To the UCLA Community:
More than ever before, our community and world need engaged and caring people — people who pursue knowledge, build relationships and transform lives through research and discovery. That is who we are and what we do at UCLA, and you each make an important contribution to our efforts.
We are the university of opportunity — the opportunity to learn, discover, teach and change lives.
This State of the Campus report highlights many of the accomplishments of our faculty, students, staff and supporters during the past academic year.
From exploring more effective methods for teaching today’s students to providing a campus infrastructure that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, UCLA continues to lead the way as one of the nation’s premier research universities.
Our excellence is reflected in our consistently outstanding performance in international and national rankings that measure academic strength, faculty quality and global reputation. UCLA was ranked eighth in the world in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Global Universities, 12th in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities and 13th in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings for 2016. And our campus is regularly at or near the top of rankings for economic diversity.
In addition, UCLA Health hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica were ranked No. 1 in California and No. 5 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual honor roll. U.S. News also recognized our School of the Arts and Architecture for having the nation’s No. 2 graduate program in the arts.
Behind these impressive statistics are faculty, students and staff who are among the most distinguished to be found anywhere.
Critical to our ability to grow and lead is UCLA’s Centennial Campaign. Thanks to our phenomenal supporters, we are more than halfway toward our goal of raising $4.2 billion by 2019.
One important focus of the Centennial Campaign is bolstering financial support for promising students from all walks of life. To that end, I have launched the UCLA Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match, aimed at adding $150 million to endowed undergraduate scholarship support.
As we approach UCLA’s 100th year, the Centennial Campaign rightly celebrates our past and reimagines our future. That future begins right now, with you.
I wish you the very best and deeply appreciate all that you do to make UCLA a great university.
Gene D. Block