UCLA is a large university, and BIG means OPPORTUNITY.
Due to the size of our campus, students are presented with a wide array of opportunities and are empowered to take advantage of their UCLA experience to a greater level – both inside and outside of the classroom. UCLA has 1,000 student-run organizations, a wide variety of campus services, and a diversity that could only exist at a school so large.
Student opportunities facilitate creating a personal niche on campus, motivating your student to build his or her own community through shared interests and passions – a community as close and invaluable as any smaller campus could provide. With so many opportunities for involvement – not to mention academic, social, cultural, and athletic events and activities – students create their own individual and personal UCLA experience, which extends far beyond the walls of the classroom.
Organizations & Clubs
Bruin Leaders Project
Bruin Leaders Project is UCLA’s nationally renowned campus-sponsored leadership development program that strives to make its participants better students, better leaders and better citizens. The seminars offered throughout the year cover a wide range of topics ranging from public speaking, to self-realization, to conflict resolution.
Center for Student Programming (CSP)
The campus is home to over 900 special interest and community service student-run organizations, which are advised by the Center for Student Programming (CSP). CSP also provides workshops on topics such as leadership skills, communication and volunteer recruitment. With a campus so large, there is a service, center, or organization for every need, interest, or passion that your student may have.
Student Alumni Association (SAA)
The UCLA works on behalf of the UCLA Alumni Association to enhance the student experience at UCLA by connecting students to one another, alumni and the University. Throughout the year, SAA volunteers plan dozens of social, career-oriented, and school-unifying events, including popular campus traditions as Dinners for 12 Strangers, Entertainment Networking Night, Interview with a Bruin, and Spring Sing.
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Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC)
USAC is an acronym for Undergraduate Students Association Council, the governing body of the Undergraduate Students Association (USA) whose membership comprises every UCLA undergraduate student. Thousands of students participate in and benefit from USA’s programs and endeavors. Students attend programs sponsored by the Campus Events Commission; participate annually in the more than 20 voluntary outreach programs run by the Community Service Commission; and volunteer for programs run by the Student Welfare Commission, such as AIDS awareness, substance abuse awareness, blood drives and CPR/first aid training
Students can become actively involved by volunteering in community service and exploring all possible ways to make a difference.
Center for Community Partnerships (CCP)
The Center for Community Partnerships offers a host of community-based opportunities, reflective of UCLA’s emphasis on maintaining a positive presence in the Los Angeles community.
The UCLA Volunteer Center offers students a variety of opportunities to become involved in the community through academic programs, campus programs, community organizations, and health and medical programs.
Campus Events & Activities
There is always something to do on campus, and the UCLA Happenings events calendar captures them all, including sport events, lectures and student activities. UCLA offers a rich variety of concerts, art exhibits, dance recitals, and theater productions as an integral part of University life.
UCLA has over 60 traditional, honors, and service Greek letter organizations, which are sponsored and advised by Fraternity & Sorority Relations. Approximately 14% of the student body is involved in fraternities and sororities.
Involvement in a fraternity or sorority can enrich the undergraduate experience and provide a strong foundation for cognitive, social and personal development. Men and women in fraternities and sororities are committed to their academics, volunteer time in the community, develop and strengthen leadership skills, form a campus and cultural support network and have access to affordable housing.
Sports & Recreation
UCLA Recreation provides extensive access to a broad range of recreational activities and services. Recreational services are offered across campus, including fields, gyms and pools.
The UCLA Intramural Sports Program consists of 30 leagues, tournaments, meets and special events with more than 8,000 participants each year. Intramural sports are Bruins competing against Bruins in an organized but casual setting. Students interested in playing a sport on campus for recreational purposes can compete in three or more different competitive levels. Students usually form teams from their residence hall floors, clubs or fraternity/sorority. Activities are offered each quarter, including limited activities during the summer quarter. Nominal fees are charged.
The UCLA Club Sports Program consists of more than 30 clubs and nearly 1,500 participants. Students complete against other universities not on the Division I level, i.e. lacrosse, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, archery, badminton, sailing, cycling, etc. All clubs are administered by UCLA Recreation; however, all clubs are organized by student officers. Club dues may apply.
UCLA Recreation provides therapeutically-based recreation adaptive programs for people with cognitive and physical disabilities that expand their access to opportunities that promote physical fitness, health and wellness, increased self-esteem and greater functional independence.
Classes & Activities
UCLA Recreation has a broad range of instructional classes available in arts, dance, fitness, martial arts, sports, swimming, tennis, water aerobics, yoga and more. Group exercise, personal fitness training and private instruction are also available.
Outdoor Adventures provides wilderness education that is experiential and adventurous and promotes responsible stewardship of the environment and our natural resources.
UCLA Athletics programs are nationally ranked and are a great way for students to show their Bruin pride. The University’s mission is to provide a well-rounded education both in and out of the classroom is well exemplified by the achievements of our student-athletes.
Students may choose to purchase the Den Sports Pass, which gives them access into the student section for every regular season home football game at the Rose Bowl and men’s basketball game in Pauley Pavilion. Otherwise, football tickets are available in February for both season and individual games, and basketball tickets may be purchased in October for both season tickets and individual games.
Students receive free admission to all sports besides football and men’s basketball.