The University of Houston–Clear Lake (UHCL) is a four-year state university, and is one of four distinct institutions in the University of Houston System. Its campus spans 524 acres (2.12 km2) in Pasadena, with a branch campus in Pearland. Founded in 1971, UHCL has an enrollment of more than 8,000 students. The U.S. News & World Report ranks the university No. 81 in its Regional University Rankings (West), and No. 32 among top public universities. The university serves students in four academic schools. UHCL offers nearly 90 degree programs: 40 bachelors, 44 masters, and two doctoral. Awarding more than 2,100 degrees annually, the university's alumni base exceeds 50,000.