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University of California-Davis Reviews

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  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    55 out of 57 people found this review useful. 1 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking for a way out of distractions and want to focus on school, then this is the correct place to go. And if your worried about parties, there are enough to suit a full time student, you just have to look for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're checking this school out and want to know what goes on at Davis, check out Davis Wiki. This is a great source to learn about house parties to which bike trail is the steepest. Also, make sure you take a tour of the place, it has an amazing arboretum and the campus is filled with trees, maybe that will persuade you. Another thing to know is that transportation on bus is free, if you have a car San Francisco is only an hour away as well as Berkley, road trip is definitely a must if you have a car.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it is a bang for your buck, your given great professors to learn from, cool volunteer opportunities, great events such as Earth Day Festival and the Farmer's Market every Sat. and Wed., which have really amazing pastries and fruit!

    Am enjoying being here

    Going to school at Davis isn't really what everyone assumes it is, by this I mean cow tipping and it being boring. If you are the type of person that likes to party at all times, this isn't the place for you. But if your like me, and like to go out on the weekends and hangout with friends all the time, then you're in the right place. Being here has allowed me to explore different things that I would've never explored if I didn't have the resources here. Such as being a DJ, through a volunteer program you can become a DJ at KDVS, Davis' own radio station located right on campus! Other opportunities may come up, so always be on the lookout.

    Am learning a lot

    If your looking for a great learning experience, there is something important that you have to know, it all depends on YOU. So if you are, the advice I would give you and stuff you've probably already heard is to get to know your professor, research beyond on stuff that you're unfamiliar with. These two suggestions make such a great difference in any school you might choose to go, and here at UC Davis, the professors are amazing. (TIP: go to ratemyprofessors.com to look at the prof's review, this really saves you from a dull class!)

  • 07/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 out of 39 people found this review useful. 2 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who are friendly and like meeting others, people who are open to diversity, people who like a small-town feeling, people who enjoy bicycle riding, people who have yet to decide a career path, and people who are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend visiting any college that you are considering and base your decision on the feel of the community (big city or small town, warm or cold weather, relaxed or competitive, etc.) as well as whether or not they have your major. If you're not sure what major you want, it would be wise to pick a college that has lots of majors to choose from. Probably the most important factor in your college-selection process should be based on the feel of the campus when you visit it. Some campuses are very focused on academics; others are more relaxed and social. I visited campuses where everyone I saw was isolated and either listening to mp3 players, reading books, or just walking or sitting alone. I didn't see anyone talking to anyone else or socializing at all, and that just wasn't for me. Then I visited UC Davis where I saw people running together, sitting together, studying together, talking to one another, playing frisbee and other sports, and in general just enjoying themselves and the company of others...and that's the college experience I knew I wanted. But I can't speak for everyone...some like the rigorous feel of a focused campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that the cost of tuition at UC Davis is worth every penny. The degree you earn from UC Davis is a very prestigious achievement and can take you almost anywhere in your future. The school also has a plethora of majors to choose from should you decide to change majors. The campus has its very own internship and career center that is very useful in helping students find local internships, jobs, and research opportunities. The dining commons are definitely worth the money because they’re quality smorgasbords, and the food and services are well above average. The new fitness center, the ARC (Activities Recreation Center), is a nicer work out facility than the fitness center I’ve worked at for three years now, and it comes included with the price of tuition rather than costing 92 dollars per month like my hometown gym. I’ve been very impressed with the overall quality of the professors, the food, the gym, the library, and the services offered by the school, and I would say that it’s worth all the somewhat expensive cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    I had the time of my life at UC Davis and am counting down the days until I return as a sophomore. The main reason I chose Davis over other campuses was because I liked the feel of the community. Not only is it a small town atmosphere, but the people in Davis are very friendly. In fact, they’re beyond friendly; it’s not uncommon for people to go out of their way to help you, and it’s very comforting to be in such welcoming surroundings. There is an endless list of other sensational attributes that Davis has to offer, such as the bowling alley and arcade located in the very center of campus, the always entertaining Division 1 athletics program, the largest annual student-run event in the nation (Picnic Day), a very new and cutting edge work out facility, semiweekly farmer’s markets, a very proactive Greek community, and running/bike paths encircling a large pond and arboretum. Davis also has great one-of-a-kind restaurants such as the Hotdogger (a hole-in-the-wall hot dog vendor), Burgers and Brew (a local burger joint that is open until 3 A.M. every single night), and the delicious Yoloberry frozen yogurt eatery. These restaurants are local to Davis and cheap enough for college students to enjoy. But as if that’s not enough to satisfy one’s appetite, the campus has an amazing buffet-style dining commons that serves meals for all types of eaters and is kept immaculate during operating hours (and it’s conveniently open until midnight on weekdays). I chose UC Davis because I loved the people I met and the positive atmosphere that is ubiquitous throughout the small town. Students, professors, and residents all seem to be outgoing, genuine, and truly down to earth people. After spending a year at school though, I’ve realized that there are so many other wonderful things Davis has to offer as well.

    Am learning a lot

    As a freshman this past school year, I noticed that the staff and faculty at UC Davis was very knowledgeable, helpful, and accommodating to the schedules of students. I learned a lot in my classes, but it wasn’t what I would call easy. I always did well in high school, but at UC Davis there’s a much more noticeable connection between hard work and success. In high school, you can just know the material, hardly study, and still get good grades. This is not the case at UC Davis. To earn good grades, you must put in lots and lots of time studying effectively. I, personally, treat my scholastic career like a fulltime job by spending 40 or more hours per week studying. There is no question that you will learn a lot at UC Davis, but how well you do in your classes is totally dependent upon how hard you study.

  • 08/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 out of 20 people found this review useful. 3 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Someone who wants the full college experience. You become so immersed in your own little world of Davis that when you go home for holidays it's a bit of a culture shock. You don't have to love cows or the farm life, but you will have to get used to the occasional scent of cattle on campus! It's a beautiful and amazingly diverse place. If you want to go somewhere where the people are real and you're fully prepared to fall in love with your school, Davis is the place for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! If there's something you like or would like to try, there is a club on campus for that. And if there isn't, dozens of clubs are formed every quarter. Also, bring your bike, a good bike lock and light! Everyone rides bikes, and the biggest crime is bike theft. It's really the best way to get around though. There are so many bikes on campus that a lot of first year students park their bike outside of a lecture hall, then come out an hour later, freaking out because there are literally hundreds of bikes in front of them and they can't remember where they parked theirs! Go to Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning at least once, and see the dachshund races on Picnic Day. Go for a summer bike ride through the arboretum and try something you have never tried before. Take advantage of the campus escort/tipsy taxi services and try not to get too lost in the Death Star (aka: the social science and humanities building)!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, but I think that in terms of tuition and the type of education you get at UC Davis, it is definitely worth it. You get some of the most knowledgeable professionals in each field, teaching YOU directly. Unlike some Ivy League or more elite schools, the professors themselves teach and will talk to YOU personally. You don't get shoved off onto teacher's assistants or grad students. Unfortunately, the school does try to rip you off sometimes. For example, there are no book lists and you have to physically go into the campus bookstore to find out what texts you will need, but you can always write down the titles then find them cheaper elsewhere. Overall, though, there are dozens of ways to cut costs and the high tuition is completely worth it, if not for the excellent professors and teaching, than for the experience as a whole.

    Am enjoying being here

    The town of Davis is its own little world. It's a small town and completely full of college students. Some people go home on the weekends but it is by no means a commuter school. I absolutely love the town and being there and never before have I wanted to go back to school so much! There is always something going on to fit any students preferences. From free movie nights in the Chem 194 lecture hall to constant parties on frat row. The Greek life here is amazing, there are no ugly house rivalries and everyone I have met, whether they're in a sorority or fraternity has been amazing. There are also hundreds of other extracurricular activities to get involved in, as well as various campus-wide events. There is the famed Picnic Day, full of families, fun and a never ending battle of the marching bands in the arboretum. There is Whole Earth Festival when for an entire weekend tie-dye wearing hippies overrun the main quad. The farmer's market comes every Wednesday and Saturday morning and occasionally there are midnight drum circles in the arboretum. The arboretum itself is an amazing place to lounge around on a warm summer or spring day. You can study out by the creek, feeling completely by yourself as a family of ducks waddles by. Everything about Davis seems to exist in its own little bubble, which is amazing feeling when you want to get the whole college experience. You can cut yourself off from the world and live in Davis for a little, then take a free bus down to Sacramento to get a healthy dose of shopping and the real world!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here all really know their stuff! And even if you're a little confused about a topic, the grad student assistants are always there to help you out and fully understand a topic better. I love how at Davis, the actual professors teach the lectures, then the grad students run discussion. You get two chances and two different perspectives on a topic which is helpful when you don't understand. In addition, the professors work really hard with the students to make sure that their office hours work for everyone and that they are available for you whenever you need them. You hear horror stories about how professors are cruel and heartless, but in reality every professor I have had has been completely understanding and accommodating to their students needs.

  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 4 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is perfect for me: small adorable town, great community feel, friendly people, and more academic opportunities than you could hope for. I am studying biology and pre-vet and Davis has so many programs in the sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a big school, but you will find people that are amazing friends and always be meeting more of them. Be prepared to go and get what you want for yourself: you have to have initiative, but once you take it everyone supports you on your way. There are so many excellent programs to study that you (like I did) will probably have trouble picking one. But this also gives you a great opportunity to learn about new things and take interesting and different classes.

    Bang for the buck

    I know that getting into college is getting more and more difficult, but you cannot get it any better than the UC schools. They are all excellent campuses with exemplary professors, programs, and opportunities. I would encourage everyone to apply to the UC system because your chances of getting into at least one of them are great, and you will get an amazing education for a reasonable tuition cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    Personally, I LOVE the small town atmosphere. If you love the big city night life style of living, you would probably be bored here. But I enjoy going with friends to the farmer's marker on Saturday morning, biking EVERYWHERE around town and to classes, the arboretum full of cool birds, miles of bike paths, spending nights in watching movies with friends, nights out having chinese for dinner, and the excitement of my own apartment next year (even though leaving the dorms is kind of sad).

    Am learning a lot

    My professors have been engaging and passionate about their subjects, even in lower division classes. They are always available to help in office hours. Class sizes are very large for prerequisite courses (my chem classes were 500 students), but get smaller when you specialize. There are so many people to meet and programs to get involved in!

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 5 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - Science majors - People who love the great outdoors - People who love to exercise indoors! Our ARC (Activities and Recreation Center) is a top notch gym. - Students who want an impressive education without the cutthroat, competitive nature of others. - Students who want to go green! Davis is THE bike capital of the nation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Want to learn more about UC Davis? Feel free to go onto http://daviswiki.org.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, yes, yes!

    Am enjoying being here

    You're going to live in Cow Town? Despite what everyone thinks, Davis is not a complete cow town. Okay, sure, we have a greater density of cows than any other UC campus, but it's not like you're getting that horrific cow stench like you do when driving on I-5. Remember, Davis is a college town! Things are always happening. If you feel like it's not, do not panic! Sacramento is only 20 minutes away, San Francisco is at most an hour of a drive, and Lake Tahoe is a 1.5-2 hour road trip. Wanting to get further away? Take a bus, train, or plane! Stations for all are only minutes away from campus. And for all of you who like to party, don't you worry. ;)

    Am learning a lot

    The University of California school system has a reputation of being one of the best in our nation. For 100 years, UC Davis has proved itself to be a school that values excellence in all the roads education has to offer. One in every three Californians have trusted this university to provide them with their best college experience, and with its ever thriving academic and social environment, you can put your trust in its hands as well. Do you feel like you wouldn't be challenged? Thank again. There are various honors programs that can put you to the test, from the Integrated Studies Program and the Davis Honors Challenge to the 20+ honor societies. Not looking forward to that math and chemistry course? Take something out of the ordinary! Learn about mushrooms, human sexuality, wine-making, tractor driving, or even how to milk a cow! There is no doubt that anyone can find something to fit their shoe at UC Davis.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 6 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is wonderful for Pre- Vet students, and in general any kind of students, I have met so many various people that attend UC Davis it is not restricted to one type of student.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a student who attends Davis my advice would be to stay on top of grades. During the first year of college stay as focused on classes as possible. It may be hard due to transitions from home, new friends, new faces and room mates but when all else fails you rely on your class work to get you through the hard times. Hard work pays off at Davis if you give something your all then you will see results. Make sure to go to the professors office hours, if you are having troubles they may be willing to work things out also it helps for future references. Going to office hours causes professors to appreciate the students willingness to learn more and it shows you are dedicated to the class. Another tip is once you are on top of grades try to get involved in the community of Davis in some way. It helps networking, its good to have an outlet for stress and it will look good on future resumes. Classes are important but so is your personal happiness do something that keeps you involved and happy.

    Bang for the buck

    Davis may be an expensive school but it is only because there is so much to offer, by attending Davis you are receiving the best that Davis has to offer. There are ways to make the school cheaper by getting on-campus jobs, scholarships or applying for positions such as RA, Barn Supervisors, and other positions. The education will be worth what you will be paying, education and knowledge is priceless it is something that will follow you throughout your life but money is a material item which will come and go. The experience will be unforgettable and if money is a problem Davis is able to work something out wether it be in student loans or work-study jobs. The experience is worth every penny, this experience is one which I don't regret paying and working for. If I spent my money on insignificant material items I would only have regrets. This is one life, one education and I don't regret my choice to attend UC Davis.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have loved Davis from the moment I took my first step on to the campus, which was durning my Junior year in High School. The saying goes The experience is what you make it which is entirely true as I have found while attending Davis. I went in with a willingness to learn and an open mind wanting to be involved in the community. I have involved myself in numerous ways through being involved with my floor which I lived on, being apart of the Equestrian Center, The Equestrian Team and through RA training. I have met so many people in the community that it continues to amaze me. The people are all really friendly it is not hard at all to meet people, they are willing to help and genuinely care for other people. The more I continue to get involved with the campus the more I learn and network. It brings me joy everyday to wake up in the morning and see what new experience I will gain. Overall Davis is a very safe place too, I have no worries to walk the campus at late times of the night and if there is a worry there are resources such as escort service which helps to safely get from point A to B. Davis is safe and will bring a satisfying enjoyment to students who attend this is all important to consider in the pursuit of learning.

    Am learning a lot

    University of California, Davis has so much to offer to students of very versatile majors and career goals. Davis offers learning in every aspect of life, from the class room to curricular activities and in the job circuit. Davis dwells on distributing knowledge to those who are willing and want to learn. The classes can be tedious but the amount of knowledge attained is priceless. Davis wants to present only the best to the students and if an individual wants to take the opportunity they can soar with the knowledge acquired. The class rooms are friendly and a place where knowledge only continues to expand. If a student wants to gain more understanding of a subject the professors are very open to students request of one on one meetings. Not only are the class rooms a place of learning but the entire community of davis offers vast amounts of learning. I've had the experience to be apart of the Student Housing under training as an Resident Advisor. I only see how much Davis wants us to learn to the best of our ability. Through this program training is offered because they want to present to new residents the best Davis has to offer in a sense of resources. Being apart of Davis is a privilege because of the never ending learning of life which Davis continues to give me.

  • 12/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Go to the ARC and exercise. Join some clubs to meet new people and make friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be friendly. Everyone is intimidated by other people, they might just be as intimidated as you are. When you sit next to people in class, introduce yourself, say hi, start to chat it up before class. Making friends in class helps you in that class, because you'll be able to help each other out during midterm weeks. Staying fit is also important. There is the ARC, which I think is one of the best perks of being a UCD student. Go there, work out, play some sports. You're paying for it in your tuition anyways. Might as well make the best of it.

    Bang for the buck

    This gets a lower rating because of all the budget cuts and tuition raising. But other than that, this college is a great place to go to school because of the diverse cultures, myriads of different clubs, a lot of interesting classes to choose from, and the friendly people that go here.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis is a small town. UC Davis, however is a big campus. It is very peaceful here because everyone is easy going, and the atmosphere is very nice. Although the temperature is a bit hard to get accustomed to. During the summer it is very, very hot. During the winter it gets very, very cold. So if you're coming to Davis, remember to get the appropriate clothing, otherwise you'll either burn or freeze.

    Am learning a lot

    UC Davis has a lot of interesting classes to choose from. As a Psychology major, I was interested in this particular subject the moment I started going to school here. There is a wide variety of Psychology classes if that is what you are interested. There also a lot of fun classes to take such as beer brewing, and wine making. The fun classes at Davis are really packed, so its tough to get in it at times. There are a lot of extracurricular activities to do here, such as joining a martial arts club, dragon boat, ski or snowboard, and the gamut runs on. There are lots of people of different cultures and ethnicities, so one can immerse in the diversity of the campus.

  • 09/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that come here should expect to be part of a very tight college town. The sport games are very spirited. People sleep in the grass in the quad every day. It's welcoming. It will be surprisingly easy to make friends here because everyone is so diverse. There bound to be a handful of people with your shared interest. After freshman year you are expected to live on your own outside of Davis's help. I love this because it encourages self sufficiency.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read other reviews because they said it all.

    Bang for the buck

    I was able to get a lot of financial aid, almost a full scholarship for the 2011-2012 year. Especially if your family's income is low-middle class to low, Davis does it's best to keep you from spending $10,000 out of pocket which means no emptying savings or taking private bank loans. They have the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan which provided me with and extra $5,000. Look it up. It's amazing. The other private school I wanted to attend asked me to take $10,000 out of various federal loans and and an additional $25,000. Davis offers the same great opportunities plus some since it's bigger at a cheaper school. I definitely feel grateful I had the option of picking this one instead. The financial package is slightly overestimated so if you have all your aid completely covered, usually at the end there's still $2000-5000 left for spending on sweatshirts, athletics, summer courses, etc. Usually students will save this up to pay back their loans or they'll live extravagantly and spend it all throughout the year.

    Am enjoying being here

    I live in Tercero Wall Hall which is right next to a farm of very handsome cows. There are 9 new buildings this fall (2011) and they're still constructing new ones opening in the next year or two. These residence halls are fantastic. They come more furnished than other schools AND my favorite part, the three person rooms are overly roomy! They are also about $2000 less a year than a typical 2 person room which means $2000 extra to save. Davis is known for their Dining Commons. On top of the great healthy food in the DC, there is also a farmer's market twice a week. There aren't many fast food places close by except for Carl's Jr. but there are tons of small business restaurants. THEY TAKE CARE OF YOU HERE. There's a tipsy taxi and and an escort service (I know, it's a bad name) to walk you if you're scared of going home alone in the dark. They spend 6 hrs taking about safety and sexual harassment and health during freshman orientation. It's difficult sitting that long but for a school to do something like that and to give you so many resources in case you're ever in trouble, it shows that they REALLY REALLY care. Last but not least, BEST GYM EVERRRR and its free!!

    Am learning a lot

    I have met amazing students. The talent here stretches all over the board from I can't believe you got in... to You also got into Cal Tech? Why didn't you go there instead? Because of my major, Biomedical Engineering, I don't associate with the party all day! crowd very much but they do exist. Students that get down and study for insanely easy placement tests also exist. Its populous here and very diverse. There was an assumption at my high school that Davis was the UC anyone can get into. DO NOT assume it will be easy here. The courses are tough especially with engineering, math, and computer majors setting the curve. It is a research school so that comes with tons of internships (Genentech, etc), research with professors, study abroad opportunities, etc. For such a big place there are tons of opportunities to connect with professors: office hours, sandwich shops, honors programs, internships, CLUBS, etc. If you choose to live outside of a cave there are also many ways to connections for future job endeavors.

  • 06/05/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 13 people found this review useful. 9 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Studious, small-town, good grades, science majors

    Tips for prospective students

    Davis - not the most exciting city, but a GOOD school nonetheless. Prob. my favorite UC. Has good programs in Agriculture, any kind of science you can think of, History, and Veterinary Science. I might go there for the History program. DEFINITELY consider it!

  • 12/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You chose to go to college to study and further your education, UCD does that. Just because classes have a more friendly environment does not mean that you don't have to study for your exams. Good grades come to the students who work hard for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    I want ALL seniors to know that college is college. The name of the college DOES NOT MATTER at all! If you are working a little harder to get more education, you are automatically more successful then the students who were too lazy to apply for college. There is no doubt that UCD is a great school, but don't ever beat yourself up if you couldn't get in. Another great tip, if you didn't get into a UC that you really wanted to get into, you should definitely try to APPEAL. The UC appeals come out shortly after you hear back from colleges and I know a few people who appealed to UCD and got in. I hope this helps =]

    Bang for the buck

    Davis will be worth your money when you go to class, study and use all its resources. If you just go to college and stay in your dorm, you are wasting tens of thousands of dollars (it doesn't matter which college you are at). Of course tuition went up drastically, but UCD is still worth going to.

    Am enjoying being here

    When I first moved into the dorms, I honestly thought I would really hate it. Davis is no New York, but you always manage to find something to do when you want a break from studying. There are always a lot of crazy fun events going on over the weekend and if you're too poor, there is always a super friendly game of hide-and-seek at the Social Science and Humanities building. ;)

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at UCD are really friendly. Generally I don't feel the constant tension of competing for the best grades. If you are struggling with a concept in class, you can easily talk to the professor about it, you can easily talk to the TAs about it and you can easily talk to your classmates about it. There are also free tutoring centers at the academic centers.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Some of you urban dwellers might want to try small-town living. This is a place for those that don't mind having to ride the bus. Also, you'll find your place somewhere, there's always something happening from movies, to sports, to even just walking around the town.

    Tips for prospective students

    Davis is not really as agrarian as most people think it is, so really consider coming to check it out before you apply. You just might find that you fall in love with the place and decide to come here

    Bang for the buck

    Despite our fee increase, it's really worth it. Not only do you get top-rate professors, you also get a gym, recreation, and useful resources for studying, as well as tutoring and even free printing! You definitely get what you pay for, and even more.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am from Southern California, and we all know it's never cold. So it was really nice to get some wintery cold for once. There's open spaces so you can go study if you need to get out of your dorm. If you need a study break you can always go to the Arboretum and go watch the ducks and the otters, or go Downtown and see the neat little stores, or if you really want to get out, take the bus to Sacramento! The public transportation is extremely reliable so you don't really need a car. There's movie theaters and we also have free movie screenings in Chem 194, a lecture hall on campus. How cool is that? Here, you'll meet people from around the state, the country, and even the world!

    Am learning a lot

    I've only been here for one quarter, but it has been amazing. The professors give you the lectures, and they know their stuff. They are all willing to explain a topic if you as in class, even if it was from the past lecture. They try to make sure everyone understands. All of my professors were really cool, and they are really willing to help you out. The Graduate students are the TAs, and they've been through what we went through, so they understand; and they really are helpful.

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 12 of 311

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - Student who are the studious type, but like to have a little fun once in a while! - Students who don't mind the rain - Students looking for a calm, small town - Students who enjoy nature and are not looking for a bustling city - Students who plan on focusing on their studies thoroughly - Students who are looking for a fun-filled, thorough college education

    Tips for prospective students

    - Research about Davis beforehand: It's culture, it's history, etc. to see if it it the right choice for you. - Fill out the FAFSA forms EARLY to determine what Financial Aid you are qualified for. - Get involved with activities, clubs, and sports. - Do not be afraid to say hello! College is a new experience for everyone, and there are people who are just as nervous as you may be!

    Bang for the buck

    UC Davis students enjoy many free services like yearly memberships to the ARC, a huge gym on campus, free service for the Uni Trans and YoloBus, bus services that run around and through Davis, access to the Student Health and Wellness Center, access to the Davis Library, and, if credited pre-purchased swipes, access to Dining Commons in the dorms across campus. I find that my money put into paying for education here is well used and is brought back to me in forms that I can utilize.

    Am enjoying being here

    UC Davis is a very active and fun college that is a major influential factor to the city of Davis that surrounds it. Davis, the city itself, is a very quaint and comfortable place to live with a downtown area, filled with coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores, and farmer's markets. Though it is rumored that there is not very much to do in Davis, I beg to differ! There is lots to do, most requires little or no money at all! The city is safe and enjoyable while the school provides lots of services to current students for a comfortable stay and the people are very friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    There is so much variety as to what exactly you can study here. From wine-making to nursing. From horse husbandry to tractor driving. From medicine and chemistry to animal science and exercise biology, there are no limits as to what classes and subjects you can take. This is definitely a college to broaden interests and explore opportunities.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 311

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    Campus Safety

    In light of the recent pepper spray incident, UC Davis's reputation of safety has been questioned. However, during my 4 years here, I have always felt safe and secure on campus and in the city. It is not rare for small children, pre-teens, and adolescents to walk around downtown and the campus on their own or with friends. It is largely a safe environment for all ages.

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for students who enjoy working with animals. The school houses cows, horses, mice, and pigs on campus and students are given the opportunity to work hands-on with them. The school is also great for students who seek to live in a college town where everything is just a bike ride away. It is a safe and nurturing community. Also, UC Davis is a great place for students who wish to intern at local K-12 schools in the hopes of becoming a teacher. It is a great place to gain classroom experience and the K-12 teachers are accustomed and very welcoming to UC Davis students seeking internships.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day is an annual celebration where UC Davis and local Davis organizations provide activities, food, and entertainment for the community. People from out of the city--and even out of the state--come to Davis to join in on the festivities. It is a day full of fun and excitement that first-year students do not want to miss out on.

    Bang for the buck

    Davis is a safe environment and provides an exceptional educational experience for students. With its staff and professors, students are given the opportunity to explore their career goals, find internships, and create wonderful memories.

    What to do for fun

    The college town of Davis has places where students can go for fun. There are local movie theaters in Downtown Davis--all within walking or biking distance. There are many local boutiques and major fashion chains like Forever 21 for shoppers. There is an arcade at the center of UC Davis's campus for students and the public to bowl, dance, and play pool. UC Davis also hosts various concerts at affordable prices. In early 2012, Drake visited the campus and performed. Past performers include K$sha, Snoop Dogg, and much more. UC Davis hosts an annual Picnic Day where various organizations provide fun games and offer food for a day full of fun for all ages. The annual Chemistry Magic Show is one that people should not miss!

    Food and Dining

    At UC Davis's Dining Commons or DC students are able to use their swipes (prepaid money that they can utilize through their student IDs) and eat as much as they please. The set-up is very much in a buffet style with many stations that serve different varieties of food. The staples are hamburgers, but the menu changes daily. There is a bakery section, a salad bar, a Mongolian noodle station, a frozen yogurt dispenser, an Italian section, a vegetarian bar, and a variety of drinks to choose from. Students are able to leave with one item: either a cookie, fruit, or frozen yogurt. For those who are not freshmen or do not buy swipes, Downtown Davis provides numerous restaurants for every individual. With numerous Thai, Italian, Chinese, American, etc. restaurants to choose from, students can eat delicious and healthy meals at a reasonable price.

    Dorm Life

    Students should take advantage of living in the dorms freshman year. It is a great way to make friends and also experience college with those who are of the same age and maturity level. It is a safe, community environment. At UC Davis, every dorm has a community bathroom on every floor and a laundry room at the bottom floor. Some dorm halls have pools and all of them are near the dining commons. Students can only enter the building and their rooms with their Student IDs. The rooms come equipped with a twin-sized bed, a dresser, a closet, and a desk. An RA or residential adviser also lives in the dorm building and is in charge of disciplinary action and ensuring that all students are safe.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework for lower division classes are not as demanding as upper division courses; however, professors of both types of classes have high expectations of their students. Midterms fall in the middle of the quarter and are large factors in students' overall grades. Finals are usually the most important factors in terms of grade. Participation and attendance is expected of almost all classes--in particular, small size classes. From time to time, professors will require projects and presentations in lieu of tests and essays.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should utilize the library as not only study space but also to cut down costs. The reserve system in the library makes available textbooks that are used for classes. Students can borrow these textbooks for a period of time and it is completely free. Therefore, students can save money by not having to buy expensive textbooks. Also, the library allows you to print papers for only $0.11. This saves students money on buying a printer and numerous amounts of ink. For first year students, they are able to print unlimited pages for free. Also, prospective students of UC Davis should buy a bike, for it is the main source of transportation. If one chooses to buy a bike, be sure to learn how to navigate the bike circles that are around campus. Here's a tip: always enter the circle on the right to avoid bike accidents. If one does not want to buy a bike, the UC Davis Unitrans--the school's bus system--is completely free for students and has stops all over Davis.

    In three sentences

    The professors are high-quality and well-educated in the field that they teach in. The newly renovated campus continues to evolve and improve throughout the years, adapting to the needs of students. The students of UC Davis are dedicated learners, extremely proactive, and successful.

  • 08/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    You'll love the rural aspect of Davis if you love animals and the country life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Experience different stuff on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid and scholarships are taking care of me.

    Am enjoying being here

    Its a big change from sunny San Diego, but I love it.

    Am learning a lot

    I liked all of the classes I have taken. My favorite classes were ENG 3 with Seth Forrest and Human Development with Rahilly. Both are very informing.

  • 12/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    - Science & Math Related Majors (i.e., Economics, Biological Sciences, Engineering, etc.) - Nature Friendly - Bike-loving community - Those who don't mind the smell of cow manure every now and then - Vegans/Vegetarians - Pro Green

    Tips for prospective students

    - Make sure this school clicks with you - Ask yourself if you would like to be challenged - Develop good study habits before entering UC Davis, or any other college for that matter - Don't stress out, overall.

    Bang for the buck

    This is definitely a school worth paying for. As long as the school clicks and you enjoy being challenged, you'll enjoy going to UC Davis.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! UC Davis was actually my first choice of school. Why? Well, when I came to UC Davis for a tour of the campus, before I applied to colleges, I asked the tour guide, I am still not exactly sure what schools are right for me. How do I decide? The tour guide replied saying, The school will choose you. When you come across the right university, you will know, because there will be that instant click. After applying for colleges, I went for a tour for the second time. After that tour, I felt that instant click. That instance, I knew I wanted to go to UC Davis and only UC Davis. If this school clicks for you, then I would say to go with your instincts, because you will surely love this school. This school has a friendly and clean environment, so the campus is very green. Not only is the campus green, the entire community/city is also green. We are also very favorable on local and organic foods, so there is a Trader Joe's near the campus. This campus is also bike-friendly, so if you love the nature and like to bike around, this is also the right school for you.

    Am learning a lot

    If you apply as any type of science or math major, you will definitely be challenged. Your professors will allow you to think critically and allow you to learn the concepts and apply them in class and in the future. If you are the type of person who is able to learn the concepts and apply them in problems and tests, then this is school will be a great learning experience. Another thing is that most scholarly schools tend to have a academic competitiveness environment; however, the UC Davis campus does not have a competitive vibe at all, it is very relaxing. You can still go to school, learn a lot, and do good in order to achieve your goal without the competitive environment at UC Davis.

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    Overall, UC Davis is a great school. Its ideal for students in science, engineer, and health related majors however they have something for everyone. The town itself is small so it may not be for those looking to make it big in the city. But for someone looking for an experience in a cozy college town, Davis is great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming to college is a HUGE transition. Not only is the work harder but living away from home and on your own also adds to the situation. The quarter system is very fast moving and it is up to you to keep up with the work. Teachers are not lenient and with only ten weeks to make your grade, you have no time to mess up. If you move into the dorms as a freshman, you have to make sure that you balance your social time and your school time. Many people get so caught up in living with their friends and hanging out that they forget all about school. You just have to always remember that you are there to get and education and that has to always be your top priority.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course college is expensive and many people wonder if it is worth paying so much to go to a school like UC Davis, but I think it's totally worth it. The quality of education you are getting is amazing. You also have ease of access when it comes to getting more hands on. Research opportunities, as well as internships and volunteer positions open up daily. They truly set you up for life in the real world and the students that are produced are great in their field.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis is stereotyped beyond belief! Everyone thinks that it is a bunch of nerds that study all day and hang out with the cows in their free time...NO! This is not the case at all. Sure if you plan on partying every day of the week, this is not the place for you. But there is a lot to do. Davis, being a college town is great because you have everything you need either a bike ride or short bus ride away. Downtown is a lot of fun because you can go walk around and eat some pretty good food. Movie theaters offer $5 movie nights which is always a fun midweek treat and on the weekend there are parties. Yes, Davis kids do party!

    Am learning a lot

    UC Davis is a premier research institute and therefore you are learning from top researchers in each field. The things you learn are not only interesting but it is so much more detailed than what you are taught in high school. If it is a field you are very interested in you also have many opportunities to be hands on. You gain a variety of information and it really helps you open up your eyes to what you could spend the rest of your life doing.

  • 04/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    Davis is great for every kind of student out there. Students who like peace and quiet will find plenty of that all around the city of Davis and throughout the campus. Those that like a lot of noise and enjoy the presence of hundreds of people or more will enjoy the sports, the parties put on by the fraternities and sororities, and the events the school puts on are spectacular. There are plenty of animals for the animal lovers but they are not just roaming out and about for those that prefer not to run into an animal. Although the squirrels are something us humans cannot control. Davis encompasses nature and the future in a well blended atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before you go and choose a college it is wise to look at everything the college and the surrounding area offers so that you are sure you are really prepared to spend two to four years or more in that area. Once you have chosen your college, make a check list of all the things you will be needing in order to survive away from your home. Remember, it is never too early to save money. It is better to have a little extra money each month then to have to slide by with what the college and FAFSA supply you. Other than that, enjoy you life as a college student, make friends, and go to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    Davis a great college town that caters to its students. The prices for the classes and for housing is pretty cheap in price but not in quality. Downtown Davis has wonderful shops run by the locals and the prices are all based on what a typical college student can afford.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis is a beautiful city where every body can get along and enjoy themselves in whatever activity they wish. Nature is immersed throughout the campus and the city of Davis and even if country life isn't for you the capitol is only twenty minutes away and San Francisco is only an hour and a half away. There are even Zip Cars that can be rented by the hour or by the day that can be used if you cannot bring your car up or if you do not have a car.

    Am learning a lot

    UC Davis is a beautifully diverse and educationally based campus. Not only are the classes here teaching me about my major and helping me achieve my goals and closer to the future I want but I am also learning about others and their cultural differences and how they are an integral part of society. Although I learned much about other cultures throughout my life, the influence and need of diversity has not made an impact in the rest of my life like it is doing on campus.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    For students who have that unsure and hesitant feeling about entering college, I think UC Davis is a good college choice for you. The campus revolves around working and helping with the members of the Davis community, and I think this family oriented atmosphere will help keep the feelings of homesickness down a bit as well as allow you to grow and mature into an independent adult. UC Davis allows the gradual transition from living with the family in high school to a more independent lifestyle with friends and faculty. So those of you out there who relate to this type of gradual transition, myself included, Davis is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    You may want to visit the campus once more after orientation if you can in order to get a sense of where the general buildings and rooms are, such as the Science Lecture Hall 123, Chemistry 194, and Young Hall 198. The rooms mentioned before are some of the most common rooms for the freshmen general classes like Chemistry or Math. Also, this may have been mentioned at orientation, but make sure to have at least a back fender on your bike to prevent splashing from puddles during the fall rainy season.

    Bang for the buck

    With the financial aid program, which is available to everyone, UC Davis is what I consider bang for the buck. Tuition here allows free use of the Aggie Recreation Center, cheap tickets to performances in the famous Mondavi Center, and close locations to Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis isn't a campus for those who love the urban life of constant clubbing and partying. However, those who like the feel of a college town must consider UC Davis. This campus is one of the few true college town campuses left from what I've visited and the nostalgic feeling of being at home is definitely present on and off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I've been here for one year and I have to say that I'm glad I chose Davis. There are so many classes here to choose from and lots of oddball classes such as Tractor driving where you can earn some useful skills (who says being able to drive a tractor isn't useful?) Students here encourage newcomers to try out different classes, especially ones that don't relate to your major; I'm also an advocate for this point. Also, Davis' agricultural land allows the campus to have unique classes, such as Brewing and Viticulture.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 311

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    What to do for fun

    All I do is go to campus and go home. On the weekends I go to Food for Less in Woodland because grocery shopping is cheaper over there. Sometimes there are parties, but sometimes I'm not in the mood to go out or I can't due to homework, studying, reading.

    Food and Dining

    Cuarto's DC mostly serves vegan/vegetarian stuff, which is not my cup of tea. If you guys like that stuff, then go to Cuarto's DC.

    Dorm Life

    My dorming experience at Cuarto, a building called Emerson, went from good to bad, mostly because my roommates and I couldn't get along due to cleaning issues.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been here for almost two years, and I have always found most of my classes challenging and worth it. The sciences and engineering were especially difficult classes, unless you get help right away and understand what questions are asking.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you choose UC Davis, make sure to buy a bike WITH fenders because when it rains it doesn't stop for a good while, especially if you live in Cuarto(unless you like walking). Once you're here, walk around the entire campus to get acquainted with where everything is located, be it some of your class, the ARC, or where you can get tutoring. Since UC Davis is on a quarter system, get HELP as soon as you get confused on a topic because once you're confused in one topic, it might affect how well you understand/learn topics you face later on the quarter.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is located in a small town called Davis. There are a lot of bikes here, and allergy season is not a good experience. If you like a small, quiet town, this is the place.

  • 06/05/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    Go to UC Davis and study what most interests you in order to have the best time at this university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and do good in high school. Never give up on anything and take advantage of all the different opportunities that are given.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is a great school for outgoing students looking for a great time and great friends, but at the same time are highly focused on their educational goals. UC Davis is a top school, it's a UC after all, but it's also got one of the nicest people, and is situated in one of the nicest towns.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to UC Davis with a bright outlook on life, your future, and your stay at UC Davis. It'll make all the difference. I know a few people are unhappy at UC Davis because they don't come with a positive outlook. They stay cooped up in their rooms all day and don't talk to anyone. You will dearly miss your old friends, I understand; I for sure did. But you will make many new great friends here as well, and will see your old friends again during breaks, which makes breaks even more worth it. Keep up with your studies. You came to college thinking you're going to have a lot of fun, and you will, but remember that you're paying for education as well. The quarter system will move very fast. Buy actual winter clothes, it gets so cold.

    Bang for the buck

    With rising tuition costs, any university is not worth its bang for the buck, unless they supply you with full paid tuition. I believe it is more thrifty to attend a community college for two years then transfer. However, you would miss out of the college experience of a four-year university, which I believe is very much worth it. UC Davis is actually covering my entire tuition costs with its Undergraduate Scholarship, which is based on merit. Most people I know have about half of their cost covered by financial aid, and some have all of it covered, while some have none.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have met some of the most amazing people here at UC Davis, especially in my dorm building. We are like a tight-knit family and they make me feel very at home here. The locals are also very friendly, and the town has a lot to offer including weekly farmers markets. Speaking of which, the food here at UC Davis is fantastic, better than most food at universities, in my opinion; there is a multitude of vegetarian and vegan options as well. It's the people that will make you love UC Davis.

    Am learning a lot

    I just finished my first quarter at UC Davis, and it was quite successful. You'll meet the professors that don't seem that interested in teaching, the professors that are highly enthusiastic about teaching, but just can't... and the professors that are absolutely amazing. As of now, however, most of the core subjects I have taken are review from high school AP courses, however my general education class called Science and Technology studies has been one of the most amazing classes I have ever taken in my life. We explored a lot of the in depth thinking behind social trends and methods in science and thinking. I learned more in this class than in any class I have ever taken. Be prepared though, classes are not easy and some people are highly competitive.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 7 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 22 of 311

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    Tips for prospective students

    Beware of cows. And squirrels. =)

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love to make friends, to learn, and to eat delicious food, UC Davis is probably the right school for you :D

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to all the meetings you know for the first 2 months of school, you will learn A LOT things about school and activities in these meetings. Go to academic center for help if you need. Even if you think you are a good writer for English, you should still go see an adviser and make your paper better. If you may want to go to ratemyprofessor.com to read some reviews before picking up your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    The university has very high standards for students. Students are required to full fill social science, arts and humanities, science, social-culture, and writing requirements. Fortunately, professors and advisers are very willing to help students in anyway. It might seems very challenging, but students will actually learn a lot through these courses.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am living in Segundo North, and the dinning common is AWESOME! I love to eat there. The dinning hall opens till 12:00am Monday-Friday. It is also very vegan and vegetarian friendly. About 99.9% people you see on campus are amiable. Our floor mates bond very well together.

    Am learning a lot

    Although UC Davis is a research school and many professors are doing researches, most professors are willing and happy to help the students. The university also has a academic success center. Students can make appointments with specialists in fields to work or get advice on homework and projects.

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    This college is the place for people who enjoy making new friends and socializing, but that doesn't exclude people who take education extremely seriously. There's a group of people for any type of student here at UC Davis. Bicycle riding is one of the fun activities that a student can engage in. It'll be the transportation that you will see the most here at UC Davis.

    Tips for prospective students

    UC Davis offers a wide variety of majors and career paths. There is a major for anything here at UC Davis, that hardly anybody is left out without a major that they like. Work hard in high school, because when you're at UC Davis, you will immediately feel what it's like to have your work pay off.

    Bang for the buck

    Work hard on scholarships! You will need it, and even if you don't need the money, having scholarships isn't always bad. College professors here are from the best of the best. The college professors I've had, makes me want to learn even more than I do. They bring about a very positive aura to education, whether it be from making the class laugh, or giving a fun quiz. Scholarships! Scholarships! You must try to do the most scholarships that you can, because in the end, you will be very happy since the experience at UC Davis is worth every dollar you pay towards tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment at UC Davis is very friendly. The professors here seem to want to get to know each and every single one of their students, and literally try to be friends with them. Professors take education seriously.

    Am learning a lot

    The type of education this school offers is the greatest. It is a bit tough because most high schools tend to be semester system. So the transition from semester system to quarter system is real quick. Midterms come by really fast.

  • 11/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is recommended for science, engineering, and agricultural studies. With four colleges in our system, UC Davis is open for a wide range of majors. The four colleges being; the college of biological studies ( students leaning towards medical school or research), college of engineering (students leaning towards math or engineering majors), college of letters and science (students leaning towards political science, communication, liberal arts), and lastly college of agricultural science (students leaning towards animal science and the environment or agriculture).

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to as many programs that you find, for they would benefit you in the long run. Join every club that you can, for they will help you in the career that you are pursuing. Number one tip though, always make sure your on top of your grades and that you go to the professor's office hours.

    Bang for the buck

    UC Davis offers many programs and opportunities for students to achieve their goals. Being the number one school in California for an undergraduate research institution, enables many undergraduate students to participate in research and gain the possibility of being paid for research. UC Davis is the third best public school in California and it is rising little by little to the top. Compared to prices from private schools, UC Davis tuition is low and it gives an exceptional education for being a public schools to students who attend these institution.

    Am enjoying being here

    UC Davis has many clubs in which students can participate ranging from many majors. There also fraternities and sororities that focus upon one field, like the pre-medical fraternity that help their brothers achieve their goals for entering medical school. There are also many programs throughout the year to release stress and depression from students. The campus has many programs for certain problems that students encounter throughout the years. For example, there is the program about stress relieving, in which the student goes in and gets helped by a professional to calm their nerves and help set a schedule to ensure that the student gets their work done and at the same time have free time to relax outside of studies.

    Am learning a lot

    UC Davis has many opportunities for students to learn their material in depth. The school offers personal office hours with the professor, in which the student can talk one to one with the professor, this really helps the student connect with their professor and ask questions that they are concerned about. With these hours, students can ask what they should expect in class and how they should be working in order to be successful in class. There are also workshops for certain classes in which teaching assistants go over the material to help students really understand their material. There are also tutors available every day, in which students can go up to them for help in homework. With these programs there is no excuse for a student to be lost, for they have all the help they need.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 311

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    Campus Safety

    Davis is a very safe town, and the campus is even safer. There is a program you can call to have an escort come pick you up and drive you somewhere after it is dark if you feel the need, but in general Davis is safe and a comfortable place to live.

    Greek Life

    All different sorts of fraternities and sororities for all interests. Some are based on community service hours or professional interests such as law or medical careers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to pick from! All interests are covered, and if not, you can start your own. UC Davis has a lot of opportunities and is very welcoming to differing views and ideals. There are groups from Greek life , to political party-based clubs, to clubs raising money for cancer research. There is a club for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is a university with a lot of opportunities in many areas, so it is for a well-rounded student. I came here to be able to pursue music and sports for fun while still receiving a very well deserved degree from the UC system.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus host the Whole Earth Festival, usually in May, where there is live music and cool crafts being sold all week. It is truly a unique UCD experience. Even more popular than that is Picnic Day, the university's open house, with fun things to do in all the departments, a big parade in the morning, and the Band-uh! battling it out at the Arboretum all afternoon against other college bands. It's a town-wide event and always endless amounts of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is increasing, just like most public universities these days, but I feel that UC Davis students still have a lot of value to their degree upon graduating and the cost of higher education is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Davis is a cute little town with a great downtown area, lots of parks around the city, and Sacramento is only twenty minutes away. There's always something fun and new to do, especially if you get a little creative.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing! A lot of the food offered in the Dining Commons is from the local farmers and is guaranteed fresh. There are also a lot of great eating places on campus and endless choices off campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are many new dorm buildings and the old ones are being remodeled. The dining commons are convenient and have some of the best food at any University I've ever been to. It is a friendly environment and a great first college experience as a freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    We have highly competitive programs and strive to hold up the value of your degree by making the classes challenging and creating a strong academic atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in something! Whether it be music, a job, the Greek system, or whatever interests you, get involved in something you enjoy and live your college years to the fullest because they fly by quickly!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a beautiful campus, with endless opportunities in all areas of interest. There are many research and academic internships, as well as being well-rounded with sport, music, and art opportunities. Every student can find clubs and academic interests to make school a great experience.

  • 10/31/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for students who want to pursue the medical, law, engineering, etc. professions.

    Will enjoy being here

    I love the campus, and i am positive that i will love to be in that environment.

    Will learn a lot

    I am very competitive and strong. I would like to go to UC Davis in order to further advance my knowledge into the medical field.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 311

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    Tips for prospective students

    YOU SHOULD APPLY AND GO TO UC DAVIS!

    Bang for the buck

    UC DAVIS IS WORTH EVERY BUCK!

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE IT HERE! The people here are great and there are always fun school activities going on in the quads. Living in the dorms was a really nice experience as well. You get to meet so many different people and enjoy good food from the Dining Commons.

    Am learning a lot

    UC DAVIS IS AMAZING! There are so many options upon choosing majors and career intentions and the professors are great! They are always available for assistance whether it is by email or meeting during office hours. They also have good research and internship programs for many different majors.

  • 11/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture, science and engineering is what UC Davis is well known for. If you're looking for a good program in these areas then I'd consider UC Davis as a choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its good to actually talk to an upperclassman who's attending Davis and was of similar standing as you were as you could prepare for the things they weren't. If you're worried about money, try to earn some cash either through scholarships or jobs. Don't slack off on anything that has to do with college as there are deadlines you really need to work with. Look at what Davis has to offer for you too. Do they have programs or majors you would be interested in? Last but not least, visit Davis or any of the colleges you're looking into. It really can make a difference.

    Bang for the buck

    Depending on the person, the answer will vary. I'm low income and I depend heavily on financial aid. With tuition rising I really have to pay attention to where my money is really going. There are actually parts of my tuition that I paid for that I don't even use (gym, health care etc). Its not that I don't want to, its that once I get through all my classes, study, do homework, and eat, the day is basically over. I would use these resources that I've paid for but I can't when one day feels so short. In terms of classes, the money is worth it. In fact there are many areas where the money is going where I think it should but on the down side (as I've already said) the money is going where I don't even use it. Apply for scholarships and save as much money as you can. It will be useful for your college life.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis is a small town that has a great busing system if you don't bike or drive. Since its a small town, you could explore Davis and easily get what you want and/or need through whatever type of transportation you prefer. If that's not enough for you, you can commute to the cities and towns around Davis such as Sacramento, Woodland and Vacaville to eat out, go shopping, have fun etc. And if you're the type to party, there are parties here and there if you know where to look.

    Am learning a lot

    At UC Davis, there are a lot of classes to choose from. Its a matter of what you want to take and Davis definitely has a lot of diverse classes. I've actually learned new information on things I thought I already knew and in some subjects, completely new information that really amazed me. However, I'm not going to say ALL the professors here are amazing as I don't believe that any college will have the perfect staff. What I do love is that all the professors I've had so far seemed easy to talk to and were always clear about homework and what we could do to pass their classes. They never gave off an intimidating air. As long as you find the right professor who knows their stuff, you'll be learning new information left and right.

  • 12/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Laid-back - Davis is noncompetitive, with a smaller, calmer social scene than a lot of other large schools. Green - Everyone bikes around Davis, or takes the big red Unitrans buses. The dining commons and other locations on campus compost. There are a ton of environmental academic programs, clubs, and activities to get involved in. Science-y - Davis' science departments are well respected and an area of pride for the University. These classes are in the least danger of facing cuts and research for the sciences is a major area of income for the University. As a research university, professors are required to conduct research as well, so there are lots of opportunities to intern or get lab experience right on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider applying for the Davis Honors Challenge - you get to take one smaller class each quarter, and you get priority registration after your first quarter, making it much easier to get the classes you need and times you want. Read the Davis Wiki - it has information on anything you can imagine Davis-related. Browse information on all the restaurants downtown, check out the pages for big Davis events like Picnic Day and Whole Earth Festival, and make sure you scroll down and read the comments at the bottom. This can give you a great feel for what people like and don't like about everything Davis.

    Bang for the buck

    Though the UC system keeps raising fees, I feel I'm still getting a great education for my money. There are tons of activities and amenities included in student fees as well, including the Activities and Recreation Center, the Rec. Pool, and limited free printing each quarter. However, tuition is not by the unit, so you pay the same amount for 12 to at least 18 units. Housing in Davis, while not cheap, is not terribly expensive. Off-campus you can share a room for $300 or get your own for $600, not including PG&E, internet, etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love Davis. There are so many ways to get involved on campus: Greek Life here is fun and laid-back and the student government, ASUCD, has many positions available even for first-year students. There is also a club for every interest, many visual and performing art opportunities, and numerous volunteer groups. The campus is beautiful and the town is very welcoming and picturesque - everyone rides their bikes, and it makes for a great environment to live in.

    Am learning a lot

    I find my classes here challenging and engaging. Most professors I have encountered really care about their students and are very accessible via email and during office hours, where they have often provided me with additional help and information. There are more than 100 majors to choose from and many minors as well, including some really specific areas like Environmental Toxicology.

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all students, but especially for the students who lived in a somewhat rural area before coming to college. If you lived in a hustle and bustle type area before, this may not be the school for you because you get close to everyone who goes here; you become one great big family. If this all sounds good to you then this is the perfect school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in attending UCD, I recommend that you do. It has opened my world to include so many different things. In my small town, there was not that much diversity, but here there is something new to see and learn and admire everyday. I would begin to save some money for textbooks at the beginning of each quarter so that you don't have to put it on your credit card like I did, but the prices are still really good. Buy used too because the price is cut in half, and you can get about 75% of your money back if you have them buy back your books when you are done with them. Live on campus in the segundo area if you can because it is closest to the campus so you can sleep in as much as possible.

    Bang for the buck

    I currently live on campus and a year's tuition including all housing costs is only about 20,000 dollars, so it is not as expensive as it could be based on the excellent opportunities you get here. There are all kinds of counseling centers to help you succeed with your education. There is also free tutoring in almost all subjects and even workshops to help you take tests if that is something you struggle with. The school offers so much to help you succeed in your college education. And if you decide to not live on campus, the cost is cut in half but you still get access to all the workshops and tutoring just for being enrolled in the school.

    Am enjoying being here

    At UC Davis, all the students like to stay active. The school has one of the largest athletics programs in the country, with more than 500 student-athletes participating in 23 varsity sports. There are also 33 student club sports and 14 intramural sports. The school is a member of NCAA Division I, with most teams competing in the Big West Conference. There is also a superb recreational facilities including Aggie Stadium for football and lacrosse. Not only is there all kinds of sporting events, there are also off campus events and cultural festivals. Restaurants that are extremely close to the campus organize events for all college students almost every weekend. There are also festivals held on campus to encourage envolvement in all kinds of different cultures and events.

    Am learning a lot

    Academics at UC Davis challenge, stimulate and inspire. The school offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and 80 graduate programs — the largest variety on any University of California campus. Many of the programs are nationally ranked — not surprising when you consider the number of internationally known, award-winning faculty who bring their knowledge and enthusiasm to the classroom. Even with all of the majors that are available, you can still be undeclared, but if you do choose a major, you can still pursue other interests that are not a part of that major. I am currently majoring in Biological Sciences, but I can still my other interests. I love learning about artifacts especially with human remains, just like the tv show Bones, so I am taking Archaeology; I also like human behavior so I am taking psychology. You can learn a lot about all of the different types of careers/fields you are interested.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for the type of people who like the laid back chill environment with the occassional crazy party on the weekends. People here are extremely focused but not as competitive as other UC's, where they compete against each other. Here, I feel like we are just competing against ourselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn time management! High school teachers stress it a lot for a reason. When I came to college, I figured that it'd be just like high school; I could do the minimum and cram and I'd still get the same high grades as I did before. I found myself swamped with homework and struggling to keep up with the pace of the quarter system. And therefore, my grades quickly went down the drain like most of the first year students here. The freedom is irresistible but the key to a good college experience is being able to balance the social and academic parts of your life.

    Bang for the buck

    Some teachers make you question the amount of money you're paying for their class but there are others that are like, Wow, (s)he's one of the best teachers ever, this is such an enlightening class. The living facilities are well worth the money for freshmen, the new buildings are really nice and roomy, unlike the stereotypical dorms you see in movies. The food at the Dining Commons is pretty delicious, it's easy to see why Freshman 15 exists. The ARC definitely makes tuition fees worth it, no other gym really compares.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis was my 3rd choice, I didn't get the greatest first impression and it was too close to home for my taste. But the first night here changed my mind completely. The people here are so open and friendly that it's hard not to fall in love with the school and its people. There's always something to do, even though outsiders may think that it's all about cow tipping and night ins on the weekends. The plethora of clubs and other activities allow you to really get the full experience of being in college. And the fact that Davis is a college town is quite charming.

    Am learning a lot

    Undergrad classes are ridiculously large, but it IS a UC after all. That said, the teachers here are both phenomenal and horrible. The quality of classes here compared to ones at junior classes are much higher; teachers go more in depth and explore the subject more thoroughly to facilitate a deeper understanding of the subject. They encourage you to think outside the box and really make sure that you understand what is going on before moving on. Plus, the huge variety of elective classes allow you to learn things that you probably never would have wanted to know in the first place, which is a good thing since it broadens your horizons a little bit.

  • 06/22/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    Biological Sciences

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are dead set on Davis, see if they can boast your scholarship package. Keep in mind you can apply for more scholarships every year.

    Bang for the buck

    Good education, but you make what you will of it. Keep in mind that you have to do work and study hard. These are lecture classes.

    Did enjoy being here

    Davis is a small place, and if you like to eat out a lot you will suffer. This is no urban campus.

    Did learn a lot

    I certainly did. I took challenging courses but I think if you major in basketweaving you can learn very little.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to watch sports for free, students who like to be involved or participate in events, and anyone looking for an academically enriched environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to get involved or ask questions. The staff are always more than happy to help out the students on campus if they can, and the organizations/clubs on campus are always looking for new faces to join and help out. Getting involved is the first step to making amazing new friends and participating in crazy college adventures!

    Bang for the buck

    College in increasingly expensive. UC Davis, unfortunately, is no exception, but the school is more than worth the cost! Many activities are offered to students to get involved and meet new people. Not to mention, UC Davis is one on the only schools that lets students get into ALL sports events for FREE! Even if sports are not your favorite, participating in the Aggie Pack is worth your time! Academically, the teachers are very helpful and the amount of classes available is phenomenal.

    Am enjoying being here

    The largest student organization in the WORLD is on this campus. The best part? It is completely FREE to participate in! The organization is called the Aggie Pack. The Aggie Pack is all students who get in free to all home athletic games and cheer on the Ags. Getting involved with the Aggie Pack has been the greatest experience of my college career. We pull pranks on our bosses at two in the morning, lay out on the football field for star gazing late at night, and have an amazing time meeting new people. Outside of Aggie Pack events, there is a small town filled with enjoyable activities. Davis has bars for those above the age 21, Line dancing at The Graduate four nights a week, Salsa dancing, and many opportunities to get involved with sports. I have been here a year and played capture the flag at nine at night against Sacramento State, I watched the Ags win football game while getting completely soaked by rain, and got to be the mascot (Gunrock) on many occasions. UC Davis loves to get students involved, and the town offers plenty to do while you complete your education goals.

    Am learning a lot

    What other school offers the required, General classes as well as fun electives such as tractor driving? UC Davis has an extensive list of available classes that allow you to pursue many subjects and allow for you to experience new things. To make things even better, the professors at UCD are extremely accommodating and willing to aid students. Every class I have taken thus far has challenged me in new ways because the professors aim to have their students understand the material at a high level. Classes get tough, but what you learn from them is well worth it!

  • 07/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    I think that the types of students who will love this place are students who love nature (there is a hugh Arboretum here that I love to walk by or bike by that overlooks a lake), those interested in Veterinarian or something to do with Biology, and those who want to be far from home and want to have a chance to feel as if you're own your own doing what you love in education.

    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely worth every penny to attend this school. It is the top 4 of the 10 UCs located in California and 37th in the nation.

    Am enjoying being here

    Though there is not that much to do in the town, being here is very enjoyable when you have a group of friends. You make you own fun!

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here ar e great. The professors really make sure that the students understand the material and provide the assistance needed if you were to have any problems, whether personal or academic.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    Who are serious about their goals. Who simply don't attend college for the sake of it or to party. Who are determined to work hard. And lol, who were rejected to Berkely :D Aggie Pride - FTW

    Tips for prospective students

    Davis has a lot to offer. The professors are great, I spend at least 3 hour a week in office hours of various professors. It isn't easy being a UC Davis student when it comes to the grades. Each course has upto 3 midterms that are as stressful as a final.

    Bang for the buck

    As an international student there were no scholarships opportunities for me. And moreover the fee is yet to increase. Believe it or not, I am paying 54,000 $ a year for a computer science Major in UCD. Perhaps that has a lot to say about to school. But never the less it is still expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    Nothing in Davis can be more perfect. It is a University Town designed for students. The atmosphere is amazing. Not only the campus but also the surrounding areas are very safe and friendly. The Arboretum is perfect place to spend time alone, I often go there only to sit and enjoy the wilderness and I often find myself talking to duck. We Also have an Arcade center on campus; and you are wrong if you believe that there are no parties in Davis, but at the same time we know the right time to party.

    Am learning a lot

    Being an International student, I was much used to the conventional learning methods of simply reading and re-reading textbooks, but professors in UC Davis make us struggle for knowledge rather than simply attaining it from textbooks. Hence I would like to conclude that UC Davis is very competitive.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    I think probably anyone could find a place in Davis...except maybe business majors since I heard we didn't have that major. People think it's a cow town and that there are no parties or anything. TRUST ME there are parties. definitely. and cow town is not an appropriate name, because the only cows in town are on campus because we are an agricultural school :)

    Tips for prospective students

    JOIN SOMETHING. Find other friends other than the floor of your dorm. I was getting along with people on my floor for a while, but then it seemed like different groups or cliques started forming, and I felt like I was getting left out of things, so I was glad I had my band friends. (So yeah, I'd say join the band. But I know it's not for everyone :P )

    Bang for the buck

    I'm sure you all heard about the pepper spray incident. Well, without going into politics and whatnot of that, part of the reason they were there was because of fee increases. But you have to consider, it is a university in California. And California is not having the best time with money. -__- I'm not going to lie. My fees are hella high! It's not impossible, though.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it in Davis so much. There are so many people, you're sure to find people you click with. It's not impossible to find people either. Just sign up for something that looks cool or interesting at the ARC or the craft center or something and it's almost impossible not to meet people. Now if you want to meet ~200 people and be overwhelmed for a couple weeks with how many awesome people you're meeting, you could always join the marching band. ;)

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot in most of my classes. There are tons of interesting classes to take just for GE credit, and then classes for your major. The only thing I feel like I should warn people about is math. If you took a year or even two years of calculus in high school, all the advisers you talk to will tell you to sign up for the first class in the series (whichever one you choose, depends on your major.) This is so that if your AP calculus teacher only taught things that were going to be on the AP test, you might have missed something. However, your first quarter, possibly even two quarters, might be a bit boring in your math class. But I would say do what the advisers say, because any grad school would want to see a full 3 quarters of math :)

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    UCD is great for students that are not looking for a party school, but instead being focused on a serious education, especially in the research sciences. It is particularly well-adapted to those that are socially and environmentally conscious.

    Tips for prospective students

    For transfer students, my tip would be to make sure that the pre-requisites required for each major be completed before transferring. This way a student may move swiftly to completion of the desired degree. If a student is not on scholarship or being funded by a second party than this will help minimize the cost so that the upper division requirements can be focused upon.

    Bang for the buck

    Although there have been many recent fee hikes, the cost of education is still considerably less than many equivalent private universities.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is filled with a student body that is a diverse group of cultures and ethnicities that all share a common goal of being socially respectable and focused on creating a better society through higher education.

    Am learning a lot

    The instruction is provided by well qualified professors interested in raising the level of education available to its students.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 311

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    Great for these types of students

    Davis is open to all kinds of students, and has extracurricular activities that cater to all interests and backgrounds. No matter if it's sports, traveling, hiking, exploring, music, art, drama, or reading, every student is bound to find something to their taste. Davis is a very friendly and open community and it's perfect for everyone. You will always find a family there to feel comfortable with, so don't be shy! Davis is also very good for the academically driven student. There are so many resources on campus for internships and research opportunities, especially in the sciences. Davis is also unique in that it has its own campus farm and aquaculture, as well as a viticulture facility. The professors on campus love talking about their research and are often open to considering working with an undergraduate student. Davis is a great balance between work and fun, so it's perfect for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Davis definitely tests your knowledge as well as your study habits. Coming from a competitive high school, I realized that certain skills [such as cramming, etc] DON'T WORK in a UC-setting. Davis runs on a quarter system, which means every quarter goes by VERY QUICKLY!!! Therefore, it's smart to stay on top of your lessons and make sure you don't fall behind. TAs and Professor office hours are a great resource, use them while they are still around! Also, if you are an incoming freshman, there are lots of resources around campus you can use for tutoring and insight from upperclassmen, especially in your residence hall neighborhoods. Davis is a very friendly neighborhood and someone will always be willing to help. It's easy to fall behind, because classes are generally HUGE [300-400 people per chemistry lecture, for example], but it is so important to attend all lectures, discussions, labs, and review sessions. No matter how much you feel like it's not worth it, realize that you're paying money for it and even if you sit through a 50-minute lecture and only learned one single fact, at least you did learn that one single fact. And that fact could just be that last 10-point problem on the final. Davis is very different from high school in that two or three tests and assignments can determine your whole grade in the class for the quarter. Therefore, there is no time to waste! The key to success is staying on top of your lessons and finding the right resources. Manage your time well; learn self-control and discipline. Don't be afraid to take many classes, because this can help you balance your GPA should you not do so well in one of them. Also, don't forget that an A- no longer means you still have a 4.0!!! Balance out your core-classes and your GE’s; that way, you can have fun while learning things you really need to learn. Sometimes, those fun classes are going to be what guides you in your career-path. ALWAYS consult an academic advisor when registration season comes along!! Check www.ratemyprofessors.com beforehand so you know if your possible professor is easy, hard, or one to avoid at all costs! Remember, college can be fun and all, but your first priority is academics. Be on the lookout for internships and clubs that can boost your resume, go to resume-building workshops and interview workshops. School might be tough, but even with the recommended 3 hours of study per 1 hour of class, you can still find a lot of time to have fun with your friends and relax!! :)

    Bang for the buck

    Although the academic quality provided by Davis is great, as a public state-funded institution, the price is rather steep, especially for those coming from upper-middle class households. Financial aid is slim and not very generous at all, but there are other ways you can go about finding money for college. One star for the great resident halls in Tercero [Wall hall represent!!] and for the great and often free campus resources [tutoring, workshops, etc]. Second star is for the countless employment opportunities on campus [the school is basically run by students on a very flexible work schedule]. Third star is for the really interesting classes you find at Davis that you can't find anywhere else -- Tractor Driving, for example.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis is a super cute town. It's not huge and not extremely exciting, but there are always ways to keep occupied and stay involved. Best eats, I would say, are at Burgers & Brew, Woodstocks, Sophia's Thai Kitchen, and Old Teahouse for the sake of convenience and late hours. There are some nice convenient restaurants by the Amtrak station if you want to grab a bite before heading off to home and you don't want to get ripped off on the train. Paesano's is great for a nicer sit-down environment where the prices are reasonable. Best dessert place is definitely the gelato shop by Varsity Theatre. There are a couple movie theaters downtown, but they get crowded ever so often. There are lots of events year-round, and the sports events are all free for Davis students! It's fun to cheer with the Aggie Pack even if you don't know what the heck is going on in the game!

    Am learning a lot

    Going to a public institution means you have to look for your own education. You have the freedom to skip lectures and discussions and half-heartedly do your assignments, but when the time comes around and your quarter grades come out half as quickly as you had imagined, you don't want to be caught in regret and wish you had done things differently. The classes I've taken so far have all taught me a lot, regardless of the how others have spoken about the professors, etc. Personally, I loved all my classes even if they didn't have much to do with my major. Most of my professors were super involved in what they were talking about, but that doesn't mean YOU learn anything. You have to work for yourself! If you don't understand something, ask ASAP. Davis is becoming more and more famous for outstanding academics, and I can totally feel that vibe from my experiences. Push yourself and you will succeed!

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe with on campus police as well as an extremely low crime rate. Students here can feel safe crawling home in the late hours of the night because the selection of students and community here is absolutely spectacular.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life makes up 10% of the student population and it is a great place to meet new people. It is important to note that not all Greek Life is social-based, some are community service and career based, so finding the perfect fit for you is easy.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus for any type of student. There are religious based clubs, cultural clubs, dance clubs, sport clubs, and volunteer based clubs. Whatever type of club you are searching for, you will find it in Davis.

    Great for these types of students

    Davis is great for any type of student. Greek life is a large proportion of the campus so if that is your scene, you'll fit right in. If you would prefer to focus on your studies, you will not find a better selection of students, and if you are interested in athletics, there are hundreds of ways to participate whether it is ICA, club sports, IM sports, or just working out in the ARC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic day is a fantastic day to visit campus because it is a community wide tradition which involves all students on campus and members of the community. it is a great time for socializing as well as watching the Cal-Aggie Band-uh compete against other school's bands in a competition to see how long each band can go without ever repeating a song.

    Bang for the buck

    Davis is definiotely worth the money. There are tons of campus resources available where I am able to utilize the money I have given to the school.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of grassy areas available for students to throw around a frisbee or even relax on a nice day. My favorite thing to do is play IM sports; there is nothing better than getting a group of friends together, whether competitive or not, and playing against other students. The party scene is fun as well if that's what you're looking for, but the bottom line is that there is something for everyone at Davis.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons offer students an unlimited amount of food. I have noticed that certain foods are always available to students and at the same time, the items on the menu change regularly and are quite appetizing. The best meal is breakfast and if students are looking for a late night pick-me-up, late night has delicious food and serves until 12pm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm living is a great way to meet new people, get involved with great extracurriculars, and eat delicious food at the same time. The dorms provide the social spectrum any socialite desires while still allowing space for quietude and studying. Also, the dorms are extremely central to the entire campus, making any trip more accessible.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are challenging to any bright mind and encourage academic though processes rather than a basic knowledge of the subject matter. Students are forced to think conceptually and apply concepts from the class and readings into a broad spectrum. It's a great learning environment and offers academic challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend perspective students to visit the campus while classes are in session because statistics and still photos on the computer simply will not provide students with an adequate viewing of the school or a feel for the type of students on campus.

    In three sentences

    University of California Davis is a perfect fit for me because I love both the atmospehere while cruising through campus on my bike, as well as the rigor of the classes. Since arriving here, I have learned so much from my array of classes and I highly recommend trying a wide variety of classes. the best part about Davis is the indescribable college town feeling and sense of community.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 311

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely Safe!

    Greek Life

    You have to be part of greek life to get invited to parties. Most of the parties are thrown by people involved in greek life or a greek life event. When you rush make sure to also go with your gut feeling, don't join a sorority or fraternity by the reputation they have on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons are great. Cuarto has organic and all natural food. Segundo has the most options. Tercero is cosy with a great choice of meals as well.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms are brand new! Make sure you get a good roommate and to not be on the themed floors. They're usually more quiet and not as outgoing.

    Academic Rigor

    It is more academically rigorous than I had expected. Especially if you are in science the classes are extremely difficult. But there are a lot of academic services to help you but you have to be proactive in your learning in order to take advantage of this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit Davis before and make the decision without the influence of others. Go with your gut feeling because you know yoursself the best.

    In three sentences

    I love the college itself but I really don't like the town, Davis. If you are somebody who enjoys the city life and like to adventure over the weekend I don't think it is the school for you. The downtown area around Davis is really boring and quiet. There's not a lot of shopping around Davis as well.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    this campus is very safe, except for the occasional bike accident. they have this free service where someone will come escort you wherever you need to go and it is available 24/7. also we have a tipsy taxi which is a cheap taxi service available to all students who might be tipsy or just need a ride in the middle of the night.

    Greek Life

    i'm not much into greek life but if you want it, ucd has it. there are two blocks full of sororities and fraternities and during welcome week it can be pretty crazy over there. some of my friends have joined sororities and fraternities and many of them were able to get into whichever one they wanted.

    Clubs and Activities

    they offer such a wide range of clubs and activities here, that no matter what your interests are you will definitely find it here. and not only do they have such a wide range of activities, it's really easy to get started on something new that you might not have considered before. also ucd is the only uc and one of the few universities that has a very nice equestrian center for students on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    students who like to be outdoors and are into sports would love it at davis. it's not for those who love living in the city because a building five stories tall would be a considered a high rise but it's wonderfully quaint and charming for those who like to live in a suburban area. also anyone who wants to enter the agricultural field would absolutely adore it here as well as any pre-vets.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a beautiful place called shield's grove. it's a moon garden so if you go at night it's even more spectacular with glowing white flowers and this tropical smell you can never quite get enough of.

    Bang for the buck

    it's getting a little expensive to go to a uc but i love it here and am willing to pay for the education i'm receiving. also tuition is constantly changing and although it's probably going to go up, who really knows with all the petitioning going on.

    What to do for fun

    sacramento is about a 15 minute drive away but to be honest there's not much happening there either. most students party on the weekends for fun. sometimes they have concerts on campus like tiesto or kiesha and there are always big sports events so the campus isn't necessarily dead, you just have to be aware of what's going on. also a lot of people like to go to the arc (our recreation center) and either work out or play games. they also have outdoor adventures where you can go off campus and do things like white-water rafting. if you're more of a bookworm and like to take long walks there is an arboretum that runs the length of the campus and it is very beautiful.

    Food and Dining

    maybe i'm just a little stuck up about my food, but after three days of food at the dc here i have to go out and get something else. however, many of my friends, especially those that live off campus, adore our dc and always exclaim about how good it is. luckily there are many options available for people like me. downtown davis is right next to campus and all the restaurants have very college student friendly prices. also there are other dining options on campus that are very good as well as some at university mall. davis also has a fantastic farmers market where you can mingle with other students as well as the community.

    Dorm Life

    they put together lots of activities that give you a chance to mingle with others in your dorm area. also they are very good about making sure you are comfortable with your living situation. i know one person who has moved to a different room three different times and it's only the second quarter! you are allowed to move within a certain amount of time at the beginning of each quarter. so if you're worried about getting stuck with a bad roommate, don't be. the only problem is, while the new dorms are nice, the older ones are a bit gloomy and you can still tell they're old despite how hard they try to cover it up. the new ones are very nice though.

    Academic Rigor

    while university of california-davis may not be at the top of academic rigor it is still very high up there in public education. i believe it is currently ranked at number 4 of the ucs and is one of the top ten public universities in the nation. some of my classes can be a bit boring for me but there are always at least two other classes that can be quite challenging, especially for those who procrastinate or need to study a lot to do well. just like most other universities you must stay on top of your studies in order to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    get your grades up and make sure you have two activities that you are really into and want to continue in college. davis is not an easy uc to get into but it is one of the best for undeclareds. i would suggest making sure that your sat scores and gpa are better than the average and not to slack on your essays.

    In three sentences

    suburban college town

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bowling on campus! Go to the gym; workout, play basketball, badminton, run, play intramural athletics, go to the park, walk around the Arboretum, go for bike rides, drive to Sand Francisco, head to the mountains, there is a lot of stuff to explore in Davis.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food. For some, it will be a step up from what you are used to (sorry moms,) and others it will be a step back from the deliciousness that you are used to. However, as Davis becomes more green and eco-friendly, expect to see unwanted Meatless Mondays and highly concentrated Vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    UCD has just remodeled/rebuilt a lot of the dorms on campus, so they are looking pretty sweet now. Depending which dorm you are placed in, you could end up with a pool, being close to the gym, or close to your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The quarter system at UCD really pushes you to get work done, and if you fall behind your grades can reflect that greatly. UCD really brings out the academic competitiveness in each student, and you can go from not working very hard at all in high school and getting a 4.0 to working extremely hard in college and getting a 2.0. It can happen that fast.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate how hard college is. It isn't high school, and a lot more time needs to be dedicated to studying and homework. If you were in the top of your class in high school, don't expect the same to happen at UCD unless you work your butt off.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful school with plenty of stuff to do on campus and downtown. Good food, good culture, and good people makes UCD a great home away from home. The challenging course work really encourages you to be the best student you can be.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Is this campus safe?

    Food and Dining

    How many meal plans do you have?

    Dorm Life

    Should I live in the dorms?

    Academic Rigor

    How hard are the classes here?

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Thai Canteen: Happy hour, which ends at 6pm. You get Thai teas for a dollar each!

    What to do for fun

    While there may not be many activities to do in Davis, hanging out with people is probably the funnest activity. Since there are so many food places downtown, I go with friends all the time to try new things like Indian food or Vietnamese. Downtown has everything. On weekends, there is also a farmer's market, where you can buy locally grown produce for much cheaper than that of Whole Foods of Safeway. Fresh squeezed apple juice, anyone? People also like to go to the ARC gym together to hang out a lot. They have raquetball courts, and an indoor running track. The gym is always very spacious and have tons of machines for you to work out with. There's also a built-in Starbucks to reward yourself after your laps around the track. Study rooms are even provided in the building. And when those summer times hit, you'll have a nice area to study, workout, and maybe even take some naps on the couches.

    Food and Dining

    The variety of food here may seem immense at first glance, but the dining commons usually reuse menus and recycle them a lot. That is to be expected, though. Each DC has minor differences in terms of menus, but for the most part, all of them do the same thing for each meal. I personally like the Mongolian BBQ. You get to mix your own noodles and veggies and they grill it right in front of you. It's pretty tasty. They accommodate for vegans, vegetarians, and people who need gluten-free foods. There's a special fridge just for non-gluten foods! There's always a pasta station, burger/grilled cheese station, pizza station, and everything else kind of varies. The food's great! When you become a sophomore, and you're off the meal plan, you will be sad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is segregated into Cuarto, Segundo, and Tercero. Cuarto is off-campus and relatively more apartment-ish. You still get the Dining Commons experience, though. Cuarto's DC is the newest, and you get the famed Guther's Ice Cream. This stuff is legit and bought from a local ice cream shop. Segundo is very new and updated in terms of infrastructure and is closeby the U-Mall, where you will most likely be buying dinner and lunch when DC food gets boring. The location is great for gaining access to a RiteAid, Starbucks, Ohana's, Old Tea House, Froyo, Trader Joe's, and even an AMPM gas station. Tercero is where I lived my freshman year. The location is the closest to the major lecture halls like Scilec 123. They're renovating the old dorms in this area so everything will be new in less than a year. The only con I can personally attest to is the fact that there are cows right outside your window. The smell isn't as bad as people make it out to be. You'll get used to it in a day or two. Dorm life overall is pretty standard here, but you'll like it.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an exercise biology major, thinking about going into medical school shortly after I graduate. I am by no means what people may call a bright student. However, I do consider myself hard working. So yes, the academics are difficult here at this university. a 3.5+ GPA is hard to come by, and I'll be honest, I'm still trying to strive to be in that range. I can only speak about the biological science requirements, so here goes. The lower division courses like your general chemistry, physics, and introductory biology are all here to weed you out. The expectations for the classes are high, but perseverance and smart studying will get you through. These are regarded as the tedious classes you must take to gain access to the upper division courses. When you get there, you will have a lot more interest in what you're studying. And that's because you get to studying what you're actually MAJORING in (hopefully you like your major). Some say the rigor increases after lower divisions, but the interest level increases, and in turn may make it seem a little easier. If you like something, you will tend to do better than someone who hates that class you're taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Confidence in your own ability to succeed academically is crucial. I was a 2.6-2.8 GPA student my first two years at UC Davis. I managed to get C's in almost all my classes and was wasting the precious opportunity to study here. The main barrier to excelling in my studies was my perspective on how I compared to everyone else in the classes I was taking. Everyone here is genius level compared to what I can bring to the table. I might as well give up. These thoughts clouded my judgement and led me to believe I was absolutely incapable of succeeding or getting an A in anything. Spring quarter sophomore year was when I finally felt the need for a change and I stepped it up. I went to office hours, asked for help from professors and friends. Khan Academy, YouTube. These were my saving graces. I realized I wasn't good at learning in the classroom. I perform better by working at my own pace. Visualization is also key for me to understand what's going on in subjects like Organic Chemistry. That spring quarter was my first 4.0 quarter in college. The moral of the story is that YOU are the decider of how well you want to do in a class. Don't make excuses. If you encounter obstacles, then find a way around it. Every class will require a different approach to studying, so just be flexible. It's not one size fits all. I was really afraid to take EXB 106 (regarded as one of the toughest courses at Davis -- anatomy). I held strong to my work ethic and did very well in the class and corresponding lab. I took PHE44 (healthful living) and my teacher explained the 10000 rule. Whatever you do, even if you're horrible at it, if you can put in 10000 hours into it, you will master it. If you put in the time and effort, the results will show. There will be times where dumb luck gets the best of you, but you will do well, I promise. Best of luck! (and no, staring at your textbook or skimming your notes for hours on end is not called studying -- remember to think actively)

    In three sentences

    The campus is vast, but close-knit. While there may not be your typical city-life activities, the environment provide more than enough opportunities to build everlasting friendships. And if you're a foodie, there are many opportunities to explore in downtown, and even the nearby city of Sacramento (you get both the rural and urban life!)

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At night you can always call the Escort Service which is the Davis Security who comes to pick you up from wherever you are and drops you off wherever you need to go.

    Greek Life

    I have been told that the Greek life at Davis is extremely different compared to many other campuses. Greek life here is definitely a lot more chill and most the girls are not your stereotypical snobby, rich girls. Even though we still do have some of those.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a ton of clubs and activities at Davis. You have clubs ranging anywhere from the Islam club to a Quidditch club. Pretty much anything you want to do, there is probably a club for you.

    What to do for fun

    There is the REC pool that is open in the middle of Spring Quarter until the beginning of Fall Quarter. On weekends for Freshman there is usually some frat parties, and upperclassmen usually go to house parties. There is the arboretum on campus that is so nice to take a nice stroll, go for a bike, or go for a run.

    Food and Dining

    When parents and students from high schools or different colleges eat in our dining commons they are beyond impressed with the food and the atmosphere. Almost all our food is organic, we have the ingredients for every dish written at each station so that everyone knows what they are eating, and it is beyond clean.

    Dorm Life

    Only Freshman get to live in the dorms and then after that you have to find your own apartment or house. If it was not for the dorms I do not think I would have any friends, most the people I met my Freshman year were mainly from the dorms. And from the couple of people I would meet those people would introduce me to their friends, so I was just constantly meeting new people.

    Academic Rigor

    All I have to say is that if you are planning to get a B.S., plan to do a lot of homework, take many science or math classes and be prepared to study at least 1 hour a day per class. Davis is one of the top research school so that is why they expect so much out of us, it is not easy but it is definitely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Honestly Freshman year is pretty easy and many Freshman tend to think that the next three years are going to be the same. But come Sophomore year everything changes and the classes become a lot harder and expect more out of you; this will only progress more and more Junior and Senior year. So I would tell prospective students to make sure they get their study skills and time management skills in order before coming here because it is not the most fun trying to learn them while struggling at times.

    In three sentences

    It is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen besides Stanford and the weather is absolutely gorgeous. Most the students who go here are so nie and caring, and I would not think about transferring to another school. What more can you ask for, overall a great atmosphere, awesome people, and an awesome education.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    You can call campus security to walk with your or pick you up whenever you don't feel safe; nevertheless, you should always use the buddy system where ever you go in life to make sure you are never alone where you don't feel safe,

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at UC Davis is full of charity work, rigorous studying to maintain a high GPA, and of course social events and parties. The web sight has a great review of the different types of houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    UC Davis has a huge variety of clubs somewhere in the 500 range. They range from potlucks and games, to physical activities and mental activities. There are also clubs based on majors and career options.

    Great for these types of students

    Davis is great for serious academic students who also want to grow creatively.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You can download the Aggie Traditions app for the iPhone and there are a list of 50 traditions that you can do while at Davis.

    Bang for the buck

    This is my dream school, and so far it seems to provide everything for me. Sure the cost is a little steep, especially from a low income family, but it will all be worth it. You get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Davis is its own town and is full of exciting things to do. There is the usual like shopping, movies, parks, etc. But there are also bike trials, special events hosted by different avenues of the school or students, sporting events, and a plethora of social events.

    Food and Dining

    They are very diverse in dining areas, offering vegan, vegetarian, and allergy options. They also have a diverse menu so you don't have to eat the same thing everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I will be moving into the Student Housing Apartments (SHA) but I have not been able to see them yet. There are reviews online and pictures of the floor layout.

    Academic Rigor

    I hear it is very challenging, but that is what you are paying for right? A great education that you had to work hard for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep track of deadlines and don't stress too much, everything will fall into place.

    In three sentences

    I will not attend UC Davis until September, but their reputation is phenomenal. I am a pre-vet animal science major, and UC Davis has the best veterinarian program in all of California and most parts of the world. During my visits everyone has been very nice and accommodating, as well as genuinely interested in prospective students.

  • 04/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall the campus itself is pretty safe. The university has their own branch of police who constantly patrol the campus, and there are several escort services to take students safely to their destination if they're on campus till late hours. However, the campus is a bit old-fashioned, and many places on campus, as well as the surrounding residential areas, lack lighting and can get pretty dark.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of organizations around campus, and they often advertise pretty fervently by posting signs all around campus and on classroom blackboards to recruit anyone who's interested.

    Great for these types of students

    Social students who want to get involved in social life, students who enjoy large, open spaces with lots of greenery, students who are interested in research (particularly in agricultural and environmental sciences), and students who like to have lots of academic resources. In all honesty, there's something for everyone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Humanities and Social Science offices (known fondly around campus as the Death Star) was originally designed to be an architectural wonder, with secluded gardens and exotic building designs. They never finished it, though, so now it's an oddball collection of offices stacked one on top of the other with staircases that sometimes lead to nowhere. Students (especially underclassmen) are fond of going at night and playing games like Sardines and Hide-and-Seek. You'll often find large groups on Friday and Saturday nights doing just that, navigating the darkness with their bike lights.

    What to do for fun

    LOTS of biking, as Davis is one of the most bike-friendly communities I've ever been to. There's also lots of things to do downtown, and larger cities (like Sacramento) are a short trip by car or bus. The university Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) offers classes in a huge variety of physical activities, from aikido to rock climbing. The craft center also offers many interesting past-times as well. Nature lovers can explore the Arboretum, and bookworms can browse the Yolo County Library located in northern Davis.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls on campus are basically gourmet buffets. Students pay from $8-12 per meal to eat as much as they like. The dishes are usually pretty good, the atmosphere is clean and aesthetically pleasing, and it offers both solitary and group dining.

    Dorm Life

    An excellent way to make friends freshman year and find ways to explore the social life college offers. However, some may take issue with the lack of personal space to be found in the dorm layouts. The university recently built new dorms that students may enjoy for their renovated floor-plans and landscaping.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any public university, classes are taught by the best-fit professors they have on hand. Some are better than others, and each has their own standards for student work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't hesitate to seek academic counseling or contact your major advisors to help you get a handle on college life. Davis offers so many opportunities to help undergraduates get ahead in their prospective careers, but they may not be readily apparent. Getting involved will help you build friendships and connections for after graduation.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a pretty good school, with a beautiful campus and lots of academic subjects and electives to choose from. Davis is the epitome of a college town, with lots to do and a good community. The student body is widely diverse, and there are plenty of resources to help students in their college careers.

  • 07/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a police station and a fire station on campus, so they're never more than a couple minutes away from you. Additionally, if you ever feel unsafe on campus, you can call the campus escort service and they will take you anywhere on campus that you might want to go. There are plenty of other student-run services for the areas around campus as well. However, I've never felt so unsafe that I needed to use these services. Davis is a really safe city and campus, and honestly, the biggest crime that happens there is bike theft (so keep your bike locked securely!)

    Great for these types of students

    Davis has got a bit of every aspect--it has a farm culture with many different farm animals and gardens around campus, it has an urban culture in the downtown area with a variety of bars and restaurants, and it has a huge suburban culture outside of campus and downtown. The majority of the city matches a suburban lifestyle with parks and dog parks throughout, and traces of college students everywhere--working in restaurants, wandering the streets, and living next door to you. It is one of the last few college towns in the U.S. so if you're looking for that experience, the location is great for you. When it comes to atmosphere here, the people are the friendliest you'll meet. Everybody is willing to help you, and it's really the people here that make Davis such a great place to attend college. Not only are you getting a great, unique experience, but you're meeting a bunch of happy people along the way.

    Bang for the buck

    Obviously, it's not free to attend a college of this ranking. Though it might cost some of you a lot to come here, it's something that will be worth it. Not only are our professors amazing at what they are researching and teaching, they're willing to help you out through your courses and even help you obtain undergraduate research positions. You have a bunch of options for internships and volunteer opportunities (for example, premed students have access to a bunch of internships offered by the UC Davis Medical Center), and the Internship and Career Center bring over 850 companies to campus each year to help you find an internship or career after college. There are endless resources here and counselors who are willing to help you along the way. And of course the school will put up a bunch of activities for you. Not only do you get free entrance into all of the sports games played at home and free access to the gym, but there are also a huge amount of events that happen throughout the year, notably Picnic Day, which is one of the largest student-run events in the nation! You'll get a bunch of free t-shirts wherever you look.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 600 clubs in Davis; you're bound to find something you're interested in. And if not, exploring our little town is an adventure in itself. Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings are our Davis Farmer's Market, which is full of great food, fresh produce, and fantastic performances. Additionally, there's a plethora of things to see on campus, including free entrance to home sports games, half-off tickets to world-class performances at the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts, and dozens of gardens scattered around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Rated one of the top dining services in the nation, with healthy and nutritious entrees every meal and fresh-from-the-farm salad bar every day. Despite the rumors of the Freshman 15, I lost 10 pounds by eating healthily in the dining commons.

    Dorm Life

    During my time in the dorms, I felt like I met a lot of great people and I really enjoyed my time there. The students are really friendly, and I've definitely made some life-long friends. Recently, they built brand new dorms and they'll be open Fall 2014! Dorms in Davis are very convenient, whether you want to get to class within 10 minutes, go shopping, or find somewhere off-campus to eat.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, and you definitely learn a lot. Depending on your major, your mileage may vary, but from personal experience, if you work hard, you'll do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get distracted by the rumors that there's nothing to do in Davis. Never once have I been bored! The school has over 600 different clubs and organizations you can join, and the town itself is very quirky and full of hole-in-the-wall places you might enjoy. I would definitely recommend visiting the city and the campus, and taking a tour (don't just take it from me, take it from some of the many students and parents I've given tours to--our tour is one of the best!). The city and the school has a lot to offer.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere at Davis is one of the best. We're rated 10th Happiest School in the US and one of the friendliest schools, and it definitely shows here! People are always happy to help you in any way possible, and this is why I feel like home here.

  • 03/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who want to achieve their goal! Only you are in your way of achieving it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep looking, keep applying, and good luck! Knowledge is Power!

    Bang for the buck

    Hopefully with a few scholarships based on merrit! Keeping fingures crossed.

    Will enjoy being here

    Most definately, also very convenient.

    Will learn a lot

    I cannot wait to get accepted!

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Everyone is so friendly

    Will learn a lot

    Great programs are available

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school isn't just for science and medical students! ALL majors will find a great program here!

    Bang for the buck

    UC Davis is right in the middle between community colleges and Ivy League, meaning a fantastic education with a manageable price tag.

    Will enjoy being here

    I think I'm going to enjoy attending UC Davis a lot! People are so much more friendly here than at my community college. There is so much to do, but not so much that you can't focus on your studies.

    Will learn a lot

    After looking at everything online, I really think I'm going to learn a lot more here than I ever did in my community college. Their professors are better, they have more classes available for my major, and the campus is a calm place where someone can relax and learn.

  • 06/05/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for science students, majoring in biological sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Build up extracurriculars, study AP courses to prepare you for a the studies at the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to private schools, UC Davis is a very reasonably priced school, but recent tuition increases and suggested increases in the near future could be a burden on future students.

    Will enjoy being here

    I will definately enjoy being at UC Davis. It has the weather I like, quite sunny most of the year and it is quite a bike friendly school. Moreover, it has plenty of friendly people.

    Will learn a lot

    UC Davis has the major I want and it is a very great school to learn because of its relaxed atmosphere. Moreover during my visits, I met many friendly students and staff ready to help you if you need anything. The school is not far from the Bay Area and Sacramento, hence giving you a great variety of internship opportunities, If you like animals, the school has a great biological veterinarian program. Davis is definitely a great school.

  • 06/27/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    anyone?

    Tips for prospective students

    research a lot

    Bang for the buck

    definitely sounds like it

    Will enjoy being here

    hope so

    Will learn a lot

    hope so

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    The budget is constantly being lowered for all of UC schools so prices will keep rising for students.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is huge and beautiful and there is plenty for the students to do.

    Will learn a lot

    There are several learning buildings and the staff is enthusiastic when it comes to wanting their students to master the curriculum.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who like to live in a small town. Davis is a very small town and built around the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    A great school overall, just get ready to study hard!!!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is a little on the expensive side, but the education is very good. And scholarships and financial aid are always available to help you out.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is a very beautiful campus, always green and quiet. Not a lot of noises or anything. The weather is always beautiful. There are also many activities to do and things to join that make the experience better.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors and T.A. 's are very helpful and interested in a student's learning personally. They are very helpful and easy to approach. They do a lot to help you succeed in places that you are having trouble. although class sizes are big, discussions are small and t.a.'s and professors both hold office hours multiple times a week.

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out what your daily life would be like, and decide which college you like the most.

    Will learn a lot

    UCD has an amazing campus and reputation, along with an extremely expressive and welcoming population. I would have been perfectly happy, with the perfect balance of academic and social worlds.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Academically focused folks who like the social atmosphere. Athletic and school spirited kids.

    Tips for prospective students

    Listen to your peers and choose your teachers wisely. Attend all lectures, and if you have an unclear teacher, try going to someone else's lectures for a change.

    Bang for the buck

    What not to love. Get your degree, meet awesome people, get involved with clubs, volunteering, research. If you put your mind to it, you can definitely get your money's worth. Just talk to your professors!!!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    UC Davis is one of the greatest things that have ever happened to me. I love to party, but I also wanted an academic environment where I would not become peer pressured into spending too little time on school. I was also looking for a large university with an opportunity to meet other students and a small university feel. Davis is wonderful and offers great freshman programs and themed dorm living, enabling me to befriend my whole building. The gym is amazing, and inter mural sports are the thing to do. Frats throw theme parties and everyone is invited. Free drinks for those over 21 of course.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are tough, but just enough to pose a challenge. Students are very supportive, no one tries to get everyone else down to improve the curve, while everyone strives to succeed. Its perfect for a social geek like myself.

  • 07/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for students who really know how to study on their own and can keep focused. This is also a research institution, so if you are interesting in research, this is the college for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should visit the college first and see if you like it. There are a lot of trees, and a even more bikers. You'll probably be one yourself, so don't forget to practice when you're home. If you don't get a bike, there are bus systems that you are able to utilize for free with your student ID card, but sometimes it's a bit inconvenient. Shopping is a hassle. To get good deals, we had to go to Target. And that takes about 45 minutes to bike to. However, a Forever 21 was built pretty close to the dorms, so that's a plus. Don't think oh, but everyone will be wearing the same thing if I shop there, because trust me, they won't. Also, if you're worried about the cow smell, it really isn't that bad. You get over it, you grow up.

    Bang for the buck

    Because it's a UC, it's a bit on the pricey side. Out of pocket, I paid about $3500 my freshman year with the help of all the grants I got. The university itself gave me about $1500 last year. I refused to get loans.

    Am enjoying being here

    I lived in the dorms the first year, Cuarto to be exact. And I loved every second of it. It was a suite configuration, so I was living with 5 other people and had a living room and our own bathroom. Having this type of dorm made me grow up, because I had to clean everything. There was no janitor that came in and cleaned the bathroom for me. It gave me a homey feeling that I probably would not have if I had a traditional dorm (a room and sharing a bathroom with the floor). The food was pretty decent too. It makes healthy eating easy, to help you avoid the freshman 15.

    Am learning a lot

    Although I thought it would be a lot like high school, I was completely wrong. The pace is exhausting - quarter system ensures that you are always on your feet. You learn a decent amount in these short 10 week intervals however, a lot of professors seem to not know how to teach very well, or rather, convey the point of their lectures well. But, there are some upsides to the system as well. There is an abundant amount of interesting classes you can take, like Dinosaurs and Mythology.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Most people say it was well worth the tuition. If i were to stay in CA I would definitely attend this school if admitted, even if the cost of CA living is high. I won't be applying for they require 2 years of language due to the new MAP program. I instead used the time to take AP classes, but i suppose that is not good enough. Seems silly to have that kind of requirement, especially when students were pretty much forced into the deal. I don't agree with it for I'd much rather have taken another language while in college. (they only offer french and spanish at my school)

    Will enjoy being here

    Since it is near sacramento I already love it. It seems like it would have a lively atmosphere that i could feel comfortable in.

    Will learn a lot

    A few people I know have attended this school and all have said it is a school that takes pride in education. They say that they feel well informed and once graduated, ready to pursue their career of choice.

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who like being outdoors, hanging out with friends

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out Davis Wiki! There are a lot of information that you can find out by reading that!

    Will enjoy being here

    It's a relatively large campus with a lot of outdoor activities.

    Will learn a lot

    I know that i will have to get to know my professors in order to succeed. There are tutors that can help you but you have to be able to utilize your resources well.

  • 09/18/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you're like me, no regrets when coming here from somewhere afar.

    Bang for the buck

    My financial aid paid for my tuition luckily, now I am trying to survive my apartment.

    Will enjoy being here

    I will definitely enjoy it here, because being on campus and having a feel for how it is, it is like the school i've always dreamed of.

    Will learn a lot

    I am hoping to learn a lot, when I came for orientation, they gave us a lot of information, hard to take in at once, and it was only one day, imagining it for four years, going to be learning a whole lot.

  • 09/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students planning to go to graduate school, and who work well in a fast paced environment since UC Davis is on the quarter system and there are three 9 week long quarters, instead of two 18 week long semesters.

    Tips for prospective students

    Perhaps the most important thing to know about the Davis community is we love to ride bikes. The campus is pretty big, and cars are restricted on the central campus, so about 90 percent (my personal guess) of all students ride bikes between classes everyday. It is the best way to get around and is environmentally friendly, so if you are walking to your class, you had better watch out for bikers! They go fast and tend to travel in clusters. If you do use a bike, some practice before the quarter starts will help you avoid bike collisions that can be painful. Take a diverse set of classes, especially your freshman year, in order to learn about a wide range of topics you wont get from your major requirements. Also, going to professors' office hours can bring a C grade to an A with the added assistance. When you go to a professor's office hours, they know you are putting extra effort into the class, and will taking that into consideration when they grade exams and essays, or are considering participation grades.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately tuition is on the rise, however UC Davis is not the only school to increase tuition. On the plus side, there are plenty of services on campus that are included in tuition that are excellent resources to take advantage of in order to get the most out of your money. The ARC is a great place to exercise and is free to students. There is also the House and the student counseling center where you can get advise and support from professionals and students if you are stressed or anxious, or worse, from school, work, and family commitments. Academically, there is the library which is also connected to the other UC's, and also plenty of research opportunities. There is also the writing and tutoring center, where they help edit and revise essays, or tutor students in a particular subject. And I cannot forget to mention that UC Davis is a top 50 school, so a degree from here goes a long way, despite the price!

    Am enjoying being here

    The Davis environment is (almost unbelievably) safe, welcoming, relaxing, and stimulating. There is a small town feel, so it is easy to feel a part of the community. There are a lot of activities available based on your interests, and if you find there is something missing, the community is very open to supporting a new club or activity on campus. My favorite aspects of Davis are the Arboretum, a relaxing park area with a pond and bike/walking trails, and the annual community events like Picnic Day and Whole Earth Festival where it seems everyone in Davis gets together to have a good time.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are incredibly encouraging and knowledgeable. The best part about being a student here is you will not have to listen to a professor ramble on in a huge lecture hall. Instead, they more often encourage open-minded and dynamic discussions between the students and themselves. They also encourage high quality work from all of their students, and are willing to put time into helping your work improve by the end of the quarter. Another plus is most classes also have TA's, who are a colossal help if a professor seems intimidating, busy, or just not your type of teacher. The TA's are typically graduate students, and are helpful for essay writing, exam preparation, and explaining the materials in more detail.

  • 09/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for California students because there is no out of state tuition fee.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP classes! You get extra units and learn study skills!

    Bang for the buck

    Sadly, the tuition at all UCs is expected to increase by 8-16% over the next few years.

    Am enjoying being here

    The employees are friendly and want you to enjoy your time here.

    Am learning a lot

    UC Davis has classes in whatever I want to study.

  • 09/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who enjoy a party once in a while, and get down to studying when they need to. Heavy party-goers should steer clear.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of the specialties of the departments you are applying for. If there is any research they are doing that you are interested in be sure to apply, otherwise try for another school. Don't choose a school just by how many people apply. That would be the stupid person's route. Find the school that fits for you.

    Bang for the buck

    I say this for an instate tuition. Even though the price is going up and I had to pay quite a bit more, it's still fine for me. But for others who are international students and out of state students the price can be a bit of a bugger.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis is a great town. The people are friendly, and I feel generally safe no matter where I go. The only issue we have here are bike thefts and honestly, is that such a big deal?

    Am learning a lot

    In terms of my major (Civil Engineering) I feel like I am getting the best education I can from it. It is really no different from the courses of other UCs. But in terms of General Education it's alright. A lot of classes I want to take do not count towards anything and it frustrates me to find GEs that count and that are remotely interesting to me.

  • 09/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are academically motivated, who are going to school to get a great education. There is not necessarily a whole lot to do in Davis in the evenings, but a lot of events do happen regularly on the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help. Visit the campus during school if you can. While there, check out some of the buildings/classrooms. Stop random people and ask them how they like it. Most students will talk to you if they can. Be careful during the last ten minutes of each hour before noon, and during the first ten minutes of each hour after noon. Those are the times people are trying to get to class and will have less time to talk.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any school in the UC system right now, money is tight. Unfortunately, fees are rising while classes are being slashed. It can make working out your schedule for graduation quite tricky. However, I still feel that the quality of the education that I am getting is well worth the money that I am spending for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love UC Davis. The campus is large enough to keep things interesting while also small enough to make it manageable to get around. The town of Davis is even better. I love how chill the life here is.

    Am learning a lot

    UC Davis has many amazing professors who not only are very well learned in their fields, but who also have passion for teaching and the ability to share their knowledge with their students. Subjects that students can study range from your typical Chemistry, Biology, Art, etc, to Ancient Greek and Captive Raptor Care. Academics at Davis are thriving.

  • 10/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Visit before you enroll, it may save you from a mistake or be the school of your dreams!!

    Am enjoying being here

    UC Davis is right in the center of a college town! Davis, Ca., revolves around the student life and the campus. Great learning environment! Loads of school pride, a ton of giveaways, and a fully loaded staff and professors that are approachable and extremely helpful! Go Ags!

  • 10/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, open-minded, likes diversity, spirited.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school. Always visit! You know all about the academics at schools; it's easy to research about them. But you never know how you would feel in a school or in the community unless you visit. For me, it was down to two similarly academic schools, and when I visited, it made a HUGE difference. Davis felt like home.

    Bang for the buck

    I understand that UCs are raising tuition to accommodate budget cuts and such, but the financial aid office does a good job, in my opinion, to help you wherever you need help. The price of a public school for the education of a fantastic and prestigious public university is quite the bang for [my] buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! Everybody is so incredibly friendly. If you are ever lost or you can't find a building and ask someone around you, that person will help you with a big smile on their face -- and they don't lie to you about their directions either! Nobody makes me feel left out here; I have never felt more welcome than here at UC Davis. And I love the community! That's actually what pushed me into coming here. I knew the academics are great, so all I needed to know was how the community is.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely learning a lot. The professors all know what they're doing, and they encourage everyone to attend office hours or to ask questions. The learning environment I have experienced is very welcoming. The professors are all well-established in their respective fields and are incredibly knowledgeable. They're friendly, and they go out of their way to help you and answer your questions.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE! If you are a certain type of person, you will find your group, your activity, anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to pick a school based on if you will be happy there.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of tuition keeps rising, and because of cuts, basic services such as student health are not able to stay open as often as they should be, as well as many sports are going to be cut.

    Am enjoying being here

    EVERYONE is extremely nice and welcoming. The campus is beautiful, and the professors are great to be around. The dorms are extremely fun and your floor becomes your family.

    Am learning a lot

    Although there's so much to learn, most classes are more about studying on your own and going to lecture and discussion as a review or preview.

  • 12/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I personally think UC Davis is best for smart students that also know that school isn't everything. Students at UC Davis know how to focus, but they also understand the values of relaxing and enjoying life. Everyone is laidback in the sense of living life to the fullest, but they also understand that school is a priority.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't believe the idea that going to a UC will cause you to have impersonal academic experiences with the large lecture halls and lack of personal contact with professors. The lectures may be large, but there is a discussion section each week in which you get personal time with a TA in a group of about twenty students. You can ask any questions that you want at this time, and it's basically a tutoring type of session. I always enjoyed discussion, and office hours are available for both professors and TA's if you ever need more help. Don't believe the idea that you can't get to know a professor; I have been here one quarter, and I already have one professor that knows me by my name. She might even be giving me a research opportunity this following quarter. Therefore, it might be harder than in high school to get to know a professor, but it's definitely not impossible; you simply must just make some extra effort. Also, join many clubs and don't be afraid if you are unsure of a career goal or even your major yet. There's plenty of time to figure it out, and for most science majors, all students take the same general sciences classes their first two years so you can always switch majors later.

    Bang for the buck

    I truly do think that UC Davis provides an extensive amount of resources that definitely making going to college here worth it. Some of these are the Student Health and Wellness Center (where you can go in to receive free massages), Student Academic Success Center (where there is free tutoring and pre-professional graduate advising), Counseling Center (where you can talk to a counselor for no charge), and the ARC (where all students are able to exercise for free). Besides these, there is the Aggie Job Link and Internship and Career Center that help students find volunteer opportunities, research internships, and jobs in general.

    Am enjoying being here

    Some people consider UC Davis to be a bit dry and dull, but I can now say from personal experience that is definitely not the case. I have gone out every weekend, and there are definitely so many things to do. Sacramento is only twenty minutes away, and I go there frequently. UC Davis downtown is also a quaint environment, and it adds to the college-town atmosphere. The food downtown in absolutely amazing, and they have a diverse number of restaurants. Besides that, UC Davis isn't much of a party scene, but there are definitely a good number of social events happening. I recently joined a coed pre-health fraternity, and I am enjoying every minute of it due to the fact that it provides me both an educational and social outlet. If Greek Life isn't your thing, then have no fear because UC Davis has over 100 different clubs. If you want to join a certain club, I'm sure that they would have it. If they don't have it, you are welcome to start your own club, and they will even provide you a starting budget for it. Overall, what I most enjoy about UC Davis would be how nice the people are. If I were to describe UC Davis in one word, it was be chill. Everyone is relaxed and helpful yet also incredibly gifted and smart. We all help each other to succeed, and that leads to our personal success as well. The positive encouragement from all aspects is truly amazing.

    Am learning a lot

    I just finished my first quarter at UC Davis, and I will definitely admit that the courses are much more challenging than high school. I always had straight A's in high school, and that is much more difficult here at UC Davis. However, I really am learning a lot and it's an indescribable experience to be challenged in a new manner. UC Davis is one of the top research universities, and it's incredibly inspiring to learn from professors that are discovering new theories and conducting research right in front of your eyes.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCD is great for all students with a drive to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Exceed what is expected from you as a student and a person. When building experience do so in ways that broaden your horizons not just as a student but as an individual, explore the world why contributing to your resume.

    Bang for the buck

    The academic and social community here are outstanding however they are extremely hard to afford especially coming from an independent father.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy the scholastic environment. I have found endless opportunities for success which are dependent on how active of a roll you want to have in your college community.

    Am learning a lot

    Having just transferred to UC Davis from a community college I have found that I am learning a lot from, and successfully adapting to, the new structure and pace of my school.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Studious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make a lot of friends and take use of the resources!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition rises by a couple thousand every year. They can't even use that money to fix the clock.

    Am enjoying being here

    NOo.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a lot to put on your plate if you go here.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like animals (especially cows), biking, like to chill out, are worried about over-partying, like a capella, are majoring in science or International Relations, or are having trouble finding a major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a shower cap for the rain to put over your bike seat. Start a study group the first week of class. It makes the class much more enjoyable!

    Bang for the buck

    If you find yourself short on food, go to the Pantry in Lower Freeborn at specified times. You can get up to 3 non-perishable food items a day (such as peanut butter and cereal).

    Am enjoying being here

    The people are very interesting and never cease to surprise me. I love living in the dorms and being at the heart of campus. The library has a lot of surprisingly interesting books. Many of the professors are funny, knowledgeable, and offer research opportunities.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only am I learning a lot in my classes, but I'm learning a lot about myself as well. (This would most likely happen at other colleges if I had attended.) As a research institute I feel confident that I will be able to snag a research position if I wanted to and am already interning in my second quarter as a freshman.

  • 12/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    For students who like little drama, beautiful scenery, friendly people, and a place they can both have fun and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, join clubs, join a fraternity or sorority, and learn how to manage time.

    Bang for the buck

    I love the people and classes and am willing to pay a lot but I just simply can't afford to keep going to school at such high prices.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the calm and friendly atmosphere of Davis and all the people are so welcoming and friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a great deal more just in my first quarter at UC Davis, then I did in a year in high school. I love the teachers and the quality of education I am receiving is amazing.

  • 12/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students at Davis are very competitive and are naturally smart. Most students are very science focused, so if you want to be a writer and want to be surrounded by students who have the same interest Davis may not be the best college for you. Davis is also not the ideal college for students who love being in the middle of a busy city. Davis is fairly quiet and rural.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest suggestion would be to start working ahead from the beginning. The quarter system does not leave room for mistakes, once you are behind it's almost impossible to get back ahead. Everything happens so quickly in the quarter system.

    Bang for the buck

    The only way I think you may not be getting your moneys worth is by not getting the classes you need. This however has not happened to me yet. To sign up for classes you get a pass time and pass times are distributed randomly. You may have an earlier one or a later one. If you have a later one you pick your classes after most of the rest of your year. This mean you get last pick and may not get the classes you wanted.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis is a small homey town. Over 50 percent of the people living in Davis are college students and some people say it's in the middle of nowhere. I however love it. I love the feeling of not being in the middle of a busy city, the people are nice, downtown is adorable and has great places to eat, the campus is beautiful, I love biking, basically I love everything about Davis. It was simply the perfect fit for me.

    Am learning a lot

    I just finished my first quarter at UC Davis and took an Expository Writing class, Poetry Seminar, Calculus for Biology, and Chemistry. I took Calculus in high school so I did not learn a lot of new material in that class. In my other classes however I really did learn a lot. I was able to improve my writing in both the expository writing class and the poetry seminar and I learned a lot in Chemistry.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for social but studious individuals who love to interact with others but also need to enjoy a challenge. They need to be able to momentarily set aside their social priorities for their educational ones and have efficient study habits to succeed in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should know that Davis is great and in order to succeed they should definitely attend class and do all assigned homework. That should guarantee their success. Also, finding a study group for classes that you struggle with is a great way to learn the concepts and help others learn at the same time.

    Bang for the buck

    The level of education at Davis is truly splendid and I believe it is worth the price, however the costs are a bit high, and are increasing to rise (or so the news seems to indicate). And any scholarship would be great to offset the burden between myself and my parents.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the feel of Davis. The town is great, my peers are helpful and provide a great atmosphere, and the campus is beautiful. I relish the bike riding community and love being able to bike to every class. There is never a dull moment as I always have something to study or someone great to hang out with.

    Am learning a lot

    I really feel that I have been learning a great deal here. My computer science engineering courses have been challenging but packed with knowledge and my teachers have been great at explaining concepts. The homework is lengthy but it helps to pull together the concepts in a way so that they become second nature. I have learned more in one quarter that I thought I would. it has definitely been a great learning experience.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    In my opinion, Davis has the most to offer for pre-med and research oriented thinkers. What Davis realy offers here, besides the education is oppurtunity to network and really get on your feet in these areas before you dip headlong into them.

    Tips for prospective students

    While Davis is a great school, and I love being here, I do want to remind prospective students that Ivy legue and private schools arevery much a viable option. Many times these schools have great financial services and are often cheaper than the UCs, but if you want to be in the middle of the occupy movement, then by all means go for it.

    Bang for the buck

    Well, i have to say that the occupiers may have it right on one thing, Davis may not be the best place as far as money goes. It is the most expensive UC in the system and it ain't gonna get any cheaper anytime soon ... while the great faculty and atmosphere make up for it, the price does get understandably worrisome.

    Am enjoying being here

    Besides the masses of tents which line the quad and the administrative buildings, davis really has a nice, beautiful campus. Between the arboretum and the downtown area, Davis really does have a lot to show. As far as student life, despite us being on a faster paced quarter system, it just doesn't feel rushed. Whether its the open, encouraging professors, or what I don't know. Just don't get too comfy!

    Am learning a lot

    Especially, if you know where to look. Davis really is an amazing school as you get a strange mix of a relaxed school atmosphere and top-notch research professors. This last quarter, in fact, I took international relations from a professor who's the leading expert on the democratic peace process and have even got a chance to go with him and delve into the israeli-palestine conflict. The tools are there, you just need to grab them!

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up, set your sights on what you want and go for it. That's how I got in.

    Bang for the buck

    It's getting more expensive but if you qualify for financial aid, use it!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere here. Everyone is nice and the area is gorgeous and open.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study hardsince tuition hikes has rendered education extremely pricey.

    Bang for the buck

    As we all know, UC system has been going through tuition hikes throughout the past 3 years. When i was admitted in Fall of 2007, my tuition per quarter was about $2800; now it has skyrocketed to $4600 per quarter.

    Am enjoying being here

    Davis is more like a college town: small, quite, and relaxing. Although, there is limited activities; your social life is dependent on your group of friends.

    Am learning a lot

    The program for Biological Science have strengthen my understandings and honed my skills towards my declared major, Exercise Biology. They have excellent faculty members who enjoy helping and teaching students on the subjects.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor loving and studyhardy students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and enjoy your outdoor adventures.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a bang for the buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    Amazingly beautiful and enjoyable location

    Am learning a lot

    Good Stuff

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    pretty safe campus, don't have to worry too much about walking home alone or anything. However, you can call for assistance if you're scared.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much variety, there's no reason to not be in a club.

    Bang for the buck

    its actually pretty pricey to live in davis, but what do you expect? college in general is expensive so nothing we can really do about it.

    What to do for fun

    you can do anything for fun, hang out with friends at downtown davis, go on bike rides, or just visiting the arboretum. the arboretum is gorgeous and some people study there because it looks and feels so nice.

    Food and Dining

    food is pretty good for the most part but it does get repetitive sometimes. chefs try to add variety in their food but also keep things healthy and there's so many different types of food to eat.

    Dorm Life

    rooms are a bit small, but that's a given. the dorm i'm living at is really nice. we even get an extra storage closet to store empty boxes suitcases and things we won't need on an everyday basis. we also have a big kitchen and a very spacious study room.

    Academic Rigor

    ucd is definitely a more rigorous university with talented students. it's a challenge but it is absolutely doable if you learn to manage your time well and willing to study hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't fall behind in class, especially your science classes. once you fall behind, it is so hard to catch back up. stay on top of everything. there is so much to offer, so get involved!

    In three sentences

    uc davis is a rigorous public university surrounded by nature and friendly people. there is so much to offer in davis and even though uc davis is this big school with a big campus, its comparable to a small home-y feeling town. a bike, rain boots, and an umbrella are ucd's must have essentials.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    i have no experience with the dining facilities

    Dorm Life

    i have no experience with the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    this is considered one of the top 50 schools for philosophy, even higher for particular tracks within the program.

    Tips for prospective students

    this is a tough school, so work hard and it will be in your reach.

    In three sentences

    uc-davis is shaping up to be one of my top philosophy schools for doctoral study. excellent staff and advisors have been friendly and helpful throughout my research process.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    the dining halls are incredible. we were treated to a typical uc davis lunch and were surprised by the variety and quality of the food. there were so many options for all types of diet plans and all of the food was delicious. a cool bonus was the dining halls are all equipped to be eco-friendly and reduce food waste.

    In three sentences

    i recently visited uc davis with my family and the atmosphere was incredible. the town is small, but full of fun things to do and all of the people had a friendly, helpful demeanor. the campus is very impressive and full of incredible research facilities and student amenities.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    i had an excellent experience but i did hear about roomate trouble in other dorms

    Academic Rigor

    its not too hard.

    In three sentences

    uc davis has a nice campus and atmosphere. while the education may not be the greatest on the planet, the teacher and students in general are all very helpful and supportive.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    you can explore the downtown area of davis or go to the arboretum. you can also sign up for group exercise classes at the arc.

    Food and Dining

    the dc food is great. it's convenient because you don't have to cook for yourself, but the food does get tiring.

    Dorm Life

    live in the dorms!! i live in the segundo area this year and i love it! everyone loves segundo. :) living in the dorms is a great way to make a ton of new friends your freshman year! the ra's are supposed to set up activities for your floor and everyone gets to bond.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on what kind of class you are taking and who the teacher is, the class is easy or hard. college is different from high school. you have to discipline yourself because there are a lot of distractions.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not procrastinate. it's one of the worst things you could do to yourself!!

    In three sentences

    the university of california- davis is an amazing school. there are so many activities you could do and so many people who are willing to be your friends. you'll meet a ton of new people with so many different personalities that you'll love it here!

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    mostly safe, even at night. once walked at 5am from the dorms to downtown to get croissants.

    Greek Life

    very visibly taking place.

    Clubs and Activities

    wide variety to choose from. sports, volunteering, the arts, major-related etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    occupy davis.... and suddenly some buildings start getting occupied. but this is recent. stealing bike seats. don't get one that looks superbly comfortable..

    Bang for the buck

    good: free bus rides for undergrads free entry to athletic games for undergrads (basketball, football, etc.) brand new student community center with brand new macs. for some physics/engineering classes you get unlimited prints. free dessert samples at the coho free shirt at sports games every year. bad: microwave shortage during lunch hours overpriced textbooks (get them from amazon.com) on-campus food is pricey.

    What to do for fun

    meal downtown, movie/tv show nights, shopping at forever 21 (the only shopping place in miles), cook/bake, badminton/volleyball/table tennis at the arc,

    Food and Dining

    at least for the first year, the dining commons are buffet-styled, so there's a wide selection (at least 4 or 5 dishes for each meal). comments vary on a broad spectrum.. from hate to love. pizza is made fresh (you can actually see the dough and toppings they put). i'm not complaining! other than the dining commons, downtown has quite a wide selection of all types of cuisines. hard to find chinese food that's not overly oily and saucy. great mediterranean food at sam's, and great mahi-mahi burrito at dos coyotes. just saying! my personal favorites on campus: (at the silo) shah's, star ginger (at the coho) coho caesar salad.

    Dorm Life

    eating at the dining commons or hanging out in the dorm lounge watching tv or playing games is a great way to socialize and bond with people you'll be seeing for a whole year.

    Academic Rigor

    most classes require you to do a reasonable amount of work, and just attending lectures helps alot.

    Tips for prospective students

    go for different club meetings and find out what you like, and then join it! especially clubs for your majors. also, talk to upperclassmen. since they have experienced at least a year in davis, they will know some valuable information. (like where secret microwaves are located!) the classes at the activities and recreation center (arc ie. the gym) are a great way to keep fit and have fun. highly recommended!

    In three sentences

    davis has really amazing weather on some days, and multiple places to chill or reflect outdoors. college town - almost half the population of davis is students, so visiting/hanging out at friends' places is easy. master how to ride a bike/fix your bike.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    just lock up your bike and everything will be fine. i've never been worried to walk alone on campus at night.

    Greek Life

    i was never involved, but the parties were always fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    you can do almost anything at this university!

    Great for these types of students

    academic, but still like to do things and go out. a student at uc davis must be self-disciplined, organized and fairly independent to survive here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    picnic day is held in april and is the largest event that every student (or non-student) looks forward to! :)

    Bang for the buck

    the university of california system is affordable when someone is too poor to pay through college, or is rich enough to pay for themselves. the middle class students have so much trouble paying the tuition fees, which honestly should be almost free considering it's a public and not private university. this is the only flaw with uc davis.

    What to do for fun

    go to the concerts, the buzz, any of the events, really. go to the parks or the arc and take a dance or sport class, such as belly dancing.

    Food and Dining

    davis has delicious, healthy food. it tastes better than any other collage campus that i've eaten at.

    Dorm Life

    my dorm was old and needed to be renovated, but my old building was renovated the year after i moved out!

    Tips for prospective students

    try to get ahead of the work and don't procrastinate, or else the pace of the classes will leave you behind.

    In three sentences

    uc davis is a beautiful, eco-friendly and sustainable campus. i will be proud when i graduate from this challenging university, and when i will finally have my b.a. with the uc davis seal. i try to participate in all of the extra-curricular events that are held on campus.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are parks where students can enjoy the environment and also a games area.

    Food and Dining

    definitely not like the food a student might get at home, but satisfactory.

    Dorm Life

    lots of fun and you get to meet a lot of new people.

    Academic Rigor

    its college education after all, so it is difficult, but the professors and teaching assistants explain everything very well so that students really understand the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    never be too shy, ask for help and your grades will improve drastically.

    In three sentences

    uc davis is full of students and staff who are very welcoming. enjoyable campus and a safe environment. professors are always there to help students.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the dining hall (or as we call it the dc) is buffet style though sometimes the choice of food isn't that good. there are plenty of restaurants downtown that are good but can be pricey if you eat out each day.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is pretty nice here, though it depends where you live. if you live in a suite, you have your own personal bathrooms and kitchens. if you live in a dorm you will be able to meet a lot of people. sometimes it can be a bit loud but during school days, dorms are quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic here is harder than compare to high school. in high school you can slack off and still get an a but here you have to study if you want to get a b. indeed it sounds demanding and hard but everyone around you is always studying so you will be motivated to study as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would recommend coming to uc davis if you're thinking of apply for engineering majors or agricultural majors such as animal science. davis also has a lot internship opportunities that allows you to explore different fields.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    sports and club activities are fun to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    there are plenty of awesome food in davis.

    Dorm Life

    the place is wonderful but it is a bit expensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    taking notes, attending classes, and going to office hours are the keys to success in ucd.

    In three sentences

    i am having a great experience at ucd in which i am given many researches, and internships opportunities. i am very proud of being a student of ucd. i am looking forward gaining my b.s degree in biochemistry here.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    police officers are great to have on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    any student wanting thee best education possible

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every friday you wear 'aggie blue' and the aggie pack gives away free prizes to any students they see wearing them.

    Bang for the buck

    for what we are paying, the education is top notch.

    What to do for fun

    downtown davis is really fun, 150+ restaurants in such a little town. plus plenty of clubs and social events on campus

    Dorm Life

    never stayed in dorms but i hear they are great!

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared for a challenge. do not get discouraged if you get cs, be proud of them and know that you can do better next quarter. ever quarter i can feel myself understanding what i am being taught more and more

    In three sentences

    ucd is one of the most challenging schools in the uc system. the academics are world renowned. the professors are in the top of their field and very knowledgeable.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    each residential area (segundo, tercero, cuarto) has its own dining commons that provides great food for the students that purchased a meal plan. there is also a convenience store that students that purchase daily needs using aggie cash or meal points. although one dc might serve food different from another, they are generally the same kinds of food. each dc offers a vegan and vegetarian dish and each dish can be made according to your desires.

    Dorm Life

    uc davis housing will group you together with students that are in similar colleges as you are in so you can study together in a group. resident assistants often set up group activities in which all residents can attend. dining commons are in the center of the residential area so one will not have to walk far in order to dine.

    Academic Rigor

    although some courses are challenging, professors and ta's are there to help you. if you do not understand the topics from lectures, review your notes and notes that professors often put up on their websites. if you still do not understand the topic, go to your ta's office hours. they will be able to answer any questions that you might have.

    Tips for prospective students

    incoming freshmen should think twice before taking the amount of classes they think they can handle. there will be copious amount of reading and homework from core classes. don't take as many classes as you can so you can ease into the transition from high school to college.

    In three sentences

    uc davis is a great school that offers many different courses for students. first year students are given an opportunity to live at dorms that allow many social interactions between rooms and suites. bike paths are incorporated throughout the campus so traveling between classes a breeze.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is like home to me. i can ride my bike out at night and feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    every club will welcome you with opened arms. it's very beneficial and you can always turn to an advisor for any help.

    What to do for fun

    forever 21 is right across the street girls! but the gym is great for a good workout. there's the rock climbing wall, indoor track and tennis, weight training equipment, and many cardio and aerobic classes you can take.

    Food and Dining

    i love the dinning commons! breakfast, lunch, and dinner. always fresh and always good.

    Dorm Life

    if i could go back in time, i'd sign up to live in the dorms! whenever i'm around or at my friend's dorm, they're always having a blast. plus it's a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    i enjoyed working with each of my professors. they are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    as long as you invest your time wisely and use all the resources available, you will be very successful.

    In three sentences

    davis is a wonderful university filled with many academic and social opportunities. the environment is very appealing and warm. i love it here.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    going to the sporting events!!

    Food and Dining

    the dc was the bomb!! good food choices every day! breakfast is the best and late night has the best pizza and cookies!!

    Dorm Life

    it was very fun staying in the dorms. you meet a lot of people and you get to do a lot of fun activities.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on what your major is, workload usually isn't too bad freshman and sophmore year. some professors are very strict and demand a lot from you.

    Tips for prospective students

    study, study, study!!! get very connected with other students because it will be very helpful when you need notes or tests from other classes.

    In three sentences

    very friendly school and has a wonderful large campus. davis is much like a college town and caters to the students. enjoyed the courses and the many events that occur on campus, especially picnic day!

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    very large fraternity and sorority system which represents about 10% of the student population and has all of the major greek organizations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    picnic day every year in april, which is an event that involves the whole town with many activities and a parade, as well as other things. there is a pub on campus which is interesting, but pricey. there is also a club established on campus whose sole purpose is to climb every building on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    definitely a great place to attend. the public transportation system is run by the students and is free to students. there are many things to do on campus in your free time. we have an excellent library with a weekend shuttle to uc berkeley's campus. the town is quiet but it is a nice college town which revolves around the student population.

    What to do for fun

    automotive mechanics and tinkering with anything else mechanical. various outdoor activities. ultimate frisbee.

    Food and Dining

    excellent dining services for both dorm students and while on campus. our coffee house and dorm dining commons were rated the best in the uc system a few years back.

    Dorm Life

    i cannot comment... i never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    i would imagine it would depend on the major, but you definitely get your moneys worth. the classes aren't easy, but then again, nothing worth anything never is!

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to tour the campus and explore the majors before committing. take a tour and get a good feel for the campus and the town.

    In three sentences

    it is an excellent campus. world renowned instruction in a true college town. i wouldn't have gone anywhere else!

  • 03/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Something to do for fun would be going downtown, the movies, or going to sports games.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining commons is nice because it is cooked for you. Sometimes there is a very limited variety of food, because usually its just the same. There is also a place called the Silo as well as the Memorial Union where you can get fast food.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, the dorm life is awesome. Personally, the Segundo Dorms are the best because of their convenient location to most of the buildings. The floor you live on basically becomes like a family because you become close to many people.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and paying attention in them is very important. Use the Professor's office hours because they are very helpful when you do not understand a concept or a problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should know that at least 2-3 hours should be spent studying for one class every day. Students should make study groups because they are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    University of California, Davis is one of the most bike friendly places around. There are a lot of activities to do in or around Davis. Also, the people here are very involved and friendly.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities like clubs, socializing events, exercises, frat-parties, etc. On spare time, there a tons of things to enjoy a college life.

    Food and Dining

    The selection on food is pretty diverse

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    every position is now so competitive to get, I don't know if hard working in school really pays off after graduating.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's better to live near school campus; it saves you so much time and money for studying. Tuition is very high and the professors make students do a tremndous amount of work/studying. state colleges are as good as UC's.

    In three sentences

    it's a great school. Students could find a lot of opportunities to experience numerous things there.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    This school is the absolute best for college life, it's a college town and everything is within reach. You can bike to any place you want because everything is concentrated in the area, you'll be able to find cheap rent and it's just a cute little college town. UCD has good opportunities for internships, clubs, greek life and a variety of churches!

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Typically, there are bike cops patrolling the area during the day. At night, a free shuttle service is available to take you wherever you need to go on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can find just about any club. From Harry Potter lovers to music lovers to sports lovers, there is a club out there for anyone and everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is interested in an environmentally friendly community and green practices.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic day! Definitely the largest event of the year. There are different events showcasing the variety of majors offered. Multiple stages are set up where local and other musicians have a chance to play their music. There has also been years where there has been a drum circle and fire dancing.

    What to do for fun

    Davis has been the home of many great concerts. As a student, you will have access to many discounts the general public does not. There are movie theaters, coffee shops, gyms and parks. On Saturdays and some Wednesday, the town farmer's market sets up. Outdoor adventures on campus offers rentals on outdoor equipment and opportunities for activities such as hiking, canoeing, and fishing.

    Food and Dining

    Davis had many restaurants. The diversity of different foods is respectable. The dining commons are quite tasty and there are many places to get good, cheap food throughout town.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm RA's do a great job of getting the students familiar with the town and campus. They set up activities and events that encourage the students to get to know each other and become comfortable in their new environment.

    Academic Rigor

    This is mainly a research school. That being said, it is the general consensus that many professors are not the best teachers. While this does make it more difficult to learn, you can still make the best of this wonderful education by studying hard, doing the reading and attending office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a bike! Go to office hours. Join clubs and don't procrastinate on projects or studying!

    In three sentences

    Good education but generally has large classes. Increasing costs. Environmentally friendly!

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYONE WANTING TO ATTEND A UC TO VISIT UC DAVIS. IT'S A GREAT COLLEGE TOWN AND HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED AND THEN SOME TO HAVE AN AMAZING COLLEGE EXPERIENCE!

    What to do for fun

    I RIDE MY BIKE ALL OVER (DAVIS HAS THE MOST BIKES ON CAMPUS IN THE U.S.) I PLAY BASKETBALL WITH FRIENDS AND I'VE JOINED A FEW TEAMS PLAYING SOCCER OR FRISBIE. I SOMETIMES GO WORKOUT AT THE ARC, OUR AMAZING SPORTS CENTER.

    Food and Dining

    I WAS WARNED ABOUT THE FRESHMAN 10 OR 15, MEANING I WOULD GAIN WEIGHT, BUT HAVE ACTUALLY LOST A FEW POUNDS. THE FOOD HERE IS TOP NOTCH AND VERY HEALTHY. MY PROBLEM IS HAVING TIME TO GO EAT.

    Dorm Life

    DORM LIFE HAS BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE! I HAVE TO SAY THAT HERE AT DAVIS IT'S LIKE BEING IN A BUBBLE WHERE EVERYTHING I NEED IS CONTAINED WITHIN THIS VERY SPACIOUS CAMPUS. IT'S BEEN GOOD TO MEET SO MANY PEOPLE, BOTH GIRLS AND GUYS LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER THIS WAY, SUPPORTING EACH OTHER, ETC.

    Academic Rigor

    AS AN ENGINEER MAJOR MY CLASSES ARE VERY RIGOROUS! BUT, THERE ARE MANY OFFERED OPPORTUNITIES WITH STUDY GROUPS, TA'S, FRIENDS OF FRIENDS WHO ARE AHEAD OF YOU. WHERE I'M AT IT'S SET-UP TO HELP ME SUCCEED IN ALL MY CLASSES.

    Tips for prospective students

    COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL AND MEET PEOPLE BY INTRODUCING YOURSELF, BEGINNING IN YOUR DORM, CLASSES, GO TO STUDY GROUPS, TALK TO YOUR PROFESSORS, GO TO EVENTS THAT INTEREST YOU, PARTICIPATE IN DORM ACTIVITIES AND STUDY HARD. AS MY MOM KEEPS TELLING ME, IT'S NOT WHO YOU KNOW, IT'S WHO KNOWS YOU! (DON'T JUST STICK TO YOUR PEERS, GET TO KNOW PROFESSORS, FACULTY, ETC.)

    In three sentences

    UC DAVIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL TO EXPERIENCE COLLEGE ACADEMICALLY, SOCIALLY AND THE CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY LENDS ITSELF TO A SAFE AND WELL-ROUNDED EXPERIENCE.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    1) Actually campus security is more touchy than the students, they don't take anything from you, so don't bug them 2) Theft is the biggest problem here, especially with bikes, so don't bring a nice, new bike, you're asking for a robbery... 3) Secure your quick-release seats and wheels, those get stolen the most! 4) All the students here are fairly nice, they either keep to themselves or are really friendly so it's a good environment 5) Professors and staff are nice here too

    Greek Life

    1) Lots of sororities and frats 2) Expensive 3) Time consuming 4) KNOW BEFORE YOU JOIN, a lot of them are known for some bad things, and some for some good things. Know these things before you join or else you might end up in one really not suited for you..

    Clubs and Activities

    1) So many sports 2) Lots of free things to do 3) Lots of discounted things to do 4) Way too many clubs to even count, so your interests are probably somewhere (and if not starting one is really easy)

    Great for these types of students

    1) Science majors, especially research sciences, lots of research opportunities 2) The better your work ethic the better off you'll be 3) If you struggle with your work ethic they are flexible to you though 4) When problems pop up, fix it immediately, they are good with helping you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    1) DEATH STAR: stairs that lead to nowhere and random balconies and hallways. Best place to play hide and seek and get some cardio! If you have a class in there- LOOK IN ADVANCED (unless it's 123, then you are a lucky duck) 2) Arboretum: it's gorgeous and there is so much space, a good place to hang out with friends or just relax and study

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of opportunity to do things, but it is still very expensive and most of these resources people will not use...

    What to do for fun

    1) There isn't much to do in Davis until you're 21, so go to parties when you can, join frat/sorority once you can pay for one and have time to commit to one 2) There are a lot of on-campus activities, try to be active 3) Lots of clubs, join one or more 4) Go to Sacramento by bus, it's free and Sacramento has things to do

    Food and Dining

    1) You will get tired of the dining commons (to people in the dorms), start with a small meal plan 2) Don't buy things with swipes! At Trudy's a bag of chips with swipes is $14 3) DC has lots of selection, but most of the time it's just overcooked burgers and greasy pizza. Seriously, it gets old 4) The CoHo has great food, good prices- go there! 5) Davis has good places to eat, a lot of very cheap places too, explore!

    Dorm Life

    1) Know your RA for your floor! Some are cool, some totally have a stick up their butt, so know what you're dealing with! The conferences about noise are just annoying, but only 30mins so... 2) Dorms can vary just by the hall you're in, look at them to see what you want and hope for the best 3) It's expensive, nearly twice as much as anywhere else (on or off campus) so think about if it's worth it 4) Community showers suck; they are tiny and you have to wear shoes in there 5) Hope for good roommates, switch if you have bad ones 6) You'll make friends, but you would in apartments too, so just keep that in mind...

    Academic Rigor

    1) Studies are good, but you really need to have fun, make sure you hang out with friends and everything, you have the rest of your life to be stressed about the future, enjoy college. :) 2) You don't need to buy all the books, a lot of the time the professors don't even use the 'required' books, see if you are going to need it for your PROFESSOR, don't search based on the class 3) You will, basically, be teaching yourself. Find a class with posted lecture slides and/or podcasts, those are best 4) Subjects you struggle with take in community college or try to get a good professor and/or take during the off quarters (Chem 2A in winter NOT fall, and things like that)

    Tips for prospective students

    1) They nickle and dime you for everything, so have some money set aside 2) Be prepared to do a lot of things yourself 3) School is pretty relaxed with gpa matters 4) Good for science majors 5) Try for less popular major then just switch once you're in 6) It's expensive, but you can be smart about spending some of your money

    In three sentences

    I found this school is very good for science, whether it be engineering, environmental, or medical. The professors are all very smart, but a lot of your grade depends on having a good teacher rather than a smart professor. This school is good with giving lots of warnings and chances to correct academic mistakes and is fairly relaxed with minor disturbances.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty much safe for all students. Make sure to buy a GOOD lock for your bike. I had mine stolen first week!

    Bang for the buck

    Go to Costco for all your essentials!

    What to do for fun

    You can drive or bike to downtown area at Davis. Its safe and you can find many stores and places to hang out with your friends

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining in campus is so easy. At Davis you have a credit card system where you can budget and manage your expenses. Also this plan is included in first year student to accommodate you and alleviate pressure of finding food. There are great places around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for freshman is a great idea. After you graduate from High school you want to live the college life. Campus place you in great dorms for the first year where everything is conveniently at the palm of your hands. It takes the pressure off having to forage for food, looking for ways of traveling everyday, giving students more time to study.

    Academic Rigor

    All students, regardless of their race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic or disability status, need to complete an academically rigorous high school curriculum in order to be productive in all areas of their life, work and social.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a cheap bike to go around campus. Many places inside campus to eat good food. Be safe!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is one of the top Universities in California. It offer a great selection of degrees. Its a safe campus for all students with a great variety of students ethnicity.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is really good, there are hardly any crimes or robberies.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is well at Davis. Many sororities and fraternaties one can join and many parties one can go to during the weekends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities that one can do. Many organizations one can join.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do outdoors. You can go to the arboretum, do extracurricular activities, go to the near cities like Sacramento or San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    The good in the dining commons isn't always the great meals ever, but they'll keep you from starving. They feed you and you can also choose what you want and don't want.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. It's the same in all colleges. Parties occur frequently, you just need to find them. There are many things to do in campus, like intermuralsports.

    Academic Rigor

    It's very competitive school and in order to stay in school and get scholarships, one should do well in classes. It's important to go to all classes and sections in order to learn as much as you can so you can do well on midterms. Homework should be done and procrastination will lead you to no good.

    Tips for prospective students

    First year might be hard to adapt to, but it is very important to get good grades in the first quarter, a 3.25 GPA in order to get a scholarship for the next year when coming back to school.

    In three sentences

    This school is very environmentally friendly, great community, and long lasting relationships are made. There are many majors that one can choose from if undecided. Many research programs that one can volunteer with staff and get hands-on experience.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super safe campus. You can walk around at 2AM coming home from the library and feel totally fine. If you get nervous, our campus has a student escort system thats free for students, and they'll pick you up anywhere on campus and drop you off anywhere you want. The biggest crime activity here is bike theft...but that can be avoided too as long as you know how to lock your bike up properly!

    What to do for fun

    There's a ton to do downtown, especially if you're a foodie. There's also a bunch of bars for once you're 21, the YOLO bus that takes you to and from Sac for free with your student ID, the Amtrak station to get out of town, bike paths, a really vibrant greek system if you choose to join a sorority or fraternity, concerts on campus, a campus radio station that you can join, the school paper, etc. It's kind of about making your own fun, but there are plenty of opportunities!

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons here are incredible. It's a swipe in system, so you buy anywhere from 90 to 180 swipes a quarter and once you're in the DC, it's buffet style. There are three on campus, and each have 5 restaurants in them that change their menu every day and offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Late Night options. I've had friends visit from other UCs (SD, Berkeley, SB), and everyone's been jealous of our food.

    Dorm Life

    Over 95% of incoming freshmen choose to live on campus, because living in the dorms is the primary way students here make friends! The people you live with and see everyday freshman year end up becoming your best friends, especially if you have an RA that encourages floor activities, like IM sports, going out to eat at the dining commons together, Secret Santa, floor shirts, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are very challenging, but the resources to do well in them are abundant. There are free tutoring opportunities and workshops for students offered on campus, office hours scheduled by the professors and graduate students, and student formed study groups. It's on the quarter system, so you have to make sure you keep up with the workload, because if you fall behind, it does get difficult to catch up!

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont worry about narrowing down your major before you get here...you get around 2 years worth of time to get focused while taking general classes that allow you to specialize in tons of different majors. Also, Davis is not in the middle of nowhere! There's tons to do here, from really good restaurants downtown, movie theaters, bars, the Amtrak station to get to the bay, awesome bike paths, concerts on campus, etc.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a university that's coming up in rankings nationwide quickly; we're a research university with tons of internship, research, and job opportunities. You get all of these resources along with a really incredible sense of community and closeness and a faculty that truly cares to see you do well. It's a small college feel on a big, beautiful campus.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I only remember 2 incidents on campus involving an attack, but that was during my 5 years there. I am a male however, but my female friends never felt threatened to be out by the MU even at night.

    Greek Life

    APhiO didn't have a house, but they did have fun. It is a dry fraternity, with anywhere between 200-300 strong per quarter. There are three families Tight, Loose(!!!), and Close, and there is no hazing whatsoever. If you have a do-gooder inside of you, then this is a great fraternity. The requirements are reasonable and I recommend doing the Gala if you get a chance. I got to see a Cirque du Soleil act while volunteering.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't stress the numerous amount of clubs and the number of activities you can do around and on this campus. Facebook was just for colleges when I started school, but now, you can find information about your college very quickly. Ask your RA, or go to the Memorial Union to find more information about what's available.

    Great for these types of students

    If you need to be by a beach, you're at the wrong polar end of California, but if you can adapt to wherever you're at, you're in a great location. It's relatively close to San Francisco, there's plenty of things to do in Sacramento, there's a dedicated bus to Berkeley where you can stay in a hostel. If you're having second thoughts, explore the campus, it has an earth-conscious population, as well as a large Asian population, if that makes a difference?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For the third time, Picnic Day! Also, the football games are fun to attend if you get in the Aggie Pack. The Whole Earth Festival is fun to check out too. Ask around about the Death Star. Did you know there's a pub on campus? Go to the Silo, and right next door is a convenient little pub. At least it was back in 2006.

    Bang for the buck

    This is more on my part, you get a great education, but I was unsure of what I wanted to do. I'm now 28 and going back to school, but if you know what you want to do, this is an excellent school to attend. Just make the most out of it by asking someone about resources, clubs, fraternities/sororities, and tutors.

    What to do for fun

    Ultimate frisbee on the Quad, Picnic Day, downtown eats and night life, weekly farmer's market, APhiO co-ed community service fraternity, hiking by Lake Berryessa, swimming at Lake Berryessa, go watch a football game, workout at the ARC, rock climb at rocknasium, play hide-and-seek in the Death Star, join an intercollegiate sports team, join one of the many church clubs, play some extremely cheap bowling/pool/arcade games, go on an adventure with the OAR, watch a concert, they get some great bands out there, and the Mondavi Center is something to experience, whatever you do just make sure you do something.

    Food and Dining

    I gained the freshman 15...for 2 people! This food isn't Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, but it's open late, it's fried, what does that matter? They do have salad bar, breakfast bar, and many other standards. Convenience is 5 stars, quality is 3 stars.

    Dorm Life

    I had 2 great RA's during my freshman year in Rienda. They are some of the older dorms, but the experience was great. One time, the whole dorm was filled with smoke because someone put ramen in their microwave without water. The firefighters came and told my dorm mate to use water next time. You'll never forget you year in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some tough classes that hold you to the academic standard of a university. Expect to spend 3 hours for every 1 hour of lecture you attend and make sure you do attend! Also, use the resource center at Dutton hall, they have tutors and co-classes to help with those difficult classes *cough* Chem 118 *cough*

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms, they are the best experience for college life. Once you get all the partying out of your system, college gets better. Also, whether you know or don't know what you're majoring in, get your general education out of the way first, I didn't, and I ended up staying an extra year. Also, for a better chance at getting in, research the number of people entering in your major, if there's a lot, enter as one without as many, then change it when you get in. Lastly, make an educational plan, and if you get asked to be part of the STEP program, do it, it was well worth it.

    In three sentences

    A great school and beautiful campus to help you focus. Lots of programs, I mean LOTS, to keep you busy, help you with goals, or just to take your mind off finals. Picnic Day, don't miss it.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Farmer's market every wednesday and saturday. Eating out at downtown Davis. Big fields for playing sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are unsure about what you want to major in - please do explore classes. Take some easy lower-division classes and see what it's like.

    In three sentences

    University of California-Davis is a wonderful place to learn, explore, and have fun. I was indifferent when coming here, but now I love it! The environment and atmosphere is great for students to live in.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, though bike theft is an issue here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Thousands of clubs and activities to get involved in!

    What to do for fun

    Picnic in the Park every Wednesday at the farmers market. Festivities on Campus including Picnic Day and Whole Earth Festival. IM sports are also a great way to get involved here and meet great people. By far the best IM sport to get involved with is inter tube water polo! A blast to be had by all.

    Food and Dining

    Local food here is amazing!

    Dorm Life

    Good people, good accommodations and great activities!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major, sciences are extremely difficult here but the support services are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Davis and get involved with the community, you will get as much out of the school as you chose to put into it.

    In three sentences

    If UC Davis offered the graduate program I was looking for I would have been eager to stay here. I can't say enough good things about this community. There are great people, great food, incredible academic support beautiful places and lots of fun things to do.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a number of unusual statues that we like to call 'eggheads'. One of the giant heads is located outside our library, face first in a book. During finals week, it is customary to rub the head for luck!

    What to do for fun

    Cow tipping? Nah, man! It's all about the food here in Davis. Fresh EVERYTHING. Burgers are top-notch along with Thai food and crepes. Anything you can think of, it's here & it's good. If not, you can always go over to Sacramento or Old Sac and find a good time.

    Food and Dining

    Our DC's food is always changing and has a great selection for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. It can get a little boring sometimes, but never not tasty! (PS. Santa Fe Chicken Salad is a must)

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I love the dorms! My roommates are chill, even if there is a mishap or two. My Resident Advisor plans some fun events while the community feel in the Tercero area is so amazing. I lucked out with an amazing dorm with some of the most wonderful people I've ever met. Some other areas are less community based and more intimate, but everyone makes friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but the professors do care about your success. Talk to other people about what classes are for you (as with any other school)! Also, we're big on study groups and tutoring here.

    Tips for prospective students

    The overwhelming trend of the new student population is a reluctant, This is the best school I could get into or I didn't get into my first choice so I guess Davis it is. Know that Davis has some great resources for your success and happiness, & regardless of where you have your heart set to go, keep an open mind. Davis may not have been many students' first choice, but I have not met one person who regrets coming to this school. :)

    In three sentences

    The teachers are great. The research opportunities are amazing. This school is for you!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There's bowling and an arcade on campus! There's a gym as well, and Downtown Davis is always a bike ride away.

    Food and Dining

    I hear its delicious and all you can eat. I've gotten swiped in for a smoothie and it was amazing. I hear its not too hard to get the freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    I put 5 stars cause I hear its the best. Dorm food is great, and on top of that I'm rooming with my best friend!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not quite sure of how difficult it is yet because I will not begin until the Fall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, and do a lot of service to your community! Join clubs and sports, stay well rounded.

    In three sentences

    Davis is a beautiful school. It wasn't my first choice but I'm beginning to fall in love with the atmosphere and its greatness. I can't wait to start!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are IM sports teams that go on each quarter. Walking around the Davis farmer's market downtown is always cool. I like to go running by Putah Creek when I have time.

    Food and Dining

    Downtown has a lot of cute restaurants. I don't eat out much though because I'm broke.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    4 stars

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get behind on studying, but be sure to balance school with your social life.

    In three sentences

    It has great animal science courses. the classes are very tough and make you work really hard! It is on quarter system so it is very fast paced too.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Relaxed

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of cows.

    Bang for the buck

    A great place to be.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food.

    Dorm Life

    The people are all so kind

    Academic Rigor

    They are focused but relaxed

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a very nice school to attend.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful school. Very nice atmosphere. Nice people too.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Huge safety policy from UC Davis police and the accurate fire department in compliance.

    Greek Life

    I am curious about this to engage with even more helpful and entertaining others. I know this will help in my future with connections and outside guidance, knowledge, help and other tools.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally a full list of more than 500 different clubs/organizations UC Davis offers.

    Great for these types of students

    Those willing to go above & beyond and strive for excellence. Our aggie (mustang) family are strong, independent, and courageous fighters who do there best no matter what and give it there very all.

    Bang for the buck

    Jeremiah 29:11 For He knows the plans he has for you, to give you a hope & a future.

    What to do for fun

    Lake Tahoe is not too far from UC Davis only a couple hours away to enjoy the great outdoors and fully enjoy yourself with your other colleagues.

    Food and Dining

    Three dining commons are located specifically on campus including Segundo, which I applied for. In addition, a marketplace is placed on campus for all to enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life should be very interesting and apart of the whole college experience. I plan to share one bedroom with another person for the first time and take complete care myself. This should be an amazing opportunity to meet others and find a common ground with my peers with our passion.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis is easily ranked one of the best university's in the nation. The Shields Library at UC Davis contains more than 3.88 million volumes and is ranked among the top research libraries in North America. Providing super easy access for scholars at this institution to succeed and accomplish their wildest dreams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never give up! You have the power to do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4:13. Everything happens for a reason and never ever lose hope. If there's a will there's a way.

    In three sentences

    One of the best Veterinary medical practices in the nation. Offers the best research libraries in all of North America. Plus, it's one of the greenest campuses around.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Movie theaters, clubs, parties.

    In three sentences

    UCD is a good school overall.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Texts and emails keep students up to date on suspicious or illicit behaviors.

    Greek Life

    There is something for everyone based on your needs, whether it be academics, community service or socializing every fraternity and sorority is geared in its own unique way.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 100 student organizations the campus has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Definitely check out all the eggheads on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Make your own food, unless you are well off make sure to budget yourself. Nights out could make or break your quarter.

    What to do for fun

    Biking around the city. It's nice and quintessential, there is room for picnic. Once every year in the spring there are two major Open House events, one is Picnic Day where it seems there is unlimited alcohol. The other Whole Earth day where tree-huggers come out and show us the better things in life.

    Food and Dining

    Every dish has its qualities.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live with high school friends. Expand your life. Dorm life depends based on the area you are assigned. Most dorms currently have gone through some type of renovation so everything should be fine. RA's were strict but that's their job.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally I have attended classes at Irvine and Davis by far asks more of you. The professors give you deadlines for everything and most courses come with a lot of reading. Exam material comes out of nowhere, even chapters unassigned in the courses. Overall the professors are great, just their TA's that feel they need to prove something.

    Tips for prospective students

    First make friends with your roommates. Buy a bike with fenders or get fenders for your tires, they come in great use all of Oct. through February. Make the most from eating at the dining commons, it will be only time you won't be thinking what your next meal will be.

    In three sentences

    Davis is known to be a small city with a ridiculous weather pattern. The professors in the liberal studies are for the most part great lecturers. Most work is graded by TA so always make sure you are friendly towards them.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Seeing as how this is a college town, there is always something to do. Aside from parties, there are always new restaurants to try, Sacramento clubs to go to, and students events to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons doesn't come close to your mom's cooking, but I would recommend the margherita pizza! Best pizza I've ever had!

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in a themed dorm and absolutely loved it! My first quarter I signed up for a Native American talking circle seminar and learned so much about Native American culture and traditions. I also met my future roommates and best friends through the dorms! The staff will try just about anything to make your dorm life as perfect as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    We fall under the greatness that is the UC system, without all the pressure. Though there is a strong push for research it doesn't feel like you're going at it alone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get frazzled by the cow jokes! There's more to Davis than our wonderful agricultural programs! Also, if you want to be a part of very important social movements, this is the place to be!

    In three sentences

    Davis is a fun school filled with progressive minded people. Although we're a part of the prestigious UC schools, Davis is very community oriented and is not dog-eat-dog like other UC's. There are also several programs, clubs, groups, and organizations that will make anyone feel welcome in this small college town.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the ARC to exercise, the MU where there is a bowling alley and games, or downtown which is walking distance.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fairly good and there is variety.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of competition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find different ways to study and learn the material. Do not memorize.

    In three sentences

    This college is very hard and challenging. Great campus and environment. There is a lot of diversity.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It being Davis there aren't many crimes that take place here. The on-campus police station do their job quite well in ensuring the safety of its students.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is present at Davis. There are some great fraternities and sororities that offer great opportunities to its members, including internships, study-sessions, and connections to alumni.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs on campus and a multitude of activities to participate in. This ensures that there is always something to do on the weekends and during the weekdays, should one have the time.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic Curious Intuitive Resourceful Outgoing Shy ( like me!) Adventurous Knowledgeable

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Upon coming on campus, its hard not run into bikes. For the longest time, biking has become the ideal mode of transport for this widely-spread campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is like any other UC's: expensive. Luckily, there are many scholarships, loans, and grants that students can apply for to relieve them of these costs.

    What to do for fun

    There aren't many places to go to on-campus but downtown Sacramento is nearby. There are movie theaters downtown with great student discounts. There is an on-campus Rec Pool, many different restaurants downtown, a Farmer's market, and many activities to participate in during the school year.

    Food and Dining

    I lived in the Segundo area and I must say that it has the best dining common throughout the school. There are a wide variety of choices readily available for its students. Despite having said this, sometimes the food available became lackluster because of the repetitiveness of the weekly menus. Vegetarian/Vegan options are available as well.

    Dorm Life

    Like any new student, I was extremely nervous about dorm life and wasn't sure I'd make friends. I was lucky enough to have a great dorm experience and I'm glad to say that I've made friendships that will last me a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very knowledgeable in their respective fields and that is demonstrated in the way that they teach. The only issue I have had so far is grading and curves: it is frustrating to have to have one's grade in a course dependent on the performance of your peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Make use of on-campus resources. There

    In three sentences

    A research-based institution with very knowledgeable professors. The school isn't smothered by city life, allowing students to focus on their studies. On-campus life features a sense of community.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out downtown and eat.

    Food and Dining

    The food they serve in the dining commons is excellent. They also usually have good options for vegetarians and also some vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good. The dining commons serves good food and with the different dorming options it's good. Roommate assignments are random, I ended up with pretty good roommates but I also heard of friends who didn't like their roommate at all. Pretty much all luck, but if you know someone who you want to dorm with already they allow for that too.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a pretty difficult school and you are surrounded by others who are also very smart. Make sure you are on top of our studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are from a big city it'll be a shock moving here. It's a quite town with not much to do and it will get boring a lot of the time. Also, because we are on quarter system make sure you could adjust to the fast approaching test season.

    In three sentences

    Davis is a good school for people interested in science. Some of the teachers are hard either because they are hard to understand because of thick accent or just because they are new. It's a hard competitive school but if you work at it, it shouldn't be too bad.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    totally safe. I have heard it is the most dangerous of the UCs, but I do not see how that is, because I have never once felt in danger in Davis.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a lot. In fact there are too many to describe, which is good, because that way people know that there is a club for anything on campus, and if there is not a club you are looking for, then you can just start one. It is super easy to start a club, I've done it a few times.

    Great for these types of students

    chill students that can be spontaneous and recognize the humor in people doing stupid things... also students with a high tolerance to pepper spray

    Bang for the buck

    3rd n u. 2 pints for 5 dollars. free coffee past 2pm and 2 dollars for a basket of fries. All this while you sit outside in the sun with friends and since it is literally right across the street from campus, you always see people you know walk by.

    What to do for fun

    Parties are too cliche for college; you will inevitably find yourself at a few, but if you really want to have fun, then you have to come up with crazy adventures and stay up late with your friends studying. That last thing may seem contradictory to fun, but staying up late with a lot of friends is a lot of fun, because you watch them go crazy and then we have fun doing random things.

    Food and Dining

    So this one is a toss up. It's sort of like i mentioned earlier, with not taking it for granted. When you first come to orientation, you are like OH WOW, all you can eat of all this awesome food! But then you get quite sick and tired of the same stuff and avoid going until your sophomore friends ask you to swipe them in, because they miss the DC. It's also a great way to meet people and sound like a big shot by saying hey I'll swipe you into the DC.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Cuarto, which is the farthest from campus, but it was also amazing, because it was a suite style dorm, and when my friends came to visit, they said it looked like a resort. I also made friends that will last a life time in the dorms, and everyone is always doing something wacky and fun. The memories were so amazing, that I started keeping a journal to remember them all.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major people will either sympathize with or belittle your major, but don't listen to them, because I took a plethora of eclectic classes and it's not the subject. It's the teachers that make it easy or hard; however, be it easy or difficult,(and in many cases it is difficult) it is all about what you put into the class, so if you go into class ready to actually learn, then you will be fine. If the class is something you are taking just as a prerequisite or GE, then it will probably be more difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    you will make a lot of friends in your first year, and even question whether you learn more in the class or out of class, but it is important to keep focused on why you are in school in the first place. You will be living close to (or on) campus, so try and spread some free time between classes. That way you can relax a little bit and be prepared to soak in more info in class, and maybe even have time to study or get a bite to eat. That being said, don't take the Dining Commons for granted, because you will miss them in your second year.

    In three sentences

    If you like relaxed people in a small town where everyone is your own age, and, oddly enough, there is always something to do, whether that is going downtown to see bands or poetry readings, or events that the various clubs do, then Davis is perfect for you.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I know I'm going to join an Asian club!

    Great for these types of students

    Studious students Open-minded students those who desire diversity

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are really clean and look very comfortable compared to the mini dorms at UCLA.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a great place to relax and enjoy life while taking advantage of a world class education. I am so excited to go there!

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Downtown food is pretty good, but pricy for a fixed budget.

    Dorm Life

    Recommended, but not required.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research your prospective majors and programs. Keep your options open. And read the principles of community.

    In three sentences

    Davis is an interesting town. Interesting school. With interesting people.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police here are at the top of their game, they will bust anyone that hints at causing trouble. The only real issue is bikes. If bikes don't get locked up properly they will be stolen.

    Greek Life

    There are about 100+ Fraternities and Sororities both social and professional. Greek life is quite unique just because there are so many events that are hosted by them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a variety of clubs both sports and just random ones.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have to say sorry but the only way to find out is to come to Davis and experience the unusual traditions.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown is only 5mins away from campus and it is full of restaurants, shops, and a few entertaining places. There is also a arcade and paint ball course for more fun. There is always random events in Davis that you can always participate in.

    Food and Dining

    Although the campus has a few places to eat, there are so many restaurants from different cultures outside and all within biking distance.

    Dorm Life

    It is really fun. You will make new friends with people that you would never have back in High School. Word of warning is balance out social and academic life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult depending on the classes you take and the professors you choose. Definitely will need to study for these classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a well balanced life between friends and academics. Always finish all your paperwork early. Try to visit counselors and professors as often as possible.

    In three sentences

    Davis is an excellent school both socially and academically. There is always something to do in Davis and the all the classes are doable. It also has a variety of resources for anything a student could ever need.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    You can find a club or organization for just about anything at UC Davis, whether you want to get involved in community service, religion, culture, music (we have several acapella groups to offer), dance or even just your major.

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for students looking for a college town, relaxed environment and for students wanting to take unusual classes, such as a seminar on the TV show The Simpsons or learning how to drive a tractor.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UC Davis is known for it's annual Picnic Day, a fun family affair that showcases many of the university's departments and their respective research, as well as some unusual events like the Doxie Derby and the Battle of the Marching Bands. Egg Heads, sculptures of faces in the shape of large eggs, are scattered all over campus for you to find and take creative pictures with.

    Bang for the buck

    Because Davis is a college town, most restaurants and shops do keep the poor college student budget in mind. Coupon books are even handed out on campus seasonally to make sure that students get their money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do on campus for fun, between campus museums, the Memorial Union recreation area (basement bowling alley and arcade!), and plenty of geocaches to find. Off campus, there are many shops and eateries geared towards the college student and the college student budget, all in walking and/or biking distance of campus and nearby apartment complexes.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons, despite dishing up a few too many onions for my taste, always had a decent variety of food to offer. Foods from cultures all over the world were available and vegans were kept happy as well with a self-serve salad bar and specialty vegan menu items. Outside of the dining commons, UC Davis has two main dining locations. The Silo features quick food like Carl's Junior and Taco Bell, food to go from the campus brand, and delicious, from-scratch crepes. The Coffee House, or CoHo, serves up a variety of food everyday, everywhere from salads to sushi to tacos, all at a reasonable price.

    Dorm Life

    At UC Davis, there are three different dorm locations, one of which is off-campus. Tercero, an on-campus location, is often times dismissed because of its location downwind of the cow pens. However, it isn't nearly as bad as you've heard and you do get used to it. All of the resident advisers (RAs) were incredibly nice and helpful. They were more of our friends than those upperclassmen who make sure we follow the rules. RAs were also very effective at planning resident events to brighten up our busy weeks.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here urge you to strive your best, of course, but aren't deathly competitive. Grading is fair and some smaller classes and seminars allow you to earn some of your grade based on your individuality, not standardized tests. Ten-week quarters, however, can push you to the limit in learning a lot of material in what turns out to be a shorter period of time than you think.

    Tips for prospective students

    UC Davis is a large research university. If you're interested in entering unexplored territory in your field of research and want to do so under some of the best researching professors in the field, it's very likely that you will find the perfect lab for you to intern here.

    In three sentences

    We have cows (and lots of other animals and sites to pique your agricultural interests). Our campus is large enough for you to get your daily exercise walking from one class to another, but if that's not enough, the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) has plenty of opportunities to work up a sweat. We have a very open and friendly campus where you are open to support your beliefs and opinions.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ive never felt unsafe on campus, and there are vans driven by a guy and girl that will pick you up from anywhere on campus if you feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    I recently joined a sorority and I wish I had done it so much sooner! There are all types of greek life ranging from academic frats to social frats. There is a sorority or fraternity that anyone could enjoy. I myself am not into partying so I joined LOXi which is a community service sorority and I love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs on campus and I recommend finding one you enjoy!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interested in the enviornment or devoted to school would definitly fit in here. Also, students interested in sports would like this campus as well as anyone interested in joining a frat or sorority.

    Bang for the buck

    The UC system prices have kept increasing while the financial aid has decreased. Its hard to justify the school being worth so much more money that what I had thought I would be paying.

    What to do for fun

    Football games are a lot of fun to attend in fall. There are also a lot of frat parties in the fall and spring during rush times. There are 3 movies theaters that play main stream and student made productions. Events such as picnic day and whole earth festival are also fun to attend. As mentioned before, joining a club would be a great thing and would probably give you more to do during the school year.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food can be great some days and terrible others. The silo only has fast food, but if you like taco bell or carls junior you would love it. There are multiple coffee houses which I love. And the MU has food diversity. Not to mention the campus touches downtown which is filled with resturants.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in old dorms, but there are multiple brand new buildings here now that are incredibly nice. I lived in a suite, and although I loved having my own room, I almost wish I had lived on a floor simply becuase all those people became friends, whereas I had to work a lot harder to find friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The quarter system moves incredibly fast, and for Engineering majors, the entire first two years are filled with classes aimed to weed people out. Only the most dedicated and intelligent will make it through to upper division courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club immediatly to get some friends! Also, the quarter system moves fast, so don't be lazy the first two weeks thinking that assignments are due weeks away. Keep on top of your work!

    In three sentences

    Davis has an increadibly nice campus and provides a lot of various resources. There is plenty of academic help if you look for it, and there are tons of research opportunities. There are also hundreds of clubs so you are sure to find something that interests you.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Balance out your GE classes with your core classes. Take advantage of summer school and tutoring.

    In three sentences

    The university is filled with challenging classes and caring professors. I have grown a lot here and the best of me has been brought out. The only downside is the major allergies in the area.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UCD has events for families and friends who are not UCD students. This is more of a park where people can come and relax. We have farm markets every wednesday on campus.

    Food and Dining

    BEST.

    Dorm Life

    I heard some people liked dorm better because you'd only need to worry about when to turn the light on and off as long as you get your wished roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    If you do not keep up with studying, you will not get through this. No more high school years. This is real.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are seeking for a med-school after 4 year college, this is it. If you are seeking for one of the greatest research school, this is it. Professors at UCD are required to do research like the students.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is for people who are really trying hard to get their goals. UC Davis is open to families. UC Davis is a place where you can meet different kinds of people who can be your friends for-ever.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang outs in downtown Davis. Movies, sports (tennis), and food!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a very hot city, so be sure to stay comfy and cool!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a very warm and welcoming college. Some halls are new while others are very old. I would rate UC Davis 8 out 10.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UC Davis is one of the safest places to be. The biggest crime here is bike theft.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go to the movies, play paintball, and go hangout downtown

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of great places to eat at in downtown Davis.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun and a great place to meet people at the school.

    Academic Rigor

    Once you get use to the quarter system its not as bad but at first it is tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is the biggest tip i can give. The quarter system here at Davis moves pretty quick so you have to be on top of your work so you dont get left behind.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a quiet small college town. There are many activities that you can be apart of. The people of Davis are nice and accepting.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Nature-oriented, college-town (lots of young people like you), research-based

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chillin' with the cows.

    What to do for fun

    Read.

    Food and Dining

    Decent

    Dorm Life

    Expensive but a great way to immerse yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on the person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions!

    In three sentences

    Underrated university with a surprising amount of opportunities and diversity. While research is what we're known for, there are also tons of great classes in humanities and arts.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Newman Center is great! Nice place to meet people if you're spiritual.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic people who like to work with different types of people.

    Bang for the buck

    Dorm-not the greatest experience. Classes-on average, wonderful. Very stimulating and usually kind and helpful professors.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the ARC. Explore downtown. Run in the aboreteum.

    Food and Dining

    They do a good job of listing calories and nutritional values for every dish. Cater to vegan eaters. Really encourage people to not waste food or napkins.

    Dorm Life

    If you opt for this, sign up for an academic living unit based on your major.

    Academic Rigor

    Go to the chem workshops-they help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Invest in high-quality locks for your bike.

    In three sentences

    The student body and faculty represent diversity in ethnicity, beliefs, and interests. The research-oriented institution encourages a higher level of thinking and nurtures intellectual curiosity. The campus is centered nicely between Sac and the Bay Area with a safe and student-friendly downtown.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UC Davis police are out and patrolling, armed to the teeth with pepper spray.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very varied.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all students... Except maybe the partying crowd.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day is a huge, campus-wide fair where thousands of students, faculty, and community members flood UC Davis. There's also the Undie Run for first year students in the dorms, where crazy people run around, clad only in underwear.

    Bang for the buck

    5 stars... If you're in-state. If you're out-of-state like me, you're out-of-luck.

    What to do for fun

    Go on bike rides, explore the town, head to Sacramento for a weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of cheap options off-campus as well as on-campus food sources. The dining commons are also a good deal for the quality.

    Dorm Life

    Several different dorm environments with many options for living give great opportunities for a satisfying first year.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, yet intellectually rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on applying here, be prepared to bike or you will suffer.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a wonderful college located in the heart of Davis, California. It's an excellent school with many opportunities. The ratio of cows to bicycles here seems to be 1:1.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go for walks, bike rides, walk around downtown, hang out with friends. Go to Sacramento or the Bay.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons is amazing! My favorite is Cuarto. Good food, healthy and its buffet style! All you can eat. Downtown Davis also has really good food options! I should mention the frozen yogurt at yoloberry is the best

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it, if you are outgoing and talk to people on your floor it will be great and social. If you are quiet and don't mingle it will be harder to meet people. It is fun, and you make great friends.

    Academic Rigor

    All the classes are interesting and challenging, they make you think and you will learn. I've enjoyed all my classes I've taken so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a good bike and a good U-lock. Enjoy your first year, explore as much as possible but also find your niche so that you can know people second year. There are tons of great resources look for them! Be pro-active and get involved in what interests you.

    In three sentences

    Davis is very personable and friendly. The setting is beautiful and fresh, you'll want to be outdoors all the time. Comfortable and safe good for kids who have never been away from home to come to.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although Davis is known for its safe environment, its well known programs; emergency management, campus violence prevention, and residence hall safety are all rated to be the best security service for the convenience and safety of students.

    Greek Life

    The greek life in Davis is a source of fellowship and service for students who may be interested in continuing traditional affairs that are school related. I personally think the greek life in Davis is low key however it has its own spark and system to have students experience the college life in a family dynamic manner.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities in Davis are open to all students. I recommend checking out the band club, I could have sworn I've seen a guy riding his bike as he was playing his trumpet. There are many clubs readily available for students to join, and if you are interested in starting a club, that opportunity is always available to embark.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who can pull off all-nighters, the 24 hour study lounge is your best bet to get things done.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day is a weekend full of outdoor entertainment, be prepared to have the time of your life but be sure you are well compose because you might run into your Professors, and teacher assistants. Towards then end of each quarter during finals week, a surprising flash mob of students runs through the study areas wearing nothing but underwear (sometimes naked, if you're lucky) giving students luck on their exams.

    Bang for the buck

    Davis not only has its own lifestyle, it has its own culture. You might find yourself making a decision in calling Davis your home, however I believe it is a worthwhile experience embracing the University's culture, and understanding the means of a sustainable lifestyle.

    What to do for fun

    Take a bike ride around the downtown area, and arboretum. You will find it surprising to see the town on a bike, and the best part is biking through across North Davis's bike path, there you will find interesting artwork.

    Food and Dining

    Davis has a wide variety of independent and chain restaurants. They all range up from student affordability to moderate prices. There are many types of dining areas that promotes health, entertainment, and quality.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is said to be a place of comfort. The dorms provide many services ensuring that students have the opportunity to network, and maintain a healthy aspect as a way to survive and have a successful academic career.

    Academic Rigor

    The University runs by a quarter system in which you must adjust to as best as you can in order to survive your classes. The workload is considerable to manage based on your efforts and quality presentation in your ability to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Owning a bicycle is a luxury. It is the most convenient transportation tool you will need, and prepare for hot summers and freezing winters.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is known for its economical transportation system that provides the community a healthy, safe, and sustainable lifestyle. The University networks with local organizations, medical facilities, and other organizations located in the Sacramento area including San Francisco giving students many opportunities to work in the real world. With its prestige and quality education, University of California Davis is privileged to cultivate rich minds of the future.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love the outdoors and a friendly city, Davis is the place for you! I love the family-orientated feeling of this city, and it is always safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The eggheads scattered around the Davis campus are interesting. It is said that rubbing these egg heads brings good luck to those studying or taking a test!

    What to do for fun

    On Saturday's, the Farmers Market is always fun to go to. There are so many families and so much to see. You can always try the diverse restaurants scattered around downtown Davis. Also, Mondavi Center always has interesting shows and artists that come and perform! Last year, Drake performed in our ARC Pavilion!

    Food and Dining

    The food is not always the best, but it is pretty good for college food! Late night is the best in Segundo, with fresh chocolate chip cookies and ice cream and sandwiches. I also love the Mongolian Wok they have for lunch!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are awesome, and the best way to meet new people during freshman year. Although the dorms are a little separated, a quick bike ride will get you from one place to the other. I used to live in the letter buildings, which are now torn down. But I've visited a lot of the other dorms and they are really nice!

    Academic Rigor

    As a science-related major, I can say that the workload is not easy. The science classes such as Chemistry and Biology are challenging, but not to worry! There are amazing professors and TA's that are always happy to help you and get you through the courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although UC Davis may seem closed off at first and a bit underwhelming, you should definitely give this city a chance! I love living here, and I love how the campus is so big and open. The only thing you may want to prepare for is very hot weather in the fall and summer.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is an amazing little college-town that provides a great living experience. The city is very safe overall and there is a lot to do! The campus is open and nature-orientated, so it never feels stifling.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Davis is often ridiculed for its inability to entertain. Those that say this did not try hard enough to find entertainment. As a full-fledged college town, there's a lot to do if you put the right amount of effort into it. Besides the traditional frat parties, there's a club downtown for those that like to party. For those that enjoy the outdoors, there is a center dedicated to giving students opportunities to raft, rock climb and various other activities.

    Food and Dining

    You quickly learn that home cooked food is the best kind of food that you can have. Dining Commons food quickly becomes dry and tasteless, and will eventually push you to explore restaurants elsewhere or in downtown Davis. With that said, there is a multitude of places within biking distance that can satisfy any type of palette; you just need to be prepared to travel a bit to get some good food.

    Dorm Life

    Instead of living in a dorm, I lived in a residence hall made up of multiple suites. The experience was much like that of being in an apartment; it was more private than living in the dorms. Instead of becoming acquainted with your floor, you become closer with the people living with you.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Biomedical Engineering major, I have undertaken the sheer rigor of general engineering courses, designed to test a student's mettle and intelligence. The courses are not impossible, but do demand a degree of attention higher than that of high school courses. If one stays dedicated and perseveres, they can excel as an engineer.

    Tips for prospective students

    As the biking hub of the United States, I suggest that prospective students get a nice bike and learn how to ride it smart and efficiently. I was surprised to see the number of freshman who struggled when they rode. Learning how to bike correctly will make things easier for you and your fellow students.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis offers one of the most relaxing, yet rigorous college experiences among the UC's. You can be studying for finals one moment and then riding with your friends to downtown the next. Davis doesn't have the hustle of the big cities, but it makes up for it in sheer college character.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I have not been in a club yet, but I know that I will join the Model United Nation's team and club Tennis. I have heard good things about both and hope to contribute to them for the next four years.

    What to do for fun

    I love the small town atmosphere, the small stores rather than huge chain stores. The best fun you can have is imply hanging out with your friends in town.

    Food and Dining

    I may have not lived in Davis, but I know that the food around the campus is amazing as well as acclaimed food within the eateries within the campus. It is definitely a great place for food and dinning.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in a dorm at UC Davis only during orientation, but it was decent size even in a triple. I actually liked the triple

    Academic Rigor

    I have never taken a class at UC Davis and therefore have no sense of the rigor, however I hope that it will be very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would look beyond the campus and look at the classes offered more that anything else. Look at the extracurriculars, sports, and teams they will help you determine what school you would like.

    In three sentences

    It seems like the school will cater to my needs sufficiently. I find the campus very inviting and homey. It has many opportunities that I am excited to explore.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i have only heard of bike theft. Usually things are pretty laid back. Except when you get pepper sprayed.

    Greek Life

    Wouldn't really know. They have parties often. I thought most of them were lame. Usually its people that have never drank before trying to get wasted. Sometimes there is dancing, often there is not. It is very casual.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is a quiet town, if your looking for a big night life this is not it. There are free buses to Sacramento although it takes about an hour. Also SF is not too far. Mostly you just have greek and house parties. I personally prefer house parties to going out so it is really nice for me. But if you like a nightlife then no, you probably would be bored.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are studious. People that like StarCraft. People that like farm life. People that like animals. People that like to bike. People that like to take fun (farm) classes (tractor driving, gardening, barn classes [goat,dairy,meat,swine,poultry,aquaculture, ect]) People that want something different, especially if you live in a city, or if your a country person that does not want too much of a change.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day. Free! Walk around in the heat, hear bands, get food, get free stuff, see shows. It is like a giant fair.

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey! But all the UCs are. Better than some, especially if they have a program that is particularly good here, like animal/vet. They partner with other schools and you can often find clubs, organizations, something that will suit your needs. I personally think it is only worth the money if you are a science major. I do not really know of any good not science programs, other than for politcal people were they have things to go work in Sacramento. There are many research positions and many good science teachers and programs.

    What to do for fun

    Go out to school events! They put on a lot of small events that happen pretty much all the time from bbqs to rodeos to undie runs to club events. Of course they also have Picnic Day, the largest student run event in the country. You will find everything here, just remember it gets hot during spring through fall(over 100 degrees at times) and it rains all winter.

    Food and Dining

    Everybody loves the dining food and each food place is slightly better at different things, depending on what food you are interested in. There are a lot of options and a lot of ethnic, vegan, and vegetarian foods. My boyfriend goes to Berkeley and we both agree Davis food is far better (except their fries). My only problem was that i am EXTREMELY picky and got very tired of the food very fast. But there are several foods you can make yourself cereal, toast, sandwiches, waffles, and salads (they have a really nice salad bar in two of the three DCs).

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the suites and I loved it! The great thing about housing on Davis is that all the rooms are the same price, it just depends on how many people you share a room with. So living in the suite with only a couple people to a bathroom (between 2 and 5 depending on the size of the suite) and we also had our own living room. This was great for meeting new people in our area. We had 10 people in our suite and were also best friends with the 8 person suite next door. We all did everything together. This was great for me and the majority of the people in our suites since most of us were the only people in our school to go to Davis. All of the rooms are recently redone or are up to date and are very nice. They are a lot bigger than many dorms. They were nicer than Berkeley's, that's for sure.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes are tough, especially if the HS you went to did not prepare for hard sciences courses. Many people that take AP chemistry and biology do fine. People that did not tend to struggle more. As someone who is a science major but has taken many G.E.s, the history and english classes TEND to be pretty easy. My english class was easy than my AP English class. Of course, it always depends on the teacher. That is why websites like ratemyprofessor can be extremely necessary in college. Science classes are harder, but they mostly take more time since often you have a 3 hours in a week in lecture (like any class) plus 1 hour discussion (also normal) but an additional 3 hours for lab which also has its own set of homework to do outside of class (many people end up taking about 3 hours on the hw a week if you are trying hard to do well). As long as you go to class and can understand your professor, it usually is fine, although still challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and get good SAT scores. Write good essays. From what I've seen Davis is more about GPA so work especially hard on grades. If you did not do well at first in high school but you significantly improve that can also help you!

    In three sentences

    Davis is culturally diverse. It has a lot of academic rigor. And it is on a farm which means a change in scenery and also a lot of fun.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    People are very trusting. You can be studying in the library or a coffee shop and, whether you ask someone to or not, can go to the bathroom and leave all your stuff there and come back and nothing would be stolen, not even laptops. But it's always better safe than sorry and make sure someone is willing to watch over your stuff.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, because you can study just about anywhere on campus because pretty much every building has a nice lounge area. Two starbucks on campus, and two campus-run coffeeshops, so great for coffee-lovers. Not great for people with allergies since there's tons of trees, bushes, and flowers and they mow the lawn often.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dining commons have a theme night every month. For example, for Harry Potter night, everything on the menu was Harry Potter-related, people dressed up, the cafeteria was decorated, the tables had themed center pieces, so for theme night they go all out. You'll find random head statues around campus and they are pretty quirky and amusing.

    What to do for fun

    Because it is a little town, you aren't given much choices to do crazy stuff while in Davis. But for a 20 minute drive to Vacaville or Sacramento, there is a lot of things to do there. Six Flags is not too far. Clubs and/or teams are encouraged. Meet new people so you can hang out together.

    Food and Dining

    Dining commons is buffet style, in which you swipe once to enter and you can eat pretty much anything you want, for as long as you want. There is a variety of foods to suit different diets; there are special sections designated for vegans. The pizza is always good, especially when it's fresh and at dinner hours.

    Dorm Life

    You must get to know your neighbors. Assume every resident in your building is as shy as you are. Besides that, the dorms have just enough space to function as a fully competent student. Segundo is in high demand because they are almost brand new and from personal experience, you'll really like it there.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to sit in a class full of students as smart or way smarter than you are. Curves are not always beneficial, because the average of the class is not always low. You have to study and do your own personal best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what kind of environments you excel in. UC Davis is generally a relaxing campus, with big events here and there. Always visit a campus before applying and/or making your decision.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful, eco-friendly campus. Pretty much everyone you meet here is polite and friendly, even the people who aren't students. Diversity exists in the people, the land, and the weather.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe at UC Davis; I never feel like I am in any danger at all, even at night. The city of Davis is really clean and safe, and crime is really low (the only crime you need to worry about is bike theft). It's such a difference from where I grew up in the city; I love it!

    Greek Life

    I have a few friends in sororities. They seem to enjoy having a good community of friends, although it seems like Greek life takes up a lot of their time. I know they even have Greek houses for different career directions!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs, it's FANTASTIC; plus it's easy to make new friends in the clubs. I'm part of a Hawaiian dancing club; we dance fast Tahitian and elegant Hula; how awesome is that? There's tons of religious clubs, fan clubs, intramural sports, dance clubs, cultural clubs, the list goes on and on, there really is something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are used to taking challenging classes but want to live their college life in a relaxed setting with friendly people. It is a UC so courses are difficult, but Davis is so peaceful and all the students are really happy and willing to help one another. That's really rare at a good university, since my friends at UCI and UCLA don't experience the same sense of friendliness!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we have Picnic Day and the Davis Dance Revolution, where the dance clubs dance off; it's so awesome! UCD has its own arboretum, which is a perfect place to study by yourself, snuggle with a bf/gf, take a relaxing walk, or have a photoshoot with your friends :) No other UC has such a beautiful scene of nature!

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately UCs are pretty expensive, but I believe it'll all be worth it 20 years from now when you're settled into your nice paying job and you have great memories of college to look back on. I've made great friends my first year who I know I'll keep for a lifetime!

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty for everyone, whether you love parties (tons of those), exploring (so fun to bike downtown with a group of friends) snowboarding (there's a club that goes to Lake Tahoe), swimming/tanning (free rec pool WOOT WOOT), eating (TONS of restaurants a short bikeride from campus, plus many more in Sac), watching movies (we got 2 theaters in Davis), bowling (on campus alley), etc etc...

    Food and Dining

    Freshman year you eat at the DC (Dining Commons) which is really REALLY good! Some people get tired of it at the end so I gave it 4 stars but personally I didn't get tired of it, the food was so good! Not to mention the desserts! Restaurants nearby were cheap and delicious. There's tons of Thai restaurants, lol!

    Dorm Life

    SO MUCH FUN! You'll end the year with so many stories to tell friends back home, as well as lots of new friends! I loved living in dorms, it was so nice to be able to walk to the DC and bike to class easily, and live near all my friends!

    Academic Rigor

    When I came into UCD I didn't expect it to be that hard since it didn't have the reputation of UCLA or Berkeley; was I wrong! I took APs in high school but Davis was still pretty tough! Nonetheless, it's very doable, but don't underestimate Davis!

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about what kind of environment you want to live in the next 4 years as you study for your life (literally) and make new friends. I didn't want to be in a super competitive atmosphere, but I still wanted to be challenged at the same time; Davis was the perfect fit for me!

    In three sentences

    I am so happy to be a student at UC Davis; it was easy for me to find great friends through the dorms, classes, and clubs that were offered at Davis. I feel like this college had an atmosphere that was a perfect blend of that-last-midterm-killed-me-I-better-study-my-butt-off-for-the-next-one-in-three-weeks, and hey-let's-bike-to-that-event-with-the-free-food-and-then-catch-a-movie-hakuna-matata-everyone! In other words, UC Davis is the good stuff that you don't want to miss out on, trust me.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety has not really been a problem, besides the stupid pepper spray thing. But I promise that almost never happens! Besides that, Davis is a pretty safe campus!

    Greek Life

    I don't really know much about Greek Life, but there are plenty of groups to choose from, so it won't be hard to find somewhere to fit in! They also help fund-raise for awesome stuff! Like Relay For Life!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are soooo many clubs to choose from! And if the club you're looking for doesn't exist yet, you can go ahead and get the paper work to start it!

    What to do for fun

    There's the market that goes on every Saturday and Wednesday, and there are all kinds of shops and cool eateries in Downtown Davis!

    Food and Dining

    Soooooo many choices! You have no idea where to start! And eating at the Dining Commons (DC) is pretty bomb too!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life really depends on who you live with. If you have awesome dorm mates and roommates, then that's great! But don't stay in your dorm for long periods of time, you kinda go crazy after a while.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on how many units you take a quarter. My first quarter at Davis, I only took 12 units, and I had so much extra time, I had no idea what to do with myself! Then at some point I took 17; I almost died under stress! So it all depends on how much you can handle at one time. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared to asked questions in class; The professors are happy to answer them. Try not to stay cooped up in your dorm too often, trust me; You'll get a bad case of 'cabin fever'. Also, get into extracurricular activities! You can never have too many new friends!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is an amazing college! The people here are super nice, and very helpful! The professors here really know what they're talking about, and some even use textbooks that they've helped written!

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Biking back from the library, going out to eat, etc. was never a problem. The one thing I would say that was kind of scary was that there are few lights on campus at night! But that's not a problem, just make sure your own bike has a light so it can guide you back to your dorms/wherever you live. There are bike police that are really nice and they will be glad to help you if you are lost. Also, make sure to stop at stop signs when biking, they are very strict with these regulations and if they catch you, they will stop you and talk to you and possibly write you a ticket. Other than that, people are always around and they are the nicest people I have ever met. Don't be afraid to stop and ask if you are lost!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the Silo which is a very old building but people go there to eat, chat, study - there is a Crepe making place, Del Taco, Carls Jr., Starbucks, Pizza Hut all in that center. The MU is a great place for food as well (Sushi, Pho, Pizza, sandwiches, soups), and there is the CoHo which is extremely popular during the winter (Coffee House). Look for eggheads on campus (there's one in front of the library)! They are known to be kind of fun to take pictures with. There is a bike barn next to the Silo where people can take their bikes in to get advice/ you can have them fix it for you if your bike is broken. The Arboretum is a very beautiful place to be when the sun is out - there are plenty of trees and the lake is just beautiful. It's worth going out there for the scenery and just bringing a book to read or something enjoyable for your desire.

    What to do for fun

    I would say mainly students go out to eat, head to the Rec Pool, ARC (there is raquetball, ellipticals, treadmill, weights, tons of classes you can try taking, badminton, basketball, rock climbing, etc), head to MU Arcade & bowling alley, or even take the bus to Roseville/Sacramento to go shopping. I heard some people go to Lake Tahoe as a relaxing trip as well.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons is bearable - often times you would have to fight for fruits when the employees put them out (i.e. freshly cut watermelon & strawberries at the salad bar). Salad was fresh but they often ran out of Spinach and you would either have to wait or skip out. The food is salty (especially the clam chowder there!), so prepare to drink lots of water if you are a light eater. The sweets are good and there is always cereal and ice cream to turn to when they don't offer the right foods you feel like eating. Off campus food is pretty good - I would recommend getting the Aggie Kabob from Ali Baba (Mediterranean food), Old Teahouse for popcorn chicken and boba, there are various Starbucks on campus and off, Ohana Hawaiian BBQ's masubi, pork katsu, fish tacos (they have daily deals), Jamba Juice, Fuji's Sushi Buffet, Thai Canteen, etc. All ten minutes off campus!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Tercero - I did NOT choose my roommates, and they were randomly assigned. I'm glad it turned out that way though, they are friends I will want to keep in touch with for the rest of my college years =) Tercero is fairly new and very close to campus (5 minute walk to science classes). The only downside is that often, you will smell the scent of cow around outside and in the bathrooms when the windows are open. But in your room, if you have AC on and you leave the window closed, it is not a problem. People say Segundo is the best place to be at - people are social, the convenience store provides fresh ice cream (Gunthers) and there are lots and lots of snacks compared to the other two convenience stores at Tercero and Cuarto (freshly baked cookies, mochi ice cream, smoothies). Cuarto is the oldest and furthest from campus - but I have friends that live there and their experience was just fine as well. :)

    Academic Rigor

    I will say it IS easy to get off track given the fact that Davis is a hard school when it comes to academics, especially if you are a science major. I'm not saying it's impossible, but you definitely need to put in a significant amount of effort and time to succeed! (Counselors recommend 3 hours of study for every hour of lecture. This means reviewing notes right after class, reading the assigned text before lecture, going to class, attending office hours, doing suggested homework problems, etc.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bike -- it is the main type of transportation there! Everyone bikes. I would say, don't buy yourself a brand new one, it highly increases the chance of having it being stolen. I feel most people who live off campus ride roadbikes. Maintain a good balance between school and social life! Make sure to study, but also take a break! There are plenty of opportunities out there (i.e. free bowling nights at the MU, picnic day, the Buzz, ARC, intramural sports, etc).

    In three sentences

    Davis is a very inspiring school to be at. The professors and students are all (usually) eager to teach and learn. People there are incredibly nice and we are all about going green/ promoting health!

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    UC Davis is one of the more expensive campuses in the UC system. But you get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    To be honest, Davis is a small town and there isn't a lot to do for fun. The is a huge gym called the ARC on campus where they have rock climbing and other fun stuff, also there is a arcade and game room on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of places on campus to eat and a lot of variety!

    Dorm Life

    Student housing is nice, clean but very expensive!

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously, Davis is part of the University of California system and therefore it is a terrific academic institution but on top of that it also ranks the 4th highest UC.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a huge campus and so if your classes are far apart, make sure to have a bike. It would also be nice to have a car, since Davis is a small town and everything is around 45 minutes away.

    In three sentences

    It is a great campus, very big and beautiful. There are a lot of places to study, eat, hang out with friends and just relax.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    At Davis, there is never a dull moment. There are a wide range of things you can do. From attending a basketball game, to doing yoga, to going horseback riding, just to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UC Davis is delicious; it might even have the best food out of all the UCs. This is probably because most of the food at Davis is grown on the campus of Davis.

    Dorm Life

    From what I've heard, dorms at UC Davis are pretty comfortable for the most part.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis is best known for it rigorous science courses and stimulating research programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is always helpful to visit a campus to get a better vibe as to whether or not that is the college for you.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis has all the tools and assets I need to achieve my goals. Not only do I know I will be challenge mentally, but I also know I will be able to take a break from school work and do some of my favorite activities such as horseback riding or cheer own my fellow Aggies at a football game. The staff at Davis are so helpful and friendly that it makes me feel as if Davis is my second home, making me feel welcomed.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports are the absolute most fun thing to do! If your not a sports person, there are tons of clubs for academics. Or if you don't like either of those, there are tons of fraternities and sororities.

    Food and Dining

    Davis is known for it's food. Personally I think it has the best food out of all of the UC's. The best thing is there variety.

    Dorm Life

    You must dorm! It is an absolute must! Almost everyone who is dorming is a freshmen so they are just as curious as you. You will make lots of friends and have lots of help for classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging depending on the professor you get. A great source of professors and class difficulty can be checked on ratemyprofessor.com. You can also write your own review on this site.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take lots of AP classes your senior year. Make sure you dorm your first year. And try to get into Segundo when dorming because it's close to the gym, to classes, and the cafateria.

    In three sentences

    Absolute best college! It has excellent sports! And the teaching level is perfect!

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am very happy I joined a sorority, both for the social and philanthropic opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There exists a huge variety of clubs, fraternities and sororities. I can't imagine a particular interest not being addressed.

    Bang for the buck

    Davis is a great location in regard to travel. The ocean and the mountains are both within a two hour drive.

    What to do for fun

    Many restaurants in town afford a night life geared to students. The city of Davis is a bicyclist's dream, with bike paths from one end to the other. The Greek life is prevalent on the U.C. Davis campus. Davis is centrally located & an easily drivable distance from City life in San Francisco to skiing in the Sierras.

    Food and Dining

    Though I don't often eat on campus, my experience, as well as that of others, has been positive. A large variety of eating preferences is well accommodated.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in a dorm on this campus, but know people who have. Their entrance to college life was generally made more comfortable by initially living in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Though academically rigorous, such rigor is appropriate to a university setting. Much help with academic issues is made available in each department.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider social opportunities, such as fraternities/sororities. Also consider volunteer oppprtunites.

    In three sentences

    I am afforded an excellent education. My professors, thus far, are knowledgeable & accommodating. I am pleased with the opportunity to get almost anywhere in town on bicycle.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    laid back, study mode

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Arboretum is a queit relaxing place to study or clear your mind.

    What to do for fun

    I work most of the time which leaves me very little time for fun, but biking around town and going to the farmers markets are a blast.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a quiet, laidback place to educate yourself this is the place!

    In three sentences

    The environment has a very safe feeling, most of the students who attend are quite friendly and willing to help. This campus has a very relaxing feel to it, must be the trees. The professors are always willing to teach about their research being done.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many sports based clubs as well as community and social justice clubs that work with off campus organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Pre-vet, Pre-med, and anyone interested in any type of research.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Eggheads and an arboretum.

    Bang for the buck

    A good school most of the time, but rising tuition is making it difficult attend.

    What to do for fun

    Many sporting activities on and off campus, especially in one of the 10 plus parks Davis has. Multiple jogging and biking trails as well as a close proximity to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    A ton of variety in downtown which is a short 5 minute walk off campus and fun bars to hangout with friends.

    Dorm Life

    Active and full of surprises with housing services putting on fun events every quarter. Most students only stay in the dorms their first year and then rent out apartments for the rest.

    Academic Rigor

    In terms of social sciences, they are not too difficult, but the some hard science courses such as organic chemistry can be hard to understand or comprehend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan out your academic goals and prepare for backup plans for your academic career. Learn how to study and time manage as soon as possible since the quarter system can be very unforgiving.

    In three sentences

    A highly active university in sports and community involvement within town and neighboring cities. A relaxed student community focused on the quite difficult academic responsibilities that also knows how to have fun. A school heavily focused on research.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY ON CAMPUS!

    Great for these types of students

    Explorative

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to the SCC or SSC to use the bathroom. :X

    What to do for fun

    Biking, downtown Davis, pool, the arc!

    Food and Dining

    SO FRESH! It can't get any better than this.

    Dorm Life

    Live in Segundo! Take advantage of the Dining Commons.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be challenging based on your major, but you'll love a lot of the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bicycle, or enjoy those 20 minute walks to class. :)

    In three sentences

    It's the perfect blend of academic growth and challenge with ample sides of fun. It can't be beat; you can find any major here you can imagine. And enjoy the library!

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There is so much variety of food at UCD, From pizza to salads to a dessert station, the options are endless. So if you enjoy eating it will certainly be another plus of this school.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all very nice and clean. The rooms are bigger than I expected and there is a certain sense of community in your hall. There are also tons of housing options from single to quad living, suite-style to dorm room, and even on0campus apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis is like any of the UC schools because there is mass competition to get in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to have extracurricular activities as well as good grades. Visit the campus during the prospective students tour, to see the campus and learn about the programs they have to offer.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for those who want to expand their horizons not only in an academic sense, but also culturally.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Davis PD everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are flyers for a lot of clubs, but I have not explored these options yet.

    Bang for the buck

    VERY, very expensive for out of state residents.

    What to do for fun

    I have not explored around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Silo has a big variety of food to eat. They have Starbucks, Carl's Jr., and Taco Bell just to name a few.

    Dorm Life

    I have not seen nor heard anything about the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Changing from semeters to quarters will be difficult at first, a lot faster paced.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are transferring, be sure to check with your major to see if they have their own website, this will help with transferring credits.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. This is a student-run campus.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of resources around and in campus that guarantee your safety and well-being at UC Davis. There is a campus police department, the Sacramento police department, and other services that will aid you so you can focus on your studies and student life at ease. If you require further information, please check the school website at http://safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/.

    Clubs and Activities

    I strongly encourage participating in a club or sport, whether ASB or basketball, there will be something for everyone within the 500+ clubs and sports offered at UC Davis. Plus, if you can gather enough participants, you can make your own club or sport!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to become more involved with school programs, shyer students who want to explore all the school can offer, students who want to travel abroad, and students who want to find a school that is balanced in both social and academic achievement.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Arboretum is a very beautiful location on campus where a student may walk and enjoy only to discover why this city is considered too be so green; the abundance of trees, flora, and perhaps the occasional deer or rabbit, is stunning. It is open 24 hours a day, every day, and is completely free. I strongly encourage this location upon visiting the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in some of the many clubs and sports offered at UC Davis. You will grow not only as a student but as a person, and will relieve stress, making for a balanced and healthy student lifestyle. There is much to do at the ARC such as bowling, exercising, arcade gaming, card playing, or just enjoying a night with friends. I guarantee you will find something fun at this campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UC Davis is superb and very diverse; there is always something for someone, and both vegan and vegetarian meals are served at all meal times of the day. There are a variety of meal plans as well, so that you may save money, eat more frequently, and other assorted options designed for the student's comfort and dietary needs.

    Dorm Life

    During my stay at UC Davis for Orientation, I stayed in the Tercero Area at the Campbell building. The dorm was triple occupancy, but was spacious and including furnishings like drawers, lamps, wardrobes, and desks. There are other areas around campus (like Cuarto and Segundo) which are guaranteed for first year students, and vary in composition: dual occupancy, suite, community, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    I have yet personally to experience much of the classes first hand, but the halls and rooms very in range: the bigger lecture halls hold some 400 students while some smaller halls, perhaps the likes for First- Year Seminars, are generally smaller and hold some 40 to 50 students. There are plenty of workshops along with introductory classes that will aid in your academic years here at UC Davis.

    Tips for prospective students

    This university will definitely be on your top five schools you want to attend. The notion that UC Davis is located in a small town setting may seem limiting to some, but the energy and life around Davis is alive and well in and all around campus. There is plenty to do here at UC Davis: clubs and sports ranging from racket ball to skiing to rowing and rugby, a night in the arcade full of great classics like Galaga and Ms. Pacman, bowling in the Activities and Recreation Center, and more.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a well sized learning institute that will nurture the development and expression of social, emotional, and education goals that each individual student sets for themselves in their college experience, and beyond. Being located in one of the greenest and most eco-friendly cities in the nation, the university is densely inviting and very diverse; it is a very comfortable environment and you will feel very welcome upon entrance. UC Davis offers many extracurricular activities (over 500 clubs and sports and growing) so there is something here for every Aggie!

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe town. I feel safe going out at night, and there are always seems to be plenty of people out at night. Police are everywhere (if you need them). I think sometimes the police may be a bit bored, so they really crack down on minor traffic violations (for me I had one broken tail light and I didn't even know it! and I was coming home from work at night). There is also an abundance of police on bikes to track down students who bike and don't obey the stop signs. But other than that, it is a really safe town and campus.

    Greek Life

    I rushed one sorority, and decided to de-pledge, due to the amount of money and time commitment. If I had financial aid, I probably would have paid my dues and invested in joining the sorority. It seemed like it would be a good experience. I think you just have to kind of gauge how well you might fit into a fraternity/sorority to enjoy the experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't had time to dive into clubs, but there seems to be an abundance of clubs that cater to many interests. I'm thinking of joining the Running Cub this upcoming year, since I ran cross country in high school. If there isn't a club that fits you, you can always create a new one!

    Great for these types of students

    Environmentally conscientious students. Bio-major students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are quarterly undie runs, where students run around campus during the evening and night to release stress from finals. I'm pretty sure other campuses do this, too, but I wasn't aware of it until I started attended college.

    Bang for the buck

    It's alright, financially. I mean I haven't gotten any financial aid because apparently my parents make too much for me to qualify. However, there are plenty of free resources as a student that you can take advantage of to make sure you get the most out of your tuition. There are free group tutoring sessions, workshops for classes, health/well-being resources, and more.

    What to do for fun

    There is an arcade/bowling alley type place in the Quad, which is located in the heart of campus. There are also shops located near campus, such as Forever 21, Starbucks, The Old Teahouse, etc. I also know of a paintball area, but I'm not exactly sure where that is. Davis is also located about 30 minutes away from Sacramento which also has many things to do. There's Old Sacramento, Ace of Spades (music venue), Power Balance Pavilion, River Cats stadium, and lot's more.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons are awesome! Their food choices are delicious, nutritious, and they are actually locally grown and have no pesticides (according to what I've heard). There is the Silo, which has fast food-like options such as Taco Bell, Carl's Jr, a crepe place, Pizza Hut, and deli items such as salads, ice cream, sandwiches, doughnuts, etc. There are also plenty of food options in the food court area of the Memorial Union, which features healthier options. The food shops include a bagel place, sushi, pho, tacos/burritos/salads, comfort food, pizza. It's relatively cheap to eat out there.

    Dorm Life

    I have not actually lived in the dorms, but from what I know from visiting friends' dorms, living in them seems to be a great experience. It seems that you will meet most of your friends there, people in your classes tend to be more focused on learning the class material than on making friends.

    Academic Rigor

    As a biological sciences major, I have not yet experienced upper division classes relevant to my major. I have taken some lower division classes which are common to bio sci majors, such as Chemistry, Biology, and Calculus. Some would say they could skip class and easily ace the material, but for me, I always needed extra practice, extra help from TA's, and just the ability to communicate my questions and to reinforce things I've learned. The way you approach things in college is totally different than the way you approach things in high school. It really is a matter of understanding the material, and not just knowing it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend all lectures--you are paying for it! Use outside resources such as group tutoring, workshops, TAs, professors for help when you need it/them. TAs and professors will not think you are stupid asking for help because it is their job to teach you.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is located in a laid-back, close-knit college town. UC Davis is probably most known for its health and sciences departments and hospital. I am glad I attend UC Davis!

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Minus the pepper spray incident, the city of Davis is mostly safe. The most recurring crime in the city is bike theft.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of frats and soros for anyone if they choose to do any.

    Clubs and Activities

    Huge, huge variety to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like a laid-back atmosphere with it's own sense of intensity or like the college town area.

    Food and Dining

    Huge amount of places to choose from but sometimes gets a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on what dorm you end up in. The dorm I stayed in was relatively quiet compared to others but it was still fun and I really enjoyed it. The people in your dorm really make up what your stay will be like.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't be lulled into a false sense of security when people say the school is laid-back. Classes can still be hard and the school is a quarter-system so classes are ten weeks long compared to sixteen.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you know at least some of the things you're getting into when going to Davis. First, the weather is fickle: summers burn and have random showers and winters are a triple attack of cold, wind, and rain. Second, know your mode of transportation: walking, biking, driving, or the bus. It makes going to a new school easier when lesser things are taken care of.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UC Davis Police take their jobs very seriously. We have a program called WarnMe, where the police department texts/emails us whenever there's suspicious activity or danger on and around campus. Starting 6 pm you never have to walk in the dark if you don't want to: the escort system is always available and ready to take you to your destination in a safe and quick manner.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at UC Davis flourishes every year. It's a good way to bond with upperclassmen and learn about the school and traditions. It's also a good way to have fun and meet new people

    Clubs and Activities

    The quad is always full of students signing up for activities and clubs. That's how I found my close knit group of friends and the fellowship I'm in! There's 200 of us, and other clubs have many members too!

    Great for these types of students

    UCD is great for EVERY TYPE OF STUDENT! Seriously! We're so diverse and accepting here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the end of every quarter there's this tradition called the Undie Run. It's for graduating seniors who celebrate the end of their college career by running around campus in their underwear! UCD also has an arboretum full of exotic plants and cozy benches and areas to picnic and rest in!

    Bang for the buck

    As long as you study hard and play even harder, every dollar is a dollar well spent! Unfortunately the UC's keep raising tuition, which is a problem for college students everywhere.

    What to do for fun

    Whether it's bowling or playing pool at the Games Area or organizing scavenger hunts or races on campus at night, you'll never run out of fun things to do. Popular activities include swimming, playing sports, shopping, attending concerts, and going to the movies. The fun never ends!

    Food and Dining

    Did you know the Dining Commons at UCD are one of the best in the state? Fresh, hot meals are available all day and the cafeteria is HUGE so you get to sit in a big table with lots of friends! The food places off campus are great too: not too pricey, commutable, and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    UC Davis has 4 dorm buildings that are nicely furnished and were recently constructed or reconstructed so almost everything is new! The study lounges are a popular place to hang out with friends after class, and you really bond with your dorm floor. Whether it's studying together or eating pizza together, you'll make lifelong friends in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Because Davis runs on the quarter system, the year goes by faster than you think! Students are constantly studying for their midterms and research papers in the library and study lounges every week. There are tutors and help centers available to help you stay on track, not to mention helpful professors who really do care about your grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCD has so many clubs and recreational activities available so you wont regret choosing this as your campus! Don't forget to check out all of the campus fairs and events on the quad because you end up getting involved and active in different organizations. Join IM sports because you meet so many people from different grades and have fun at the same time!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis has the most friendly and unique student body I have ever seen! There are so many activities and adventures available to all students, and you get to constantly meet new people. The atmosphere, size, and student life is amazing.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining commons is the best. They have many choices that make you feel that you are eating at home.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very interesting.

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes are very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a good school if you are looking towards a science based career.

    In three sentences

    A school of rigorous academics. Many cultural opportunities await. Life long lessons taught.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Considering UC Davis has its own police and fire departments on campus, I feel quite safe on the Davis campus itself. Still, wandering around campus or Davis alone at night is not very wise. Bad things (muggings, assaults) can happen, but not any more than anywhere else. Most of campus and Downtown is well-lit at night, and police and fire departments are nearby if something ever happens. There are also other services at work for your safety, including the Campus Violence Prevention Program that works to reduce dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault in the campus community. And, thereâ??s the free Security Escort Service that can drive or walk you to your destination in Davis at night if you donâ??t feel safe or comfortable moving about at night. There is also an entire department dedicated to UC Davis Safety Services (http://safetyservices.ucdavis.edu/) and you can learn more about how the university works to ensure your safety as a student.

    Greek Life

    I donâ??t know much about the Greek Life here on campus, but Iâ??m sure it is similar to other Greek Life in other schools. They have charities theyâ??re involved in and special events. They have various themes and classifications of houses too, including those based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, major, gender, and other identities. For the small percentage of Davis students in fraternities and sororities, the Greek Life is very present on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 500 active organizations at UC Davis, so there is already a huge variety of clubs that are based on interests, academics, politics, sexual identity, race, religion, and more. But, you can also start your own club. You could participate in community service, which is facilitated through the Internship and Career Center and student organizations at Davis. If you come to Davis, your residence hall will put on socials, like the residence hall winter formal (Dormal), and the Dining Commons will put on special events as well. And then, thereâ??s the glorious madness of Picnic Day every April (see my â??What to do for funâ??). The annual Activities Fair in the fall showcases over 180 clubs for students to learn a great deal more about all the organizations and activities at this college. Itâ??s fairly easy to get involved with clubs and activities on campus, since you can hardly throw a rock without hitting a flyer, banner, booth, sign, or another student who could inform you about one of myriad student activities and organizations that UC Davis, if not the city of Davis itself, has to offer. With all that variety, you can be sure to find clubs and activities that you want to experience or become involved with at UCD.

    Great for these types of students

    If you donâ??t mind weather that is somewhat bipolar, then Davis is a great school for you. Itâ??s excellent for physically active students or those who want to be more active, as the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) on campus was created for students to do just that. Students can improve their physical fitness with a wide range of activities from rock climbing to badminton to receiving personal training to plenty more. UC Davis is also excellent for those who have academics high on their priority list. The college itself puts great emphasis on academic excellence, and there are too many school-related resources to count that can help you out. For instance, the Student Academic Success Center offers assistance and tutoring to help students improve their skills in various subjects such as chemistry, physics, math, and writing. If youâ??re outdoorsy or just love nature, than UCD is also great for you. Everywhere you look on campus, youâ??ll find different, beautiful species of plants. And, the Arboretum offers 100 acres of gorgeous gardens right on campus which is excellent for walking, running, picnicking, studying, or just hanging out and enjoying the natural splendor. All in all, UC Davis is great for a variety of students, and youâ??ll probably find your own niche that truly suits you at this school. You donâ??t really have to be any of the things I just mentioned; Davis is also about finding yourself, being who you are or want to be, and choosing your own path in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One quirky tradition that I know of is the Bossy Cow Cow chant. The Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh! uses this odd cheer before football games and this funny, farm-themed chant has a little dance that accompanies it. Otherwise, UC Davis is stereotypically known for being a highly agricultural setting. That is, many students take tractor driving, we have an entire college for Agricultural (and Environmental) Studies, and the university was originally a farm owned by the College of Agriculture at UC Berkeley. But, UCD is not all about farming and agriculture, though this is one of the best places to learn about it and personally I think itâ??s a neat quirk about Davis. The Cal Aggie Band-uh! is steeped in tradition (unusual and otherwise). It is a crazily awesome, student-run organization that performs at many university sporting events and for the local community. It is filled with Aggie pride and is a part of UC Davis history. A near rite of passage at UCD is taking Intro to Winemaking or Intro to Beer and Brewing. It is rare to attend a school that offers classes on the science behind wine and beer, and that is partly why so many students take classes like these. Youâ??ll also find odd and interesting forms of art around campus. For instance, you have the Eggheads, seven intriguing ceramic sculptures of white, bald heads doing odd things around campus, which former UC Davis professor Robert Arneson created himself. The outdoor public art collection at Davis is fascinating, beautiful and it brings a more unusual life to the locations where one finds the pieces of this art collection.

    Bang for the buck

    Of all seven of the colleges that accepted me, not counting the community college, Davis was one of the most affordable for my freshman year. Of course, scholarships helped a bunch. But, the financial aid is pretty great (though it can vary, Iâ??m sure), especially if you qualify for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Program. For sophomore year, my financial aid seems less substantial. I donâ??t have the scholarships that I did before and the school is expecting me to get a job, which is understandable, so my family and I are expected to pay more. But, itâ??s still really worth it to attend UC Davis. Itâ??s a great school and the general atmosphere and feeling in Davis is excellent. The professors, the opportunities for undergraduate research, the resources available to help students, and most everything else at Davis is just splendid and definitely a good bang for the buck in my experience.

    What to do for fun

    Iâ??m just going to get this out there and be honest with something that I didnâ??t know during my college search. I hope this helps you: there arenâ??t party schools and non-party schools. Every school is a party school. That is, there is partying in the student body of every college in America. True, some students party more than others, so if youâ??re into that, than you can certainly find that at UC Davis. But, there are certainly alternatives. First of all, you can join clubs and organizations at Davis. You can tie yourself directly into your interests or hobbies, considering there are over 500 clubs and organizations at Davis. You can also establish your own club if you donâ??t find one that suits you. And then, there is downtown Davis, which has three movie theatres, an awesome central park, dozens of diverse places to grab a bite to eat, and much more. And, itâ??s right next to campus. You can also take fun classes at Davis, such as Tractor Driving, Intro to Winemaking, Archery, Human Sexuality, and Freshman Seminars. You can go for a walk in the beautiful, luscious Arboretum. You can join the hoopla and cheer on our Aggies at any sporting event with the Aggie Pack. You can partake in the excitement of Picnic Day, an enormous annual showcase of UC Davis and the surrounding community that includes over 200 events such as the Battle of the Marching Bands, Chemistry Magic Show, Doxie Derby Race, Picnic Day Parade, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    Like I said, the dining commons food in Cuarto is often far better than that of Tercero or Segundo, though many students disagree. Cuarto tends to have more vegetarian and vegan options, though all three DCâ??s have those alternatives. It also has a salad bar with more variety and fewer people to serve so it is often less crowded. But on the whole, as far as collegiate dining goes, UC Davis has some of the best DC food out there. The atmospheres of the facilities themselves are excellent and varied from DC to DC, which is nice to have. There are other places on campus to grab food, such as the Coffee House, the Silo Union, Biobrew, Scrubs, two Starbucks, and three convenience stores that correspond with the three DCâ??s. Thereâ??s even a pub on campus (though the under 21 rule still applies). These places are often very convenient, well-priced, delicious, and/or have a diverse selection.

    Dorm Life

    You have quite a few options of on campus housing for your first year and beyond. If you want a stronger social sphere and the easy closeness to many of your classes on campus, then the Segundo and Tercero residential areas are best. But, they can also be somewhat more crowded, for instance, since in Tercero you often live in a triple dorm. You may also live in the Cuarto area, which is smaller, somewhat quieter, more remote (it's an extra five minute bike ride to anywhere on campus), and technically off campus. But, thereâ??s a park nearby, the Dining Commons and all the residential resources for Cuarto are much closer, and the Cuarto DC food is superior (at least in many peopleâ??s opinions). Unlike in Tercero and Segundo, it can be harder to make friends nearby. In all the residential areas Iâ??ve just mentioned there are great opportunities for Residence Hall leadership, intermural sports leagues, and dorm socials, as well. Lately, some freshmen have been placed in Primero Grove, a community of on campus apartments, which Iâ??m sure must also be excellent, though Iâ??m not very familiar with them. If Iâ??m not mistaken, this yearâ??s set of incoming freshmen are guaranteed housing for two years, and although living in the dorms is quite nice and convenient, it is somewhat expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    You will hardly find a class at UC Davis that is truly a cake walk. You will definitely work for all your units and your education as a whole. But, you will also learn a ton of information in classes, and you will gain skills in applying the knowledge you absorb. The professors and grad student assistants are approachable, knowledgeable, and effective in their instruction. You can explore and discover what interests you with an Undeclared major and with the great variety of classes at Davis. Maybe UCD does not have the fame of Ivy League schools, but it is still very excellent and respectable in its academics and you still leave with an outstanding education.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely take AP classes and try to do well on AP tests! They give you a better feel of what college courses are like, and if you do well enough your scores can substitute certain courses so you donâ??t have to take those classes in college. Enough AP credit can save you tuition costs at Davis or elsewhere if you are able to finish in less than four years with your surplus of units. And, it looks great on a college application. Also, YOU NEED TO FILE FOR THE FAFSA!!! Even if you donâ??t think you will qualify for anything much, itâ??s still worthwhile. Be connected with your schoolâ??s Career Counselor or other staff member who works to help you with college, scholarships, and jobs since those people are great to have for almost any college-related matter. It is definitely a good idea to have a bike before arriving at Davis. You need to be a basically competent rider, and you should get a GOOD bike lock. And, donâ??t be intimidated by bike circles: yield to people already in the circle, stay alert, and you should be fine! Like other reviewers will say, take a tour of the college! The campus is beautiful. I would recommend doing Decision Day for Davis since you can take a tour and get a more extensive knowledge and feel for Davis than with just a campus tour. As far as I know freshmen arenâ??t allowed to park their cars on campus, so know that you probably wonâ??t be bringing a car your first year.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is an excellent school that seems highly overlooked in many college searches considering the excellent academics, research and volunteering opportunities, extracurricular activities, and Aggie pride. Students are genuinely happy to be at UC Davis. The university really wants students to learn and succeed here, so there are countless programs, services, and resources that are made available to students to answer the questions they have and give them the help they seek.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has a day of undie run. I must say it is interesting to see these brave students Aggies go around campus dress like this.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, intramural, or sport. Going to the underground bowling area! Perhaps with a group of friends or a partner bike around the beautiful campus. Take the bus to visit San Francisco or to take a trip out of the campus.

    Food and Dining

    Have a routine about how many meals in a day. Include in the meals a healthy options to maintain energy for other activities.

    Dorm Life

    In a polite manner ask your roommate to keep their side of the room clean. Learn to be social along other next door roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Going with a group of friends to the library at a specific time and day of the week. Looking over the instructor's lessons and key points had difficulity. Finally, the best part of it went riding in the bike before getting to the library.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest have a mentality of success and open minded. To maintain a goal more importantly.

    In three sentences

    I find the campus interesting and and adventure to study here. I think their student's riding bikes is an excellent exercise. The campus offers several opportunities and a clean environment.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you want safe, there is no where better than Davis.

    Greek Life

    I haven't seen much of it, but from what I've heard it's quite an adventure where you do crazy things, meet a lot of great people, and have the time of your life.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 300 clubs and all of them get you really involved. They are great fun too.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid-back, routine, calm, friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The arboretum is sometimes a lost treasure. Many events are held here and can get pretty rowdy. The undie-run during finals week is always a great de-stresser.

    Bang for the buck

    School is always too expensive in my opinion, but there's nothing you can really do about it unless you want to protest.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, bike rides through the arboretum, a mission downtown for dinner, movies, petting cows, simply hanging out, and most of all, clubs!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great when school begins and starts to get worse throughout the year or maybe that's just because you get bored of it. I can't tell. There are always healthy choices if you care to look though and sometimes you'll be surprise at how good some things are. Breakfast omelets are everyone's favorite and never get boring.

    Dorm Life

    There's not much excitement, but things can be quite fun if you find the right crowd and make good friends. The first two weeks is when you meet the most people so you should arrive early for that. People are nice enough so that you can meet new people even when the year is coming to a close.

    Academic Rigor

    Its a face paced school, but otherwise curriculum shouldn't be much different from anywhere. Our engineering and science classes do kick a lot of butt though. A lot of work is given, but if you stay on track it shouldn't be too overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved quickly as possible. Know the resources made available to you. Take advantage of that first year where they take you by the hand. Stay on track. Talk to your teacher's assistants, counselors, advisers, etc.

    In three sentences

    As a first year survivor I would say Davis can be a great school or a terrible school. It's a tad bit more boring than a lot of places can be, but if you make the most out of it, get involved, make friends, and stay on top of things, you can have the time of your life. Academics could be a bit more engaging though; it seems the teachers care more about research than teaching, but the assistants and counselors are great resources. If you really set your mind to it and get the hang of things, you can learn a great deal.

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining commons are wonderful. There's always a variety of different foods for each meal, that way you won't get too tired of eating the same type of foods all the time. The only thing about eating in the commons are that the meals don't come cheap, but if students are trying to save up on cash, they can just stop by an on campus eatery/ fast food express and use their Aggie Cash.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are typical small spaces, but they are of nice quality. There are closets, desks, lamps and enough space to accommodate the amount of students per room. Not only are the dorms and buildings nice, but the on-campus benefits are amazing. The campus safety rides, the discounts, the recreational center, and the free tutoring.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis' academics, as well as other Universities, are way more rigorous than high school. Classes are spread out throughout the day and the week, so time management is very important as you are the one to choose whether you want to go to class, study, etc. The great thing about this school is the academic support, the office hours, the free tutoring and the free workshops.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis has a beautiful campus along with very welcoming and helpful student and staff. The school is very proud of who they are and where they stand. It's a great place to attend.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is a priortiy. Students swipe security cards to enter dorms, and the comings and goings of people is closely monitored.

    Greek Life

    The down town has all the fraternity and sorority houses. They are so quaint and well maintained, it's like something out of a movie. There are enough of them to appeal to all types of philosophies.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is just about every club imaginable. They also encourage students to start their own clubs if they have a good idea. I signed up for the snow boarding team and they have a beautiful equestrian center.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is geared toward ambitious, hard working and adventurous types. Someone interested in preserving the environment will feel at home here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an arboretum on campus that winds along a creek. Not only is it used for research, but it's a tranquil walk for students needing to unwind.

    Bang for the buck

    When you think of all the expensive schools out there, UC Davis is a bargain. You don't have the cost of a car (it's set up for bikes). The downtown area really caters to the students and prices are reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do, but I'll just mention a few. The snow boarding team works out at Tahoe. The rec center is amazing with dance, yoga, martial arts etc. There is a craft center right on campus for anyone interested in art.

    Food and Dining

    The food was amazing. Not at all like the typical 'cafeteria' food. There is a wide variety, freshly prepared, and many of the fruits and vegetables are grown right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Stayed in the dorms this summer at orientation. They are small, but clean and well maintained. They also have a good security system.

    Academic Rigor

    The university is on the quarter system, which means things move very quickly. It's a top-rated research university, so they expect a lot, but they offer tremedous support.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get yourself a good all-around bicycle. You'll be using it exclusively your first year. Look into the snow boarding club, because they practice at Lake Tahoe, and have cabins there!

    In three sentences

    I attended the orientation this summer, and I was wowed at every turn. The campus is not only physically beautiful, it has every amenity imaginable. I love the 'zero carbon' foot print philosophy, that is clearly practiced throughout the campus.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Davis community is extremely safe and on-campus feels the same way. There is a sense of freedom of choice that comes with college life but I have felt no threat to my personal safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different outlets for personal activities, beliefs and interests. It is very easy to get involved in something on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    There isn't one type of student that really fits in. There is a mix of backgrounds and interests that combine to make the campus friendly and diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Because the campus is so large, there are tons of unusual and beautiful places to explore. There are hundreds of green houses full of student-run projects, the organic student farm and the arboretum for the natural enthusiasts. There is the open grass quad with plenty of student activity and the confusing architecture of the Social Sciences building, aptly named the Death Star. UCD has lots of interesting buildings and events to check out.

    What to do for fun

    Davis has a strong sense of community. The farmer's markets on week nights and Saturday mornings make that extremely clear. The downtown is right by campus so there are lots of restaurants and shops to explore. The campus itself has tons of events of all interests going on as well. It is very easy to stay involved in campus life but I would recommend taking an adventure outside of it all as well!

    Food and Dining

    Overall, my experience in the Dining Commons was positive. I am a vegetarian and I always felt that I was not limited due to my diet. The food was delicious and convenient. There were always healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    My experience in the dorms at UCD was extremely positive. My peers were friendly, engaging, and interesting. My RA was helpful and very approachable. The dorms were clean and always safe. I felt very connected to campus by learning about on-going activites while meeting lots of new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of this campus, as I would assume with most, is largely based on what the individual student invests in it. UCD offers a broad selection of courses from the integral sciences to the eccentric philosophies, allowing students to customize their learning experience and challenge themselves academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to prospective students is to be open-minded. Dont be afraid to get involved in a new club, to learn a new language, or meet new people. It is important to take advantage of your surroundings- the people, the academics, and the resources that UCD provides-because it makes a huge difference in what you get out of the experience.

    In three sentences

    UCD is a dynamic and inspiring campus that fosters personal as well as academic growth. The opportunities to explore a wide variety of fields is not only abundant but highly encouraged. The campus has a strong sense of community, in which the members are intellectually and personally diverse.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This is my top choice school! *fingers crossed* I really hope I will be accepted :) For those of you who haven't had a chance to visit it, the campus is spacious and beautiful and there is lots of culture and activities on campus!

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The UC Davis campus has a traditional even called Picnic Day where clubs and organizations set up fun booths and events all over campus to represent their clubs. Alumni and other people from all over travel to Davis with their family to enjoy these events.

    What to do for fun

    The college town of Davis has a variety of delicious restaurants you can try eating out with your friends. There is also many frozen yogurt places whenever your in the mood for a treat. Afterwards you can enjoy yourself while watching a movie at any of the three theaters near the campus. Also downtown Davis, just a walk away from campus, has many different small stores you can shop at or just explore. However, if you don't want to leave campus to enjoy yourself there is also a few restaurants and dining places through ought the campus. Also, campus clubs host fun activities you can get involved with. You also have the choice of joining an intramural sport or just playing with your friends at the activities & recreational center. This building has workout stations; racquetball, basketball and volleyball courts; rock climbing wall, and other fun classes you can take. Another fun activity to do on campus is take a bike ride, walk or even picnic at the beautiful arboretum. If you are in the mood for fun and games just walk over to the Memorial Union on campus where there's a fun arcade right next to the bowling alley. Finally, on campus is the Mondavi Center where many musical performances and plays take place. Whatever your interest there is a place for you in Davis.

    Food and Dining

    The dining services in Davis are extremely convenient and you will find yourself very pleased with the food variety. However, after a couple months you may get bored of the food as the cultural food is not very authentic. In general, the dining services do make the best efforts to provide a variety of delicious meals for students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be great if you get involved and get to know your floor mates. Each floor has an residential adviser that students can go to if any issues arise. The residential adviser also plans activities for their own floor. The student housing plans events for each residential area and building. The floor can also join as a team with their choice in any intramural sport.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of the classes really depends on each individual professor and class. However, in general the coursework may sometimes be challenging but very well manageable. When it comes to exams these will really test your thorough knowledge of the course material.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any student that will be attending UCD I say get a bike you will need it. Any student who wants to make the most of their college life recommend getting involved in campus through sports, clubs or any campus activities. Also I highly recommend getting to know your professor through office hours this will come in handy when seeking letters of recommendation or research opportunities. Finally students should really use the academic resources as much as possible this will make a big impact on how well they do in classes.

    In three sentences

    University of California-Davis is a great school; the atmosphere of the campus and town is geared at making students succeed. Not only is the campus beautiful with a view of nature all around but it also has great resources all students should take advantage of. The greatest thing about the campus is the friendly and helpful attitude you will find in most of its staff and students.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Davis is an agricultural campus in the valley. That certainly lends more of a small town small community feel than it does a big city feel. Additionally, the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming wherever you go. Davis feels very safe. Take typical safety precautions, and there is little to fear. Bike theft is a fairly common problem though.

    Greek Life

    It seems lively! Students who join a sorority or a fraternity will be very busy, but it will be fun. I knew several men who were reluctant because of the frat boy reputation, but when they met the members and attended some events, their perception shifted very quickly. Additionally, some of the career based fraternities and sororities are excellent ways to make connections.

    Great for these types of students

    I suppose Davis is particularly good for science majors, though to me, this question seems limiting. I will leave you with this instead. An old AP high school teacher of mine has seen many different kinds of students to many different schools. There are only two schools that she has never in her career heard a student complain of. Davis is one of those schools.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. All college is expensive. Davis is a great school for the money. Scholarships, loans, and financial aid make it easier. It has as much bang for the buck as any other school.

    What to do for fun

    The Greek life is lively. There are parties and friendly people about. The Arboretum is a beautiful place to walk or bike around. It's a nice place to study or bring a picnic. There are some thrift stores, consignment stores, Forever 21 type stores, and expensive-looking little clothing stores to shop at, not to mention the compulsory book stores, record stores, and froyo places. Additionally, it's a big college with a lot of active people. There's always an event going on somewhere.

    Food and Dining

    Of the three dining commons, the Cuarto DC is easily the best. However, all of them offer tasty options. Those who are vegetarian or vegan will have plenty of options. Those less interested in veggies will be surprised at what they find themselves enjoying by the end of the year. As for other food in the area, good crepes can be had at the Silo. The farmers' market has a delightful array of fresh fruits, veggies, and other foods. Several delightful restaurants in the area also make it easy to find a tasty bite to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I strongly recommend that a first year at UC Davis stay in the dorms. My entire floor became friends. Others met people from other buildings or floors, but with friendly people everywhere, and in such close proximity, it is easy to find someone to hang out with. The shy will surprise themselves with how quickly they form alliances.

    Academic Rigor

    Davis is an excellent school. You will get a good education here. The sciences are particularly strong, of course. Davis is an agricultural school after all. Biology, ecology, food science, and science and society are all exciting, but the humanities department is not lacking either. You will be challenged, and employers will look with approval on your degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Davis. Take the advice you have no doubt already heard about visiting places: talk to people. We are happy to speak to you. Visit downtown, because it is adorable and pleasant, both busy and relaxing.

    In three sentences

    If UCs corresponded to Hogwarts houses, Davis would be Hufflepuff, and this more of a compliment than you realize. The students are hardworking and dedicated, but the real charm is how friendly it is. I have never heard of a student unhappy to be there, and even those who chose other schools have words of ready praise for its academic excellence and pleasant atmosphere.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is an abundance of clubs available to all students. From the Environmental Club to the Davis College Republicans... you'll find your niche.

    Great for these types of students

    Sustainable, Activists, Proactive, Hardworking, Chill, Nice

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quarterly 'undie-run' where students strip and jog in there underwear during finals week to relieve some stress!

    What to do for fun

    Bike! Everywhere!

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow what you're interested in! There are so many opportunities! Talk to your professors, they care!

    In three sentences

    Awesome if you love to be involved with campus activities. So many major programs thus a person with many interests can be fulfilled by getting involved with each department. Awesome chill atmosphere that's academically rigorous but not too competitive.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a campus police service that will escort you to your destination at any time of day. There is also the Tipsy Taxi that will take you to where you need to go, and not just for those who have had a little too much to drink. All dorm halls are locked- you can only enter if someone lets you in or you are staying in that dorm (in which case you have to swipe it to unlock the door).

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge variety of clubs and activities, from different types of dance, to sports, to religious or political beliefs, to Greek life- there's sure to be something you are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    For those who have a love or thirst for learning, who would like to be veterinarians or engineers, who like a large campus and student body, and for those who want a phenomenal education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a series of art sculptures around the campus of heads doing various activities of college students (one has his nose stuck in a book near the library, another is standing upside down, another is sleeping, etc.)

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition, etc. is expensive, but the program is well worth the money. For out-of-state students, it is very expensive. Look for ways to cut down on costs- if your family buys things like paper towels, etc. in bulk, bring some from home so that you don't need to buy as many at full price from a store. Try to find international editions of text books for classes if they will work- I saved over $300 in textbooks for this first quarter. I only spent $130 for 4 books- it adds up very fast. Even if you aren't able to do these things, the program is definitely still worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    They have many, many options. There are sports team, sports clubs, and all sorts of PE classes if you want a structured class. There are also many other types of clubs for nearly every sort of interest. If not, you are more than welcome to start your own!

    Food and Dining

    They have a moderate variety of foods from around the world, but they cook very well- the food is very good. They also offer quite a few healthy options, such as a salad bar.

    Academic Rigor

    The quarter system is much shorter than the semester system- only 10 weeks! Don't fall behind or it will be nearly impossible to catch up- you might literally run out of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Make sure you keep up with the deadlines- they come fast! 2) Visit the campus- it'll help you get a feel for whether you can see yourself there or not- it was what helped me decide! 3) Explore the extracurriculars- it's important to keep a balance!

    In three sentences

    The facilities and campus are great- clean, spacious, well-kept. They have a very wide range of programs and majors. They have top-notch veterinary medicine and engineering programs.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    UC Davis is an extremely safe campus! We have so many services available to us to make sure that we are safe and secure.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not interested in Greek life, but there are plenty of sororities and fraternities for students who are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    UC Davis offers an abundance of clubs and activities to its students.

    Bang for the buck

    There is no way to hide the fact that college is expensive and the cost is different for everyone, but there is no doubt that at UC Davis you are receiving a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs on campus that one could join, literally there is something for everyone. Also at the MU there are arcade games and bowling, so there is plenty to do on campus!

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons is great! There are so many options, even if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, there is something that you can eat! They even have a frozen yogurt machine!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are comfortable, but a bit small. Though, I was not expecting a large space. They have everything you need in them, so I don't have any complaints.

    Academic Rigor

    I do not have experience with the UC system yet, but I have heard that it is very rigorous, especially if you are on the quarter system.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before you decide whether you want to attend. It is quite large and can be a bit overwhelming, so make sure you love the campus before you decide.

    In three sentences

    I have not even started yet and I can honestly say that UC Davis is absolutely wonderful! The expansive campus is beautiful and very environmentally friendly. Everyone on campus is approachable and helpful!

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A very safe secure campu with friendly officers that interact with the students.

    Greek Life

    Good parties, very goal oriented people with a mission to help the world.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many amazing clubs to chose from!

    Great for these types of students

    pre vet, science majors, animal people, vegan people, naturalist, enviromental supporters

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Their bike path is one of the longest paths and its goes through campus and through all the agriculture

    Bang for the buck

    I love UC Davis, one of the top UC Schools as well as university in the world.

    What to do for fun

    San Fransisco is about a 15 minute drive were there are clubs, dining, beaches, and more!

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing, they have a wide variety of services available and a huge selection for vegans as well, a lot of their food is grown right there on the campus grounds in their agricultural and farming departments.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms I have my own apartment but the dorms from what I saw are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challeging, but the classes prepare you for the real world and get you ready for the field you decide to pursue.

    Tips for prospective students

    Balance your schedule, it's super important, DO NOT procrasinate, show up to classes, and if your an athlete and full time student, definatley balance your schedule and do not be afraid to ask for help and guidance!!

    In three sentences

    University of California Davis, is a dream school come true. The people on campus are amazingly friendly and supportive, the campus is beautiful and for those who come specificlly for pre-vet, its a animal friendly campus. Davis has a wide variety of interesting courses you can take, with high tech facilities and labs combined with the immense immersion and study abroad programs, these are just another thing that make this University a step up abouve the others in the direction of high quality education.

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day. It's one of the largest student run events in the country. They have chemistry shows, dog shows, and laxer mazes at this event.

    What to do for fun

    Davis a pretty small town. You can play sports with buddies, take a walk or bike ride in the beautiful arboretum, visit the various animals on campus such as the raptor center.

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes had strange combinations of food to make it healthier. However, dining commons was all you can eat and had a very large selection you can chose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms were large. Had a suite with two bedrooms and a living-room and bathroom. Everyone was really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Very focused on academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage f the different resources they have on campus.

    In three sentences

    Great academic school with a lot of internship and research opportunities.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This school puts a lot of emphases in safety so you can be rest assured that there is a good police force at the school that care for you and your peers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and different activities that you can join.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is very good. They have some awesome chefs that cook healthy meal that taste very good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself when you apply. Have good grades because that does reflect what kind of student you are. Also college applications are not just based on test score but as well on other things that you have done such as leadership roles and the types of commitments that you have involved yourself with; whether it may be sports, drama club or other activities.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school. It has a very good microbiology program. There are a lot of resources for the student to utilize which is very good because as a student you need these resources.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is overall a safe and respectful environment.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for studious students who also have time to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many places to bike along the fields!

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive but at the same time you receive a lot.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown and experience the culture!

    Food and Dining

    Healthy, tasty, not too long lines or waits! Really, the dining here is pristine.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well kept and there are many activities for varying interests.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging but studying will pay off in general.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make time to study as well as having fun!

    In three sentences

    It's very large. It's a bike college town. Everyone is just as smart as you!

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is highly secured.

    Greek Life

    It is very popular to enter greek life. Not only is it an easy way to form your circle of friends, a majority of fraternities and sororities on campus also do a lot of volunteer work in the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Davis has more than 500+ active clubs to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Davis is great for those who prefer the cold weather and a much quieter environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As finals weeks comes around the corner, Davis students get together and do an undie run to liven the spirits of other students especially in the dorms. What they do is they run in the underwears and across the campus and through the dormitories. It is amusing to watch.

    Bang for the buck

    You get your money's worth but in terms of trying to get the class you want, it is often too stressful. There are times when you do not get the class you want or need, nor will you find yourself in a class with a good professor.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do in Davis for fun. Night life may consist of party hopping at the fraternity houses. In the daytime, you can enjoy the green lush by walking through the arboretum or have a very relax dinner in downtown which is only about a ten minute ride away.

    Food and Dining

    Davis dorm food is known to be one of the best in the UCs. You can indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables, chow down a noodles and meat, while having the luxury of having a dessert bar.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in the dorms is eager to meet people just like you, making it easier to make friends. In addition, classes are much closer making it more convenient to get to class on time and early back on particular occasions when you are ready to call it a day.

    Academic Rigor

    A handful of courses are a breeze, but most require hours of studying and a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to wait list for classes because chances are you will get in.

    In three sentences

    Davis receives a well deserved 9 because although it does not offer as much leisure activities or demonstrate as much energy as other cities, it is a quaint school located in a humble city. Not only that, the people are friendly and fresh fruits and vegetables are easy to come by.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hangouts with friends, playing soccer and attend different events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open and don't be confused or scared of anything. It is a quarter system school, so it'll need focusing the first day of school.

    In three sentences

    A great school with full of opportunities. It has culturally diverse environment that allows every student to learn about different backgrounds.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is too much to do for fun!

    Food and Dining

    The food was always warm and cooked before your eyes.

    Dorm Life

    Socialinzing with first year students who had similar goals and backgrounds made living away form home so much easier.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be challebging but with time,effort and dedication its not impossible to recieve a satisfactory grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    My university is one of the friendliest and peaceful campus. The professors are always encouraging and expect students to go above and beyond expectations. Within my time here at the university I have build lasting friendships and connections.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    great, there are bike accidents all the time though. There's also a service you can call if you need a ride or if you're stuck somewhere.

    Greek Life

    everything: rush week is interesting and I live on frat row so everynight we listen to what people are screaming and whatnot.

    Clubs and Activities

    everything you could possibly think of from ski to horseback riding

    Great for these types of students

    people who want to come out of there shell. you can start over here.

    Bang for the buck

    dont use the bookstore here, it's too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    bike ride and explore campus!

    Food and Dining

    yum:) i live in segundo and the food is really good; there's a lot to chose from so it's really easy to overeat.

    Dorm Life

    amazing! the RAs are pretty laid back, but dont drink or anything or you will get caught.

    Academic Rigor

    the first quarter hasnt been terribly challenging, but be organized and keep a planner or a to-do list.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out your major and minor quickly so you know what youre doing. but the first couple quarters take classes that interest you and fulfill GE requirements.

    In three sentences

    I love the weather here, it's beautiful and it's close to home.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For the most part, UC Davis is a very safe campus. There are never any thefts, physical attacks between students, or any other safety threats.

    Greek Life

    There are many frats and sororities on campus but it isn't necessary to join one in order to have a good time in college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much diversity in the clubs and activities that almost everyone could find a niche.

    Great for these types of students

    The university is great for all types of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have picnic day every year which is awesome. People for outside Davis and us locals flock to the campus for booths, food, shows (ie the magic show), and many other things to see!

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the gym, there is a outdoor adventures club where you can go river rafting, hiking, snowboarding. There are many dances classes available if interested and sports fields and sports clubs!

    Food and Dining

    The food is awesome!!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is nice if you live with people you know or someone you can get along with. You can meet so many people and some might remain your closest friends for the rest of your life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are somewhat difficult, but you cannot expect anything less in college. No more spoon feeding and you have to be an adult and manage your time wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for an awesome college experience, UC Davis is the place to be. We have many electives and courses available and there are many majors to choose from. The student life is great and every day is an adventure.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is an amazing place. The campus is so beautiful and the environment is so fresh. The courses are diverse and very interesting.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Davis is one of the safest towns I have ever been in. People joke that the only thing they are worried about here is their bike getting stolen. I have biked around campus alone around 10 pm and felt completely safe. It is very well lit.

    Greek Life

    A surprising amount of students here are involved in Greek Life. There are social greek houses to pre-med greek houses. We even have a few co-ed fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of a club, we have it here. All clubs range from Anime to Pre-Dentistry Clubs and everything in between. Davis Wiki has a good site with the majority of these clubs listed.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for all kinds of students. Outgoing students can get involved and shy students can hang out in our incredibly large library.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have an Undie Run every finals week. Also, we are home to one of the largest student cheering sections called the Aggie Pack. My personal favorite statue is found in front of the library. It is an egghead with his nose in a book.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get what you are paying for here. Expect the labs to be up to date and the facilities to be taken care of. The campus is extremely well maintained along with the majority of the classrooms.

    What to do for fun

    Most people here get involved by joining clubs, Greek life and sports teams. Every Saturday there is an amazing farmer's market that I would recommend checking out as well. Besides that, people go out for food at some of the amazing restaurants in town, or even make day trips to San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons here is pretty good compared to other schools. However, it does get old. They do try to make up for it by doing themed nights (ex. Harry Potter, French Food, etc.).

    Dorm Life

    This was the only disappointment for me. The dorms were really small- quite a bit smaller than other schools. Make a real effort to get to know the people on your floor. Those who bonded with their floor had the best experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are hard. It is definitely not at the level of community colleges or state school- no matter what people may try to tell you. Expect there to be tests that the whole class fails. (Do not worry- there are good curves!)

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend applying here. Try and live in the dorms the first year so that you can meet more people. College is a time to broaden your horizons so do not be afraid to try new things!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love my college's campus. My classes are interesting and allow me to learn more than I feel like a smaller school would. Since the campus is research-based, I am able to be up to date on anything, especially science-related.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The worst crime on campus is bike theft. We do have bike police on top of the campus police, which makes for a super safe campus. I have not heard of any recent intense safety issues, but I do hear sirens at night.

    Greek Life

    I myself have not rushed, but I know many who have and love their sororities/fraternities. Greek life is a great way to meet new people and form families. Not all are social based, there are many that are based on major, religion, race, programs, and so on. So don't automatically write them all off as partyers!

    Clubs and Activities

    I keep myself busy going from classes to events and clubs. As I mentioned earlier, I get weekly e-mails from The Aggie Reader that informs students about all the main activities going on around campus that week and clubs are really good about sending out e-mail reminders detailing when and where meetings and activities are. So, I believe it is really easy to manage when to go to class, when to study, and when to go to events because it is pretty active activities-wise. I am never bored and I love how there are so many clubs to chose from (and it's no big deal if you cannot attend stuff, they understand!)

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for laid-back students who are not going to college to try and snub other people or compete their way to the top. If anyone is looking for a sense of community and belonging, they are totally welcomed with open arms.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UC Davis is best known for its Picnic Day celebration, so for any prospective students trying to get a feel for the town and campus's environment, I suggest you check that day out! It's held in April on the Arboratem, which is basically the prettiest place you'll ever see. Also, the campus gets all four seasons (which is a huge plus for me, having grown up in So-Cal).

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of going to UC Davis is definitely worth it. Also, it is actually cheaper to live off campus than on campus and since it is a college town, it is not hard to find a place to rent that is close to campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many events going on around campus that are listed in weekly e-mails called The Aggie Reader. If going to events and clubs is too hard to keep track of, there is always the cheap arcade/bowling alley in the Memorial Union; the Activities and Recreation Center (basically our gym which has all the usual machines but with a technological twist of TV, Internet, and gaming options, plus an indoor track, racquetball courts, rock climbing wall, and so on); free night dance classes (Tuesdays at least for Segundo, which feature zumba, salsa, hip-hop, etc.); activities hosted by the dorm resident advisers; ping pong in the services center; free movies on the online housing website; food places downtown; movies at the movie theatres; bike rides; visit the cows; shop at the university mall (Forever 21 and stores like that); or even take a free YOLO bus to Sacramento and exploit all the state capitol has to offer!

    Food and Dining

    I absolutely love the dining commons. There are so many choices, and for a person who does not eat beef (or any red meat in my roommate's case), that is a blessing. I get to try out so many new types of food every day and as soon as you walk in the DC, there is a display of all the dishes available with a complete description of what it is, ingredients, calorie counts, other nutrition facts, and where it can be found. Also, each display card is color coated, the color indicating whether it is vegan, vegetarian, spicy, a favorite, etc. Also, for picky eaters who do not want to try the Mongolian BBQ, falafels, or other exotic foods can always chose to eat burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and salad. And the best part: dessert. All I can say about that is save plenty of room and eat it three times a day because I have not once eaten a sweet that I did not like.

    Dorm Life

    Unlike other schools, when applying for housing at UC Davis, students do not fill out a personality survey. Instead, we filled out three room preferences, each with criteria including which dorm we wanted to live in, room occupancy, single sex or co-ed floor, program or non-program, and room style (suite, standard, etc.). Due to an abundance of housing applicants, I now live in a triple in the Segundo housing area (which was in my opinion the best out of all the choices). Online, my room is listed as a double because that was what it was originally intended for; however, this room would be a huge double because even with three people and all our stuff, we still have a lot of room space (I live in a corner room, so that might be why). Also, my floormates are super friendly and there are kitchens, common rooms, and music rooms in every dorm. Floor activities put on by the resident advisors and intramural sports are also a great way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    I never was one to look at ranking systems before choosing which colleges I would go to because I never quite understood how ranking could be such a big deciding factor for others. I mean, shouldn't the person who goes there rank it for themselves on their own scale? Anyway, regardless of how UC Davis is portrayed ranking-wise, I am learning so much here after only about a month and though the calculus, chemistry, and sociology classes I am taking are rigorous, I am receiving all the help I could possibly need by going to drop-in tutoring, office hours, academic advising, and so on.

    Tips for prospective students

    As most people know, Davis is known for being a bike-friendly campus. I would advise any prospective students to take into account how they are going to travel around campus or downtown at whatever college they choose, because all things worth going to, in Davis at least, are easily accessible by bike, car, bus, or even on foot. Although bike circles look intimidating, I would suggest using the first couple of days after move-in day (when the upper-classmen have not arrived yet) to get used to the idea of bike circles because in reality, they are not scary at all!

    In three sentences

    Davis has such a college-town atmosphere about it , which enhances my experience here at UC Davis. All the people I meet are very nice and friendly and there is no threat of intense competition or sabotage here like there is at other UC schools. I chose to commit to UC Davis because I was impressed with how there were zero-waste bin options instead of trash cans, recycled paper towels in all of the bathrooms, organic student-grown gardens, bicycle-friendly campus and town (totally flat campus!), and comfortable sense of community.

  • 10/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to frat parties, kickback with friends, go to Aggie Pack events or join a fraternity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you feel that the campus and the environment is for you. Make sure you like what UCD has to offer in terms of its social scene and the seemingly bland location Davis is in. Don't choose a college based on its ranking, choose a college based on your feelings towards it.

    In three sentences

    Campus is huge and students must bike to get around campus. Classes are moderately hard and UCD has several amazing professors passionate for their subject. Social life in UCD has to be sought out and a car is advised to do fun things.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    What is dorm life like? Is everyone friendly?

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ride your bike around the city and explore restaurants/places. Downtown is a nice place to hang out and have food.

    Food and Dining

    There are many varieties to the food and many choices to choose from. The food is culturally diverse too. However, expect to be disappointed if the food is not like what your mom makes.

    Dorm Life

    Tercero is probably the best out of all dorms because it's the newest. You will be able to make a lot of friends, but it's okay if you won't. Also, your random roommate can turn out to be your bestie :)

    Academic Rigor

    Professors try to make lectures fun and the materials are very interesting and eye opening. However, the quarter is hard to catch up. You have to always be on top of the game. It's not high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If parties are not for you, do not wander around Russell during weekend's nights, but if you like to party, do not accept drinks from Frat guys. Never be too cautious about locking your bikes, even the bike lights! There are A LOT of choices for classes but always have multiple backup schedules.

    In three sentences

    Davis is a very nice and safe campus, except for the smell of the cows. Everywhere is biking distance, and there are many buses that you can take to go around the city for free if you're a student. Biking between classes can be pretty relaxing with a nice weather.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are A LOT of clubs.

    What to do for fun

    Bowling, ice cream, clubs on campus, gym, biking, jogging, party, outdoor adventures.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. I like all the options they give us. It does get old after a while, but you miss it when you move out of the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    I personally liked the dorms. They were very nice and fairly spacious. The school staff really tried to make us feel comfortable. I enjoyed the themed nights at the dining commons. The down side is you can only dorm for one year.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely a lot of very intelligent people at this school. However, the academic rigor is highly dependent on the major. The science and engineering side is competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    COME VISIT THE CAMPUS. You will either love it or realize its not the school for you. It is a laid back, slow pace atmosphere. The town is quaint and homey. Its something you have to get used to if you are from a big city. I personally think its a great study atmosphere.

    In three sentences

    UCD has a beautiful campus and informed professors. However, the school as a whole is fairly liberal. I do think the variety and quality of classes is excellent.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    intellectual, nature-loving, friendly people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the Eggheads for good luck!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the movies, go bowling, check out Zumba classes at the ARC, go for a bike ride in the Arboretum, meet people on Greek Row, play IM sports--the list goes on!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Davis if you like: nature nice people interesting professors small towns animals rain

    In three sentences

    Davis is everything I had hoped it would be. The scenery is wonderful but the people are even better. And I love my classes!

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are bike cops everywhere. Everywhere. Even at night, its very well lit, and there is a very low crime rate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome week is amazing and you can get tons of free food and stuff. There are too many fun traditions to count, but go to football games, they through out lots of free stuff!

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Davis is a cute town with lots of awesome restaurants and student-priced activities. Go see a movie, or go to the Mondavi Center events, you get a free ticket as a freshman.

    Food and Dining

    The DC is one of the greatest thing that ever happened to me :). The food is always changing and there are so many options. There will always be something there that you'll love.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a suite configuration, which is great. It's more like living in an apartment with five other people, but I share a room with one other person.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty difficult in the sciences field, and very work-heavy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a bike! Don't get 7:30 classes. Go easy the first quarter

    In three sentences

    This college is amazing. The campus and community is wonderful, and the material is challenging. Everything is very environmentally focused, green and sustainable.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I recently became interested in this school and now I have applied and can not wait to go! The location, campus, activities, and education just fit perfectly for me. I really hope I get accepted, it would make my life.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCD is known as the bike capital of the world, literally almost every student transports via bicycle, so with those rising gas prices this option is quite valuable. Definitely must read about the social sciences building aka 'the death star'.

    What to do for fun

    Many different sports for all levels of competitors from NCAA, inter mural, and intramural.

    Food and Dining

    Dining Commons are phenomenal here at UCD, we are a very sustainable area and most foods are grown or transported locally to reduce transportation costs and support the greenness quality of UCD.

    Dorm Life

    As a transfer student I live in Apartments near campus with awesome roommates, we each have our own room and restroom! Could not be happier.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis is currently ranked as the No. 8 public school in the entire United States.

    Tips for prospective students

    Maintaining the best possible grades and extracurricular are imperative. However beyond this, make sure your ability to write well is solid per UC Davis maintains a tough grading system mostly upon writing skills and thought process/ analyzation.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is diversely rich in culture and thought, predominantly due to the wide array of people involved at school. Speaking of involvement it is an incredible school not only to learn but also gain experience in your study field with literally thousands of internship opportunities. For the academias, there are many opportunities to conduct research as an undergrad and shadow instructors in research before applying to professional or graduate school.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Watch a movie downtown, walk around in the arboretum, party at the frats, explore by bike around the city, take the bus into the capital (20 mins), drive to the city(2hours), visit Tahoe (3 hours).

    Food and Dining

    Downtown is literally right on the edge of the campus. There are so many good restaurants. Ones that are especially popular are Burgers and Brew, Raja's Tandoor and Crepeville. There's a resturant for every budget and every taste. For some reason Davis has around 7 soft serve places...which isn't a bad thing.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are brand new and clean. It might be best to sign up for housing as quickly as possible because housing is limited. The dining commons is buffet style and the food is usually pretty good. They have theme nights and go out of their way to make the environment fun for the students.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis is one of the top 10 public universities in the country so of course expectations are high. However, with hard work and good study habits good grades are very possible. There are also small group tutoring and workshops available for certain classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the daviswiki.org website. It has everything you need to know about the city and the university from places with free wifi, to restaurants open at 3am to places where you can pick fruit!

    In three sentences

    Davis is the perfect school to go to for its academic rigor but relaxed atmosphere. It's a large school, but small enough that you bump into people you know all the time. Davis is known as a farm school, but really, there are so many different kinds of people here with so many different ambitions, that you can't boil the school down to a single stereotype.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on campus 24/7 especially with the new LED lights all over campus!

    Greek Life

    Not too noticeable, not a large presence on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many I couldn't even begin to list them, I would suggest going to the activities fair at the beginning of the year for those who are planning on attending.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are willing to study hard during the week and before exams only to relax on the weekends!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day is occurs in the Spring and ~100K people come on campus for a big open house, really a must visit event!

    Bang for the buck

    Trust me when I say this that UC Davis provides an excellent educational experience, and from a science major's standpoint, (and one who has taken a chemistry course at UC Irvine) the laboratory experience provided here easily surpasses of UC's who teach their science programs in old and kinda creepy facilities and use books written by professors at Davis!

    What to do for fun

    Lots of IM sports! A student job like working for Unitrans is also a great way to meet some friends (Google UC Davis Unitrans for more info)!

    Food and Dining

    Ehh it's a buffet style eating that can be pretty fun when you sit with a larger group but also allows for you to disappear into the crowd should you want some time to yourself.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a suite style dorm with 5 other guys in 3 rooms sharing 1 bathroom and honestly we got together just great! Unfortunately this does not always happen with everyone but when it does you make new friends that will last for years!

    Academic Rigor

    From a fourth year science major's perspective -- Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior for those of you who have done your research ;) -- the material can be tough and if you don't keep up with it at a reasonable pace throughout the quarter it will consume your nights come exams. Averages generally creep up in those select classes that are curved over the years encouraging more consistent studying but you should really get into the habit early! Honestly if you're having trouble just go to office hours and the professor or ta will be more then happy to help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours!! They are the perfect opportunity to touch up on any material that you may have not understood perfectly as well as an opportunity to sit in a more intimate setting with your professor or ta. This intimate setting, however, only lasts for the first few weeks as more people tend to come in around exams for obvious reasons.

    In three sentences

    Although the larger class sizes may be off-putting at first glance -- due to fear of lack of communication with the professor, ta's, classmates, etc. -- UC Davis really does provide an excellent learning environment with respectable peers who are willing to help should you ask.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Davis is part of the UC system - of course it would be expensive. The expenses do have some benefits, though - there are plenty of resources on campus that one can take advantage of to move forward in life.

    What to do for fun

    There's a Forever 21 next to the Segundo dorms, and downtown Davis is a nice place to explore and find plenty of entertainment. Bike around for fun - Davis as a city is much larger than one would expect, and there are some interesting nooks and crannies around.

    Food and Dining

    I don't understand why people complain about how boring the food is. Food is food, and the menu at the dining commons (while admittedly is on a looped schedule), is still fantastic and well-made. When you're busy with classes, you'll be thankful that there's a DC nearby to satiate hunger. If you really want variety, there is still more culinary delights at the Silo/Junction/off campus, and don't forget to watch out for the free food that's around on campus!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to know many, many people - although getting close with them is another matter. Super close friendships are harder to find in dorms, but you're guaranteed variety and be entertained with the fairly interesting behavior of dorm mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor really depends on a student's attitude towards a class. If you happen to hate your classes, you're much more likely to moan about how hard it is. Choose the classes YOU want, and yes - most of them are still fairly challenging, but then again, the point of college is to yank you out of the comfort zone, yes?

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Buy your books used, if possible. Negotiate with other students in UC Davis's Textbook Exchange page on Facebook - they have deals that are often much better than the UCD Bookstore. 2.) Remember to take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water and remember to eat healthy (not just junk food and cookies), especially during finals week. Believe it or not, there are students that forget one, the other, or even both and end up needing serious medical attention or do very poorly on their resulting tests. Personal health is a priority!

    In three sentences

    Davis has a bad rap on being a cow school, but the truth is, there are many opportunities to have fun on campus. It's not city life for sure, but if you like the chill, relaxed environment with friendly people, Davis is a match for you!

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    UC Davis is a highly ranked and prestigious college and it is relatively affordable compared to many private colleges, so you get a great bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the cows! It is Davis! Downtown is amazing, especially at night! Movies, restaurants like Burgers and Brews and Vito's and the Dumpling House, and rock climbing. So many clubs that you can join--clubs for certain majors, interests, and professions. The ARC is our amazing gym that is a great place to work out and make friends. The Memorial Union features a bowling alley with very cheap prices for students, arcade games, pool tables, and ping pong tables. There is a swimming pool but it is only open during certain times of the year.

    Food and Dining

    We are rated as the best food system in the UC system but sometimes the food is a hit-or-miss. First couple weeks weren't bad, but as the quarter went by the food quality decreased. The dining commons are amazing and new and environmentally friendly. Very wide range of food from Mexican food to Chinese food. The dessert bar is amazing! Offers wide range of vegetarian and vegan food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. I have met so many new people, including my two roommates, who are absolutely amazing. Every day there is something going on like movies nights in the lounges, game night, study groups, and etc. it's great being surrounded by peers who are willing to help you with school work or any problems one may have. Everyone here at Davis is extremely friendly, including residents of the dorms, and it is such an amazing atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are competitive but not cut-throat. Many students here are pre-med or engineering so curves can be a little tough and the work can be difficult sometimes. Midterms and final exams vary from teachers, but they are not crazy tests with impossible answers. They test you on questions that come straight from what you were supposed to learn and they are fairly more difficult than high school tests.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt so safe. I can walk to the library at 4 am and never even have to glance over my shoulder. Off campus my housemates and I do not bother to lock our doors.

    Greek Life

    There are many different sorority's and fraternities throughout Davis. Some have gotten suspended in recent years, but I would say that about 30% of students are in either a community service, professional, or social sorority or fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for most majors and the faculty along with some community members take leadership roles. It is the students responsibility to go out and look for these clubs, but the connections which one can make here are priceless.

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is a great location for people who are laid back. Very calm, but still know how to have fun. Study hard to play hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A very odd location on campus is a small area near the Arboretum where it looks as if a building used to be located. This area is named by students as the ruins which adds to it's creepy nature.

    Bang for the buck

    As with all public universities UC Davis is more affordable than most private schools, yet it is still pricey and unless you receive financial aid or have scholarships, it will still put a sizable dent in the wallet.

    What to do for fun

    There are various ways to spend free time. Some choose to play intramural sports, while some take advantage of the newly built gym equipped with a rock climbing wall.

    Food and Dining

    UC Davis is well known for its dining commons where it caters to all types of diets ranging from meat oriented to vegetarian and vegan options. For those who are gluten free, this is also an option.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Tercero, and it was the greatest experience I could have asked for. Everyone is taking similar classes and the chance to meet so many people with the same goals is motivating.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors and TA's which I have experienced so far have all been very helpful, especially during office hours. The exams are fairly difficult for science classes but there is generally a generous curve.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing I have learned after my first year is that developing study habits which work for you individually is necessary to be successful in your classes. The first two years will seem very general and seem like a waste of time, but they are needed to fully understand the concepts of the upper division classes.

    In three sentences

    Davis has been the best decision I have taken in every aspect. From our academics to a lively social scene there is no other place I would want to be. There are plenty of research possibilities and faculty members are always willing to guide students in the right direction.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I ride my bike frequently at night, and I never feel unsafe. If you find yourself away from home and it's late, just call Campus Escort and they will give you a lift back to your dorm for free. Also, if you've been drinking, you can call Tipsy Taxi to give you a ride home just for a few dollars.

    Clubs and Activities

    Besides the huge number of clubs on campus, you can catch a play, dance, or other performance at the beautiful Mondavi Center. All new students get one free ticket and 50% off all other tickets.

    Great for these types of students

    Davis would be heaven for anyone who loves animals or agriculture. Other than that, Davis students are generally well-rounded, often highly involved in sports and clubs in high school, hard workers, and high-achieving.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several giant eggheads around campus doing various things. For example, the egghead in front of the library has its face in a book. A tradition is to find all of them and take a picture with each one. The Arboretum is a beautiful place for a walk in the park or studying. Also, be sure to check out the Mind Spa in the Student Health and Wellness center--free massages!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive and would be anywhere you go. I am so glad I chose UC over CSU even though it is cheaper because it is worth the extra money. Davis has a unit cap at 26 as opposed to 16 or 17 at a CSU, so it is easier to get your required units and graduate on time. Also, the research and academic opportunities at Davis are unmatched.

    What to do for fun

    Davis has a huge amount of clubs for pretty much any activity. If you like sports, Davis has club sports, intramural sports, and varsity for the more serious competitors. I heard inner-tube water polo is quite popular. If you're into city-life and huge frat parties, Davis probably isn't the place for you. But if you are more interested in hanging out with awesome people or riding the Davis Bike Loop, you've found a great place to be.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons are very convenient and good, but they do tend to get repetitive; there is a large variety for vegans and vegetarians as well. We receieve 100 AggieCash (equivalent to $100) that we can spend in the student stores and at various vendors on and off campus. Downtown is adjacent to campus, and there is a huge variety of places to eat there. There are various on-campus places to eat sitting down or to grab a quick bite, including the CoHo (Coffee House), the Silo, the ARC and smaller vendors scattered around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently living in a suite with six girls, which makes it hard to meet a lot of other people. I recommend community-style living (yes, with community bathrooms!) because you get to meet A LOT more people and it improves your college experience. The Dining Commons are very convenient, and each living area has a 24/7 computer center where you get 250 free prints--very useful!!

    Academic Rigor

    Davis, to my knowledge, is the 8th best public university in the nation, so there is much expected of you. Especially with the large classes, the responsibility to learn and do well is on you. If you need help, you have to ask for it. Be proactive in your education; Davis has infinite resources, and you will succeed if you are willing to search them out. Go to all lectures, all discussions, as many office hours as you can, and go to SASC in Dutton Hall! They have free tutoring and specialists in most academic areas.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit Davis, but don't be daunted by the huge campus. When I first visited, I hated it and vowed I would never go here, but look where I am now! Also, you hear all these horror stories of humongous classes with a tiny speck of a teacher that barely speaks English and doesn't care about you as a student; if you sit in the front, it feels like a small class where you can ask questions, and try to find upperclassmen to help you out with advice! Also, be sure to check out Davis Wiki. It's a fantastic resources that can tell you all things Davis, from cows to restaurants to places to sleep on campus!

    In three sentences

    Davis is a great place to be in a friendly college town. You can have the small town feel here while still having the perks of a large student population. Davis has vast academic and research opportunities, and be sure to bring you bicycle; we're famous for bikes!

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Haven't had any problems yet though I've heard the campus police (who are barely present...I barely see them) are pretty strict about bike rules. I heard someone got a $500 ticket pedaling through a stop sign and not stopping all the way. I've never encountered such things, but eh...thought I'd warn you people. =)

    Greek Life

    Haven't really explored this option...

    Clubs and Activities

    500 or so clubs. If you can't find one you like, get a life. There is a club for almost everything...

    Great for these types of students

    Human Beings. Simple as that. If you act like a robot or are a hermit, no college will please you. Davis has a balance of things and if you find it, then you will begin to appreciate Davis.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Death Star. Yeah, that confusing building where people play sardines in because it's dark, maze-like, and down-right creepy at night? Yeah, the Death Star.

    Bang for the buck

    No different than other UCs. They do cheat you on the meal plans though. First 90 meals come to $13 each, all else above that come to $2 a meal. They know most people eat only a few, so they jack up the prices for the first 90, despite the fact that walking it paying each straight out is probably cheaper. Also, that Aggie Cash that they buy is a scam. They force you to get it if you live in the residence halls. The closest location is the convenience stores where they raise the prices a good 1.5x - 2x knowing students are lazy. Yeah, a big loot, but whatever, just be smart and use it at those downtown restaurants that accept it and avoid the Junction, Trudy's, and whatever else the third one was. You're welcome. =)

    What to do for fun

    Fun is wherever you see it. Find opportunities or create them. I can't tell you how to have fun; you need to find it. But there are plenty of opportunities if you chose to find it =)

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is a heaven for the first week but slowly gets repetitive and uninteresting over the course of the first quarter. They try hard, but it's cafeteria food after all. Also, try not to be glutenous! There are plenty of opportunities here to reach the freshman 15, so know how much you are taking in.

    Dorm Life

    People get to know each other quite well and pretty fast. You'll enjoy it so long as you leave your room once in a while.

    Academic Rigor

    Not the hardest, not the easiest, Davis has a good balance of life vs academia.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a big campus, so get to know it a bit before stepping for your first time during move-in week.

    In three sentences

    Remember that triangle where you choose between academics, sleep, and a social life? Remember how in Berkeley they say you get to choose only one? Well that's Berkeley ;) With good time management, you can get all three at Davis.

  • 01/02/2013

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    In three sentences

    I heard they have a good engineering program, which is great for me but which is better for aerospace: UCSD or UCD?

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In Davis everyone feels safe. Its a great location with a lot of student involvement and lights and bike priority so it gives off a safe environment.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is big at Davis. Parties by frats are big but also very dirty be careful don't' just drink anything sometimes frat parties even have lists like a club. They will all be on Russell lined up like a pretty chorus line.

    Clubs and Activities

    I wish there were more clubs. A lot of the clubs are religious like for Christians but there are some nature ones and the programs like dancing which is $50.00 at the arc for a quarter and Outdoor adventures which i have yet to try but you'd still have to pay for sure.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Look at Burgers and Brews great place and The COHO which stands for coffee house on campus which is at the memorial union. Good Food for cheap in my opinion.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid is close by and they are very friendly. They are willing to help so far has been my experience.

    What to do for fun

    Night life depends on you and your friends really. If you like going out there are parties at THE Colleges At LA Rue and there is a big bar scene in Davis which has dance floors if you want to get a bit boogie with it lol

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. They have a lot of restaurants although many are Asian and very few Hispanic food so it kind of sucks and also don't expect fast food restaurants there too much because they don't have McDonald or burger king close by.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a transfer student so i don't know much about dorm life but as student coming from community college the school did place in apartments that surrounded me with other transfer students which was a great support system. The school try to make it comfortable for you with people of the same interest so you feel like you can make connections.

    Academic Rigor

    It is best to study from the very beginning no matter how hard your course is so you don't have do an all nighter. Try to read ahead of class and show up to every class because that is where you remember and retain most things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open and go to the local town for fun which is mainly made of up of bars. Get to know your professors try to talk to them and get somehow in touch with students around you by making connections. Don't stay at home and study go outside, go to the ARC gym and get involved.

    In three sentences

    Davis is an amazing school with a lot of religious clubs specifically of christian faith. It is college town with the student being involved in all of Davis even driving the local Bus lines in normal clothes which gives it a safe and laid back feeling. Beautiful campus with plenty of bikes to bump into.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police and fire station on campus, and numerous on-call assistant hotlines available 24/7. If you own a bike however, it probably will get stolen. Get yourself a good U-lock. You can always register your bike in case it does get stolen, but don't hold your breath.

    Greek Life

    I can say with certainty that UC Davis has a very much live and well Greek society. There is such a sense of community within Davis that it is impossible to feel left out, the spirit is everywhere. Well, at least it is on every classroom chalkboard, but that pretty much covers the whole place.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club you can think of, Davis has. Clubs are never exclusive, so feel free to pop in at any time of the year. Running club, ultimate Frisbee club, anime club, a fighting games community, clubs for every religion etc cetera.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious technophiles and genies. If you are not one of these two, don't panic! The staff and student-staff are so sweet and helpful, just go in at any time and give them any questions you may have.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Davis always holds a Picnic Day celebration on campus every year. On Picnic Day various students and organizations come to showcase their wacky or interesting talents and trades. Just pure fun, everyone should go at least once. Enrollment not limited to students, so bring the whole family.

    Bang for the buck

    UC Davis is expensive. You do not want to enroll into Davis without 100 per cent confidence that you will stick through with it till the end. That being said, there is plenty of things this campus offers for students, including unlimited gym membership, discounts at select stores and eateries, free buss rides, and of course a wonderful small-town environment.

    What to do for fun

    Davis has a bowling alley and an arcade on site. There arboretum that runs across campus is beautiful and worth the occasional walk. Join a sports team, intramural or club or otherwise. Sports are cool. You can play video games in your room if you want. Unlimited bandwidth. Invite your friends over.

    Food and Dining

    There are three choices of dining commons on campus, and each delivers its own selection of choice food options. You really cannot go wrong. Options for vegetarians and vegans always offered. Plenty of other on campus eateries as well as off-campus restaurants to choose from if you want a change of atmosphere.

    Dorm Life

    This is the reason you should want to go to UC Davis, or any university really. You become so close to your roommates, and the people in Davis are all friendly and inviting. To make friends, try talking to your neighbors. They are human, after all.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis runs on a quarter system, so don't expect too much free time. That being said, there is plenty of room to make for free time, but you must be disciplined and get your work done.

    Tips for prospective students

    Davis is a school for bikes. If you want to get fit, go out and buy a bicycle and attend Davis. Classes are tough but good and there is always some form of help available in the form of people, a resource that thankfully Davis is abundant.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a typical university. This means that there are typical professors who do not teach you information, but profess their own. The best part about this school is the community and interconnectedness.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe and the police is very active and polite. The most common thing here are bike thefts.

    Greek Life

    They are not snobby like the people in Greek Life at other schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can imagine they have.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are willing to study. Also for people who are interested in working with animals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day is a day where all sorts of activities are held such as a cow milking booth where you can milk one of the Dairy's cows!

    Bang for the buck

    A little bit too expensive for the common student.

    What to do for fun

    There are thousands of opportunities for all types of people. You can go to the arcade, the gym, or even take horseback riding lessons at the Equine Center.

    Food and Dining

    Wide varieties of food.

    Dorm Life

    New dorms full of friendly people

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging and requires hours of studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn where your classes are ahead of time, some of these buildings are very confusing! Don't be nervous and enjoy your time here.

    In three sentences

    This University is filled with many people from different backgrounds in life. The courses are challenging, but if you are dedicated to your studies, you will succeed. Everyone that goes here, professors or students, are extremely friendly and are willing to help you with your goals to get one step closer to accomplishing your dreams.

  • 01/09/2013

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    What to do for fun

    The city of Davis has so many opportunities for one to get involved. UC Davis is home to hundreds of clubs and organizations that really lend a hand to keeping students entertained. Clubs include outdoor activities center, paintball club, wildlife naturalists organizations, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning commons are located right besides the dorms and are easy access, the food is made for hundreds of students in a day and this often leads to quantity over quality but Davis offers and assortment of foods that are really quite delicious and diverse.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really well furnished and there is a homely environment established right away with the dorm floors. Unfortunately three people per room often makes the feelings of home take a turn towards claustrophobia.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis challenges its' students and pushes individuals to truly work hard to succeed in any subject area. Fortunately, with such difficult academics there are several on campus resources that are always available to students. If a student wishes to do well, they should actively seek out these resources and the resources of their professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take classes in subject areas you could never see yourself pursing, you never know, you could find a new passion. The opportunities are endless but they will not fall into your lap, you need to be active in your search for new experiences.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a school I have fallen deeply in love with. The opportunities presented through its' curriculum and campus life are ones that cannot be found in other colleges. When you set out to conquer and achieve your dreams, UC Davis is a giant stepping stone in the right direction.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang with friends and play intramurals.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good.

    Dorm Life

    My roommates are amazing people and I've made so many new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging but the staff really cares about my success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on your grades!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is an amazing school! I love the campus atmosphere, which is a great mix of serious academics and fun. The surrounding areas are so beautiful too!

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus. I am currently in Advance Modeling Aeronautics Team (AMAT) and I have learned so much from the captains and the members of the team, gives you hand on experience in the Aerospace Engineering field.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day and the Whole Earth Festival are pretty awesome traditions, each year people from around the area and even other UC's come to these two events that last all day long and even the whole weekend.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go to all the games, rallies, and dorm events. One of my favorite events was dormal/semiformal, it was a lot of fun and you meet new people. Also all the events that are held in the quad are pretty cool, and there's a bowling alley that is only $3!

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing for the most part, there is times when the food is just done over the top and too exotic. There are some really nice food places on campus that are really affordable.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice, and all the resident advisers are friendly and really approachable. Also don't dorm with friends from high school so that you can meet new people!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is really intense but it is managaele as long as you stay on track and manege your time wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    At first you may think that you can handle the 10 quarter system but it does go fast, stay on track. Join clubs and participate in all the welcome events that the school offers and actually use the libraries, which are really nice.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a really nice school, the student population isn't so big considering that the campus is huge. Also the city is really nice and cute, it has a homey feel to it. The professors are really nice and if for some reason you don't understand your professors teaching style there, other professors are willing to help.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus has gotten safer throughout the years.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can join many of the student clubs that cater to your pastimes such as the outdoor adventures club for nature lovers.

    Great for these types of students

    Davis is great for Academic students that like to have a social life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love studying at the Women's Library located in North Hall room 114. Also studying at the Memorial Union at Griffin lounge or the Art lounge is refreshing from being at the library 24/7

    Bang for the buck

    Hunan's is decently priced for average Chinese food. They have great lunch specials. Mikuni's has great sushi. Pizza Guys tend to have great specials.

    What to do for fun

    House kickbacks are fun, tell friends to bring a dish and come for games and movies. Bowling and arcade games are found at the Memorial Union's basement on campus. You can go biking or walking at the beautiful arboretum.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining commons always have a variety of food and the chefs are great about accommodating your dietary needs.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be great depending on which dorms you prefer. The newer buildings at Tercero and Segundo are designed for a better social life. The older buildings at Tercero are better for reserved students that prefer studying alone. Cuarto is great for apartment style lovers and is off campus yet super close.

    Academic Rigor

    Make study sheets and study buddies as soon as you enroll in a class. Be fair to yourself and your fellow students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on campus helps you make many friends. If you know college is a breeze for you, you should apply to become a Resident Advisor on campus. On campus jobs are convenient for time and study hours.

    In three sentences

    Davis's weather is usually sunny, which is helpful for students with seasonal affective disorder. The campus is clean and huge, yet the town is only 10.5 square miles. Davis is a tranquil sanctuary and great if you like smaller towns.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is well secure. Student get bike ticket!

    Greek Life

    I am not well acquainted with Greek life. but it available for student.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is many organization for student participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Alpha Phi Omega is open to all student of background.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day is big for Davis community

    Bang for the buck

    The people, and students are amazing to get know.

    What to do for fun

    get involve with clubs and organization within the campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is different option for student to select from eating.

    Dorm Life

    Get to met new people, amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    Have a good study buddy to rely on. you need one at least for support.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should get involve with community service within the school.

    In three sentences

    Davis is nice , warm, and small community for student from all background.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Other than pepper spraying police, its decently safe. It's a big campus and a little scary at night for some. But I always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Yup, big time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and organizations that you can join. There is the Activities and Recreation Center(ARC) which has a gym for working out, basketball courts to accommodate many, badminton, punching bag, treadmills, indoor track and many other options. There is a bowling alley in the MU on campus. Fraternities and clubs for all kinds of people. There are too many to add.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the independent thinker and wanderer. Awesome for self starts and people who want to organize and lead because pretty much everything is student run. If you love squirrels, then you are in luck because they are everywhere. Great for people who want to feel comfortable in a variety of people and culture. Great mix of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quad is the sight of many people doing their own thing. You will see preachers preaching, dancers dancing and people being people. There are also egg heads all over campus that are very interesting in different locations on campus if you can find them all.

    Bang for the buck

    Undie run the second to last day before finals to relieve some stress. I haven't gotten the chance to do it yet but I've witnessed the awesome beauty of females running in the undergarments but also the horrifying snobs of pig men trying to keep up. It is an awesome sight to see and to be apart of. Can't wait for finals to come around lol.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties if you can find them, cow tipping, and playing basketball at Dairy Courts. Taking a walk down town and meeting people is also great because there are friendly people and unique characters.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is great. If you live in the dorms, swipes are all you can eat and as long as you switch it up with the variety in there you will be more than satisfied. There are so many places downtown as well. You can eat Korean one day and then an In n out burger the next. Wide varity.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the engineering theme floor and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Met a lot of my closest and best friends here and had experiences I wouldn't have had by myself. Not all dorms will be like this especially if you live in a closed off area. It also depends if you make the effort to make it fun. Living in apartments after is hard so appreciate it and make it last.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the major and how much work you want to put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Invest in a decent bike, but invest in an even better lock. Go out and get what your worth and you'll find what you are look for. Talk to professors and TAs in Office hours and this will help you in the long run. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Unique and friendly people. Opportunities in every corner. You will definitely find your place here.

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe in Davis. It's an incredibly safe community and we are definitely taken care of.

    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek life. They aren't a prominent part of Davis. The frats and sororities are extremely welcoming and encourage everyone to partake.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus. No matter what there is something going on somewhere. Students are able to find out about activities and clubs easily by looking online, at their emails, or paying attention to posters around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Davis is great for any type of student. They have so much variation. There is something for everyone, which is why I like it. Everyone is so friendly here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Davis has a lot of cows, so people like to take pictures with them! They aren't our mascot, but our store has lots of cow themed gifts.

    Bang for the buck

    I think you do get what you pay for. I haven't been here for a year yet, but I feel like I have already received so many amazing experiences by attending here.

    What to do for fun

    Going to the incredible downtown in Davis is always a good time. They have restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and more downtown. Davis has a bowling alley and arcade on campus. They are always putting on fun events for students like dances and game nights on campus. Sporting events are also fun to go to. There is a party scene if you are interested in that as well.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining commons are known for being the best! They are always changing what is there and have a very large variety. Also, the downtown in Davis is amazing! There are tons of cool places to eat with every type of food you could imagine.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are in amazing condition and the staff caters to all of our needs. The dorms are a great way to make friends and living in them has been a very rewarding experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are challenging and schoolwork is definitely a priority here. However, my professors have been incredible and make the topics so interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't stress out about getting specific classes, because that is hard to do when you are a freshman. Explore new topics, because you never know what new interest you will find. Reach out and join new clubs, because if you feel like you are a truly a part of something, the experience is so much greater.

    In three sentences

    Davis is truly a beautiful, amazing, welcoming, and outstanding college. No matter what you are interested in, they encourage us to explore different areas of education and other opportunities. The campus is absolutely beautiful and makes me so happy when I am biking to class.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. I consider Davis a very safe campus and town.

    Greek Life

    Love it. Everything I hoped it would be. I have friends now for life.

    What to do for fun

    I joined a sorority that keeps me very busy. I also work out everyday in the gym. great facilities.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of food offered. I am a health food eater and I have no problems.

    Dorm Life

    Such a great experience. From being an only child to sharing a big eye opener.

    Academic Rigor

    5 stars without a doubt. The studies are crazy. You better bring your A game everyday.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded. never be afraid to ask questions. If you do not ask you will sink.

    In three sentences

    Unbelievable experience. Studying hard is an understatement. Meeting people from around the world. An experience like no other.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UC Davis is pretty safe but there are those random pepper spray incidents so look out!

    Greek Life

    So many....I've lost count. There's pan-hellenic, there's Latino/a, there's black frats/sororities, asian, mixed, and everything in between!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything and anything. If not you can make your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day is a must!!

    Bang for the buck

    Unless you're getting A LOT of financial aid, UC Davis (and any UC) is pretty expensive. I've taken out around $10,000 in loans and I'm only a 2nd year. Apply for scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Tip cows. Just kidding. Go exploring at Lake Berryessa, go to the MU game room, go play hide n seek at the Death Star! Join a club! Volunteer! Explore downtown. Ride a random bus line! Go to SAC on an adventure. Go to country night at the Grad. Shop at F21. Play a sport! There's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    We have the BEST food out of ANY campus! I actually work at one of the DC's and know first hand that you will miss the food when you don't have a meal plan! Late night cookies are a MUST HAVE.

    Dorm Life

    Don't stay in your room! Open the door and meet new people!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the class and the teacher. Look at ratemyprofessor.com to check up on your future teacher!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! If you're a couch potato then there's clubs for that too! No matter what just join something! During your first week go out and talk to different orgs/sororities/frats and see what they can offer you. Don't be afraid to try something new!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a wonderful campus that has allowed me to grow as a person and has allowed me to join orgs that have helped me to discover who I am. There may not always be a lot to do here but trust me, you will never be bored if you are involved! UC Davis has allowed me to meet new people and to explore job opportunities I didn't even know existed.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Only heard of 1 rape so far. not bad.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs.

    What to do for fun

    Tip cows. just kidding, hang with dorm mates.

    Food and Dining

    Yummy.

    Dorm Life

    Fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't procrastinate and you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a bike. Don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    Actually experience 4 seasons. Cows. Bikes.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, outgoing, green, interested in research.

    What to do for fun

    Head out to Sacramento for an afternoon of shopping or visit the Capitol building! Davis offers tons of bike paths, has a rock climbing gym (rocknasium) and the ARC for activities. Outdoor Adventures on campus provides tons of opportunities for new adventures.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Sereno and absolutely loved it! I met my best friend there, and have made the best group of friends through her, and still keep in touch with most of my friends! The RA that we had developed a great relationship with all of his residents, and definitely helped us keep involved both socially and academically.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on which classes you take, obviously, like any other university, but honestly, as a political science major, theres definitely a level of reading and research/statistical analysis that we are expected to understand and be able to complete as part of the curriculum of most classes. Being present and attentive, giving everything your all, and getting help when you need it are vital.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get help when you need it! The professors here aren't nearly as scary as people make them out to be. Also, don't forget to put yourself out there and meet new people in any capacity--clubs, study groups, classes, social events! Seriously--some people may think Davis is boring at night when downtown closes down early for those under 21, but if you have a great group to hang out with, you can always find something fun to do in Davis!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis has a fantastic community feeling, and is perfect for those looking for that happy medium between a big college feeling (37K+ students) and a small town (the student population makes up most of the population of the town itself). The classes are excellent, the professors are generally willing to help students, and the fact that we are a research university allows for bountiful opportunities for involvement. There's plenty to do for those with an active lifestyle like biking, working out, and enjoying the sun; hiking nearby, as well as public transportation to Berkeley, Sacramento and San Francisco!

  • 02/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is safe, but there has been violent things happening around Davis within the past 6 months. It is not a completely save place, things happen if you are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Greek Life

    They have plenty of those. They are very welcoming when they are throwing a party and believe it or not you will I have a great time. The reason why I say it like that is because before I came to Davis I heard bad stuff about Davis such as there is not a lot of things to do here But it is nothing like that!

    Clubs and Activities

    They will always have a clubs/activities that will fit your interest. They have up to 500 clubs in campus offered to students... well that's what I have been told

    Great for these types of students

    Who likes to stay away from the city, which is not that bad if you would like to visit, say for instance; Sacramento which is less than 30 min. away. Other towns like Woodland or Dixon are 8-10 min. away (Both towns have different distances so correct me if I am wrong). Through that time of traveling you will only see farmland.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Downtown is a tradition. Every student who attends Davis usually goes downtown and chills with their friends or go out to eat. We also have a farmer's market which are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

    Bang for the buck

    The arboretum is a good place to go to relax or have alone time. It is a lake next to the Davis campus. You can get there within 5 minutes no matter where you are at around campus (if you are biking)

    What to do for fun

    For fun I get involved with organizations held by the school. For instance, I am involved in the Entertainment Council. They set up concerts for the school and help other organizations set up for their event. Also, many activities, and clubs go to retreats and they usually go to Lake Tahoe which is less than 2 hours away from Davis.

    Food and Dining

    Food is food, I have no complains. I mean it is better than you having to cook for yourself everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Wifi sucks. Although, the residents advisors are very supportive and will be there to help you out with anything (just depends on the situation they are in I guess).

    Academic Rigor

    Not giving this a 5 star since I hear other students complain about the academics at Davis.

    Tips for prospective students

    Davis is considered an outspread campus which means that you should bring your own bike. If you do not have a bike or car it is okay, you can always ride the Unitrans, public transportation, for free if you are a student. Usually students ride the bus when it rains because it rains heavily and many student will not be able to ride their bike.

    In three sentences

    Davis is an amazing school. It is a friendly environment and if you get involved with activities, you will always have something to do. The weather at Davis is very unpredictable; one day it can be windy and cold and the next day it can be warm and sunny.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I don't know a safer place than Davis. There might be incidents here and there but that goes for all places. Davis has their own police station and fire department on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Death Star is well known for being a maze for students. It is the social sciences buildings, but has received its name as Death Star for its unusual design.

    What to do for fun

    The nearest places for a weekend vacation would be San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose. Even closer are the Woodland Outlets. They have great deals and it's a fun place to hang out. Within Davis, you can always bike the Green Belt. There are countless things to do. It is not just cows and fields!

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons serve high quality food. They cater to vegetarians and vegans. Not only that, they care about their students' health and dining experience. Once you are out of the dorms, you will definitely miss the dining commons. It is the best.

    Dorm Life

    Davis dorms are the best! I was in Tercero dorms in Segundo. It is clean and dorm floor mates are always friendly. Also, getting to classes is plain easy.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic is entirely based on professor and your efforts. How much are you willing to study for your grades? Unless you are a genius, I would say it is rather challenging since students are weeded out depending on the specific course. It only gets harder and more major specific.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend students to not get distracted with partying, since Davis is a college town. I also recommend students to keep their grades consistent or have an exponential growth in academics. It shows that you are not going on a downhill spiral. Also, use your resources! Ask professors, go to academic advisers, and use tutoring services! They are there for you to find your career path and where your passion lies.

    In three sentences

    University of California Davis has become a very prestigious school, rivaling many top UC Schools. The campus is lovely, the people are great, and professors are top notch. This campus is very unique as they are well known for their nutrition, veterinarian, and agricultural programs.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of people like to nap in the quad.

    Food and Dining

    Dining commons= best food for cafeteria ever.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great, clean, spacious and are well maintained.

    Academic Rigor

    This environment is not too competitive, but instead it is cooperative.

    In three sentences

    Davis has a really friendly environment. It focuses on keeping students happy and social. There are many activities that are really fun to attend.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a club here called The Grad where they have themed dance nights. There are also movie theaters and events on campus. you could also join a club or do things with your floor mates.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good for the most part. You have a wide variety of food and the choice to have a vegan food and food prepared the way you want. The food could use some improvement.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the best part. You make so many new friends and you can get together with your floor to have socials. Dorms are the best way to study also with groups and get help from each other.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are awesome. The professors are always willing to help and schedule time to help you out. There are so many resources to help you get the education you seek.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot for midterms and exams. Manage your time wisely which can be done by making a schedule. Do not over stress and make time for fun activities too.

    In three sentences

    The best environment to study. There is not a lot of entertainment around to get distracted a lot, but enough for when a break is needed. The best college experience.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is generally pretty safe. I have not heard anything happen.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are eggheads spread among the campus, and there's even a pub!

    What to do for fun

    There's a bowling alley as well as an arcade. For the 21+, there's a pub on campus too.

    Food and Dining

    Food is mediocre and pretty expensive on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great! Pretty spacious and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be rather difficult depending on your professor and TA. The quarter system also goes really fast, so it's important to keep up with all of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to read and study a lot! Also, be sure to join clubs of your interest to meet other people.

    In three sentences

    The coursework at UCD is very rigorous and fast-paced. The campus itself is gorgeous; although it is really huge and may have to walk far to get to classes. The students are friendly and school spirited.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    At UC Davis, students in Fraternities are not regarded as higher status by Non-Greeks. It's very much a preferential thing here: Whether or not you choose to participate in Greek Life, no one judges you for either decision. They are the major source of parties at UC Davis, however.

    What to do for fun

    There is a variety of things to do at Davis. Clubs for a variety of activites are plentiful, from the fencing club to the fighting video game club, to the mixtape and music swapping club. There are almost always parties hosted by Fraternities and Sororities every weekend. Also, a Bowling alley in nestled in the middle of campus.

    Food and Dining

    UC Davis is recognized as one of the greenest schools in California, and, as such, the food here is sustainable and organic. The food is fit for all diets; the dining halls were recently recognized as the most friendly dining halls for vegans and vegetarians. There is a wide variety of restaurants to eat at downtown Davis as well.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms in Davis are clean, accessible, and affordable. Two of the three dorms are regular college dorm hallway style, while one is styled like an apartment and is also off-campus, creating a distinct divide between school and home.

    Academic Rigor

    Davis has extremely competent professors in many of it's courses, as well as many intersting General Education Courses. There is a class for nearly every field of study you wish to enter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Uc Davis is not an easy school to be accepted into for Science majors, so work hard in high school if you plan to apply for a science major.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is one of the most well-balanced universities in California. It boasts a top ranking Biological Sciences major, as well as a nationally renowned Animal Sciences Major. Whether your looking for a top-notch education, a thriving social scene, or a quiet but friendly college town, Davis can fit whatever type of experience you want college to be.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus has fire and police station on campus, plus students receive police alerts if there are any suspicious activities going on.

    Greek Life

    Lots of Fraternities and Sororities. There literally almost a party every day!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and organizations that often hold events almost every day! Not to mention, there are a lot of retreats and opportunities to meet new people and just have fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Eager to learn, Sociable, and Outgoing Students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Arboretum gives students a glimpse of nature and a place to relax and escape from excessive studying. Also, there are numerous egghead sculptures found throughout the campus that are unique in their own way.

    Bang for the buck

    I think the services and learning environment is worth the money. Professors are research driven and students are competitive. Challenging yet fun!

    What to do for fun

    Activities and Recreational Center (ARC) often hold many activities. Also the arcade consists of a bowing alley with many games available for students. But best thing to do for fun: hang out with your new friends!

    Food and Dining

    Variety of food is provided in the Dining Commons; also not to mention, you receive Aggie Cash that can be spent at nearby restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! Socialize and meet your floor mates! Everyone is trying to make new friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Students are competitive and professors do research--providing a rich learning environment. You will learn so much within just the first weeks of school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you sleep!!! And prepare to study like you have never before!!!

    In three sentences

    School is a culture shock with a fantastic learning environment. Students and faculty are diverse, friendly, and competitive. Lots of activities, events, and services.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who don't like a big environment.Work good with a little bit of people. You feel like your family.

    What to do for fun

    Well their are many sports and clubs to join for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    Food seems alright. I wouldn't mind changing it up. I would like to eat meat and etc. Not just vegan meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life seems amazing. The bonus is you get to meet new people and many people you can learn from different cultures, religions and etc.

    In three sentences

    So far what I have read is UC. Davis seems like an experience of a life time. Seems like home. The students here at this campus show its small yet feels like a family. Also you can meet a lot new people their. Many people there are active and seems very healthy and by being healthy it can motivate and stimulate your brain. I also find this school very interesting because it has veterinary medicine etc.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's definitely a fair amount of police. So make sure you always have your bike light!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost everything at Davis. There's tons of opportunities to get involved here.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are willing to do whatever they know is necessary in terms of studying and going the extra mile to be successful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Davis has a pajamarino where all the current students in pajamas welcome back the alumni at the train station.

    Bang for the buck

    The professors are a little more enthusiastic and invested in teaching than some of the professors I had at a state school. However, the UC system is definitely pricey and there are a few silly fees.

    What to do for fun

    If you're in to partying, there are usually frat and sorority parties as well as kickbacks. If you're into being outdoorsy, there's a really nice climbing gym as well as a great outdoor adventure program through campus. Also, just in the city there's a farmer's market twice a week, there's a few bars, and the arboretum is always a nice place to take a walk.

    Food and Dining

    Obviously you can't expect too much in the way of dining hall foods because every college I've ever been to has had DC food that's made me sick. However, in terms of college DCs Davis has the best I've ever been to. As far as the city goes, there's a restaurant for about every type of food and an incredible amount of grocery stores.

    Dorm Life

    I was never a part of dorm life here at Davis, but i've been inside the buildings. The quality of the dorms is nice, but they do tend to shove 3 people in a room meant for 2.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Davis are very challenging. Professors will never cover all the expected material and exams are excessively in depth. A lot of teaching has to be done by yourself if you want to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard. Being an Aggie is a lot of fun but it also takes a lot of work. The quarter system is no joke.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a great school with a lot to offer. The campus is awesome, the school has a lot of programs to get involved in, and there are some good professors. Being a part of UC Davis is a lot of fun and a lot of work.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety in this school is stellar. You still can't just leave your bike unlocked however.

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, chilled out, and wanting to get a decent education while meeting and getting new friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Aggie Cash is SO helpful for all the restaurants that use it, especially Starbucks.

    Food and Dining

    For freshman dining commons, and resturants around the campus, there is a variety of different cuisines, with varying price ranges as well.

    Dorm Life

    Suite life in Thoreau is great! It's like you form a sisterhood/brotherhood in your room, if you communicate with them.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard enough to keep you engaged, but not too hard to make you throw your computer out of your room.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do come here, getting a bike is KEY. Also, utilize professor and TA office hours.

    In three sentences

    The people here are so friendly. One thing that students always say is No Worries. Plus, the weather never gets too serious.

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Biking around Davis is so beautiful and relaxing and a great way to get some exercise too!

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually really good. Tercero has the worst dining and Cuarto has the best dining.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is the best!

    Academic Rigor

    I have learned so much from my time here at UC Davis. Professors expect a lot from you and you have to work but Professors expectations are relatively reasonable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let the stereotypes of Davis fool you. There are hardly any cows around here except right by the tercero dorms.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a hidden gem! I absolutely love it here. It has just the right balance between academics and social life.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very, very safe

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to do on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Quiet, environmental students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have picnic day every year and there are plenty of things to do that day.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is an expensive town, it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of frozen yogurt places, ice cream places, movie theaters, boutiques,and plenty of restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    The COHO has good food on campus and there are food trucks here.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms. Clean and safe.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very challenging university.

    Tips for prospective students

    The city of Davis is a very safe place to live in. It is very quiet. If you want to attend a University where it is peaceful, safe and environmentally friendly, this is the place to be.

    In three sentences

    Best University ever! Has a Great campus and great professors.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Personally, I feel very safe on campus. There are always students on campus, and there is a Campus Escort Service that runs during the late and very early hours that can escort you safely across campus if you ever feel unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities which you can be involved with, and there are annual club days where you can be introduced to various clubs. There is also a wiki site or you to look through all of the clubs that are established on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, the students on campus are very friendly and you can strike up a conversation with practically anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the Egghead sculpture in front of Shields Library for good luck, seems to be a popular tradition before finals, in addition to the quarterly undie run.

    Bang for the buck

    It all depends on how involved you are, but there are always events and/or places to get free stuff like Scantrons, pencils, pens, etc. If you get very involved you can also join various clubs which usually offer free food during their meetings.

    What to do for fun

    Hike, take a stroll in the Arboretum, watch a movie, go thrift store shopping, go rock climbing, paint balling, shooting. There are many things to do on campus, in Davis, and in nearby cities.

    Food and Dining

    Downtown has a grand variety of food, the selection, quality and price will never disappoint you.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were relatively new, and everyone is very social and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take and what your major is some classes can be quite difficult. Generally though you should enjoy what you are studying so it makes the classes bearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Davis with an open mind and optimistic attitude.

    In three sentences

    The campus atmosphere is welcoming, understanding, and very accepting of various attitudes, and beliefs. Davis itself is a quaint town that is small but very cozy with lots of trees and beautiful sunsets. The classes are no different then any other UC courses, some are going to be difficult because of professors while others will be difficult simply because of the subject matter, but neither will make any course impossible if enough effort is put in.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have escort services that will drive you to/from any location on campus. Great for freshman! There are some unlit pathways, but not many. I've never felt scared here!

    Greek Life

    It's there and active, though pretty stereotypical.

    Clubs and Activities

    Absolutely love it. Lots of events happen out on the quad (noon shows) and we have a lot of different info fairs. There's a bowling alley and arcade beneath the student union. Clubs are numerous and you can meet all sorts of people there.

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE. There is something for everyone. We have a Math Club for those that want to discuss math. There is a radio station where all the musically inclined people/indie kids go. There are religious clubs, athletics clubs, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Can't think of much.

    Bang for the buck

    UCD charges A LOT for tuition. Quality of teachers is hit or miss.

    What to do for fun

    Frat parties, local gigs, concerts, general exploring. Go to undietacos.org for local gig/concert listings!

    Food and Dining

    Excellent dining commons. You'll be ok if you're a vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore. They have cool theme nights, too, once in awhile.

    Dorm Life

    RAs hold lame events from time to time. Go if there's free food and leave. Location-wise, Segundo and Tercero are the best.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the professor. Doing basic work will get you a C. You really have to work for your As.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at the variety of majors/minors offered. There are some very cool ones. Join a club/organization to meet the most people and have fun while doing so.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis has LOTS of interesting majors, so do your research. It is only boring if you don't try to find cool things happening. It's a great study/fun environment.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've always felt safe walking around Davis no matter the time of day. It's peaceful!

    Greek Life

    Huge variety!

    Clubs and Activities

    Huge variety. You will be able to find your niche here--from extreme sports, to acapella, and of course all your frats/sororities both professional and social...

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, active, adventurous, hipsters, nature enthusiasts, with those occasional late night outings.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As you go over the overpass toward Sacramento, you can see a hill with rocks. Usually, those rocks have been arranged into the letters of a frat/sorority!

    Bang for the buck

    Davis was fun. It's a great school to go to for those that do not mind a milder lifestyle. It offers a relaxed atmosphere for one to focus on their studies, while enough excitement and hot spots for a little break once in a while.

    What to do for fun

    Walks around the arboretum are quite nice. On a clear night, you can even go stargazing! Downtown Davis is always fun too for Thursday nights - the token night for college students to go out and have some fun at the bars. There are lots of trails around Davis as well for running, biking, strolling, etc. Davis is not too far from Sacramento/San Francisco either. The city is a small college town, so life tends to be on the quieter, slower side. Personally, I really enjoyed it. House parties are always a blast here, too.

    Dorm Life

    I can only speak on behalf of the dorms at Regan Main. They were smaller, 3 story buildings where you really get the opportunity to know all of your dormmates!

    Academic Rigor

    I can only speak on behalf of the science classes. Class was tough, but fun. Classes in the languages arts that I've completed (i.e. English) tend to be smaller and allow for discussion.

    Tips for prospective students

    -The buses make going from place to place very convenient. Also, places are always close enough to bike to - you could survive on campus without one though; you could definitely walk from class to class as well.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a friendly and welcoming place with lots of green and trees. The atmosphere is relaxed and camaraderie is something exhibited by the students and faculty. Davis is also an awesome college town - safe and eco-friendly (think bikes!)

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are very nice and make you feel safe. They do their best to not appear so intimidating and would bike around campus saying hi to students.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown! Eat out with friends!

    Food and Dining

    Great vegetarian dishes. The dining commons offer special dinner with fun themes like Harry Potter Night. They are always friendly and want students to feel comfortable!

    Dorm Life

    Great people, great food! Living here was nice and cozy! People are friendly and always welcome you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to ride a bike! Remember to have fun!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis offers student the opportunity to grow within its diverse community. There are some amazing professors and great people you will meet here.

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    lots close by

    Food and Dining

    local restaurants close

    Dorm Life

    unknown, but the dorm buildings seem fairly new

    Tips for prospective students

    Cow farms.

    In three sentences

    a very good school, good sports, academics. All about bikes. Small college town area.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply even if you don't think you will get in, because you will never know unless you try.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a great college with an amazing reputation. UC Davis is known for its great healthcare programs. I look forward to completing my degree at Davis.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The escort service is great for girls especially because a car/van comes to pick you up on campus to drive you to your dorms. At night when it's dark and scary, escort service is the best choice.

    Clubs and Activities

    Amazing dance teams. Davis Dance Revolution was an amazing expericence.

    What to do for fun

    Go watch movies with friends, go star gazing at the arboretum. Go pet the cows, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons are amazing. My friend's friends came from UCI and they were amazed with the food here. The food's great on campus, but also off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life's amazing, the Residential Advisors make sure everyone is not feeling left out and makes opportunities to make friends with floor mates.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is definitely hard. I never really find time to hang out with friends at times. Three weeks into the quarter and it's midterms season, then it's time to start studying for finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice is to go to class, and pay attention. Study beforehand and do not cram. Cramming in college is not going to get you anywhere. If needed, go to tutoring, those services are there for you and it's free.

    In three sentences

    Davis is a very people friendly environment. Always active and makes sure everyone gets an opportunity to do well. Since everyone is so welcoming, it is easy to find comfort and peace.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Someone pulled the fire alarm in my dorm, and the fire department was there in minutes; student safety is taken very seriously here. Also, everyone at the school is subscribed to a warning notification system, so if there is a threat on campus everyone receives a text message.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life as many fraternities and sororities to fit almost all types of people; there are ethnic based and even major based like the pre-med frat. There's an option for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Petting the cows and the eggheads located throughout the campus before finals is good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    You get the whole college experience in your own person bubble. Davis isn't a big city, so the number one priority of the town is the college. This allows students to be the main focus- our education actually means something here.

    What to do for fun

    The various clubs and club activities keep most students busy. UC Davis' sporting events are also fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate the competitiveness of the classes here. Most of the professors here know what they are talking about so listen carefully and absorb as much as you can because the tests are challenging. Also, learn how to ride a bike; it will make your life a lot easier.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and environmentally friendly playing off the natural beauty of the landscape as well as the eco-friendly buildings. The nearby town of Davis is a true college town dedicated to the students. The bike paths make it easy for students to get from class to class.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Felt safe throughout my 4 years at UC Davis!

    Greek Life

    Loved it!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the bars, hiking, biking, gym, farmer's market, and so much more!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors so that they can write you letters of recommendation in the future if you apply to graduate school or need them for a future job! It is an extremely valuable resource after graduating! Enjoy the ride, take time for yourself and your friends! Be social, study, but have fun! :)

    In three sentences

    UC Davis was a wonderful school to attend! I enjoyed my 4 years there. I met wonderful friends and professors! Don't judge this school because of the reputation of it being a cow town, it is much more than that and a fantastic journey! :)

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have to say UC Davis is one of the safest UC Campus. There are usually police officers on patrol and making sure everyone is safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a whole bunch of clubs ranging from Kendo to Salsa Dancing to even the LAUGHING CLUB!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who LOVE diversity.

    What to do for fun

    There is a Forever 21 right across from the UC Davis campus and there are tons of wonderful stores downtown which is only a 3 minute walk from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Restaurants in Davis are the BEST! And I mean it.

    Dorm Life

    My experience in my dorm has been the best. Everyone on my floor is super sweet and we always have floor dinners as well as floor events going ice skating or to the movies.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the courses depends on the courses you take. Engineering, math, science courses tend to be more challenging than other courses such as languages and humanities.

    Tips for prospective students

    As long as you are willing to leave your comfort zone, you will be fine with making friends.

    In three sentences

    Choosing this school was the best choice I made. Everyone here is friendly and try to do their best to help out.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I loved the fact that it had a real college feel. Everyone was happy and out and about, the food was great, and many students ad spirited sweatshirts.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs, student-run activities, sports meet, etc...

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining here is excellent. They have a large variety of resturants inside main cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are quite difficult, but if you ask for help the teacher's aid are always willing to answer your questions. For courses that have lab work like chemistry, the course is very hands on, so one will need to study for the lab ahead of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Compared to a community college, the courses here are fairly fast paced, so, of course, don't procrastinate and keep your priorities straight.

    In three sentences

    The one major thing I liked about this school was that they had a large variety of courses, but that is to be expected of a large 4 year campus. The school and city is extremely bike friendly with plenty of lanes and places to lock your bike.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    studious, nature-loving, more on the low-key side, less urban

    What to do for fun

    Backpacking trips offered by various places, the ARC (gym), a few clubs (I think), dining downtown is quite good, farmer's market twice a week.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons food is quite good, but I hear that after a while it gets a little boring. But really good for cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    I did not stay in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty challenging, even some of the lower division courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    UC Davis is very much catered to its students, so if you are looking for a welcoming place, UCD is for you. Also, there are a lot of opportunities for undergraduate research, so if you're looking to gain more experience in research, UCD is the place to go.

    In three sentences

    UCD is a school offering a lot of opportunities in research, internships and employment. The professors here are highly qualified and usually pretty available/accessible. The atmosphere at Davis is friendly.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is very likeable and has a downtown with many different types of restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    Very friendly with activities from the school to make new acquaintances.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, it can range from easy to academically hard, but doable if you get your priorities straight.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always try to meet new people!

    In three sentences

    It is agricultural friendly with many surrounding parks around campus. It is a biking campus with also many types of transportation. It is friendly with many adults and college students.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many restaurants and places to visit in downtown Davis that are just biking distance on .

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I was never able to live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    I would give the academic rigor as five stars because it is a lot of work and takes complete dedication.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest to all students to take every class very seriously and never slack on the work.

    In three sentences

    I would rate UC Davis to be one of the top schools in California. This school is a well rounded school that offers many opportunities for programs, studies, graduate school and so much more. If any student is able to go to UC Davis they will be able to accomplish so much.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe, if you are worried, call the campus escort and ask them to take you back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    Many parties on frat row.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run during each finals week.

    What to do for fun

    Explore downtown, take the bus to Sacramento, bike around Davis.

    Food and Dining

    Davis has the best DC food. But, after a while of eating at the DC, the DC food becomes nasty. I would recommend starting with 120 swipes + $100 aggie cash. Then, getting the least amount of swipes, and $100 aggie cash during winter and spring quarter.

    Dorm Life

    Varies between theme houses. If you apply for the quiet theme house, your dorm life may be boring.

    Academic Rigor

    Fair

    Tips for prospective students

    Huge campus, so buy a bike and bike to class. Buy fenders and a U-lock for your bike. Extremely hot and humid in the summer/ after picnic day. Use ratemyprofessor when searching for classes to add. Attend drop-in tutor if needed.

    In three sentences

    Really glad I chose Davis, because the campus is filled with a variety of different people from different backgrounds, which gives you an opportunity to meet a variety of new people. The campus provides many resources for students who are willing to seek the resources. There are many internships and jobs available.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Just to say it right now, college food is not the best. Keeping that in mind, let me just say that Davis food is not that bad. The dining commons provide a lot of variety and allow great opportunity to meet new people and socialize. The out of campus dining is great. The downtown area has lots of awesome places to eat, for a very reasonable price. Just to be clear, you will definitely not go hungry in Davis.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is exactly what you expect it to be. There are nights of noisy hallway full of excited college students procrastinating. There are also quiet-ghostlike nights of students cramming right before the midterms/finals. But whatever the night it is, you are sure to find friendly people to talk to if you are feeling a little lonely or just feel like not studying.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes range from easy and lay back classes that we all want to oh my god, why did I even choose this class. The diversity of professors and their teaching strategies was very surprising to me. The overall academic aspect of college at Davis really appealed to me: providing just the right challenges and knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to smile a lot. Being friendly and nice is a huge part of Davis, which can be seen the first day you walk on campus. In addition to making yourself feel better, you will make others around you feel better. And in no time, you will have dear and sincere people around that you can call friends.

    In three sentences

    Davis, not surprisingly, is a friendly community. Very chill socially yet academically challenging at the same time. Overall a great college to be attending.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Check out this school, one of the most amazing campuses around.

    In three sentences

    I fell in love with the campus and vibe at Davis. Unfortunately, they do not an undergraduate business major, a deal breaker for me!

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Very recently I visited the UCD campus and was surprised by the various dining opportunities. There were definitely a large variety of options that are sure to satisfy any of the students.

    Dorm Life

    A large amount of students live on campus, in dorms, and it seems like a very great option, as opposed to living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It seems like a very competitive school, with many majors to consider.

    In three sentences

    UCD has a very beautiful campus. It seems like there is always something going on and a new opportunity to try something new. A great option to consider when applying.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I hangout with my friends at the pool. We also go to the eat and watch movies in Downtown Davis. I play sports and go to the gym.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fresh and pretty healthy. Most of the food is grown at Davis and there are tons of different options to eat. Some nights they would have different culture foods.

    Dorm Life

    It is amazing. I made tons of new friends and I had a lot of fun being with my new friends. There are tons of activities to do there.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are fair. Some classes are difficult and some are not. Most science and math classes usually gives decent to good curves at the end of the quarter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan your schedule a head of time. Use ninja course to plan your classes before the next quarter starts. Do not drop any classes after pass 2.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has its own police office and fire department. There is police driving around the campus all the time. So for, there is no serious incidents happened when I was in school.

    Greek Life

    Oh my... there are too many brotherhood or sisterhood clubs on campus, choose your own club and find a new family on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are a good singer and love to sing, there is a annual kareoke contest hold by the Chinese Student Association. Show your voice to the student and make them cheer for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Students that prefers quiet place and are not too much into partying,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UC Davis hold the annual picnic day that attracts many tourist, students and other residents of California. It's fun and exciting that almost the whole campus is open house to visitors, who may explore, look around and get to know even more about this school!

    Bang for the buck

    Do you know? UC Davis is the largest campus among the all the UCs. And.... It is still expanding its area. :)

    What to do for fun

    1. The Memorial Union Gaming Area is definitely a fun place to go in leisure time. Otherwise, 2. The Mondavi Performance Center offer excellent shows, go if you are interested in performance art. 3. Also, there are several art museums and galleries inside the art building, there you can see the creative art works of students. 4. After feeding you eyes with arts and crafts, take a walk at the Arboretum right behind the Art building. The Arboretum is voted the most beautiful public park in the Davis Area. 5. The most popular place that every student will go is the ARC recreation center. Students get free pass to enter and get to work out in there. There are tons of fun places in UC Davis campus, you need to come and explore it yourself.

    Food and Dining

    Segundo Commons has better food than other commons.

    Dorm Life

    It's safe and fun. The bathroom is at least better than those of other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    Every professor that I'v e met in UC Davis was very nice. They always want to help you if you struggles on assignments, exams etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are intended to major in Agriculture or other animal science related major, Davis owns the best majors, resource and environment to prepare you for advanced research career.

    In three sentences

    Davis is a cool and cozy place to study. For ones that prefer quiet places, Davis is the best choice among the UC campus.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Greek community in Davis is very prominent, which allows people to go out any party if they want. However, it is not so stressed that people are forced to join them in order to have fun. There are many people in Davis who also do not care to party and can enjoy a movie night downtown or would love to have a board game night on a Saturday night. Since the types of people at Davis vary, it is hard not to have fun. Downtown, frat parties, or just wandering around with friends in this town are all adventures and potentially great stories.

    Food and Dining

    The DC and I have a love hate relationship. At first, you absolute love and die for the food there - especially at the Segundo DC. However, over time the same series of dishes prepared with different flavors (but basically the same thing) can be very boring and lackluster. On the other hand, there are themed meals which feature such great and delicious food such as Farmer to College, Carnival, Harry Potter, and so much more. When the year is over, you will come to appreciate the DC more than you ever have because the food is actually very high quality compared to most colleges.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Davis are for the most part fairly new and clean. Most of my friends who have visited have said the building I live in is like a hotel (even though I believe I lived in the worst and oldest ones - Regan Hall). Segundo is close to most things students want to be by, Tercero has THE MOST BEAUTIFUL dorms I have ever seen, and Cuarto allows you to meet many people since it is suite style.

    Academic Rigor

    If you were one of the people in high school that got 4.0s no problem, Davis will be different. Prepared to get your first C in a class because it will happen. Some courses are difficult as well as easy. Ultimately a student must figure out their way to study and Davis has many resources to help a student discover what that may be.

    Tips for prospective students

    UC Davis does not have the best academic and successful reputations compared to UCLA or Berkeley, but Davis does push you as if it were those other schools. Go on a campus tour through the school and also by a person you know that goes here already. In this way you will be able to explore the campus in a more formal manner but also find out things about Davis from a more personable perspective.

    In three sentences

    You expect it to be this boring cow town with little diversity and a small social life, but in reality everyone finds exactly what they are looking for in a college experience here since there actually are very diverse people. The class sizes can be very big, which don't help you establish a connection with the professor, so it may be difficult for students to seek out help or clarification in such an intimidating setting. However, UC Davis has many great programs and resources which many students don't think or bother to use that have helped me financially, academically, and personally.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A pretty safe place. There are hardly any safety concerns.

    Great for these types of students

    Bikers, like the outdoors, laid-back

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Arboretum is really beautiful place to take walks or go on a jog at. Also the SASC has some great tutoring programs to really make sure students have enough resources.

    Bang for the buck

    If you don't get financial aid things are pretty expensive and public schools are a little less caring for their students.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown has some great food. Join a club, go to a party.

    Food and Dining

    The DC is pretty amazing. Its easy to get tired of it for obvious reasons but its pretty yummy. Especially those late night cookies and sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    Davis has pretty nice dorms and most of them are new. They have singles, triples and doubles.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are a science major, its tough. The professors really nail you. You must study pretty hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the most of your first month and widen your circle it gets hard to meet new people at the end end or middle of the year.

    In three sentences

    Its a wonderful campus. It offers a lot especially to science majors. Also has great food.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, really. Really smart people will find honors classes to be challenging. Party people will enjoy themselves with house parties, or nearby frats and sororities; they are super close to housing! It's a small town but there is still a music scene and it is diverse. Punk shows!! \m/

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic day is really fun. Music, events, food! FOOD! FOOOOOOD!!

    Bang for the buck

    Kinda expensive, but not on the private school level. Loans suck. But it happens.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city, try a new restaurant. Play soccer on one of the many big open fields. Go for a jog in the arboretum!

    Food and Dining

    Yooooooooo,

    Dorm Life

    Yoooooo. Really nice setup but sometimes the rooms are really small.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said, study!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study! All the time!!! NO JOKE. Try new things, and not just class-wise. Enjoy it. Make sure to have a bike.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis presents itself richly with great atmosphere and welcoming vibes. The campus is beautiful; it is very clean and very environmentally friendly. If this school isn't in your top choices when picking a university/college to attend, I don't know but you are doing something wrong.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They always have the escort service.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a club for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for Agricultural students and vet students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The undie run occurs after each finals week. The arboretum is really beautiful.

    What to do for fun

    Go to football games, join clubs, visit the animals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Go to campus events, they may seem lame but they always have cool free stuff.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is an excellent school that really challenges its students. Some classes are easier than others and some professors care more than others but the all help to further your education. Sometimes the campus is boring but its easy to get involved.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel so safe at this school. Crime is extremely rare in both the school and the town. The campus does its best to make everyone feel comfortable.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of UC Davis. Not so much that people feel left out if they are not part of it, but greek life has a very positive image at the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    From what I have seen clubs are huge at UC Davis

    Great for these types of students

    Environmentally Aware students, bikers, Animal lovers, future politicians, and those with a work hard play hard mentality would love UC Davis!

    Bang for the buck

    One of the reasons I picked this school was because I felt that I was getting the most for my dollar. Davis is not outrageously expensive when compared to many other schools but it still gives me some amazing opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Davis is a huge and vibrant campus with lots of intramural sport, clubs,sororities, fraternities, and a gym to keep you busy in your down time. And if that's not enough you can always check out one of the many performances in their Mondavi center of preforming arts or head into quaint downtown Davis to catch a movie, go out to eat or just hang out!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! The residence halls have amazing food that will keep you coming. With just a swipe of your meal card you are granted access to all you can eat; from pasta, to burgers, to ice cream and cookies, its all yours!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem great! I will be staying in them next year. The majority of them are fairly new and I believe that they are also in the process of renovating them as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is reckonized as being one of the best (top 5 I believe) not only because of their great faculty but also the school's atmosphere of learning to better our world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school and research it! I never really considered the school until I got in and then I fell in love with all it had to offer.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a beautiful, fun and spirited campus with a diverse population and eco-friendly lifestyle. Davis gives you the best of both worlds set in the heart of a small town and only 10-15 min away from California's capital, Sacramento. It is not only the biggest UC Campus when it comes to acreage but it also has a broad range of majors including winery, to pre-law, to veterinary.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UC Davis always has an Undie Run, where you bring clothes to campus but then take them all off and run around Davis. The clothes you bring will then be donated to charity.

    What to do for fun

    You can always venture downtown as there is always something to do. There are also a lot of Facebook groups you can join to stay up to date on parties, community events, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go into college thinking that you're going to get the experience that they always show you on TV. Take it seriously, ease yourself into it and seek out help early. Sure, college should be the best time of your life, but remember that the reason you are there is to get your degree and to eventually contribute to society.

    In three sentences

    The community in Davis is very close knit and something fun is always happening on campus or downtown. Davis offers some of the most challenging courses I've taken taught by some of the leaders in their fields.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a beautiful campus. The town is small but this allows for a strong sense of community. A great place to go biking.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UC Davis and the town of Davis in general are very safe communities. Crimes do not happen often, and you can feel more assured and safe when you are on campus. There is a student-run organization that runs the Tipsy Taxi which gives students rides throughout campus during late-night hours.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge factor in UCD campus parties. Greeks make up a decent amount of the UCD population, and most students say its the best choice they have made in college. It is a great opportunity to meet others and network; but beware of letting it take over your academics.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a website devoted to the clubs on campus. There are many clubs ranging from small groups to large organizations, making it easy to meet lifelong friends.

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for anybody! There are so many different types of people here, and it is easy to meet the type of people similar to you. UC Davis is great for students that enjoy nature and occasional quietness throughout the campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every quarter, during finals week, there is an Undie Run. In true college spirit, some people say you should participate at least once in your years here at Davis!

    Bang for the buck

    On campus, there is the CoHo (Coffee House) which has anything from pastries and coffee, to vietnamese noodles and sushi, to burritos, to quiche and pasta, and even sandwiches and bagels. There is also the Silo, which has crepes, fast food, food trucks, and even a sit down restaurant that serves alcohol. UC Davis also connects to the Arboretum, which is a great place to take a bike ride to, and have a picnic, or even study.

    What to do for fun

    UC Davis is not known as a party school, and the experience is what you make of it. There are many Greek organizations, and literally hundreds of clubs and groups that students can be a part of. There are definitely parties happening around campus, especially with the greeks, so it is easy to go to one if you would like to. There are also a variety of events happening throughout campus, and famous bands often come by the campus for concerts. There are fun things for everyone to do, and it is not often that people will pressure you to do anything you do not want to.

    Food and Dining

    Davis is the best place for restaurants. The dining commons are pretty good, especially Cuarto. They always change their menus and have amazing themed-nights, and are very accommodating to people with allergies or eat gluten-free. Also, because of the location of Davis, and it being well known for its agricultural community, the dining commons (as well as the farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants) constantly serves and offers quality fresh foods. And though after a while you might get sick of the DC, there is such a wide variety of great-tasting and nicely-priced restaurants off campus. Here at Davis, you will never run out of good and fresh food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are highly recommended over apartments for first-years or transfer students. They allow you to meet a variety of people, some of whom could be your closest friends. At Davis, there are so many types of dorms to chose from; and though you might not always get your first choice of the dorms, you will likely end up liking what you get. From themed-living communities to suite-style residential halls, UC Davis offers a variety of options. Depending on which dorms you get, it can be loud and lively, or studious and quiet. In dorm-style living, it is much easier to crack open the door and meet great people. It is also great knowing that at any time, there are people in the dorms to chat with, so you are never lonely. Another great tip would be to utilize the lounge spaces offered in each dorm, as they are great places to study or hang out with your residential community.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis is definitely challenging, like colleges should be. The best part about Davis is that it is challenging, but not overly competitive like some other schools. Of course, students must try hard to get good grades, but the rigor provides a good balance that leaves time for students to have fun. One might even say that the academic rigor also depends on what academic college you are studying under (whether you are in the college of Letters and Science, College of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering, or College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences).

    Tips for prospective students

    Davis is well-known for its biking community. Though it is possible to get around campus without a bike, it is much more convenient to have one. If you do bring a bike, be careful and aware of the roads and traffic! Don't get too stressed about it though, once you go to Davis, you will get a feel for it. Another tip would be just to have fun! College is a great place to explore new things, and Davis has it all, from a variety of clubs, spots to visit, parties and people. Take your time and take in all that Davis has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Davis, is very welcoming and commonly underrated. The atmosphere and the people just send good vibes, and are generally nice and helpful. At Davis, there is a place for everyone's interests and you get the small town feel, but the convenience of being able to take trips to big cities or out-of-the-way nature spots.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Town is just a five minute walk from the center of campus. In town, there is a few movie theaters and an endless amount of restaurants. On campus, there is arcade and bowling alley in the Memorial Union under the book store. You can always ride your bike around!

    Food and Dining

    There is easy access to food all around campus. There is a wide range of food available.

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of activities for dorm residence. The dorms are kept clean and are not run down.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very important to establish a community and become involved in other activities besides your classes.

    In three sentences

    The university's campus is beautiful and easy to navigate. Most teachers are interested in students and their success. The only negative factor about this school is the cost.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do once you use your imagination! Go check out the arboretum, visit the cows, find random house parties to crash, play midnight frisbee, check out all of the festivals, attend concerts, and just surround yourself with people who are up to do anything. Davis is a pretty quiet town, but it is definitely still possible to have a good time here.

    Food and Dining

    The DC does not have the best food, but it is super convenient. There is usually at least one decent option. Also, take advantage of those late night days- they have the best cookies and sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it. I didn't know tons of people on my floor but I still had an awesome year living in the dorms. Find a group you click with, don't be afraid to smile and say hi, and take advantage of the DC and study lounges while you have them! Trust me, you will realize how lucky you were to be that close to your classes later.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not challenging necessarily in terms of the material but in terms of how you sort out your priorities. Be prepared to learn how to study, become a better test-taker, and become a more disciplined student because that's what will get you ahead.

    Tips for prospective students

    The party scene is limited but not completely sucky. Refer to the Davis Wiki for fun places to go and a ton of other advice ranging from which classes to take to which pizza places deliver late.

    In three sentences

    If you are into a chill, friendly atmosphere, Davis is definitely the place for you. While the academic aspect can be challenging, I've found that being surrounded by students who go out of their way to help you is a welcome change from other cut-throat universities. From the bikes to the cows to the festivals, UC Davis is a quiet but interesting place to be; if you are willing to explore a little, you can find what's right for you here.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore campus, bike to Winters, and utilize the Activities and Recreation center.

    Food and Dining

    The Food and Dining at UC Davis is excellent. Their facilities and staff bring quality and care into the primary dining experience on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great living experience and opportunity to meet new people. Because there are so many different types of people who are attracted to studying at UC Davis, the dorms are a particularly exciting way to meet all types of students.

    Academic Rigor

    Davis professors are highly knowledgeable on their subject matter and will bring this depth into the learning environment. Because the quarter system demands academic focus, and UC Davis faculty and staff also work at a fast pace, this college is very rigorous in terms of academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare yourself for a fast-paced quarter system, try your best to meet different types of Davis residents and students, and join clubs or teams that suit your interests.

    In three sentences

    The University of California-Davis has a very accepting and diverse social environment. Davis has many comfortable small-town attri