Quick Facts about UCLA
UCLA's curriculum and extracurricular programs are designed to foster intellectual and social responsibility. The quality of UCLA's academic program is supported by exceptional resources, facilities and special programs.
The University of California, Los Angeles was founded in 1919 as a public, coeducational research university. It is the only leading research institution in the world founded in the 20th century.
UCLA sits on 419 acres at the base of the Santa Monica mountains, 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Music Center, Chinatown, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, and the Downtown business district are a few miles to the east. Mountains, beaches, lakes, and deserts are all within a short drive.
One of the world's most ethnically and culturally diverse communities, students come to UCLA from all 50 states and over 100 foreign countries, though the majority of undergraduates are from California.
Highly ranked by the Association of Research Libraries, UCLA's library system contains more than 12 million print and electronic volumes, and more than 800,000 electronic resources held in two general collections, ten special subject libraries and twelve other campus collections. The Fowler Museum of cultural history and the Hammer Museum of Art are also available resources to students.
UCLA offers undergraduates a choice of more than 130 undergraduate degree programs, many of which rank among the top in the nation.
Our undergraduates have the opportunity to be directly involved in research, and can get hands-on experience by pursuing internships. Opportunities to study, travel and work abroad are also available.
Faculty include seven Nobel Laureates, 12 MacArthur fellows, more than 300 Fulbright Scholarship awardees, and more than 280 Guggenheim Fellows. UCLA's professors are among the most esteemed and sought after research professionals in their fields worldwide; they also teach undergraduate courses and are accessible to students.
UCLA is a leader in the PAC-12 Conference, with 116 NCAA titles (more than any other university), and 130 team titles. Women compete in 13 sports and men in 10. We also offer extensive intramural and club sports programs, including crew, lacrosse, snow skiing, rugby, dance and a number of martial arts disciplines.
Bruins have 261 Olympic medals, more than half of them gold.
UCLA guarantees three years of University Housing to freshmen and one year to transfer students who apply on time. More than 97% of freshmen live on campus. Housing options range from traditional co-ed residence halls to apartment-like suites. The University also maintains nearby off-campus apartments.
Life after UCLA
Our alumni have achieved distinction in virtually every field, including government, business and industry, education, the sciences, medicine, entertainment and athletics. In addition to immediate career pursuits, many of our graduates continue their education at some of the most prestigious graduate and professional schools in the world.