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University of California, Los Angeles

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UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles, commonly known as UCLA, is the Los Angeles campus of the University of California.

As of 2003, the university has more than 35,000 students, and is led by Chancellor Al Carnesale.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Campus
3 Academics
4 Athletics
5 Traditions and Events
6 Notable faculty, past and present
7 Notable alumni
8 External links

History

UCLA was founded in 1919 as the Southern Branch of the University of California. It is the second-oldest campus in the University of California system. In 1927, the school was renamed "University of California at Los Angeles"; the word 'at' was officially replaced by a comma in 1958. Also in 1927, the state broke ground at a new campus on the chaparral-covered hills of a real estate development called Westwood. (The first campus was located on Vermont Avenue.) The first classes were held in 1929 in the four original buildings on the 400-acre campus.

Campus

Today the campus comprises some 163 buildings across 419 acres in the western part of Los Angeles, north of the Westwood shopping district and just south of Sunset Boulevard.

Academics

Organization

UCLA is organized into the following schools and colleges:

Rankings

UCLA has a distinguished academic program. Of the 36 PhD. programs examined by the National Research Council, UCLA had 33 rank in the top 20 in terms of faculty quality. 12 departments were ranked in the top 10:

Athletics

The school's sports teams are called the Bruins, with colors powder-blue and gold. (Note the parallel to Cal's Bears, with colors Yale Blue and gold, but in practice yellow. There is even a
Founder's Rock, but much smaller than the one at Cal.) They participate in the NCAA's Division I-A, and in the Pacific Ten Conference.

As of 2004, UCLA has 94 NCAA championships, more than any other school.

UCLA enjoys a traditional rivalry with the nearby University of Southern California, however the two schools routinely share resources and adjunct faculty.

Traditions and Events

Each Spring, the Tau Beta Pi honor society hosts "Engineers' Week" activities that include engineering project demonstrations, paper airplane and egg dropping contests and a campus-wide trivia treasure hunt.

The Los Angeles Times Book Fair, also held on campus in the Spring, is the largest annual gathering of publishers and authors in the country.

Spring Sing is a yearly show of student talent held at the LA Tennis Center which is on campus.

Notable faculty, past and present

Notable alumni

External links


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