Why UCLA Athletics?
Here are 25 major reasons why becoming a UCLA Bruin is so special:
1. UCLA was recognized by the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Conference as the No. 1 overall Collegiate Athletic Program of the 20th Century. UCLA continues to lead the nation in NCAA titles, winning 108 at the end of the 2011 calendar year.
2. UCLA enters 2012 with 108 NCAA team championships, more than any other school in the nation. All 108 championships have been won since 1950. No school can match UCLA's overall athletic success.
3. Since the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal through the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, UCLA has produced more Olympians and won more Olympic medals than any other university. From the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, UCLA ranked fifth overall as its own country in gold medals won.
4. Since 1998, UCLA has been the nation's most popular university based on the number of annual freshman applicants. A record-high 91,512 students from increasingly diverse ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds applied for Fall 2012 admission to UCLA.
5. In the U.S. News & World Report surveys on top academic universities across the nation, UCLA has annually ranked among the Top 4 public universities and in the Top 25 overall. UCLA has had over 60 departments ranked in the Top 20 in the annual academic survey. Several UCLA academic departments rank with those at Ivy League schools in terms of overall recognition and prestige. Newsweek called UCLA "the hottest mega-university in the country."
6. UCLA was recognized as the 1954 National Champion in football. The Bruin men's basketball team has won a record 11 NCAA titles, more than any other university. The Bruins have appeared in more championship games than any other school. UCLA won the 1978 Women's Basketball National Collegiate Championship in Pauley Pavilion, becoming the first major Division I university to ever do so. UCLA set a record attendance of 9,351 for the first nationally-televised women's basketball game; that record stood for eight years. UCLA is one of only a handful of universities to have ever won national championships in football, men's basketball and women's basketball.
7. The most successful active Division I coach in NCAA history is UCLA's Al Scates, with a record 19 NCAA men's volleyball titles. Scates is believed to be the only current NCAA coach to have won titles in five decades - 60's (two USVBA), 70's (seven NCAA), 80's (six NCAA), 90's (four NCAA) and the first title of the new millennium (2000) plus another title in 2006. He was the first volleyball coach to record 1,000 career victories.
8. Since the early 1970's, UCLA has lost only two head coaches to another Division I university. This coaching stability is rooted in tremendous administrative and staff support. The athletic department provides expert support for all of its intercollegiate sports in the areas of compliance, development, marketing, camps and media relations. Student-athletes at UCLA are part of a Bruin tradition in an athletic department that puts the student-athlete experience first.
9. If you add the current UCLA professional players in Major League Baseball, pro football, pro basketball, pro soccer, pro tennis, pro golf and pro beach volleyball, there are more Bruin representatives playing professionally than any other school in the nation.
10. UCLA alumni are known internationally for their success in entertainment, medicine, business, education and politics. The UCLA name appears in more publications and on television and radio every day than any other university in the world, according to research by `Newswatch' Magazine. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy winners have come from UCLA; Nobel Prize winners are also here; new discoveries in medicine happen annually at UCLA. UCLA is constantly in the public eye. UCLA recently surpassed the $1 billion barrier in research grants.
11. The Internet was invented at UCLA. This university awards more doctoral degrees to minority students than any other college. UCLA was the first university in the Western United States at which open-heart surgery was performed. UCLA's Medical Center has been ranked No. 1 on the West Coast every year since 1989. It is the #1 on-campus college facility in the nation. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is ranked as one of the Top 5 hospitals in the entire United States.
12. UCLA's athletic department has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 in overall sports rankings since they began in 1971. UCLA was honored 22 times as the #1 men's or women's program or combined program, more than any other university. Since the Director's Cup rankings began in 1993-94, UCLA has ranked in the Top 6 all but twice. Since 2002-03 when Dan Guerrero became UCLA's Athletic Director, UCLA is #1 among all Division I universities in NCAA team championships won (22).
13. UCLA is the only university to produce an NFL player who has helped his team win three consecutive Super Bowls -- Ken Norton, Jr. -- and the first quarterback to win three Super Bowls in four years -- Troy Aikman. At least one Bruin has been on a team roster in 29 of the last 32 Super Bowls. In most years, UCLA has had a member of the Super Bowl championship team.
14. For more than a decade on the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Tour, a UCLA player was in the championship match of either the men's or women's finals over 80% of the time from 1993-2004. During that same time frame, a UCLA player won over 75% of the men's and women's events on the pro tour. More players have come from UCLA than any other college in the world to participate in the Olympic Beach competition through 2012. Beach Olympic participants include gold medalists Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes, bronze medalists Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, current head sand volleyball coach Stein Metzger, Kevin Wong and Jeff Nygaard. Kiraly, Steffes and former Bruins Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos consist of the top four all-time winners in AVP history, while Metzger is also in the Top 30 in AVP wins. McPeak became the all-time women's pro beach winner in 2004, a spot she held until she was passed in 2008 by Misty May and Kerri Walsh. Youngs, Jenny Johnson-Jordan and Annett Buckner-Davis were three of the top 10 players on the women's AVP tour.
15. When Sports Illustrated rated the nation's collegiate athletic programs for the first time, UCLA was selected No. 1. UCLA was recognized for its balance in academics, athletics and social life. UCLA remains a national fixture when the discussion turns to the best universities. UCLA is still No. 1 in Sports Illustrated cover appearances by its athletes and coaches entering the 2011-12 academic year.
16. UCLA's Paul Caligiuri scored the "Shot Heard Around the World", the goal that gave the USA a berth in the 1990 World Cup, its first in 40 years. UCLA has placed more players on the USA team than any other college. A record five former Bruins -- Cobi Jones, Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis, Frankie Hedjuk, and Joe-Max Moore -- were contributing members for the 2002 USA World Cup squad that advanced to the quarterfinals. Through 2010, UCLA boasts 14 World Cup players, more than any other college. At the conclusion of the 2011 Major League Soccer season, UCLA had produced an all-time league-best 56 MLS players.
17. The Pac-10 named UCLA's Natalie Williams its first female Athlete of the Decade for her All-America play in both volleyball and basketball. She followed a long line of multi-sport Bruin athletes which included stars such as Jackie-Joyner-Kersee (track & field and basketball), Rafer Johnson (track & field and basketball), Jackie Robinson (baseball, football, basketball, track & field), and Ann Meyers-Drysdale (basketball, volleyball, track and field). Other significant UCLA two-sport athletes include Jonathan Ogden (football and track and field), Kristee Porter (volleyball, track & field and basketball), Danny Farmer (football and volleyball), Freddie Mitchell (football & baseball), Lauren Fendrick (volleyball & softball), Whitney Jones (basketball and track & field), Ryan Hollins (basketball and track & field), Matt McKinney (basketball and volleyball), Darius Savage (football and track & field), Brittany Ringel (volleyball and basketball) and Danesha Adams (soccer and softball). UCLA's Academic Quarter System makes multi-sport student-athletes a strong possibility.
18. UCLA was the first university in history to win a bowl game in seven consecutive seasons. UCLA played in the Rose Bowl game in five straight decades. UCLA has consistently ranked in the Top 15 in the number of professional players in the National Football League.
19. UCLA is situated in one of the most desirable areas of Southern California, just five miles from the Pacific Ocean. The campus is surrounded by Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Westwood and Brentwood. The average home price within a three-mile radius of the Bruin campus is valued at over $2 million. The average year-round temperature is 74 degrees with little humidity. UCLA averages 334 sunny days a year, according to the US Weather Service.
20. Located in the nation's second-biggest media market, UCLA student-athletes receive national exposure as well as local coverage from numerous area newspapers, seven television stations and cable networks such as ESPN and Fox Sports Net. UCLA produces around 150 Internet broadcasts a year for its Olympic Sports. UCLA's website is ranked among the 10 most looked at college sites in the nation. The UCLA Daily Bruin has a daily circulation of more than 50,000. ESPN, Fox Sports Net and USA Today have offices in the Los Angeles area.
21. In the sport of tennis, UCLA is the only university to have two players from the same school face each other for the prestigious Wimbledon title--Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe in 1975. On the collegiate level, UCLA has been one of the three most dominant programs, winning numerous team and individual titles.
22. The UCLA Career Center allows college students to locate full-time and part-time jobs plus internships. It has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for its resources in publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. UCLA has rated No. 1 in placement of its students and student-athletes in total positions over an academic year. The Quarter System allows internship experience, often with class credit for work experience accommodating playing sport seasons. Most of the internships available through the UCLA Career Center are in business, communications, science and education.
23. UCLA had the NCAA's longest streak of consecutive winning seasons in the sport of men's basketball, a record that lasted over 50 years dating back to 1948-49 and extending through 2002. No other major program was close to that figure. UCLA basketball still holds many NCAA records that will be difficult to break for years to come.
24. UCLA is the only university/country that has produced the women's 100-meter dash winner in four straight Olympics - Evelyn Ashford in 1984, Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 and Gail Devers in 1992 and 1996. UCLA is the only university to produce Olympic gold medalists in the decathlon (Rafer Johnson in 1960) and heptathlon (Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988 & 1992).
25. When you combine UCLA's prestigious academics (its graduates average over $77,500 per year in income), an incredible social life so close to the beach, and a great all-around athletic program that has produced Olympians, professional athletes and the most NCAA team championships, there is no university that can match the "total collegiate experience" that UCLA offers. That is why our motto is -- UCLA: Champions Made Here.