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The opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities at UCLA are virtually unlimited and provide a good way for students to expand their horizons beyond classroom learning.
Clubs and Organizations
Joining a club or organization is a great way to meet other students with shared interests and to get involved in campus life. UCLA has over 800 different organizations recognized by the Center for Student Programming--more than are found on almost any other university campus in the country.
Center for Student Programming
Organizations registered with the Center for Student Programming (CSP) include political, recreational, community service, cultural, academic, religious, and residential clubs. It only takes three people to start a new club if their interests are not already represented. CSP also handles complaints of misconduct against officially recognized student organizations. See http://www.studentactivities.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-7041.
One major CSP division is Fraternity and Sorority Relations.
Fraternity and Sorority Relations
Fraternities and sororities have been at UCLA since the early 1920s. Today UCLA counts over 68 national and local Greek-letter organizations that make up one of the largest Greek systems on the West Coast.
Fraternity and Sorority Relations (FSR) interprets University policies, procedures, and regulations and acts as a liaison between established Greek organizations and the University. It coordinates Greek-letter social organizations that participate in programs such as the Greek Leadership Conference, Membership Recruitment, Greek Week, New Member Forums, Dating Expectations Programs, intramural tournaments, and University-sponsored programs. See http://www.greeklife.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-6322.
FSR is a designated campus Harassment Information Center available to all UCLA students (see Harassment in the Appendix for more information).
Community Programs Office
The UCLA Community Programs Office (CPO) was established in 1970 by concerned students, staff, and faculty who felt that students’ educational experiences at UCLA should expand outside the classroom and into Los Angeles.
Currently, the CPO houses 23 student-initiated community service projects that provide educational, legal, social, medical, and academic services to underserved communities in Southern California, seven student-initiated outreach projects that seek to improve the number of students from underserved areas of Southern California who attend colleges and universities, and six student-initiated retention projects that seek to ensure that all students who enter UCLA actually graduate. CPO is unique because it provides a multicultural and ethnically diverse environment to the UCLA campus. See http://www.uclacommunityprograms.org or call (310) 825-5969.
Concerts, dance recitals, and theater productions are all part of exceptional programs offered by the Music, Ethnomusicology, Film, Television, and Digital Media, Theater, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance Departments and by the Center for Art of Performance at UCLA.
The Ethnomusicology Department provides students with the opportunity to perform in various world music and jazz ensembles that provide concerts listed in the department’s schedule of events. See http://www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu.
The Music Department features performances by ensembles ranging from music theater to opera. In addition, the Gluck Fellows Music Outreach Program provides community outreach through free performances throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California region. See http://www.music.ucla.edu.
The Theater Department presents a series of major productions to the general public, and the Film, Television, and Digital Media Department features student-directed films and television programs throughout the year. The School of Theater, Film, and Television’s annual Festival of New Creative Work is a week-long celebration of film, digital media, animation, screenwriting, and acting that features everything from performance art to the classics. See http://www.tft.ucla.edu.
The World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department presents events and concerts involving departmental faculty members, guest artists, and students. Student performances include M.F.A. concerts, an undergraduate and graduate student-produced concert, and the Senior Concert/Colloquium. Students also perform in more informal programs, such as the end-of-term student works festival or Pau Hana, that feature many world dance forms. See http://www.wac.ucla.edu.
Center for Art of Performance at UCLA
Since 1937, the Center for Art of Performance at UCLA has served as the premier West Coast showcase for world-class performing artists and ensembles as well as innovative new work in dance, music, theater, and performance art. The center presents more than 200 public concerts and events each year, often sponsoring debut performances of new works by major artists. Through the center, the campus hosts a varied and active performance program, ranging from regular concerts by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to events with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Yo-Yo Ma, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jessye Norman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Twyla Tharp, Stomp, Pinchas Zukerman, and Branford and Wynton Marsalis. Subject to availability, discount tickets are offered to students, faculty, and staff. See http://cap.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-4401.
Sports and Athletics
Athletics play a major role in the University’s mission to provide a well-rounded education both in and out of the classroom. UCLA continues to live up to its reputation as a national leader in intercollegiate sports and ranks first in the U.S. in the number of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships won (108). In 2010-11 the UCLA athletic programs (men and women) placed eleventh in the Directors Cup national all-around excellence survey. In the 23-year history of the former USA Today survey, the men’s program placed first 11 times, while the women’s program placed first five times in the final nine years. UCLA was the first university in the country to win five NCAA men’s and women’s championships in a single year (1981-82). See http://www.uclabruins.com.
UCLA also has produced a record number of professional athletes such as Troy Aikman, Eric Karros, Kevin Love, Reggie Miller, Natalie Williams, and Corey Pavin and Olympians such as gold medalists Lisa Fernandez, Karch Kiraly, Gail Devers, Peter Vidmar, Dot Richardson, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
The major indoor arena at UCLA is the famed Pauley Pavilion, which seats almost 14,000 for UCLA basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics events and reopens fall 2012 after undergoing major renovation. It was the site of the 1984 Summer Olympics gymnastics competition. Immediately adjacent, Drake Stadium is the home of UCLA track and field and soccer competitions and site of many outdoor events, including the U.S. Olympic Festival 1991. The Spieker Aquatic Center is home to the UCLA water polo, swimming, and diving teams. The Los Angeles Tennis Center, a 5,800-seat outdoor tennis stadium and clubhouse, was the site of the 1984 Olympic tennis competition. Easton Softball Stadium, which seats 1,300, is the home of the championship women’s softball team. The Morgan Intercollegiate Athletics Center houses the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and the actual personal den of Coach John Wooden. Off-campus facilities include Jackie Robinson Stadium for varsity baseball and the renowned Rose Bowl in Pasadena, home of the UCLA football team.
Men’s Intercollegiate Sports
UCLA is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference, which includes Arizona State University; University of Arizona; University of California, Berkeley; University of Colorado; Oregon State University; University of Oregon; Stanford University; University of Southern California; University of Utah; Washington State University; and the University of Washington. UCLA teams have won an overall total of 71 NCAA men’s championships--second highest in the nation--including 19 in volleyball, 16 in tennis, 11 in basketball, eight each in track and field and water polo, four in soccer, two each in golf and gymnastics, and one in swimming. Students can participate on the varsity level in football, basketball, track, baseball, tennis, volleyball, water polo, golf, soccer, and cross-country. Call (310) 825-8699 for further information.
Women’s Intercollegiate Sports
With 11 different varsity sports, the UCLA women’s program is one of the most extensive in the country, and UCLA has played an important role in establishing women’s sports as part of the NCAA. Women’s teams have won an overall total of 37 NCAA titles--second highest in the nation--including 11 in softball, seven in water polo, six in gymnastics, five in track and field, four in volleyball, three in golf, and one in tennis. Other nationally ranked teams are those in basketball, swimming, cross-country, and soccer. Call (310) 825-8699 for further information.
To help students learn new skills, meet people with similar interests, relieve stress, and increase fitness, the Department of Cultural and Recreational Affairs (CRA) oversees programs from intramural sports to outdoor adventures. See http://www.recreation.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-3701.
Intramural and Club Sports
The UCLA Intramural Sports Program, (310) 267-5416, consists of team, dual, and individual sports competition in tournament or league play. Over 1,800 teams and 8,000 participants compete throughout the year in various sports activities ranging from basketball to water polo. UCLA students and recreation membership holders are eligible. Varying skill levels are offered in almost all activities, and the emphasis is on friendly competition.
The Club Sports Program, (310) 267-5416, offers students the chance to organize, coach, or participate in sports that fall beyond the scope of intramurals but are not offered at the varsity level. Recognized teams exist in archery, badminton, baseball, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, chess/backgammon, cycling, dragon boat, equestrian, fencing, figure skating, flag football, ice hockey, juggling, kendo, kung fu, men’s and women’s lacrosse, pool sharks, powerlifting, quidditch, men’s rowing, men’s and women’s rugby, running, sailing, snowboarding and skiing, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, surfing, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, men’s and women’s ultimate, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo, waterskiing, wrestling, and wushu.
Outdoor Adventures, (310) 206-1252, offer students the chance to get away and enjoy the wonders of local and distant mountains and waterways. Activities designed for beginning to experienced outdoors people include camping, rock climbing, scuba diving, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking.
Noncredit recreation classes in arts, dance, fitness sports, kayaking, martial arts, outdoor adventures, rock wall, rowing, sailing, surfing, swimming, tennis, water aerobics, windsurfing, yoga, and a variety of group fitness programs are offered for beginning and intermediate levels. Private lessons in tennis, fitness activities, swimming, racquetball, martial arts, and golf are also available. Fitness is offered either as a recreation class or on a drop-in basis.
For registered students who prefer independent recreation and exercise, CRA offers access to many facilities. The John R. Wooden Recreation and Sports Center has multiple gymnasia, racquetball/squash courts, a weight training facility, rock climbing wall, exercise/dance and martial arts studios, and a games lounge. The Sunset Canyon Recreation Center offers activities in an outdoor park setting that features a 50-meter swimming pool, 25-yard family pool, picnic/barbecue areas, play fields, outdoor amphitheater, six lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, two multipurpose sports courts, and various meeting rooms and lounges, as well as a challenge course. The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center offers sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, rowing, surfing, and other activities. Students also have the use of Pauley Pavilion, Drake Stadium, Sycamore Tennis Courts, Los Angeles Tennis Center, Intramural Fields, Student Activities Center, and Kaufman Hall for recreational sports and activities.
Youth and Family Programs
Youth and Family Programs, (310) 825-3701, offer exciting activities for children 3 to 17 years old. Summer programs include Bruins on Broadway for ages 8 to 15, Bruins on Water for ages 8 to 10, Camp Adventure for ages 11 to 15, Camp Bruin Kids for ages 5 to 10, Camp Explore for ages 7 to 10, Camp Voyager for ages 11 to 15, Counselors in Training for ages 13 to 17, Sunset Sleepover for ages 7 to 12, Super 7 for ages 7 to 10, Tween/Teen Super 7 for ages 11 to 14, group and private lessons, and the Family Outdoor Entertainment Series. Activities combine play with skill development and deepen the fun in learning.
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