Los Angeles

The National Research Council ranks UCLA alongside UC Berkeley and Harvard as offering more top-ranked graduate programs than all other U.S. colleges and universities.

With a faculty that includes Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur fellows and National Academy members, UCLA receives upwards of $1 billion in competitively awarded research grants and contracts annually.  

Today, more than 5,000 UCLA research projects are answering questions on key topics, from transnational migration to the origins of the universe, and generating inventions, including cell-phone microscopes and stem cell therapeutics. Signature resources include the UCLA Film and Television Archive; the Luskin Center’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency; and the UCLA Anderson Business Forecasting Project, providing economic forecasts for California and the nation.

Campus life

UCLA is located in Westwood, a beautiful neighborhood 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The campus boasts six major performance halls, theaters and playhouses; a planetarium and botanical garden; a five-acre outdoor sculpture garden with works by Rodin, Noguchi, Matisse and Miro; the library where Ray Bradbury wrote "Fahrenheit 451"; and the room from which the first Internet transmission was sent. A short drive takes you to the hiking trails of the Santa Monica Mountains or the offerings of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dolby Theatre, Staples Center and Hollywood.

UCLA has more graduate students than any other UC campus. Support includes five graduate-student housing complexes, three award-winning childcare centers, the Kinross Recreation Center, a Graduate Writing Center and Graduate Student Resource Center, and professional development workshops.

Campus snapshot

  • Student body: 41,845 total;
    12,212 graduate students
  • Graduate programs: 140+
  • Setting: Urban

Undergraduate research programs

Completing a research project before you apply to graduate school can help you be a competitive applicant. You don't have to be a UCLA student to take advantage of the campus's programs.