Recent Alumnus 2013-02-05T02:43:45Z
Parking at UCLA is awful. I often need to drive around for 45 minutes to find a spot, only to then make a 20 minute walk to get to where I need to go. Then there is the threat of ending apron parking... and the inconvenience of 2 hour parking... and street sweeping. But its LA, what can you expect.
College Sophomore 2013-02-05T00:47:38Z
The music department is like a family. Students always have someone to talk to and we are always united by our common interests.
College Sophomore 2013-02-05T00:42:21Z
The environment around UCLA is very friendly and fun. Being in LA, there are of course lots of options for activities, ranging from concerts to sports to Disneyland. There is good shopping and food immediately surrounding the campus, and movies often premier red carpet events just a few blocks away.
College Sophomore 2013-02-05T00:40:28Z
So far all of my professors have been intelligent, funny, interesting, and have made material much more interesting. I'm not sure how, but my psychobiology teacher made memorizing the different parts of the brain fun. So far the workload has been intense, but that's to be expected at a school like UCLA. The registration process is easy.
College Sophomore 2013-02-01T18:48:45Z
I'm a Pre-Psychology major and the diversity of classes and opportunities presented are really awesome. The workload is a bit heavy but it's doable! The curriculum is very fast-paced but also very interesting. All of my professors so far have all been very acquainted with the subject on a personal level and are very welcoming. The internship/job opportunities are quite endless, I get several emails per week about paid internships and research opportunities. Also, there are seminars and workshops to help you find a job after graduation. Quite recently, there was also a career fair where you could bring your resume and talk to potential employers.
College Sophomore 2013-02-01T18:42:47Z
There is a huge variety of off-campus housing selections around UCLA. There are university apartments that are a bit pricier but still cheaper than the dorms. The apartments further away are available in quite a huge variety and the costs are dramatically lower than both the university apartments and dorms. The cons are you do have to walk a bit longer but there are Bruin shuttles that come around every 20 minutes to pick up people to take them to campus. It's really not that bad. The parking is pretty limited, especially if you're living with roommates that have cars but it's pretty doable if you have one or two cars among you guys. In general, the off-campus apartments are really nice and worth the walk.
College Sophomore 2013-02-01T18:33:49Z
There is a considerable usage of drugs and alcohol on campus, in the dorms, and off campus. Walking around campus, you don't really see much more than people smoking. UCLA does a satisfactory job in policy enforcement on campus and in the dorms. If you have a problem in your dorm with someone you could always talk to you RA on your dorm floor.
College Sophomore 2013-02-01T18:29:48Z
I didn't have a permanent residency card upon entering college so I couldn't receive financial aid for my first two quarters in college. I got it in the middle of the year and so I was able to file for FAFSA. I didn't get a whole lot but I did get a bit of free money as well as direct subsidized loans. The financial aid office was very helpful; I would suggest making an appointment if you have any questions or problems as soon as possible. The most important thing, of course, would be to file the FAFSA on time and to work really hard during that first year to keep up a GPA that will qualify for Cal Grants and scholarships.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-31T23:17:23Z
Great, there are many diverse options off but near campus for all budgets
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-31T23:16:25Z
It is about average, but with a frat row very near campus it fares better than some other schools. there are also a lot of Greek members
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-31T23:14:28Z
I am an art history major and although the program is not large, it is far more extensive than those at other institutions
College Junior 2013-01-30T06:16:14Z
There are many public transportation buses, from bruin bus to metro to culver city and vans that pick you up late at night
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-28T00:49:37Z
There are Apple MacBooks available for students to rent for a short period of time from the campus libraries. The main campus library also offers a lab with printers and scanners for students to complete their work and print as necessary for a small cost. The entire campus is equipped with fast WiFi, although the wireless network is spotty in some buildings.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T19:48:49Z
we have few excellent computer labs and they include PC's and MACs, so it satisfies all student's need. it is not that crowded and easy to access. printing costs about 10cents which isn't that bad and they work really well. printing or copying services are everywhere so it is very accessible.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T19:42:55Z
i hear it is great to find good option near the campus. and my friend's apartments are all nice and manageable also. the price are not that high, which surprised me at first. they are affordable with few roommates and there are bruin buses that make commuting easier.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T19:39:30Z
i live in courtside and it's great. we got our own lounges to study and they are quiet! also it is close to the campus and especially north campus. and generally living on the hill is great because you are more exposed to the events and social atmosphere that goes about. You get closer to the people and get to know others easily.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T19:36:28Z
we have the best food. ther's italian, asian, mexican and just regular pasta, one regular meal and salad bar. there are so much variety and that makes you miss dorm food which never happens for some of other universities.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T08:34:48Z
Parking is ridiculously expensive and still hard to get a spot and sometimes, lots are far from classes/dorms.
It's not possible to get a permit as a freshman unless you have an off-campus job.
College Sophomore 2013-01-27T08:25:33Z
We are always rated one of the best universities for diversity from ethnicity to sexual orientation. We are also have an amazing international student program!
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-27T07:53:56Z
Health & Safety:
UCLA's campus is pretty safe. UCPD patrols the campus at night, and there is an escort service that is available until 1AM, you just have to call the appropriate number, which is listed online. I don't like the fact that some areas of the campus are very dimly lit, and I would highly recommend walking with someone to and from the dorms if you will be traveling on foot after 11PM. A lot of students also like to jog the perimeter at night when it is cooler and there isn't as much foot traffic. Ladies, please be sure to only wear one headphone/earpiece if you plan on jogging at night so that you can always hear what is around you. There have been a few reported incidents of female students being violently confronted by older males when they are out by themselves at night jogging and listening to music on their ipods, so just be aware of your surroundings.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-27T07:27:07Z
UCLA has some of the best dining facilities and food options that I have encountered on any college campus. There are four major dining halls (De Neve, Rieber, Hedrick, and Covel Commons) and three eateries (Bruin Cafe, Cafe 1919, and Rendezvous) located adjacent to the dorms. On-campus residents choose from one of five select meal plans: cub 11, blue 14, bear premier 14, gold 19, and bruin premier 19. Non-residents may also purchase a meal plan through UCLA Dining Services.
The cub 11 meal plan is the most basic plan for students who are not on campus during weekends or for those who eat only two meals a day. This plan comes with 11 meals (swipes) per week, and any meals that are not eaten during the week cannot be saved or accumulated as with the premier plans. If you plan on staying on campus throughout the week and into the weekend, I would highly recommend purchasing one of the premier plans. This way, any unused meals carry over from week to week and can be used at any time during the quarter for extra meals and snacks for you, your friends, or family. I didn't typically get up early enough to eat breakfast during my freshman year, so I found that the premier 14 plan, which came with 14 meals per week, worked best for me. Remember that you can always upgrade or downgrade your meal plans as needed.
At the dining halls, one meal swipe gives you access to an all-you-can-eat buffet. For breakfast, each of the dining halls offers an omelette bar, with omelettes made-to-order, as well as several self-serve options, including oatmeal, yogurt, hash browns, bacon/sausage, eggs, and a cereal station. There is also always fresh fruit available, as well as a toasting station equipped with all of the condiments. There is a continental breakfast display which includes an assortment of bagels, muffins, and pastries, as well as a coffee and tea station. Some dining halls even have a make-it-yourself waffle station complete with a waffle iron. Each dining hall has several soda dispensaries, as well as a milk and juice station. They have whole, low-fat, fat-free, and soy milk, as well as orange juice, cranberry juice, apple juice, and water.
The dining hall lunch menu is also very diverse. Each dining hall has a salad bar, burger and hot dog station, and a pizza station. Vegetarian options are readily available. Unfortunately, there aren't many vegan options for students besides the veggie patties and salad bar, so if you're a strict vegan, you might want to consider making your own food or eating out at the local vegan restaurant in Westwood, Native Foods.
If you are ever in a rush, or get tired of eating dining hall food, you can always opt to eat at one of the three residential eateries. Bruin Cafe offers deli-style soups and sandwiches, as well as ice cream, smoothies, and pastries. There is a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf located inside as well, and the best part, it's open until 2AM on weekdays, which is perfect for when you need caffeine for that late-night studying. All meals can be ordered to go as well!
Unfortunately students cannot use their meal plans to eat in the Ackerman Union restaurants or anywhere else on campus besides the dining halls or residential eateries. At the end of each quarter, any unused swipes (assuming you have a premier plan) can be exchanged for sodas and other drinks. I've seen several students leave campus with three 24-packs of Pepsi before, and it's not uncommon to have extra swipes. If you're feeling giving, you can always swipe in your friends or family members to eat with you as well.
College Junior 2013-01-26T07:00:32Z
There are a plethora of computer access points around campus and the dorms.
College Junior 2013-01-26T06:56:24Z
Gym is usually crowded and a lot of people use the library to sleep, but I usually find a spot.
College Junior 2013-01-26T06:53:57Z
Typical Los Angeles weather its sunny for 300 days of the year, occasionally it will rain very hard for a week.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-22T15:57:01Z
When I decided to pursue the Global Studies Summer Travel-Study Program in Paris, I applied for and was awarded the Merit Scholarship from the International Institute. This scholarship of $1000 made it feasible for me to conduct independent research and gain academic credit for major coursework. Other than that, I did not receive any scholarship to pay for my undergraduate education.
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