a less of a worry as well.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not going to be a breeze, let me say. Classes are hard and sometimes carry a lot of work. Don't get me wrong you can find those easy GE classes, but if you want to get your moneys worth most of the classes are high intellectual thinking and for me can get very time consuming but its worth it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say, don't slack off but don't be afraid to apply either. Everyone who gets in is usually always shocked, I know I was. I definitely didn't think I was going to make it but here I am loving it. Make sure you want to come here though, don't just say yes because of its name, really research your major and see if you like the program, and research other schools! You want to at least enjoy where you go if you're going to be here for four year you know?

    In three sentences

    UCLA is an amazing school: it's esteemed, in a great location, I mean who doesn't know the name UCLA? It's got so many opportunities for so many majors, all of which including a great education where you can learn so much more than just what you signed up for. There's so much to do on campus too, its not just class and dorm, if you have an interest for something--there's a group, class, gym, sorority and fraternity to go to; UCLA has every option for learning and enjoying the college life.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for anyone of any background!

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students.

    What to do for fun

    Wander in Westwood!

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm experience is great for one's first year. One meets many people and becomes friends with them rather quickly. Especially people on one's floor. If one doesn't enjoy sharing things with others, get used to it!

    Academic Rigor

    It is a tough school, and very competitive. However, there are great professors who are understanding. It is possible, but one must stay on top of their work. Never be afraid to ask questions! Remember everyone understands things differently, and learns things differently so questions are more than welcome in all lectures and discussions.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCLA is apart of the quarter system, which means there is no time for procrastinating. Be sure to stay on top of readings, and assignments. If one feels they are falling behind, do not panic. Breathe and push onward. Live on campus your first year, and get involved so that you make friends! If one is afraid to try something, one should do it, because a challenge is the best thing one can do for oneself and one's brain.

    In three sentences

    It is a huge, beautiful campus, with great people and many opportunities for people with an array of different backgrounds. The campus and student life is what makes this school so great. Another great thing about UCLA is that we often have guest lecturers such as James Franco!

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The only downfall is that sometimes I'm a little sketched out to walk around at night alone (which I guess is true for anywhere). Maybe I'm a little paranoid... but I try not to walk alone at night, and if I can't avoid it, I carry pepper-spray. There are escorts you can call to walk you home though if you're ever concerned about it so it never really ends up being a big deal if you're smart about it!

    Greek Life

    As a member of the Greek community, I can definitely say that the Greek life is great. The houses are really close to campus (sororities are closer than the dorms!) and are all on the same street, which is fun. Being a part of a sorority has given me some of my best memories here and I highly recommend it. Even as I write this, I'm sitting in the living room of my house waiting to see what lunch will be for today... it's pretty great and you make some really close friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ocean Club! Haha just kidding... sort of. My roommate, my friends and I started this club and have had a lot of fun organizing events and stuff for our 400+ members. That's the neat thing about UCLA though, if there isn't a club for exactly what you're interested in, you can start one!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who can buckle down and work had in trying classes but still know how to have fun. There are a ton of really cool people (24,000 undergrads!) and it'd be a shame if all you did was hole up in your room and study 24/7 when UCLA has so much more to offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oh how to pick just one! There are so many! Maybe the tradition of rubbing the Bruin Bear statue's back paw on your way to a midterm or final for good luck.... there are so many great ones though.

    What to do for fun

    I'm a big coffee-person so I like to explore a new coffee shop in the surrounding area every weekend. It makes for some fun studying and I've discovered so many really cool, hole-in-the-wall cafes.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls is one of my favorite aspects of UCLA. The last thing I ate was mango-salsa topped grilled salmon... seriously? And there is a huge range of choices so no matter what you like, there's something for you. Oh yeah, and on Valentine's Day they served a ton of chocolate-covered strawberries. Yes. This is real life.

    Dorm Life

    UCLA has some of the best dorms that I've seen (of UC Berkeley, Cal Poly SLO, and Univ. of Tennessee). They're all really recently built or re-done and close to each other so a friend in another building is never a far walk away.

    Academic Rigor

    Drop your self-esteem at the door. That sounds harsh but it's true. When everyone around you is a genius, chances are you'll be just average, which you're probably not used to. Just don't take it personally and do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus to get an idea of how great UCLA is... it definitely didn't fit my idea of what an LA university would be like (in a good way). Students obviously work hard but I feel like they're also chiller than those at some other top universities, which is nice.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has it all: high academic prestige, great hospitals and major businesses nearby for great internship opportunities, great NCAA Division 1 sports teams, an awesome Greek system, a beautiful campus in a great location of West Hollywood, and so much more. Attending school here was one of the best decisions I've ever made and I'm grateful for the experiences that it brings every day.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Awesome .

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE, literally .

    Bang for the buck

    Any college/university is going to be expensive . While I feel that this school is a little excessive in the amounts that it asks for things, they do offer many amenities and resources .

    What to do for fun

    There are always frat/sorority parties happening . Different racial and cultural groups often have parties to bring their community closer together . There are also clubs and groups that are devoted to adventure and finding things to do in LA .

    Food and Dining

    There are several different varieties of food to choose from . You can eat in the dining halls or take food back to your room . We have some of the food in the entire UC system .

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is amazing . Everyone is ready and willing to make new friends and there are many people who are taking the same classes as you . You can form study groups and meet some of the best friends you will ever have .

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is difficult but you will be taught by some of the best professors in their respective departments in the nation . The best thing to do is tackle homework immediately, do all the readings, and attend office hours if you're having any difficulties or need any questions answered .

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take multiple AP classes in high school . This will help your chances of being accepted as well as possibly cover some of your major/minor requirements . Also, be prepared for a whole new level of academic from high school . It will be difficult but you will make it through .

    In three sentences

    This school is literally amazing . It accommodates people from all different backgrounds with different interests and needs . Some of the smartest people in the nation attend this school and they all study very hard but still know how to party almost daily .

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, go to the beach, explore Westwood, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good Luck.

    In three sentences

    The school os great. Great balance between social and academic aspects. There's a lot of competition though

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is located between the 3 safest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Brentwood, Bel-Air, and Westwood. By far one of the safest places I know.

    Greek Life

    I haven't partaken in it, but I think there's a place for everyone. Some organizations focus on academics, and others on social events. Like I said, you'll find your place.

    Clubs and Activities

    This place is teeming with clubs and activities. Anything you want, from soccer to quidditch, hah!

    Great for these types of students

    Academically speaking, medical students, economics, etc. But the campus itself welcomes all types. Diversity is one of the defining features of UCLA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The sculpture garden. Just amazingly beautiful, and teeming with art. Great place for a cheap date.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a bit expensive, but much more cost effective than private schools, and probably more prestigious.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty! Whatever your heart desires. There are always social gatherings and interesting things going on - and check out bruin walk if you want to find a cause or anything really to get active in.

    Food and Dining

    Rated #2 in the nation I believe. In the dorms it's awesome.

    Dorm Life

    Hey, if you're social it's rewarding. But if you're holed up in your room all day then you won't get much out of it.

    Academic Rigor

    Just astounding. Of course

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember, it's not all about the grades. Don't lose sight of the bigger picture. Above all, don't forget that what you're doing is discovering yourself as an individual, not simply attaining a degree.

    In three sentences

    It's just amazing the type of people you'll meet there; the connections you'll make. The education is amazing and top quality, but I promise you that the courses won't be the most enlightening thing there. The experiences you'll have, the diversity, it's all part of a growing experience that helps prepare you for the real world - and it's mind-blowing.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am only on campus during daylight hours, however during that time I have always felt safe walking to and from classes. The parking lots are secure and provide a safe way to drive to and from school.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at UCLA, hosting many events and provides a particular social setting for those who are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCLA has many clubs for a diverse variety of peoples. On Bruinwalk, outside of Ackerman Union, there are plenty of advertisements and representatives willing to, and will, inform you of the many clubs and activities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is a great university for serious and committed students, ready to learn, focus, and face challenging course material. It is also a great university for those interested in research facilities, as UCLA is a research institute, it possesses many research opportunities for both undergraduates and graduates.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual location, and a great place to study outdoors, is the sculpture garden. This is a large grassy area, with pathways and a large fountain in the northeast corner, embellished with scattered sculptures of different mediums. It is a great place to study outdoors because it is in the northeast corner of campus, where there is normally little activity, with benches and sprawling lawns to set up your studying materials. With birds chirping and fresh air, this atmosphere makes an ideal escape from any noisy roommates.

    Bang for the buck

    For me, coffee is a necessity for early classes. The best bang for the buck is the $1.85 house blend coffee at the Lu Valle Commons Cafe. The house blend is an extremely rich and aromatic coffee that provides an alertness without feeling the jitters.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood is a very lively, college-fueled city. There are many restaurants, theaters, as well as outdoor activities to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has many places to choose from in regards to food and dining. I prefer Il Tramezzino, a recently added italian bistro with many options, including gluten-free menu items, however they are most famous for the chicken special panini - which is awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, UCLA is both extremely challenging and rewarding. Professors expect students to be both professional and productive, while providing the guidance needed to succeed. The ten week quarter system is quick-pace, although allows students to fully absorb course material as needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    In the beginning, the quarter system seems intimidating. However, it is a very forward and rewarding experience. Do not let the idea of ten weeks get in the way of you succeeding. It can be fast-paced, which demands that you keep up with your reading and assignments. Keep a calendar. Personally I have a whiteboard calendar, which makes easy to keep up by having my weekly plan visually in front of me.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a University with extremely high academic morals with qualified professors who are there to help you succeed. The quarter system can be demanding, however it is extremely rewarding. School spirit is lively and helps to create social networks which promote a healthy student body.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe and secure; I've never heard anyone say they were scared for their lives.

    Greek Life

    Be careful about which frat you choose, and spend some time researching before and during rush times. You don't want to get netted into a time-consuming frat that you can't handle.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide variety to choose from. Ping pong club, dragonboating club, sign language club, you name it. Whatever you want, they have.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for everyone! Whether you like to study or you like to party, this school is the right place for you. However, time management is key on this campus as well as any other campus you'll find. If you balance out your activities, you will live life to the fullest here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On finals week, we have a final scream where at midnight, everyone who is braindead and needs to vent simply screams at the top of their lungs until they've cooled down. We also have a (not so) friendly rivalry with USC, so we take every opportunity to bash on them. Finally, there are a series of tunnels underground that are perfect for cunning adventurers or people who just want a little privacy.

    Bang for the buck

    UC prices are a bit on the expensive end, but it's the best out of all the UC's with the same price as all the other UC's. Basically, you're definitely getting your money's worth, even if you have paid a lot.

    What to do for fun

    As I said earlier, the surrounding village Westwood is beautiful; there are several shops and restaurants that you can visit there with your friends on weekends. We also have several rec centers, both inside and outside, where you can play ping ping, billiards, or just chat. Finally, there are a myriad of clubs on campus that hold activities every week, so you are free to join those as well.

    Food and Dining

    Not your five-star restaurant, but I wasn't expecting one anyway. The food is delightfully tasty; I haven't met anyone yet who claims to dislike the food here.

    Dorm Life

    Try to get the halls; everything else is either too expensive or is too difficult to socialize within. With that said, everyone on my floor is extremely friendly and we get along great.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are tough; you wouldn't be expected to find a class where you could skip lectures and bomb tests and still ace the course. However, with toughness comes a great learning experience, so make what you can of it! Trust me, you'd much rather have a hard class that you actually get something out of than have a worthless class that you can easily ace.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in campus life as soon as possible; focus on making friends the first quarter. The people you interact with right at the beginning likely be who you hang out with during the rest of your college life and even afterwards. Also, apply for as many scholarships as you can. Whether it be you or your parents paying for this education, more money that you could net is never a bad thing. Don't get lazy! Finally, be prepared to face challenges. The classes aren't a breeze like they were in high school; you won't have the same friends you did in high school either. Get to work socializing and getting your grades up there. Once you've done those, you can focus on more fun activities!

    In three sentences

    This school is paradise. The surrounding village Westwood is beautiful with virtually no crime rate, the campus is beautiful, and the dining halls serve food decently good food. Most importantly, there are plenty of clubs and activities on campus that is open to everyone and caters to a wide variety of interests.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Watch out for squirrels and raccoons!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 Student organizations. There is something for everyone. Plenty of free movie screenings, concerts, and games for people to enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are involved, love sports, and like a fast pace life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an Undie Run every quarter on Wednesday of Finals week.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a free movie screening, concert, or any event. Explore westwood. Take a bus to Santa Monica.

    Food and Dining

    We have the fourth best food in the nation!!!!!1

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on what one makes of it. Residential Assistants on each floor offer opportunities to bring residents together and have fun but one has to take the opportunity. Whatever you do, do not get a triple unless you plan on not being in your room often.

    Academic Rigor

    It is all what one makes it. It depends on one's major how hard the classes are going to be. If one is a South Campus Major (science or math major), expect to be stressed and swamped with work. North Campus Majors (social sciences) are not as bad. Regardless of one's major, there are plenty of Academic support programs so anyone can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everything is fast. There is no time for falling behind in hw because it is the quarter system not the semester system. Stay on top of your work. If you are lazy now, UCLA is not the school for you.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for those who like to be involved. The campus is beautiful. The people are mostly friendly.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join various extracurriculars that are offered on campus, nightlife in Hollywood, parties in Frat Row, and shopping in areas like Third Street Promenade.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to food in every other college campus, food here is amazing. But honestly, no matter how amazing the food can be, it gets really monotonous and so sickening after a while.

    Dorm Life

    The food becomes sickening after the third week, the dorms are tiny and extremely overpriced, and living in dorms is just plain uncomfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I've taken so far aren't difficult at all, but I heard that science and math classes here are rather hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the good food fool you into thinking this is the best school in the world, because you will get sick of the food eventually. Go for how you feel about the atmosphere and how beneficial the school will be for you.

    In three sentences

    The Hill is a terrible place to walk up when you're tired. The people are rather pretentious and competitive, but that's what you'll get at a higher ranked school. It's also like The Hunger Games during enrollment period.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    LAPD is just around the corner of the campus and there are emergency structures placed all around campus just in case. There is also the late night walking services in case you have to go somewhere at night (on-campus) by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs on campus to suit your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for students who have bright personalities and love to think outside of the box.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the freshman orientation, you are bruin baptized by dipping your hand into the inverted fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is really expensive but since it is a public school, US citizens will get financial aid from the government if applicable.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun. Even though most people think partying is the only thing you can do, there are many programs available throughout the school. You can join intramural sports teams, participate in activities in the gym, go swimming, and much more. There are also many clubs on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious and you have different varieties of foods to choose from. The food is sometimes fattening and contain lots of sugar so plan out your meals.

    Dorm Life

    You have many resources available to you. Advisers will be around often to help and answer questions.

    Academic Rigor

    Well, it all depends on the classes you're taking but the professors will always challenge you. It is way different from high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCLA looks for well-rounded students so just be yourself on your application. Be prepared to work hard and expect hardships during your first year.

    In three sentences

    The university population is very diverse; everyone is unique in their own way. The atmosphere is welcoming. It is definitely a great place to start if you want to break out of your shell!

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go and explore LA! There are also plenty of student clubs around campus and many activities that the ORL holds every week.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty to food options on the hill, on campus and even in Westwood. You will never need to survive off of ramen!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very nice and helpful and the dorm rooms are quite comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load will be heavy, but if you work hard in high school, the work load in college will not be a hinderance to your success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay involved in the extra curricular activities that you are involved in and never be lazy about your academics. Make sure to be open minded and be prepared for plenty of challenges.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus with an abundance of resources. The environment is great for learning and you can get involved with plenty of activities on and off campus. The diversity will also grow you as an individual.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go kayaking for free, go to Santa Monica to shop. Take a walk in Westwood.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is rated as one of the bests in the UC's system. There are a lot of varieties.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay depending on which dorm you end up living in.

    Academic Rigor

    It's intense here. The curve is harsh for students aiming to achieve A's. It's not impossible if you are willing to work hard. However, sometimes studying hard doesn't mean getting the grade you think you deserve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Look around and join random things. It might be hard to blend in at first, but you just have to find your niche.

    In three sentences

    This university has a very motivated and active dynamic. The people are friendly and helpful. There are a lot of opportunities for students, but the competitions are intense.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    My sister is currently going to UCLA and she absolutely loves it! She lived on campus her first year but then moved to an apartment in Westwood. It is definitely academically rigorous, but it has a great social environment. The benefit of going to such a large university is that you are bound to find friends that share similar interests and ambitions.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 184 of 379

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency call boxes everywhere and there are free van and escort services to take us to our destination all the time. It's super safe. Basically, it's so safe that my own mother thinks it's TOO safe. Hahaha.

    Greek Life

    My roommate is in a top house and she loves it. It's very difficult to get into some, but it's worth it. However it's very expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rage is a gay club at West Hollywood that people go to a lot. It's a friendly fun environment. There are many other clubs nearby, of course.

    Great for these types of students

    Social students! It's LA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many. One popular one is the Undie Run. Dress in only your underwear during finals week and run! It's super fun. And there's midnight yell during finals week where people just scream at the top of their lungs.

    Bang for the buck

    I would not want to go to any other school but UCLA. It's literally the best school ever.

    What to do for fun

    One of the greatest things about going to UCLA says it all in the name: LA. Los Angeles is a number one tourist attraction! We're just a little ways away from Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Santa Monica. It's great. You can just hop on a bus for 50 cents [UCLA students only] and go to the 3rd Street Promenade for some shopping. Also, we live in Westwood, a city of fancy dining, boutiques, Target, Whole Foods, and everything and anything else you need.

    Food and Dining

    I mentioned this already under dorm life, but again, I will say it is amazing. The great thing about our school is there are places on campus that you can get take-out. Most colleges only offer dining hall options, but our school has great dining halls AND great take-out places. It's really good. My favorite is Cafe 1919, they serve Italian food, but I just love the Florentine and the Bolognese! Yuuuummmy!

    Dorm Life

    It's the best. Wherever you live, you will meet amazing people. The dorm life is so great because you discover more and more about your school and the resources around you. Also, the food at UCLA is rated one of the top ones in CA. Believe me, it's great food. One of the dining halls serves only gourmet, top-chef styled food. It's insanely good. I've brought family and friends over to check it out and they love it as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, some of the professors aren't the best at teaching. They are amazing at their subject, but don't know how to communicated with students. And TA's are worse sometimes. A TA, teacher's assistants, can make it or break it for you. And teachers don't care like they did in high school. Your grade is not based on participation anymore, it's based on a midterm and a final and that's basically it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus the first year!! It is important to meet people and build friendships in college, especially if you'll be missing your family. Study hard, this is not an understatement. It isn't high school anymore, the competition here is insane.

    In three sentences

    It is one of the best colleges in California. From academics to the social aspects, it's definitely top-notch. I am a proud UCLA Bruin and am so grateful for the opportunity to attend an amazing school.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do while you are at UCLA. you can take a walk around campus and enjoy the scenery around you. There is also Westwood village, museums, and many many more things to do/visit around here.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is fantastic! I believe UCLA is ranked number 2 of the nation!

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is an amazing experience. Sometimes, it can get loud, but there are quiet hours. Most people are friends and willing to be your friend.

    Academic Rigor

    It's competitive here, but don't worry about what others are doing, just stay focus, go at your own pace, and remain in contact with the university at all times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepare for the diversity.

    In three sentences

    Bruin born. Bruin lead. Let's go bruins!

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Many officers On campus.

    Greek Life

    Not involved but many enjoy It.

    Great for these types of students

    All students but especially those who are comfortable with tough academic competition.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Santa Monica, downtown, surfing.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough but good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus at least your first year to get the full college experience.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is in a great location. The weather is perfect and the campus is beautiful. The students and professors are nice and friendly.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus security officers and the EMT services are actually on campus. There is an escort service from campus to the dorms late at night and a shuttle for safe transportation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone, and if there isn't a club for your interest, it is easy to start one. From the Disney club to performing arts clubs to volunteer clubs to pre-professional clubs, the multitude of clubs leaves little to be desired.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is a great school for students who want a good balance of the academics and the social life. There is the opportunity to have the full college experience while attending one of the top universities in the US. UCLA is renowned worldwide for its unparalleled research and outstanding science programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not many people know this, but there is a creek on campus. It's behind the Anderson School of management and it's quite pretty. Bruin Bash is a concert during 0 week that has had artists in the past such as Childish Gambino, LMFAO, Hellogoodbye, and Ra Ra Riot. There is also the Undie Run during finals week to blow off stress. The UCLA v. USC rivalry has blown up into a week long of Beat $C events like smashing a car and the 30ft bonfire. The top of the Broad building has an amazing view of downtown Los Angeles as well.

    What to do for fun

    You can always go have dinner in Westwood a short walk away. There are also two movie theaters that sometimes hold premiers with the stars of the movies. If you have access to a car, places like karaoke bars and the beach are not too far. There are always events on campus to go to, like concerts and plays.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA has the best food out of all of the colleges that I have been to. All of my friends who live in the apartments jump at the chance to eat in the dining halls. I have even heard of people selling unused swipes. There are 3 dining halls and 3 take out cafes that you can use the meal plans at and there is such a variety every day.

    Dorm Life

    The RAs make sure that there are a lot of floor and building bonding activities. These activities bring the dormies closer and we all become part of a family. There is always something fun going on from movie nights to trips to Santa Monica.

    Academic Rigor

    There are high standards for the Bruin. It is considered a West Coast Ivy, on par with the traditional Ivy league schools on the East Coast. The UC system is the top system in California and UCLA is second only to UC Berkeley.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and get involved! It will make your college experience so much better. Learn to balance the demanding academics with fun activities and you will not regret a second of your time at UCLA.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a school that offers absolutely everything a student could want. From the high academic standards, to the numerous clubs for every interest, to the active Greek life, there is something for everyone. Everyone at UCLA is so proud to be a Bruin and the school pride is something that brings us all together as a family.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on the UCLA campus. There are many resources to ensure this including a full service UCLA Police Department on campus and an evening van and dispatch service.

    Greek Life

    There are many different types of fraternities and sororities available for the many different types of students at UCLA.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some may complain that UCLA is too large but the school's size allows the vast number of clubs and activities to not only exist but also to flourish on campus. There is a club or activity for almost every interest.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for very academic students. Your skills will be tested and strengthened in an environment of similar people for a better value than some other universities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The eight clap is very uniting and powerful. Every Bruin knows it and initiates the cheer whenever UCLA spirit is necessary.

    Bang for the buck

    The best bang for the buck is Diddy Reese in Westwood. They sell huge ice cream cookie sandwiches for under two dollars each, best deal ever.

    What to do for fun

    UCLA has a great gym with great classes available for no additional costs besides tuition. There is a phenomenal arts program with concerts and plays going on every day. Westwood, the small city around the campus has numerous restaurants, shops, and places to hang out. If none of those are preferable, the hill (where the residence and dining facilities are located) also has a plethora of fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at UCLA is one of the best things about the school. There are three dining halls, one that specializes in pan-Asian food, and all have an array of different dishes at every meal time. There are also three quick service restaurants including a sandwich cafe, an Italian cafe, and a half Mexican half Chinese restaurant which students can order and take back to their room or on the go. Everything I have eaten from all food places has been delicious, especially breakfast.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm buildings are very nice. There are many different options to choose from with different amenities and price levels. The dorms are very social and have floor events at least twice a month. The only downside is their location. They are located on a hill a bit far from campus so it is hard to go back and forth.

    Academic Rigor

    I have only taken general education classes so far and they demanded much of my attention. Classes here are much harder than any high school class but as I said above, if you make it into UCLA you will probably be ready for the step up. The professors are very intelligent and very helpful if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work harder than you did in high school. If you get in though, you will probably be ready for it anyway. Also bring an umbrella and comfortable shoes (remember the walking).

    In three sentences

    UCLA is more than I ever could have hoped it would be. The dorms are wonderful facilities, the food available on the meal plans are excellent, the faculty are knowledgeable and care about students and learning. The worst thing about the school is the walking and that never hurt anyone.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are lighted pathways all over campus to ensure student safety, UCLA has their own police department, and there is a free evening van service so people so not have to walk in the dark, as well as an escort service where people come and walk you back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    The frats and sororities are dedicated to maintaining high GPA's along with devoting time to community service projects. The social life is good regardless of whether or not you are involved in greek life, I promise!

    Clubs and Activities

    You can create any club you want. We have hundreds already ranging from student government, to mentorship positions, to harry potter fanatics. You can find what you're looking for.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for people who are interested in attending a school where they can be academically challanged, have great research opportunities, and become the person who they want to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNDIE RUN!! The week of finals, thousands of students run across campus. In their underwear. It is so much fun.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is a top ranked public university, and I feel like I am getting what I pay for in terms of classes, on campus activities, and student life.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood neighbors Santa Monica Beach, and is a short drive from some pretty awesome hiking trails. The opportunities are limitless, and you can even sign up for cool classes, like kayaking and yoga through UCLA.

    Food and Dining

    I love to eat, and there are tons of options both in the residential dining halls, on campus, and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    My roommates are amazing, the RA's are helpful and understanding, and the social interaction is great!

    Academic Rigor

    The work is rigorous, but in the most rewarding way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus! That is the best way to find a group of friends who you can really click with.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is like a dream come true. I have had an amazing first year, the campus is beautiful, the students are fun, and the professors are intelligent and interested in student success. I cannot imagine attending a different school.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are a couple of places on Campus to eat, but it's better in the surrounding areas.

    Dorm Life

    Not too sure.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough, but gives a good education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, and put your effort into that essay.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a top notch school that has just about everything for one to study.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are UCLA police who are actually meant for LA and UCLA as well, who work around the clock and make sure UCLA is safe. Also, they have an escort service students can use at night if they do not want to walk to their dorms or car alone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to come out of their comfort zone, experience a new place with so many different cultures and backgrounds to be mixed into.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During finals week, every night at 12AM everyone yells out of their windows or while walking around to let out some of the steam from studying.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! Join a club, or sport team, make friends and go to Westwood. UCLA is strategically placed in a very hip spot where there is always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent, especially in the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it. If you get involved, and are social with your dorm-mates, it is amazing. Dorms are small and large depending on which building you live in and how many roommates you have, but a small dorm is not a problem because you don't spend a lot of time there.

    Academic Rigor

    There is no such thing as an easy class, but there are many classes which are interesting, making your duty of receiving an A letter grade very doable. The academics are rigorous and demanding, but very enlightening as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard on your high school grades, but most of all work on your personal statement and make it stand out to the readers. Make them get to know you without directly telling them who you are, perhaps through an anecdote or an experience. The personal statement is a chance for students to shine and tell the school things they otherwise would not now about them, so make it count!

    In three sentences

    UCLA has a lot of diversity, and that's probably one of the best parts of attending UCLA, that everywhere I turn there are different races and ethnicity that i familiarize myself with. The education is also rigorous and challenging, making it the perfect environment to grow and learn about oneself. Lastly, UCLA has a great way of bringing together the 30,000 plus students that attend through activities, fairs, sports and recreation, therefore, even though it is a big school you do not feel so small.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being located in a very wealthy area of Los Angeles, UCLA is a very safe campus with a history of very low crime rates. However, if one ever doesn't feel safe when walking back to the dorms, a campus escort service is at your disposal to call and an agent will personally walk you back.

    Greek Life

    Though one doesn't have to be part of Greek life to feel a part of UCLA, it definitely is an option that many students consider. Like clubs, Greek life offers a way for students to find their niche on campus. There are a variety of social and professional fraternities that are all unique in their own aspect and being a part of one can allow for many exciting events.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 800 clubs and organizations on campus, you'll be guaranteed to find your niche at UCLA if you actively seek it out. During zero week (the week before classes officially start), the school holds a huge club fair where all the social and professional organizations come out to advertise and hand out flyers. Finding a club to become active in will definitely help enrich the college experience. Joining clubs is not only is it a great way to explore interests and diversify perspectives, but also an excellent way to socialize and meet new people. The great diversity of organizations is definitely here for your benefit so take full advantage of it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Be prepared for a rude awakening if you are asleep by midnight on finals week! It�¢����s an informal school tradition to scream at the top of your lungs out of dorm windows at midnight during finals week. UCLA also has an �¢����undie run�¢���� during finals week where students run around campus in their undergarments to relieve stress.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is ranked by U.S. news as the second best public education institution in the nation, so you are receiving an elite education while still paying a good amount less than private colleges. However, due to recent budget cuts, the school finding ways to cut down on spending and one consequence of this is that students do not receive as much individual attention due to a high student to faculty ratio. However, I feel that this is a small price to pay to experience the diversity of the student body, superior food, the variety of clubs/organizations, and the glamour of the city of Los Angeles which all allow for a very enriching and enlightening college experience.

    What to do for fun

    With a big city like Los Angeles, there are endless opportunities for fun; however, it really depends on what you and your friends are feeling at the moment. If you�¢����re not looking to go too far and just want to get off campus for a bit, Westwood is a quick 15 minute walk from campus. You can find a wide variety of restaurants representing different cultures, hookah lounges, and movie theaters where you can just kick it and relax with friends. If you�¢����re looking to go further out from campus, public transportation will be your best friend because the bus lines will take you close to any destination. Santa Monica is definitely a popular place to hangout for students with its abundance of activities and attractions such as the beach, shopping, theme park rides, and street performers. Then there�¢����s Hollywood, Universal Studios, clubbing, and an abundance of museums (the most famous being the Getty Center). Chinatown, Koreatown, and Sawtelle offer some of the best ethnic foods for a reasonable price. You can find all you can eat Korean barbecue at K-town for 10-15 dollars! If you�¢����re adventurous enough, you�¢����ll never become bored of L.A!

    Food and Dining

    The food at UCLA is unbeatable. The only way I can describe it is that it�¢����s like eating at an all you can eat restaurant every day; all the food is absolutely delicious. If you ever get bored of the dining hall food, the cafes near the dorm offer tasty alternatives such as paninis, quesadillas, burritos, Chinese specialties, and tasty desserts such as gelatto, cheesecake, and smoothies. Everything is conveniently located near the dorms. Definitely watch out for freshman 15 because it's very possible here.

    Dorm Life

    Though freshman will most likely end up in a triple rather than the classic double due to recent budget cuts, UCLA still caters to students�¢���� wants and needs by offering three types of dorms: halls, plazas, and suites. Residence halls are the classic college dorms with a communal bathroom and a lounge for hanging out. Plazas are more spacious and they usually share a bathroom and shower with an adjacent room. Suites have the most space because they have a living room shared among 5-6 people. Halls are typically are the loudest and the most social as they are generally populated by freshman who are looking to meet new people. The best Room Assistants are placed in halls because of this because they do a very good job in creating a sense of community among a hall's 50-90 residents. Plazas are a little quieter and tend to be occupied by 2nd and 3rd years who have found their niche in school. Lastly, suites are the quietest because they are like mini apartments. The choice is yours where you want to live!

    Academic Rigor

    Being the most applied to school in the US, you can expect the academics to be competitive. The difficulty of the academia varies with one's major with science and math based majors being the most difficult, but any major can expect to set anywhere from 10-20 hours a week studying. Part of the academic rigor can be attributed to a high student to faculty ratio and many times you�¢����ll have to spend extra effort to teach yourself the material in order to fully understand it. Also, don�¢����t be surprised when you find that the average on a test is a D because the tests are often difficult! But no worries, many professors do this purposely and compensate for it by grading classes on a bell curve where a set amount of people get A�¢����s, B�¢����s, etc. Nevertheless, be warned that the bell curve can sometimes work against you if the class average is unusually high! All in all, you�¢����re going to have to push yourself and work hard to do well at UCLA. But if you can remain focused, you�¢����ll do fine. Lastly, don't beat yourself up over a bad grade! It happens to the best of everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind when entering the school. UCLA is indeed a college that can be described as a melting pot. It's extremely diverse student population with many international students from all over the world is what makes the school unique. You'll be exposed to so many different perspectives and you'll realize that everybody has a story to tell; it's what your fellow piers have to say and offer that makes an experience at UCLA enriching, unique, and enlightening. Furthermore, take advantage of all the resources that UCLA has to offer, especially the wide variety of clubs. It may take some courage to try and join something you are new and uncomfortable to, but that's what college is all about! Who knows when a random club you'll join will later become your passion. Lastly, don't be afraid to venture out into the city with your friends! Take advantage of UCLA's proximity to the amazing city of Los Angeles and everything it has to offer!

    In three sentences

    In short, UCLA is one of the most balanced schools in the country. It offers outstanding academics and amazing social networking opportunities due to the abundance of clubs and organizations and the prominence of Greek life. One of UCLA's biggest attractions is its proximity to the city of Los Angeles which gives its students limitless opportunities for adventure and exploration and the urban feel that so many incoming college freshman wish for!

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is not as safe as what the school claims.

    Greek Life

    Rush week takes a lot of your time in the first two weeks of the quarter.

    Clubs and Activities

    Teochew Association. American Chinese Association. KASA. KCCC.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing. Fun. Smart. Intelligent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bruin Bear is always covered up right before the UCLA vs. USC game because of the pranks they play on each other. The Inverted fountain is another unusual location.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it is worth the money if you dorm at UCLA at least one year to experience the dorming life there. Commuting might not be as worth it because of the L.A. traffic

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs. There is a club for everyone. Make friends and go hangout in Westwood.

    Food and Dining

    The food is the best out of all the UCs, but eventually you will get sick of it and miss home food.

    Dorm Life

    Very social and fun, but expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough. A lot of competition especially in the Pre-Med area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get ahead in your classes. Quarter system goes by quick. It's a huge transition from high school to college.

    In three sentences

    It is amazing. There is so many activities to do there to keep you busy. It's very diverse and fun.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always people around you and an emergency phone station every few yards away.

    Greek Life

    UCLA has a huge greek community and there will always be someone affiliated around you. I'm involved in the greek life and it has impacted my college experience for the better. Life would definitely not be the same without it. Plus, the connections you'll have are exclusive.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs to choose from and so many activities to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    College is great for everyone and universities should not restrict those yearning for higher education by denying them admission!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing is unusual at UCLA. Traditions we have are undie runs (every end of the quarter) and midnight yells, all to alleviate the stressful minds of hard-working students.

    Bang for the buck

    Who can afford college nowadays? Of course, the experiences one achieves in college are priceless, but the real price you pay is more than $30,000 a year.

    What to do for fun

    UCLA is full of life from sunrise to sunset. There are always students on campus participating in clubs, rehearsing for dances, singing, etc. You can also jog around campus, take a stroll through the many gardens, relax in one of the libraries, work out at the gym, hang around Ackerman, go to Westwood... the possibilities are endless!

    Food and Dining

    UCLA dining is amazing and ranks pretty high compared to other schools. They'll agree.

    Dorm Life

    First two years of your college experience is a must! Not only will you have the freedom and experience of living in co-ed dorms, but you will also meet great people that could potentially be your greatest friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough, so you'll have to get yourself together and don't slack off.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT procrastinate. Stop it! It's a terrible habit. And go to class. Even when it's raining. Do your work in advance. You'll thank your future self a lot. Study hard, but have fun. Have lots of fun. You're only a college student once.

    In three sentences

    The campus is breathtaking, beautiful, and full of life. Everyone is so determined that it motivates you to do your best as well. Being at UCLA is a privilege, but amongst all the studious hard-workers, they still make time to have fun and make the most out of their college experience.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police officers everywhere, and the campus is very safe. Incidents do occur sometimes however.

    Greek Life

    Excellent Greek Life. Many active frats and sororities that throw parties and events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a countless number of clubs, and activities are held everyday. There is always something to do.

    Great for these types of students

    IntellHardworking but like to have fun at the same time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run during finals week, where everyone runs in their underwear.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is really expensive..

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in LA, and especially UCLA. Concerts, cafes, movies, beaches, and sights.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UCLA is so good and delicious. If you want affordable dining, the Hill is the place to go. There is also on campus dining but it gets expensive if you keep eating there.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is distracting because it is so much fun. The residence halls especially are extremely social and there are always people to hang out with. However, living in a triple can get a little annoying sometimes.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA is not a really laid back school, and it can get quite tough. You should NEVER slack off at UCLA. If you do, you are in big trouble because catching up is hard. Just study on a day to day basis and you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work really hard in high school, because UCLA is quite difficult to get into. However, it is rewarding. If you get accepted, you will see that the hard work is worth it in the end.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has really good dining services on the hill. The professors at UCLA are very helpful. The campus location is the best in the world.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As long as you are smart about where you go, you should have no problem.

    Greek Life

    Lots of opportunities and variety ranging from math to hard core bro.

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS of variety.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious yet social butterflies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an observatory for star gazers.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is definitely a good school, but the price tag is getting hefty

    What to do for fun

    CELEBRITIESSSS, and free movie premiers.

    Food and Dining

    One of the best dining services. Lots of variety.

    Dorm Life

    Food is one of the best, and the people are friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough classes are tough, but tehre are always easy classes if those are what you're looking for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, play harder.

    In three sentences

    The social life is great and research is abundant. If you want something, you an achieve it here by working hard. There are plenty of geniuses here.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The underwear run is a UCLA tradition that occurs during finals week. After most students are finished with finals to help relax stress some students decide to let loose, literally, and run across campus. A very unusual tradition that not all students partake in.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do on campus such as the gym, social gatherings, or student organized programs, however if those are not appealing to you there's always West wood. The area surrounding campus is filled with numerous restaurants, bars, and movie theaters. The opportunities for fun are limitless.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great as long as you are able to manage your diet and eat wise. Although the dining halls offer salad bars and fruit, most students find themselves eating at the numerous cafe styled restaurants near the resident halls. These restaurants accept your meal swipes and unfortunately offer little to no healthy meal choices and provide students with extremely large portions. The food served at these locations, although unhealthy, is very delicious and can definitely cause the freshmen 15lbs.

    Dorm Life

    If you enjoy meeting friendly people on a day to day basis while your walking to the restroom or on the elevator, UCLA is the place for you. Dorm life is characterized here by those awkward but welcomed moments when you meet a new person doing not so new activities such as laundry or even brushing your teeth.

    Academic Rigor

    This university offers access to some of the most well informed and entertaining professors in their field. Actual experts teach classes on subjects they are infamous for working in. Definitely a great place to get first head knowledge on subject matter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research university. Remember it is one of the top research universities in country. So be prepared to do research. Learn quickly because UCLA is on the quarter system and ten weeks flies by quickly.

    In three sentences

    This university is a great place all around. It offers rigorous and informative courses on numerous subjects. It provides students with an phenomenally diverse social experience daily.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Westwood is a pretty safe city. Like in most places, just don't wander around alone at 3-4am and you should be fine. There's been some issues of campus climate as of recent, but the students have been working on reforming that. Be proactive about your college experience-- it's yours!

    Greek Life

    There's lots of Greek Life! Pan-Hellenic ones have blocks and streets of Fraternity/Sorority houses. There are also cultural fraternities/sororities, and interest fraternities (such as pre-med/health/pharmacy, pre-business, pre-law, pre-entrepreneurship, community service).

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every interest-- and if there isn't, you can start one! Our Quidditch team is amazing. There are also a lot of club sports and intramurals,

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded students willing to try new things. Especially wonderful for proactive students who enjoy community organizing/working with various communities and gaining real-world skills. If you want to become a well-rounded individual, UCLA is definitely a great place for that. Do community organizing, political advocacy, volunteer, research, work, and network--all while be a student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing Bruin Bear's foot during Finals week to bring luck! Skipping the 6th step of Jans Step (or else old man Jans will turn over in his grave!) Touching Portola fountain only once during your undergraduate or else you won't graduate. Schoenberg Quad sinks six inches every 12 years. Raising your Bruin Card if you're lost!--Someone will stop to help you.

    Bang for the buck

    Capitalize on your opportunities and college experience and it will be worth every penny. Take the time to invest in resources and spaces you enjoy. There's a LOT of free and cheap things to do in the greater LA area. A lot of services are offered to you as a UCLA student--utilize them!

    What to do for fun

    There's so many tourist attractions within a 30 minute bus ride (discounted rate for bus and entrance as a UCLA student)! The Hammer Museum, the Fowler (on campus), La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Getty, Santa Monica and Venice Beach(es), and Third Street Promenade. Drive out to downtown LA for authentic Asian and Hispanic cuisine- there's also loads of good food places in Westwood.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! I had about 120 students living on my floor my first year. I knew everyone on our floor. We were considered the social dorms, and that's exactly what we lived up to be. The facilities themselves, were a bit rundown (currently under renovation). What we lacked in facilities, we made up for in providing a comfortable environment. Many of my best friends now (2 years later) came from that floor. There's always activities to do and the dorms are all relatively close to each other, so even if you have a friend in another dorm, they're only a 5-10 minute walk away.

    Academic Rigor

    It is definitely a tough school to attend. There's a lot of smart, motivated, and dedicated people here. But you can be one of those people, too! The quarter system is not fun (ten weeks of lectures and essays/midterms--varies from class to class, and one week of finals) and moves very quickly. However, you will find that you can do well, if you learn how you study best. It's not the student that studies everything that does the best, it's the student who knows how they study best and really utilizes it. Some classes are curved-- be especially cautious of these courses. Most of the professors are passionate about their work and would love to talk to students outside of lecturing them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard now and make your application as strong as possible. It is NOT an easy school, but with hard work and a good idea on what you want to do with your life, you'll do just fine. Even if you don't have a definite answer, find organizations that you feel you relate to-- they'll become your support system and you will eventually find your way. Be open-minded and willing to try new things such as clubs, sports, activities, food, or classes.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is full of academic and social opportunities. There are extensive numbers of organizations to become involved with--many of which work directly in communities around the greater LA area as well as even in Mexico (really great volunteer opportunities). There is always something to do whether it is exploring tourist sites, exploring LA night life, or trying out new food from a culture you've never heard about or have always wanted to try.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    CSULA is great for individuals who have their mind set on the goals they want to accomplish and have the inspiration to do it. CSULA offers great academic guidance the only thing necessary to succeed is having the will power to excel. The school is filled with students who both go to school and work in order to attain the experience needed for their field of interest.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Confucius stands behind our library sharing wisdom and enlightenment to all who embrace it. With his statue, his quotes, and blessing one feels a sense of enlightenment and hope especially throughout and stressful week of finals.

    Bang for the buck

    CSULA has showed me that their are individuals like me struggling to become successful in their careers but most importantly in life. The majority of the students commute only because they work in order to financially help support their families and themselves. The students at Cal State LA are no joke, they are hard working individuals with focused minds ready to make a difference in their communities. With this type of vibe, any individual attending the university will have the motivation to strive and be successful.

    What to do for fun

    Cal State LA has much to offer when it comes to entertainment. With The Pit and underground lobby where students are able to socialize with their colleagues while playing pool, ping pong, foosball, watching movies, and even play their favorite video games. CSULA also offers the Xtreme fitness center where students are offered a gym membership at no cost. Residing next to one of the biggest metropolitan cities of the world CSULA is full of fun things to do both on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Like attending the mall's food court, CSULA is filled with a variety of food and dining. Cal State LA's food court varies from Mexican dishes, Susi, Carl's JR, Pollo Loco, Starbucks Coffee, pizza and much more. CSULA also has its own diner where students get the specialty of the day and are able to eat and chat with friends. Since CSULA is next to LA, many restaurants neighbor the school and are walking distances away.

    Dorm Life

    CSULA is known as commuting school, where the majority of the students live off campus and either drive or take public transportation to school. However, the dorm life is filled with new friends, ideas, values but most importantly it is the beginning of a new independent lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    One must not worry about how rigorous a school is but worry about how much knowledge will be attained by attending the school. Cal State LA provides knowledge, beliefs, and academic values. Professors at every class room excel in their fields of study and strive for every single student attaining the highest level of education they can offer. As rigorous as a professor may seem, the more time he or she spends preparing him or herself so that her pupils become prosperous individuals with promising futures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Making it to Univeristy is something to already be proud of. Commencing our new journeys and following the pathways set at the California State University Of Los Angeles will help you meet new people from various backgrounds solving similar problems. Every prospective student must realize that although it may seem like their new journey is a solitary one, the thousands of individuals attending CSULA are willing to help everyone out.

    In three sentences

    California State Univeristy of Los Angeles is abundantly overwhelmed with individuals enlightened with high dreams and fulfilling expectations. The school, professors, but most importantly its' students manifest complete dedication for a more prosperous life and future. With individuals from diverse ethnicity's and backgrounds Cal State LA forms a community like no other thus enhances a new life style that all its' attendees now share and creates a one of a kind experience.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Grove in Los Angeles for shopping and/or dining.

    Tips for prospective students

    Let your enthusiasm for college life multifunction into class participation and studiousness.

    In three sentences

    In my opinion, UCLA is the best UC institution. The urban environment and social resources are endless with UCLA. However, the surrounding pedestrian walkways in Westwood must be completely improved by all means necessary.

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Community service officers, UCPD, and the staff manage problems with grace. Traffic and driver pedestrian relations can be strained.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a strong presence with Gayley the street forming the core of the frat row. I am not a big fan of Greek life, but those that are find that UCLA has many options.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options! 900+!

    Great for these types of students

    Large school people, social people, city people, SoCal weather lovers, hard working students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Inverted fountain, Pauley Pavilian, sunset terrace obstacle course. H

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a CA resident attending makes use of the taxes your parents paid. UCLA has great networking opportunities also!

    What to do for fun

    I watch movies in Westwood at Bruin theater, go running in drake stadium, go swim at sunset rec, hangout with my floor mates and friends. Partying is at the right balance where it doesn't dominate.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls serve great food with lots of options and quick serve restaurant have flexible hours. Food is always accessible. Some dining halls are under construction which is a bummer.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm floor. Occasionally they are loud late at night, but you just have to buck up the courage to tell them to be quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely classes that challenge students, especially math classes. There are also a handful of classes that are known to be jokes. It's best to challenge yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to strive for a high GPA as UC schools value your GPA relative to your high school. AP credit helps with gaining priority registration. Be prepared to deal with crowds and lots of walking!

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a dynamic university with research opportunities, a powerful athletic department, and well-rounded students. It is a large school that relies on public funding but its largeness contributes to its well known reputation and plethora of student groups. Los Angeles is a city with something for everyone and provides an excellent backdrop to UCLA.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is excellent. Five stars definitely since you will always see safety security patrolling the campus at all times, thus ensuring your safety and education at UCLA as safe as poissible.

    Greek Life

    I've heard that there are many great Greek sororities and fraternities on campus. Many of them seem very friendly and welcoming also.

    Clubs and Activities

    An array of clubs to fit each individual needs.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to go to a diverse, fun, intersting, cultured university with many options to do, go, and have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run is an unusual tradition where every quarter during final week, hundreds of students gather and run around UCLA in their undies (conservative of course) and pajamas to celebrate the ending of their finals.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is a great campus with great and welcoming students. You'll feel right at home here when you attend. The teachers are excellent, the food is awesome, the campus is beautiful, the dorms are amazing, the people are friendly, so many thing to do on campus as well as the city, ten minutes from the lovely beach, and most of all you'll be attending one of the most top schools in the nation and even world.

    What to do for fun

    You can do absolutely anything for fun here. There are so many diverse clubs, organizations, recreational centers, 10 minutes from the beach and in the heart of LA- which is where all the fun is.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food from some of the world's top chefs. Everything to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life and the dorm leaders make your incoming dorm and college experience so welcoming and warm.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA ranks 13 in the world's top 400 Universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great campus with a lot of school spirit and resources to help you succeed in your endeavors.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a great educational institution with such a rigorous and efficient education format. The campus is very diverse and beautiful. The architecture of the classrooms is magnificent and adds such beautiful touch.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always a concern, especially since UCLA is an open campus, but there are some great resources to keep yourself safe. You can hire a Community Service Officer (CSO) to walk you right up to your front door, and the service runs until 1am. There are also the evening vans, which run from 6 to 11, which have many different drop off and pick-up locations in Westwood, the apartments west of campus, on-campus, and 1 stop south of Wilshire.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is not a shortage of activities to do on campus, whether you want to volunteer, to talk business, or to meet with people with the same background as you. I highly suggest checking out a few clubs on your first couple weeks just to see the atmosphere and then sticking to one club to invest your time in, so that you can be busy!

    Great for these types of students

    People who want research opportunities and industry opportunities, especially since UCLA is in one of the biggest cities of the country. People who enjoy a diverse campus.

    Bang for the buck

    For residents in California, UCLA is a top tier university that is cheaper than private schools. For those outside of California, UCLA is just as expensive as normal. Residents of California enjoy the residential price, so it makes going here slightly more worth it. However, the expansive resources and opportunities present on campus really make going to UCLA worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood is a great area to do things for fun. There's Rocket Fizz in Westwood which is a fun, poppin' candy store where you can eat a ton of different candies while also buying coke in a glass bottle. You can watch movies on Broxton and Weyburn, where there are three theaters that play 1 movie each, and usually the most recent releases. Even going to dinner or lunch in Westwood is fun: you can go to 800 Degrees and make your own pizza. There are also a plethora of coffee shops if you're more into studying somewhere outside with a nice cup of chai latte.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious! They just opened up Feast, which is the Asian-themed dining hall, and has a variety of different foods every day. Every other place has a lot of the same items, but Covel is probably my favorite along with De Neve. There's also Rendezvous for that late night snack. If cooking is your thing, you have a variety of grocery stores to choose from: Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Ralphs, and Target.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty okay as far as I know (since I've only ever commuted/lived in apartments). As long as you are flexible about your living arrangements--and you'll have to be, because you'll be sharing--then you should be good. Hedrick is a long walk, Sproul is nice and close but it is a hall, and De Neve is okay too.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty tough if you're used to procrastinating and pushing things off until the day before it's due. But if you work hard, your effort will pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all the resources you can, especially the Scholarship Resource Center, the LGBT center, counseling in Murphy Hall, the test bank in Student Activities Center, the Writing Success Program in the Student Activities Center, and the student media in Kerchoff.

    In three sentences

    A great school with an extensive amount of resources that make the opportunities nearly endless. There's a diverse campus and includes the faculty and the student body. The professors here, especially in the Humanities and Social Sciences, are invested in breadth and depth of understanding in subjects.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's an open campus. But way safe. Especially compared to a certain school on the other side of town. On campus, it's very well lit and there's always people walking around. We also have an escort service if you don't want to walk by yourself late at night. You have to swipe to get into any of the dorm buildings and usually swipe again to use the elevator. UCLA is situated in a safe haven in LA, between Bel Air, Brentwood, and Beverly Hills. Overall, we are a very safe campus of its size and location.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything that does not yet exist at UCLA, you can contribute to the campus. We have a nationally recognized newspaper, the Daily Bruin, we have a large selection of recreational classes to take at the Wooden Center, we have all sorts of organizations large and small for whatever you are comfortable with, whether it is a small philanthropic student group, or the huge Student Alumni Association that plans all sorts of events including the Spring Sing and Beat 'SC week, there is so much to offer if you look into it, a good way to make a large school population have a smaller community feel!

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is the place for hardworking students who work hard, play hard, and sleep hard. At any given time, there is always someone sleeping, studying, eating, or running. So if you love to eat, but want to stay fit; if you need to get high grades, but also want hang out with new friends; if you want to do everything but still enjoy sleep, this is the place for you! We excel at academics, school spirit, athletics, food, and extra-curriculars. If you are passionate about something or are looking to find a passion, if you are motivated and hardworking, you will enjoy your time at UCLA!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCLA has a lot of interesting things: - The Sculpture Garden: ranked #1 place to make out by Playboy - Beat 'SC Bonfire: yes, a giant bonfire the week before the game - Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens: just the fact that we have one.. - Being Bruintized at Orientation: an unusual tradition involving the inverted fountain - Fun Fact: UCLA has been filmed to represent Harvard more times than Harvard has! - The Undie Run...said to have originated at UCLA... - spotted on bruinwalk: an online feed where you can talk about hot strangers you spot around campus, very entertaining to read - The Spring Sing: people like Sara Bareilles and Maroon 5 have performed at this talent show that people camp out for to get tickets - other weird things, some of which are more secretive than others, but all contribute to campus life and legacy

    Bang for the buck

    UCs are pretty expensive for public schools...but they are also the best in the nation. Is it worth it? So far, my experience has been pretty amazing, and UCLA gives access to so much! But of course, I don't have much to compare to and not much experience to judge this on.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do. So cliche, but really. We have state of the art facilities with our Wooden Center, always packed with students working out. We have amazing athletes, whether it is boarding the Rooter Bus to trek through LA to hit the Rose Bowl, or turning on bruinwalk to watch a basketball game at (the BRAND NEW) Pauley Pavilion, or any other sports, from tennis matches to quidditch tournaments to soccer games and waterpolo games, it's hard to find a day without a sports event. There are over 900 student organizations on campus. That means that whether you're a fashionista, a movie lover, a die hard Disney fan, a singer, an amateur photographer or interested in joining an organization for Chinese, Jewish, LGBT, Muslim, Korean, Latino, or basically any other ethnic, religious, etc group, there is something for you. All of these organizations hold regular events that occur both on and off campus where you can make friends who share similar interests. Plays, concerts, a massive talent show known as Spring Sing, networking events, movie sneaks, guest lecturers...just on campus. In Westwood, you can go to a cute dinner with a few of your friends...or perhaps see some of the biggest Hollywood stars walk down the red carpet at a movie premier. Whether you want to go out or stay in, there is always something to do, and someone to do it with you. Weekends open up a new world: Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Los Angeles and beyond. Though LA hardly boasts a good system of public transportation, there is always a way to get where you want to be, from buses, trains, cars, or even a bike ride down to the beach. I don't think it is possible to be bored, because even when you are studying you are usually too stressed to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    If there is one area that UCLA succeeds at, it's food. Ranked number two in the nation, people actually come visit UCLA to eat at a dining hall. Where else would this happen? UCLA has four dining halls that are buffet style. De Neve is the most popular, with everything from American favorites such as burgers, pizza and a salad bar, to daily specials that can feature different ethnic dishes, to the glorious section dedicated to dessert. Covel is it's smaller counterpart, famous for it's wood-fired pizza. Feast at Reiber opened last year and features rotating Pan-Asian cuisines, with two features per meal (like Japanese and Chinese, or Indian and Thai, etc). Hedrick is currently under renovation, and rumor are flying as to what it may feature. All dining halls have options for vegetarians and vegans as well. There are also four quick serve restaurants. Bruin Cafe, or b-caf, features deli sandwiches, soups, salads and wraps, with combos that you can get for a swipe, as well as a selection of Coffee Bean coffee and smoothies as well as a range of baked goods (the famous vegan chocolate chip cookies!). What is even better is that b-caf is open until 2 am for late night coffee runs during finals! Cafe 1919 is an Italian restaurant that has personal pizzas, paninis, salads, and desserts including, yes, gelato and tiramisu. This place is dangerously good and you get a very full meal with a swipe. Rendezvous has two sides, the Mexican side and the Asian side. Mexican has burritos, quesadillas, nachos, etc, and the Asian side serves up Panda Express-like combos. Both sides have daily specials as well to spice things up. Rende is open until midnight so you won't get hungry at night! Finally, De Neve dining hall is transformed into Late Night at 9 pm, where you can get all the comfort food you want, from burgers, to chicken tenders, curly fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and milkshakes for all your late night cravings. Basically, I regularly bribe people to visit me by offering to swipe them in. So UCLA has great food all over the hill. On campus, we have everything from subway to yoshinoya. And Westwood has the famous Diddy Riese, Fat Sals, 800 Degrees...and more common ones that meet every craving from Corner Bakery, BJs, Yogurtland, Chipotle and In n Out, to Japanese food, Korean BBQ, boba, shawarma, and much more. One thing for sure is that you will never go hungry. As for the freshman fifteen...well the unavoidable abundance of stairs throughout campus will help you with that!

    Dorm Life

    While UC dorms in general are not the best, UCLA makes even triples seem comfortable. With three types of housing, students can opt for the highly social residential halls with communal bathrooms where doors are always left open to welcome new friends, residential plazas with private (or shared between two rooms) bathrooms where a more quiet community allows for much needed quiet time to rest and study, or residential suites that are not halls at all but apartment-like and good for non-first years to share with close friends. However, being UC dorms, the hill, which is where all of the dorm buildings are situated, features overall small rooms with mostly triples. Of course depending on your building, you can get one with air conditioning and private bathrooms, or you can enjoy the full college experience with no air and communal bathrooms. One thing that UCLA does a good job on is keeping everything up to date. There really isn't any really old building since there is rotational renovations constantly. There is always construction. Always. As for being social, I got lucky because even though I ended up in the smallest plaza building with private bathrooms, my small floor is tight knit and we are like family despite the many second and third years on my floor. Regardless, even with an unsocial floor, all you have to do is go on a random floor in a res hall building and make enough noise and people will just come flocking. Everything is pretty clean and depending on your building or plaza, the floor government is pretty good and everywhere on the hill the hill government is very active and involved planning all sorts of events. RAs are really nice (from everything I've heard!), even private bathrooms are cleaned weekly, maintenance is just one call away, and there is access to all sorts of information, vacuum cleaners, board games, music practice rooms, movies, karaoke, laundry machines, microwaves and everything else you could possibly need. Overall, though I was really apprehensive coming in, dorm life has been amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA offers a plethora of majors and minors. Whether completing prereqs for a major, a random class to fulfill a GE, or a smaller upper division class for your major or minor, UCLA students don't have to worry about the quality of education. That said, students should expect to be challenged. While some may feel at home and at ease in a chemistry class, those same students may struggle in an English composition course. UCLA staff includes includes Nobel Prize winners, Fulbright Scholars and a Fields Medal recipient. Classes are challenging and rigorous. The quarter system keeps students on their toes and allows students to make the most of their academic careers. Furthermore, the energy, enthusiasm and determination of fellow students push you to try harder and go above and beyond. With the amazing resources offered by the university, no one has an excuse to slow down. This energetic community and the standard that professors hold students to contribute to rigorous academics that prepare students for the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit! Immerse yourself in the campus where there is always something exciting going on, whether it be a concert, a movie filming, a basketball game or an activist protest. When I first stepped foot on campus, I could feel the energy. It seemed like everyone was involved in something, and working on an agenda. Coming here, I realized it was true. There are endless activities to get involved in. There are so many events just for students. The beautiful buildings are what you walk by every day, and all of Westwood is at your disposal whether you need groceries from Ralphs and Target or if you are standing in line for the famous Diddy Riese ice cream sandwiches. The Christmas lights that decorate the streets of Westwood yearlong add to the welcoming atmosphere of the neighborhood, something impressive for such a large school in such a large city to say. While the academic prowess can speak for itself, campus life is so much more. UCLA has won more NCAAs than any other university. Unlike many highly academic schools, UCLA is anything but lacking in the school spirit department. From the random 8-claps heard around campus on a daily basis to the thousands of people strong cheers at the Rose Bowl or Pauley Pavilion, UCLA athletes make sure that there is always a reason to proudly bleed blue. Rich in tradition, UCLA engraves itself in your life from the beginning--being bruintized at orientation, learning the 8-clap, and having a week of welcome events to kick off fall quarter. UCLA brings together the best of all worlds: the rich tradition and athletic history of a state school, the quality research and academics of a world wide top ranked school, and the facilities, affluence and alumni network that parallel that of a privately funded school. All that is necessary to sell the school is one visit! How to get here? Well, UCLA has an amazingly diverse population. Many students were top of their classes in high school, with perfect GPAs and an impressive list of awards and extra-curriculars to follow. However, there are many more here for their athletic talent, artistic genius, or perhaps entrepreneurial gift. While we all have strengths in different areas, one thing is for sure: every student at UCLA is admitted for a reason. So use the essays as a chance to tell YOUR story, get involved in things that you are passionate about, and maintain a high standard for academics. While there is no sure formulaic way that can guarantee admission when just under 16000 students were admitted from an application pool of over 72000 for incoming freshmen in Fall 2012, an acceptance rate of about 21%, significantly lower than past years and expected to continue. That said, genuine passion comes through in applications. Look not to inflate your grades through dishonest means, or to fill up your resume with a list of clubs you are supposedly involved in, do things you would want to do even if colleges didn't look at it. That way when you write about it, the admissions committee will see a potential student that will contribute to the community at UCLA. Don't let low test scores or something deter you from applying, give yourself a chance, and know that no matter what happens, not all qualified applicants are admitted, and if you are truly all that you believe yourself to be, you will succeed wherever you end up, and you WILL love it.

    In three sentences

    Amazing academics, beautiful campus, wonderful location, top ranked (academically, athletically, even food!). UCLA is a jewel in the heart of sunny LA, with beautiful weather, beautiful architecture, beautiful people, and an endless list of things to brag about, and obnoxious ways to do so. A bruin born, a bruin bred, bruins til the day we're dead.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    explore campus, attend events, go to nearby la

    Food and Dining

    great variety, several options, many places included in our meal plan

    Tips for prospective students

    Start on your essays early, get involved in activities, study hard.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has a great diversity on campus as well as excellent programs and courses. It has the best food with several options for vegetarians/vegans as well. It has awesome weather.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is increasing so make sure you apply for scholarships. Other than that, just get involved with the Bruin community. We're all friendly people!

    What to do for fun

    What's there not to do for fun?

    Food and Dining

    Food here is terrific. A new dining hall has just opened up and it serves Asian food. There's also other dining facilities if that's not your taste!

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love the dorm life here on the hill. I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet people from all over the world! The dorm food is a plus too.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA is full of brainiacs. That being said, you're going to have to study if you want that golden A. Professors and teacher assistants are always willing to help so don't stress!

    Tips for prospective students

    Show the admission office you're more than just grades. Take initiative and go out and do something worthwhile.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is university that I am glad to call home. The pride for our school is great and the weather is just a bonus. Definitely loving my second year here on campus!

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on and they are so many clubs and sports for anyone to join.

    Food and Dining

    So many options and t is all very very good.

    Dorm Life

    Love it. So great.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous but definitely manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work very very hard in high school. Don't only stress about your grades but also pay attention to the amount f extra curricular activities that you are involved in because they like that.

    In three sentences

    It is the best school. It is very culturally diverse. It also has man ways for everyone to get involved.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel quite safe on campus. I am a girl and I still feel safe walking around / leaving school late in the evening. The surrounding area is very safe (Westwood) and not much happens besides a couple of stolen items once in a while.

    Greek Life

    Boring

    Great for these types of students

    Competitive, hard-workers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Underground tunnels!!

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA likes to charge students for ANYTHING. Add a class a minute after midnight on Friday of Week 3.. Twenty dollars. Declare your major after the (too early) deadline.. Another twenty-something dollars. Fees, Fees, Fees!!! Forget about parking... The quarterly passes are expensive, the DAILY parking is absurd ($7 for 2hrs) !! AND... The school is a stickler about giving parking tickets. Don't ever go over on time for parking, they WILL give you a $60+ ticket. I mistakenly put the next parking spot number (say, 6295 instead of 6294) which is a very understandable mistake.. Paid the $18 for all day parking.. Came back to a $60+ ticket!! These people have no heart.

    What to do for fun

    BrewCo and O'Haras.. Once you are 21, these bars are alright

    Food and Dining

    De Neve is the best. Covel Commons is quite good also. I have only been to the dining hall a handful of times, however.

    Dorm Life

    I only lived in dorms for one summer session. It was nice, nothing huge on the social front, but that is because I stayed in Delta Terrace which is much smaller than the typical dorm towers. I enjoyed the proximity to campus and the dining halls have excellent food.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is quite difficult, if you are in a challenging major. BruinWalk is a good resource (search online, it is a website for students to rate professors/courses and find books) when looking for classes. You need to put in lots of effort to get the grade you want, because UCLA grades on a curve so you need to compete with hundreds of other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make connections with your professors because they can write you a letter of recommendation. I got a summer research job at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD this summer.. With help from my Neuroscience professor who has an MD/PhD. NOTE!! Since it is such a large school with huge classes, YOU need to make the effort to participate in lecture, attend office hours, and make yourself known.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is academically outstanding and students can select classes / major which interest them. My major, Cognitive Science, is an interdisciplinary field which combines computer programming, neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, and more. Socially, however, the school seems very segregated and some science students are far too competitive (have a tendency to sabotage others grades due to curve).

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UCLA Police Department is a real police department and will give out tickets. They police the UCLA and the surrounding area. Additionally, UCLA is located in a really safe part of Los Angeles. It is surrounded by Bel Air, Brentwood, and Beverly Hills. What can get safer than the 3 B's of rich Americans?

    Greek Life

    There are sororities, all-male fraternities, and co-ed fraternities on campus for just about everything. There are professional fraternities, interest fraternities and sororities, co-ed community service fraternities, religious fraternities, etc. Just find your niche.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many student organizations and extracurricular activities available for students. They can participate in Greek Life, Intramural sports, competitive Division I sports, student organizations and social organizations, just to name a few.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all kinds of students. Every kind of student can find themselves here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year when a new group of students enter UCLA, they are Bruin-tized in the Inverted Fountain located by Franz Hall, the psychology building. Bruins are only allowed to touch the water in the Inverted Fountain once during their entire careers at UCLA. If a Bruin touches it more than once, legend says they get another year at UCLA, so unless you are a new student, don't touch that water again until you graduate! The Inverted Fountain looks like a toilet.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is increasing and it becomes harder for low-income people to pursue higher education, but UCLA's education is worth it. There are magnificent professors, so many things to do on and off campus, and I heard there are also great parties if you are into those

    What to do for fun

    UCLA is packed with so many extracurricular activities and student organizations to be a part of. From sports teams to hanging out in Westwood to working out in the gym or even going to downtown LA, there is always something to do. There is rarely a time where UCLA students have absolutely nothing to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is both good tasting and good for you! The dining halls here are ranked second in the nation in best food that is also food for you. Soon UCLA will be opening a new dining hall with organic foods. I cannot wait to try the food there!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on where you live. Living in a residential hall is very social and you can meet so many people, but it might be difficult to study. Living in plazas are great because you get your own bathroom (or a shared bathroom) and you get your own quiet space, but it is not as social as halls. You trade one for the other!

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very competitive in academics, especially if you become a South Campus major, which are the science majors. Be prepared to go against some of the world's best and brightest students!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be a Bruin, you must be up to the challenge. UCLA is a very competitive school, but it is also a very fun school. There are so many things to do on campus. You might feel overwhelmed just by thinking of them. So much you want to do, so little time. However, you must remember to always make time for your studies because that is what you are paying for, your education here at UCLA.

    In three sentences

    In terms of academics, this school has some of the world's best and brightest students, so the school is very competitive in many ways. There are an abundance of extracurricular activities and student organizations that students can participate in and be apart of. The food here is also healthy and it tastes so good!

  • 10/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great. You can get texts and emails from BruinAlert as things happen on campus.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of fraternities and sororities to join. Many people rush.

    Clubs and Activities

    You have so many choices you can never know all of what happens on campus. It is easy to find a group you enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    You're willing to work hard for many hours, often alone. You don't mind walking, usually alone. You can time manage well and you don't mind not having much time for fun, even on weekends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tunnels.

    Bang for the buck

    Great school overall. Again, just make sure you love the campus and don't mind studying hard for long hours.

    What to do for fun

    You can join clubs, sports, go hang out in Westwood, or attend football or basketball games. Dorm floors often have events as well.

    Food and Dining

    Food is awesome. There are tons of choices and all of it is great.

    Dorm Life

    If you don't like it quiet all the time and you like knowing a lot of people, live in a residence hall. The plazas are nice because you get your own bathroom, but they are quiet and it can get lonely. The suites are really far from everything, so only live in them if you truly love your surroundings quiet and you want to be very close to your roommate(s) and not many other people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard. They expect you to get more done than possible. You have to learn to manage your time. I haven't had much time for a personal life since classes started.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus during a regular school day when all the students are there. Make sure you love it - the campus, the crowds, etc. Only apply and attend if you are sure you can handle such a large school.

    In three sentences

    The school is very competitive. Classes are tough. You walk at least three or four miles a day just to get to class and back to your dorm.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 211 of 379

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    Campus Safety

    Depends how late your are walking around. There is a safety escort service where someone will walk you to your dorm, car etc.if you don't feel safe.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition fees are rising, so they can rebuild buildings and not your education. Departments pressure professors to use the worst textbooks in their fields because they get kickback for selling them to students.

    What to do for fun

    Good weather 365 days/year. Anything you want. Surf,ski, theater, hike up mountains, visiting movie/TV studios, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Very good and varied. The campus is in Westwood after all.

    Dorm Life

    Expensive

    Academic Rigor

    While some of the best researchers are here, they may not be the best teachers. There is a wide level of teachers/lecturers. Expect to study much on your own.

    Tips for prospective students

    If don't bother if you don't have at least 4.0+ or are really good at sports. Start doing community service in Jr High. Otherwise your just telling them, you only did it to make yourself look good.

    In three sentences

    It is so big, it has it's own area zip code. Very international, students come from everywhere. Everybody here was head of their class or President of something.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    LA is a pretty lively place... there isn't a lack for opportunity, that's for sure.

    Food and Dining

    they require me to rate it even though I haven't experienced it.

    Dorm Life

    can't say; haven't been.

    Academic Rigor

    When you find what you want, bite down like a pitbull and never let go.

    Tips for prospective students

    My only tip is study hard, follow your heart, and commit to a plan.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is architecturally beautiful, offering the most inspiring settings to pursue a future. The faculty and professors are more than experienced and help open minds and doorways for their students. Going to this school not only seems promising, but exciting!

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on this campus. It is lit very well and offers many services that help students get around safely such as the van service, escort service, and emergency posts all around. Another safety mechanism is an alert that informs students about emergencies through text, email, and other methods.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of Greek life personally, but my room mates absolutely love it. They get to meet new people and feel like they are part of a family.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus that cover a wide range of interests from sports, religion, cooking, language, dance, singing, and so many more. Any one can find their place here.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for any type of student. It offers so many majors that will fit any one's desires, clubs that offer great experiences, sports that will amaze any spectator, and a diverse community that makes any student feel welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a rivalry that goes on between UCLA and USC which only increases school spirit which is nice around various sports events. There are various stories about different locations on campus, but in order to hear those, you're going to have to become a Bruin.

    Bang for the buck

    Any university is going to be expensive, but UCLA is worth the money. Being able to say that you went to one of the best universities in the country is something that definitely makes it worth the money and the experiences, friendships, and accomplishments you will have here only reinforce that.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun. Being located in Los Angeles, there are many things surrounding the school including stores, great sights, amazing restaurants, and so much more. Located on campus, there are movies constantly being shown, clubs which set up various activities, and much much more.

    Food and Dining

    The dining experience here is amazing. The food is absolutely delicious and they provide something for everyone whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or no preference.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. It gives you many opportunities to meet new people, create study groups, and have a social experience at UCLA.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at UCLA are very good at what they do so as long as you are a committed student who is determined to do well, you're academic achievements should reflect that. The staff is very helpful when students need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider this school if you are looking for a diverse campus. Consider this school if you are looking for an amazing academic and personal college experience. Sports, community, and academics are very important to this school.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school that is perfect for anyone. It is very diverse and has everything that is needed for the perfect college experience. Its staff and students are very welcoming to new students.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA has their own police officers so nothing ever goes wrong. Completely safe!

    Greek Life

    Join greek life if you can afford it! It makes the experience at UCLA so much funner. And the bonds you will form with your sisters and brothers last a lifetime.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are millions of clubs to join for any career, major or sport you are interested in. There are tons of volunteer opportunities along with internships and tutoring available for students. Also UCLA students can tutor one another and help one another apply to grad school.

    Bang for the buck

    Diddy Riese! Cheapest and most delicious ice cream shop ever and it is only in Westwood.

    What to do for fun

    Go to westwood! It is close by and they have everything you need including clothing stores and famous restaurants such as BJ's and CPK.

    Food and Dining

    There is a enormous variety of food available at UCLA. It is a buffet so what you get is up to you but they have anything and everything you can dream of so be careful of freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is the most life changing experience here at UCLA. All the students are eager to get to know one another. There is always some form of social event going on so you can never get bored. There is 3am delivery at a majority of the restaurants in Westwood so UCLA never sleeps.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are mediocre compared to high school. If you take AP courses and community college courses while in high school you will be fine at UCLA. Always take notes, ask questions, attend discussion and go to office hours, you will graduate an honor student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school because the fun and laid back life awaits for you at UCLA. Taking AP courses makes classes at UCLA much easier than expected. Work extremely hard in high school and breeze through college.

    In three sentences

    Academically, socially and in overall rating UCLA is a top school. It has everything you need on campus and the people are amazing. It takes time to fit in but once you're in you never want to leave.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA provides many options in order to create the most safe environment for students. Safety is taken very seriously here at UCLA. We have campus escorts who can accompany you to wherever you need to go on campus or even to your dorms if you are traveling late at night after studying in the library or coming from a club meeting. All you have to do is call their number and an escort will come to where you are and walk with you to your destination. We also have vanpool services for students who may need to walk far to their destination and also for students who do not want to walk alone at night. The vanâ??s services run at night and are a great safety feature for students who may have had worries about having to attend night classes or late night club meetings. We also have the Bruin Alert system which is a text messaging service that sends texts to students if there is an emergency or danger on campus that students need to know about. As a freshman living in the dorms, you will be very safe because only students with Bruincards can enter the buildings and the dorms are so close to campus. So you can tell your parents not to worry and that you will be safe here at UCLA.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of UCLAâ??s social atmosphere. We have so many different fraternities and sororities that you are bound to find one that fits your personality and interests. We even have specifically tailored fraternities that focus on a specific issue or theme like pre-med fraternities, which are popular amongst our health and pre-med majors. Besides being a great way to meet new friends and to have fun, being apart of a frat or a sorority is also a great way to network and also give back to the community for many fraternities and sororities value community service and volunteering. So for you social butterflies, I highly recommend you to take interest in our greek life. It will be a great way for you to adjust to UCLA and the dynamic college life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Here at UCLA, we have so many clubs that it would be impossible for you to not find one based on your interests. We have clubs for people interested in music, volunteering, art, politics, the environment, animals, and so much more. I even heard that their is a Shorts Club where they where shorts 365 days of the year. If we have that then I am sure you will find a club that you will like. Being involved in a club here at UCLA is a great way to get involved and also to help build your resume! Clubs are also the best way to meet new friends because you will automatically have something in common with them! You can also get involved in other on campus activities like being a part of our student government. We have so many opportunities for students to get involved here on campus, all you do you have to do is find one thats right for you. Keep in mind that activities like clubs are the best way to occupy your time and help make your transition to UCLA easier and funner. We also have so many sports teams here for you athletic people including football, baseball, gymnastics, and so much more. Here at UCLA, we hold many championships from our many years of dominance in several different sports. For those who may want to be in a sport, but not competitively or seriously, we have club sports which are more for fun. I recommend that to you freshman who are looking for a great way to stay fit but without having to make a major time commitment to practices and games.

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is home to so many diverse Bruins from all over the world. Our students are outgoing, active, and so many of us get involved in on campus clubs and activities. Thus, UCLA is great for students who are outgoing and love to put themselves out there and support their school. If you are not really a social butterfly, rather a shy caterpillar, UCLA is great for you too! UCLA supports all kinds of students from all sorts of backgrounds. Even if you are not out there and are super confident, UCLA would be great for you because every student is important to us and every student adds to UCLA's character in his or her own way.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing that I love about UCLA is that we have so many traditions. One fun tradition is actually called the Undie Run, which is when students run down a specific route on campus in, well you can guess what you wear. This happens once a quarter and any student who wants to participate can! Not only is this a popular event, it draw out many spectators every quarter, as you can only imagine. Another huge tradition is our big USC rivalry. We are big rivals of USC and every year during the UCLA vs USC football game, the event draws in so many students and spectators. During the week before the big game, students often camp out in front of our famous Bruin Bear and protect it against any Trojans that may come to deface our precious statue. Another huge tradition here at UCLA involves the Inverted Fountain. This represents basically the beginning and end, well not really because once a Bruin always a Bruin, for our students. Freshman, during their orientation are brought here and are given the opportunity to dip their hands inside the fountain. During my orientation, I actually went inside the inverted fountain, which is totally allowed, so donâ??t be afraid to try! After all, how many times in your life will you be able to go inside a fountain and be encouraged to do so! After doing that, you make a pledge involving your initiation to the Bruin family and promise to never, and I mean NEVER, touch the fountain ever again until after you graduate. That is the myth here at UCLA, once you touch the water, you canâ??t touch it again until after you graduate, or else bad luck is headed your way. This tradition and initiation as a Bruin is one of the most valuable memories you will make here at UCLA because it marks the beginning of your journey here as a Bruin and the long, wonderful road to come.

    Bang for the buck

    As I mentioned before, UCLA offers many FREE activities, yes I said free, for students. The most popular ones are sneak peaks for movies and free movie screenings. We also have so many shops and stores around UCLA whether it be for food or for clothes, you will almost always find a great deal on an item on your shopping list in Westwood. The people who own the shops in Westwood know that college students love deals and that they are, not to mention, their most popular customers, so they always have great discounts and sales for college students. We also have a great transportation system here at UCLA, like the Big Blue Bus and the metro which can take you to places around Westwood and LA for cheap! So transportation will be the least of your troubles at UCLA!

    What to do for fun

    Besides studying hard, the next things UCLA students know to do best is to party and to have fun. Here at UCLA, we are very lucky to be located right in the heart of Westwood. Students often walk to Westwood to eat at one of our many delicious restaurants, shop at our small unique boutiques, or simply to walk around and take in the sights. Diddy Riese is actually one of the more popular destinations in Westwood and you are not truly a Bruin until you have tried one of their famous ice cream sandwiches. Students often take the bus to Santa Monica on the weekends as well for it is not far and it is a great relaxing destination after midterms and finals. This is a cheap and easy way to have some fun at the beach, get a little shopping done, and indulge in some delicious treats away from the dorms. Also popular are our sports games, especially football. They are a great way to show your school spirit and an excuse to wear blue face paint, come on donâ??t tell me you never wanted to try! A great thing about UCLA is that we offer a lot of fun, free events to students such as movie screenings and sneak peaks. Last year, the movie 50/50 was shown for free and Joseph Gordon Levitt even showed up! It doesnâ??t get any better than that! This year, UCLA gave free movie screenings for the Avengers, Looper, and the Perks of Being A Wallflower!! These events are usually on campus as well so in addition to being within walking distance, it is also safe for students. If you're more of a stay in your dorm kind of person, there are always events that your RA's put on that you can attend without even leaving the building! I promise that you will never run out of fun stuff to do here at UCLA.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA is known for having one of the best dining halls among the UC's. Here, at our diverse collection of dining halls, the UCLA cooks make food that will satisfy the mouths of every student. Whether you love comfort food, are a junk food addict, or love healthy salads, we have that all here for you at UCLA. Knowing that we have a unique array of students here at UCLA from all around the world, we have special on campus dining locations to cater to specific tastes. For example, we have Feast which offers only Asian food and features food from two cultures each day. Thursday is usually Korean food and Thai food, my favorite. For those who love quick Chinese take-out or Mexican food, Rendezvous would be perfect for you. For panini, pizza, and hearty salad lovers, Cafe 1919 is your ideal selection. Finally, for the late night food munchies, Bruin Cafe is the most popular spot to get something to eat, especially at night. It stays open to about 1 or 2 in the morning so students can always get something warm to eat when they are hungry at night. We also have our main dining halls which serve food buffet style. You can pick whatever you want to eat with no restrictions on how many times you want to eat. These dining halls always have a great sense of community, so combined with great food, the dining halls will be your third home (behind the dorms). I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed by all of the delicious food options we have for you at UCLA and that you will probably gain more than the infamous Freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    Besides the library, for some of us, your dorm will basically be your home away from home for the next 9 months so it is important that you be comfortable in it. Here at UCLA, we are lucky to have dorms that are convenient for students in terms of location and safety. The most common dorms for freshman students are called halls. These are basically dorms, which you share with one or two other people, that have community style bathrooms and laundry rooms. Thus, all the girls on your side of the floor share a bathroom with several showers and toilets, and the same for guys. The great thing about halls is that it is almost impossible to not make friends, whether it is with your own roommates or with your neighbors. Students are always in the hallways and it is so convenient to just go across the hallway to ask a friend about homework or to just talk and hang out. It is basically the ideal place for those of you who love social interaction, donâ??t mind sharing your space, and being surrounded by people. There is a great sense of community in halls and often, the floors have game nights, movie nights, and the latest favorite, a game called assassin (look it up). For those of you who like a little more privacy and quiet, we have the plazas. These are dorms that have their own private bath for each dorm room. I personally had a plaza room and it was very convenient not having to go outside and walk all the way down a hall to use the bathroom at 2 in the morning like for the hall people. Having some extra privacy even though it may just be the bathroom helps a lot in terms of being able to just relax more and study more conveniently. The floors have less people but still have the same kind of fun and bonding like halls do. So donâ??t think that being in a plaza is a complete social dead zone because it isnâ??t. Apartments on the other hand are more for juniors and seniors and are tougher for freshman to get, but if you like the idea of complete independence, then go for it! Overall, the dorm life here at UCLA is a lot of fun and will most likely be your favorite experience in college. Also, it is safe for students and they are located on campus so walking to class will only take about 10 to 15 minutes.

    Academic Rigor

    I am guessing that you have probably heard the rumors that UCLA is a shark pool full of competitive students willing to do whatever it takes to get the A. However, do not be scared by those rumors and most of all, do not let the rumors dissuade you from applying to UCLA. Yes, I will admit that it is true that students here do possess some form of competitiveness, some more than others, but it is those students that makes UCLA have the great reputation that it holds. Classes go by quickly here at UCLA, since we are on the quarter system, so students are under pressure to learn the material from their classes quickly and to study hard. Before you know it, midterms are already around the corner and eventually, finals. Because of the quarter system, it only makes sense for students to have to be on their toes 24/7 and for them to be on top of their studies so they do not fall behind, which can occur very easily. Thus, it is not true that students here will purposely try to make other students do bad on tests or that they are cutthroat and aggressive. It is merely that the standards here at UCLA are higher because of our quarter system and it requires students to have to always be prepared and organized with their classes. UCLA offers many majors, and I personally as a science major can tell you that it is pretty tough to get spectacular grades here at UCLA, but it is not impossible. Because there are so many students here, it is important that you as a prospective UCLA student know that those good grades come only from studying hard, attending lectures, and making an effort to want to learn the material that the professors and TAâ??s are teaching. To say that UCLA is an easy school and that you will be under little academic stress would be a severe understatement, but UCLA is not known to be one of the best public universities in the nation for no reason. We attract so many students because we have some of the best professors here and we know that you will get so much out of your classes. So yes, classes are hard and students are very smart, but it is all worth it because UCLA will prepare you very well for your future and will provide a great foundation for your academic studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Here at UCLA, we pride ourselves on the fact that our students are well rounded. Sure, we have the kids who are book smart and practically live in the library, but we have so many outgoing students who excel in so many different areas. Thus, a tip for helping yourself prepare for applying to this great school is to know that grades do not define the applicant. Sure, it looks great if you pushed yourself in high school and took many AP classes, but it looks even better that you did well in the classes you took so do not get caught up in filling every class in your schedule with an AP class. So study hard and strive for those good grades, and do not be worried if you do not have straight Aâ??s. Many students at UCLA get into this school because all together, they have the entire package, not simply because they had excellent grades. Of course grades are a critical part of the application process, they are not the only thing admissions counselors look at. Another major part of your application are your extracurricular activities and clubs. Now this can range from so many things to being the president of your CSF club to being in Boy Scouts for 10 years. Whatever your hobby is, be proud of it and record it. Put down all the extra things you have done, like being a volunteer at a homeless shelter, being on varsity tennis, or being a member of a school club. Tip to remember: it also looks great to show that you have shown leadership, like being the president or treasurer of a club. So do not be afraid to apply for a board member position because it teaches you a lot about leadership, responsibility, and maturity. Finally, your personal statement is like the icing on the cake you have baked for the admissions people. It shows your true colors and gives you a chance to say whatever you think needs to said about you and your accomplishments. Here at UCLA, youâ??ll enter a new chapter of your life, one where youâ??ll make long lasting friendships, try things you never thought youâ??d do, join clubs you never thought youâ??d join, and most of all, youâ??ll find a new sense of responsibility and freedom. So be excited to apply to UCLA, and make that excitement and hard work show in your application.

    In three sentences

    No matter how far away from home you are, I guarantee that you will fit in with your new Bruin family here at UCLA. UCLA is well respected university and is home to so many diverse and outgoing Bruins. UCLA has so much to offer to students such as outstanding sports teams, hundreds of clubs, great food, comfortable dorms, and of course, a great foundation for your education and future.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The entire campus is lit up, there's a van service that will drive you around at night, a community service officer will walk you anywhere if needed and there are emergency phones all over campus. Also, UCLA has its own police station -- you never feel unsafe here!

    Greek Life

    An intergral part of UCLA but not overpowering. The sororities are beautiful and the fraternities hold all the parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs range from the grilled cheese club to UCLA radio. There is so much and MORE than anyone could even imagine or ask for. UCLA has the best clubs and activites.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic, smart, social, active, motivated and outgoing types. Everyone can fit in, but these people will be able to make the most of it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The undie run is during finals week when everyone runs through the streets in their underwear to relieve stress. Also the midnight yell is fun, which happens also during finals week. Everyone yells out their windows at 12am to get out their studying frustrations.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is a rip off, they're always trying to make more money. However, the education is the furthest thing from a rip off.

    What to do for fun

    Westwood, our college town is sweet. Movie premieres, shops, cafes and more are all at our fingertips. Parties are fun, but not hugely prominent. Sports are huge and theres always activities going on. UCLA=FUN.

    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing at UCLA. So many options. But it gets tiring after awhile. DIning halls are far from campus so lunch is hard to get on your meal plan, which is a bummer.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. So much independence. However, the dorms are so far away from campus and if you don't get the right dorm, you're social life can suffer since some of them are pretty much anti-social. Also, rooms are small in some buildings and lots of built up triples.

    Academic Rigor

    UCLA can be extremely difficult, especially with the quarter system. However, there are times when it is easier than high school and feels like a breeze. Depending on the classes, its either a hit or miss for difficulty, but always be prepared to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay overnight to get a real feel for the school. Tours can be deceiving since they always show you the best of everything. Also, be prepared to stay on campus if you do not have a car. Think about transportation options and preferences before you decide on UCLA.

    In three sentences

    UCLA offers more opportunities than any other school in the entire world. With world class professors, classes, athletics and fun, you can't go wrong. However, get ready to get lost in the crowd unless you know how to outshine thousands of people.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club, frat, or sorority! Socialize and meet new people - some of the most friendly people I have ever met!

    Food and Dining

    Delicious food! Great food with a broad selection

    Dorm Life

    I unfortunately do not know about this because I live at home

    Academic Rigor

    One of the greatest universities with the best professors. You will always be challenged and never be bored. Every class always something to look forward to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active! Ask for help - you will never be turned down! Honor and take pride in the school you are attending!

    In three sentences

    Meets every requirement for an amazing college. Top notch academics, staff, and students. Will never regret choosing this school.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Everyone says to live south of Wilshire. A friend of mine lives close to UCLA pays $950/month to share a two-bedroom apartment. I live with a roommate a bit farther away, ~50 minutes bus, in a guesthouse and I pay $750/month (that includes all the utilities). The farther you are from the school, the lower the rent, the quieter it can get. It just depends on personal preferences.

    What to do for fun

    Many stores, cafes, restaurants close to UCLA. Riding the bus to Santa Monica and relax at the beach.

    Food and Dining

    Very good food (at least during orientation and transfer day). Sometimes it's too good that one plate isn't enough because you can eat all you want.

    Dorm Life

    I decided not to live in dorms because they are just too small. I had an opportunity to sleep in a dorm room during a transfer day at UCLA and I realized that I like bigger space and more privacy. Oh yes, and I almost forgot to mention the HUGE hill that is required to get up the the dorms. After a long and tiring day, I would not have the energy to climb up there.

    Academic Rigor

    I have yet to take a class (school starts next week), but I heard that the preparation class for proofs this summer had six students; three dropped, and one failed and two passed, or something like that.

    Tips for prospective students

    A bit expensive to live close to the school, but then again, it's a city. Try to know more about LA and UCLA before moving here, like public transportation, stores close by, etc. LA is a huge place so finding someone to answer your specific question can be hard (at least with my experiences).

    In three sentences

    UCLA has bricks almost everywhere and lots of stairs. The food is pretty good but not many delicious options for vegans. Being here as a transfer from a small city can be a little overwhelming.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard

    In three sentences

    Amazing atmosphere. Very competitive students that push you to strive harder. The campus has very motivated and dedicated professors that genuinely care about your education.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though our campus is open, the campus security really knows how to stay on the job and alert us if there is any danger. We even get text messages.

    Greek Life

    Greek life plays a huge role in student activities. It's a great way for students to have a special bond with other people connected to them. We have a lot of sororities and fraternities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have any student group you can possibly think of (and if we don't you can form it yourself), from a cappella to community service to outdoor groups. You will definitely find a group that you belong to.

    Great for these types of students

    I think UCLA is great for any student, whether you love leadership or feel more comfortable behind the scenes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you get a tour of UCLA the guides will tell you random wacky facts about certain places around campus. They make it a game at the end for you to guess if what they said was true or false. It's really fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Ultimately, I'm glad I chose to attend UCLA (even though my out-of-state tuition is extremely too high).

    What to do for fun

    This is what sets UCLA apart from other schools. There are so many opportunities to get out and have fun. Surrounding the school is Westwood, which is one of the premier spots in Southern California. There are many restaurants along with cute boutiques for casual shopping. It's a great area to go if you want to get off campus for a bit.

    Food and Dining

    We have many options to choose from when it comes to food (4 dining halls, 3 campus restaurants that accept swipes). The only thing I struggled to find was a lot of the healthier options. I wanted other healthy foods besides salad all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone on my floor last year was like one big family. We did activities together, and had meetings every week.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic classes require a lot from the student and should be taken seriously. There is a lot of information. If you study, you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a stellar community service record. That's is one of the things that really stands out on the application.

    In three sentences

    Attending UCLA has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The experience has enabled me to grow as a person and I feel like the instruction I get is unlike that of any other school. The possibilities really are endless here.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is wonderful here; everyone who comes from another UC, says that our food is spectacular! You don't want to miss it!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on who your roommates are, you might have the best or the worst time of your life. If you find yourself in certain sticky situations, always remember that your RA is there to help! Most of the time, rooming with new people is a great opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and meet new friends!

    Academic Rigor

    There are a variety of classes offered, all of which are of varying difficulty. In addition, there are also freshmen GE clusters, which may/may not be suited towards your needs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep up your good grades, even during senior year of high school!

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a giant mix of social groups of all types, people of all different backgrounds, and a bundle of interesting courses. The people here are very outgoing and nice; anyone can feel at home here!

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While the campus is mostly safe, there have been a few robberies near the apartments that many students live in. Everything seems okay during the daytime, but make sure you have a buddy to walk with after the sun sets. Luckily for Bruins, there are evening van escorts and walking escorts if you want to get to your apartment safely. Once, after a mock trial practice (which ended at 11:30 PM), I felt unsafe walking to my car. So I called the walking escort service, and a police officer walked me to my car.

    Greek Life

    Living with a fraternity or a sorority can save you a ton of money! Usually, it costs about $12,000 a year to live in a dorm. Living at a fraternity or a sorority can save you as much as $8,000 a year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club here for every kind of student, literally! There are over 800 clubs at UCLA. The John Wooden Center is one of my favorite places on campus. There are so many fun classes to take. Last quarter, my friend took Bollywood dance there, while another joined the school's Quidditch team. (Yes, UCLA has a Quidditch team, and they play competitively.)

    Great for these types of students

    UCLA is great for students who want to work hard. There are many things to excel at here. Whether you want to organize a rally for a political issue, or you want to assist your professors in their research, or you want to score well on your next exam, you have to work pretty hard to get what you want. There is always another club to join, another rally to attend, another exam to take, another class to squeeze into your schedule. You have to be able to focus your time wisely and push yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before football games, UCLA and USC vandalize the other's school mascot. In the fall, a week before the games, a small wood shack is built around the big bronze Bruin bear. The shack says things like, be right back, Bruins! and the bear is hibernating. There's an inverted fountain deep in south campus. I personally think it looks more like a drain. If viewed from a certain angle, it looks like a toilet being flushed.

    Bang for the buck

    Apply for scholarships! UCLA has a Scholarship Center in Covel. It's a great way to fund your college experience. UCLA is a much better option for California students, since they have a reduced tuition. Besides tuition, room and board is a big expense for most students. Make sure to invest your money wisely. Do you get your money's worth going to UCLA? Absolutely. The facilities there are amazing. The gym is fantastic. The teachers genuinely care about their students, especially those that they can recognize... (go to office hours!) Living in a dorm might be financially viable for some students, but I believe it is much smarter to find a group of people to share an apartment with. It's much easier than it sounds. If you affiliate yourself with a particular religious or ethnic group represented at UCLA, find them on facebook. Almost every student group has some kind of apartment hunting buddy system. You'll probably have more in common with them than you would with your dorm mates.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! The best thing to do at UCLA is make friends. Joining a club is a great way to find people that share the same passions as you. Going down into Westwood is also a lot of fun, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Diddy Riese and The Chocolate Factory have plenty of loyal Bruin customers. Grab some friends, and go explore! Another great way to have fun is to geek out with your professors. If you have a really interesting class, go visit your professor in their office hours. They always have really interesting stories to share.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UCLA is great! In fact, it's a bit too great. You might find yourself gaining more than you bargain for eating at the dorms. Remember to make healthy choices, or try to cook on your own. My commute to UCLA was pretty long, and in the hotter days, my food would spoil, so it was nice when some of my dorm friends offered to swipe me in. De Neve is my favorite place to eat. But since it's far from classes, eating at the bomb shelter (if you're in the southern part of campus) or at Northern Lights (if you're in the northern part of campus) is an excellent experience as well.

    Dorm Life

    I commuted all throughout college, so I can't honestly say what the dorm life is like. However, the food at the dorms is the best! They have a wide variety of options of food. There are many vegan and vegetarian options as well. I stayed at my friends' dorms some days when we wanted to have study parties. The dorms provide a really tight-knit community for you to fall back on, but living in an apartment close to school is fine too.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of your classes depends completely on the class you're taking. Science and math classes are pretty hard at UCLA. However, there are a lot of tutoring options available. Make sure you ask your professors for help, and if they don't have office hours that match your schedule, then make sure to visit the various math/science/writing tutoring centers at UCLA! In my experience, the social science classes at UCLA are easy ONLY if you attend the lectures. Since so much of the exam is on is based on what is covered in lecture, it is really important to attend all classes. Make sure to check Bruinwalk before signing up for any class. It shows grade break-downs for every class, and has student reviews for almost every professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a big school, so don't get carried away exploring all the fun things you can do. Focus on your studies, because socializing can wait! The dorm food is delicious, and nearly everyone gains twenty pounds in the first year. Learn to choose your food wisely. It's really important to establish a relationship with professors, and try to help them with their research. Since UCLA is a research school, helping your professors will earn you the best recommendation letters! If you can show your professors that you've been paying attention, then they'll really love you. That's why it's so important not to miss classes! Also, printing is free at the Student Activities Center.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is an excellent school, especially for those interested in Life Sciences. It is quite challenging to keep grades up, but it is not impossible. The people there are very nice and making friends is easy, especially if you join one of the 800 student clubs there!

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    always warning if anything dangerous happen has text massage warning has specific number to call the police there is campus police and free escort at night! All the dorms are secure with securities at the entrance

    Greek Life

    Amazing frats and sororities There's frat and sororities right near to school

    Clubs and Activities

    From Politics to pre med, pre law dance teams to cultural for every ethnic group music groups sports like quidditch every clubs in the book possible!

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal higher education research social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    North campus famous garden! (most romantic garden of LA Fowler museum on campus! Undies run during final week (students run around campus in underwear!) ice blocking down the jans steps hill! Breathtaking Royce hall! infamous secret (illegal) tunneling and more!

    Bang for the buck

    Is it about 30,000 a year, but the experience is priceless!

    What to do for fun

    You are in WEST LA! From santa monica beach, getty museum, westwood village, marina del ray, and more! Inside school: suset recreation for BBQ and spring swimming pool party.

    Food and Dining

    Best dining hall food, full of varieties

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is so welcome and eager to meet each other!

    Academic Rigor

    Class are in perfect length and has podcast!

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is key. College can get pretty crazy so balancing school versus social life would be the key to success.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus full of variety of opportunities for students. Everyone is eager to learn and make a different. A helpful environment full with intellects, wisdom, and fun.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had a problem walking through campus or Westwood by myself.

    Greek Life

    Not involved, but many of my friends are and love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm personally involved in: -The Film and Photography Society, where we learn how to make independent films and use cameras. -HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, where we put together student produced plays and musicals.

    Great for these types of students

    -Ambitious -Elite -Hardworking -Good at many things

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Diddy Riese. That's all I'm going to say.

    Bang for the buck

    -It's the all-around building experience: Learning how to build character, expand your crafts and creativity, and learn academics.

    What to do for fun

    Me personally: -Go to the De Neve Rec room to play ping pong or air hockey or pool. There's also a piano there, so if I ever want to practice or jam with friends or even meet fellow musicians (I've made so many new friends at that piano), I can go there 24/7. -Westwood Village has all kinds of shops, restaurants, and there's a famous person and movie premiere there at least three times a week. -Make short films with friends. -See a free show at the Hammer museum or Royce Hall.

    Food and Dining

    -Outstanding. Absolutely outstanding. Just to give you an idea: There are four all-you-can-eat buffets on the hill that are open every day, as well as Italian, Mexican, and Asian themed restaurants. The best part? You can get entrees from each restaurant with your meal plan for free!

    Dorm Life

    -Live in the dorms, for at least one year. Take my word for it. Not only does UCLA rank #1 in best dorm food, but the facilities you get for free are better than the best 5 star hotels. Even better, the best way to make new friends is through living in the halls or plazas (suites not so much).

    Academic Rigor

    -It's challenging, yes, but the information you'll learn is unbelievably interesting. Do your work when it's assigned, and for the love of God, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. -Start off with a 3 course load, then try 4 courses if the 4th one is an elective or a GE.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Don't underestimate how fast the quarter system goes: you're learning everything 1.5 times faster than semester system schools, and it's a fantastic mix insanity and amazingness. -Also, if you want an A, go to lectures, discussions, your professor's office hours, and your TA's office hours. The teachers there are awesome: sometimes I'll be watching the Discovery or Science channel, and I'll see them on there! Get to know them; they'll teach you a lot. -Meet everyone and do everything. You're going to be surrounded by the most elite students from every part of the world. Meet them all. I can't stress this enough: MEET. THEM. ALL. Hear their stories, learn their outlooks on life, and learn about their part of the world. -That being said, join clubs and groups immediately. If you think you have an interest in a group, join it. If you think you have absolutely no interest in the group, join it! Learn something new.

    In three sentences

    A place that will teach you how to tell your story in your own unique way. The only place I know that is best at everything: classes, extracurricular opportunities, research, arts and sciences, student diversity, professors, and the spectacular surrounding city called Westwood. The one place that can fit the entire world into a college campus.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police department on campus and officers around everywhere so i feel that the campus is very safe. However, i could do without the ocassional people who come ask me for change for the bus.

    Greek Life

    I dont know what that is.

    Clubs and Activities

    I didnt find the right club for me to join yet.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, out-going, open-minded, optimistic, wealthy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Young Research Library is a great place to do extensive research and it is a quiet place to sleep.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is way to expensive. I like the education in all but i really dont like taking out loans to pay for school. I wish they would have given me more money for support.

    What to do for fun

    I lived off campus so i mainly went home. But there are many activities and clubs to join if you are interested in that kind of things. The gym is great too.

    Food and Dining

    Since i did not dorm, i did not dine in the school.

    Dorm Life

    I didnt dorm because it was way too expensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a fun atmosphere where studying is not your main concern then this school is for you. Also, if you would like a wide range of knowledge on various subjects, then UCLA offers that.

    In three sentences

    This school is very expensive. The professors are very passionate about their work, but the atmosphere is not worth the expenses.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is generally safe around the campus. But in the recent years, there's been a bunch of robberies on and off campus. Avoid walking back alone at night if you have to and be extremely aware of surroundings because a handful of students have been robbed of their cellphones and possessions on the way home.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life here is pretty dominant here. We have a sorority and a frat row here. Every Thursdays, there will always be parties hosted by the frats out on frat row. Girls get in for free but guys have to be placed on the guest list.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCLA has around 700 student organizations here for all of your interests,

    What to do for fun

    Go out and explore all of the eateries in Westwood Village, hang out at the newly built City Target, visit the Getty Center, shop at Westside Pavilion or Third Street Promenade, or head out to the Santa Monica Beach.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA is known to be one of the campuses with the best dining options. We have different foods from all over the world and the best chefs. Whether you're craving for something Asian, Mexican, or Middle Eastern- UCLA dining has it all. So, Freshman 15 is a definite high possibility here!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is excellent. I lived in the dorms for three years before moving out to the apartments. The dorms here are safe, clean, and new.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at UCLA is pretty intense... There are more research-based classes than hands-on classes. Most of the professors seem to be more engrossed in their research than they are with teaching. So, most students have to self-teach or find study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take easy, GE classes during your first quarter! Don't jump straight into your core pre-major classes. You can take one of them, but don't sign yourself up for more than two. Explore your options! And you want to start off with a strong foundation from the As you earned in those easy classes.

    In three sentences

    We have beautiful, calm weather here. It's usually sunny hereso it's perfect for the guys and gals enjoy wearing shorts and tees. We also have Westwood Village with a lot of great places you and your friends can eat at.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    West LA is known to be a pretty upscale neighborhood. I have never once felt unsafe on my campus. We have Bel-air in our backyard, West Hollywood and Santa Monica are our neighbors, and Culver City is across the street. All very safe places.

    Greek Life

    Wonderful

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds and hundreds of clubs and activities. Literally everything and anything you could think of, there's probably a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    There's something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Underground tunnel system that just begs to be explored by anyone adventurous and rebellious enough to trespass.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a UC means that tuition is less expensive for California residents, that being said, our financial aid system could use more funding.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, hangouts, movies, LA night life, beaches, mountains, beautiful weather, concerts, the list really is endless.

    Food and Dining

    The school itself has some very great food. Everything from the dorm cafeterias to the student union on campus is delicious. Very high quality food.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the best experiences of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    This is one of the most academically intense colleges to go to in the world. Quarter system is fast paced, and the amount of information we are expected to absorb in that short period of time still baffles me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as you can in everything that interests you, just don't take on more than you can handle. Know your limits. Stay focused on your academics.

    In three sentences

    Large school with a close-knit, community feel. Excels in academics and athletics. Great location in the heart of West L.A.

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do, keep in touch with other student, zero week has a lot of events for new students and there are clubs always vying for your attention on Bruin walk.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA has some of the best dining facilities in the nation. Come prepared at the dining halls with an empty appetite and enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is a great experience to meeting new and different people. Be ready to be open minded and affable to different social setting and sharing.

    Academic Rigor

    While the workload can be tough, there is always TA's and other students that can help you manage your workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the Student Activity Center, which has lots of information about organizations students can benefit from. Talk with other students and get involved in clubs to further outreach in your UCLA community.

    In three sentences

    UCLA has great diversity and a multitude of student clubs one can join. It is a lush and vast campus. UCLA students have a lot of school pride and it creates a great atmosphere.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt like I was ever in danger on this campus. The campus police are very available and present, but are rarely needed. Safety is no issue at all.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is large enough that it has a noticeable presence on campus, yet small enough that you would not be missing out on anything at all if you were not interested in participating it. Whether or not the greek life is for you, it will definitely satisfy your needs.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities are endless. From football games, to movie premiers, to dance clubs, to culture clubs, to business clubs, to quidditch teams, to intramural sports, to the John Wooden gym, to sororities and fraternities--there are endless possibilities of clubs and activities at UCLA. Guaranteed, you will find the club you are interested in participating in, and even unexpectedly come across ones you did not plan on joining. It is quite easy to start a new club as well, if it so happens that it does not already exist.

    Great for these types of students

    Diligent students who are willing to work and eager to learn, yet who like to have fun and be amongst a diversity of people that have a lot to say and share.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's always film crews and celebrities all over this campus, since the campus is such a popular and beautiful location to film! I believe this normality is unique to UCLA.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely need to work for what you earn at this school, grade-wise. There's no scraping by or flying under the radar, but developing a good work-ethic is never a bad trait to learn for life.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is a mere 10 minute drive from the beach, 30 minutes from the Malibu mountains, right smack in the middle of Westwood, hour away from Disneyland, and 20 minutes away from Hollywood. I mean, who could EVER run out of fun things to do with all those options?!

    Food and Dining

    The food is even better than home-made food. The options are so abundant so that you never get sick of it. From pizza, to ice cream, to chinese food, to sushi, to burgers--you'll never run out of options.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms seem so new that they could have been built last year. The facilities are clean, spacious, and useful. The dorm gyms are great for exercise, the recreational rooms with air hockey, pool tables, and table tennis is an awesome place to wind down and hang out with friends, but most importantly, the lounges on each floor are a necessity for studying. Also, events like puppy-petting, mini-concerts, and movie viewing are always happening in case you get bored or tired of studying! I love the dorm life!

    Academic Rigor

    The eagerness and diligence of the students at UCLA is both inspiring and encouraging. There is so much knowledge and wisdom among the exceptional students at UCLA, which only makes you want to always be your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply yourself to extracurricular activities, whether it be a dance team, homecoming council, sorority/fraternity, or anything of those sorts. UCLA has unlimited opportunity for involvement, through which you can meet other students from an assortment of different backgrounds, who will shape your college experience in ways you cannot even imagine.

    In three sentences

    UCLA not only provides a top-notch quality education, where all your peers are totally invested in learning and eager to participate. It is a diverse environment in which young adults from all over the world can come together to share their exceptional talents, minds, and cultures. UCLA sets a new standard for the word diversity by pushing the boundaries of learning past the classroom, and into the real world.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Joining the clubs at the campus and interacting with people there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be confident and don't be shy to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    The school is very beautiful. The people there are very friendly. The class size are small which is good.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and keep your chin up! You'll be faced with challenges but there is nothing that you can't overcome

    In three sentences

    I love UCLA because of it's diversity among students and faculty. But with such amazing and world renowned professors, the learning environment is stressful and challenges all students. Although the school is challenging, I'm so happy to be going to such an amazing school with so many opportunities for growth.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a total feeling of security on the campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are many theaters (both film and live performances), places to hike, museums (such as the Getty Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art), etc.

    Food and Dining

    UCLA has many different places for food and dining all with very good dietary choices, whether you're a meat-lover, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free. UCLA also offers many fair trade products, which is a plus. In Westwood, about 10 minutes from UCLA, there are delicious places (both ethnic or otherwise) to dine.

    Dorm Life

    As a transfer student, I didn't experience the dorm life, however from what I hear it was extremely enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    The academia is rigorous, but one is very capable of excelling if one works hard and devotes a lot of time in the class.

    In three sentences

    UCLA offers extremely valuable teaching in every field from some of the best professors in the country. The campus is beautiful and stimulating. The curriculum is of the highest caliber.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA has it's own police department on campus.

    Greek Life

    I was not apart of but they seem to be support groups and not just party groups.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pleanty of options.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who care about our world and are not just into money are meant to be Bruins.

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarships offered on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs!! Every single club that comes to mind we have.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls cannot get any better. Delicious with pleanty of options throughout the year.

    Dorm Life

    Very social that helps support and motivate one another. Highly recommend it to fully take advantage of the college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It is pretty rigourous but dedication and devotion is all it takes. Nothing is imposible ! Si se puede!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to FSP as early as possible. The program takes you through orientation, helps you enroll into classes, as well as helps guide you through UCLA. In the summer it is not as packed with students allowing freshman to get to know the campus and feel comfortable before fall quarter.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a supportive learning environment that offers many resources to help the individuals. I have been apart of the Freshman Summer Program here on campus through the AAP program and it has really helped me with my transition from high school to University. UCLA is a campus filled with people that have the same desire to help out others and is simply amazing.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a pretty safe campus, if you are late night studying at a friends dorm you can have an excort take you back.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCLA has a variety of clubs you can join. It's nice to know that most of the clubs are meant to give back to the community.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is for students who like challenges, smart, competitive, motivated, etc..

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The rivalry between USC and UCLA. Also, there's a dance marathon where you have to dance for 26 hours; you help pediatric AIDS research.

    Bang for the buck

    It's really an amazing school! The classes are rigorous, but there's a lot of programs that are willing to help you.

    What to do for fun

    Go out to Westwood and visit the little shops. Also, going out to the campus and watch the sunset.

    Food and Dining

    The food is the best part, it's simply delicious! They always have a variety of dishes to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    People are respectful, and there's a lot of students that spend their time doing homework.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors have a lot of knowledge, and it's your responsibility to consume it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated because of the class size; it's important to ask questions. Take your classes serious, because it's hard to get back up. It's a very competitive school, but if you are dedicated you'll make it!

    In three sentences

    University of California Los Angeles is an amazing school, even though the size you are able to interact with the professor and exchange ideas. It's a beautiful campus; the students are really nice. You experience what college is really about!

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCLA was quite a safe place. Near the campus hospital was the UCPD. They monitor the entire campus and keep the students safe. Whenever there was a bad occurrence on campus, students would receive a text message from Bruin Alert. Bruin Alert was a system that was provided for the students to inform them of a hazardous situation on campus and they should be very careful. The campus was also quite well-lit. Students did not have to be concerned returning to their dorm rooms in the dark.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCLA had several clubs on campus. Many clubs were always out on Bruin walk to bring in newcomers. I remember that during the first week, most of the clubs would stand between Royce and Powell Library and promote. It almost looked like a zoo.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who did not have a computer or could not print out required material, there was Powell Library. On the first floor to the left, Powell Library had a room full of computers. Students could use these computers to complete their homework, essays, etc. Near these computers were printers that students used to print out pages. For students seeking out jobs, they have an opportunity to work on campus. On the second floor of Kerkhoff Hall was the Human Resources office where students could find jobs on campus and apply. They could also apply for jobs on-line through the ASUCLA website. Students who wanted to go and study abroad had the option to so by the UC Education Abroad Program. The International Education Office was located at Murphy Hall at B300. It was a little confusing to get there as I had to go outside of Murphy Hall and travel down some steps just to get to the office.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many UCLA alumni mentioned that there was a bridge on campus. Of course, many who had been to UCLA had never seen a bridge. Apparently, years ago after some construction, the bridge is now currently underground. Weird, right?

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is an expensive school. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office located at Murphy Hall assists students the best they can to help them pay for tuition. If students wish to apply for scholarships, they should head for Covel Commons and seek out the scholarship office. The counselors there will provide students with scholarship information. They even help write essays that students need to complete for their scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There were several things to do at UCLA. First of all, the university neighbored Westwood. If someone wanted to shop, eat, or go to the movies, then Westwood was the place to do it. There were many shopping boutiques such as Urban Outfitters. There were also many restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen and Yamato. Of course, for most college students who have a need for coffee, there was also a Starbucks and a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (I prefer Starbucks). If someone wanted to shop for groceries, there was also a Ralph's in the area. There were at least three movies theaters in Westwood that students can go to and catch their favorite flick (I sat through Ninja Assassin twice). On campus, there was the Recreational Center. If one wishes to work out and stay in shape, students would go there first. Aside from the exercise equipment that students could use, there was also instructional courses that students can participate in. There was martial arts, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, rock-climbing, etc. For those who like to swim, there were plenty of swimming pools on campus. There were many at Sunset Recreational Center near the campus dorms, another few at the Student Activities Center, and another one at Glorya Kaufman Hall (across the Student Activities Center). At Ackerman Union, there was an arcade at A-level. Next to the arcade, meanwhile, was Game On! For those who love video games, and like to play with consoles like PS3, Wii, Xbox, and PC, then head on over there and check it out. I heard that some of the students go there after midterms to relief stress.

    Food and Dining

    There were several dining halls around the campus residence. There was Covell Commons (my favorite), Hedrick, Rieber, Bruin Cafe, Cafe 1919, De Neve, and Rendevous. All of the dining halls were right next to the dorms. Before students arrive on campus, they would have to select a meal plan. I recall that there were various options (I had the smaller plan because I never ate that much). Once this was done, students were able to enter the dining halls with a swipe of their bruincards. The dining halls functioned like a buffet. Students were able to select the foods they wanted, and then go have seconds. Next, for those who preferred healthier food choices, the dining halls had several dishes for students to choose from. This included vegetarian options. Several people, including myself, sighed with relief when we could have spaghetti without the meatballs (yuck). If students did not have time to hang out at the dining halls with their friends because they have to study, or they could go in and have breakfast, there was Bruin Cafe, Cafe 1919, and Rendevous. With just a swipe of the bruincard, students could take their meals to go. For some students, this was a relief because many of them had tough schedules. Going to class was highly imperative.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was fun. I was residing at Rieber Terrace that neighbored Hedrick, Rieber Vista, and Rieber. There was also De Neve, Sproul, Sunset Vista, and more. As of Fall 2012, additional halls will be opened. I recall that the new building stood between De Neve and Sproul Hall. When applying for housing, students answer a series of personality questions. This was necessary, so the computer system could narrow down which students were compatible with other students. Luckily, I had very cool room mates. On each floor of the dorms, there were Residential Assistants who helped or answered questions for students, regarding campus life and more. The RA's that lived on my floor at the time were very outgoing and made dorm life extra fun with movies, games, and pizza. Every now and then, I thought that there was a party outside while finishing my homework. The dorm rooms were relatively small, which was expected. I lived in a Triple, so the room looked much smaller. However, my room mates and I decorated the entire place, so it felt more like home, rather than a small-cramped-up-room. If students did not like their housing choice, the Housing Services located at Sproul Hall, would help students seek out other housing options, such as off-campus housing. There are many apartments next to the campus. The cost for the apartments, last I checked, vary.

    Academic Rigor

    During my first year at UCLA, I was highly concerned because I heard that the university ran under a quarter system. A quarter system consisted of ten weeks worth of study as opposed to the semester system, which was fifteen weeks worth. Around the fourth or fifth week of classes, I had midterms. In spite of my concerns, however, I actually survived. The professors at UCLA, although they seemed scary at first, were highly informative. They provided excellent lectures. If students were confused about anything, they were an email away. They also were around during their office hours. Aside from the professors, there were also teaching assistants who students would normally see during discussion. The discussion sections were the part of the course where the teaching assistants would go over the material and prepare students for the midterm or finals. Initially, most students, including myself, did not think that the discussion sections were that important because we would receive information from lecture. But that wasn't the case, for matters that were discussed during those periods of time often dealt with other reading material which was never mentioned at lecture. I was fortunate to have been at discussion, because I remembered that five or six questions on the midterm were actually discussed during section. If I hadn't gone, then I probably would not have received that 'A.'

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, either coming in as freshmen or transfers, be sure to maintain a high grade-point-average. It is imperative that the grade-point-average is at least a 3.4 or higher. The situation often varies with transfer students (I got in with a 3.2). Subsequently, UCLA usually selects students who not only study, but also get involved in extracurricular activities, such as clubs or sports. Those who are involved in a sport, meanwhile, would find that UCLA houses all kinds or sports. Moreover, there are opportunities to compete. And UCLA has a long history winning NCAA championships.

    In three sentences

    If one is academically driven and hell-bent on pursuing their future career goals, then UCLA is the best university to go. It is highly competitive as many prospective students apply for admissions; over 95,000 applicants applied for Fall 2012. Additionally, it is a safe environment.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    A tip I tell every student is get involved. There are so many clubs on campus that you are bound to find the one, or ones perfect for you. If its ethnic organizations, sports clubs, volunteer groups, or student government. They are all excellent ways to get to know people and get more of a feel of UCLA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCLA has an inverted fountain where it's a tradition to touch only when you go for orientation as it becomes your baptize and can't be touched until you graduate or you will have bad luck and stay for another quarter. Some say it is just a silly tradition but many students believe it, as do I.

    What to do for fun

    UCLA is located in a great part of the city. Right outside is Westwood where their are a bunch of restaurants, especially sushi places. There is also 3 movie theaters, and one of them is where many movies have their premiers so you can go see the stars. Santa Monica beach and 3rd street promenade are also just a bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is #1 from any UC, for a reason. There are 3 dinning halls that each offer the basic like burger and hotdog as well as daily specials. There are also 3 places where you can get food to go and is very convenient if you are in a hurry. The selection is great and you won't get bored of the food if you mix it up everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Hedrick Summit my first year, and it was seriously awesome. I totally recommend that if you can afford it definitely try the dorms. Your neighbors become your friends and you end up having a good time any time of the day.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't actually too hard if you enjoy the subject. Professors keep things simple or at least offer you the resources to understand the subject. TA's are also very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend for students to visit the campus. You can't decide what you want until you visit and imagine yourself there. Visiting it will give you a sense of what attending school there will be like and you will be able to see of the environment is of your liking. Also, don't be shy to ask any students you see on campus questions, everyone is very friendly and you can get an insight on anything.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is a great school and I feel so lucky and privileged to attend. The weather is always so perfect and everyone always seems so friendly. The campus is beautiful at any time of day and the classes are welcoming with awesome professors and TA's.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's safe. They have great CSO service if you ever feel in danger.

    Greek Life

    I am not too sure about Greek life except that sororities are on one side of the campus and fraternities are on the other.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many amazing opportunities to join what you love to do, or are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Inverted fountain. Jan's Steps. Eight-count clap.

    Bang for the buck

    UCLA is kind of expensive when it comes to Bear Wear or tuition. But in the end, if you get a degree from UCLA, you paid for the amazing opportunities it will bring in when you put it on your resume.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on this campus, and the perks of being a UCLA student are awesome. Free Kayaking at Marina del Ray! Do it!

    Food and Dining

    All the food is delicious! BruinCard swipes at any food location. It is the best!

    Dorm Life

    They dorms are awesome! The only thing that stinks is there are a lot of triple occupancy because of how many students attend.

    Academic Rigor

    It's as competitive as they say, but if you are accepted to become a member of the Bruin family, you are definitely meant to be there. Even if you aren't accepted, if it's your first choice, try again!

    Tips for prospective students

    Whatever choices your make in life, or whatever project you find yourself working on, ask yourself, Is that the best you can do? Not because whatever you created isn't good, but because there is always room for improvement. Give it your all.

    In three sentences

    UCLA is very diversified. It is a clean, and friendly campus. Go Bruins!

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    2 stars.

    Greek Life

    Not part of any fraternity/sorority

    Clubs and Activities

    Track and field. Singing, acting, rapping.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None.

    Bang for the buck

    1 star.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    1 star.

    Dorm Life

    2 stars.

    Academic Rigor

    5 stars.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't live on campus, the cost isn't worth the conditions of the dorms.

    In three sentences

    Not very good on financial aid awards. Very good teachers. Dorms aren't up to par.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    I have a friend that is a member of one of the sororities on campus. She enjoys it very much and has made new friends she'll keep for a lifetime.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great neighborhood and very safe.

    Greek Life

    Not part of it, personally, but a lot of friends are very involved and it seems awesome for them.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think it there's a club for it. The clubs on campus are a huge presence and there's ALWAYS things going on.

    Bang for the buck

    I love it. But sometimes it feels like a little bubble. You really never need to leave campus ever, but don't forget there's so much to LA and so much to explore!

    What to do for fun

    It's LA! There's everything you want from the beach to shopping, sports, concerts, everything.

    Food and Dining

    Everything you could ask for and maybe more.

    Dorm Life

    It's really what you make it and how your particular floor is. Some people get really close with their floor/buildingmates, but others don't.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major and everything, but I feel like everything is very do-able. You just have to want it and be willing to work a little.

    Tips for prospective students