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The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in the United States. It was founded in 1919 and is the second-oldest general-purpose campus in the University of California system.
UCLA is comprised of the College of Letters and Science (the primary undergraduate college) as well as undergraduate colleges Arts and Architecture, Herb Alpert School of Music, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Nursing, and Theater, Film, and Television, seven professional schools, and five professional Health Science schools. Since 2001, UCLA has enrolled over 33,000 total students annually.
UCLA is ranked 2nd nationally by The Washington Monthly, 12th in Newsweek's Top 100 Global universities ranking.World Universities, an annual list published by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. UCLA's undergraduate program is ranked 24th among "America's Best Colleges 2010: National Universities" by U.S. News & World Report, second among public universities in the United States. UCLA is a new Ivy according to the 25 New Ivies, a list of universities ranked by Newsweek. UCLA also ranks among the top 10 schools in the country with the most faculty awards.
UCLA has more applicants than any other university in the United States. Out of 55,676 undergraduate applicants for Fall 2009, 12,098 (21.73%) were admitted, the lowest acceptance rate in the UC system. Students come to UCLA from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, though according to statistics from 2001-05, an average 92.6% of the entire student body originated from California. As of January 23, 2009, 55,636 applications had been received by UCLA for the academic year.
UCLA's athletic teams, the Bruins, have won 125 national championships, including 104 NCAA team championships as of 2009, which is more than any other university. On May 31, 2008, the men's golf team won UCLA's 103rd NCAA title. On May 10, 2009, the women's water polo team won its fifth consecutive NCAA title, and UCLA's 104th overall, by defeating crosstown rival USC.
In 2006, the university completed Campaign UCLA, which collected over $3.05 billion and is the second most successful fundraising campaign in the history of higher education. In 2008, UCLA raised over $456 million, ranking the institution among the top 10 universities in the United States in total fundraising for the year.