Hi, Jaimate and welcome to the forum.
Here's an easy way that's also very flexible ('cos I just *know* that next time you'll want to count 'Yale'...):
1. Create a field 'UniversityToCount_g'. Make it type 'Text', and Storage Option to be 'global'. (I assume you are checking for 'UCLA' in a field called 'UniversityAppliedTo'.)
2. Create a calculation field, 'UniversityCounter'. Make its result a Number:
PatternCount ( UniversityAppliedTo ; UniversityToCount_g ) ; 1 ;
3. Create a 3rd field, SumUniversityCounter, as a summary field, (sum) of UniversityCounter.
Put the 'UniversityToCount_g' field somewhere handy, such as a Preferences layout, where the Administrator (you) can set it to be "UCLA".
Now put the SumUniversityCounter in the header, footer, sub-summary, or grand summary sections (depending upon when you want to see a break in the count) and it will add up the number of applications for UCLA for you. Then just change it to 'Yale', and it will do that instead.
Never sure how much people know, so if anything isn't obvious to you, just say.
Thanks a million. It was all quite clear.