As a public university, serving the community is one of greatest commitments UCLA makes. Undergraduate and graduate programs, research activities, community outreach programs, and grass-roots participation by students, faculty, staff, and alumni help to forge a partnership between UCLA and the entire Los Angeles region.

With the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA furthers its tradition of medical outreach and assures the highest quality of care to Los Angeles and the world. The School of Dentistry, with clinics on campus and in Venice, offers free dental care and treatment to those in need at community health fairs. The Rape Treatment Center — located at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica — offers 24-hour care to victims. Faculty and students in the Fielding School of Public Health work in communities around the world to address disparities underlying differences in the health status of individuals, and the School of Nursing offers care to the poor and homeless through its nurse-managed health center at the Union Rescue Mission. UCLA also supports K-12 enhancement programs such as the Music Partnership Program in the Herb Alpert School of Music, which funds UCLA students to be academic and musical mentors for at-risk youth.

Students can get involved in the community in many different ways. The UCLA Volunteer Center coordinates year round programs and annual events, such as UCLA Volunteer Day where more than 6,500 Bruins perform service work at over 40 community partner sites across Los Angeles. BruinCorps tutors under-performing youth in disadvantaged communities.

As UCLA gives to the community, Los Angeles gives something back. UCLA arts and cultural programs, for example, attract more than half a million people each year, drawn by everything from world-class acts performing at Royce Hall to screenings of classic films from the School of Theater, Film, and Television archives. These relationships create opportunities for partnerships and growth that ensure the pre-eminence of UCLA in the twenty-first century and beyond.