Recent Alumnus 2010-01-16T23:49:40Z
It's Diverse! I know people of so many races.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-16T23:49:19Z
Choose Wisely – Dorms range in "niceness," with the worst amenities usually meaning the best social life. Crowded hallways means more friends! When you're a freshman, it's great to have the experience. Many freshman make friends for life in their residence halls because people really are friendly here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-16T05:53:25Z
Drugs Are a No Go – Weed is the most prevalent drug, but I honestly do not see hard drugs ever!
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-16T05:49:34Z
Gotta Go Greek – There is never a dull night out. From Greek raids to house parties to salsa clubs in Los Angeles, UCLA has options for whatever kind of nightlife you're interested in!
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-14T02:54:28Z
Daily Bruin Classifieds – If you get lucky enough to have a car, look in the Daily Bruin ads for an off-campus job. There are always some pretty good ads in the classifieds. Plus, there are some good deals on things like teeth whitening through the dental school that are free with your student insurance.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-14T02:44:06Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys are Nerds – The guys here are pretty much all nerds from high school. The frat boys think they are cool, but they are really just former nerds trying to be cool in college. They may grow out of it eventually, but girls beware, especially your first few years.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-14T02:40:14Z
Architectural Diversity – The architecture at UCLA is amazing. It is varied so everyone will find something that pleases their eye. The main campus has an Ivy League feel with brick buildings and stained glass windows. On the flip side, the new art department is in a beautiful modern building with views out of all the glass windows.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-13T04:53:22Z
Sushi Central – My friends and I love sushi, and Westwood has literally a dozen options. The area around UCLA has other good eats and stores. Whole Foods, although expensive for a college student's budget, is a convenient place to stop and get healthy groceries or lunch from the hot food bar. BJ's Pizza is also a common destination for birthdays, thanks to its notorious desserts.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-13T04:40:17Z
I'm a transfer student from UC Santa Cruz and enjoy eating on campus at UCLA regularly. Although UCSC has healthier options and a higher percentage of sustainable food offered, they do not have as many vendors or restaurant options. Overall, UCLA has a wide variety of fast food, but I would like to see more healthy options.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-13T01:02:36Z
Don't Sweat It – Drinking in the dorms is not allowed, but usually RAs don't mind as long as you're not being ridiculously loud/obnoxious. Everyone walks around between parties, and a few people I know have gotten MIPs, but usually the police are very student-friendly. Just don't walk around with open bottles.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-13T00:56:41Z
No More Free Printing – Printing used to be free, but since the economy has been bad, printing is now about 5 to 10 cents a page. Some majors offer 300 free pages of printing, and 5 cents a page printing after that. Almost every department has a computer lab, which is convenient. Also, you can rent MacBooks from the library that you can bring to class and use for the day. I wish there were more computers so the lines at the computer labs were shorter, but the lines go quickly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-13T00:53:41Z
Greek life is a great way to make a lot of amazing friends and make UCLA a more manageable community. There are plenty of parties if that's what you're interested in, and there are also plenty of other ways to be involved in philanthropies around campus. UCLA Greek life is not like Greek life at a state school. UCLA students put an emphasis on school, and sorority life is a later priority. We are all dedicated to our studies as much as our houses.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T23:28:19Z
Aid Is Insane – Getting aid was really competitive.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T23:27:01Z
They're all owned by UCLA, at least the ones close to campus. They're cheap and clean.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T23:25:57Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Is Pretty Safe – I only feel weird at night.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T20:57:26Z
Best Decision I Ever Made! UCLA is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me. The campus is beautiful, the teaching staff is world renowned, classes are hard but interesting and fulfilling, the student body is diverse, and there are more ways to get involved than you could even imagine! UCLA truly offers the quintessential college experience and I feel so blessed to be able to attend such a wonderful school!
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T20:56:02Z
Public transportation is nearly non-existent in LA. Buses are an option, but not a very good or accessible one. It is best if someone you know has a car. Still, school and life at UCLA is great because campus and Westwood are walkable and are filled with things to do.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T20:54:06Z
Drug Use Is Not Very Visible – The drug scene at UCLA is very small and is barely visible at all to the general student population. I have not come in contact with any hard drugs at all, although they do exist. Drinking is far more prevalent.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T20:51:45Z
Mixed Campus? I'm friends with people of tons of ethnicities and religions, but there's a big lack of black students-the only ones seen on campus are athletes. Otherwise, I feel as though I have come in contact with a diverse group of people from very different backgrounds than my own.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T09:31:13Z
Motivating Sunshine! It's sunny for the majority of the year, and that keeps me motivated and happy to go to class! At other schools, snow or cold might bog down my willpower to go to class or out to a party.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T09:27:38Z
Guys & Girls:
Diverse Set of Friends – There are people who stay in their rooms and study 24/7, and there are the very social kids who go out practically every night. The boys are cute-they're from California!
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T08:59:35Z
If You Have Money, Don't Expect Much – UCLA is a public school and does not give large amounts of financial aid to families that are somewhat well-off. Many merit scholarships are available, however, for those who cannot get financial aid from the school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T08:56:45Z
Not Too Strict – UCLA is extremely strict on academic honesty, but if you want to go out and drink or smoke, just make sure not to do it in the dorms and you'll be fine. UCLA will not seek you out just to get you in trouble. In general, authorities are not strict.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T08:52:38Z
Nearly every race, religion, and political belief is represented on campus. Although some may complain of a population dominated by Asian students or the under-representation of blacks, everyone finds their place at UCLA.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T07:44:08Z
Yay for L.A. If you are able to find a niche and really fight to not get lost in the crowd, UCLA can be a great experience. Because it is such a large school, absolutely everything imaginable is available to students. Because UCLA is right in the heart of the nicest part of Los Angeles, internships are plentiful and jobs are not hard to come by.
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