UCLA Spotlight


Welcome to UCLA & a New Academic Year

  • By Todd Cheney
  • Published Sep 1, 2004 8:00 AM

Welcome to UCLA!

For most UCLA students, the academic year begins with move-in weekend on September 25 and 26. Classes begin on Thursday, September 30.

Administrators sometimes refer to this time as “week zero” – because it doesn’t count as one of the ten weeks of the academic quarter. But the first week on campus shouldn’t be a zero – it should be full of new faces, fun and discovery.

That’s why Welcome Week was invented. Don’t just buy textbooks and arrange your room. Here are suggestions for diversifying: some fun, some educational, some a little of each.

Welcome Week Activities

Welcome Back Carnival 3 to 6 pm Sunday, Sept. 26 on the Intramural Field. Booths, snacks, activities – find out about UCLA and just have fun. UCLA student ID required.

Welcome Back Late Night Movie and Party 10 pm Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Free snacks and movies ‘til the wee hours. Hey, you can always sleep in on Monday. UCLA student ID required.

New Student Welcome and BBQ for Undergraduates 4 pm Monday, Sept. 27 followed by BBQ. For new transfer students and freshmen; see your my.UCLA page for details. UCLA student ID required.

Get Involved

Undergraduate Student Association Open House 5 pm Wednesday, Sept. 29 in Kerckhoff Hall Find out about Community Service, Campus Events, Cultural Affairs and other student government programs and activities. Snacks and hand-outs.

Student Alumni Association Welcome 7 pm Tuesday Oct. 4 or Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the James West Alumni Center. Meet Bruins past and present, and get involved in Homecoming, Beat ‘SC Week, Spring Sing and other great events.

Places to Explore

UCLA Fowler Museum Exhibits The Fowler Museum is right on campus, it’s free, and its exhibits are both eye-catching and thought-provoking.

Botánica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art in the City of Angels Botánicas dot the LA landscape and are fast becoming a key feature of our urban scene. Come explore these fascinating venues and the dizzying array of art and objects in them.

Saluting Vodou Spirits: Haitian Flags from the Fowler Collection See dazzling examples of the lavishly decorated ritual flags that have become the most celebrated genre of Vodou sacred art.

Free admission. Open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 pm; Thursday until 8 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. See

UCLA Hammer Museum Exhibits

Proof of Genius: The Prints of Albrecht Durer Durer’s woodcuts and engravings are a window to the Renaissance world, reflecting the art, culture and politics of Europe.

If your taste is more cutting-edge than Renaissance, don’t miss the Hammer Projects – sculpture, collage, installations and other works by contemporary artists.

Admission free with UCLA ID. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm (Thursday until 9 pm). Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.

UCLA Library Exhibit

Choosing the President: Research and Reality In this election year it’s interesting to take a look at past presidential campaigns. This exhibit in the lobby of the Charles E. Young Research Library includes items from a number of UCLA library collections, notably the Campaign Literature Archive. Runs through Sept. 30 only.

Campus Calendar of Events

There’s always something happening at UCLA. Don't forget to check the campus calendar.