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UCLA packs in events to welcome more than 9,000 new Bruins to campus

New students will have their choice of dozens of activities to begin the academic year

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Move-in day 2017
Christelle Snow/UCLA

Moving in on the Hill.

UCLA is getting ready to welcome more than 9,000 new Bruins to campus with festivals, concerts, film screenings, receptions, information sessions, networking events, social activities and tours.

This year roughly 6,000 freshman and 3,200 transfer students are coming to campus. Of these, some 7,000 are California residents. In addition, UCLA will welcome more than 4,000 graduate students. Fall quarter starts Sept. 25 and classes begin Sept. 28.

True Bruin Welcome begins with hundreds of student volunteers lined up and ready to help their fellow Bruins move into on-campus housing beginning Thursday, Sept. 21 and ending Sunday, Sept. 24. Roughly 13,200 students will be living on the Hill, UCLA’s undergraduate on-campus residential community, during the 2017–18 school year.

Students will get a first look at what it means to be a Bruin on Sept. 24 at “This is Bruin Life,” during which UCLA Chancellor Gene Block will formally welcome them to UCLA. The show, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion, features the talents of UCLA students and alumni.

Students will also have an opportunity to get to know Westwood Village on Sept. 24 during the inaugural Westwood Village Block Party, which will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Broxton Avenue. This outdoor vendor fair and street party will include a movie screening, a petting zoo and a roller rink featuring music by KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe and Anthony Valadez.

The much-anticipated Bruin Bash happens Monday, Sept. 25 with a festival from noon to 4 p.m. on the Intramural Field and a concert from 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. in Pauley Pavilion. For those not attending the concert, a free screening of “Wonder Woman” will be held at the Sunset Recreation Center from 8 to 10 p.m.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Enormous Activities Fair will bring together many of the more than 1,000 registered campus organizations at UCLA, along with club sports, Greek life and student service groups to share information, offer demonstrations and attract new members. Representatives from these groups and organizations will be on Royce Quad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Sept. 27, the cast of “13 Reasons Why” will participate in a panel discussion about the show and mental health. Cast members will also take questions from the audience and participate in a meet and greet. The event will be held at Royce Hall from 5 to 8 p.m.

Other events include:

  • Sunday, Sept. 24: A mix and mingle event for commuting students will be held at the Bruin statue beginning at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 25: A Transfer Student Center party for transfer students to come eat, chat, mingle and be welcomed by the Bruin transfer community. The event will be held in Kerckhoff Hall, Room 128, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept 26: ASUCLA Job Fair. Meet the managers and learn about current job opportunities for students in ASUCLA retail, food service and management. The event will be held on Bruin Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26: Champed Up! UCLA’s annual kick-off to the sports year, features a rally, cheerleaders, appearances by coaches, contests and giveaways. The event will be held at Pauley Pavilion from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26: Westside Welcome, a late-night dance party featuring up-and-coming Los Angeles DJs, will be held from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27: Reception for veteran and non-traditional students (including parenting students and students 24 and older) will be held at Wolfgang Puck Express, located in Ackerman Union, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28: Cookies and Queers. First-year students transfers, and incoming graduate students are invited to come to the LGBTQ Campus Resource Center 4 to 6 p.m. to learn more about UCLA’s 20+ LGBTQ students groups and meet other LGBTQ students.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28: The 6th annual international comedy show, a free show featuring comedians from around the world, will be held in Carnesale Commons, Palisades Room, from 7 to 10 p.m. 
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