Welcome to UCLA!

As parents of UCLA students –a recent Class of 2017 graduate and rising junior– we know firsthand how exciting this transition period is in your family’s life. Whether your new Bruin is finishing up high school or preparing to transfer from another college, we know you are keenly interested in supporting your student as they continue their educational journey. UCLA recognizes the importance of family and parents as part of an overall support network enabling your student to thrive.  The University welcomed us four years ago as parents joining a community we now consider family.  We welcome you now as well!  You will find that your students are not the only ones who will grow and learn; parents and family members can gain so much from being involved as well.

This special edition of Bruinlink is just for you! The UCLA Office of Parent & Family Programs (P&FP) recognizes the changing dynamic of the student/parent relationship as your student becomes more independent, but wants to provide you a channel for important information and access as well.  Bruinlink exists as a quarterly e-newsletter for families of undergraduate students to stay connected with the University and have awareness of campus services, issues, opportunities and wealth of amazing campus events available to you and your student.  The UCLA PFP Office also provides a special telephone and email helpline especially for parents.  It is a terrific resource which acts as a parent liaison to all parts of the University!

Lastly, there are great opportunities for parents and family to become directly involved with the UCLA campus community!  The UCLA Parents’ Council and the Parent Association exist to coordinate and provide support to this great University.  As 2017-18 Parent Council Co-Chairs, we invite you to consider volunteering and even becoming a member of the Parents’ Council organization.  It is a great way to personally experience the spirit, energy, and optimism which embodies being a Bruin!  We love being actively involved in the campus community.  Sometimes, we even see our own students!  We look forward to seeing you all at Bruin Family Weekend which will take place October 20-22, 2017.

Go Bruins!

Doug and Bernadette Larratt, Parents ’17, ’19

Looking for a way to stay engaged in the UCLA community?

Submit your application by July 24!

Transitioning to College for Families of First-Generation College Students

In this piece geared toward families of first-generation students, Dr. Cynthia L. Alvarez of UCLA First Year Experience shares how to emotionally prepare for the transition, and how to remain supportive and positive as first-generation families embark on an exciting and important journey toward a college degree.

Transicionando a la universidad como padres de estudiantes universitarios de primera generación

En esta pieza dirigida a padres de estudiantes universitarios de primera generación, la Dra. Cynthia Lua Alvarez comparte cómo prepararse emocionalmente para la transición y cómo seguir siendo solidarios y positivos cuando las familias de primera generación se embarcan en un viaje emocionante e importante hacia una título universitario.

Understanding UCLA’s Acronyms

Navigating campus can be overwhelming, especially when every office and program seem to have an acronym that is nearly impossible to decipher. Have no fear, PFP is here! We have provided you with a basic overview of key UCLA acronyms from housing to student life and advising so you know how to navigate campus IRL (in real life).

Important Dates & Deadlines

07/01 | Housing Payment Due
07/01 | Transcripts Due
07/10 |  Orientation Sessions Begin
07/21 | Parking Application Due
08/23 | Fall Fees Assessed
09/20 | Fall BruinBill Due
09/21-23 | Move-In Weekend
09/28 | Classes Begin


Key Links & Information

All registered students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP health benefits. If you do not want to keep UC SHIP for your student, you must submit a request to waive enrollment by Sept. 20, 2017.
Is your student moving into a residence hall this fall? Visit the housing move-in site to make sure your student is prepared.
You and your student can connect with UCLA before stepping foot on campus this fall. Check out the 2017 New Bruin Send-off website to see if there is one near you!

More links for Parents and Families





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