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First Year

And so it begins…

YOUR BRUIN ADVENTURE STARTS NOW.

Feeling anxious about signing up for new activities and experiences? Don’t be. Every first year feels the way you do. Get ahead by getting started. Become involved, try new things and expand your interests. Alumni Affairs and a network of Bruins are ready to help you explore who you are, what makes you happy and where you want to go in life.

Students are encouraged to participate in all listed activities.
Events indicate activities that are especially suited to first year students

Campus Traditions 

Create lifelong memories and Bruin pride that lasts long after graduation.
Drop into the James West Alumni Center, (JWAC) for a sweet beginning-of-the-school-year welcome and discover a place to rest or study during the day, anytime you need.
Bruins cheer when soaring flames light up the night sky as UCLA Football gets ready to battle our crosstown rivals, the USC Trojans for the right to bring the Victory Bell home.
Successful people learn to leverage the essential skill of making connections. Network in a safe space and get advice from alumni about life after college.
It’s okay to sign up just for the home cooked meal. You’ll leave the table understanding how Bruins have mastered UCLA’s original tradition of alumni hosting students and faculty for good food and great conversation.
A traditional last stop on campus before or after commencement, graduates celebrate their achievement with friends and family in their alumni home on campus.
Loyal & true; gold & blue; spirit and pride for Bruins nationwide.
A week of arts, culture, philanthropy and good old Bruin spirit!
Donate you hair to support financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Each year a professor voted as inspirational by students answers the question, “What would you tell your audience if you had but one last lecture to give on this earth?”
Summertime celebrations around the world welcome incoming students and families to UCLA.
Celebrate graduation by visiting Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy and Vatican City with fellow Bruins.
A Bruin student showcase of song, dance and sketch comedy that dazzles and amazes.
Thanksgiving for International and Former Foster Youth
Students far from home or without a place to go join family celebrations hosted by alumni, faculty or staff for Thanksgiving dinner.
Download the app that makes taking part in UCLA’s traditions of excellence, spirit and service a snap and earn the True Bruin Traditions Keeper medal to wear at Commencement.

Diversity Programs 

Connect students with generations of Bruins of diverse backgrounds to provide a sense of community that enriches leadership development, advocacy and activism, recruitment and retention efforts—all to promote a positive and inclusive campus climate at UCLA.
Since 1988, the UCLA AIAA has provided a vehicle for alumni, students and friends of native heritage to become meaningfully involved in the affairs of UCLA.
Founded more than 25 years ago with Bruin spirit and strong ties to one another UCLA APA is in a unique position to further its collective goals through programs and events that represent the vast diversity and strength of the community.
UCLA’s newest official alumni support network has joined forces with the Mixed Student Union (MSU) which gives voice to those who don’t fit into the traditional perceptions of race. MSU provides a social, political and educational community for students of mixed race, culture, ethnicity, or heritage at UCLA.
Alumni offer students career advice, academic and professional guidance and opportunities for internships and summer jobs. PAA annually awards scholarships to recognize the outstanding achievements of UCLA students in academics, leadership, and community service.
UBAA exists to empower African American alumni, students and faculty through advocacy, professional and social networking, scholarships and mobilization that create greater educational opportunities and resources for the community.
Lambda is one of the oldest and most well-established LGBTQ alumni organizations in the country. Serving UCLA’s community of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) alumni and students with social, professional, community outreach, and mentorship opportunities.
Dedicated to the advancement, benefit and success of Latino alumni, students, faculty and staff at UCLA, ULAA offers connections to cultural, educational, intellectual and social resources and support.
In support of the Muslim Student Association at UCLA (MSA) UMAA provides networking programs, resources and leadership development to students and alumni to build a connected and resourceful network for Muslim Bruins at UCLA.
This network supports current Pacific Islander students at UCLA in their studies and retention, career exploration and social events. The associations provides mentorship and fosters relationships that will help the next generation of leaders within the community.

Professional Programs 

Highlight the power of the Bruin network, facilitate career connections and prepare you for life outside the classroom.
Bruins helping Bruins is more than a slogan when alumni share their personal and professional experience and expertise with UCLA students.
Gain hands-on-skills in a targeted, industry-based learning experience that will prepare you for the real world.
Sharpen your interviewing skills in mock interviews with alumni
Alumni share after graduation experiences about specific industries or career paths.
Learn about careers in the entertainment field by interacting with industry professionals in informal roundtable discussions.
Make connections with alumni entrepreneurs in small, informal roundtables and learn how to be successful as a Bruin business owner.
Connecting UCLA juniors with mentorship and targeted training to achieve competitive internships in Investment Banking, Finance, Consulting, and Tech.
A six month academy that connects students with nonprofit organizations to identify earned income opportunities, or “social enterprises.”
A part of our Networking Night series, this event is a chance for students to learn and network with success alumni in the field of STEM.
A one-stop-shop to advance your career by leveraging the power of your vast alumni network.

Student Groups 

With more than 1,000 clubs and student organizations, UCLA is a mosaic of culture and activity where you’ll get to meet people beyond your dorm and classrooms. Check out the following Alumni Affairs sponsored student groups and get involved for a transformative experience, guaranteed.
Leadership training, mentoring and networking opportunities abound for recipients of scholarships issued through the UCLA Alumni Scholarships Program.
Be a part of the committee that unifies UCLA’s past and present through Bruin pride and spirit.
If you cheer, dance or yell this official cheer squad for the university encourages you to tryout and bring spirit to the campus and surrounding community.
Lead by students for students, committee volunteers plan and produce social and career-oriented events and popular campus traditions.