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The University of California - Los Angeles

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionA+
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/ InnovationB+
Individual ValueA University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeA
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsA+
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Date: Apr 29 2008
Major: Video/Media (This Major's Salary over time)
I am quite shocked at the number of negative comments UCLA has received on this site. The overall score of a B is much lower than this school deserve. At the lowest, this school should have an overall score of an A-, but likely it deserves an A.

People, there is a reason why this school receives the highest number of applicants in the country. Let me break it down for you.

1. Quality of programs: UCLA has the top programs in many fields of study. Engineering, Film, Business, Medicine, Law, and many others are among the best in the country. Don't believe me? Look up the stats yourself. This school is up there with the Ivy leagues in prestige and selectivity. I scored a 35 on my ACT and went to UCLA over Harvard, Dartmouth and Brown. The academic programs at UCLA for the most part are top notch.

2. Competition: Some people hate competition and want to go to a school where there is little of it. Fine for them, but I thrive off of it. I want to go to a school where I'm among the best and brightest, competing against them for the highest grades. I don't want to waste my time with slackers or people who are in school to party for four years. UCLA is a dog-eat-dog eat school. Work hard or get out.

3. Professors: Sure, you aren't going to get the one-on-one treatment or easy access like you will at other schools, but you will be taught by some of the most talented professors in the world. Most have stories that will make you raise your eyelids. These are amazing people and being able to soak up their knowledge and pick their brains for four years is an honor and a privilege.

4. Diversity: People of all races, backgrounds and locations come to UCLA.

5. Athletic programs: On top of having excellent academic programs, UCLA has some of the best athletic programs in the country. They have won more NCAA basketball championships than anywhere. The USC-UCLA games are something you have to experience yourself. Potential the best rivalry in college sports.

6. Opportunities: UCLA has many different organizations you can get involved in, ranging from social to political to theatre to arts. Los Angeles is home to so many businesses and because of that, there are internships galore. UCLA has a strong reputation everywhere, so if you go home over the summers (which honestly I wouldn't do after freshman year, stay in the city, try something new and get an internship there. You grow up a heck of a lot more, and it's a lot more fun than going home, which you soon learn is overrated.), you will still be able to find connections and opportunities. The UCLA network is strong and everywhere. Study abroad is highly recommended. Anything to broaden your horizons and learn about new places and cultures. Don't expect them to come to you, you have to be proactive. This is not the school for slackers, once again.

7. The City: Los Angeles is the second biggest city in the country. It has EVERYTHING you want, on top of the greatest weather in the country. Want to go to the beach? Santa Monica, Manhattan, Malibu and Orange County are short drives away. A theme park? Universal, Six Flags, Knotts and Disneyland are all close by. Clubing? Hollywood and Sunset. Museums? Getty and Contempary arts museum. Hiking? Griffith Park or one of the many other mountain trails. Road trip? San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Santa Barbara are all within 6 hours or less. Tons of businesses to get internships with. I mean, honestly, this is a great place to be. Unless you are stupid and go drive into the ghetto, you should really enjoy living in L.A. unless you are a person who sits inside and complains how much they hate college. Then you get what you deserve. And notice how I didn't even mention Westwood, the neighborhood UCLA is in. It's world class in itself.

Overall, this IS one of the best schools you can go to. But you must work hard, or you will not like it. Work hard, meet people, live life and you will love UCLA more than you thought possible.

responseLA as a city is quite overrated, the majority of it is pretty seedy, and the parts that are nice get old fast and the people there are snobby. also there have been reports of csulb grads getting jobs over grads from ucla, so it seems like all its "prestige" does't mean shit anymore lol
questionI'm in 8th grade and I know that it is kind of early to be thinking about colleges but when the time come I want to have my mind set. UCLA,NYU,UM,FSU, are my top choices but UCLA is definetly the first. The negative comments are sort of driving me crazy because I dont know what is true and what isn't. If the person is just bitter or what. What do you think? And can you go into a lttle bit more detail about everything? Sorry if this seem a bit much.
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