UCLA is proud of its comprehensive athletic program and heritage. The collective accomplishments of Bruin teams and athletes are testimony to the efforts of many dedicated and talented individuals: the student-athletes themselves, as well as coaches, administrators, and support staff. The athletic department also benefits from the strong support of faculty, students, alumni, and fans. As intercollegiate sports have become increasingly popular, we recognize our expanding role in the cultural and social profile of the campus. It is our challenge to represent the University with character while providing the student-athlete with a rewarding experience both academically and athletically. The UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to fair and equitable opportunities and treatment for all students and staff, including women and minorities.
It is the objective of UCLA Athletics to compete in as many sports as possible at the national level. This goal complements the institutional commitment to excellence, whether in the area of undergraduate or graduate education, research or community service. UCLA embraces the ideal of an amateur athletics program, and is pleased to have produced a considerable number of Olympians, many of whom have accepted medals on behalf of America and numerous other countries.
In order to have a broad-based, nationally competitive intercollegiate athletics program for men and women, UCLA attempts to recruit the finest student-athletes. It is campus policy to recruit only student-athletes who exhibit both an interest in the academic component of undergraduate life and the potential to succeed in the increasingly competitive academic environment of UCLA. An important element of the recruitment message is that UCLA offers so much more than a preeminent athletic experience. UCLA recognizes that to compete at the national level demands a commitment of time and energy from student-athletes not normally required of other students. Consequently, we provide a variety of support services and resources to assist student-athletes with their academic success, personal well being, individual development, and preparation for future endeavors.