University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

A public research university founded in 1919, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has more applicants than any other university in the United States. UCLA is one of the world’s great research universities, ranked number 11 in London’s Times Higher Education rankings (2010-2011).  Interdisciplinary teaching and research is a particular strength, with initiatives in the arts, stem cells and other biosciences, nanoscience, international studies and the environment. There are almost 40,000 students at UCLA, roughly 27,000 undergraduates and 13,000 graduate and professional students. The student body is diverse both in cultural and economic terms. As many as 36% of UCLA undergraduates receive Pell Grants, given to students whose family income is typically less than $50,000. International students account for 17% of graduate students and 5% of undergraduates. More than 9,500 undergraduates live as part of the on-campus community, in residence halls, plazas and suites “on the hill.” About 4,000 undergrads belong to fraternities or sororities, and 32 of those groups offer housing. Some 3,000 graduate students live in UCLA housing, with a major complex in Westwood and additional complexes within 5 miles of campus. The campus is a cultural magnet for the entire Southern California region. Intriguing public programs are also offered by academic departments, especially music, theater, architecture, and design. UCLA sports are also an important part of the L.A. lifestyle, from football at the Rose Bowl to basketball in Pauley Pavilion. The UCLA 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.