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University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California UCLA.svg
Former names
State Normal School at Los Angeles (1882–1919)
University of California Southern Branch (1919–1927)
University of California at Los Angeles (1927–1958)
Motto Fiat lux (Latin)
Motto in English
Let there be light
Established 1919
Type Public
Land grant
Endowment $3.23 billion (2014)[2]
Budget $4.65 billion (2012)[3]
Chancellor Gene D. Block[4]
Provost Scott L. Waugh[5]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 43,301 (2015)[7]
Undergraduates 29,585 (2015)[7]
Postgraduates 12,323 (2015)[7]
Location Los Angeles, California, United States
34°04′20.00″N 118°26′38.75″W / 34.0722222°N 118.4440972°W / 34.0722222; -118.4440972Coordinates: 34°04′20.00″N 118°26′38.75″W / 34.0722222°N 118.4440972°W / 34.0722222; -118.4440972
Campus Urban
419 acres (1.7 km²)[8]
Newspaper Daily Bruin
Colors UCLA Blue, UCLA Gold[9]
Athletics NCAA Division IPac-12
Sports 22 varsity teams[10]
Nickname Bruins
Mascot Joe Bruin
Josephine Bruin[11]
Affiliations University of California
Pacific Rim
University of California, Los Angeles logo.png

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. It became the University of California Southern Branch in 1919, making it the second-oldest undergraduate campus of the ten-campus system after the original University of California campus in Berkeley (1873).[12] It offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines.[13] UCLA has an approximate enrollment of 30,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students, and has 112,000 applicants for Fall 2015, the most applicants for any American university.[14]

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015–2016 ranks UCLA 16th in the world for academics and 13th in the world for reputation.[15][16] In 2015/16, UCLA was ranked 27th in the QS World University Rankings,[17] 12th in the world (10th in North America) by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)[18] and 23rd in the world (13th in North America) in Financial Times' Global MBA Rankings.[19] In 2013, Business Insider ranked UCLA as having the most driven students in the world.[20] In 2015, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked the university 15th in the world based on quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact, and patents.[21]

The university is organized into five undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, and four professional health science schools. The undergraduate colleges are the College of Letters and Science; Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS); School of the Arts and Architecture; School of Theater, Film and Television; and School of Nursing. Thirteen[22][23] Nobel laureates, one Fields Medalist,[24] and three Turing Award winners[25] have been 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.[26] The university was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1974.[27]

UCLA student-athletes compete as the Bruins in the Pacific-12 Conference. The Bruins have won 125 national championships, including 112 NCAA team championships.[28][29] UCLA student-athletes have won 250 Olympic medals: 125 gold, 65 silver and 60 bronze.[30] The Bruins have competed in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception (1924), and have won a gold medal in every Olympics that the United States has participated in since 1932.[31]


In March 1881, after heavy lobbying by Los Angeles residents, the California State Legislature authorized the creation of a southern branch of the California State Normal School (which later became San Jose State University) in downtown Los Angeles to train teachers for the growing population of Southern California. The State Normal School at Los Angeles opened on August 29, 1882, on what is now the site of the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system. The new facility included an elementary school where teachers-in-training could practice their teaching technique on children. That elementary school is related to the present day version, UCLA Lab School. In 1887, the school became known as the Los Angeles State Normal School.[32]

The Los Angeles branch of California State Normal School, 1881.

In 1914, the school moved to a new campus on Vermont Avenue (now the site of Los Angeles City College) in East Hollywood. In 1917, UC Regent Edward Augustus Dickson, the only regent representing the Southland at the time, and Ernest Carroll Moore, Director of the Normal School, began working together to lobby the State Legislature to enable the school to become the second University of California campus, after UC Berkeley. They met resistance from UC Berkeley alumni, Northern California members of the state legislature, and Benjamin Ide Wheeler, President of the University of California from 1899 to 1919, who were all vigorously opposed to the idea of a southern campus. However, David Prescott Barrows, the new President of the University of California, did not share Wheeler's objections. On May 23, 1919, the Southern Californians' efforts were rewarded when Governor William D. Stephens signed Assembly Bill 626 into law, which merged the Los Angeles Normal School with the University of California as the Southern Branch of the University of California. The same legislation added its general undergraduate program, the College of Letters and Science.[33] The Southern Branch campus opened on September 15 of that year, offering two-year undergraduate programs to 250 Letters and Science students and 1,250 students in the Teachers College, under Moore's continued direction.

University of California, Southern Branch's Vermont Campus, 1922.

Under University of California President William Wallace Campbell, enrollment at the Southern Branch expanded so rapidly that by the mid-1920s the institution was outgrowing the 25 acre Vermont Avenue location. The Regents conducted a search for a new location and announced their selection of the so-called "Beverly Site"—just west of Beverly Hills—on March 21, 1925 edging out the panoramic hills of the still-empty Palos Verdes Peninsula. After the athletic teams entered the Pacific Coast conference in 1926, the Southern Branch student council adopted the nickname "Bruins", a name offered by the student council at UC Berkeley.[34] In 1927, the Regents renamed the Southern Branch the "University of California at Los Angeles" (the word "at" was officially replaced by a comma in 1958, in line with other UC campuses). In the same year, the state broke ground in Westwood on land sold for $1 million, less than one-third its value, by real estate developers Edwin and Harold Janss, for whom the Janss Steps are named.[32]

The original four buildings were the College Library (now Powell Library), Royce Hall, the Physics-Biology Building (now the Humanities Building), and the Chemistry Building (now Haines Hall), arrayed around a quadrangular courtyard on the 400 acre (1.6 km²) campus. The first undergraduate classes on the new campus were held in 1929 with 5,500 students. After further lobbying by alumni, faculty, administration and community leaders, UCLA was permitted to award the master's degree in 1933, and the doctorate in 1936, against continued resistance from UC Berkeley.[35]

A timeline of the history can be found on its website,[36] as well as a published book.[37]

Maturity as a university[edit]

During its first 32 years, UCLA was treated as an off-site department of UC. As such, its presiding officer was called a "provost," and reported to the main campus in Berkeley. In 1951, UCLA was formally elevated to co-equal status with UC Berkeley, and its presiding officer Raymond B. Allen was the first chief executive to be granted the title of chancellor. The appointment of Franklin David Murphy to the position of Chancellor in 1960 helped to spark an era of tremendous growth of facilities and faculty honors. By the end of the decade, UCLA had achieved distinction in a wide range of subjects. This era also secured UCLA's position as a proper university in its own right and not simply a branch of the UC system. This change is exemplified by an incident involving Chancellor Murphy, which was described by him:

I picked up the telephone and called in from somewhere, and the phone operator said, "University of California." And I said, "Is this Berkeley?" She said, "No." I said, "Well, who have I gotten to?" "UCLA." I said, "Why didn't you say UCLA?" "Oh," she said, "we're instructed to say University of California." So the next morning I went to the office and wrote a memo; I said, "Will you please instruct the operators, as of noon today, when they answer the phone to say, 'UCLA.'" And they said, "You know they won't like it at Berkeley." And I said, "Well, let's just see. There are a few things maybe we can do around here without getting their permission."[38]

The Bruin statue, designed by Billy Fitzgerald, in Bruin Plaza.[39]

In 2006, the university completed Campaign UCLA, which collected over $3.05 billion and is the second most successful fundraising campaign among public universities.[40][41] In 2008, UCLA raised over $456 million, ranking the institution among the top 10 universities in the United States in total fundraising for the year.[42]

On January 26, 2011, Meyer and Renee Luskin donated $100 million to UCLA.[43] On February 14, 2011, UCLA received a $200 million donation gift by The Lincy Foundation in order to establish The Dream Fund, which is "a community-based fund devoted to the support of medical research and academic programs at UCLA".[44]

In 2014, the university launched the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, which is intended to raise $4.2 billion by 2019.[45]


The new UCLA campus in 1929 had four buildings: Royce Hall and Haines Hall on the north, and Powell Library and Kinsey Hall (now the Humanities Building) on the south. The Janss Steps were the original 87-step entrance to the university that lead directly to the quad of these four buildings. Today, the campus includes 163 buildings across 419 acres (1.7 km²) in the western part of Los Angeles, north of the Westwood shopping district and just south of Sunset Boulevard. In terms of acreage, it is the second smallest of the ten UC campuses.[8] The campus is close but not adjacent to the 405 San Diego Freeway.[46]

The campus is located in the residential area of Westwood and bordered by Bel-Air to the north, Beverly Hills to the east, and Brentwood to the west. The campus is informally divided into North Campus and South Campus, which are both on the eastern half of the university's land. North Campus is the original campus core; its buildings are more traditional in appearance and clad in imported Italian brick. North Campus is home to the arts, humanities, social sciences, law, and business programs and is centered around ficus and sycamore-lined Dickson Court, also known as the "Sunken Garden". South Campus is home to the physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, mathematical sciences, health-related fields, and the UCLA Medical Center. The campus includes sculpture gardens, fountains, museums, and a mix of architectural styles.

Janss Steps, in front of Royce Hall

Ackerman Union, the John Wooden Center, the Arthur Ashe Health and Wellness Center, the Student Activities Center, Kerckhoff Hall, the J.D. Morgan Center, the James West Alumni Center, and Pauley Pavilion stand at the center of the campus, bordering Wilson Plaza. The campus is bisected by Bruin Walk, a heavily traveled pathway from the residential hill to the main campus. At the intersection of Bruin Walk and Westwood Plaza is Bruin Plaza, featuring an outdoor performing arts stage and a bronze statue of the Bruin bear.


The first buildings were designed by the local firm Allison & Allison. The Romanesque Revival style of these first four structures remained the predominant building style until the 1950s, when architect Welton Becket was hired to supervise the expansion of the campus over the next two decades. Becket greatly streamlined its general appearance, adding several rows of minimalist, slab–shaped brick buildings to the southern half, the largest of these being the UCLA Medical Center.[47] Architects such as A. Quincy Jones, William Pereira and Paul Williams designed many subsequent structures on the campus during the mid-20th century. More recent additions include buildings designed by architects I.M. Pei, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Richard Meier, Cesar Pelli, and Rafael Vinoly. In order to accommodate UCLA's rapidly growing student population, multiple construction and renovation projects are in progress, including expansions of the life sciences and engineering research complexes. This continuous construction gives UCLA the on-campus nickname of "Under Construction Like Always".[48]

Royce Hall, one of the original four buildings, inspired by Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio

The tallest building on campus is named after African-American alumnus Ralph Bunche, who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating an armistice agreement between the Jews and Arabs in Israel. The entrance of Bunche Hall features a bust of him overlooking the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden. He was the first individual of non-European background and the first UCLA alumnus to be honored with the Prize.

The Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is located a mile north of campus, in the community of Bel Air. The garden was designed by landscape architect Nagao Sakurai of Tokyo and garden designer Kazuo Nakamura of Kyoto in 1959. After the garden was damaged by heavy rains in 1969, UCLA Professor of Art and Campus Architect Koichi Kawana took on the task of its reconstruction.


UCLA has attracted filming for decades with its proximity to Hollywood. Much of the 1985 film Gotcha! was shot at UCLA, as well as John Singleton's Higher Learning (1995). Legally Blonde (2001), Old School (2003), The Nutty Professor (1995), Erin Brockovich (2000), How High (2001), National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), American Pie 2 (2001), and Bring It On Again (2004) were all mainly shot at the university campus or locale. In January 2009, the Bollywood movie My Name is Khan (2010) was shot at UCLA. UCLA is also often cast as Stanford in television shows such as The Mindy Project and Chuck. Some of the exterior shots of the fictional UC Sunnydale in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and ABC Family original series Greek were also filmed at UCLA. In response to the major demand for filming, UCLA instated a policy on filming and professional photography at the campus.[49] "UCLA is located in Los Angeles, the same place as the American motion picture industry", said UCLA visiting professor of film and television Jonathan Kuntz.[50] "So we're convenient for (almost) all of the movie companies, TV production companies, commercial companies and so on. We're right where the action is."

California NanoSystems Institute interior walkways above a parking structure.

Transportation and parking[edit]

The campus maintains 24,000 parking spaces and operates an award-winning sustainable transportation program.[51][52][53] Elements of the sustainable transportation program include vanpools, a campus shuttle system called BruinBus, discounted carpool permits, and subsidized transit passes. One of the pass programs includes BruinGo!,[54] which allows students and staff members to purchase discounted one-way or quarterly passes to ride Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus and the Culver CityBus.[55] This pass program allows any current student that has a BruinCard to ride the Big Blue Bus for 50 cents (each way). Additionally, UCLA has a grocery shuttle that transports students to Westwood, from the dorms and back, on weekends in order to facilitate students' shopping needs.

2014 flooding[edit]

On July 29, 2014, a nearly century-old water main burst on the section of Sunset Boulevard immediately above campus, sending approximately twenty million gallons of water flooding below. The nearly four hour rush of water caused damage to buildings and athletic facilities, including Pauley Pavilion and the Wooden Center. In addition, several parking structures were partially inundated, trapping nearly 740 cars. UCLA offered emergency assistance in the form of interest-free loans to students and staff whose cars were damaged by the flood. Loans of up to $5,000 are available to victims, and are to be repaid in the span of two years through payroll deduction.[56][57][58]




UCLA Medical Plaza, near the main entrance to the campus

The David Geffen School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry and Fielding School of Public Health constitute the professional schools of health science.

The UCLA Health System operates the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a hospital in Santa Monica and twelve primary care clinics throughout Los Angeles County. In addition, the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine uses two Los Angeles County public hospitals as teaching hospitals—Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Olive View-UCLA Medical Center—as well as the largest private nonprofit hospital on the west coast, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center is also a major teaching and training site for the university. The UCLA Medical Center made history in 1981 when Assistant Professor Michael Gottlieb first diagnosed AIDS. UCLA medical researchers also pioneered the use of positron emission tomography (PET) scanning to study brain function. Professor of Pharmacology Louis Ignarro was one of the recipients of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the signaling cascade of nitric oxide, one of the most important molecules in cardiopulmonary physiology.

The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking for 2014-2015 ranks UCLA Medical Center #5 and "Best in the West" in the United States. UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20 in 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined.[59]


University rankings
ARWU[60] 10
Forbes[61] 45
U.S. News & World Report[62] 23
Washington Monthly[63] 6
ARWU[64] 12
QS[65] 27
Times[66] 16

USNWR graduate school rankings[67]

Business 15
Education 13
Engineering 14
Engineering (Online) 1
Law 16
Medicine (Primary Care) 7
Medicine (Research) 13
Nursing 19
Public Affairs 23

USNWR departmental rankings[67]

Biological Sciences 19
Chemistry 15
Clinical Psychology 1
Computer Science 13
Communications 15
Earth Sciences 13
Economics 15
English 10
Fine Arts 4
Health Care Management 14
History 9
Library and Information Studies 14
Mathematics 7
Physics 18
Political Science 10
Psychology 2
Public Health 10
Social Work 16
Sociology 9
Statistics 30


The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015–2016 ranks UCLA 16th in the world for academics and 13th in the world for reputation.[15][16] UCLA was ranked 27th in the QS World University Rankings in 2015/16,[17] 12th in the world (10th in North America) by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2015[18] and 23rd in the world (13th in North America) in Financial Times' Global MBA Rankings in 2014.[19] In 2013, Business Insider ranked UCLA as having the most driven students in the world.[20] In 2015, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked the university 15th in the world based on quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact, and patents.[21] The 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Rankings report ranked UCLA #8 in the world.[67] The CWTS Leiden ranking of universities based on scientific impact for 2015 ranks UCLA #20 in the world in a size-independent ranking and #7 in the world in a size-dependent ranking.[68]


The 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges report ranked UCLA second among public universities and 23rd among national universities (tied with Carnegie Mellon and USC).[69] The Washington Monthly ranked UCLA sixth among national universities in 2015, with criteria based on research, community service, and social mobility.[70] The Money Magazine Best Colleges ranking for 2015 ranked UCLA #26 in the United States based on educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings.[71] In 2014, The Daily Beast's Best Colleges report ranked UCLA 10th in the country.[72] In 2014 Kiplinger ranked UCLA the 5th best-value public university in the nation, and 1st in California.[73] The 2013 Top American Research Universities report by the Center for Measuring University Performance ranks UCLA #11 in power, #12 in resources, faculty, and education, #14 in resources and education and #9 in education.[74] The 2015 Princeton Review College Hopes & Worries Survey ranked UCLA as the #5 "Dream College" among students and the #10 "Dream College" among parents.[75] The National Science Foundation ranked UCLA 10th in the nation for research and development expenditures in 2013, spending $967 million.[76] The university is one of the Public Ivies, a public university considered to provide an education comparable to those of the Ivy League. The 2015 Forbes America's Top Colleges report ranks UCLA #45 among all universities and liberal arts colleges in the United States.[77] The 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges report ranked UCLA #8 among national universities for campus ethnic diversity,[78] #1 among national universities for economic diversity among the top 25 ranked schools,[79] #27 among national universities for high school counselor rankings,[80] and tied for #3 among national universities for freshman retention rate.[81] In 2015, Business Insider ranked UCLA #5 among American colleges with the best food, and one of the top 15 American colleges with the best dining halls.[82][83] UCLA was ranked 16th in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings.[84]

Graduate school[edit]

As of March 2015, the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools report ranked the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS) at #13, the Anderson School of Management at #15, the David Geffen School of Medicine at #7 for Primary Care and #13 for Research, the School of Law at #16, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) at #14, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at #10, and the School of Nursing #19.[67] The QS Global 200 MBA Rankings report for 2015 ranks the Anderson School of Management #9 among North American business schools.[85] The 2014 Economist ranking of Full-time MBA programs ranks the Anderson School of Management #13 in the world.[86] The 2014 Financial Times ranking of MBA programs ranks the Anderson School #26 in the world.[87] The 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek ranking of Full-time MBA programs ranks the Anderson School of Management #11 in the United States.[88] The 2014 Business Insider ranking of the world's best business schools ranks the Anderson School of Management #20 in the world.[89] The 2014 Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking ranks the Anderson School of Management #15 in the United States.[90] In 2015, career website Vault ranked the Anderson School of Management #16 among American business schools,[91] and the School of Law #16 among American law schools.[92] In 2015, financial community website QuantNet ranked the Anderson School of Management's Master of Financial Engineering program #12 among North American financial engineering programs.[93]

In 2015, the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs report ranked the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) #1 among online graduate engineering programs.[94]


Departments ranked in the national top ten by the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools report are Clinical Psychology (#1), Psychology (#2), Fine Arts (#4), Mathematics (#7), History (#9), Sociology (#9), English (#10), Political Science (#10), and Public Health (#10). Among engineering departments, the Computer Science department is ranked #13.[67]

Departments ranked in the global top ten by the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities report are Arts and Humanities (#7), Biology and Biochemistry (#10), Chemistry (#6), Clinical Medicine (#10), Materials Science (#10), Mathematics (#7), Neuroscience and Behavior (#7), Psychiatry/Psychology (#3) and Social Sciences and Public Health (#8).[95]

Departments ranked in the global top ten by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for 2015 are Mathematics (#8)[96] and Computer Science (#9).[97]

Departments ranked in the global top ten by the QS World University Rankings for 2015 are English Language & Literature (#9),[98] Linguistics (#2),[99] Modern Languages (#10),[100] Medicine (#7),[101] Psychology (#5),[102] Mathematics (#8),[103] Geography & Area Studies (#7),[104] Communication & Media Studies (#10),[105] Education (#8)[106] and Sociology (#6).[107]

Academic field[edit]

Academic field rankings in the global top ten according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for 2015 are Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy (#10).[108]

Academic field rankings in the global top ten according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2014-2015 include Arts & Humanities (#10),[109] Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (#9),[110] Engineering and Technology (#9),[111] Physical Sciences (#9),[112] and Social Sciences (#9).[113]

Student body[edit]

In 2015, the Institute of International Education ranked UCLA #8 among American universities with the most international students (behind NYU, USC, Columbia, Arizona State, Illinois, Northeastern and Purdue).[114] In 2014, Business Insider ranked UCLA #5 in the world for the number of alumni working at Google (behind Stanford, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and MIT).[115] In 2015, Business Insider ranked UCLA #10 among American universities with the most students hired by Silicon Valley companies.[116] In 2015, research firm PitchBook ranked UCLA #15 in the world for producing the most undergraduate alumni who are entrepreneurs backed by venture capital and #11 in the world for producing the most MBA graduate alumni who are entrepreneurs backed by venture capital.[117]

Library system[edit]

Powell Library, across the quad from Royce Hall

UCLA's library system has over nine million books and 70,000 serials spread over twelve libraries and eleven other archives, reading rooms, and research centers. It is the United States' 12th largest library in number of volumes.[118]

The first library, University Library (presently Powell Library), was founded in 1884. In 1910, Elizabeth Fargo became the university's first librarian. Lawrence Powell became librarian in 1944, and began a series of system overhauls and modifications, and in 1959, he was named Dean of the School of Library Service.[119] More libraries were added as previous ones filled. Page Ackerman became University Librarian in 1973, and was the nation's first female librarian of a system as large as UCLA's. She oversaw the first coordinations between other UC schools, and formed a new administrative network that is still in use today.[120] Since her retirement, the system has seen steady growth and improvement under various Librarians. The present University Librarian is Virginia Steel, who took office on July 15, 2013.[121]

Medical school admissions[edit]

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), UCLA supplies the most undergraduate applicants to U.S. medical schools among all American universities. In 2014, UCLA supplied 919 medical school applicants, ahead of the University of Michigan with 825, followed by UC Berkeley with 769.[122]

Among first-time medical school applicants who received their bachelor's degree from UCLA in 2013, 53% were admitted to at least one U.S. medical school.[123]



Freshman Statistics Excluding deferred applications or other unique situations.
  2015[124] 2014[125] 2013[126] 2012[127] 2011[128]
Applicants 92,728 86,548 80,522 72,697 61,564
Admits 16,016 16,059 16,448 15,982 15,689
Admit rate 17.3% 18.6% 20.4% 22.0% 25.5%
Enrolled 5,679 5,764 5,697 5,621 5,825
Average GPA 4.33 4.31 4.29 4.21 4.22
SAT Range CR: 570 - 700
M: 600 - 750
W: 580 - 720
CR: 570 - 710
M: 600 - 750
W: 590 - 730
CR: 570 - 690
M: 600 - 750
W: 580 - 720
CR: 560 - 680
M: 600 - 760
W: 590 - 710
CR: 560 - 690
M: 610 - 740
W: 590 - 710
ACT Range 25 - 33 25 - 32 25 - 32 24 - 31 25 - 31

UCLA is rated "Most Selective" by U.S. News & World Report.[129] For Fall 2015, it received 92,728 freshman applications, the highest number of any four-year university in the United States,[14] and reached its record-low admission rate of 17.3%.[130][131]

Admitted freshman applicants for Fall 2014 had an average weighted GPA of 4.39 (3.89 unweighted), a combined SAT Reasoning Test score in the interquartile range of 1940 - 2240 (620 - 740 for Critical Reading, 650 - 770 for Mathematics, 640 - 760 for Writing) and an ACT Composite score in the interquartile range of 28 - 34.[132]

The undergraduate admission rates for UCLA are drastically different for each college. For Fall 2015, the College of Letters and Science had an admission rate of 19.7%, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) had an admission rate of 13.4%, the School of the Arts and Architecture had an admission rate of 13.6%, the School of Nursing had an admission rate of 2.3%, and the School of Theater, Film and Television had an admission rate of 5.0%.[133]

Approximately 3,200 transfer students entered UCLA in Fall 2014, with 92.3% from the California Community Colleges System.[134] Over the past 15 years over 45,000 transfer students have entered UCLA. One-third of baccalaureate degrees are awarded to students who entered UCLA as transfer students. One of the major debates is over the decreased admission of African-Americans, especially since the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996, prohibiting racial or sexual discrimination at public institutions.[135] In response to this issue, UCLA shifted to a more holistic admissions process starting Fall 2007.[136] The holistic admissions process evaluates applicants based on their opportunities in high school, their personal hardships and unusual circumstances at home.


Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library, UCLA School of Law

For Fall 2014, the David Geffen School of Medicine admitted 3.2% of its applicants, making it the #9 most selective U.S. medical school.[137] The School of Law had a median undergraduate GPA of 3.74 and median Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score of 166 for the enrolled class of 2018.[138] The Anderson School of Management had a middle-80% GPA range of 3.2 - 3.8 and an average Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 714 for the enrolled MBA class of 2017.[139]

The School of Dentistry had an average overall GPA of 3.75, an average science GPA of 3.71 and an average Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score of 22 for the enrolled class of 2018.[140] The Graduate School of Nursing currently has an acceptance rate of 3.9%. For Fall 2014, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) had a graduate acceptance rate of 29.0%.[141]

Economic impact[edit]

A hoodie from the UCLA Store

The university has a significant impact in the Los Angeles economy. It is the fifth largest employer in the county (after Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the federal government and the City of Los Angeles) and the seventh largest in the region.[142][143]

Trademarks and licensing[edit]

The UCLA trademark "is the exclusive property of the Regents of the University of California",[144] but it is managed, protected, and licensed through UCLA Trademarks and Licensing, a division of the Associated Students UCLA, the largest student employer on campus.[145][146] As such, the ASUCLA also has a share in the profits.

Due to UCLA's academic and athletic prestige, as well as the name being associated with popular images of Southern California lifestyle, apparel with UCLA logos and insignia sells not just in the United States, but as an overseas clothing and accessories brand. High demand for UCLA apparel has inspired the licensing of its trademark to UCLA brand stores throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Since 1980, 15 UCLA stores have opened in South Korea, and 49 are currently open in China. The newest store was opened in Kuwait.[147] There are also stores in Mexico, Singapore, India and Europe.[148] UCLA makes $400,000 in royalties every year through its international licensing program.[148]

Commerce on campus[edit]

UCLA has various store locations, with the main store in Ackerman Union and smaller stores around campus. In addition, UCLA-themed products are sold at the gift shop of Fowler Museum on campus.

Due to licensing and trademarks, products with UCLA logos and insignia are usually higher priced than their unlicensed counterparts. These products have popularity among visitors, who buy them as gifts and souvenirs. For certain products (such as notebooks and folders) UCLA Store offers both licensed (logo) and unlicensed (without logo, thus cheaper) options, but for many other products the latter option is often unavailable.[citation needed]

Students who are part-time employed by ASUCLA at a UCLA Store or a UCLA Restaurant are offered certain discounts when they are shopping at UCLA Stores, in addition to their salary.


Main article: UCLA Bruins
Basketball at Pauley Pavilion
Football at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena
Track and field at Drake Stadium

The school's sports teams are called the Bruins, with colors True Blue and gold. The Bruins participate in NCAA Division I as part of the Pacific-12 Conference. Two notable sports facilities serve as home venues for UCLA sports. The Bruin men's football team plays home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena; the team won a national title in 1954. The basketball and volleyball teams, and the women's gymnastics team compete at Pauley Pavilion on campus. The school also sponsors cross country, soccer, women's rowing, golf, tennis, water polo, track and field, and women's softball.

The mascots are Joe and Josephine Bruin, and the fight songs are Sons of Westwood and Mighty Bruins. The alma mater is Hail to the Hills of Westwood.

When Henry "Red" Sanders came to UCLA to coach football in 1949, the uniforms were redesigned. Sanders added a gold loop on the shoulders—the UCLA Stripe. The navy blue was changed to a lighter shade of blue. Sanders figured that the baby blue would look better on the field and in film. He dubbed the uniform "Powder Keg Blue", a powder blue with an explosive kick. This would also differentiate UCLA from all other UC teams, whose official colors are blue and gold. UCLA is competitive in all major Division I sports and has won 125 national championships, including 112 NCAA championships, more than any other university. Most recently, UCLA's women's soccer team defeated Florida State to win its first NCAA National Championship along with women's tennis who defeated North Carolina to win its second NCAA National title ever.[149] UCLA's softball program is also outstanding.[150] Women's softball won their NCAA-leading 11th National Championship, on June 8, 2010. The women's water polo team is also dominant, with a record 7 NCAA championships. Notably, the team helped UCLA become the first school to win 100 NCAA championships overall when they won their fifth on May 13, 2007. The men's water polo team helped UCLA become the first school to win 112 NCAA championships overall when they defeated USC on December 7, 2014 and UCLA men's water polo team won their record 9 NCAA championships. Among these championships, some of the more notable victories are in men's basketball. Under legendary coach John Wooden, UCLA men's basketball teams won 10 NCAA championships, including a record seven consecutive, in 1964, 1965, 1967-1973, and 1975, and an 11th was added under then-coach Jim Harrick in 1995 (through 2008, the most consecutive by any other team is two).[150] From 1971 to 1974, UCLA men's basketball won an unprecedented 88 consecutive games. UCLA has also shown dominance in men's volleyball, with 19 national championships. All 19 teams were led by former[151] coach Al Scates, which ties him with John McDonnell of the University of Arkansas as NCAA leader for national championships in a single sport.[150]

Former UCLA basketball player and current Portland Trail Blazers player Earl Watson commented, "Eleven national championships, the best coach (Wooden) to coach the game says a lot. I take offense to those who act like UCLA is just another school compared with Duke. Duke is a great school in the east, but UCLA is worldwide."

UCLA has the most NCAA team championships with 112, followed by Stanford University with 107, then USC with 100.[28] UCLA is one of only five universities (Michigan, Stanford, Ohio State, and UC Berkeley being the others) to have won national championships in all three major men's sports (baseball, basketball, and football).[152]

USC rivalry[edit]

Main article: UCLA-USC rivalry
The Victory Bell at the Morgan Center

UCLA shares a traditional sports rivalry with the nearby University of Southern California. Under legendary coach John Wooden, UCLA became a dominating power in men's basketball, and has won 11 NCAA championships, against USC's zero.[153] In football, UCLA has one national champion team and 16 conference titles, compared to USC's 11 national championships and 37 conference championships. The two football teams compete for annual possession of the Victory Bell, the trophy of the rivalry football game. In 2014, UCLA's football team beat USC for the third consecutive game in a 38-20 victory at the Rose Bowl.[154]

The schools share a rivalry in many other sports. In men's volleyball, UCLA won 19 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships against USC's four.[150] UCLA also dominates the all-time series vs. USC in men's volleyball (86–34).[155] In women's volleyball UCLA leads the all-time series against USC as well and has won eight national champions to USC's six.[156] In soccer, UCLA leads USC in the all-time series 13–3–0, yet USC no longer competes in men's NCAA Division I soccer.[157] The annual SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup compares the two schools based on their performance in 19 varsity sports; UCLA has won five times and USC has won nine times. This rivalry extends to the Olympic Games, where UCLA athletes have won 250 medals over a span of 50 years while USC athletes have won 287 over 100 years.[158][159][160]

UCLA and USC also compete in the We Run The City 5K, an annual charity race to raise donations for Special Olympics Southern California. The race is located on the campus of one of the schools and switches to the other campus each year. UCLA won the race in 2012 and 2014, while USC won the race in 2013 and 2015.[161]

The origin is unclear, but the rivalry most likely started when football Hall of Fame coach Red Sanders led UCLA to dominance in the 1950s. USC, having won four national championships prior to UCLA's first and only title in 1954 diverted some attention from then-rival University of Notre Dame, and the new cross-town rivalry began.[162]

Student life[edit]

Ethnicity, 2015[7]
Undergrad Graduate Percentage
Black Non-Hispanic 1,282 600 4.5%
Asian or Pacific Islander 9,700 2,585 29.7%
Hispanic (of any race) 5,918 1,146 16.6%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 158 69 0.5%
White Non-Hispanic 7,804 4,444 29.7%
Unstated, Unknown, Other 975 605 3.7%
Foreign 3,748 2,874 15.3%

The campus' location in Los Angeles makes excursions to local museums, theaters, or other entertainment venues relatively convenient. UCLA offers classical orchestras, intramural sports, and over 800 student organizations. UCLA is also home to more than 70 fraternities and sororities, which represent 13% of the undergraduate population.[163] Phrateres, a non-exclusive social-service club for women was founded here in 1924 by the Dean of Women, Helen Matthewson Laughlin. Students and staff participate in dinghy sailing, surfing, windsurfing, rowing, and kayaking at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center in Marina del Rey.

UCLA's first contemporary a cappella group, Awaken A Cappella, was founded in 1992. The all-male group, Bruin Harmony, has enjoyed a successful career since its inception in 2006, portraying a collegiate a cappella group in The Social Network (2010), while the ScatterTones finished in second-place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in 2011–2013. Other a cappella groups include Signature, Random Voices, Medleys, YOUTHphonics, Deviant Voices, Awechords and Cadenza. YOUTHphonics and Medleys are UCLA's only nonprofit service-oriented a cappella groups.[164]

There are also a variety of cultural organizations on campus, such as Nikkei Student Union (NSU), Japanese Student Association (JSA),[165] Association of Chinese Americans (ACA), Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), Chinese Music Ensemble (CME), Chinese Cultural Dance Club (CCDC), Taiwanese American Union (TAU), Taiwanese Student Association (TSA), Hong Kong Student Society (HKSS), Hanoolim Korean Cultural Awareness Group, Samahang Pilipino, Vietnamese Student Union (VSU), and Thai Smakom. Many of these organizations have an annual "culture night" consisting of drama and dance which raises awareness of culture and history to the campus and community.

UCLA operates on a quarter calendar.


Spring Sing 2009

UCLA's official charity is UniCamp, founded in 1934. It is a week-long summer camp for under-served children from the greater Los Angeles area, with UCLA volunteer counselors. Student volunteers attend two hour training sessions once a week during spring quarter to prepare them for their week at camp. UniCamp runs for seven weeks throughout the summer at Camp River Glen in the San Bernardino National Forest. Because UniCamp is a non-profit organization, student volunteers from UCLA also fundraise money throughout the year to allow these children to attend summer camp.[166]

True Bruin Welcome begins the fall quarter to introduce new students to clubs and activities. The week includes the Day of Service for all freshmen, the Enormous Activities Fair, and the Sports Fair. At the end of move-in and the beginning of True Bruin Welcome, UCLA holds Bruin Bash, which includes a concert, dance, and movie. Past performers include Thrice and Common (2005), Xzibit and Rooney (2006), T.I. (2007), The Cool Kids, Estelle, Hellogoodbye (2008), LMFAO and Clipse (2009), Ying Yang Twins, Travis McCoy and The Cataracs (2010). Bruin Bash was created as a replacement for Black Sunday, a large-scale day of partying including all fraternities in North Westwood Village.

The Pediatric AIDS Coalition organizes the annual Dance Marathon in Pauley Pavilion, where thousands of students raise a minimum of $250 and dance for 26 hours to support the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Project Kindle, and the UCLA AIDS Institute. Dancers are not allowed to sit (except to use the restroom) during the marathon, literally taking a stand against pediatric AIDS, and symbolizing the suffering of affected children around the world. In 2015, Dance Marathon at UCLA raised $446,157.[167]

During Finals Week, UCLA students participate in "Midnight Yell", where they yell as loudly as possible for a few minutes at midnight to release some stress from studying.

The quarterly Undie Run takes place during the Wednesday evening of Finals Week, when students run through the campus in their underwear or in skimpy costumes. The run began in Fall of 2001 when a student, Eric Whitehead, wearing what he described as "really short shorts" walked around singing and playing a guitar to protest the police restrictions on the Midnight Yell.[168] With the increasing safety hazards and Police and Administration involvement, a student committee changed the route to a run through campus to Shapiro Fountain, which now culminates with students dancing in the fountain.[169] In 2007, the route was changed again to begin at Strathmore Avenue instead of Landfair Avenue. The Undie Run has spread to other American universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University, and Syracuse University.

The Alumni Association sponsors several events, usually large extravaganzas involving huge amounts of coordination, such as the 70-year-old Spring Sing, organized by the Student Alumni Association (SAA). UCLA's oldest tradition, Spring Sing is an annual gala of student talent, which is held at either Pauley Pavilion or the outdoor Los Angeles Tennis Center. The committee bestows the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award each year to a major contributor to the music industry. Past recipients have included Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, James Taylor, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones,[170] Lionel Richie, and in 2009, Julie Andrews.[171] The Dinner for 12 Strangers, a common tradition among universities, is a gathering of students, alumni, administration and faculty to network around different interests.[172] The week before the USC rivalry football game, there is a "Beat 'SC Bonfire and Rally".

JazzReggae Festival 2010

The USAC Cultural Affairs Commission hosts the JazzReggae Festival, a two-day concert on Memorial Day weekend that attracts more than 20,000 attendees. The JazzReggae Festival is the largest, entirely student produced and run event of its kind on the West Coast.[173]

Sigma Eta Pi and Bruin Entrepreneurs organize LA Hacks, an annual hackathon where students from around the nation come to build technology products. LA Hacks established itself as the largest hackathon in the nation when over 1500 students participated in April 11–13, 2014.[174] LA Hacks also holds the record for the most funds raised via corporate sponsorships with $250,000 raised. Some of the tech world's most prominent people have given talks and judged projects at LA Hacks, including Evan Spiegel (Founder and CEO of Snapchat), Alexis Ohanian (Co-Founder of Reddit), Baiju Bhatt (Co-Founder of Robinhood), Sam Altman (President of Y Combinator), Chris De Wolfe (Founder of Myspace), and Tomer Kagan (Co-Founder and CEO of Quixey).

Student government[edit]

Kerckhoff Hall houses the student government and the Daily Bruin.

The Associated Students UCLA (ASUCLA) encompasses the student government and student-led enterprises at UCLA. ASUCLA has four major components: the Undergraduate Students Association, the Graduate Students Association, Student Media, and services & enterprises. However, in common practice, the term ASUCLA is often more narrowly used to refer to the services and enterprises component. This includes the Student Store, Bookstore, Food Services, Student Union, etc. These commercial enterprises generate approximately $40 million in annual revenues.[175] As a nonprofit corporation, the financial goal of ASUCLA is to provide quality services and programs at reasonable prices. ASUCLA is governed by a student-majority Board of Directors. The Undergraduate Students Association and Graduate Students Association each appoint three members plus one alternate. In addition to the student members, there are representatives appointed by the administration, the academic senate, and the alumni association. The "services and enterprises" portion of ASUCLA is run by a professional executive director who oversees some 300 staff and 2,000 student employees.

The Graduate Students Association is the governing body for approximately 13,000 graduate and professional students at UCLA.[176]

The Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) is the governing body of the Undergraduate Students Association (USA) whose membership comprises every UCLA undergraduate student.[177] The student body currently has two major political slates, Bruins United and Let's Act.

USAC's fourteen student officers and commissioners are elected by members of the Undergraduate Students Association at an annual election held during Spring Quarter. In addition to its fourteen elected members, USAC includes appointed representatives of the Administration, the Alumni, and the Faculty, as well as two ex-officio members, the ASUCLA Executive Director and a student Finance Committee Chairperson who is appointed by the USA President and approved by USAC. All members of USAC may participate fully in Council deliberations, but only the elected officers, minus the USAC President may vote.

The fourteen elected positions include: USAC President, Internal Vice President, External Vice President, General Representative (3), Academic Affairs Commissioner, Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Facilities Commissioner, Campus Events Commissioner, Student Welfare Commissioner, Community Service Commissioner, Transfer Student Representative and Financial Supports Commissioner.[177]

The USAC President appoints more than seventy undergraduates to administrative committees and the Academic Affairs Commissioner Appoints approximately 25 undergraduates to Academic Senate Committees. Students have an opportunity to serve on the ASUCLA Board of Directors and the Communications Board, as well as on other significant committees, having input into the decision making process at a high level.

USAC's programs offers additional services to the campus and surrounding communities. For example, each year approximately 40,000 students, faculty and staff attend programs of the Campus Events Commission, including a low-cost film program, a speakers program which presents leading figures from a wide range of disciplines, and performances by dozens of entertainers. Two to three thousand UCLA undergraduates participate annually in the more than twenty voluntary outreach programs run by the Community Service Commission. A large corps of undergraduate volunteers also participate in programs run by the Student Welfare Commission, such as AIDS Awareness, Substance Abuse Awareness, Blood Drives and CPR/First Aid Training.

Media publications[edit]

UCLA Student Media is the home of UCLA's campus newspaper, magazines, and radio and television stations.[178] Most student media publications distributed on-campus are governed by the ASUCLA Communications Board.

The Daily Bruin is UCLA's most prominent student publication. Founded in 1919 under the name Cub Californian, it has since then developed into Los Angeles' third-most circulated newspaper. It has won over 20 national awards, and is regularly commended for layout and content. In 2006, the Society of Professional Journalists awarded it Best All-Around Daily Newspaper in the national Mark of Excellence Awards.[179] The newspaper has not been without scrutiny and controversy, and in 1954, the administration attempted to intervene with the previous policy of electing editors by a student council.

UCLA Student Media also publishes seven special-interest news magazines: Al-Talib, Fem, Ha'Am, La Gente de Aztlan, Nommo, Pacific Ties, and Outwrite, a school yearbook, BruinLife, the student-run radio station,, formerly known as KLA, and the online campus review-site

Student groups such as The Forum for Energy Economics and Development also publish yearly journals focused on energy technologies and industries. There are also numerous graduate student-run journals at UCLA, such as Carte Italiane, Issues in Applied Linguistics, and Mediascape.[180] Many of these publications are available through open access. The School of Law publishes the UCLA Law Review which is currently ranked seventh among American law schools.[181]


Main article: UCLA student housing
Rieber Terrace housing

UCLA provides housing to over 10,000 undergraduate and 2,900 graduate students.[182]

Most undergraduate students are housed in 14 complexes on the western side of campus, referred to by students as "The Hill". Students can live in halls, plazas, suites, or university apartments, which vary in pricing and privacy. Housing plans also offer students access to dining facilities, which have been ranked by the Princeton Review as some of the best in the United States.[183] Dining halls are located in De Neve, Rieber, Covel, and Hedrick Halls. In winter 2012, a dining hall called The Feast at Rieber opened to students. The newest dining hall (as of Winter Quarter 2014) is Bruin Plate, located in the Carnesale Commons (commonly referred to as Sproul Plaza). Residential cafes include Bruin Cafe, Rendezvous, and Cafe 1919 which formerly housed a cafe known as Puzzles.[184] UCLA currently offers three years guaranteed housing to its incoming freshmen, and one year to incoming transfer students. There are four type of housing available for students: residential halls, deluxe residential halls, residential plazas, and residential suites. Available on the hill are study rooms, basketball courts, tennis courts, and Sunset Recreational Center which includes three swimming pools.

Graduate students are housed in one of five apartment complexes. Weyburn Terrace is located just southwest of the campus in Westwood Village. The other four are roughly five miles south of UCLA in Palms and Mar Vista. They too vary in pricing and privacy.[185] Approximately 400 students live at the University Cooperative Housing Association, located two blocks off campus.[186]

Students who are involved in Greek life have the option to also live in Greek housing while at UCLA. Sorority houses are located east of campus on Hilgard Avenue, and fraternity houses are located west of campus throughout Westwood Village. A student usually lives with 50+ students in Greek housing.


Hospitality constituents of the university include departments not directly related to student life or administration. The Hospitality department manages the UCLA Guest House, a full-service, on-campus hotel. The 61-room Guest House services those visiting the university for campus-related activities.[187] The department also manages the UCLA Conference Center, a 40 acre (0.2 km²) conference center in the San Bernardino Mountains near Lake Arrowhead.[188] Hospitality also operates UCLA Catering[189] a vending operation, and summer conference center located on the Westwood campus.[190]

Chabad House[edit]

The UCLA Chabad House is a community center for Jewish students operated by the Orthodox Jewish Chabad movement. Established in 1969, it was the first Chabad House at a university.[191][192] In 1980, three students died in a fire in the original building of the UCLA Chabad House. The present building was erected in their memory. The building, completed in 1984, was the first of many Chabad houses worldwide designed as architectural reproductions of the residence of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York.[191] The Chabad House hosts the UCLA chapter of The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute's Sinai Scholars Society.[193][194]

Faculty and alumni[edit]

Thirteen Nobel laureates are associated with UCLA: six professors[22] and seven alumni.[23]

Faculty Nobel Prizes

Lloyd Shapley[195] Economic Sciences 2012
Louis Ignarro[196] Physiology or Medicine 1998
Paul Boyer[197] Chemistry 1997
Donald Cram[198] Chemistry 1987
Julian S. Schwinger[199] Physics 1965
Willard Libby[200] Chemistry 1960

Two other faculty members winning the Nobel Prize were Bertrand Russell and Al Gore,[201] who each had a short stay at UCLA.

The alumni Nobel laureates include Richard Heck (Chemistry, 2010);[202] Elinor Ostrom (Economic Sciences, 2009);[203] and Randy Schekman (Physiology or Medicine, 2013).[204] Fifty-two UCLA professors have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, and eleven are MacArthur Foundation Fellows. Mathematics professor Terence Tao was awarded the 2006 Fields Medal.[205]

Faculty membership

American Academy of Arts and Sciences 124
American Association for the Advancement of Science 117
American Philosophical Society 18
Institute of Medicine 39
National Academy of Engineering 28
National Academy of Sciences 52
National Academy of Education 7

Geography professor Jared Diamond won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for his book Guns, Germs, and Steel.[206] Two UCLA history professors have each won 2008 Pulitzer Prizes for general nonfiction and history. Saul Friedländer, noted scholar of the Nazi Holocaust, won the prize for general nonfiction for his 2006 book, The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939–1945, and Daniel Walker Howe won for his 2007 book, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848.

A number of UCLA alumni are notable politicians. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Henry Waxman ('61, '64) represented California's 30th congressional district and was Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.[207] U.S. Representative Judy Chu ('74) represents California's 32nd congressional district and became the first Chinese American woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 2009.[208] Kirsten Gillibrand ('91) is U.S. Senator from the State of New York and former U.S. Representative for New York's 20th congressional district.[209] UCLA boasts two Mayors of Los Angeles: Tom Bradley (1937-1940), the city's only African-American mayor, and Antonio Villaraigosa ('77), who served as mayor from 2005 to 2013. Nao Takasugi was the mayor of Oxnard, California and the first Asian-American California assemblyman.

Laurence Fink (BA '74, MBA '76) is chairman and CEO of the world's largest money-management firm BlackRock.

Oliver Benjamin (BA '90) author, founder of the religion Dudeism.

Bill Gross (MBA '71) co-founded Pacific Investment Management (PIMCO).

Michael Morhaime (BA '90), Allen Adham (BA '90) and Frank Pearce (BA '90) are the founders of Blizzard Entertainment, developer of the award-winning Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo computer game franchises. Tom Anderson is a co-founder of the social networking website Myspace. Ben Horowitz (MS '90) is a co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Computer scientist Vint Cerf ('70, '72) is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and the person most widely considered the "father of the Internet."[210] Henry Samueli ('75) is co-founder of Broadcom Corporation and owner of the Anaheim Ducks. Susan Wojcicki (MBA '98) is the CEO of YouTube. Travis Kalanick is one of the founders of Uber. Guy Kawasaki (MBA '79) is one of the earliest employees at Apple.

Venture capitalist, author and futurist Donald Prell (BA '48) founder of Datamation magazine.

UCLA alumni have also achieved prominence in the arts and entertainment. John Williams is laureate conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra and Academy Award-winning composer of the Star Wars film score. Martin Sherwin ('71) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Actors Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, James Franco, George Takei, Mayim Bialik, Sean Astin, Holland Roden and Milo Ventimiglia are also UCLA alumni. Popular music artists Sara Bareilles, The Doors, Linkin Park, and Maroon 5 all attended UCLA. Giada De Laurentiis is a program host at Food Network and former chef at Spago. Greg Graffin, lead singer of punk rock band Bad Religion, earned a master's degree in Geology at UCLA, and used to teach a course on evolution there.[211] Carol Burnett was the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2013 (also winner of Emmys, a Peabody and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005).[212] Francis Ford Coppola ('67) was the director of the gangster film trilogy The Godfather and the Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now.

Meb Keflezighi ('98) is the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon.

UCLA also boasts an excellent military background, with hundreds of alumni serving their nation. Carlton Skinner was a U.S. Navy Commander who racially integrated the service at the end of World War II on the USS Sea Cloud. He was also the first civilian governor of Guam. Francis B. Wai is, to date, the only Chinese-American and the first Asian-American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II. UCLA also lost an alumnus in early 2007 when Second Lieutenant Mark Daily was killed in Mosul, Iraq after his HMMWV was hit by an IED. Lieutenant Daily's service is marked by a plaque located on the northern face of the Student Activities Center (SAC), where the ROTC halls are currently located.

H.R. Haldeman ('48) and John Ehrlichman ('48) are among the most infamous alumni because of their activities during the 1972 Watergate Scandal.

UCLA's faculty and alumni have won a number of awards including:[213]

UCLA Medal[edit]

The highest honor given by UCLA to individuals for "extraordinary accomplishment" is the UCLA Medal, which was established in 1979. More than 140 have received the award, including:[215]


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