Clockwise from far left: Students in the CSUN art gallery;
Caltech chemistry professor Harry Gray works with graduate
students in his lab; The Powell Library at UCLA.
first in the world to sell hydrogen by the kilogram
to members of the public who operate fuel-cell
California State University, Long Beach
The basics: The school was founded in 1949 and as
of 2015 was home to 37,430 students, with one of
the largest graduate student populations in the
state of California.
Achievements: CSULB is often cited for being a best
value for its commitment to high-quality education at an affordable cost.
Unique program: is home to the Shark
Lab, which conducts research ranging from
behavioral and movement tracking to the effects
of solar radiation on sharks.
California State University, Northridge
The basics: Founded in 1958 and serving more than
40,000 diverse students, Cal State Northridge
focuses on real-world innovation and solutionoriented research.
Achievements: CSUN is one of only six universities
nationally to have both its music and film schools
ranked in the top 25. The school is also home
to the award-winning Valley Performing Arts
Unique program: A partnership with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to spark innovation and
entrepreneurship in Los Angeles.
California Institute of the Arts
The basics: CalArts, which opened its doors in 1970,
was originally envisioned by Walt Disney. It offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree
programs through six schools to 1,471 students
Achievements: CalArts is often ranked
top college for students in the arts. Faculty and
alumni have been at the forefront of creative
practice and have shaped the landscape for the
visual and performing arts.
Unique program: The boundary-breaking animation program has changed movies for the better.
Films directed by alumni of famous
animation programs have generated more than
$31.5 billion in worldwide box office grosses since
California Institute of Technology
The basics: Caltech was founded in 1891 as Throop
University and became Caltech in 1920. It is home
to approximately 1,000 undergraduate and 1,250
Achievements: Caltech is one of the leading
science and engineering research institutions
due to a proven strategy of attracting top-caliber
scientists and scholars and providing an environment in which they can thrive.
Unique programs: Caltech is the academic home to
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which operates missions focusing on planetary exploration,
Earth science and astronomy. Seismological Laboratory is a renowned center for geophysical exploration and earthquake research.
Loyola Marymount University
The basics: Founded in 1911, LMU offers more than
100 undergraduate and graduate programs, including Loyola Law School. The studentteacher ratio is 11:1 with an average class size of
Achievements: LMU is situated in Silicon Beach,
where tech innovation thrives. film, television, marketing and business programs have
industry partnerships and unrivaled internship
Unique program: The university just launched
WPI@LMU, a joint initiative with the World
Policy Institute in New first-of-its-kind
collaboration that applies rigorous academic
research to solve global policy challenges.
CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF
CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
Gene Block started his career as a scientist researching circadian
rhythms. He now leads one of the most diverse schools in the
UC system and in the nation.
What differentiates UCLA from other universities? One thing is the backgrounds of
our students: Roughly half [of undergrads] pay no tuition, so you have a lot of
Americans who are the [in their families] to get an education, the in the United
really an inspirational group of students. UCLA is where people get their elevator
to more successful careers. Another thing is our location. Los Angeles is a diverse, world-class,
global city on the Rim with proximity to Latin America.
Where do you see UCLA a decade from now? We have to continue to experiment with
new methodologies for education, and that may mean more classes online. We are new
ways of reaching larger numbers of students. At the same time, very concerned about our
global presence in general, trying to develop joint programs with other universities at the same
time as we commit ourselves to local efforts in LA.
Two community-based efforts include working with a Veterans Administration campus right
next door and working in community schools, through partnerships with the LA School
District, to prepare students from families with economic challenges for higher education.
What do you love most about Los Angeles? Diversity. As you go from community
to community around the city, you get everything, including Persian, Armenian and Latino
in culture and food. an extraordinary place for food, art and music and a totally