The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in the United States. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten major campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 11,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year. It is the only leading research institution in the world founded in the 20th century.
UCLA is organized into five undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, and five professional Health Science schools. Eleven Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university as faculty, researchers, or alumni, 37 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 20 to the National Academy of Engineering, and 97 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
UCLA has more applicants than any other university in the United States. Out of 55,676 undergraduate applicants for Fall 2009, 12,098 were admitted, the lowest acceptance rate in the UC system. Students come to UCLA from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, though according to statistics from 2001-05, an average 92.6% of the entire student body originated from California.
The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA's undergraduate program 24th in the nation, and second among top public universities. UCLA is consistently ranked high in other college and university rankings. The university ranks 3rd nationally in The Washington Monthly, 12th in Newsweek's Top 100 Global universities ranking in 2007, and 13th in the world by Top 500 World Universities, an annual list published by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. UCLA also ranks among the top 10 schools in the country with the most faculty awards.
UCLA faculty is "highly cited" for its research according to the Institute for Scientific Information In a ranking conducted in 1995 by the National Research Council, of the 36 Ph.D. programs examined, eleven departments were ranked in the top ten. and thirty-one in the top 20, the third highest number of those distinctions in the country.
UCLA student-athletes compete intercollegiately as the Bruins. As a member of the Pacific-10 Conference, the Bruins have won 125 national championships, including 104 NCAA team championships as of 2009, more than any other university. As a department, UCLA athletics finished as the #1 overall Collegiate Athletic Program of the 20th Century and continues to maintain its #1 status into the 21st Century.
In 2006, the university completed Campaign UCLA, which collected over $3.05 billion and is the second most successful fundraising campaign, second only to the University of Michigan fundraising campaign of $3.2 Bilion in 2008 in the history of higher education. In 2008, UCLA raised over $456 million, ranking the institution among the top 10 universities in the United States in total fundraising for the year.