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UCLA campus set to welcome more than 8,500 new Bruins

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What does it mean to be a UCLA Bruin? Does it mean that you're now connected to one of the best universities in the world, with nearly 100 years of academic excellence? That you're joining the ranks of some of the finest scholars, leaders and innovators who ever lived? That you'll master the famed eight-clap and bleed blue and gold from this moment on?
 
In a nutshell: Yes.
 
From Sept. 19 to Oct. 5, approximately 5,400 freshmen and 3,150 transfer students will be learning more about campus life, Bruin pride and UCLA tradition as part of the university's annual True Bruin Welcome.

From sports, concerts and film screenings to information sessions, receptions and open houses, this year's True Bruin Welcome is packed with things to keep students busy and connected to campus before, during and after classes begin on Sept. 27.

Following is just a taste of what's in store. (For a complete calendar of events, visit the True Bruin Welcome website.)
 
Weekend activities
 
Some 6,500 freshmen and transfer students will be unloading their belongings and moving into on-campus residence halls during move-in weekend, which runs from Friday, Sept. 21, to Sunday, Sept. 23. Chancellor Gene Block and Mrs. Block will even be on hand for a little while Sunday morning to lend a helping hand. Parent and family welcome areas will be set up in De Neve Plaza, Covel Commons and Hedrick Court for parents and family members to ask questions, partake of refreshments and learn more about the campus community.
 
After setting up their rooms, students will have a variety of activities to occupy their time.

No True Bruin Welcome would be complete without the wildly popular Bruin Bash, set for Sunday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. at Drake Stadium on campus. The evening features performances by Chiddy Bang, Ra Ra Riot and Los Rakas, followed by a dance at the campus's Los Angeles Tennis Center at 10 p.m. In addition, a screening of the film "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and a Q&A session with special guests will take place in Ackerman Grand Ballroom, beginning at 10 p.m.
 
During the week
 
The Enormous Activities Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, in Wilson Plaza's Royce Quad. There, students will have an opportunity to learn about the more than 500 registered student groups and teams that enliven student life at UCLA. Everything from community service groups and Greek life to arts, culture and sports will be represented. Attendees will enjoy free food and entertainment as they peruse the displays and watch demonstrations.
 
The Drake Stadium–Intramural Field area will be the place to be later that afternoon when Chancellor Block welcomes some 8,550 freshmen and transfer students to campus as part of the New Student Welcome and Dinner, which starts at 4 p.m.
 
UCLA's fourth annual Volunteer Day is set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, when some 7,100 undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community members will be working at more than 50 sites across greater Los Angeles, including schools, parks, shelters, hospitals, Veterans Affairs sites, community gardens and food banks, to name a few. Now in its fourth year, this event is a perfect opportunity for the campus to give back to the community and to further establish UCLA's commitment to volunteerism and community service.
 
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Associated Students UCLA, which employs more than 1,500 students, hosts a job and resource fair in Bruin Plaza at 11 a.m.

On Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27 and 28, an "Ask Me" booth will be set up near the bear statue in Bruin Plaza from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. Students and families can stop by to ask questions, get directions and speak with current student leaders, staff and faculty who will be on hand.
 
Also on Sept. 27, new students will have a chance to discuss this year's Common Book, "The Other Wes Moore." The freshman student discussion will be held at the LGTB Resource Center. The transfer student discussion will be held at Bruin Resource Center. Both discussions will begin at 6 p.m.
 
On Friday, Sept. 28, all students are invited to the Intramural Field and John Wooden Center for Bruin Fest, which features recreation activities, carnival games, inflatables, food, arts and crafts, and massages, among other things. The event begins at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Target store on La Cienega Boulevard is welcoming students to UCLA by offering an exclusive one-night only, after-hours shopping trip from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Students will enjoy giveaways, prizes and entertainment, as well as a rare opportunity to have the entire store to themselves. There will be a free bus service to and from the store, departing from and returning to Rieber and Hedrick Court, Covel Commons and De Neve Circle.

True Bruin Welcome also features some off-campus events that encourage students to see other parts of the city. UCLA Day at the Fair, set for Saturday, Sept. 29, is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the largest county fair in North America. All UCLA students, faculty and staff get free admission with a coupon and campus ID. (Please note: Family members and alumni can purchase discounted tickets to the event).
 
In addition, students will be heading to one of nation's most iconic baseball fields on Monday, Oct. 1, for UCLA Night at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants. Discounted tickets are available for UCLA students.
 
Did you know?
 
UCLA's world-class, comprehensive curriculum gives students a broad range of choices, with more than 5,000 undergraduate courses in 125 majors and 80 minors across a variety of disciplines, ranging from the arts, social sciences and humanities to the physical sciences and life sciences.
 
UCLA also offers graduate degrees through nearly 150 departments in the UCLA College of Letters and Science and 11 highly regarded professional schools. Year after year, students have made UCLA the most popular campus in the nation for freshman applicants, with 72,000 having applied for fall 2012 admission. Some 40,675 students — including approximately 28,000 undergraduates — will attend UCLA this year.
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