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The seal of UCLA
Royce Hall, one of the original four buildings, inspired by Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio

UCLA, officially the University of California, Los Angeles, is a public research university located in the census-designated place of Los Angeles, California. The campus occupies 419 acres (170 hectares) and enrolls over 44,000 students. UCLA is ranked among the top universities in the world. UCLA was founded in 1919 after the California State government acquired the land and buildings of the Los Angeles Normal School and transformed it into the Southern Branch of the University of California.

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  • In an office in Boelter Hall, on October 29, 1969, the Internet was born. Professor Leonard Kleinrock at UCLA sent the first message to Stanford. The entire message would have been “LOGIN,” however, the system crashed after only the first two letters were sent. Thus, the first Internet message was “LO.”
  • When I went to America, her message had so sunk into my ears that I became a radical. I went to America to study at the University of California, where a jurist of international law was teaching. I wanted to take my degree in international law. And that was the period of McCarthyism, of the communist witch hunts—my choices were laid out. To get away from Sunset Boulevard, from the girls with red nail polish, I ran off to Maxwell Street and lived among the Negroes. A week, a month. I felt good with them—they were real, they knew how to laugh. And the day in San Diego when I wasn’t able to get a hotel room because I have olive skin and looked like a Mexican ... well, that helped.
    • Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, April 1972 interview to Oriana Fallaci, as quoted in Interviews with History and Conversations with Power (2011).
  • UCLA has the largest enrollments of Korean American students in the United States: some 3,300 students, or nearly 10 percent of our entire student body, the total enrollments of many liberal arts colleges.


  • The north, central and south precincts of UCLA each have a distinct character. Upon central campus, the Romanesque and 1950s transitional buildings are arranged in geometric rigidity. With its formal patterns and defined open spaces, it is a Beaux-Arts tour-de-force. North and south campuses reacted against its order and coherence. Circulation is organized by free-form garden paths that entreat relaxed perambulation, and building style is based upon individual design rather than stylistic uniformity.


  • Scarcely five weeks after UCLA students began the first fall classes in Westwood, the Wall Street crash of 1929 brought the Roaring '20s to an abrupt end, leading the country into the decade-long Great Depression.


  • Hoover's plan worked. Tensions between the Panthers and US reached a fever pitch in early 1969, and when the shootings occurred, they brought significant pressure to bear upon UCLA's special admissions programs; both victims were High Potential students, as were two of the three suspects taken into custody. Chancellor Young immediately reassured the campus community that the shootings would not impact the university's effort to integrate the student body, and issued a press release on the success and rigorous screening process of the High Potential Program. "UCLA is committed to such projects, some of them experimental in character, as are many other universities in the United States," Young explained in a statement. "The tragic events of last Friday have in no way diminished our resolve to offer broader educational opportunities on this campus. We are determined to go forward with what we have started in the conviction that it is necessary, that it is right and that it is just."


  • UCLA Law taught me the importance of listening to constituents … that to represent someone means understanding them and empathizing with their concern or cause. It also taught me to be a passionate advocate who uses the facts and the law to make my best case.
  • UCLA was the obvious choice for the first node on the ARPANET. When Ivan Sutherland was in charge of IPTO, ARPA had funded a networking experiment to link IBM computers in three of the University's departments. UCLA had also played an important role in specifying the measurement software that BBN implemented in each IMP. That, coupled with Kleinrock's work on communications networks, which was so important for Larry Roberts's plans, clinched it for UCLA. After all, who better than Kleinrock to understand what was going on when the packets started to flow? UCLA became the Network Measurement Centre, responsible for compiling statistics and analysing the net-work.


  • We are Sons of Westwood
    And we hail to Blue and Gold
    True to thee our hearts will be
    Our love will not grow old,
    Fight! Fight! Fight!
    Bruins roam the hills of Westwood
    By the blue Pacific shores
    And if we chance to see
    A man from USC
    Every Bruin starts to roar.
    UCLA, fight, fight, fight!
    • Kelly James, Associate Director of the UCLA Marching Band, written for an "All U Weekends" football game and adopted as UCLA's fight song



Talking about UCLA and my education actually connects with my earlier background, because UCLA was very much Marxist, at least in the art history department. I'm drawn toward these ideas. I grew up in a Marxist society and my entire education before coming to the United States was very much based on Marxist thought. Almost every historical course you took at UCLA was grounded in Marxism, so the social part - the idea of trying to use my art as a means of social change - was very appealing to me, but I somehow felt that this was futile, considering how powerful television was, so I always sunk back into using video as self-expression rather than as a tool for social change. I just want to mention that because I think that if you analyze some of the older tapes of mine, especially Behind the Canvas (1974), it was definitely what was preoccupying my mind at the time.


  • Major fundraising campaigns are another key undertaking in revenue generation. During a recent ten-and-a-half-year campaign, UCLA raised $3 billion from 225,000 donors, making it the most successful academic endeavor to raise funds in the nation. Efforts to encourage potential revenue from trademarks and logos are also at the forefront. The UCLA Trademarks and Licensing Office coordinates programs to protect the UCLA brand name at home and abroad. 'Through its appearance on products from toothbrushes to sandals to kites, the UCLA logo signifies an important source of revenue. Perhaps even more importantly, the logo is a crucial element in UCLA's institutional identity as a world-class public research university with increasing emphasis on privatization, international competitiveness, entrepreneurialism, and self-sustainability, key manifestations of the impact of neoliberal forms of globalization on university life.
  • Lastly, the most powerful tool for politicizing mixed heritage students in my experience was the practice and protection of the right for one to self-identify. Personal identification is an extraordinarily political act because it allows people to decide for themselves, according to their own self-reflection and experiences, how they see and position themselves in society and where society sees and positions them. Mixed Student Union at UCLA was founded on the idea that any member can identify as they choose; in our space people were not going to be assumed to racially/ethnically/linguistically/religiously/culturally identify a certain way. We were not going to judge or pry our way into each person's background. Members were open to express themselves how and when they chose. I drew inspiration from Maria P. Roots' work titled, the "Bill of Rights for Mixed People," in which she lays out several empowering and inclusive rights of mixed-identified people.


  • In 1939, UCLA obviously allowed black students to attend the university, but it wasn't exactly encouraged. As a result, out of 9,600 students at UCLA, only about fifty were black. In addition, it was very hard for the black students at UCLA to find housing or get hired for part-time jobs on campus. And it was even more difficult for black students to be included in social events. It was clearly understood that they were not to attend parties with white students, so the tiny group of blacks socialized among themselves. Still, UCLA welcomed Jackie Robinson because he was a great athlete and the university was desperately in need of star power on the field. UCLA was a fairly new school when Jackie arrived, but it was in the same sports division as older, stronger colleges like USC, Berkeley, Stanford and Oregon. UCLA was the new kid on the block and needed some victories. It hoped Jackie Robinson would help.
  • For several decades, UCLA has been committed to addressing diversity-related problems with "multicultural solutions." Like many of its counterparts across the nation, it has taken a variety of measures to address these problems and has put an extensive web of diversity-related initiatives in place. UCLA established four ethnic studies centers on campus in the late 1960s-among the first in the nation to do so. Subsequently, the university introduced ethnic studies majors; implemented ethnic studies research and teaching initiatives; established affirmative action admissions policies relating to ethnicity; and sponsored minority-targeted ori-entations, events, and tutorial programs. Further, the university has established programs that are intended to ease diversity-related tensions and has put into practice harsh punishments for students, staff, and faculty who violate or disrespect multicultural norms. Therefore, it is of urgent practical interest to know whether this training ground a model of the kind of multiculturalism making appearances at universities across the country-is an effective one.


  • Elinor Claire Awan was born in 1933 and grew up in the midst of the Great Depression in Los Angeles. When her parents divorced, she remained with her mother and lived in relatively poor conditions, having to grow their own food in their backyard garden... She recalled that her "mother didn't want me to go to college [she] saw no reason whatsoever to do that." Despite this, she went to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated in 1954 with a major in political science... "My work was then, and has always been, interdisciplinary. Some universities don't get students started on thinking in an interdisciplinary way, so that's one of the strengths of UCLA."
  • Encyclopedic article on UCLA on Wikipedia