Recent Alumnus 2011-11-02T13:11:45Z
Very Affordable and Good Value – UCLA On campus housing offers a variety of options for all tastes.
Recent Alumnus 2011-11-02T13:08:33Z
Expensive and in High Demand – Because UCLA is located in a highly desirable neighborhood, living off-campus can be expensive, even with several roommates sharing a studio apartment, which is often the case.
College Senior 2011-10-31T22:49:20Z
Major Doesn't Matter – UCLA will accept you if you deserve to be here. As a first year, you can apply to any of the traditional majors within the college and you can switch relatively easily in the first couple months. Transfer students are stuck in their major and acceptance is much more heavily based on academics rather than involvement and extracurriculars.
College Senior 2011-10-31T22:47:12Z
Parking is expensive and hard to find. You're in LA, it's expected. But it's really terrible for students.
College Senior 2011-10-31T19:29:30Z
There are so many programs available to students for a huge number of different interests. There are numerous clubs organizations, and vast amounts of research available. You can exchange to other colleges around the world. Professors regularly make intorductions, help with research, jobs, and internships, and host events to network with professionals.
College Junior 2011-10-29T16:47:15Z
I'm originally from Northern California, so the weather here (no matter how much the locals complain) is perfect! I've heard complaints about 70 degree weather, but that's what a good day in N. California is, haha. I never have to wear a jacket here, unless it's raining (which it seldom does).
College Junior 2011-10-29T16:42:31Z
Guys & Girls:
Tall and Attractive – The majority of the guys at UCLA are tall athletic types. Or at least the the majority of the guys I've seen during my time here.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-25T03:32:57Z
Pretty Good – Describe your experience with the financial aid process and list any tips you have for getting financial aid at your school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-25T03:32:20Z
Pretty Good – Describe your Overall Experience at school so far. Possible topics include favorite experiences, what makes your school unique, and why you would or wouldn't choose your school again if you could do it all over.
College Senior 2011-10-18T03:23:31Z
Guys & Girls:
Attractive Girl to Attractive Guy Ratio=5:1 – In my experience there have been far more attractive females than males at UCLA... Most guys tend to embody either the nerdy South campus stereotype or the athletic, frat-boy stereotype. The girls at UCLA are more uniformly good-looking, with fewer numbers on either end of the spectrum.
College Senior 2011-10-18T03:06:21Z
Although parking is extremely difficult, there are several bus stops just off of campus, and the Bruin Bus is generously discounted for UCLA students. Long-distance transportation is also easily achieved via train, which stops conveniently close to campus.
College Senior 2011-10-18T03:00:00Z
Although I have never rushed for a sorority, I am somewhat familiar with the Greek scene at UCLA. Non-hazing policies are strictly enforced, and I have never heard any horror stories about the rushing process from people I've talked to. There are many pre-professional fraternities and sororities that help prepare students for careers in business, law, medicine etc. by providing connections, useful information, and opportunities to perform community service.
College Senior 2011-10-18T02:55:27Z
Well-Rounded Curriculum – Every department at UCLA is strong and well-regarded. However, many of the South campus professors (those who teach the "hard sciences") are foreign, non-native speakers and thus can be difficult to connect with. I entered as a neuroscience major and switched to economics/english after one year, and found that the professors in North campus are generally much warmer and more articulate. There is a wonderfully eclectic selection of majors and minors to choose from. Many new students fear the large-classroom atmosphere, but the discussion sections attached to each lecture are always more intimate and interactive; moreover, upper-division courses are almost invariably smaller.
College Junior 2011-10-12T03:23:11Z
Undeclared! WHOO! I am undeclared within the social sciences. (1) there are a lot of options (2) they don't rush you into making a decision and declaring a major just for the sake of having one (3) they make it easy for you to explore and get a feel for all you options. people are super willing to sit down and talk about their major, there are around a billion counselors just waiting for you to come talk to them and figure things out, they have major and minor fairs over the course of the year for you to see whats out there.
College Junior 2011-10-12T03:14:31Z
Volunteering, Concert – UCLA is in the nice part of LA (surrounded by Bel Aire, Beverly Hills, Westwood with movie premiers) but definitely tries to help the other parts of LA. All new students spend one day before classes at Volunteer Day, a university sponsored volunteer event. Buses ship the kids to elementary schools to paint, the beach to clean, and other places for 6 hours to make a difference.
Also, inner-city outreach programs abound here. If you are interested in tutoring inner city kids there is definitely a program at UCLA for you. The 7 - 9 on campus all have different programs and meeting times and goals, so there is definitely a program for you.
Bruin Bash is a free concert the week before classes start that the student government puts on. There have been some great acts in the past and it is always fun for such a huge amount of the student body to attend a concert on campus.
College Junior 2011-10-12T03:08:11Z
Guys & Girls:
Typical Cali – lots and lots of blondes and lots of asians (U C Lots of Asians... come on guys) but everyone is very attractive. people here work out a lot and care about how they look. at a school this big you can find anyone and everyone. There are a lot of bro tanks and flowy tops here in so cal. there's always a frat party to go to but the hill (on campus housing) a lot of the time has dry offerings and LA is filled with things to do if you're willing to drive or take a cab.
College Senior 2011-10-10T23:14:00Z
Sometimes I Feel Uncomfortable – The Greek system is mostly white, and their political slate in student government is on the ascendancy right now. The school paper is reflective of the white, middle-class, self-identified conservative mindset of the Greek system. I don't think they intend to make students of color such as myself feel uncomfortable, but they exhibit a lot of cultural insensitivity and casual racism/sexism/classism. There is a lot of work to be done. I will say, however, that there are a lot of options if you are a student of color. There are organizations for pretty much every cultural group you can think of, and each has a ton of projects and opportunities for advocacy, volunteering, socializing, performing... the list goes on and on.
College Senior 2011-10-10T23:10:43Z
Crowded Printing Labs! We have free printing on campus at one location, but it is majorly crowded! You're better off paying for printing at the library. Or just bring your own printer for home, but be careful not to be swindled buying ink!
College Senior 2011-10-10T23:09:38Z
Dynamic English Major – I'm an English major currently. Right now there are a lot of changes being made, to reflect movements in the literary community that call for a more inclusive canon. I'm enrolled under the new English major, and so far so good. The professors know their stuff. They are accessible and passionate. I love it!
College Senior 2011-10-10T23:07:51Z
World-Class Humanities; Dog-Eat-Dog Math & Sciences – Most of the professors here at UCLA are AMAZING. The majority of them are really passionate about what they teach, are foremost in their field, and care about the undergrad experience. A smattering are only here to do research, and couldn't care less about teaching, but you'll still get a good education out of the deal. The humanities (called North Campus majors) at UCLA are really top-notch. Our majors are constantly under review to ensure they are current and relevant. For example, the English major was recently revamped to reflect the shifting dynamics in the canon. This is not to say that the curriculum isn't grounded---the humanities majors will provide you a balanced education of traditional and progressive. The South Campus majors (math and sciences) are really competitive. Again, UCLA offers some of the best minds, but as such things can get really competitive. North Campus is friendly and oriented toward community, South Campus is a tad cutthroat.
College Senior 2011-10-10T23:02:14Z
Great If You're Into That – If you want to get into the Greek scene, you'd like it at UCLA. The Greek system is pretty big---they've got the parties, and their political slate (in student government) is on the ascendancy. They offer housing after your first year in a frat or sorority, and it is pretty cost effective considering you get entertainment included in the cost. Seriously, if you want to be a Greek, Greek life is good at UCLA. But if you're not into that, they can get majorly annoying. Their enormous presence is considered chafing to some, and they unfortunately fit a lot of the more negative Greek stereotypes out there. The issue is polarized---you love UCLA Greek life or you hate it.
College Senior 2011-10-10T22:59:10Z
At Least It's Not a Culinary Wasteland – Westwood isn't that bad. The economy is going down the tubes, so there are not a lot of options. The In-N-Out Burger at at the foot of campus is the saving grace, definitely. There are a few cutesy cafes, a lot of Greek/Middle Eastern options, a lot of Asian food options... It's your normal college town. What else can I say? I would definitely head elsewhere in LA for good food. Hop on the bus to Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills proper, or Koreatown for the good stuff.
College Senior 2011-10-10T22:56:17Z
One Word: Ugh – The dining halls on the Hill (where all the dorms are) are mediocre. They are definitely banking on quantity, not quality. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet at every meal, but the rules for swiping in are draconian. I am so glad I live in the apartments now. Sure, sometimes it's a pain to cook when I get back late, but at least I'm eating food I enjoy. And it's waaaay cheaper.
College Senior 2011-10-10T21:51:06Z
North Vs. South of Wilshire – If you want to be close to campus, be prepared to dish out the dough. Apartments north of Wilshire (the main drag in Westwood) are more expensive, older, and dirtier than those south of Wilshire. Their one virtue is that they are closer to campus. But when you have things like evening van service that takes you south of Wilshire, the cheaper, cleaner apartments start to look reaaaaally good. Keep in mind that UCLA is in West LA, and thus housing is going to be higher than most other places.
College Senior 2011-10-10T21:48:20Z
Health & Safety:
I Feel OK – Personally, I have always felt pretty safe walking around on campus. Even at night---I've been out there as late as 1:00 AM, and I felt like I could afford to be reckless. Granted, I was with people at the time. The surrounding area (Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Bel Air) is ritzy and thus has high-security. There is crime in the immediate neighborhood (Westwood's North Village), but it is mainly college-related crime (stolen laptops, etc). What you have to be careful of is walking around Westwood at night. If you must walk alone, don't be stupid: don't walk while plugged into your iPod. Be aware, and you'll be safe. It's common sense advice that holds true for any locality.
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