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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 88 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars

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Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

UCLA is a great school for students who are willing to actively seek out opportunities. It is a research university, so science majors like myself have plenty of opportunities to get the kind of experience necessary to go into a scientific field after graduation. It is, however, a large school, so opportunities rarely present themselves without any effort on behalf of the student. The campus is beautiful, and it's in southern California, so it's always warm. The surrounding area isn't great - Westwood to the south has a few movie theaters, some good eats, and a couple of coffee shops (15-20 minutes from the dorms), but it also has several hookah bars, "toy" shops, and other things that make it a less-than-desirable hangout spot for students; to the north are high-class neighborhoods frequented by tour buses and cars I couldn't afford. UCLA is not a good campus for runners (of which I am one), but there are overall very good athletic facilities.

Academics

UCLA is on a quarter system (similar to a trimester system, with summer being considered the fourth quarter), and this is one of the things that attracted me to the university. Students generally take three or four courses at a time for ten weeks, take final exams, and start a new quarter. The general education requirements at UCLA differ from college to college, but they are generally fairly extensive. As a chemistry major, I have ten gen-ed requirements (40-60 credits), an English writing requirement, and a demonstrated proficiency requirement for English and math. This is enough to make UCLA students extremely well-rounded academicians, in my opinion.

College Life

UCLA is a huge school with a lot of extracurricular opportunities, so college life is what you make of it. It is very easy to not become involved with anything - there are too many students for organizations to campaign in convenient, non-offensive ways. That being said, there is a club for just about anything you could imagine wanting to do inside the law, so students who are willing to put in the effort to seek out areas of interest will not be disappointed. Campus safety is about as good at it can be for a Los Angeles school. Students are alerted from time to time by text message and email of armed robberies occurring on or near campus (when they have been reported but the culprit has not been apprehended), and the school newspaper has the occasional opportunity to report on a sexual assault, but crime rates on campus are generally low. From what I hear, bikes are stolen quite often, though, so high-quality bike locks are recommended.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I am in the Extension Program and absolutely love it. My classes are small and the professors are here part time while still working their jobs. I would recommend UCLA's Extension Program for anyone trying to further their education

Academics

The classes are small with around 10-20 students. The professors are working professionals who come to teach part time their fields specialty. The course work is updated and current to the job market which helps a lot. The work is comparable to any other college course.

College Life

I have not participated in any of the social atmosphere, clubs, organizations, campus safety, athletics and weekend activities offered by University of California Los Angeles. I am sure that they have good stuff.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

UCLA is formost an excellent school with a very friendly campus. The atmosphere is easy, though the demands are great and in engineering in particular, a great deal is expected in terms of homework, projects and research. In fact, one of the greatest things about undergraduate work at UCLA in engineering is the opportunities to get work in a lab with an excellent faculty and begin experiencing the research side of academics. One thing that I have come to really dislike is the availability of healthy food options on campus. The majority of restaurants on south campus are chains like Carl's Junior, Taco Bell and Panda Express. There is only one spot that I eat at, which is pretty good, but still it leaves me kinda depressed that at such a forward thinking school, they're choosing to feed the students stuff that is so terrible for them.

Academics

As a transfer student there are a lot of things that I think have been great about UCLA, and a few things that I think are no so great - but are also most likely common to all big, 4 year schools. I really have liked the class sizes in most of my classes; generally the more widely-required, upper division courses have about 100-150 people in them, which is an excellent class size, and is not so much that you can't properly ask questions during a lecture. The teachers are all Brilliant, and it's obvious, but not all of the brilliant teachers are actually good teachers. One of the things I don't like is how disconnected some professors can be to the students and their ability to work with the course material, and will often lecture using a powerpoint, when they really need to be performing the work on the board so that each step can be seen, instead of the students just having to figure out the work in their heads on the fly while the professor is powering through it. The class workloads are a lot, but are achievable, and should be expected for an engineering discipline. I've actually also really enjoyed the general education courses that I've taken and found them to be interested and the north campus professors to also be very good, and very likable. One of the best things about UCLA is that it never makes you feel like the school and the administrators and professors want you to become like a robot - always working, tirelessly writing meaningless papers just to impress them. I believe that UCLA values diversity in student activities and looks for well-rounded students who take an active roll in their communities as well as their academics.

College Life

Since I live off campus with my girlfriend, our involvement in campus life is reduced considerably. However, I often see flag football games running on their fields, and there is an endless amount of well-organized campus activities and groups to choose from. I am involved in the robotics club and now the AVS Materials Engineering Club, and I find both groups to be enriching and allow me to network to students around me and connect with things they are involved in as well. The campus is very safe, and Westwood is a very decent place to hang out without fear of any unfortunate incidents. They have plenty of great food in Westwood, and UCLA is not far at all from Santa Monica to the west and Hollywood to the east. If you wanted to go out for a weekend or in the evening, there are plenty of great places in LA that would not be tough to get to from UCLA.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

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Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Studying at UCLA has been a wonderful experience. The students are enthusiastic and the atmosphere is engaging. The course listings are both broad and deep. There is room to explore individual preferences. UCLA will challenge you intellectually. It is an experience you do not want to miss.

Academics

Most of the classes I've taken have been seminars. I have received a great deal of personal attention from the professors. I have taken lecture courses with about 50 students. Even with that large class, the professor made a sincere effort to learn the names of all students and to get to know them. Most of the professors have been extremely well versed in their subject matter. Some have been quite gifted.

College Life

Campus safety is a concern to everyone. I think that the school could use an enhanced and more visible security force. I take night classes and walk from my class building to the parking structure. I have never once seen a security officer or a security car on my way to the parking structure or inside it.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

What I most liked about UCLA was the fact that I had choices: there were numerous majors and minors, multiple research experiences for me to embark on, and tons of on campus activities that I could paerticipate in. I loved the environment and the weather and I was able to network through a number of different ways.

Academics

The classes here at UCLA varied in terms of style, size, approach, and format. The majority of my classes were really enjoyable and my favorite classes were the ones that related to my major and minor: Sociology and Applied Developmental Psychology. The professors here were really hands on, but at the same time, there were some who were not that involved. My favorite professors was Professor Howard: he challenged all of his students and really made the classes fun and challenging. The workload was manageable if I paced myself, however it is really easy to fall behind if you don't have a set schedule. Classes ranged from about 30 students to 300 students.

College Life

There are many clubs on campus and every day there are students on BruinWalk who encourage you to join their programs. I always see posters for athletic events, and my absolute favorite events were Fall football games. On the weekend there are always social events and most of the campus is really organized. Campus is generally safe except after around 11pm- I would suggest calling the vanpool service.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

I was enrolled in the UCLA Extension program for continuing education. UCLA's extension program comes highly recommended from several employers that I have spoken to and had also been praised by several students who obtained a certificate from there. I have mixed feelings about the extension program. I enjoyed the networking aspect of the program, which allowed me to connect with people in the field I was studying.

Academics

Pros--Great instructors who practically always make themselves available, very engaging subject matters, great way to network with current students and instructors, also pretty cost effective. (~500 class) Cons: outdated classrooms and resources. I find it a little hard to believe that they still use a overhead projector and transparency sheets....and don't forget the chalk boards. I would have expected dry erase and laptops.

College Life

Parking can always be a nightmare, and by nightmare I mean expensive and unavailable. Great food options on Westwood Village. The campus is very well lit and safe. There are always facilities and UCLA security team members walking around to make you feel safe. Its a pretty big campus, but the campus and surrounding areas are very safe!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

The overall atmosphere is beautiful - between the weather, the architecture, and the different areas of campus. There is a wide variety of things to be a part of at UCLA and it's a one of a kind experience. I was an undergraduate student and am currently a graduate student here, and I love it!

Academics

Class size is fairly large at a public university. However, there is still ample opportunity to take smaller classes. For instance, I took Speech which only had 15 people in undergrad. However, in the MBA program there are much fewer students in each class and more of a one on one interaction with faculty.

College Life

There is lots to do in Westwood. Bars, restaurants, etc. And everything is within walking distance - this is an excellent perk to being in Westwood. Not to mention that there are often star sightings, which is always fun to see and call home to tell the parents about!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

This school is wonderful. The professors are extremely knowledgeable, but the classes are difficult. It is important to apply yourself and keep up with the work. Procrastinating and leaving work to pile up at the end of the quarter is overwhelmingly stressful.

Academics

I feel that the student to teacher ratio (with class size) is absurd. In an upper division course with 80 students, I find it difficult to stand out against fellow students. It causes the classroom environment to be impersonal.

College Life

I feel very safe walking around campus, even at night. UCLA offers a variety of clubs and organizations to get involved with, and it is definitely worth the time. Making connections and creating friendships only adds to the college experience.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Overall

There are a lot of resources that UCLA has to offer that many students aren't even aware of and should be better advertised. UCLA is a good blend of academics and social life. Engineering students also have unique resources at their disposal that should be utilized more often.

Academics

During my first two years as an undergrad, the workload was small. But it quickly ramped up when I began taking my junior and senior engineering classes. The school is getting more crowded every year, so face time with professors is at a premium. General education classes are larger, but major classes are smaller(~40 people or less).

College Life

While there are many things to do on campus, you need to travel a few miles for off campus entertainment. Tailgates and basketball games are plentiful when in season. Campus safety is good considering they just built a new police station two block from campus. There are a variety of organizations to join, and if you can't find one that interests you, then you can always make one yourself.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I love this school. I always wanted to come to UCLA. The campus is beautiful. The grass is always green. Everything is in walking distance. Food is great. Social life is great. Good diversity as well. The classes are interesting though larger lectures are still quite intimidating for me. Sports at UCLA are great. I can always attend a game and there's so much school spirit. I am really proud to be a Bruin. There are so many clubs and organizations to join too. The campus is big enough that it takes 20 minutes to get to my class sometimes, but small enough to run into people while walking to class.

Academics

So far academics has been good. It is a lot of work and I learned a lot about myself as a student. There is a lot of time management involved. The professors are really great. I feel like I am actually learning the material. I wish the class sizes could be smaller, so that I can feel like I am getting a bit more attention. Still, I enjoy the classes, and the workload can get a bit challenging at times but nothing that can't be done.

College Life

Social life is amazing. Everyone is so nice and there are so many things I can do. When it comes to my interests, there are so many clubs and organizations that cater to the person I am. There is a huge diversity of the types of clubs available. When it comes to campus safety, I feel safe. UCLA is surrounded by a nice area and there are multiple programs that UCLA provides for walking back at night. People are always patrolling. The dorms are very secure at night as well. Athletics at UCLA can't get any better. We have such great athletic teams and it is always fun to go out and support them. Proud to be a bruin! On the weekends, there is always something to do. There are a lot of things to do around UCLA and on campus. Frat houses throw parties often. There are apartment parties. And everything is in walking distance. Around UCLA, you can go to Santa Monica, LACMA, downtown, clubbing. Also, there are so many great places to eat in LA, any type of food, whatever you are craving, its all here!


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