Selection Process

The Common Book Selection Process is a year-long process that begins during Spring Quarter. The Common Book Selection Committee, comprised of students, staff, and faculty, meets to discuss all the books that were nominated. At this meeting, the committee goes through each nomination, weighing in their thoughts and opinions using the following selection criteria: 

  • Connection to Common Book goals (The Common allows students to share and understand diverse perspectives, build community, and critically consider their role in creating a just society.
  • Readability
  • Relatability to incoming freshman and transfer students and the greater UCLA community
  • Encourages student engagement via programming and discussions
  • Reasonable length
  • Can potentially be integrated into classroom curriculum

During this meeting, the list of nominees is narrowed down to 3-4 options. The committee then reads these final nominations in their entirety over the summer. In late July the Selection Committee comes together again to discuss the titles they read and provide feedback. At this meeting, the selection for the year's Common Book is finalized. 

Fall Quarter is spent making preparations for the Common Book and its programming, and prior to winter break the Common Book is distributed to students.