Nomination & Selection Process

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The 2018-19 academic year marks the 10-year anniversary of the UCLA Common Experience program. This program embodies UCLA's spirit of working toward a just world and inspiring our students to be a catalyst for action.  Nominations are welcomed from the UCLA community as we consider all nominations carefully.  A committee comprised of faculty, students, and staff meet to discuss each nominated title and determine which title would best continue the legacy of our Common Experience program.

For more information on the selection and nomination process, please see below.

Selection Process

The Common Experience Selection Process is a year-long process that begins during Spring Quarter. After collecting nominations throughout the year from the UCLA community, the FYE team convenes a selection committee comprised of students, staff, and faculty, to meet to discuss the nominations. At this meeting, the committee reviews the nominations, weighing in their thoughts and opinions using the following selection criteria:

  • Connection to Common Experience goals (The Common Experience 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 group comes together again to discuss the titles they read and to make their recommendation for the year's Common Experience.

Fall Quarter is spent making preparations for the Common Experience and its programming, and the Common Experience programming starts at the beginning of Winter Quarter.

Fall Quarter Prep, Winter Distributions
Nomination Process

Every year, we request nominations from students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members as a way of including all Bruins in keeping the True Bruin spirit alive. In acknowledgement of UCLA's Centennial celebration, the 2019-2020 Common Experience theme pertain to the past, the current state or the future of Los Angeles.  

We are open to receiving nominations from a range of non-printed texts, including films, television shows, art work, soundtracks, etc. After a series of review rounds, selection(s) are announced in Fall Quarter. 

Involvement in the Common Experience Selection Committee

Join our Common Experience Selection Committee! Each UCLA Common Experience is selected by a committee comprised of UCLA students, staff, and faculty. Committee members must commit to reviewing nominations and attending three mandatory meetings. To join our Selection Committee and be part of selecting our 12th Common Book, please email First Year Experience at We look forward to another historic selection with you!