“This facility will be essential to maintaining the balance of athletic accomplishments and academic achievements that has become a hallmark of UCLA Athletics”
–Dan Guerrero

UCLA Athletics Introduces Plans for an Academic Center for Student-Athletes

Facility to be named for philanthropist Mo Ostin

February 13, 2019

UCLA Athletics today officially announced its plan to construct a new on-campus student-athlete academic facility, to be known as the Mo Ostin Academic Center for Student-Athletes, designed to serve the scholastic needs of UCLA's nearly 700 student-athletes who participate in its 25 intercollegiate athletic programs.

To be named after legendary music industry executive and philanthropist Morris "Mo" Ostin, who has generously committed the lead gift of $15 million to the proposed project, the comprehensive, state-of-the-art academic facility is to be located in the heart of UCLA's campus, immediately adjacent to the east side of the J.D. Morgan Center, the "hub" for all 25 of UCLA's intercollegiate athletic teams.

With Ostin's commitment in place, the UCLA Athletic Department is now launching a comprehensive $35,000,000 fundraising campaign in total to fund the new building, which will only be made possible through securing another $20,000,000 in private donations from fans, alumni and friends of UCLA. There are a variety of naming opportunities within the facility now available to those who may have interest, with gifts of any amount being accepted to reach an aggressive yet optimistically obtainable goal. Construction will begin as fundraising milestones are reached.

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About

The Mo Ostin Academic Center for Student-Athletes will be a comprehensive student-athlete academic facility located adjacent to the J.D. Morgan Center in the heart of UCLA's campus. Highlights of the new building design include:

  • Nearly 20,000 square feet of space dedicated to the academic success of UCLA's student-athletes
  • Dynamic learning environments varying from casual individual study spaces to regimented one-on-one and group tutorial sessions
  • Unified academic and athletic space promoting integrated and collaborative learning, transparency, and more efficient communication, collaboration and problem-solving
  • Expanded office space for athletic department academic staff
  • Enhanced and relocated Hall of Fame entry area facing the iconic Bruin Bear

Impact

Designed by award-winning architectural design firm Kevin Daly Architects, the planned three-level Mo Ostin Academic Center for Student-Athletes would include both individual and group study spaces, individual and group tutorial areas, state-of-the-art technology labs, and offices for UCLA Athletics' academic support staff situated over nearly 20,000 square feet of new space. In addition to the academic space, the facility also would feature a new Hall of Champions entry display showcasing UCLA's 118 NCAA Championship trophies and linking the Mo Ostin Academic Center for Student-Athletes to the existing UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.

The new facility's proximity to the J.D. Morgan Center would centralize the academic space in an area close to UCLA's coaching and administrative offices, allowing staff members to affirm the expectation that student-athletes excel in the classroom and demonstrate their support for utilizing resources and services in pursuit of academic goals. Further, the single, unified space for all UCLA student-athlete academic services in the Mo Ostin Academic Center for Student-Athletes would allow student-athletes to be more efficient with their time in order to balance responsibilities of their dual roles as both students and athletes.

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