University of California, Los Angeles



The Southern Branch of the University of California was founded in Los Angeles



The current name, University of California at Los Angeles, was officially adopted



The Westwood campus opened



UCLA awarded its first Ph.D. degree 




The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center opened



19,000 freshmen applied for the fall semester



UCLA celebrated a century of operation

UCLA plans a Decade Celebration for their Centennial Year


4 Billion Dollar Funding Goal

UCLA has an exceptionally bold plan for its 2019 Centennial Year. No public university has undertaken such a large fundraising effort or leveraged their centennial decade to this extent.  The University has received donations from 145,000 individuals totaling $2.7B and is over halfway to its goal to renovate and expand its facilities and programs via a $4.2 billion fundraising campaign.

Parker Institute for Cancer

One of the larger, earmarked donations is $10M of initial funding for collaborative cancer immunotherapy research at UCLA. Three hundred researchers at six different institutions, including UCLA, will be able to share intellectual property and core discoveries with each other to accelerate progress towards new cancer treatments. It’s an effort that resembles the human genome project in that one database will allow researchers to share all their scientific findings. The work will be conducted under the umbrella of the new Parker Institute for Cancer and funded by Sean Parker, founder of Napster and first president at Facebook.


The Institute on Inequality and Democracy

Another new program funded by Centennial Campaign donors is The Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs under the direction of Professor Ananya Roy. Roy has said “equality requires constant vigilance.” The Institute founders have selected UCLA as a place that manifests inequality but also counts successes in overcoming the divisions of race, class, income, and education. The focus of the Institute is to organize and grow existing knowledge about social inequalities and leverage that knowledge to transform societies.


The Centennial Campaign will Kick Start Numerous New Projects

More can be learned about this ambitious Centennial Campaign from the video and website below. As mentioned before, both were created specifically to celebrate UCLA’s 2019 Centennial. The website lists the special projects in multiple disciplines, including the two highlighted above.


Did You Know?

  • UCLA is the most applied to university in the country and is home to 30,000 undergraduates (19,000 freshman applied for fall admission in 2015) and 12,000 graduate students.
  • The most popular undergraduate majors among the 150 offered are, business economics, biology, psychology, political science, economics, and psychobiology.
  • Legend has it that one of the Janss brothers, who sold the land for UCLA, is buried under the 6th of the 87 Janss Steps, originally the main entrance to campus.
  • During Finals Week, at midnight, students come outside to yell and scream to release stress; this is called the “Midnight Yell”
  • UCLA faculty and alumina have won numerous awards including, Academy Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, Medal of Honor, and Nobel Laureates.



Video Kicking off the UCLA Fundraising Campaign

Campaign Website 


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