One of the top 10 research institutions in the US. Five UCLA faculty members are Nobel Laureates, as are four graduates of UCLA. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is ranked as third in the nation and the best medical center in the Western US. The school anually contributes $6 billion in economic activity to Southern California and has an economic growth that outpaces that of California itself.
UCLA professor Louis J. Ignarro won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1998 for his research into the medical properties of nitric oxide.