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University of California- Los Angeles
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Los Angeles, CA
Established 1919
Students- 38,476
Undergraduates- 26,928
Postgraduates- 11,548
Endowment- 1.8 billion
Mascot- Joe and Josephine Bruin

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los AngelesCalifornia, United States. It became the University of California Southern Branch in 1919, making it the second-oldest undergraduate campus of the ten-campus system after the original University of California campus in Berkeley (1873). It offers 337 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. With an approximate enrollment of 30,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students, UCLA has the highest enrollment of any university in California and is the most applied to university in the United States with over 112,000 applications for fall 2015.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2014–2015 ranks UCLA 12th for academics and 13th for reputation. In 2014, UCLA was ranked 37th in the QS World University Rankings, 12th in the world (10th in North America) by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and 23rd in the world (13th in North America) in Financial Times' Global MBA Rankings. In 2013, Business Insider ranked UCLA as having the most driven students in the world. In 2015, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked the university 15th in the world based on quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact, and patents. As of March 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA #8 in their "Best Global University Rankings".

The university is organized into five undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, and four professional health science schools. The undergraduate colleges are the College of Letters and Science; Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS); School of the Arts and Architecture; School of Theater, Film, and Television; and School of Nursing. Fifteen Nobel laureates, one Fields Medalist, and three Turing Award winners have been 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 student-athletes compete as the Bruins in the Pacific-12 Conference. The Bruins have won 125 national championships, including 112 NCAA team championships. UCLA student-athletes have won 250 Olympic medals: 125 gold, 65 silver and 60 bronze. The Bruins have competed in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception (1924), and have won a gold medal in every Olympics that the United States has participated in since 1932.