Facts and Glossary
Did You Know?
UCLA is a world leader in academics and research.
More than 6,000 research projects are being conducted on the UCLA campus at any given time. U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA 23rd in the United States (2014).
Washington Monthly rated UCLA the nation’s number 1 in “affordable elites”.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranks UCLA 12th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The Times of London ranks UCLA 8th in its Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings (2013) and 12th in its THE World University Rankings (2013-14).
The Center for Measuring University Performance puts UCLA among the nation’s top research universities: 5th in total research expenditures, 7th in faculty awards and 7th in producing doctorates (2011).
UCLA depends on private support to maintain its unparalleled excellence.
State funding provides only 7 percent of UCLA’s operating budget.
UCLA receives $1 billion in research funding a year.
The university received $557 million in private gifts and grants in 2013-2014.
UCLA has a 37.7% average conversion rate for count of research proposals submitted vs. awarded (FY 2005-2012).
UCLA is a catalyst for economic growth.
UCLA generated $12.7 billion in economic activity in the greater Los Angeles region and $12.9 billion throughout California during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
UCLA generates $1.8 billion regionally in local, state, and federal taxes.
For every $1 dollar the state invests, UCLA returns $34 in economic activity.
UCLA is one of the top 5 employers in the Southern California region.
UCLA provides 95,000 jobs in Southern California alone.
UCLA is a platform for innovation.
UCLA’s thirteen faculty and alumni Nobel Laureates include Ralph Bunche (Peace Prize, 1950), former undersecretary general of the United Nations; and Louis Ignarro (Medicine, 1998), whose discovery led to the development of Viagra.
UCLA is home to 2,100 inventions and 630 U.S. Patents.
In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, start-ups harnessing UCLA innovations created almost 4,500 jobs.
More than 100 companies have been created based on technology developed at UCLA.
UCLA is a leader in healthcare.
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center ranked among the top five hospitals in the nation and was rated the best hospital in the Western United States for the 24th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report (2013-14).
More than 200 of UCLA’s current 2,000 physicians are listed among the “Best Doctors in America.”
Further Impact and Significance
UCLA has won 111 NCAA team championships – more than any other university.
UCLA athletes have captured 250 Olympic medals.
The UCLA Library, ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America, contains more than 7.5 million volumes, including the world’s largest archive collection on Japanese American life and culture.
UCLA Film & Television Archive is the second largest moving image archive in the United States after the Library of Congress, and the world’s largest university-based media archive, with more than 220,000 film and television titles and 27 million feet of newsreel footage.