Southern Branch of the University of California

The Southern Branch of the University of California was renamed in 1927 to the University of California, Los Angeles.


Founded in 1919 as the Southern Branch of the University of California, its name was changed in 1927 to the University of California at Los Angeles. In terms of academic and scientific achievement, the University was not yet among the vanguard of the nation's great centers of learning; but it would rapidly achieve this status. Westward migration was swelling the population of California and the University was hard-pressed to grow quickly enough. Primarily because of rapid development of the "Southern Branch," Professor David Prescott Barrows of the Department of Political Science, who succeeded President Wheeler, signaled his induction into office by presenting the University with its first red-ink budget--putting the University in over half a million dollars in debt.


Los Angeles, CA

The original campus location is now the site of Los Angeles City College, of the Los Angeles Community College District.

Founding Date

  • 1919

Official Website

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