Welcome to UCLA!

As parents of a rising senior at UCLA, we have seen firsthand how exciting this transition period can be 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 as part of an overall support network enabling your student to thrive.  The University welcomed us three years ago as parents joining a community we now consider family.  We are thrilled to now welcome you as well!  You will find that your students are not the only ones who will grow and learn; parents and family members can also gain so much from being involved.

This special edition of Bruinlink is just for you. The UCLA Office of Parent & Family Programs (PFP) recognizes the

changing dynamic of the student/parent relationship as your student becomes more independent, but they also aim to provide you a channel to access important information and resources.  Bruinlink exists as a quarterly e-newsletter for families of undergraduate students to stay connected with the University and be aware of campus services, issues, opportunities and a wealth of amazing campus events available to you and your student.  UCLA PFP also provides a special telephone and email helpline specifically for Bruin parents and families.  It is a terrific resource which acts as a liaison on our behalf to all parts of the University.

Lastly, there are great opportunities for parents and family members to become directly involved with the UCLA campus community.  The UCLA Parents’ Council and the Parent & Family Association exist to coordinate and provide support to this magnificent university.  As 2019-20 Parents’ Council Co-Chairs, we invite you to consider becoming a parent volunteer. Interacting with UCLA’s vibrant community – families, students, staff, and alumni – has enriched our lives in ways we would have never imagined. We have learned firsthand what makes this campus the #1 public university of the nation.  As we continue our journey with the council, our Bruin knows we are there in the background supporting her as she independently navigates her own undergraduate journey.  We encourage you to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as we head into the next century of UCLA history.  We look forward to seeing you all at Bruin Family Weekend which will take place October 25-27, 2019.

Go Bruins!
Craig and Donna Mizuno, Parents ’20


Bruin Family Insights:
Get To Know UCLA

The transition to UCLA is sure to include many important topics of conversation. Bruin Family Insights (BFI), Parent & Family Programs’ virtual discussion series, gives Bruin families answers to their burning questions. Discussion topics include orientation, Housing & Residential Life, campus safety and more. All episodes are available on the BFI web page.

Create Your Own
Bruin Experience

Join the Parent and Family Association Volunteers group! This community is comprised of dedicated parent volunteers who serve as ambassadors for UCLA. Volunteers engage with parents to foster connections to the University, assist with outreach to current and prospective families, and represent the parent perspective on the UCLA experience.

Understanding UCLA’s Acronyms and Phrases

Navigating campus can be overwhelming, especially when every office seems to have an acronym you have to decipher. Have no fear, the Office of Parent & Family Programs is here! We have compiled a basic overview of key UCLA acronyms from housing to student life and advising so you know you to navigate campus IRL (in real life).


Key Links and 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 August 31, 2019.

Is your student moving into a residence hall this fall? Visit the housing move-in site to make sure your student is prepared.

The transition to college can be a confusing time for both students and their families. Have no fear: The UCLA Student Health Education & Promotion team has put together 10 tips for supporting your new Bruin to help you prepare.

Aug. 9-30 | Fall parking permit
application period

Aug. 21 | Fall fees assessed
Aug. 31 | UC SHIP waiver deadline
Sept. 20 | Fall BruinBill due
Sept. 19-22 | Move-In Weekend
Sept. 19-29 | True Bruin Welcome
Sept. 26 | Instruction begins
Oct. 1 | 2020-21 FAFSA opens
Oct. 25-27 | Bruin Family Weekend

View full academic calendar

We’re Social!

Don’t forget to connect with us on the following social media platforms to stay up-to-date with UCLA and share your Bruin spirit:




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