Dorrell, reportedly, really impressed UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale in a personal interview Tuesday.
"Obviously, I am privileged and honored to be the new head football coach at UCLA," said Dorrell. "It has always been a dream of mine to someday return to campus as the head coach at this great university. I can't wait to get started."
Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said, "Karl Dorrell is an outstanding fit for UCLA. Everyone with whom I spoke held Karl in high regard in the areas of leadership, coaching, relating to players, recruiting and dealing with media and alumni.
"He has worked for some outstanding coaches, such as Terry Donahue and Mike Shanahan, and he has taken the best of their philosophies and organizational skills and blended them into his own.
"Karl is a man of high principles whom I feel is well suited to the college game. The fact that he enjoyed an outstanding career as a Bruin player gives him an appreciation for what a special place UCLA is.
"I believe that Karl is the man who can build UCLA football to the elite level and we are excited to begin that process. I know our alumni and fans will rally in support of Karl and our program."
Dorrell comes to UCLA from the Denver Broncos, where he was in his third year as the coach of the wide receivers. He has also had stints as an offensive coordinator on the college level, for Colorado and Washington.