I’ve been spending a lot of time at UCLA lately and getting that giddy UCLA pride I tend to get towards the start of the fall quarter. This year it’s accentuated because of my role as a leader in the graduate student government. I’ve been meeting all kinds of new students and listening to welcome speeches by chancellors, vice chancellors, directors of different student affairs divisions, and other student leaders.
Although I have my gripes (parking, rapidly increasing costs, and number of underrepresented minorities), I am generally pretty satisfied with my experience at UCLA.
Some quick facts about the best higher education institution in Los Angeles. (Yeah, I know I’m biased).
- US News & World Report ranks UCLA #25 (tied with U of Michigan, Ann Arbor) among national universities. The graduate school of education ranks second only to Harvard.
- UCLA was named “best hospital in the West” in this year’s US News & World Report rankings
- More high school seniors apply to UCLA (43,197) than any other US university. Total enrollment is about 25,000 undergrads and 11,000 graduate students.
- UCLA is now primarily a residential institution; 92% of freshman and 70% of sophomores live on campus.
- Our football and basketball teams may not be winning championships currently, but UCLA still has more NCAA team championships (97) than any other school.
- UCLA is the 10th-largest employer in the greater LA region.
- One-third of undergraduates participate in community-service activities.
- As of June 30, 2005 fundraisers had raised $2.8 billion for Campaign UCLA, the largest public-university campaign.
- The school was founded in 1919, and moved to Westwood in 1929.
For my fellow Bruins out there, hope you have a good fall quarter (or semester for law/medicine students).