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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,
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.
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.