Location: Los Angeles, California (Westwood Village, to be exact)
Size: 28,674 undergraduates
Percent Women: 54.8%
Tuition (one year):
1) California Residents (with on campus housing): $32,415
2) Non California Residents (with on campus housing): $55,293
Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Economics, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Greek Life: Yes!
Acceptance Rate: 22%For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit: http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/
Why Choose UCLA?
"I chose UCLA because I really like how diverse it is - both academically and socially."
"I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship which entitled me to a full ride."
"I'm from out-of-state, so it was a hard decision to come this far. However, I loved the atmosphere of UCLA - I mean, it's right in the heart of Los Angeles! I'm interested in maybe having a career in the entertainment industry, which is practically in our backyard. The people were nice, the weather was great, the academics are famous, and the location is opportune. "
"I applied to UCLA because honestly, it was my dream school. My mom went here and when I was a kid she used to take me on campus and show me all the places she used to go. She kind of brainwashed me as a Bruin! But when I applied, I appreciated all of the opportunities UCLA had for their students, both inside and outside. I felt like as a school, they had more to offer."
"After I was accepted to UCLA I went to Bruin Day and fell in love with the campus and the energy of the student body. Everyone seemed so vibrant, happy and involved, it was exactly what I was looking for in a college. UCLA was the only place I could truly envision myself!"
“I applied to UCLA because of its well reputed research opportunities as we all as the wide array of culture and experiences that would be available to me. And I loved the area!”
"I had visited a bunch of college campuses both before and after I had recieved my college acceptances. But no matter whether I was on the East Coast or in my native Bay Area visiting a school, I could never imagine myself at any of those colleges. However the minute I stepped on UCLA's campus for Bruin Day--I just knew. This was the place for me. I was meant to be a Bruin! And every day that I spend on campus or in class or cheering the football team at the Rose Bowl--I am more and more sure of it every single day."
"There are so many! I have to say all of the events. Every day there is something new going on, whether it be a movie screening, a sporting event, an information session, a party, a class. You are never bored. In fact, there are so many opportunities that I don't even know about them all."
"Everything! I love the sense of pride everyone has for the school and the sense of community on campus."
"I love how people are friendly and respectable of you."
"I love the opportunities at this school. There are so many incredible ways to get involved on campus, and I have met so many people and learned so much about myself through these extracurriculars."
"The campus itself is gorgeous (especially North Campus), the weather is always great, and its location near Westwood Village, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills means that there is always some event happening, always something to do, and always somewhere to go and explore (from shopping to hiking and going to the beach)! I honestly could not imagine a better place to got to college."
"There are so many reasons that I am proud to call myself a Bruin! I love that being at UCLA means that you are surrounded by some of the greatest thinkers and doers. I've met so many incredible people are doing amazing things as undergraduates and the reason is that UCLA gives us so many opportunities to culivate our futures. Whether you're interested in cutting edge research, volunteering, learning, or sharing your knowledge, UCLA has the resources and platform for you to make it happen."
"I'd say that I wish there was more help. It's such a big school that you can sometimes feel lost. But luckily you can find mentors in clubs to guide you through the giant school when the administrators have more pressing matters."
"I think there needs to be more business-based majors. Right now, UCLA only provides Business-Econ, so if you're not interested in economics but would still like to pursue business. you're stuck in another largely theory-based major that doesn't give you hard skills."
"One. Traffic and parking sucks, but if you live on campus/don't drive/have a car it's not that much of a problem. Two. A lot of the professors have foreign accents which makes it very hard to understand them and can often times make the classes more difficult. But there are tons of tutoring resources on campus and you can form study groups if you need help! Three. UCLA has a very big student body, so it can sometimes feel like your just a number and no one cares or that you're just not fitting in, but reach out and talk to people (friends, professors, counselors)! Everyone experiences this at some point and many are more than willing to help out."
New Collegiette On Campus
"Being a first year student at UCLA is paradoxically overwhelming in the best way. There is not separate first year housing, but most freshman live in residential halls. Orientation involved three days of introducing the idea of what it means to be a True Bruin. UCLA also offers pre-orientation trips. It’s extremely easy to get to know upperclassmen through clubs and activities on campus.”
"UCLA makes it very easy to get acclimated to college life. The orientation offered before the start of freshman year is incredibly helpful and can help answer any questions that you may have. Also, it is really beneficial to live on campus freshman year because dorms provide a sense of community and help foster friendship. "
"Intimidating but with the right people, they will help guide you to the direction you need to go."
"I'm a first year now. I can tell you it's overwhelming in every meaning of the word. Classes can be daunting as a first year, but the school spirit makes up for it. We are all juggling between activities and school work, but it's a great balance that makes life a challenge. "
"UCLA is BIG. I think every freshman knows that going into it, but I don't think anyone realizes just how big it is. It can be overwhelming sometimes; the crowds of people, the number of class options, the lines to go to almost any school function. It's easy to fall into feeling isolated amongst a sea of people. The trick is to find your little family at this school; the group of people you know have your back and know who you are as a person. How do you do this? Get involved in clubs on campus! It's so important to do so; this is how you meet some of your best friends and other people who share similar interests with you. "
"Being a freshman at UCLA is so much fun! Honestly, just get out there, be spontaneous, go on adventures and meet new people! There is really no better time to meet new people because as freshmen no one knows anyone and everyone is just looking to make friends. "
All About Academics
"For the most part, academics are quite rigorous. Also, registration for courses can be challenging and some times you may not get the classes that you originally wanted. The good thing is that there are so many different and interesting classes offered! "
"Challenging but not impossible."
"It's intense for sure. There are GEs, which are general requirements for all students, which are known to be easier than upper-division courses for upperclassmen. It's sometimes difficult to get into the classes you want, but eventually you should be able to as you rise in seniority at the school. You will find the library crowded on a Sunday afternoon, but others study in lounges or the dorms or even on the lawn. "
"UCLA is a top university, so expect rigorous course work. We're also on the quarter system, so classes fly by and you have to be vigilant about keeping up on your work. Registering for classes happen online. You're assigned two enrollment passes (a certain time when you can enroll in a certain number of classes) based on your year in school (seniors get priority). As an underclassman, it can be like the hunger games trying to get the impacted classes you want or need. Keep in contact with your academic or major counselor to make sure you are on track for your program."
"Not gonna lie, academics can be tough especially if you are a South campus major (maths, sciences, engineering). It can be a bit daunting at times, but there are loads of resources on campus to help you out--go to professor and TA office hours, form study groups, and find free tutoring through programs like AAP. And make sure to stay on top of your work! The quarter system goes by REALLY fast so it helps to make a schedule to stay on track of readings and assignments each week."
Learn From The Best
"Currently, I am taking Life Science 15, which is an incredibly popular class. Professor Phelan is very respectable and has such engaging lectures. I also am taking Los Angeles: The Cluster, which is a very untraditional class. The class requires students to take public transportation around LA; it’s a lot of fun! Overall, the professors are passionate about what they do and care deeply their students. "
"It is definitely more intriguing than high school, that's for sure. "
"The professors are so knowledgeable, literally experts in their field. It's sometimes awkward for me to go to office hours to get to know them, but they're always really pleasant and listen to me. I relate to my TAs a lot more because they are closer to my age and a lot less daunting to me personally. "
"Professors here are smart. They're at the top of their field and often are the ones discovering the very material you have to study. I highly encourage you to attend office hours to get to know them personally! They're real people too, they genuinely want to talk with their students. My favorite class was a class on Ancient Roman Society. I learned so much that when I visited Italy over the summer I knew more than the tour guide!"
"Some professors are AMAZING and some not so much. One of my favorite classes so far have been Geography 5 with Professor Gillespie fall quarter of my freshman year because he is very real and very funny and has fun/interesting labs throughout the quarter! I also recommend for all freshman who are not science majors to take the Environmental Science cluster! It was such an interesting class, Professor Stolzenbach is so sweet and caring, and you can really form relationships with your classmates because its a yearlong course! And if you're a Classics fan, definitely try to take a course because the readings are so much fun!"
"You know the old saying that carrots are good for eyes? Yeah. My LS 2 class was taught by the professor, Dr. Bok, whose research discovered that! That's how amazing the professors here are and it is such an honor to be learing from them."
Interests & Involvement
"There are a multitude of clubs and extracurriculars for students with varied interests. During Welcome Week, there is the Enormous Activities Fair held on campus. A variety of clubs, teams, and organizations advertise opportunities to get involved. Overall, I highly suggest getting involved in an extracurricular activity. It is a great way to get to know people who have similar interests! "
"Awesome, some organizations make you feel at home."
"I feel like everyone participates in a club. It's how you make a big school feel small and meet friends. There is such great diversity at UCLA that you will always find someone with similar interests. I'd guess that if you weren't in an activity that it would be hard to meet new people. "
"Like I said before, get involved on campus! It is the best way to get to know people and build a small community within the larger community of UCLA. There is Greek life on campus, but it's ok if you don't rush your freshman year. That gives you the opportunity to settle into college life and find out who your friends are for yourself before deciding if you want to make a big commitment like that. I didn't rush my freshman year, but the friends I made happened to be in a certain house. So I joined that sorority my second year and I have loved every minute of it!"
"There are TONS of clubs on campus whether they are social, community oriented or sports based, so it's near impossible not to find at least one you're interested in. The best way to find out about all of them is to go to the activities fair during the first week of school! Personally, I have really enjoyed being a part of E3 (the biggest environmental club on campus), FAST (Fashion & Student Trends), and Her Campus!"
"At UCLA, there is a lot of school spirit, especially when we are competing against USC. UCLA has won the most NCAA team championships. It is very popular to attend sporting events here at UCLA. During football season, thousands of students go to the Rose Bowl to cheer on the team. There are also club teams to join! "
"Amazing, so many people always come out and cheer on our school."
"It's WILD. That's one reason why I wanted to come here. The traditions, the teams, the music, the talent - everyone is so proud to be a Bruin. Everyone wears UCLA gear all the time. And let me tell you, student sections at the football games are insane."
"Bruin spirit is unprecedented. People are loud and proud about our school, and the results show. Our sports teams, both collegiate and club, are some of the best in the nation. And we have consistently shown that our school is the best in all sports compared to that other school across town I won't even dare to mention."
"There is a lot of school spirit around here, especially during football and basketball seasons. For freshman I definitely recommend the Den Sports Pass which gives you access to every football and men's basketball games, including the UCLA v. USC game (best experience ever)! You can also get involved in sports yourself from club teams to IM teams in lacrosse, quidditch, to you name it!"
"On campus, there are various female clubs such as the Bruin Belles and Bruin Feminists for equality. Also, a lot of females are in sororities. The gender ratio on campus is relatively balanced. "
"I think it's a good atmosphere because it's so academic that people take girls seriously. The sororities can give girls a negative image, but even they are hardworking and passionate girls. Everyone is really sweet; I'm never intimidated as a girl and feel comfortable here being myself."
"I have never noticed any disparities in the gender ratio while here at UCLA. There are plenty of women's clubs, organizations, and resources readily available for the women of UCLA. And girls get to wear whatever they want! UCLA has the freedom to express who you are. So don't be afraid to show off your personal style, or if you're like me just roll out of bed in the morning and go to class in your pajamas. I guarantee you, you won't be alone on that one."
"Being a woman at UCLA is really empowering because not only are you accomplishing great things, but you also hear about fellow bruinettes and their achievements as well!"
Because UCLA is such a welcoming and close knit community, I've really never noticed any gender disparities in my experiences at UCLA. We all just seem to identify with the title of being Bruins more so than dividing ourselves as men or women. That being said, as a woman at UCLA I have always been supported by the appropriate resources for all the things I want to accomplish both academically and otherwise. UCLA is a place where every student is given the right tools to succeed regardless of gender. In addition, there are SO many great organizations for women to get invovled with at UCLA that include: Bruin Belles, the sororities, Her Campus, American Medical Women's Association, etc... "
Food & Drink
"The food at UCLA is very good! There are several dining halls and quick service restaurants, offering a diverse selection of food."
"I'm sure you've heard that UCLA has basically the best dining halls in the nation. There are so many options! There are three "to go" places if you want a sandwich, fast food, gelato, salad, soda etc. There's two traditional dining halls that serve comfort food of many varieties. Bplate is our healthy hall with organic and fresh foods. And Feast is Asian cuisine - it feels like a restaurant! There's always something for you."
"The food is AMAZING here. The dining halls are ranked number 2 in the nation, and the number 1 school is a culinary school. Whichever dining hall you go to, you're guaranteed a delicious, all you can eat, never ending food options, meal."
"The food is AMAZZZINNNGG! Having great food around you whenever you want to eat and not having to cook or clean it is the best thing ever. Also B-Plate, the healthy dinning option on the Hill that not only tastes good but is good for you (the chipotle chicken and avocado bowl is my personal favorite) , is a god send. But if you're feeling like some comfort food there is always late-night with its calorie galore of fries, chicken nuggets, pizza, BBQ wings and milkshakes. And if you're feeling like eating of campus for a night out, Westwood offers some great places to eat like TLT, Native Foods, Yamato's and BJ's."
"If there's anything you've heard about UCLA, it's probably that our dining halls are FANTASTIC! Not only are there healthy options and a wide variety, but it just tastes so good. Even though I now live off campus in the apartments, my friends and I will still have nights where we'll go to the dining halls for dinner since we miss it so much. Yes, it's THAT good."
"Overall, I think students balance school and partying very well. Most people go out on Thursday night to fraternity parties. UCLA is not a huge party school and there is really no pressure to party if you do not wish to. Although people do party, that is definitely what people pride themselves on. "
"It's like 1 in 10 people are in Greek life, because you can still host/attend parties off campus whether you're Greek or not. Thursday night is definitely crazy around here if you like partying. If you'd rather go to Westwood for a movie, dinner, or shopping you can do that too! Since we're in LA, you can find something to do on the weekends, whether it be going to downtown LA to explore or partying nearby."
"There is the party scene for those who want to be a part of it, but it is not the end of your social life if going out is not your cup of tea. Because of all the different people and activities at UCLA, you really are the one in charge of what you want your social scene to look like. There's no wrong way to do it."
"Thursday nights are party nights at the frats while most apartment parties are on Fridays and Saturdays. It's college, so alcohol is pretty much always present, but that doesn't mean you have to drink it and I've certainly never felt pressured to drink if I wasn't feeling like it that night. And even if partying is not your thing, you and your friends can always do a night out in Westwood or Santa Monica!"
"UCLA definitely knows how to party, but we also know how to have fun without partying as well. If frat parties and apartment parties aren't your thing, don't worry! We're located in one of the most happening cities in the world--Los Angeles. There's always something to do--from going shopping at Santa Monica to Dine LA to First Fridays at Venice, you can definitely make your college experience as fun as possible!"
"I really enjoy dorm life. There are various housing options available - residence halls, plazas, and suites. Most freshman live in dorms and a lot of upperclassmen live off-campus in Westwood. When signing up for housing, you have the option to choose a roommate or you can be randomly assigned one. "
"It is a nice atmosphere living with people just like you and I feel pretty safe in my residential hall."
"I'm in a plaza as a freshman, which is nicer because it has AC, the rooms are bigger, and there is a shared bath (for 6 girls) instead of communal (for the whole floor). It's really nice and less cramped. Definitely quieter than the noisy freshman dorm halls, but the RAs still organize a lot of social events. "
"I recommend living in a resident hall as a freshman. These buildings tend to be more social, and you are more likely to get that all around "freshman dorm experience" in a resident hall versus a plaza. It is normal for students to live in the dorms for their first two years of school, then move to apartments off campus."
"There are no separate dorms for freshman and all of UCLA's dorms are fairly nice, though triples tend to get a bit cramped. There are the standard dorms with communal showers (the cheapest option), plazas with a private bathroom (either within one room or shared between two rooms), suites and singles. You can choose your roommate if you have someone in mind or you can be randomly assigned. I chose to be randomly assigned twice and while it went great the first time, my second year roommate was a monster, but it was easy and painless to get placed into a new room and it's how I met one of my closest friends here at UCLA! I highly recommend living in the dorms your first year because you meet and bond with a lot of people that way. As an upperclassman, however, most people move into the apartments and while you do have to cook and clean for yourself I really enjoy the privacy, quiet and more home-like living."
"My dorm experience at UCLA was as a pretty good one. I lived in a Dykstra Hall (one of the res halls) as a freshman and this was in 2011 before they had rennovated it. At the time it was really, really old and hadn't been reonvated in years. Even though it wasn't as nice as the rest of the res halls at the time, I LOVED it. Everyone on my floor was so social and we all kinda bonded over the fact that we all had to survive Dykstra. But once the renovations started later in the year we all got moved to Holly and Gardenia which had bigger rooms and were the newest res halls at the time. And then my sophomore year I lived in Reiber Terrace which was one of the plazas. Over all my experience in the dorms was a great one. I was always surrounded by wonderful friends, great study lounges, and awesome food! What more could you want, right?"
"Living in Westwood/Los Angeles is amazing. You can walk to the Westwood Village for lunch, to see a movie premiere, run errands, etc. Also, being in Los Angeles, affords you many opportunities. You can easily leave campus and travel around LA."
"It is amazing to be in one of the most popular cities in the world, to be surrounded by life and entertainment."
"It's amazing and one reason I wanted to attend UCLA. So many things to do every day. I've already been downtown twice - once to try a restaurant and once to see a movie premiere. This week I'm going to a TV taping, which I've heard many students attend once in a while. People are involved in all kinds of internships off campus, too, in both the entertainment industry, pharmacies, law offices, etc. "
"Westwood is really neat in that it's like a college town with a city scene. There are a ton of neat restaurants, boutiques, celebrity sightings, and even Hollywood movie premiers! Also, being in LA opens up a lot of neat internship opportunities as a student. I have friends interning for companies like NBC and Disney. Even as a freshman, I got to job shadow the Director of Marketing of Josie Maran Cosmetics last year. Always remember the opportunities don't end off campus! LA has a ton to offer."
"Westwood/LA is the BEST location for a college campus! There are always tons of events happening in Westwood like movie premieres, along with a myriad of internship and job opportunities available because of our location in LA."
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