Universidad de Los Andes (ULA) offers undergraduate programs in the arts, sciences, literature, and humanities, long and short programs, as well as courses, degrees, post-graduate professional, magisterial and doctoral programs, specializations, diplomas, etc., bringing together more than 50,000 students and 6,000 professors at the Mérida Campuses.
ULA is one of the universities most actively engaged in research in Venezuela, consistently ranking among the top two or three universities in Venezuela across all disciplines. In 2009, ULA was ranked 37th out of the 437 Latin American universities and research institutes evaluated by the Ranking Iberoamericano de Instituciones de Investigacion. ULA was ranked among the top 30 research institutions in Latin America in the following fields: Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Material Science, Psychology, Economics, and Social Sciences.
Active graduate research groups include: Kinetics & Catalysis, Polymer Chemistry, Behavioral Physiology, Biotechnology, Enzimology, Parasitology, Citology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Analytical and Molecular Spectroscopy, Geophysics, Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Applied and Theoretical Physics, Magnetism of Solids, Urban Environmental Quality, Finance, Entrepreneurial Development, Agricultural Management, Criminology, Comparative Politics, Environmental Geopolitics, International Politics, Ethnography, Linguistics, Semiolinguistics, Phonetics, Gender Studies, Latin American Arts and Literature, Medieval Studies, etc.
Athletic and cultural activities
ULA also houses numerous varsity athletic teams, including soccer, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, tennis, basketball, swimming, and track and field and performing arts companies such as Ballet Estable de la ULA, Teatro (Theater) Estable de la ULA, Coral (Choir) Universitaria and Orfeon Universitario. ULA's teams regularly participate in the Juvines (Juegos Venezolanos de Institutos de Educacion Superior - Venezuelan Higher Education Games). However, ULA's athletic dominance has declined in the past decade.
The Orfeon Universitario Choir has toured Colombia, Spain, Holland, France, and Germany. ULA also hosts annual ballet seasons, a chamber orchestra seasons and numerous theater and music festivals (classical, traditional music, jazz, chant, Christmas) open to the community. Outreach activities focus on youth athletic and artistic development and competition.