UCLA ranks high in Times Higher Education’s top universities in the world

"UCLA has improved its standing in this year’s Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In its 2016–2017 report, published today, the Times ranked UCLA No. 14 worldwide and No. 10 in the United States. This is up from last year’s showing of No. 16 overall and No. 11 nationally. The publication ranked 980 of the world’s leading research universities, drawing on 150 separate data points.

The survey takes into account a variety of indicators, including quality of teaching and research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Among U.S. public universities, UCLA followed only UC Berkeley, which tied for No. 10 overall. 

Regardless of methodology, UCLA consistently performs well in myriad national and international rankings. Earlier this month, UCLA placed No. 2 among the country’s national public universities and No. 24 overall in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. In August, UCLA was ranked No. 8 overall in the annual Washington Monthly rankings and 12th among all universities globally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. In May, London’s Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings 2016, which assess the international prestige of institutions of higher learning, placed UCLA No. 2 among all U.S. public universities. In addition, U.S. News and World Report rankings had UCLA at No. 8 on its 2016 Best Global Universities list."

--Article from UCLA Newsroom


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High School Athletes

UCLA Crew is a great way to continue your competitive rowing career at the collegiate level. Ideal candidates will have the desire and work ethic to be a positive contributor to our competitive program.

All incoming freshman with experience will train with the varsity squad in the fall. We still believe in the team building benefits of the Freshman class, so the focus will be on creating competitive Freshman crews. Athletes who demonstrate they can make our Varsity Eight faster will have the opportunity to compete for sets in that boat.

College transfers

We encourage junior college athletes to consider UCLA as a great way of continuing their academic and athletic careers.

Junior college athletes interested in transferring to UCLA must submit the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships and meet the requirements of the UCLA transfer system. Every year we take some transfer students as Walk On athletes, so no rowing experience in needed is you are motivated to work hard, and compete for UCLA



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We are looking for tall men 6'0" (and taller) who want to compete for UCLA, and also small athletes (under 125 pounds) to be coxswains for our crews.

  • No Experience Necessary, We Will Teach You How to Row
  • Academically Focused
  • Dedicated Athletes

Every year we welcome many UCLA undergraduates that are interested in the intercollegiate sport of rowing, but have no prior experience. Individuals who make the team will compete in the Pac-12 Rowing Championships, and may even represent UCLA at the collegiate national championships. In the long history of the program, many Bruins, several of whom learned to row in college, have gone on to represent their country with the U.S. Olympic or National Team. Most recently, UCLA Walk On athlete Will Young competed at the 2017 World Rowing Championships.