University of California – Los Angeles is a public institution that was founded in 1919. Its setting is urban and the campus size is 1.7 km².
The university has a significant impact in the Los Angeles economy. It is the fifth largest employer in the county and the seventh largest in the region. In 2015, the Institute of International Education ranked UCLA 8th among American universities with the most international students.
Fourteen Nobel laureates, three Fields Medalists, two Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and three Turing Award winners have been faculty, researchers, or alumni. UCLA student-athletes, coaches and staff have won 251 Olympic medals: 126 gold, 65 silver and 60 bronze.
The Times Higher Education 2015–2016 ranks UCLA 16th in the world for academics and 13th for reputation. In 2015-16, UCLA was ranked 12th in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and 31st in the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings. In 2015, the Center for World University Rankings ranked the university 15th in the world based on quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact, and patents.
Interesting fact: the engineering school is credited as the birthplace of the Internet, where the first message was sent to a computer at Stanford University on October 29, 1969 by Professor Leonard Kleinrock and his research team at UCLA.
The university is branched in five undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, and four professional health science schools.
Some of the UCLA’s fields are high ranked. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy was ranged 10th worldwide.
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015 placed Arts & Humanities the 10th; Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health – the 9th; Engineering and Technology –the 9th, Physical Sciences – the 9th; Social Sciences – the 9th.
Academic field ranked among the global top ten in the QS World University Rankings 2015 are arts & humanities - the 10th and life sciences and medicine - the 10th.
Besides UCLA is rated "most selective" by U.S. News & World Report and has an admissions selectivity of about 18%.
UCLA works according a quarter-based academic calendar.