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From the Deans of the UCLA College

Dear Friends, We have much to celebrate. Once again, the UCLA College and our programs in Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences have been ranked among the best in the world. Our incoming freshman and transfer class is the most accomplished in history. And our historic Centennial Campaign entered its first year with resounding success, with more than $1 billion out of a five-year goal of $4.2 billion already raised. This issue of the College Report showcases the many reasons we have to celebrate, from boundary-breaking research to game-changing philanthropy to students defying all odds on their paths to fulfilling their aspirations. Much of our success can be attributed to the dynamic interdisciplinary work that can be found in the College. To illustrate the world-class education and research that emanates from the College, from cancer research to the study of languages thousands of years old, we created a map that can be found on p. 12 of this issue. As impressive as this is, it is merely a sampling of the diverse opportunities and resources offered to our students and the breadth and scope of our research within the context of UCLA. We truly are the academic heart of UCLA.

Sincerely, Joseph Rudnick Senior Dean, UCLA College Dean of Physical Sciences Alessandro Duranti Dean of Social Sciences David Schaberg Dean of Humanities Victoria Sork Dean of Life Sciences Patricia Turner Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Left to right: Alessandro Duranti, Victoria Sork, Joseph Rudnick, Patricia Turner and David Schaberg

College Report Winter 2014