UCLA Seal

UCLA campus seal
Three versions of the UCLA campus seal: UCLA Blue on white; black on white; UCLA Blue and Gold plus black
The UCLA campus seal most often appears in UCLA Blue or black. The three-color version uses black plus UCLA Blue and Gold.

The UCLA Seal is the campus version of the University of California Seal adopted in 1910. Its beauty and intricacy are best seen in sizes larger than 1 inch (72 pixels online).

The seal is rich in symbolism. In the center, a book is open to a page marked with the letter "A" The book symbolizes the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the letter "A" signifies the beginning of wisdom. A streamer carrying the words of the university motto, "Let There Be Light," flows across the lower portion of the book. Above the book, a five-pointed star with rays of light streaming downward symbolizes the discovery and dissemination of knowledge. (Adapted from the University of California brand site.)

The campus seal is reserved for use on formal invitations, engraved awards and plaques, ceremonial banners, and materials from the chancellor's office. The seal artwork is not available for download because its use is restricted.

Official University of California stationery uses the university seal to emphasize the unity of the University of California system. (The university seal is termed the "unofficial" seal to distinguish it from the corporate seal that appears on diplomas. It is still the genuine article!)

Templates for research posters may also incorporate the campus or university seal, as authorized in Policy 110.

To request permission to use the campus or university seal, go to marks.ucla.edu.

Which Seal?

Look at the WORDING on the seal to distinguish these versions:

  • The "official" seal says "Seal of the University of California." Only the Regents use the official seal, on legal documents and diplomas. It's not even shown on the University of California brand site.
  • The "unofficial" or university seal does not say "Seal of." It has the founding date "1868" on the bottom. While it's "unofficial" in the sense that it's not a legally binding corporate seal, its integrity is important and its use is restricted.
  • The "UCLA seal" (campus seal) replaces the date "1868" with "UCLA."

Other campuses of the University of California also have campus seals.

Do Not

When it's appropriate to use the campus or university seal, treat it with respect.

Do not alter the seal.

Do not alter the seal.

Do not crop or rotate the seal.

Do not crop or rotate the seal.

Do not place other images in or on top of the seal.

Do not place other images in or on top of the seal.