The University of California, Los Angeles, is one of the top-ranked universities in the country, 25th on the latest U.S. News and World Report issue on America's Best Colleges. Drawing more applications than any other university in the country, UCLA offers potential students the benefits of both a large, diverse student population in a highly acclaimed school and the opportunity to be in one of the most vibrant metropolises in the U.S. Read on for more college facts on UCLA.


UCLA was founded in 1919 when California Gov. William D. Stephens signed California Assembly Bill 626 that established the Southern Branch of the University of California. The name was changed to the University of California at Los Angeles in 1927. Later, the word "at" was officially replaced by a comma. UCLA is the second-oldest general public research university in the United States.


Originally consisting of only four buildings (Royce Hall, Chemistry Building, Physics-Biology Building and College Library), UCLA's first undergraduate class included only 5,500 students. In Fall 2008, there were 39,650 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The campus land size is now 419 acres, and there are 163 buildings housing the offices, research labs and classrooms where students, faculty, and administration live and work.


UCLA is in Westwood. Originally located on Vermont Avenue in Hollywood, the school moved from the 25-acre lot to its current site. The campus is approximately 5 miles east of the Pacific Ocean.

Academic Programs and Majors

As a top research university, UCLA offers 118 undergraduate and 200 graduate degree programs. These range across all scholarly and professional disciplines. The majority of undergraduate majors are housed in the College of Letters and Science, which is divided into: life sciences, physical sciences, humanities, social sciences and the international institute. UCLA also houses a school of arts and architecture; theater, film, and television; and nursing.

Professional schools at UCLA include the School of Medicine, School of Law, School of Public Affairs, School of Management and the School of Education.

Student Life

Attending UCLA is not just about the pursuit of a degree. The diverse campus offers opportunities for students to pursue other interests, including student social clubs, school traditions and athletics. UCLA's sports teams are called the Bruins and include football, basketball, soccer, rowing, golf, tennis and water polo.

One particular tradition that has become popular at UCLA is "Undie Run," where students run around a campus during finals week in their underwear.