University of California Los Angeles Photo Tour

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UCLA Photo Tour

UCLA Bruin
UCLA Bruin (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of California, Los Angeles was founded in 1882, making it California's second oldest public research university. Over 39,000 students are currently enrolled.

UCLA's campus is located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. UCLA's school colors are true blue and gold, and its mascot is a Bruin.

UCLA is organized into five undergraduate schools: The College of Letters and Sciences; Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; School of the Arts and Architecture; School of Theater, Film, and Television; and School of Nursing. The university is also home to the graduate schools: David Geffen School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, Fielding School of Public Health, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Anderson School of Management, School of Law, and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

The university's athletic programs are equally celebrated. The Bruins participate in the NCAA Division 1A in the Pacific-12 Conference. The UCLA men's basketball team owns 11 NCAA titles, seven of which were won under the legendary coach John Wooden. The Bruins football team also holds one national championship and 16 conference titles.

The statue of the UCLA Bruin was designed by Billy Fitzgerald and is located on the Bruin Walk. The statue is often the victim of USC pranksters during the days leading up to the USC vs. UCLA football games.

As one of the country's top public universities, UCLA is featured in numerous articles:

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The John Wooden Center at UCLA

The UCLA Wooden Center
The UCLA Wooden Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Along the Bruin Walk, the main walkway from student housing to the center of campus, is the John Wooden Center, UCLA's primary recreation center for students. The facility was named in honor of UCLA Men's basketball legendary coach John Wooden. The Wooden Center features 22,000 sq. ft. basketball court and volleyball courts, multiple dance, yoga, and martial arts training rooms, racquetball courts, and a central cardio and weight training room.

The Wooden Center also offers outdoor adventure programs, which includes rock wall training, wilderness outings, and mountain bike rentals.

Entry to the John Wooden Center is included in student tuition.

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Ackerman Union at UCLA

UCLA Ackerman Union
UCLA Ackerman Union (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Ackerman Union, located at the center of campus, is UCLA's main student center. The building was constructed in 1961 with the intention of centralizing student activity on campus. Today, it acts as the headquarters for UCLA student media, ASUCLA (the associated students of UCLA), student government, and student programming.

Located on the first floor of Ackerman Union, the food court offers a variety of options including Carl's Jr., Subway, Panda Express, Rubio's, Wetzel's Pretzels, and Sbarro.

The A-and-B-levels of Ackerman Union offer many services to students. The campus bookstore, print shop, computer store, photo studio, textbook store, and the University Credit Union are located on these floors.

A bridge connects Ackerman Union to Kerchoff Hall, which houses the Bruin card office, student support services, human resources, and The Daily Bruin. The bridge to Kerchoff Hall is also home to UCLA's grand ballroom, which has an open floor capacity of 2,200 and a theater room, which can accommodate 1,200 people. Performances by Jimmy Hendrix and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and screenings of Deep Throat and The God Father: I all took place in the Ackerman ballroom.

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Drake Stadium at UCLA

UCLA Drake Stadium
UCLA Drake Stadium (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

At the bottom of the "Hill," along the Bruin Walk, is Drake Stadium, the home of UCLA's track and field and soccer teams. The 11,700 capacity stadium was named in honor of UCLA track legend Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake, who remained on campus as a student-athlete, track coach, and athletic trainer for 60 years.

In 1999 the track was converted from a traditional American 400-yard eight-lane oval to a European 400-meter nine-lane surface with a tartan surface, making it one of the finest tracks in the country. A 25-ft high by 29-ft wide scoreboard was installed during the renovations as well.

Since its inaugural meet in 1969, Drake Stadium has hosted the National AAU in 1976-77-78, the Pacific-8 Championships in 1970 and 1977 and the California CIF High School meet in 1969-71-77. In May 2005, Drake Stadium again hosted the Pacific-10 Conference championships. Although the Rose Bowl is the primary home for Bruin's football, Drake Stadium hosts most of the football team's scrimmages.

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Wilson Plaza at UCLA

UCLA Wilson Plaza
UCLA Wilson Plaza (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Between Kauffman Hall and the Student Activities Center is Wilson Plaza. The Plaza, which was named after Robert and Marion Wilson-long time UCLA philanthropists, is UCLA's central quad, where students can relax, study, and socialize between classes. A majority of UCLA's colleges hold their commencement ceremonies on the plaza, and the annual Beat SC Rally and Bonfire takes place on Wilson Plaza during the week leading up to the USC-UCLA rivalry football game.

The Janns Steps were the original entrance to UCLA's campus. The 87-step stairway is an iconic part of UCLA that was named after the Janns brothers, who sold the land that UCLA was built on.

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Student Activities Center at UCLA

UCLA Student Activities Center
UCLA Student Activities Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located in Wilson Plaza, the Student Activities Center is an additional student recreation facility. Completed in 1932, the building was UCLA's first indoor Men's Gym, but in 2004, the university decided to give the Men's Gym more of a student-focus. Today, the center houses a gymnasium, locker rooms, intercollegiate sports, and UCLA's main outdoor swimming pool.

The Student Activities Center is also home to many of the university's student organizations, meeting rooms, and program offices.

The Graduate Student Resource Center, The Center for Women & Men and UCLA Recreation are a few of the organizations based out of the student center.

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Kauffman Hall at UCLA

Kauffman Hall at UCLA
Kauffman Hall at UCLA (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

In 2005 this building was renovated and renamed in honor of philanthropist Glorya Kauffman. Originally the Women's Gym, Kauffman was one of UCLA's first buildings on campus. Just like the Student Activities Center, Kauffman Hall also has a recreational pool and sports facility. Additionally, the UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department is based out of the building.

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Powell Library at UCLA

UCLA Powell Library
UCLA Powell Library (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1929, Powell Library serves as the main undergraduate library in UCLA's library system. UCLA currently has 12 libraries and over eight million books in its collection. The library, built in the Romanesque Revival architectural design, was one of the original four buildings on the UCLA campus. Like Royce Hall, which is located directly across from Powell Library, the building is modeled after the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan. The library was named after Lawrence Clark Powell, the Dean of the Graduate School of Library Services from 1960 to 1966.

The ground floor is home to ​the majority of the study spaces. Long tables, cubicles, and conferences rooms are available for studying students. The upper floors house most of the library's book collection as well as scattered study spaces. Powell Library offers access to materials for the College of Letters and Science. The collection includes approximately 235,000 volumes and 550 serials and newspapers, as well as three specialized collections of contemporary fiction, graphic novels, and travel guides.

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Royce Hall at UCLA

Royce Hall at UCLA
Royce Hall at UCLA (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Across from Powell library is Royce Hall, UCLA's main performance venue. Built in 1929, the building's 1,833-seat concert hall has hosted musicians Ella Fitzgerald and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and speakers Albert Einstein and John F. Kennedy. The Royce Hall concert hall also houses 6,600-pipe E.M. Skinner pipe organ.

Due to UCLA's proximity to many major film studios, Royce Hall has been featured in many movies, including Old School and The Nutty Professor.

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The Anderson School of Management at UCLA

UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Established in 1935, the Anderson School of Management has consistently been ranked as one of the top-tier business schools in the country. The school is one of UCLA's eleven graduate professional schools on campus. Anderson offers many degree and non-degree programs: PhD, Executive MBA, Fully Employed MBA, Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, Easton Technology Leadership, and an Undergraduate Minor in Accounting.

UCLA Anderson is also home to many prominent business research centers. The UCLA Anderson Forecast provides government officials and business leaders economic analysis and consulting. The Center for International Business Education and Research promotes international management through research with Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports, which advances creativity in the global media, sports, and entertainment industries.

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De Neve Plaza at UCLA

UCLA De Neve Plaza
UCLA De Neve Plaza (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

De Neve Plaza is a multi-building dorm complex on the "Hill," UCLA's main student housing area directly behind Drake Stadium. Adjacent to Dykstra Hall, De Neve Plaza consists of six dorm buildings: Evergreen, Gardenia, Holly, Fir, Birch, Acacia, Cedar and Dogwood. Dogwood and Cedar are pictured above. De Neve is home to over 1,500 freshmen and sophomores who occupy double and triple rooms. Most rooms also include a private bath.

De Neve Commons, a building in the center of De Neve Plaza, includes a Residential Restaurant, two computer labs, a fitness center, a 450-seat auditorium, and study spaces.

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Saxon Suites at UCLA

UCLA Saxon Suites
UCLA Saxon Suites (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Hidden within the foliage and shade of "The Hill," is Saxon Suites, the three-story cabin-style residence halls. Saxon Suites is made up of six complexes, home to over 700 students. The suites consist of two-person rooms with a private bath and living room, making it a popular dorm choice for upperclassmen. Each complex has a volleyball court or sun deck, as well as a laundry room and amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Beverly Hills.

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Rieber Terrace at UCLA

UCLA Rieber Terrace
UCLA Rieber Terrace (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Rieber Terrace is the third of UCLA's major residence halls, after De Neve Plaza and Sproul Hall. Built in 2006, it is one of UCLA's newer dorm buildings. The nine-story building consists of double or triple style suites with private bathrooms. There are also 80 single rooms in 10-person suites with a common bathroom. Each room in Rieber Terrace is equipped with Internet access and Cable TV. Adjacent to Rieber Terrace is Reiber Hall, which houses study spaces, music rooms, and a residential restaurant.

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James West Alumni Center at UCLA

UCLA James West Alumni Center
UCLA James West Alumni Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Home of the UCLA Alumni Association, the James West Alumni Center provides students with access to the vast network of UCLA alumni. JWAC, as most students call it, was also designed as a meeting place for alumni and donors. The building consists of a 4,400 sq. ft. galleria, a founders' room, and a conference room.

JWAC also hosts many networking events throughout the school year for undergraduate and graduate students. The lobby of the building has a large collection of memorabilia and awards from famous UCLA alumni.

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The Court of Sciences Study Center at UCLA

UCLA Court of Sciences Study Center
UCLA Court of Sciences Study Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

One of the newest student centers on campus, The Court of Sciences Study Center opened on February 27, 2012. Construction began in 2010 with the purpose to make a hub of student activity on UCLA's south campus, home to the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Yoshinoya, Subway, Bombshelter Bistro, and Fusion, an international cuisine restaurant, are located on the floor level of the Court Sciences Study Center. The coffee house, Southern Lights, is located outside of the center in the outdoor courtyard.

Given its location at the heart of UCLA's scientific community, the center boasts many environmentally friendly features. The rooftop garden is a more energy efficient option than traditional rooftops. Most of the center's lights rely on the amount of natural light in the facility. The bricks that pave the courtyard once belonged to the building that was replaced with the Court of Sciences Study Center. The Walls are paneled in bamboo, and indoor countertops are made of recyclable materials.

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The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

David Geffen School of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, more commonly known as just the UCLA Medical Center, is a hospital located on UCLA's campus. The hospital houses research facilities in all fields of medicine and acts as the university's main teaching hospital for students of the David Geffen School of Medicine.

The David Geffen School of Medicine, established in 1951, currently has more than 750 medical students and 400 Ph.D. candidates. The school offers Ph.D. programs in Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Biomedical Physics, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Biomathematics, Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology, and Molecular Toxicology.

The school's M.D. program is comprised of three phases. Curriculum phase I is a two-year program focusing on Human Biology and Diseases. Curriculum phase II, a one-year program, focuses on the basics of clinical care. During the final phase, curriculum phase III, students are grouped into academic colleges based on their chosen focus. The colleges are the Academic Medicine College, Acute Care College, Applied Anatomy College, Primary Care College, and the Drew Urban Underserved College.

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The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center at UCLA

UCLA Health and Wellness Center
UCLA Health and Wellness Center (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located across from Ackerman Union in the heart of campus, The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center is UCLA's primary healthcare facility for students. Aside from basic primary care and immunizations, the Ashe Center provides a wide variety of health services, including acupuncture, massages, specialty clinics, and optometry.

Pharmacy, radiology and laboratory units are located inside the center. The Ashe Center also has Urgent Care during business hours and a 24/7 nurse hotline.

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The UCLA School of Law

UCLA School of Law
UCLA School of Law (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The UCLA School of Law was officially approved by the American Bar Association in 1950.

The school offers programs in Business Law and Public Policy; Public Interest Law and Policy; Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law; Environmental Law; International Human Rights Law; International Law; Law and Philosophy Globalization and Labor Standards; Native Nations Law and Policy; Negotations and Conflict Resolution; Office of Public Interest; PULSE, the Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence; and many more. The School of Law is the only law school in the country that offers a degree in Critical Race Studies.

The School of Law is home to The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, one of the nation's first research centers on sexual orientation and gender identity law, as well as the Environmental Law Center.

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Dodd Hall at UCLA

Dodd Hall at UCLA
Dodd Hall at UCLA (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located next to the School of Law, Dodd Hall is home to the Philosophy, Classics, and Arts departments. It is named after Paul Dodd, the former dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Dodd Hall has eleven general classrooms, all of which are media equipped.

The Dodd Hall auditorium is one of UCLA's smaller performance venues, where guest lecturers and authors typically speak.

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The Acosta Athletic Training Complex at UCLA

UCLA Acosta Athletic Training Complex
UCLA Acosta Athletic Training Complex (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The two-story Acosta Athletic Training Complex serves as the headquarters to a majority of UCLA's athletic programs. Remodeled in 2006, the complex features Training and Rehabilitation rooms, a Conditioning Room, Varsity Locker Rooms, a 15,000 sq. ft. weight room, and The Bud Knapp Football Center.

The Rehabilitation rooms consist of hydro pools, a large rehabilitation room, and private examination rooms. The Bud Knapp Football Center houses the UCLA football team locker room, coaches locker room, an auditorium-style team meeting room, and nine position meeting rooms. The second floor of the Complex, which was finished in 2007, contains many of the UCLA teams' locker rooms, which feature flatscreen televisions.

To learn more about UCLA and what it takes to get accepted, visit the UCLA admissions profile.