I can't really say what my opinion is yet of the school because I haven't began my schooling there, but the atmosphere is really inspiring. Being surrounded by individuals who take what they do seriously, with a work ethic very few can manage just motivates me to work harder. The faculty they have is also something noteworthy helping mold the students into leaders. Its an honor to go to this school regardless. I don't really tell people I am going here other then my family, I'm not one to just say what college I'll be attending although I am proud that I've made this far. The complaints I've heard about the school is that many of the classes are theoretical and not practical, but this makes classes more thought provoking and less about tedious memorization so I don't mind.
I love it. Challenging but rewarding academics, buzzing social life, and a nice area.
Overall, I enjoy being here, and I love the atmosphere. However, at times I do feel the student body is a little apathetic towards issues in which they are not directly involved. The location is great because it's in a good part of town and is close to a lot of places as well.
The best thing here is definitely the dining hall! UCLA has a variety of dining halls and you can enjoy Chinese, Vietnam, Korean, Japanese, and of course traditional American foods here!
I LOVE this school! I cannot gush about it enough. Everyone is so friendly and hardworking. It's a competitive environment, but people are willing to help if you just ask. It's a fairly large school in comparison to other colleges, but I personally like that. That way, you're always meeting new people! And because it's such a big school, there's always something going on, you just have to go around and find it.
My overall opinion of UCLA is an unequivocally high one. Our reputation is stellar and our opportunities - for fun, for classes, for activities, for networking - are plentiful. I honestly believe that there's something here for every possible type of person with every possible type of goal, and the school is fantastic about working with us to help make those goals reality. The entire city of Los Angeles is our 'college town', and I can't imagine a better environment to be immersed in during my four years of college.
GET INVOLVED! The more groups and clubs you join, the more people you meet, the more networks you create, and the more you grow as a person. I joined a dance group, a sorority, and a mental awareness club. I know as a pre-med student, none of these will matter, and my instincts tell me I don't need to do these extracurriculars since in high school, most people jammed the schedules to impress colleges, but REALLY, you get what you put into this school, especially since it is a big public school.
When i was looking at colleges, I was very interested in small private schools, but somehow, I ended up here (I'm from Chicago and really wanted to live in California my whole life!) and I think it really was meant to be. UCLA prepares you for the real world where no one is there to hold your hand and you need to reach out if you want any help. And as a pre-med student, the competition is fierce, just like life is outside of college! And, people know that. UCLA is a school you can be proud to go to.
the only thing that stinks right now is the constantly rising tuition!
UCLA has become my home away from home. The majority of students here are very ambitious, studious, smart, involved, and social. My first year was a little rough because of the transition away from home and just adjusting to how the professors taught the classes here. Additionally, being a science major, your first year classes are lecture halls (200-400 students a class!). It was very overwhelming and stressful because I had to learn to develop new study skills, accepting the fact that professors will not know your name by the end of the quarter, and adjust to living in the dorms. The big classes were a turn-off for me and so was walking down the hill every morning to go to class. However, it was something that I got used to and it doesn't bother me anymore.
I always thought UCLA was an intelligent bubble--you literally live where you go to school and everyone is very smart, which can be discouraging sometimes because I feel that I had to work extra extra extra hard just to meet the standards. Again, this is something that you get used to and learn to grow from. You definitely have to work harder here than at most other universities, because mostly everyone that got accepted here were in the top of their high school classes. My progress here has dramatically improved since freshman year and I'm much better at staying on top of my priorities and academic workload.
There's definitely a lot of UCLA school pride here! Especially around the time when the football team plays against USC (our school rival). There's occasional student protests, mainly over tuition increases (as far as I've noticed), and many other events happening on campus ALL THE TIME. Living in the dorms can be a hit or miss. My experience of living in the dorms has been phenomenal! It was the first place where I made my first friends (and our friendship has grown since then!). I definitely recommend living in the dorms the first two years of college; it really gives you a chance to meet many other students the same age (and many of them will happen to be taking the same classes too).
In a way UCLA has it all; Great intellectuals, obnoxious student politics, major NCAA sports teams, gorgeous neo-renaissance buildings surrounded by trees and hills, and top programs in the the arts and sciences.
I think that the best thing about UCLA is that it's so versatile in terms of the students, talents, and quality programs offered... we have a great academic program, no matter what major you choose, and we also have a diverse range of student groups to suit everyone's needs. Although people say that UCLA is too huge and impersonal, I like that about it for the most part... it's not really as impersonal as it's made out to be, and I love the fact that even on your last day before you graduate, you have many more people to meet and become friends with. Westwood is our college town, and although parking is a huge hassle, it's an amazing place... we have big chain stores as well as many one-of-a-kind mom-and-pop places to enjoy that make Westwood unlike any other place you'll ever experience! The movie premieres are also awesome... There's a lot of school pride, especially when we have a game against 'SC or we're making a title run of any sort. The Undie Run is my most memorable experience, and so is Bruin Bash and all the concerts that I help to organize as part of USAC's Cultural Affairs Commission! I got to meet a lot of musical artists, and I'll never forget that experience!
The academics here are great. But the students here are spoiled little brats that are largely propelled into these positions by their class. The ones that do merit being here, came for the wrong reasons. Not enough students anywhere go to college to learn. Many come to get a good job, many come to figure out what they want to do, but most come "because it's like, what you like do after high school. You like, go to college." Westwood is definitely a college town, and if I had 15 dollars to buy a panini I'd be able to enjoy the little shops and cafes here. But I don't, so keep that in mind too. The students haven't grown out of high school - they flock in groups to go anywhere. You often see students panicking about whether they will be able to eat a meal because they have not yet found somebody to go with them to a dining hall. If you are an insecure worm, you will be at home. Otherwise you'll range between amused and annoyed on a daily basis.
The best thing at UCLA is the positive environment emanating from the students, faculty, and campus itself. Everyone loves being at UCLA, whether they teach, work, or learn there. The school has an interesting history and we have lots of pride in our school. The campus is huge, as is the size of the student body, and size of classes. People love UCLA, whether they go there are not. I am so happy to go to this school!
UCLA is perfect. Its a small campus (area-wise) with a big campus feel. It has the perfect location, nestled between the 3 B's (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, and Brentwood). We are the most widely recognized university in the nation and we get the most applications every year. When I tell people I go to UCLA, everyone is impressed, because not only is UCLA a dream school, it is also one of the top schools in the nation, recently labelled one of the "new ivies".
The campus has everything you could ask for: shady hills to sleep or study on, beautiful buildings, numerous libraries, all the food chains you could imagine (except mcdonalds), and the second best dorm food in the nation (to a culinary school). We also have the largest student union in the nation, including our own apple store, shoe store, market, bookstore, and clothing store. On campus, there are countless places to hang out, but the favorite seems to be Kerckhoff Coffee House, home of amazing coffee and the highest grossing Baskin Robbins in the nation. However, alot of people like to go out of UCLA to really hang out.
Another thing that makes UCLA unique and even more perfect is Westwood. Westwood is the ideal college town: 10 minute walk from campus, home of pinkberry, snowberry, Bj's, noodle planet, enzo's, cpk, the greek store (for all our sorority & fraternity needs), victoria's secret, bebe, chili's, cvs, and the all important diddy riese (home of the $1.25 ice cream sandwiches!). Besides all that, it is also a safe town (which is why all the USC kids drive all the way across LA to come hang out there...seriously).
One of the things about UCLA that makes it so fun is the amount of school pride. A day never goes by where at least a quarter of the campus isn't wearing UCLA attire or colors. We have so many spirit events, especially before our big game against USC in the fall. Having so much spirit really unites the campus and makes it one big blue & gold experience.
UCLA is a very prestigious school, both here and abroad. I feel that it is one of the few universities that you can mention in another part of the world, and people will know what you are talking about. When people from my area find out that I go to UCLA, they are usually pretty impressed.
The campus is pretty large, depending on how quickly you like to get around it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to get from one side of campus to another, but there is lots of great architecture and even a sculpture garden to make the walks more enjoyable. Things are a lot more relaxed on North Campus, where the social sciences and humanities are. South Campus is the territory of all of the competitive pre-med science majors. Being a double major in sociology and psychology, I have spent some time in both sides of campus, but the university also encourages well-roundedness in your studies and meeting people with different educational interests through the general education courses you take here.
UCLA is located in Westwood - it's almost like UCLA's own little town, with four one-screen movie theaters, dozens of restaurants, and some stores like bebe and Anne Taylor. It's a pretty relaxed atmosphere.
UCLA shares a rivalry with USC and during football season, you can see the school spirit. Although football has never been my thing, it's still fun to have some competition with the other "neighborhood" university. This has resulted in all kinds of pranks between the two, such as when USC poured red-dyed laundry detergent in one of our fountains that ended up flooded Franz Hall, our psychology building.
I feel UCLA is one of the top ranking schools in the country and the opportunities for success that are offered here is immense. Although we have a large student body, it does not conflict in anyway with the daily activites of being a student. I feel UCLA has built a repuation for itself as one of the west coast "Ivy League" schools and it feels great to tell people that you go here. It makes them feel that you are ranked among the top prosects in the country. UCLA is definetly a college town because Westwood is host to an immense amount of student attractions and events. There is never a dull moment in this area! In my opinion, this school has immense school pride considering we are also one of the elite athletic schools. Our rivalry with USC is second to none. The administration and faculty here are excellent and each class leaves you with a much broader sense of the world. Overall, I feel UCLA gives everyone an equal opportunity to achieve high goals and at the same time provides the student with a thrilling and adventerous journey.
People get worried about such a big school. I certainly was. The truth is, UCLA is its own city. I came from a small high school where everyone knew each other, the teachers were personable and friendly, and spirit was kept on the DL. At UCLA, I have had a very different experience, and I couldn't be more grateful.
College is supposed to bridge a gap between one world and another. Being in a big place allows you to find communities and use your own resources. Probably the main difference between the pre college and world and the post college world is that no one hands a lollipop in real life. At UCLA, I've been able to go out and find my own lollipop in a safe, encouraging environment. The school seems smaller than it is when you be yourself and go out and DO yourself...if that makes sense :)
Honestly, UCLA has no weaknesses. Yes, here we go, another Bruin who likes to brag and say NOTHING bad about his school. The truth is, the only complaint that continues to poke my side is parking. Parking at UCLA blows. It's like trying to talk to Buddha about the quadratic formula; your needs simply won't be addressed. Other than that, UCLA caters to all. Bruin plaza has been host to experiences I'll never forget, like a mock wedding for a gay couple (just months before the California Supreme Court legalized it!!!), a mindblowing birthday party for Israel, a performance by someone who, in my mind is the next Marvin Gaye, etc.
If you mass thousands of people who are smarter than you who then devote their every day to helping you experience something bigger than yourself, you will get my school.
UCLA is a bubble environment within LA, but it's my bubble and i love it. it's got a big administration and it can be easy to get lost. they hype up the honors department, but the honors counselors are awful. if you need academic advice, go to your departmental counselor - the english one, at least, is great.
living on the hill is a lot of fun, there is always something to do. for freshman i'd recommend the basic residence hall dorms, because it's easier to get to know people. suites can be a little more isolated, but they're fine for second year when you've established a social circle.
the dining halls are amazing. the restaurants aren't as wonderful, but they're still extremely convenient - during rush hour they can take forever though, so if you want breakfast before class, be sure to go early.
One of the most exciting moments of your life will be to get a letter of acceptance from UCLA. In itself, that is a celebration. Acceptance into UCLA, one of the most difficult schools to get into in the nation, is an achievement in itself.
Now, take your letter, step right up. See ["North Campus'] beautiful architecture - enough to inspire films, poetry, and endless stories and anecdotes- a lifetime's worth. The sprawling City of Los Angeles, a contrast to the land-locked UCLA university-state, with has no other choice but to go up, into the sky, with futuristic post-modern eye-sores [typical of "South Campus"] that despite their sombre, curve-less, strange looks are an indispensable asset to humanity. Live in the University Housing, confused blocks of brick, mortar, concrete, steel, and stolen copper piping: the best years of your life!! Cheer for the home-team with eight-thousand eight-claps, play a friendly game of football (all kinds!) with the kids from across town, and crush them utterly! Sit by the pools filled with beautiful people, play in the green-grass parks (so common here, yet the rarest of sights in this city of gray, brown, and black). Bike around the ample ways, up and up hills whichever road you choose: work some leg, build up that muscle! Rush or don't rush to class; go or don't go to office hours: you're a man (or woman) now - no more someone-else waking you up in the morning, serving you breakfast, driving you to school. Yet it's all here for you! Counselors, professors, friends, guest-lecturers, random-hook-ups, the-love-of-your-life: opportunities! This is not where doors open for you, this is where you find that there are more open doors than you possibly thought there could exist. Fiat Lux! Let There Be Light!
Even amongst the darkness...
Walk around Westwood neighborhood, the famed "university town" within a giant, conglomerated University Town, with its artificially-designed "picturesque" boulevard and streets, its over-priced restaurants and designer shops - a meme of the general, so-called "Greater" Los Angeles suburbia. Walk around to see the million-dollar houses, whose inhabitants can't wait to leech off the students' woes - parking, parties, pricing, and other petty things; see the decrepit private housing complexes that cost an eye and a leg, that leak rusty water from half-century-old pipes; see the spiring condominiums, a vestige of over-priced housing booms (that no student can actually afford). Walk down Westwood Boulevard and learn both how rich and how poor you are, all at the same time: give an In-N-Out burger to the homeless man playing the Blues for a "donation"; give a double-take glance to the thousand-dollar faux-fur coat in the window. Buy useless things at exuberant prices, like fruits and vegetables, like organic-probiotic-non-fat-herbicide-free-raised-by-bears-in-the-forest soy milk. Buy, buy, buy, until you faint from shopper's fatigue. Don't forget the hats, and the hoodies, the mugs, and the bumper stickers, the "university mom or dad" license-plate-holders - don't forget that the copyrighted corporate logo is spelled "Ucla", not "U.C.L.A." Accept no imitations.
Of course, at the mere mention of UCLA, I can impress many people, but thats not why I chose to go there. It's a great location in terms of centrality in the Los Angeles area. I'm a local, so I can accurately say that anything worth visiting in LA is of decent distance to the campus. The neighborhood is lovely, though the homeless population seems to be slowly creeping up - sometimes the homeless hang out on campus and that can be some what of a nuisance. Students on campus have an enormous amount of pride - my boyfriend, who isn't a student at UCLA, once noted how many people were wearing or carrying some sort of UCLA gear. The campus is laid out on a hill, so the trek often involves some sort of climb, but its a great workout! The campus is beautiful though and often, on a sunny day, I find myself sitting down outside Royce and taking in the views. Another minor bother are the large amount of outside groups on campus; from the campus tours for prospective students to the various field trips for local students ranging from pre-school to high school, the campus is almost constantly full of wanderers and revelers.
UCLA is a fairly prestigious school, on the West Coast anyway, so I generally get very good reactions when I tell people I go to UCLA. And, for the most part, it lives up to its potential. But, because it is so big, and it's public, there is a lot of bureaucracy to deal with on a regular basis. They make it very difficult to do anything "official".
UCLA is essentially a bubble filled with other little bubbles. When you live there and go there ful time, you get the impression that nothing else exists. Then, when you start to find a group to fit into (like jocks, or theater people), you start to feel like only that exists. Then, even though it's such a big school, it starts to feel like a little town where everyone knows each other.
the best thing about UCLA are the resources and the fact that if there is anything you want to know, you can learn about it here. here i feel like the world is at my fingertips, the sky is literally the limit. i would change the kind of uppity us and them thing that there is going on here, people don't really like to acknowledge it much less talk about it. minority students are marginalized by the other students, and also people here aren't very friendly. i think its a bit too large, everything they say about UCLA being impersonal and huge is true no matter what anyone says, you really have to find some good friends and stick together and make your own community. when i tell people i go to UCLA they are excited and they want to ask me all about it, its flattering. when i'm on campus i spend a lot of time in the cafes in between classes, the food here is good! Westwood is completely dominated by UCLA, i think its endearing, as students we get a lot of respect around town. there is A LOT of school pride, we here are very big on our sports teams, and i think pretty much everyone sports a UCLA T-shirt or sweatshirt, i know i do. i think a big complaint is the walking distance, i live in the dorms and it takes me a good 20 mins to get to class every morning, and the walk back is all uphill!
The campus is really great and has a ton of resources for students. Westwood is kind of a college town, but is usually frequented by middle school and high school students as well, so it isn't really an exclusive college town. At the same time, it's right in the middle of Los Angeles, which is basically the best place in the world.
wow, thats a lot of questions...ok, here it goes. UCLA has one of the largest work hard, play hard populations I've ever seen. The average GPA of men in fraternities is higher than the all men's average on campus, which is a testement to the students ability to balance work and play. If I could change one thing I would want Greek Life to get more involved with positive community portrayal and public relations. I want people who have never thought of going Greek to go Greek and those that don't to appreciate the work that fraternities and sororities do for the UCLA and Los Angeles communities.
I don't really have a comment about the size of UCLA, there are 40,000 plus undergraduates but you normally dont have a problem seeing people you know around campus.
When you tell people you're going to UCLA most people are impressed and happy for you. Some people look down on it as a public school and those that go to Ivy Leagues might feel it's a little beneath them, but when they're stuck studying 24/7 and no one knows how to have fun at their campus they better not complain to me.
As a freshman and sophomore most of my time was spent in the dorms or in class. I would study in the study lounges on the floor that my dorm was and I would attend parties and whatnot either in the fraternity house or dorm rooms. Junior year comes with upper division classes that are both challenging and inpirational. I spend a lot more of my time in the library now because I finally found that I study better their without distractions. The academic side of campus is split into "north campus" and "south campus". As a science major most of my classes are in "south campus" where as the humanities and all the BA students can have their precious "north campus".
Westwood is an AMAZING little college town. If you have a car and can afford the parking, bring it, because LA, Hollywood, and Santa Monica are just a short car ride away. If you don't have a car or don't want to spend an hour looking for parking, don't worry at all. Everything in Westwood, from the super market, to the starbucks, to the bars, and Chipotle is all walking distance. Also, unless you really want super cheap rent, most of the apartments and all of the fraternity houses are just off campus and all within a 10 min. walk which means you never need a DD and you never need to worry about driving under the influence (not that anyone does that) The town is super safe (although there are quite a lot of bums) and UCPD is very college student friendly (so as long as you're not carrying an open container or throwing up in the street they wont bother you).
The councelors at UCLA are phenomenal. Meet with one soon and often to sort out any problems you need. There are a lot of students though, so just be patient and courtious and they will work wonders for you. I don't know much about the rest of the adminstration.
Biggest recent controversy on campus was probably the tazering incident in our library. You can probably find it on youtube.com
UCLA has tons of school pride. I think the very best evidence of this are the UCLA basketball games. We have a section called "The Den". To get into these floor level seats you need to camp out from the day before the game and stay throughout the night to get your seat saved. You also MUST wear a blue den shirt or a UCLA baketball jersey. For the UCLA vs USC basketball game you usually need to camp out two nights in a row. This section is one of the most exciting and loud fan sections in college sports.
I will always remember my sophomore year, Fall of 2006, when UCLA upset #2 or 3 USC at our home field, the Rosebowl. We had played like crap all year and the USC game is our biggest rivalry. They had beaten us about 9 years in a row (before that streak started UCLA had beaten them about 9/10 years in a row)and were shooting to make it 10. They needed to win to go to the national championship. We played AMAZING defence and upset the lowly Trojans 13-9. We tried storming the field because it was absolutely amazing, but we don't own the Rosebowl, we rent it, and they had crowd control police with tear gas stopping us from charging the field. I will always remember that.
The people that complain the most often are ones that usually don't get out enough. Some people get into UCLA just because they work hard, not neccessarily because they are really intelligent and they need to stay in and work harder than most students. They often complain that the course load is intense (which it is, we have to learn a class in 10 weeks compared to the 15 of semester schools) and they don't have enough time in the week.
Looking back at UCLA, I don't think I would change anything about the school itself. I spent most of my time at Kerkhoff Hall because that's where our television station was located as well as the school paper, student government, and other school organizations. That's the 'working hub' of the school, you're likely to always find people doing something there anytime day or night. The biggest recent controversy that I can think of is the tasering incident last year. There is a lot of school pride, especially during the annual "Beat SC Week" on campus, which is the lead up to the big football game with USC.
UCLA is a campus that offers its students almost everything. UCLA has arguably the nation's best athletic program, an idyllic campus located in Westwood in Southern California, beautiful weather, prestigious academics and a vibrant campus community that looks after both current and future needs of students and alumni. Due to the large student population, groups can be found for almost every niche from cement-canoe engineering projects to club sports. The community on campus is enchanced by a relatively compact campus (it is the smallest of the UC system) and localized residential area that allows friendships to be nurtured seemlessly. The dining-hall food is particularly spectacular, often rumored to be rated the best in the nation, and based on personal experience, is much better than any other college food sampled including all rival UC schools. The only thing UCLA does not provide is relief from the traffic in the surrounding LA area which is particularly frustrating but rarely encountered as most students have all they need in Westwood. UCLA offers a little of everything and for the outgoing student it is a treasure-trove of options that can all be explored but might be intimidating for those less-inclined to take initiative themselves. At times dealing with such a large university can be confusing and daunting, but the campus has many programs in place to aid the overwhelmed student.
Our school is huge, but after a year or so, it seems so much smaller. You'd be surprised how often you run into people you know, or how connected everyone is, but at the same time there are always new people to meet. I would consider this one of the best things about UCLA. Plus we have Westwood Village, the perfect place for food, drinks, shopping, and whatever else you need.
There are a ton of great opportunities associated with being in LA - movie previews, big-time speakers, anything you want, if you're willing to commit to it. I think the big size is great, it provides you with countless options with regards to academic, social, and personal life.
I love the diversity, and the many opportinities that's availiable to students.
UCLA is the perfect size, because while there are almost 30,000 undergrads, you find communities in dorms and in student groups that make the campus feel smaller. But it's more exciting to be surrounded by tons of people. Westwood is a good college town, with Bebe, American Apparel, Victoria's Secret, etc. and plenty of good places to eat.
The best think about UCLA is the diversity. There is something for everyone and the balance between academics and fun is just right. THe one thing that bothers me is that sometimes it is difficult to find helpful counselors when you need help. It seems that even when you take the time to search out help, the people you meet with know even less than you do. I have definitely had to learn how to rely on my own resources and those of my peers because of the lack of help from UCLA counselors. When I tell people I attend UCLA it is with a sense of pride and it is obvious that many are impressed by my academic accomplishments. I work at the coffee house on campus and this is where I have found a home away from home/dorm room and I love it.
1. Weather 2. add more space to the ucla email accounts 3. just right 4. don't really know 5. Boelter Hall 6. "what college town" 7. asi asi 8. taser? 9. yes 10. i don't know 11. nothing stands out 12. no idea
UCLA has everything. Great weather, beautiful campus, diverse people, student groups. It's a big school, but it feels like home. People are in awe when I say I go to UCLA. We have great athletics, so there is a lot of school pride.
Best thing: it's huge. You have the opportunity for anonymity should you want it. But it's close knit enough that you run in to the same people over and over, and find your core group of friends
One thing I'd change: housing prices
Just right, Goldilocks!
They think I'm brilliant... it's a stigma, really.
Hanging out on benches in the sun. I'm from SoCal. It's expected.
The administration's a little complex, and at times it can feel like they're not looking out for everyone in the way they should be.
Biggest controversy: Dance Marathon?
SO MUCH BRUIN LOVE!
It doesn't feel like the "hottest mega university" it feels like home.
That it's too expensive, and that it's almost impossible to get into certain classes
I love basically everything about going to UCLA. There is a lot of school pride, and people are usually extremely impressed whenever I mention that I go to UCLA. I'll never forget when I went up to Stanford my Freshman year and watched the UCLA football team win in overtime.
Why is it that engineers struggle to get out of school in 5 years, having to take 4 classes each quarter to get out in 4 years...but other majors can get away with taking 3 classes a quarter, take extra random classes, and manage to get out in 3-4 years? I have so many friends graduating in the next two years, and it just doesn't make any sense that I won't be able to walk with them for graduation.
UCLA IS AWESOME! everything about it breathes excellence from academics to athletics to extracurriculars; just about anything you can think of. Coupled with the fact that it is in Westwood Village surrounded by Bel-Air and Beverly Hill and minutes away from the beach and mountains put it in an ideal location. YES Mountains, even from my dorm room I can see snow covered peaks on the outskirts of LA.
The school is just right. I came to this school to get the big school feeling - to sit in the lecture hall with 400+ students, to be lost out in the crowd, yet at the same time to stand out in the crowd. It's a unique feeling and as with all large academic institutions there are TONS of complaints with overcrowding or enrollment. Personal philosophy: if you're going to whine about it, you better have an alternative or better yet, just leave; no one's making you stay. UCLA is an amazing place.
UCLA has everything to offer, so people who arent decided on what they want to pursue can look into a wide array of activities, from cultural organizations to volunteer projects to all sorts of different shit that i ended up never looking into myself. the walk to class isnt great but its good exercise, and you get to see your friends and stuff. the school is very vast but it isnt deathly, the walks can be long but the view is always nice since the building architecture is pretty ornate. being able to say you go to ucla has its perks, it has a great rep it seems, and always ranks in those top 25 universities things that us news does like once a year, also i heard that ucla was ranked the most recognizable university in the world. ucla has a bunch of places where a lot of stuff occurs, of course the hill which is where all the on campus housing is, where there are a lot of events, but also places like ackerman student union which is like the heart of campus, wooden center gym, pauley pavilion gym, etc. westwood has a lot of good food spots also, and some good study spots also, and you can also spot celebs once in a while. there is a lot of school pride it seems, people who go here are generally very proud of it. if there is one thing ill remember about ucla its the wide array of different people i met while here, way bigger and broader of a range than in high school where everyone is from the same community and most of your friends do similar activities as yourself.
The weather is great. People seem impressed when I tell them I attend UCLA.
Most of my time on campus is spent in class or in the computer lab. The computer lab is an excellent resource and has programs to use in my classes, as well as internet access.
I like the fact that there are so many things to do at UCLA. Whether its a Monday, or Friday night, if you're looking to procrastinate, you will always be sucessful. The school is extremely large, and it does take some skill to maneauver through the beaurocracy sucessfully. If you are motivated, it is equally as easy to join a club and create a smaller and more intimate community for yourself that will make the school seem much less huge.
UCLA is one gigantic competition. If you thought it was competitive to get INTO UCLA, just wait till you get there and try to survive. You may ask, "Well, isn't that just life? Isn't one always having to prove oneself to get ahead?" To that I will say yes and no, you argumentative douchebag. Yes, it is important that one uses the college experience to learn how to present oneself in the best way possible, so as to make the best impressions in all situations. However, it is unnecessary and downright tiring to be constantly forced to prove your worth to satisfy people you know to be not worth your time anyway.
The best thing about UCLA is the diversity and the academics. Next quarter I'm taking a class with General Wesley Clark!!! How col is that??? UCLA is HUUUUUGE, but thats a good thing and bad thing. It might take you a while (maybe a whole year or 2) to find out what you are into, or find some friends, or discover good professors, but once you do, UCLA is a great place. When I tell people I go to UCLA the usual response usually has to do with Asians and the difficulty of the school and people assume I'm smart. If I am stuck on campus, I usually spend my time at 1 or the numerous north campus coffee houses. They are relaxed, play nice music, and I always run into a friendly face. There are south campus spots too, but since my major is north campus, i dont go south. South is also relatively ugly compared to N. campus. Westwood isnt really a college town. It is really expensive and the bar, late night scene isnt so bumping. The biggest "scene", I guess is the nook of apartments around UCLA or the dorms. I guess frats are a thing too, but not my thing. I have no opinion of administration, except that getting classes is a bitch the first 2 years and there is always a lot of red-tape if you need to do something. BY FAR, the biggest controversy was the tazering incident last year. There is a ton of school pride, especially whenever UCLA plays USC...the entire campus gets really into it and there are decorations and you basicaly cant hide from it. Its difficult to pin down one experience, but I have had certain professors an classes that will stick with me forever. Also, freshman year welcome week was a blast. The most frequent complaints havbe to do with freshman and sophmore diffulties in enrolling in classes. Also, lecture size and overall size in general. Also, there are a lot of bad, boring, research-interested professors at UCLA...you have to know how to avoid them.
The best thing about UCLA is the love you will develop as you make your way through college. One thing I'd change: parking! Even though the school is pretty large, since it's a public school, you get to meet the people you want to meet, and you're not constantly bumping into people. People are proud that I go to UCLA, and think it's a big achievement. I spend most of my time in classes, in a computer lab, or at the library when I'm on campus. We have an awesome college town - we're right next to Westwood Village, which is a wonderful array of stores and restaurants that students can go and enjoy. UCLA's administration helps - I'm in a separate school (school of engineering) so they are very specific in helping you out. The biggest recent controversy on campus was probably last year with the tasering situation in the library. There is SO much school pride at UCLA, it's outrageous. No one on the west coast can beat what we have. There are a lot of traditions here at UCLA that everyone takes a part of, but nothing unusual. Experiences I will always remember is being at the USC v. UCLA football game and when we beat them 13-9. THe most frequent student complaints are that classes fill up fast when you want them the most.
I would want more people i can relate to. People are impressed when they hear I go hear sometimes
Not to sound so general, but the best thing about UCLA really is that it’s so well-rounded. I would challenge you to find another school that features such a high concentration of academics, athletics, social life, and networking. The size of the school is actually a huge advantage; more students means more interests, and it’s guaranteed that every individual will find students with similar goals. Once you realize that size translates to diversity, it’s very easy to make the school feel as small or large as you’d like, as we’re large enough to offer resources to support the smallest groups. If pressed, I’d change the distance between the apartments and classes, because to get from one end of campus to the other requires a good 25 minutes, which can be a pain if you’re running late. Something I didn’t realize until getting here was the reputation that the name “UCLA” carries; it’s very impressive without being unapproachable.
Honestly, the only thing I find myself complaining about is the length of time it takes to walk to campus, as it’s so large, and the residential part of campus is really separate from the classrooms. But, I’ll also be honest, the 20 minute brisk walk also often serves as my excuse for exercise.
A major selling point is the area—as it should be. Westwood sets the bar high for “college town”, with shops and restaurants catering (sometimes literally) to the collegiate lifestyle, both in their prices and hours. It’s a convenient and comfortable town that adds to the “home” feeling of campus by eliminating the pressing need for a car and creating an environment outside of the immediate campus that students can still feel connected to. Every UCLA student feels a sense of ownership over Westwood, relying upon it as much as it relies upon us.
The campus itself boasts an impressive set of buildings and common areas, and the sort of brick and ivy ambience that I think a lot of West Coast schools lack. I like that there’s enough of a variety of spaces to spend time in, like coffee shops if you enjoy noise and company, or quiet lawns if you like peace and quiet. You never quite feel as if you’re on your own, though, which is a comfort to me although it might be an oddity for some. Thankfully the weather not only accommodates but encourages me to spend gaps in my schedule outside, on a bench or a lawn catching up on some reading or napping. It’s not uncommon for students on campus to feel very at home, comfortable enough to fall asleep in such a public place—is it the anonymity afforded by such a common-minded but large public?
I’ve never experienced any problems personally with the administration, but if there’s any area in which the size of the school might get in the way it would be the bureaucracy. Like any formidable administration, though, it’s just a matter of doing a little research ahead of time and making appointments with those you need to reach.
Undoubtedly the largest recent controversy was the Taser Incident. (A student was tasered in the library, by campus police, after refusing to cooperate, and the event was caught by a student cameraphone, causing an outbreak of debate over police brutality and student rights). I think the biggest problem resulted from the flood of gossip that prevented many of the students from getting a clear picture of what actually happened. I was fascinated, if not extremely surprised, though, by how quickly a spectrum of opinion appeared—and on Facebook, of all places. I saw a flood of groups formed to discuss the incident, half of which supported the actions of the police and half of which called for their reprimand. Personally I found myself torn; I do like to know that the campus police take security seriously in a city where crime and danger can be pervasive stereotypes, but the response seemed alarmingly disproportionate, and that kind of display was a sobering reminder that campus police are, in fact, regular police, and not necessarily there to accommodate student comforts.
Undoubtedly the majority of school pride stems from our athletic program, and feeds off our crosstown rivalry with USC, but such pride and rivalry can only thrive in a place where there’s more to be proud of than simply sports. I’m extremely proud of our basketball team and it’s reputation, to be sure, but I’m also proud—and I feel my fellow students are too—of other equally impressive things that make up the blue and gold, like our campus, our library, our band, our school paper, and above all our academic reputation. Again, it’s all about our well-roundedness; there’s something at UCLA for everyone to be proud of, not just the all-star athletes. Our school pride goes beyond most.
The most unusual thing about UCLA is its versatility, resulting directly from our size, because there’s no single point about the school that stands out from the rest enough to define us. We don’t necessarily specialize in anything, because we seem to specialize in everything—which makes UCLA a better place for the student who isn’t done exploring yet. There are plenty of places you can go if you’ve got a specific interest, places that cater directly and singularly to those interests, but there aren’t many other places you can go to explore everything. Because of this diversity, I think the right people end up here, i.e. the ones who haven’t made up their minds yet and want a place to do it. Many students come here because UCLA allows for such a wide spectrum of possibility, and we come here with very open minds, which are difficult things to disappoint.
I do hear a lot of complaints about the enrollment process, and the difficulty of planning a schedule or getting into specific classes. Unfortunately, this is one of the drawback to a school of our size; space can be limited. But this can usually be avoided by some planning and foresight, such as designing multiple possible schedules and perhaps simply emailing a professor—they are very good about responding, and usually very quickly—with questions about enrollment capacity or waitlists.
The worst thing is how big it is- like not necessarily the size, but how the school doesn't care about you individually. You get stuck in a ton of red tape and bureaucratic runarounds to do anything and no one remembers you or cares.
I really like going to school here anyway because I like my classes and I have met a lot of people I really like. There are a ton of people I totally hate like all the assholish sorority/frat people bein' gay all over the place. I guess that's ok though because we can make fun of how dooshy they are. We are a lot cooler than them. Also there aren't a huge amount of fat people here which is great. Well there are a lot of fat sorority pieces of shit but hey, what are you going to do?
UCLA, is well, in Southern California. We enjoy great weather (which seems really important to most of the students here, who are extremely sensitive to clouds or rain) and a lovely campus with plenty of bright green grass and large trees. UCLA is also located in LA - so there is always plenty to do - if you make the effort. If you like stalking stars, they are reportedly seen at the Whole Foods Market, or the Starbucks, or you can always attend a movie premiere because many are held right here in Westwood. There are always movies to go watch, whether you enjoy the mainstream or the obscure. There are plenty of restaurants to try out and bars/clubs to go to. Hollywood is not that far away, and neither is Universal Studios. Driving around to get to these places is one of the biggest problems though. Parking spots are expensive (and so is gas) and the traffic can be atrocious.
UCLA is huge. It is the most applied to school in the United States, and as a consequence, you tend to end up being your 9-digit student ID number. In addition, instead of mingling, the students tend to fall into smaller cliques or join student groups (more often than not arranged by racial background) so there's not much interaction. Moreover, the campus is geographically divided into South and North campuses, which also creates bubbles and does not make mingling easy.
UCLA students generally have a lot of school pride. We like to support out phenomenal basketball team and go to sporting events with a blue wig on, or apply blue and yellow paint to our bodies to show school spirit. We also like to remind everyone that we're the first establishment to have 100 NCAA titles and celebrate it at every basketball and football game. Others, who don't care for athletics much, show their school pride by boasting about UCLA academics, which is less subtle but no less effective (my roommate does this).
UCLA has so much to offer simply because of its sheer size, and there are endless oppurtunities no matter what your interests are. Of course, classes are also huge, which can also be a disadvantage, and oftentimes professors seem only interested in their research, and not in teaching.
UCLA has a big name- both in the US and across the world. Los Angeles is a great city, and Westwood offers a nice area of movies, restaurants and of course, Diddy!
UCLA has an amazing athletic program, and students are more than proud to be able to say that they are a Bruin. Support at football and games are amazing, and students show their pride by wearing school colors and sporting "BEAT SC" tattoos, among other things.
UCLA has tons of traditions and I'm proud to participate in them each year. The rally and bonfire for the USC game, undie run, and Blue and Gold week are just a few of my favorite memories and things I look forward to every time they come around.
Something interesting about UCLA's campus is its layout: north campus is almost entirely devoted to humanities (and the FIlm/TV school as well as the Theatre school). South campus houses the science labs and engineering buildings.
Best Things: The opportunities and James Franco attends here... studying while being outside all year round.
I would change: it's a commuter school and empty on the weekends
Impressed! Good balance of social and academic.
Kerckhoff Coffeehouse, Wooden Center.
What college town?
Administration: don't even get me started. Red tape is the name of the game. Get used to lines, the run-around and inefficiency.
Controversy: Diversity Crisis, Dental school cheating, Taser incident
School pride: Yes but it's fragmented--so many different groups of people.
Unusual: There are steam tunnels underneath the school, movies were filmed on our school. Playboy tour buses meet at the Anderson business school
Most Frequent student complaints: Class enrollments are hard, walking up the hills, professor outreach, meal swipes don't work on campus.
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