Best of Connect 2023

10Introducing the Bruin Promise

January Edition


Introducing the Bruin Promise


Once a Bruin, Always a Bruin! UCLA is taking that a step further with a promise that educational opportunities available to students will also be made available to alumni. A new website has just launched that provides you with unlimited access to the University's vast resources and offerings. It's our commitment to be an enduring presence in the lives of alumni, enlightening Bruins through every stage of life.

9UCLA Applications for Fall 2023 Admission Remain at Near-Historic Highs

March Edition


UCLA Applications for Fall 2023 Admission Remain at Near-Historic Highs


UCLA has received more than 169,800 applications for fall 2023 admission, with approximately 145,900 coming from freshman applicants and nearly 24,000 from transfer applicants — making UCLA once again the most applied-to four-year university in the nation.

8UCLA Acquires Iconic Downtown L.A. Building, Fulfilling Its Decade-long Vision

August Edition


UCLA Acquires Iconic Downtown L.A. Building, Fulfilling Its Decade-long Vision


With the acquisition of the historic Trust Building in downtown Los Angeles, the University, which had long sought to expand its presence in the heart of the city, has taken another major step in broadening access to a UCLA education and strengthening its engagement with the city’s diverse and dynamic communities.

7Making Maroon 5, Losing It All, Finding Recovery

February Edition


Making Maroon 5, Losing It All, Finding Recovery


In his own words, Ryan Dusick '01, the drummer and founding member of Kara's Flowers, which later became Maroon 5, takes us on an introspective journey on the highs and lows of pop stardom, his struggles with physical and mental health, and rising from the depths of addiction to a new purpose.

6Alumni Travel Further Adventures

February Edition


Alumni Travel Further Adventures


UCLA Alumni Travel proudly debuts this series of adventurous trips, an exciting way for Bruins who are active and curious to explore a destination’s culture, history and local life while also challenging themselves with exhilarating activities like hiking and zip-lining. Book your adventure today!

5UniCamp Devastated by Tropical Storm Hilary. Here's How You Can Help

October Edition


UniCamp Devastated by Tropical Storm Hilary. Here's How You Can Help


It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the closure of Camp River Glen after the site was ravaged by a 30-foot-tall flash flood from Tropical Storm Hilary. We are determined to provide our youth campers and student volunteer counselors with a summer program in 2024. We are working diligently to make this happen at an alternate campsite. Stay tuned for camp dates!

4Rest in Peace Powell Cat (2013-2023)

March Edition


Rest in Peace Powell Cat (2013-2023)


Powell Cat was found dead outside Kaufman Hall on Thursday afternoon. Long considered an unofficial campus mascot, Powell Cat has resided at UCLA since around 2015. Their cause of death is unclear at this time.

3Randall Park '97 Commencement Speech

August Edition


Randall Park '97 Commencement Speech


Actor-comedian Randall Park gave one of his best performances at this year's UCLA College Commencement. He delivered a heartwarming message about kindness, while leaving the audience in stitches from his sarcastic wit and absurd stories. It was an instant classic you have to see for yourself.

2Come to Dinner

January Edition


Come to Dinner


Arrive as strangers, leave as friends. That's what happens when Bruins feast at dinner tables around the world for the annual Dinners for 12 Strangers gatherings. Alumni hosts are inviting you to join them for a night of food, fun and friendship. Sign up to attend a dinner near you!

1Bruin-Owned Restaurants Part 3

January Edition


Bruin-Owned Restaurants Part 3


As the summer sizzles, so should your food. We've compiled for you the third edition of select Bruin culinary businesses to tempt your taste buds and lure you to dine out in support of these UCLA alumni. Warning: the following images will make you hungry.

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