The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), an integral part of the University of California system, is a public coeducational, research university located in Westwood village in Los Angeles. Established in 1919, it is UCís second oldest campus and the largest university in California.
UCLA traces its root back to 1882, when Los Angeles State Normal School was formed to train the teachers in southern California. In 1916, the school was shifted to a new campus on Vermont Avenue in Hollywood.
It became the Southern Branch of the University of California (SBUC) in 1919 and a general undergraduate program, the College of Letters and Science, was added to it.
Later, in 1927, the construction of the Westwood campus began and the school name was officially changed to University of California at Los Angeles.
A member of the Association of American Universities, UCLA confers 118 degree and 200 undergraduate programs in various fields. Its diverse teaching programs are imparted through College of Letters and Science, and 11 graduate and professional schools.
With more than 5,000 research programs, UCLA ranks among the top 10 research universities in the country. Throughout the summer, the university offers more than 500 courses at its various departments.
In addition, UCLA operates 30 specialized institutions with programs in business, the arts, law, medicine, languages, and other subjects. UCLA Extension provides high-quality continuing education programs.
The university encompasses 174 buildings in a lovely 419-acre campus, informally divided into north and south sections.
The North campus is home to arts, humanities, social sciences, law, and business programs whereas the South campus includes physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, psychology, mathematical sciences, all health-related fields, and the UCLA Medical Center.
UCLA's museums, galleries, and gardens form the leading arts and cultural center in the West. Prominent among them are the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA Hammer Museum, New Wight Gallery, and the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden.
UCLA holds a network of libraries throughout its campus. Considered among the top 10 libraries in the U.S., it jointly possesses more than 7.6 million volumes, and nearly 80,000 serial titles.
In addition to this massive collection, various information resources are independently managed by each UCLA department and center.
Further, the UCLA campus includes corner restaurants, shops, and housing facilities. The career center at UCLA is committed to recruiting the best and brightest individuals.