It's not your parents dorm anymore
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are getting a value-added education by having their academic
life happen not just in the classrooms on campus, but also in
their residential setting."
this mass influx of foot traffic from the surrounding neighborhoods
leaves little doubt that UCLA is not only a school where students
come to learn, it is a school where students choose to live.
it was not always this way. Reflecting the car-dependent culture
of Los Angeles, UCLA was, for much of the 73-year history of the
Westwood campus, a commuter school with a large percentage of its
students living at home with their parents and driving to classes
each day. Even among those who lived outside the home in private
rooms or apartments in, for example, 1961, more than 60 percent
resided more than two miles away. A University of California committee
on residence halls reported in 1964 "the percentage of students
[systemwide] living on or within one-half mile of campus is remarkably
consistent 60 to 70 percent except at Los Angeles."
opened its first "high-rise" residence hall, Dykstra,
in 1959. At that time, the UCLA Southern Campus yearbook
declared "the end of the 40-year 'commuter campus' era."
The opening of Dykstra may not have brought on the immediate end
of the commuter campus, but it did mark the beginning of the end.
In quick succession, Dykstra was followed by Sproul, Rieber and
today the campus once known as the "university on wheels"
is increasingly a residential school. To accommodate the growing
number of students who want to live on campus today about
one-third of the total of 25,000 undergraduates live in UCLA housing,
including more than 7,000 on campus and another 1,000 in nearby
university-owned buildings the university has responded by
building more and more residential facilities.