Welcome to the UCLA Bruin Underground Scholars Program

Congratulations to all of our newly admitted students, and welcome to the UCLA family! We hope you feel proud of your amazing accomplishment, and we hope you will take some time to explore how the UCLA Bruin Resource Center (BRC) can enrich your UCLA experience. The BRC offers programs and services for current and former foster youth, students who have experienced homelessness, students who are formerly incarcerated and/or system impacted, students with dependents, undocumented students, and more.

Our office will be open in the Summer and you are more than welcome to visit, ask questions, and get a feel of what it is like to be a Bruin Underground Scholar!


  • students reading a journal Recruitment

    We provide support to incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted students by conducting outreach events, supporting them through community college, preparing them for the UC, sharing educational resources on how to apply to UCLA, coaching them through the UC application process, offering campus tours, and workshops to navigate the education system.

  • image of student Retention

    Our retention program provides formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students with a space on campus to meet and study, academic tutoring and advising, peer coaching, leadership development, student employment, community events, and workshops on how to navigate UCLA.

  • four students sitting next to each other Advocacy

    We advocate for currently and formerly incarcerated students and their families. In addition to individual advocacy for students on campus and on parole/probation, we engage in local, state, and national policy advocacy to remove barriers and create opportunity for currently and formerly incarcerated people. We also train formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students to be policy advocates.

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Land Acknowledgement

The Bruin Underground Scholars program at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors),'Ahiihirom (Elders), and 'Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present, and emerging.