Campus Life

Some students play frisbee on campus.

Warm. Diverse. Welcoming. Energetic. Here, you’ll discover people from every walk of life and activities to suit every interest. Immerse yourself. There’s always something extraordinary going on.

Students from Grupo Folklorico de UCLA perform.
The Historical Ballroom Dance Club performs in a hall.
An Enormous Activities Fair participant holds up a giant red dragon costume.
A student practices balancing on a tightrope.
Students from Grupo Folklorico de UCLA perform.

Find Endless Ways to Expand Your Horizons

What does our multifaceted campus mean for you? Over 1,000 student clubs and organizations. Film screenings, coffeehouse concerts, art exhibits, comedy nights, sporting events, networking. And an amazing array of cultures, backgrounds and passions. It’s easy to find your niche when you have the world at your fingertips.

A diverse group of students sits together on a low wall.

Embrace Diverse Ideas, Backgrounds and Cultures

Here, we surround ourselves with those who approach every day with an open mind and open heart. We celebrate differences and other points of view. We feel compassion for others and pave the way for greater understanding. And we know that together, we have a stronger chance of making the world a better place.


Ethnic Diversity among top 25 universities

U.S. News & World Report (2019)

Most “Instragrammable” University

VPNOverview (2023)
A student plays guitar while another sings along at Spring Sing.

Celebrate the Spotlight

From Spring Sing, UCLA Hill’s Got Talent and spoken-word performances to open mic night, jazz, a capella and Bollywood dancing, there are endless ways for our students to shine in the spotlight. Take it all in or join in and share your talents with the world.

These portraits of activists were created for the exhibit UCLA: Our Stories, Our Impact.

Be Inspired by World-Class Art and Performance

Take in world-renowned dance, music and theater through the Center for the Art of Performance. See fascinating art exhibits, forums, lectures and screenings at the Fowler and Hammer museums. And enjoy free independent, foreign and repertory films with Melnitz Movies — all without ever leaving campus.

UCLA’s Film & Television Archive is home to the largest university-based collection of media materials in the U.S. and hosts about 400 screenings per year.


A headshot of UCLA student Tanner Weaver

UCLA has a palpable energy on campus. Everyone on campus from faculty to the students wants you to succeed and is willing to help you succeed. The campus has a cooperative learning environment, which I absolutely love. Every time I return to campus, it feels like home.

Tanner Weaver, physiological sciences major

Celebrate Bruin Traditions

Tap into your school spirit by joining in on our fun traditions, which have fostered Bruin pride and bonded students together for generations.

A massive crowd gathers around the giant flame at the Beat ’SC Bonfire.

Since its inception, the annual Beat ’SC Bonfire has inspired celebrities, students and alumni to gather together to cheer on the Bruins before their rivalry football game against USC.

A family tailgates before seeing UCLA Football at the Rose Bowl during Bruin Family Weekend.

Parents and families come from all over to spend Bruin Family Weekend with their students. Here, a family tailgates before cheering on UCLA Football at the Rose Bowl during the event.

Students, faculty and alumni enjoy a meal during Dinner for 12 Strangers.

Every year on one of three nights, students, faculty and alumni come together to enjoy good food and conversation during Dinner for 12 Strangers, a 52-year tradition.

Bruins cheer on UCLA Football at the Rose Bowl.

Bruins have a blast cheering on the home games of UCLA football at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena and UCLA basketball at Pauley Pavilion.

An all-male a cappella group commands the stage at Spring Sing.

Each year, Spring Sing showcases UCLA’s most gifted student performers and attracts celebrities and talent scouts. Past performers have included Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles.

Volunteer Day participants ride a bus together en route to a charitable event.

One of the world’s largest university-related service days, UCLA Volunteer Day invites students, alumni, faculty and staff worldwide to organize and take part in charitable events in their communities.

Students dance their hearts out at the annual dance marathon.

The annual UCLA Dance Marathon has students dancing 26 hours straight and has raised millions for pediatric AIDS research.

A student rings Victory Bell.

The Victory Bell is the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual UCLA-USC rivalry football game. The winner keeps the bell for the next year and paints it the school’s color.

American Indian tribes participate in the annual Pow Wow.

Hundreds of Native Americans from Southern California and beyond come to the annual two-day UCLA Pow Wow to celebrate their cultures and compete in a variety of dance events.


club sports teams


intramural sports leagues

Two students work on their paddle boarding skills at the Marina.
A couple of Bruins play basketball at the Sunset Recreation courts.
Students jump into the pool at Sunset Canyon.
A couple of Bruins play basketball at the Sunset Recreation courts.
Two students work on their paddle boarding skills at the Marina.
Students enjoy a yoga class on campus.

Activate Your Interests

Rock climbing, tennis, intramural sports, swimming, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing … With 16 recreational and athletic facilities and six pools on campus, plus the UCLA Marina Aquatics Center by the beach, fun ways to stay active are always just steps away.

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