University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles

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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university in Los Angeles, California. UCLA traces its early origins back to 1882 as the southern branch of the California State Normal School (now San Jose State University). It became the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the second-oldest (after UC Berkeley) of the 10-campus University of California system.

UCLA offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, enrolling about 31,500 undergraduate and 12,800 graduate students. UCLA had 119,000 applicants for Fall 2016, including transfer applicants, making the school the most applied-to of any American university. It is highly selective, accepting 12.3% of applicants for the incoming undergraduate class in Fall 2019.

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.

UCLA has been called a Public Ivy, and has been ranked the best public university in the United States by two major college and university rankings. As of 2017, 24 Nobel laureates, three Fields Medalists, and 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. The university was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1974.
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 126. UCLA students, coaches, and staff have won 251 Olympic medals: 126 gold, 65 silver, and 60 bronze. UCLA student-athletes have competed in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception (1924) and have won a gold medal in every Olympics the U.S. participated in since 1932.
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  • UCLA is an urban oasis located in the Westwood area of LA because it has wonderfully landscaped green campus. The dogwood was blooming when we visited in mid-February. There's also a large botanical....  more »
  • The campus and buildings are old school and have remarkable architecture. The campus is worth the walk around. There are lots of notable places to visit and see what is on TV. I would recommend a...  more »
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  • beautiful campus!!! visited over the summer and the greenery and scenic views were amazing. the wide food selection was also nice to have, and the library was ridiculously quiet and offered a large amount of space to study / focus on work. overall a great campus and would definitely be interested in coming here as a student!
  • I went here to visit my son on his summer programs. The campus is large, with nice buildings and plazas. Not too easy to find parking space for visitors. They have a large student center and store with restaurants.

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