THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES: AN OVERVIEW
The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university in Los Angeles. Now celebrating its centennial year, what we have come to know as UCLA initially was the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the second-oldest institution of the ten-campus University of California system. Today the University offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. UCLA enrolls about 31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate studentsand had 119,000 applicants for fall 2016, including transfer applicants, making the school the most applied-to of any American university.
The university is organized into six undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, and four professional health science schools. The undergraduate colleges are the College of Letters and Science; Samueli School of Engineering; School of the Arts and Architecture; Herb Alpert School of Music; School of Theater, Film, and Television; and School of Nursing.
As of 2017, 24 Nobel laureates, three Fields Medalists, five Turing Award winners, and two Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force have been affiliated with UCLA as faculty, researchers, or alumni. Among the current faculty members, 55 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 28 to the National Academy of Engineering, 39 to the Institute of Medicine, and 124 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, UCLA is the alma mater of winners of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes like Francis Ford Coppola, Alexander Payne, John Williams, Tim Robbins, and more than 20 others. The university was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1974.
UCLA is considered one of the country’s Public Ivies, meaning that it is a public university thought to provide a quality of education comparable with that of the Ivy League. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report named UCLA the best public university in the United States.
UCLA student-athletes compete as the Bruins in the Pac-12 Conference. The Bruins have won 129 national championships, including 118 NCAA team championships, more than any other university except Stanford University, whose athletes have won 123. UCLA student-athletes, coaches, and staff won 251 Olympic medals: 126 gold, 65 silver, and 60 bronze. UCLA student-athletes competed in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception (1924) and won a gold medal in every Olympics the U.S. participated in since 1932.