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

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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public land-grant research university in Los Angeles, California. UCLA's academic roots were established in 1881 as a teachers college then known as the southern branch of the California State Normal School (now San José State University). This school was absorbed with the official founding of UCLA as the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the second-oldest of the 10-campus University of California system (after UC Berkeley).

UCLA offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, enrolling about 31,600 undergraduate and 14,300 graduate and professional students. UCLA received 174,914 undergraduate applications for Fall 2022, including transfers, making the school the most applied-to university in the United States.
The university is organized into the College of Letters and Science and 12 professional schools. Six of the schools offer undergraduate degree programs: the School of the Arts and Architecture, Samueli School of Engineering, Herb Alpert School of Music, School of Nursing, Luskin School of Public Affairs and School of Theater, Film and Television. Three others are graduate-level professional health science schools: the David Geffen School of Medicine, School of Dentistry and Fielding School of Public Health. The School of Education & Information Studies, Anderson School of Management and School of Law round out the university.

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 2021, 27 Nobel laureates, five Turing Award winners, two Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and one Fields Medalist 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 167 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 120 NCAA team championships, second only to Stanford University's 128 team titles. In total, 410 Bruins have made Olympic teams, winning 270 Olympic medals: 136 gold, 71 silver, and 63 bronze. UCLA has been represented in every Olympics since the university's founding with one exception (1924) and has had a gold medalist in every Olympics the U.S. participated in since 1932.
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  • This campus is large, but more importantly, it is beautiful. It is well worth visiting for the beauty of the campus alone. Very cool. 
    This campus is large, but more importantly, it is beautiful. It is well worth visiting for the beauty of the campus alone. Very cool.  more »
  • Amazingly, this was my first visit to the UCLA campus. I wanted to see it but I didn't want to pay $14 for a full day of parking to walk around for 30 minutes so we drove around the loop. It's a nice....  more
    Amazingly, this was my first visit to the UCLA campus. I wanted to see it but I didn't want to pay $14 for a full day of parking to walk around for 30 minutes so we drove around the loop. It's a nice....  more »
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  • Very health conscious, clean, and gorgeous campus. The school shop has SO MANY Bruins clothing options and styles, it's hard to choose! The staff is lovely and helpful, from the library to the stores. There are free covid tests on campus for students, too. Looking forward to a great time here! Especially with Mr. Powell, the kitty ♡
  • First time attended here is 2012. I cannot believe an entire decade has slipped in a blink. The campus is beautiful as usual. The 2nd floor of store still has that sushi place, cafe, and Karl’s Jr, as well as those two big screens that served us for Euro Cups in 2012 summer. new students are energetic and passionate about everything just like us before. The food delivery robot is a new feature. Salute to UCLA. You are always the best.

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