The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public land-grant research university in Los Angeles, California. UCLA was founded as the southern branch of the California State Normal School (now San José State University) in 1882. 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 168,000 applicants for Fall 2021, including transfer applicants, making the school the most applied-to of any university in the United States.
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 is considered one of the country’s Public Ivies, and is frequently ranked among the best universities in the world by major college and university rankings. As of October 2020, 25 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, 32 to the National Academy of Engineering, 41 to the National Academy of Medicine, and 150 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 119 NCAA team championships, more than any other university except Stanford University, whose athletes have won 126. UCLA students, coaches, and staff have won 270 Olympic medals: 136 gold, 71 silver, and 63 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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