The University of California, Los Angeles ( UCLA) is a public research university in Los Angeles, California . UCLA traces its early origins back to 1882 as the southern branch of the California State Normal School (now San Jose State University ). It became the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the second-oldest of the 10-campus University of California system. UCLA offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. It has about 31,500 undergraduate and 12,800 graduate students. UCLA had 119,000 applicants for Fall 2016, including transfer applicants, making the school the most applied-to of any American university. The university is organized into six undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, and four professional health science schools.
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. The first library, University Library (presently Powell Library ), was founded in 1884. In 1910, Elizabeth Fargo became the university’s first librarian. The library is there to help students acquire extensive knowledge on wide area of topics within and outside their fields. The college has close to 30,000 staffs, both academic and administrative. They all work and enhance students performance through various classes, practicals, field work and research. 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. The campus maintains 24,000 parking spaces, and operates an award-winning sustainable transportation program. UCLA also has a grocery shuttle that transports students between the dorms and Westwood, on weekends in order to facilitate students’ shopping needs.
UCLA has been called a Public Ivy , and has been ranked among the best public universities in the United States by major college and university rankings. This includes one ranking that has UCLA as the top public university in the United States in 2021. As of October 2020, 25 Nobel laureates, three Fields Medalists, and five Turing Award winners. Amidst all these awards, 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, 28 to the National Academy of Engineering, 39 to the Institute of Medicine, and 124 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The university was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1974. UCLA has attracted filmmakers for decades with its proximity to Hollywood. Much of the film Gotcha!, filmed in 1985 was shot at UCLA, as well as John Singleton ‘s Higher Learning in 1995. Legally Blonde in 2001, Old School in 2003, The Nutty Professor in 1995, Erin Brockovich in 2000, How High in 2001, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder in 2002, American Pie 2 in 2001, and Bring It On Again in 2004 were all mainly shot around campus. In January 2009, the Bollywood movie My Name is Khan was shot on campus.
To gain admission into the university. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA ,while 3.4 for non-residents or higher and no grades lower than a C in required high school courses. Students who does not meet the requirements will not stand a chance of gaining admission into the university. It is possible to gain admission with a high enough score on the ACT or SAT plus on two SAT subject tests.