Wei Ming Hu, the central lake on campus, glittered with small candlelit boats that students sent afloat to show their solidarity and concern for earthquake victims.
By day, Beijing University student organizations and leaders set out to collect donations on campuses across China. A viral text message declaring, "Today, we are all Sichuan people," spread quickly as students closely followed news developments.
As of this afternoon, Beijing University students had independently raised more than $40,000.
Fundraising via mobile phones has also become popular, especially among university students.
There are special telephone numbers that, when sent a text message, will automatically donate about 29 cents to earthquake relief funds.
At Beijing University, as at many other places in the country, blood drives were organized to help facilitate a rapid medical response for the injured and weak.
"There were so many students who showed up to donate that the blood bank was overwhelmed," said Zhou Taomo, a Beijing University graduate student.
"The response has been amazing. I am very moved by how my classmates have responded. We really believe we can help. There have been many terrible incidents in 2008 but I believe we can overcome them."
To learn how you can make a contribution to the Sichuan earthquake disaster, please visit http://donate.ifrc.org/