About 39,000 students return to UCLA this weekend, with classes beginning on Thursday, Sept. 22 — but there's a whole week of activities between move-in weekend and the first day in the classroom.
The week is punctuated by big events like the annual Bruin Bash concert, and UCLA's massive Volunteer Day, when more than 7,000 Bruins start the year with community service.
Move-in 2011 began Thursday, Sept. 15, and will run through Sunday, Sept. 19. Roughly 10,300 undergrads are filling up the residence halls in a carefully timed dance that lasts four days. Parents will have the chance to relax in "welcome lounges," and students can meet new and old friends at movie nights on Friday and Saturday, or at the weekend resource fairs. Bruins can get into the school spirit Saturday afternoon with the UCLA vs. Texas football game, whether at the campus viewing party or by buying tickets to the Rose Bowl.
Everyone should be moved in by Sunday night, when the annual Bruin Bash concert–dance–movie kicks off the school year. Music, provided by the deejays of Major Lazer, actor–singer Childish Gambino, rapper Kendrick Lamar and Chinese pop group Starting Six, starts at 8 p.m. in Drake Stadium, followed by a dance at the campus's Los Angeles Tennis Center from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. A midnight movie will also run in Ackerman Grand Ballroom at the obvious time.
During the week
The Enormous Activities Fair starts at 10 a.m. Monday in front of Royce Hall, where students can meet with presenters from more than 200 student groups, student services and academic departments. The fair also includes free food, festive music, performances, demos and giveaways until 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., new Bruins will gather in Drake Stadium for the New Student Welcome and BBQ, where Chancellor Gene Block will greet about 9,000 new freshmen and transfer students before a barbeque on the IM field.
Tuesday, Sept. 20, starts bright and early when about 6,800 new students and 1,100 upperclassmen, staff, faculty and alumni fan out across the city for UCLA's third annual Volunteer Day. Students will clean, paint, garden and otherwise beautify 26 locations in Los Angeles, including schools, parks, shelters, a senior center, a food bank and two Veterans Affairs sites. Volunteer Day is a UCLA initiative to encourage volunteerism and start the UCLA experience with community service.
Tuesday evening includes a late-night sale, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ackerman student store and a dance in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom, at 9 p.m., or students can head to Dodger Stadium for the Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants baseball game, where Bruins get 47 percent off tickets.
Wednesday, the Associated Students of UCLA host a job fair at lunchtime in Bruin Plaza. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the IM Field, UCLA Recreation hosts the annual Sports Jamboree, where students can see demos and find out how to join club or IM sports. New students will also meet with their floormates to discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," which they all received over the summer as part of UCLA's Common Book Experience for 2011. At 10:30, students are invited to pile into buses for a late-night trip to Target to pick up any last-minute dorm-room supplies before schools starts.
Thursday, new and returning Bruins will buckle down as classes begin. Students have a broad range of choices in UCLA's world-class, comprehensive curriculum, with more than 3,600 undergraduate courses offered each year in more than 129 majors across disciplines ranging from the arts, social sciences and humanities to the physical sciences and life sciences. UCLA also offers degrees in 208 graduate programs through 11 highly regarded professional schools and the UCLA College of Letters and Science. Year after year, students have made UCLA the most popular campus in the nation for freshman applicants, with 61,515 having applied for fall 2010 admission. Approximately 5,900 are about to become Bruins.
By the numbers (estimated using 2010 and 2011 figures):
- Approximately 39,000 students — graduate students and undergraduates — will attend UCLA this year.
- About 27,000 are undergraduates.
- Around 5,900 are freshmen
- More than 3,200 are new transfers.
- Roughly 10,300 will live on campus, including an expected 5,589 freshmen and 1,059 transfers.
- An estimated 6,800 freshmen and transfers, joined by 660 UCLA staff, faculty, alumni and returning students, will participate in Volunteer Day.