Since our inception, every accomplishment, every breakthrough, every leap and bound has been fueled by our unwavering determination to make a difference. From our innovative academics and groundbreaking research to our record-breaking athletics and top-tier medical centers —

Greatness is the UCLA hallmark.

UCLA Defining Moments Timeline

Year 2014

UCLA ranks no. 1 in California and no. 6 in the U.S. for the number of Peace Corps volunteers.

Year 2012

Prof. Lloyd Shapley of the UCLA College wins Nobel Prize in Economics.

Year 2010

UCLA exceeds $1 billion in competitively awarded research grants and contracts in a single year.

Year 2008

The new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center opens.

Year 2007

UCLA is the first university to win 100 NCAA team championships.

Year 2006

Prof. Terence Tao of the UCLA College wins the Fields Medal, math’s highest honor.

Year 1998

FDA approves the first genetically-targeted breast cancer treatment: Herceptin, developed by UCLA’s Dr. Dennis Slamon.

Year 1998

Prof. Louis J. Ignarro of the School of Medicine wins the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Year 1997

Prof. Paul Boyer of the UCLA College receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Year 1990

UCLA physician Guido Guglielmi invents the Guglielmi detachable coils, revolutionizing the treatment of brain aneurysms.

Year 1987

Prof. Donald Cram of the UCLA College receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Year 1984

UCLA hosts gymnastics and tennis competitions for the 1984 Olympic Games and serves as an Olympic Village.

Year 1981

UCLA physicians report the world’s first AIDS cases.

Year 1972

Prof. Julian Schwinger, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (1965), joins the faculty of the UCLA College.

Year 1969

UCLA becomes the first node on the ARPANET and Professor Leonard Kleinrock sends the first message. The Internet is born.

Year 1969

UCLA Ethnic Studies Centers are established, among the first in the U.S.

Year 1964

Alumnus and faculty member Paul Terasaki develops the tissue-matching test that makes organ transplants possible.

Year 1964

UCLA wins the first of 10 NCAA men’s basketball championships under Coach John Wooden.

Year 1960

Prof. Willard Libby of the UCLA College is awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Year 1956

The first open-heart surgery in the western United States is performed at UCLA Medical Center.

Year 1950

Alumnus Ralph Bunche ’27 becomes the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Year 1938

UCLA awards its first Ph.D. degree.

Year 1933

Graduate study is authorized for the Master of Arts degree.

Year 1929

The Westwood campus opens with 5,500 students; Royce Hall is one of the first four buildings.

Year 1927

The Regents of the University of California adopt the name "University of California at Los Angeles" in place of "Southern Branch."

Year 1919

The Vermont Avenue campus of the University of California (known as UC's "Southern Branch") opens, offering two-year undergraduate teachers-training programs.