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.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T07:40:00Z
As a member of Greek life, I love being in a house. I have met tons of people, had a great social life, and have formed lasting friendships with the girls in my house. That being said, many students who are not members of Greek life look poorly on the organization as a whole. The UCLA community is hostile to the Greeks, and many people do not understand that we do much more than party.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T07:32:58Z
Just Drinking – People drink and some smoke pot. I have never seen people doing any sort of hard drug or ever been asked to try them, and I consider myself a very social person. Any drugs that do go on are hush-hush because users know the students don't think it's acceptable. Mostly people just have an awesome time and get drunk.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T07:26:07Z
Cheap and Yummy – There are a million sushi and frozen yogurt places in Westwood, and lots of them allow you to pay with your student ID card. Students also are offered discounts or specials frequently.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T06:59:52Z
Psychology Is the Biggest Department on Campus, and for Good Reason – Though many students are put off by the application process for psychology, this department has some of the most interesting classes and professors at UCLA. There are also plenty of research opportunities for undergrads, and professors are usually more than happy to interact with students on a personal level.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T06:53:20Z
Frats, Westwood Bars, and Hollywood Clubs – UCLA really has it all in terms of nightlife. There are always fraternity and apartment parties off campus (for the underage scene), as well as bars in Westwood and clubs in Hollywood for those 21+. However, campus is usually pretty quiet at night, which is the perfect atmosphere if you're planning on staying in to study.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T06:50:45Z
Hugely Spirited Pac 10 School – Though UCLA teams are not always the best, there aren't many universities that rival our school spirit. The athletic facilities are top-notch, and the fan support is unbeatable.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T06:46:25Z
Res Halls are Cramped but Have a Great Social Atmosphere – While most upperclassmen choose to live off campus, freshmen and sophomores have the choice between brand-new plazas and suites or older residence halls. Though the plazas and suites are more spacious and modern, there is no better way to instantly meet people than life in a res hall.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T06:44:44Z
Permits Hard to Get – Parking permits are nearly impossible to obtain if you don't have a job. Street parking can be very hard to find, and parking patrol gives out tickets readily.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T06:42:36Z
There is no shortage of apartment and fraternity parties in Westwood. Thursday nights are big going-out nights, especially for Greek parties. The Westwood bar scene is limited with two bars, but that also makes it fun. Bars can be crowded but you're guaranteed to know the people there and pretty much always guaranteed a good time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-12T06:40:31Z
We have the best teams!
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