UCLA Then and Now

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July 2022

More than two decades into its existence, the Westwood campus was still dominated by buildings in its central region, including the original four around Royce Quad. But in the 1950s, "South Campus," previously home to orchards, an amphitheater and open space, started to become the center of science, medicine and technology that we know today.
November 2021

UCLA's on-campus residential enclave, "The Hill," has changed massively since 1963, when UCLA was just beginning to transition away from being an exclusively commuter campus. Compare the vintage and contemporary looks, and display location labels to augment your knowledge of the University's northwest corner.
January 2021

The desire to prove that there was a massive black hole at the center of our galaxy led to technological improvements that let us see this region — and other celestial objects — much more clearly than ever before. It also led to a Nobel Prize for UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor Andrea Ghez.
October 2020

Bruins have always stood up (or, if called for, sat down) for what they feel is right. In November 2019, a fee hike by the Regents resulted in student protests that garnered national attention and recalled similar protests of the 1960s. That was just a warm-up for 2020.
May 2020

It's 1930 and the Westwood campus is only about a year old, as is the Great Depression. Westwood Village is still sparsely developed, as is the campus itself. But change is taking place on a grand scale: the next decade will be described by the UCLA yearbook, "Southern Campus," as the "Era of Progress."
January 2020

Westwood Village in 1936 already has some of its iconic buildings. It is a time when even gas stations have impressive spires that reach skyward (at one point, there are four on the Village's Westwood Blvd. alone). Meanwhile, UCLA has a College of Agriculture — and an orchard.
August 2019

It's 1928 and the iconic Janss Steps are under construction. Sunset Blvd. is a lonely road and the Hill is decades from seeing dormitories populate its slopes. But the start of classes within a year will accelerate the amazing transformation of the region.
May 2019

It's 1922 and the fledgling Southern Branch of the University of California, located on Vermont Ave., is poised to become a four-year, degree-granting institution. It will soon outgrow its original location and look westward for a new home.
December 2018

It's 1947. Powell Library is still clearly visible from everywhere on Bruin Walk. Student fees for a full year are less than $100. And a former Bruin is about to make history.
July 2018

It's late 1929. The first four buildings have been completed and classes have started. Moore Hall is under construction. And the stock market is about to crash.
May 2018

It's 1938 and the Westwood campus is nearly a decade old. Tuition for a semester costs less than a tank of gas does now. The Village has new sports facility. And World War II is on the horizon.
December 2017

It's 1932. In January, it snows. In February, Albert Einstein visits. And in the summer, Los Angeles hosts its first Olympic Games.