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University of California–Los Angeles

the basics
Location
405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951405
Los Angeles CA 90095
Undergrad Enrollment
25,400
Type
Public
Setting
Urban
In-State Tuition
$ 7,000
Out-of-State Tuition
$ 19,000
Room & Board
$ 8,000
5 reasons it’s cool
  • Want to conduct research? Two undergraduate research centers and the West Coast’s finest medical center are on campus.
  • UCLA offers more than 130 undergraduate majors and eight-hundred-plus student clubs and organizations.
  • On-campus housing is guaranteed for three years for incoming freshmen and one year for transfer students—quite the deal considering how pricey L.A. can be.
  • A Pac 10 school, UCLA was the first to win one hundred NCAA championships.
  • Enjoy the fun, sun, and Hollywood stars in lovely L.A.

Big school, big options

Mix, Match, and Make It Your Own

UCLA students may find that the onus is on them to seek out the programs, pals, and professors who can help them make the most of their time at this large public university. Programs such as College Honors, Fiat Lux, and Freshman Clusters help to take the sting out of the school’s size, but students still encounter frequent lecture-style classes clocking in at over three hundred students (with smaller TA-taught discussions). UCLA students choose from academic divisions including the College of Letters and Science, the School of the Arts and Architecture, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Nursing, and the School of Theater, Film, and Television, each with its own set of core requirements. The most popular majors are business economics, psychology, biology, and sociology (all in the College of Letters and Science. The UC Education Abroad Program takes globally minded Bruins to all corners of the map.

Don’t Even Think About Waking It Up

During Blue and Gold Week, the week preceding the annual football game against rival USC, the bronze Bruin statue in UCLA’s Ackerman Plaza gets some extra TLC. To protect it from USC Trojan hijinks, students cover up the beloved Bruin, forcing it into a sort of hibernation. Die-hard fans watch it round the clock, while others students host a blood drive and traditional bonfire rally. Meanwhile, over at USC, Tommy Trojan gets the same protective treatment.

Welcome to the Bruin’s Den

The old “study hard, party harder” adage applies to student life at UCLA. Perhaps this is because the university is on the quarter system, which means that the first day of class turns into midterms and then to finals in the blink of an eye. To strike that essential studying/socializing balance, many students find that creating smaller communities is key, whether it’s their dorm floor, a Greek organization, or one of the many popular club sports team. On most Thursday nights, students head over to Gayley Avenue, home to fraternity and apartment parties. For culture vultures, UCLA offers the Fowler Museum (world arts), the Hammer Museum (contemporary art), and UCLA Live (performing arts). All-campus events like Spring Sing (where melodious students compete for prizes) and the amazing athletics games bring all Bruins together. And there’s nothing like the long-lived cross-town rivalry with the USC Trojans during Blue and Gold Week to bring even the most studious Bruins out of hibernation.

Westwood, Ho!

The iconic Royce Hall anchors the beautiful UCLA campus. Older buildings on campus share Royce’s Romanesque architectural style, but they’re outnumbered by newer buildings that are decidedly more modern, including the certified-green La Kretz Hall and the new I. M. Pei–designed Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Students live comfortably in the new and newly refurbished on-campus housing “on the hill.” Surrounding the south end of campus is Westwood Village, home to theaters where many movies premiere (and star sightings abound), lots of tasty eateries, and shopping. The beach is about fifteen minutes away, and all of L.A. boasts oodles of activities—that is, if you have a car. Buses and the Metro can only get you so far in L.A.