UCLA's Common Book Program

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates has been selected as the UCLA Common Book for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Common Book experience was created for all new undergraduate Bruins. By reading a common book over winter break, and then coming together to discuss the book during Winter Quarter programming, students engage in an intellectual and community-building activity that brings them into the UCLA experience. All incoming UCLA first-year and transfer students are provided a book to read during winter break. During Winter Quarter, students are able to participate in discussions of the book and related issues; the discussions are facilitated by Resident Assistants. We also encourage faculty and staff to incorporate themes and ideas from the Common Book in their courses and programs.

Program Goals

Students will have an opportunity to:

  • Share and understand diverse perspectives in a respectful way.
  • Build a community of intellectually-engaged learners.
  • Explore their role in creating a just society.
  • Consider critical action steps that can be taken in response to their Common Book experience.


Our Common Books...Past and Present

  • 2009-2010

  • 2010-2011

  • 2011-2012

  • 2012-2013

  • 2013-2014

  • 2014-2015

  • 2015-2016

  • 2016-2017