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  • 07/23/2016

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

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    In three sentences

    the campus is beautiful! i'm planning to apply and i cannot wait to visit the campus. i'm excited for a future at uc davis.

  • 07/13/2016

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

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    In three sentences

    really nice for nature lovers. big, but not ridiculously big like ucsd. heard they have good food

  • 06/08/2016

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 338

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    Campus Safety

    davis is one of the safest communities i've ever lived in. the campus and town are extremely tight-knit and integrated with one another. there's moments of violence every now and again - it happens. but it makes pretty big news throughout the town when something does. ucd has its own police department (so there's davis pd and ucd-pd). the campus offers the "tipsy taxi" which will pick you up anywhere for $1 and take you home. there's also the "late night shuttle" so if you're in the 24-hour library reading room and want a lift home all you need to do is call and they'll pick you up anywhere on campus. if something does happen there's always a mass alert sent through email and phone to let the community know. they also publish stats of the "year in review" so you can see the actual frequency of certain crimes throughout the campus and town.

    Greek Life

    didn't bother. their parties, while fun, are still pretty much a joke. pregame and go in. you need to pay to be involved in a sorority / frat and it just didn't interest me.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many it's ridiculous. i was involved in at least three or four clubs all ranging from english lit clubs, film clubs, the davis student veteran's organization, the democratic students club - there's something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    * the meat lab. only open on tuesday & thursdays. it's a student run butcher shop and the meat is fresh, cheap, and delicious as sin. it's across from tercero dorms. *it's a tradition at this point to protest chancellor katehi. find one event and roll with it. the students who organize them are always super nice and can teach the incoming kids a thing or two on social activism.

    Bang for the buck

    one of the cheaper ucs with a great reputation.

    What to do for fun

    everything. there's multiple lakes and rivers nearby. houseboat parties. sacramento is about 15-20 minutes away and is super fun. you just need to go around and see what jives - but it offers all the same fun that sf does. amtrack goes to the heart of sac and it's about $20 roundtrip without your student discount. downtown davis doesn't offer a lot in the way of "fun" things except when the city puts on an event (which is about once a month). there's a ton of bars though, all within walking distance of each other throughout the square blocks of dt. the campus itself is massive. always something going on - just hang out in the quad for an afternoon and you'll see some performance arts, some plays. the arboretum wraps around the whole thing and will take you to some hidden parks behind a section of the equestrian area.

    Food and Dining

    the food in davis is phenomenal! there's so many cultures mixing around the area you can find authentic (i mean the owner is the chef and hardly speaks english) cuisine from any region. no kidding. since this town is hippie central there's also a ton of vegetarian / vegan options. the food in the dining commons is about average. all you can eat. vegetarian / vegan options. it's good food, but for the price i'll go downtown and grab some bomb korean bbq or nepalese.

    Dorm Life

    i transferred in - never lived in a dorm. i moved into my own house off the other end of downtown to save money. i had a few friends who lived in the transfer student apartments off campus (at the colleges of la rue) which was right across the street from the arc (gym area). non-stop party. i heard it's mellowed out a lot since i left but that's where all the night life for the under-21 crowd used to be.

    Academic Rigor

    despite the fun-loving hippie nature that davis has - the classes themselves are pretty intense. it's on a quarter system so it's pretty jarring for most students coming in (either transfer or freshman) coming off a semester system. most majors will require you to perform at least one internship throughout the duration of the program. and since you're required to complete at least 169-185 units at the campus to graduate you might as well tack on a minor (i did two) to your diploma to rack everything up. there's honor's societies for every college. and even the separate majors will give you a chance for the actual honor's thesis. the professors are very well esteemed throughout the departments - this all contributes to the fact that davis is a high-performing research institution. the campus expects the same out of the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    * get a guard for your bike tires. in fact, get a bike. * the buses (unitrans) are free with your student id. your student id is free too. so are your transcripts, the gym, education verification - it's all a one-time fee in your tuition anyway. * there's an aggie list of things to do before graduation / scavenger. do it. * picnic day. go to it. a city-wide free-for-all party that people travel internationally for. it's insane. * stay away from the bike circles outside the life sciences and chem building. seniors will pull up chairs to watch the freshman crash. * the ucd experimental college. want to take a quick course in glassblowing? and have it count for credit? it's cheap and teaches fun things over the summer. ucd student discount applies. * farmer's market about three blocks from campus. * the city uses any reason to party. there's beer festivals, outdoor movie festivals, the city of commerce festival. davis loves to drink. * breweries. lots of breweries. and places devoted to serving those beers. so tasty.

    In three sentences

    mellow atmosphere that allows you to separate and mitigate a work, school, and social schedule easily. everything is local and withing walking distance - not even kidding. one of the better ucs for the price when it comes to national ranking.

  • 05/13/2016

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    i only went to the dining halls a few times, but the food was the same every time i went and i know i would have tired of everything pretty quickly.

    Dorm Life

    i did not live in the dorms, so i cannot say much about them. i did have a friend that lived in the dorms and it was very small; i am definitely glad i chose to live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    the rigor depends on the class, but overall you do have to make an effort to do well in u.c. davis' classes. the best way to keep up in the classes is to study with your classmates and go to office hours when you really need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would definitely recommend attending a community college prior to coming to u.c. davis. i completed my general education requirements at a community college, and it saved me a lot of money and it was an excellent transition from high school to a full university. it is also important to speak with a counselor early so that you can make a plan to graduate on time. also pay careful attention to what your major graduation requirements are; the animal biology program requires the completion of a senior practicum project and i was not aware of this when i applied to the program.

    In three sentences

    the quality of the professors and classes is amazing, but often the classes are so large that it is hard to get to know the professors and your classmates. unfortunately, the classes are also very impacted so not being able to get into the classes that you need does happen. however, the counselors are great at helping you figure out your schedule, and i overall loved my experience at u.c. davis.

  • 03/25/2016

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 338

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    In three sentences

    UC Davis's campus is absolutely beautiful! It is out in a rural part of the state, but the small town of Davis is so cute. I love the facilities provided for the students; the recreation center looks awesome.

  • 03/23/2016

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

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    What to do for fun

    Sacramento is a few minutes away and offers an array of activities ranging from shopping to waterparks, mini golf to a trip to the movies.

    Food and Dining

    Food is wide and available with walking distance everywhere for the most part.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm accommodations are significantly nicer than most colleges I have been too. They also offer pools in some halls.

    Academic Rigor

    I personally do not know what the academics will include but I look forward to my time here.

    In three sentences

    The college has been nothing but accommodating. I look forward to becoming an Aggie. The town is charming and safe and geared toward the life of a college student.

  • 12/30/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 338

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    What to do for fun

    Go for a bike ride around campus, explore the arboretum, hang out in Downtown Davis, get involved in clubs, and get lost in the Shields Library.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! In the Tercero Dining Commons, the food is as great as the people who you share a meal with. There are special days/ events where the kitchen staff prepare a feast fit for a king! The food and the entire dining experience is definitely a plus for us hungry and studious students!

    Dorm Life

    I was fortunate to be placed in a dorm close to the dining commons. My dorm was on the second floor and my neighbors are all friendly. Together as a floor, we eat meals together and hold late night study sessions. The floor RA (resident advisor) is absolutely helpful in making the transition into college and provides a good role model for freshmen to follow.

    Academic Rigor

    At UC Davis, take a light first quarter. It only gets harder as your years in UC Davis progress. The professors are very open to questions and make time for students to visit during office hours. It is difficult to transition from a semester system to a quarter system. Thus, procrastination and slacking off is definitely a no at UC Davis. Get ready for some active learning and self studying whether you have assigned homework or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think positive. Even though I was on the waitlist for this school, I was accepted last minute and was given the opportunity to attend my dream school. Continue working hard with our chin up and know that in whatever college or whatever career pathway you may choose, you can succeed! Just work hard and maintain a positive outlook.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis gives off a friendly and supportive vibe that is definitely fruitful to one's academic growth and one's transition from high school to college life. UC Davis is a bike friendly community where almost everyone you meet rides a bike and is willing to lend a hand when you fall or need a small push toward to right direction. UC Davis is not absolutely rigorous in academics as long as students do not procrastinate and think ahead of the game as the quarter system is difficult to adjust to at first.

  • 12/27/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A weird tradition is to rub the eggheads before exams for good luck. For unusual locations, unusual in the sense that they are incredible, are Dutton Hall (it is very gorgeous) and the Arboretum, a perfect place to take walks and relax.

    Bang for the buck

    The Dumpling House is great, for $8 they give 12 dumplings it's enough to fill for some or leave room for dessert or appetizers for others. Another way of getting free boba drinks or food is to carry stamp cards, and get them punched each time. Whole foods also gives a ten percent student discount, and they have a bunch of cooked meals to select from, this especially comes in handy when studying in their study area and getting hungry.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons was good at first, but then it gets tiring as you realize that the only food being served is carbs. Every day in the Segundo DC is a variation of pizza, pasta, Mongolian grill, burgers always, salad bar, variation of dessert, and sometimes Thai or Indian but usually Mexican food. Star ginger, the thai food truck has good thai tea. The Silo has a crepe place, carl's jr, taco bell, pizza hut, starbucks, and then a little to-go section. The coffeehouse has coffee, dessert, pizza, pho, sushi, sandwiches, tex-mex, and chinese food I believe. Downtown has lots of different asian, american, mexican, and indian food varieties amongst others. The dumpling house is really affordable, and pho king is at the entrance of downtown when leaving campus. A new place called sharetea is really good for boba milk tea, but going down further lazi cow is better.

    Dorm Life

    At first I did not like my dorm as it is one of the older dorms in Segundo, which is Regan Hall. The buildings are either 2 or 3 stories, as opposed to the newer 4 to 5 stories and greater so this is relatively small. I started leaving my door open while present in the room, and so did many people after me and eventually we would all just go into each others rooms and talk amongst ourselves, enjoying each others company. Everyone was really welcoming, and although Regan isn't as aesthetic as other dorms it definitely has allowed me to become closer to my floor mates than the other dorms would have.

    Academic Rigor

    The UC system itself is known for its high academic rigor, especially since most are on a quarter system. For my first quarter, none of the homework was required to be turned in so it is very easy to slack off and get behind if there isn't motivation to get work done. A lot of homework gets assigned regardless of the classes that one is taking, in this sense it is best to break up homework and take breaks in order to work efficiently.The best way to make sure that all of the information given in the classroom is absorbed by the individual is that at the end of the week to review all learned previously that week so when exam time comes the stress is much less.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to get help when one realizes that they are struggling, and not wait until they receive an assignment grade back. It also helps to form study groups, especially with people who live nearby the person in need of help, as it is easier to keep in touch with those rather than say those who live a greater distance away. Going to professors office hours helps so much, and getting help from their teaching assistants(TA's). This allows the student to not only do better, but also get to know the professor on a one-on-one basis for future letters of recommendation and possibly internships.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a very beautiful campus, and there are tons of places to relax when getting stressed out over finals, assignments, and maybe roommates to go and take a breather. This is one of the larger UC's, the largest I believe, and although walking takes you places it can be very inconvenient so I would say for the most part that biking is necessary. The students and professors here are very friendly, as an out-of-state student it felt like home thanks to my comforting floor mates.

  • 12/24/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 338

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    Campus Safety

    It's a very safe campus. Campus police even have the free safe rides whenever you are in need.

    Greek Life

    GREAT for the people who like greek life. There are parties almost every week.

    Clubs and Activities

    PLEASE JOIN CLUBS IF YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN HERE. PLEASE. There are all kinds of clubs you can think of, so go ahead and make your choice.

    Great for these types of students

    Any kind of student. You just have to find your place. You're going to find many people who are similar to you. You're not going to be alone, promise.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run is a very weird thing which people do here. It's when students go write their exams in underwears. I haven't done that, but people seem to have fun doing that.

    What to do for fun

    Movie nights! That is what me and my friends do. We also play card games and board games. Sometimes we just go for a walk to the Arboretum - which is a beautiful lake/garden kind of place. Basically, you have the entire campus. You can do whatever you want to - bike rides, walks, movie nights, shopping, lunch, dance, sleep on grass.

    Food and Dining

    A LOT of options, but honestly I hardly like the food there. There's late night dinner every day of the week which has warm cookies - probably the best thing they have. Breakfast is really the best among all the meals. However, the menu for breakfast hardly ever changes. There's a store called Trudy's which is like a very-mini-supermarket. You get sandwiches, coffee, noodles etc. there. People usually go to Trudy's if they're running late.

    Dorm Life

    It's great. We have quiet hours during the night (and all day during the finals) so it's not bad at all. You get your own space. Also, people are really friendly and sociable so if you're ever bored you can go knock on anyone's door and they'll be there for you. The dorms are small, but big enough. There's a hydration station almost everywhere and one kitchen in every hall. So, if you like cooking, kitchen is your place. However, if you are planning to bring food from home, you might want to consider buying a refrigerator. People steal food from the common refrigerator in the kitchen. There's one laundry room in every hall as well. You pay for the laundry with the laundry card that you get during orientation. Laundry room has chairs and tables, so if you want to study till your laundry is being done - feel free!

    Academic Rigor

    People are really competitive here. Like, really. Everybody's smart in their own way. There were so many kids who walked in with a lot of credits who got to take higher classes, while I went there with zero credits so I actually had to start with scratch (my high school didn't have APs). People are going to make it look like they aren't studying, but trust me on this one - they have already finished studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Join clubs and organizations. PLEASE, otherwise you might have a hard time making connections with people. 2) Talk to your professors. They truly love helping students out. 3) Start talking to your batch-mates before you get to Davis, because believe it or not, you will have a super hard time making friends if you don't do this. When I walked in, I saw so many people already having their squads just based on Facebook conversations. 4) Explore all the events, clubs, places - the university has so many opportunities for you to be who you want to be. 5) Remember college is a new start. Just do whatever makes you happy and discover yourself. 6) You're going to miss home food the MOST.

    In three sentences

    1) UCD is big and pretty, but not as much as exaggerated by many. 2) People are really friendly and are always ready to help you. 3) A safe campus.

  • 12/22/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 338

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    Campus Safety

    Davis does a really good job of keeping students safe. There's a police station and fire station on campus. There's also a safe-ride service you can call if you need a ride back home and you're uncomfortable going home alone. There are also bike police around campus. It can be pretty annoying if you get pulled over for not having bike lights, but the police department genuinely cares about campus safety. It also sends out police reports, so the students and faculty are updated about recent crimes (they don't get too serious in Davis). Just walking around on campus feels pretty safe. As long as you're smart and not alone in the Arboretum at night, you should be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school has hundreds of different clubs you can join. I'm in the Dead Arts Society, a theatre group that focuses on original works. During my first quarter, I co-directed a short play. My roommate is part of the Wushu club, and my other roommate is in Model UN. There are so many clubs, you're sure to find your group somewhere. Intermural sports are also really fun. You can play dodgeball or Quidditch. It's also a school tradition to try it out.

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis students are generally very laid-back and quirky. They're not very picky about a lot of things and like to go with the flow. The campus isn't meant for city kids, so it's nice if you like nature. But we're not completely secluded. San Francisco and Sacramento are pretty close by.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's an app you can download, where you complete the 50 school traditions. If you complete them all by graduation, you get to wear a medal. One of them is to find the eggheads on campus. They're these creepy statues, but you'll get used to seeing them. You should also visit the cows at least once. They're pretty smelly, but after being at Davis, you get used to the smell. And they're cute and friendly. There are also a lot of surprise study spaces around campus, not just the library. My favorite is the top of the roof of the Segundo Services Center. It's usually empty, and you get a nice view of the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sports events. You get free stuff there, and it's actually pretty fun to show your school pride. The dance and theatre department constantly puts on shows. And stop by the KDVS station. The guys there are really friendly, and are just down to chill. To keep track of other school events, check the school events calendar online and read your school emails. Pro tip: we the Student Health Center sometimes brings out therapy dogs to help you destress during finals week. Working out at the ARC is also pretty fun. Look out for the classes there, or grab a workout buddy. There's also a bowling alley on campus!

    Food and Dining

    UC Davis definitely has a lot of healthy food. We're next to a tomato farm! The dining commons does a really good job of making Italian and American foods. Mexican food and Asian fusion foods are a hit or miss. Desserts, especially the cookies, are amazing. They're super sweet and filling (I got cavities after my first quarter). There are occasionally food trucks, and the food is amazing for the price. The on-campus convenience stores can be pretty pricey, so save your swipes and Aggie cash. You can also use your Aggie Cash at the CoHo (Coffee House). I love the pizza there. There sushi's not bad either. The one place there isn't a line is for the sub sandwiches, perfect when you're hungry and in a rush.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in Thompson Hall in Segundo, and I'm on an all girls floor (though the other floors are co-ed). The RAs in my area try to really welcome the Freshmen and hold events for residents to feel welcome or even just to destress. However, don't count on your RA being your best friend. It's their job to make sure you're doing ok, and they're students too. It is more expensive to live in the dorms (includes utilities, cleaning, etc.), but it is recommended to do so because it's a great way to meet people, which is good if you're new to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The school's on a 10-week quarter system, so the classes move very quickly. Coming in from high school, it may seem pretty difficult to adjust. Many classes have multiple rounds of midterms before the final, so it's important to stay on top of academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though it seems like it, it's not essential for you to have a bike. You can get around just find walking or taking the bus. But if you're like me and need to get across campus in five minutes, a bike is your best bet. Another thing: don't skip out on tutoring, especially if you're struggling. It can make or break your grade. If you're still struggling, go to office hours. Professors can tell when you're making an effort to learn.

  • 12/01/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 338

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    Campus Safety

    UC Davis excels at making students feel safe. UC Davis offers a free service to students called UC Davis Police Safe Rides. With a UC Davis ID, you can get a ride to a location by the police so you can avoid the dangers of walking alone to and from somewhere, especially at night.

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for both introverts and extroverts. The campus is very peaceful, but at the same time, it can be fun and crazy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Quad is a great place to relax or study. There are a few hammocks in the quad but they get taken pretty fast. Another great place to go on campus is the CoHo, which is a large student-run place that sells food like a mall food court.

    Bang for the buck

    At the Star Ginger food truck, usually found next to the Silo, they serve Thai Iced Tea. By itself, the Thai Iced Tea is $2.50. If you purchase a meal combo, you can get Thai Iced Tea for only $1.00 extra.

    What to do for fun

    Going to sporting events such as football games and basketball games is extremely fun. Win or lose, Aggies try their hardest and have fun while doing it. Going to the Activities & Recreation Center, or ARC, to work out at the gym is a great way to stay healthy and relieve stress.

    Food and Dining

    The tood trucks we have on campus add great variety to the selection of food at the dining commons and small restaurants. The salad bar at the dining commons is always stocked with fresh produce and flavorful salad dressings. The dining experience at UC Davis is pleasant because the staff really cares about serving good food.

    Dorm Life

    I find myself being anywhere except in my dorm. I have a roof over my head and a bed to sleep on, but other than that I am not too pleased. However, that might be because I ended up with an older residence hall in Segundo, called Regan Hall.

    Academic Rigor

    With the quarter system only being 10 weeks long, it is challenging to keep up. Midterms come around fast and finals come around even faster. The best thing to do is to study a little bit every night rather than cram the night before a big exam.

    Tips for prospective students

    Nobody told me this before I found out for myself, but you can get around campus without a bike. It only takes me 10 minutes to get to my classes from my dorm. Everyone will tell you this, but go to office hours. If you are like me and you do not go to office hours, take advantage of the peer tutors at the Academic Advising Center.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis smells like cows sometimes, but the people are friendly, the campus is beautiful, and the professors really care about the success of their students. UC Davis takes pride in managing wildlife on and around campus, which many people may or may not know. UC Davis funds the many resources available to students and it is imperative that all students take advantage of this availability.

  • 11/27/2015

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

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    In three sentences

    The beauty of the campus will leave you speechless. The possibility of eventually attending UC Davis is making me ecstatic. There is a sense of camaraderie all around the school.

  • 09/09/2015

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 338

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    In three sentences

    I've been to UC Davis to check out the campus a few times. I really love it there. There is a friendly atmosphere that makes you feel safe and at home.

  • 04/28/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 14 of 338

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are these egghead statues all over campus and during finals, students rub and kiss them for good luck. There's actually a list of traditions online. People who complete all of them will be honored with a special medallion to wear at graduation to recognize them as UC Davis tradition keepers.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to join on campus.Whatever your preferences are, be it major, ethnic, or religiously oriented, community service, or recreational (I hear there's as anime club). I am currently in Davis Lions Club, the SCTA (if you're interested in teaching), and Taekwondo Club. There's also sports, you can work out at the ARC, and P.E. classes are fun and stress relieving. If those don't catch your interest then you can explore Downtown Davis and get a bite to eat with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    I've only been to one other college, but from that experience and what I've heard from others, I've concluded that the food and dining here is pretty good. There is quite a variety of options at the student dining commons. Aside from that there are two Starbucks, at least 2 other coffee places, student convenience stores, a Pizza Hut, Carl's Jr, and Taco Bell as well as other small restaurants on campus. The system used here is Meal Swipes and Aggie Cash, which is very convenient because it's in your ID card and you can use it at any dining place on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are four residence areas on campus. Each has a set number of buildings with a dining common and convenient store nearby. The areas are called Primero (for non-freshman undergrads, grads, and professionals), Segundo, Tercero, and Cuarto. Cuarto is a little more on the expensive side. I live in a triple, on an all girl's floor (not building, the building is co-ed) in Segundo. Luckily I didn't have any problems with my roommates, but I have heard of others who switched rooms because of some conflicts they had (but that experience depends more on the people). Living on campus in dorms is more expensive than just going to an apartment straight off the bat (which you have the option to do your first year). However, most people do it to meet others and make friends. It's also closer to your classes and makes adjusting to college life a little bit easier.

    Academic Rigor

    Well it is a UC after all. 3 quarters and each is 10 weeks, enough said. The classes themselves are great and there's a lot of fun and interesting courses you could take. So far the professors I've had have been great. I've heard a lot of good things about other professors as well and am hoping to get them in the future.They are also very well connected, so make sure to network.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the hectic schedule that comes along with going to a UC. Develop good habits and get rid of bad ones such as procrastinating. If you have been admitted and are planning to attend, go to orientation. It gives you a chance to explore the campus, plan what classes to take, and meet other people who will be going to school with you. Take advantage of every resource and learn how to network.

    In three sentences

    Davis is basically a city disguised as a town. The overall atmosphere you get is great and the people here are really friendly. The university itself excels in many areas and offers a lot of experiences and opportunities for its students.

  • 03/31/2015

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

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 338

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    Campus Safety

    Has security to accompany you at night if you are scared

    Great for these types of students

    - Wanting a large school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    BIKES, BIKES EVERYWHERE

    Tips for prospective students

    If you messed up in 9th grade, you still have a chance to do great in 10th and 11th. Those are the years that UC's really look at. However, don't slack of in 9th or 12th. All years in high school are important.

    In three sentences

    This school is great. Great opportunities. There are a lot of bikes so follow the trend!

  • 03/02/2015

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 338

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    Food and Dining

    The dining options at Davis vary and they are all very clean and appealing. They are also very welcoming places that allow student life to continue to be as rich an prosperous as it is.

    Dorm Life

    There are a decent number of dorms placed through out Davis and they are all very beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    Sadly I don't know all that much about the rigor. I do hear that their academics are amazing and that students are able to find just what they're looking for at Davis.

    In three sentences

    This school is just beautiful. The campus in nice and flat and all the buildings look amazing. The artwork only makes it all the better.

  • 02/06/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 338

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    Campus Safety

    With so many students, zero crime is impossible. However, campus police are always nearby in case of emergencies, and there is an automated alert system for any crime that goes on.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not huge here, but there is a fair variety. Delta Lamda Phi, the gay/bi/progressive fraternity, is particularly active with Davis Is Burning, one of the biggest Drag shows in Northern California.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm fairly certain there is a club for everything and everyone, and if there isn't one for you, you can make one. And with 30,000 students on campus, there are bound to be a few people who are willing to join you.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, passionate students who are not afraid of a challenge.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The underwear run, which occurs midwinter, is definitely something. Toward the beginning of Fall Quarter, there is the tradition of walking to the train station in pajamas to greet the Alumni before homecoming.

    Bang for the buck

    Peer advisers, and general academic advisers are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. There is free tutoring in the main area of each living community. There are research opportunities left and right for science majors.

    What to do for fun

    If you're looking for a party, better get involved with Greek life. There are parties frequently. Beyond that, the Arboretum is a great place for exercise or a pleasant stroll. Downtown is a great place to go for a movie or a nice meal. Sacramento is only a bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    DC food is great, at first. A fair amount of variety, you don't have to do dishes, you don't even have to get your own portions- plates of food are ready and waiting. The novelty wears off after about a quarter. Luckily, there is the Memorial Union, a building full of food that you can use your meal plan on. In addition, there are convenience stores in each living area that have basic foods and a plethora of snacks. The Silo, which houses the campus Carl's Junior and one of two Starbucks, is another great place to grab a bite to eat. If you're a coffee person, the Bio Brew, both Starbucks, and Swirlz- the Memorial Union coffee shop- have what you need.

    Dorm Life

    Quiet hours start at 11, which can be a challenge if you're hanging out with friends in the common area- sound travels everywhere. The dorms themselves are nice, and there are three living communities- Tercero, Cuarto, and Segundo. Each have their own Dining Commons, along with their own pros and cons. Double and Triple rooms are the same square footage, but with 3 beds, 3 desks, 3 dressers, and 3 people packed in- not recommended, unless you don't mind having no space; it is less expensive than the double.

    Academic Rigor

    Davis is hard. There are a few classes that are easy A's, but again, they're few and far between. However, the classes are not generally unreasonably difficult. As one of the top universities in the world, it has to be rigorous and challenging. Introduction major-required classes such as Biology and Chemistry are definitely weeder classes; if you can get through those, you're in the clear. GE's are not overly challenging and give you the chance (or force you, depending on you perspective) to take a variety of classes you might not have taken otherwise.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the campus from the get-go. Getting around is not hard once you know where you're going, but it can take a minute to orient yourself if you haven't explored yet. Go to the professors office hours- everyone says this for a reason. Talk to them, get to know them and let them get to know you. It helps so, so much when it's crunch time and you need help. Use the available tutoring. In high school, be involved in things around campus- it looks good and gives you some experience with getting to know new people.

    In three sentences

    UCD is one of the best schools in the country, with top rate professors, lecturers, and even some A+ TAs. The campus is beautiful, downtown is close, and Sacramento is a free bus ride away. All in all, attending Davis has been the best decision of my entire life.

  • 01/06/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UCD email accounts we have always have updated reports of any crime on campus. It's well lit and not once will you have the little hairs stand up on your back!

    Greek Life

    Plenty of opportunity here, especially if you're a transfer student, don't be shy, remember they were once in your shoes and understand!

    Clubs and Activities

    Every week there's a new club in front of the coho(coffee house) along with sororities and fraternities asking you to join their clubs, some even play flag football or practice every night and it's fun to watch!

    Great for these types of students

    If you like quiet areas there is plenty, whether it be the library or outside in the grass with the friendly squirrels, UCD is great for the quiet type students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are 50 traditions here at UCD, if you complete all 50 you will wear a special sash on graduation day. My two favorites are wearing aggie blue on fridays to show support and have good luck on midterms. Also, there's these giant white egg heads all over campus, kiss one and you'll pass your midterm.

    Bang for the buck

    All amenities you've basically paid for already, so working out at the ARC is a must, with top of the line equipment all you need is your student id and you'll enjoy everything there is here. Joining a gym is a no go especially if you get to use a facility like UCD.

    What to do for fun

    Farmers market, join clubs, join a sorority or a fraternity and all sporting events are super fun especially if you're apart of the aggie pack!

    Food and Dining

    There's everything here, when it comes to deciding what you should eat, don't worry the scents in the coho or the dining halls will lead you to a delicious decision every time and you won't regret it.

    Dorm Life

    Friendly people, you're bound to make a lot of friends for life!

    Academic Rigor

    Quarter systems are known for their fast pace schedule, making flashcards earlier will help. Academics here will keep you on your game.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of everything, even if you think you understood lecture, go over it twice or three times for good measure the SAME day! Don't give up on your education, once you're in, stay in and prosper!

    In three sentences

    In a fast pace quarter system it's easy to fall apart, UCD is very well organized and everything is easy to obtain. They want you to graduate, this campus is large and friendly, you get use to the bikers flying by!

  • 12/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 338

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus and I frequently have night classes that end late. There are campus escorts available if you don't feel comfortable by yourself but Davis is completely safe in my opinion. The one thing is to make sure to lock your bike with a U-lock because bike theft is a common thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 200 clubs across campus, everyone can find something they love. There is also Outdoor Adventures which plans camping, backpacking, hiking, climbing, and kayaking trips throughout the year.

    Great for these types of students

    Davis is very diverse and anybody can find a place to fit in. If you like the outdoors, Davis provides so many opportunities to go on hikes, go to the snow, lakes, etc. But the students are incredibly hard-working as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every finals week there is an Undie Run on a chosen night to destress. But the clothes you wear get donated to the SPCA when you take them off. It's quite an experience running through campus and I recommend getting out there because it's pretty fun.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! Take part in intramural sports! Explore downtown! There are so many options and opportunities to put yourself out there and have fun. Or bike over to the arboretum with a book and enjoy the sun in the park.

    Food and Dining

    The dining common's food is great in my opinion. I never get tired of it because there are always so many different options every day, and it tastes amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best thing ever. I've met so many people and the residence halls are so incredibly nice. I love living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It gets difficult, be prepared for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard in class. It's not easy and college work is on a completely different level than high school. But be sure to find something you can enjoy and be a part of like a club or sport because it's important to have fun.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is probably the friendliest school you can find. The students are incredible and the level of education is top tier. The state of art facilities provided are outstanding as well and are always accessible to students.

  • 12/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While the campus itself is pretty safe (well-lit, open), bikers can be dangerous, and I have seen bike accidents happen. Bikes/bike parts also get stolen pretty easily.

    Greek Life

    Big; lots of events on a regular basis, a sorority/fraternity for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge array of clubs of all different types; sports, language, video games, 4H. The Greek life is definitely big. No matter who you are, you will definitely find something to do here!

    Great for these types of students

    People that like a medium-sized town feel; near cities, but also easy to get out into the country.

    Bang for the buck

    As Davis is largely a student town, pretty much everything (from restaurants to activities), is pretty affordable. There are definitely nicer places to go and things to do as well, but overall the town and lifestyle are pretty affordable. Housing is decently priced as far as student housing goes, and there are many options.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Davis has plenty affordable restaurants and bars, which are entertaining on weekends. The Graduate is an 18 and over bar that hosts dancing nights of many types, for those that can't/don't want to drink. The city of Sacramento is also not a far drive, for a night or day out. Finally, Davis is located near Lake Berreyessa, which is a beautiful place to hike or camp. There are many things to do, but one does have to make an effort to seek them out.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is extremely good for a college campus. A lot of the veggies and meats are supplied by local farms, so the food you get is literally 'farm to table'--for instance, all the red marinara sauce made in the dining hall is made from locally grown tomatoes. The pastries ad coffee are decent, affordable, and located throughout campus so it is not difficult to grab a quick snack between classes. There are also chain restaurants like Carl's Jr., Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Starbucks on campus, so options are plentiful.

    Dorm Life

    Did not live in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The speed of the quarter system means that classes can be quite stressful-it is extremely important to stay on top of work in order to not get overwhelmed. So far the GE classes have been moderately rigorous, while the major classes are more difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs to meet people that have the same interests as you! Build study groups and make sure to go to office hours if the speed of the quarter system and size of the classes gets to be too much. Don't forget to take a break once in a while as the quarters go very fast!

    In three sentences

    The school itself has wonderful education programs, and gives students leeway to be able to incorporate different classes they want to take into their specific major. Classes, however, are HUGE (two of mine as a junior are over 400 people), and although the professors I have had for the sciences are superb, time to ask specific questions and get individual help is limited. The town itself is beautiful and cute, with many fun and affordable places to eat, and there are always parties to go to or a few all-ages bars that have fun dancing and other events.

  • 12/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are hardly crimes that go on here. The most common crime is bike theft.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those not afraid of not being in big city town.

    What to do for fun

    At UC Davis, we have the ARC, which is an area where you can go to the gym, or just play sports, burn some energy and workout. You can go support Aggies at sports games and get free merchandise. Or, you can go downtown and go shopping and eat or watch a movie.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good and pretty much available when you need it. Various areas to eat whether it is the dining commons or just buying food at a junction. The campus is pretty close to downtown, so it is possible to go out and get take out food.

    Dorm Life

    I made friends with a majority of my floor and those on other floors. Everyone is amiable and helpful. On the first week have your door open so people can come and meet you, because open doors make happy floors....and good study groups.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be hard to get A's but if you work hard you can get the grade you deserve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to balance your time wisely when it comes to all the midterms. Time goes by very fast because it is a quarter system, meaning ten weeks of classes.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis has such friendly people here. Everyone is helpful and they just want you to succeed. Great education from professors, because they are so helpful and they want you to understand.

  • 12/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to ride my bike downtown with my friends and hang out there. There's many shops to explore and restaurants to eat at. There is also a movie theater, and on campus, we have a bowling alley and arcade. Davis is really nice because you can rent a car and drive to nearby cities like Sacramento or Vacaville for shopping, or even Vallejo to spend a day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, I don't care for the Tercero Dining Commons all that much. I'll admit sometimes the food is good, but other times, I'm searching for different proteins and end up eating a ton of carbs. There are other places on campus to get food though, like the Silo and the CoHo, where the food is better and there's way more options.

    Dorm Life

    There are three different areas to live on campus: Tercero, Segundo, and Cuarto. I'm very happy with where I live (Tercero). I love my roommates and I'm just getting to know my floormates better, so I'm looking forward to that. My roommates and I were able to decorate our dorm to our taste and it looks awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    The quarter system really keeps students on their toes; the ten weeks fly by so fast. I think the courses taught here challenge students to think critically and sculpt their views on certain topics.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest applying to this school even if you aren't sure about it. I honestly wasn't really sure about Davis when I submitted my SIR, but I learned to fall in love with it. A bike is highly recommended if you come to this school.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a really nice, prestigious school. The academics are challenging, but there's plenty of student organizations, events, and activities to do that help balance that. Overall, I'm very glad I decided to attend this school.

  • 12/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are no campus safety buttons and it took until this year (Fall 2014, my senior year) for the campus to have a very prevent campus safety van that offers safe rides. While I know safe rides has always been offered, it is poorly advertised. One great aspect safety many schools lack is the Tipsy Taxi system for drunk (and sober!) undergrads running Thursday-Saturday nights 10pm-2am. For $3 you can get picked up and dropped off anywhere in Davis so as to promote safe partying. Actual campus safety is okay, there has been recent acts to try to improve the lighting in certain areas.

    Greek Life

    I, personally, am in the greek system, so my social calendar tends to be a bit more greek orientated. Greek life is prevalent for the parties thrown during welcome week and the large houses along the edge of campus, but overall greek life is fairly relaxed. About 20% of students are part of some sort of org so there is definitely is a presence on campus, but that number is made of students in not just Panhellenic and IFC orgs. I am in a social sorority, and I have been so thankful for my experience. I found a family and bonds for life. I found a support system I never thought possible outside my immediate family. My greek experience in Davis has been beyond the saying buying your friends. Davis can get a little lackluster, what I've bought is the opportunities to make memories with my friends. I'd be friends with these girls even if I left the org, the cost is simply to keep having fun. I'd recommend greek life to anyone who is interested (plus we have some killer parties) Fun fact too: Greeks at UCD have a higher overall GPA than non-greeks

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and activities to choose from. Fliers everywhere, I frequently find myself saying Wow, I had no clue there was a club for that!

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, interested in hands-on research, prepared for variable (California) seasons, likes walking or biking, drinking>smoking

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Petting the cows, visiting the domes, FarMar (Farmer's Market) on Saturday mornings in central park, getting in at least one bike crash

    What to do for fun

    Explore the arboretum, take a trip to Sacramento,

    Food and Dining

    Davis has so many options it's insane. I don't eat out that often as I'm a typical poor college kid, but I love downtown (G st). Extremely cute downtown with a lot of options. Food is reasonably priced and you can usually get lunch out of a meal for the next day.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the suite style dorms (Cuarto) which I personally liked as it gave me more storage space and freedom to move around. The dorms at UCD are in 3 large clusters, causing fun-spirited mini-rivalries even amongst seniors about which food is best and where was better to live. Truthfully each dorm area is unique and the food at each dorm has pros and cons.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know if it's because I take upper division classes now or students really are getting more cut-throat, but UCD is getting more rigorous and I don't think it is going to slow down. The rankings of schools have also shown UCD improving these recent years.

    Tips for prospective students

    GPA isn't everything but you need to have other good qualities! I didn't have a great high school GPA, but I had really good test scores and awesome extracurriculars. And, if you don't get into your number 1, your number 2 may turn into your favorite place!

    In three sentences

    A beautiful, varied campus full of so many stories and so much life

  • 12/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel really safe here, and don't feel in danger even in the middle of the night. There are also police on campus and there are emails and texts sent if there are any dangers on or near campus.

    Greek Life

    Sorry, I can't offer much advice here, but from what I've heard the Greek life here is pretty good and everyone mostly gets along. When you're a part of a sorority or frat, all the Greeks are connected.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 different clubs here and it's almost a guarantee you'll find the club that you find interest in and would want to be a part of.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically rigors students looking for a challenge, and hard-working students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Eggheads, Freshmen stripe, cow-tipping (just kidding, that's not a thing)

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is unfortunately going up, and unless you have financial aid or can afford it, UCD and all other UCs can be really costly.

    What to do for fun

    Back in the day I wouldn't usually hit the gym for fun, but after meeting people that are interested in working out, they got me into it too. And at first it is really tiring and exhausting, but soon after my body got used to it, and it became really fun. The ARC offers many different things to do, and definitely call up some friends to play. Another sporty activity is also intramural sports, and it is a great way to meet new friends and get exercise! Another fun thing to do is check out Downtown Davis, there aren't many mainstream shops, but small business. It is still my goal to try every single restaurant in Davis, since almost everything here is pretty good!

    Food and Dining

    Nothing beats a mother's cooking. The food here is decent and they change their menu per week, but they always have the usual Mongolian stir fried, pizza, salad bar, and cereal. In my opinion, the best DC (dining commons) is Segundo, but definitely give all three DCs a try. Also as long as you go to the ARC, freshmen 15 won't be real.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is honestly what you make of it. I've heard many bad stories of roommates not getting along, but if you have a positive outlook and make the most of the situation, I'm sure there will be a solution to your woes. Fortunately I get along really well with my roommate and we hadn't known each other at all before college.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor definitely depends on your major and yourself, but generally it is really difficult because UCD runs on a quarter system. Compared to the usual high school semester system, quarter system flies by and in a blink of an eye after about one to two mid-terms you already have finals. Here you have to constant be up on your feet and sleep deprivation is real.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take advantage of the tutoring hours available throughout campus and go to office hours when you are struggling. Academics here are pretty difficult, and as a first year student, I can definitely tell you it is a major leap from high school academics. Here you can't procrastinate and really have to learn how to manage your time wisely.

    In three sentences

    It is a good UC that offers many different majors, resources, clubs, and it is abundant with student life. Unfortunately it is located in the middle of nowhere, so if you've been living the city life, you'll definitely miss it. However what makes up for the lack of city life is the super nice people you can meet and be friends with!

  • 11/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UC Davis is very good about keeping students up to date on safety concerns, sparingly as they may happen. You feel very safe locking your bike outside, and walking everywhere is not a problem. Crime and violence is virtually nonexistent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds if not thousands of clubs, which leads to thousands of activities, and even more outside these clubs. No matter the interest, there is something for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, studious, hands on, musical, introverted, extroverted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have cows and other animals on campus, because one of the main majors is animal sciences.

    Bang for the buck

    There are ample opportunities to save on money, such as living off campus, which the college makes incredibly easy.

    What to do for fun

    On the campus, there are hundreds of clubs, thousands of people, and recreational activities taking place on any one day. If you want to find something that interests you, you will find it. Downtown also has common rural activities.

    Food and Dining

    Great food in the dining commons, as is expected with an agricultural school, as well as a couple chain branches around campus. Being so close to downtown, there are also great choices very close.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is friendly, and the RA's are superb at making the transition to dorms smooth. Davis is very equipt to deal with any problems in the dorms you may have.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis academics are based on the quarter system, so you learn a chunk of information very quickly, which can be if you don't keep on top of it, but easily manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never be afraid of classes, there are unlimited resources to help, and the professors are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    A comfortable college with very friendly people, great professors, and a safe atmosphere. It is a large campus, which only means that bikes are suggested and there is a lot to explore! Great facilities and a supportive staff make it an excellent university.

  • 11/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe when on campus and it is a great feeling. Although students do stupid things, the safety you feel is immense. UC Davis has a police station on campus which is great because they are so close for any issue that may arise. Lastly, at night, they have Safety Rides for anyone who wants a ride back to anywhere on campus between 5pm and 3am.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not apart of the Greek Life or participate in it, but plenty of students say it is wonderful. Just enough to satisfy your want for Greek Life but not too much where you become overwhelmed in it . I do appreciate the fact though that they are all off campus and that there are plenty with actual purposes such as community service, medical, and even law.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for just about everything and if not you can make one. They have intramural and competitive sports. Debate, mock trial, and many other academic teams. There is also plenty of clubs for different things and if not, its easy to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for students who want to focus more on the academics but still have some fun. IF you are easily distracted by social events, Davis would make a great place as you have to find the distractions because they are not thrown in your face. Also, if you enjoy a sense of community, Davis is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Davis is a biking community, so do not plan on driving freshman year. You can get everywhere you need to on a bike and if not the public transportation is great. It is a great place to learn how to get around without the reliance of a car.

    Bang for the buck

    This question is hard for me to answer because I am here for practically free which is definitely the bang for the buck. The nice part about going to a public school is the amount of financial aid you are capable of receiving from the state. But I would definitely advise to apply to as many scholarships as possible. There are soo many opportunities that you do not want to miss because you cannot afford it.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do in Davis. I have not had a single free weekend. Just join clubs and activities. Make friends and get out there. Downtown is a great place to go for food and other activities.

    Food and Dining

    I personally am not the biggest fan of the food here at UC Davis, but plenty of upper classman say how much they miss it now that they do not have it. The staff is super sweet though and will customize your food to your liking which is wonderful. I love the buffet style were you do not pay per item because it allows me to try new things and not waste money.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is great. There are not many distractions in the dorms themselves and the Room Advisors are great people who put on plenty of activities to be involved in. I love my room, for it is the perfect size for me and my roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    For me personally, the academic rigor has not been that extreme so far. Three midterms and two papers but very manageable. The hardest part is time management and deciding how much is too much.

    Tips for prospective students

    UC Davis is a great school for everyone. It fits a diverse amount of students and there is a broad range of activities that fit almost everyone. Although not all students are studious, it is easy to find the ones here for education and surround yourself in them.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a great university filled with kind people, both students, professors, and the staff. I absolutely love the environment and the ability to stay away from all distractions because they are not thrown in your face like other campuses. There are many organizations and clubs to get involved in though, so do not worry about being bored.

  • 10/14/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    There is so many fun stuff to do around campus from what I've heard like all the cool clubs which means you'll never get bored.

    Food and Dining

    I'm hoping they're food is good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look like a nice and safe place to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    It has my major that is really hard to find.

    Tips for prospective students

    From what I've researched it's a good school to go to.

    In three sentences

    This school seems like a very awesome school to go to and I would love to go there. From the pictures that I've seen the campus looks really pretty and safe. The school has a lot of majors to choose from and also clubs which sounds fun.

  • 07/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Some classes end very late at night, and at first it will seem scary to ride your bike or walk alone, whether it be back to the apartments, dorms or to the bus stop. There is nothing to be afraid of. Campus is absolutely safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not too annoying. The parties are usually on weekends. Parties do not occur on school nights too often. There is hazing, but it is not as bad compared to past hazings.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs try very hard to make new members feel welcomed, which is great.

    Great for these types of students

    UCD is great for people who are independent learners. Cheerful people would fit well with this school because everyone is so nice there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are egg heads spread across the campus. Students touch the one by Shields Library before a test for good luck. The arboretum is beautiful and sometimes you will find an unplugged jam session.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is reasonable, but I believe it could be more cheaper if UCD changed to the semester system.

    What to do for fun

    There are musicians in the Music building, so you can just drop in and jam with them. There are a variety of clubs, such as Circle K, Fashion Association, ASUCD, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of food served at the dining commons. Each dorm has a different theme. Cuarto is known for the healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Cuarto was not the greatest place to start as a freshmen. It is off campus and you are crammed with 9 other people. There are perks though, like the convenient store, the dining commons, janitors, free TP, IM sports, and the tutoring services.

    Academic Rigor

    If you've never developed good studying habits in high school, then you should start now. It is impossible to get an A without studying, unfortunately. The class difficulties depend on the professor you have. Some are easier than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that freshmen who are pursuing anything chemistry-related or engineering should live in the Tercero dorms. The professors' office hours are located nearby and it is VERY convenient to get to. It is also a good idea to arrive to the chemistry lab early on the first day or else you get replaced. Utilize office hours and the tutors! There are great tutors in the dorms and at South Hall.

    In three sentences

    UCD is a peaceful place and everyone is friendly. The greek life is perfect; not too crazy but not too boring. The dining commons are absolutely delicious and the smoothies at the convenient stores are to die for!

  • 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.

  • 06/27/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Davis is a small town so usually there isn't much to do in the city other than attend sporting events or parties. Occasionally there are some cool concerts that come through Davis as well. However the location of Davis makes it easy to go out of town and possibly go to skiing or snowboarding. There are also plenty of places to go hiking and river rafting as well if you're more of an outdoorsman. Overall the location of Davis makes it easy to do a lot of things and see lots of CA.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of good places to eat around the city of davis not too far from campus. Dining halls offer a good variety of food however it isn't all that great some days are better than others depending on the selection. But for the best food off campus dining is the way to go.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in cuarto which was the best location in my opinion. In this residence hall you get really close to the people you live with and get the off campus feeling. There is also access to your own pools and it is close to some off campus dining as well as shopping and the grad. You are also fairly close to the sorority's/frats. Unfortunately dorms are only available for freshman but there are still plenty of options for housing off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you are trying to take in your earlier years the process can be very stressful. Pass times are often during class time and most of the time you will not get all the classes you want or not at the times you wanted. However, overall the classes are not too difficult. The professors are all knowledgeable and want to see you succeed so for the most part it feels as though they are on your side. They also are available for office hours and can help you better understand something if you didn't get in lecture.

    Tips for prospective students

    Practice riding a bike if you haven't in a while. Davis is a large campus and if you live on campus, and possibly off campus, bike riding is the main mode of transportation. Be prepared for hot weather in the spring and summer and cold, rainy winters. Try to visit before you choose to attend to see the campus and surrounding areas as well.

    In three sentences

    Davis is similar to Berkeley but with less stress academically. Students at Davis care about their grades and academics but also enjoy partying. It is the best of both worlds for those who want to attend a school that looks good on a resume but that isn't really uptight.

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Davis is a very safe community with police checking up on the campus frequently. You can find student police officers on campus during the day and night, and it is easy to contact them if need be.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is big at Davis. Even if you don't think you aren't the fraternity or sorority type, you may discover a social, professional, ethnic, or service related greek organization that you may like. You'll never know if you don't try it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Extremely vast options for join clubs including ethnic clubs, clubs based on interests (such as skiing or snowboarding, cooking, or even speaking Spanish), sports, and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are sociable, well-rounded, and who want to get a good education without skipping out on the fun things in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many campus traditions including Picnic Day (which Davis is known for), Whole Earth Festival, Undie Runs before Finals, the Davis Trinity at local bars, Pajamarino, and more traditions. You can use the app Aggie Traditions to complete a given bucket list for Davis, and then start your own!

    Bang for the buck

    The University itself is a bit pricey, but you get a great education and one of the most well-maintained campuses out there. You won't regret coming to Davis!

    What to do for fun

    Bike rides are a given. Exploring campus is always a great idea because it is the largest UC campus in area. Downtown Davis is full of cute quirky shops and great restaurants, if you are a foodie. Sacramento is close by, with fun concerts and activities. The Bay area and Lake Tahoe aren't far either, allowing opportunities to go to sports games, concerts, the snow, or just fun day trips in another city.

    Food and Dining

    Also ranked one of the top in the nation. Davis is all about healthy food and locally grown produce. You can taste the freshness of the cafeteria food and it's great to know that the school cares about their students. They use less oil and salt than many other places you could eat at. They have fun themed meals which are a great way to change it up once in a while. They even allow you to submit a family recipe for them to serve to the student body, how cool!

    Dorm Life

    Facilities are well maintained and fairly new. Maintenance is quick to address any problems you may have. Dorms are on campus, it can't get any more convenient than that. People are super friendly, dorms are the best way to meet new people!

    Academic Rigor

    One of the top ranked schools in the nation, but not as rigorous as Ivy League schools. Students are definitely challenged by difficult courses, but not stressed pulling their hair out because of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a bike! The campus is definitely walkable, but getting to class in 5 minutes is one of the most convenient things. Many people complain about nice bikes getting stolen, but I think getting a nice bike is a good purchase that will make a difference in the long run.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is extremely quirky, definitely one of the reasons it's rated the #1 Cool School among college students! It's extremely environmentally friendly and college-town-y with cows on campus, farmer's markets open weekly, and students biking literally everywhere. There is an amazingly positive vibe on campus with all the optimistic and happy students.

  • 06/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is generally good. There has only been a few minimal incidents and the police department always keeps students and staff informed about such incidents. I think most students would agree that Davis is a safe city and that riding your bike after 8 pm is not a big deal because the campus feels safe. However, I would say that nowhere is too safe. That is why taking self precaution is never too much. If you have any legal approved defense products that you can carry with you at night or at any time of the day to keep you safe I would highly encourage you stick with them. Also taking a few self-defense classes wouldn't hurt, but in general I would rate Davis as one of the safest cities I have ever lived in.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are interested in learning more about Christianity, no matter if you consider yourself a believer or not, but just interested in general about the deeper meaning of life, there are numerous of great and friendly clubs you should attend. Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship is one of the most amazing clubs here on campus. The people there are fun, nice, and great mentors to learn from. They usually meet Thursday nights and their services consist of worship time, friendly ice breakers, and studying the bible. There are always great messages to take home and there are many students willing to develop great bonds with new members. You will never feel left out at Inter-varsity! This club is also big in missionary programs and spring break or summer break camps. Their goal is to make you feel welcomed and to get your questions answered.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the unusual tradition that I came across here at Davis in the dorms was nevertheless the Undie Run! What is that you might ask? Well during the week of midterms and finals some awesome wild students voluntarily decide to take a run wearing their only undergarments across the dorm quad and in front of the dinning commons usually at night around 8 or 9 pm with blasting upbeat music. This is a creative way to distress themselves from the nerve-racking feel of studying for their exams. Quite unusual but fun to watch.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the ARC! play racket ball with your friends. Go to all the social events (after finishing your homework and studying of course), they usually have many for the freshman dorm life students. Do not miss out on dance events that they have each year for freshman. The Great Gatsby ball room dance was a fun one to attend this year. Sometimes they also have movie nights outside in the quad infront of the dorms and it gets pretty fun and its a great way to meet new people you didn't know lived in your dorm area! Also try joining clubs. There are more than 500 clubs here at Davis ranging from religious affiliated clubs to health care, dentistry, community service, animal science, humanities, history, dramatic arts, and the list goes on. Check out what interests you! Also do not miss out the relaxing arboretum! it's a great place to just hang out with friends and family and have a nice picnic day, or even get some studying done! Also last but not least, check out downtown Davis, it is not as small as it seems, it has the best ice cream during the summer. Try Yoloberry!!

    Food and Dining

    Freshman 15 is definitely not just a myth if you take it seriously! The dinning commons here have the best food ever! Especially desert, they are big on desert! (Late Night Cookies!) As an incoming freshman and part of your housing contract you are required to enroll in a dinning meal plan. There are five meal plans available: Unlimited, Prime Line, Frequent Diner, Aggie Advantage and Budget Saver. The only difference between the meal plans is the quantity of meal swipes. If you live close to the university and usually go home on weekends, it is recommended that you get the budget saver plan which has only 90 meal swipes in the all-you-can eat dinning common depending on what area you live. Now it is up to you to see how many meals you think you will need for 10 weeks worth of that quarter. There are 3 big dinning commons located in Tercero, Segundo, and Cuarto. The best one is Tercero, but all of them have there ups and downs. Great piece of advice for those who love eating desert, just make sure you go to the ARC (the Davis gym) try not gaining too much weight because even the thinnest do gain their freshman 15 with the all-you-can eat dinning commons.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life experience definitely depends on the person you are and in the hall way you choose to live in. I lived in a all-girls floor and it was pretty quiet and nice, especially during midterms week. However, from other friends experience I observed that being in a coed floor was also a lot of fun and although a little wilder, girls and guys created nice respectful relationships. The Resident advisers are a vital part to the dorm life in Davis. They were the people in charge of organizing fun and helpful academic events for every dorm hall. These events consisted of academic advising to social gatherings and lots of free food and deserts of course. Also another important aspect of the dorm life was forming great bonds with your neighbors, especially during difficult times. People in Davis are generally nice, but in the dorms this becomes even more real when you need someones emotional, academic, or spiritual support. There is no doubt that the dorm life is a great opportunity to make friends your first year!

    Academic Rigor

    Being on the quarter system is definitely a challenge. Everything goes faster and it does not get easier. However, despite the fast-paced system here at Davis, I feel like I have benefited a lot from the challenge because it has helped me develop better time management skills. Sure having midterms every 2 to 3 weeks can be a killer but it keeps you on track with studying. If you ever walk around the shields library or the quad area in Davis you will see how students are diligently studying for their upcoming midterms and finals. It's amazing when you get to see groups of people learning from each other. Professors like I previously mentioned are always willing to hold review sessions before exams and office hours in between. However, each student has his or her own strategy to cope with the nerve of studying for multiple exams. Despite the stress under such a rapid system, most UC Davis students walk around with a smile encouraging one another in their studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to office hours! No matter what subject you are taking, going to office hours allows you to make yourself known to the professor and helps you stay on track with your grades in that class. Professors are incredibly understanding and they care about your progress in their class. Office hours is another way to have that one on one setting with your professor when you have a huge lecture hall with another 400 and plus students. Also do not miss out on other tutoring opportunities as well, especially if you are majoring in the science field. Tutoring along with office hours will definitely keep you away from ever being in academic probation and maintaining your GPA in great standing. College is nothing like high school, you have to work harder academic wise and be wiser in your time management. So this is my advice to prospective students, don't wait until the end of the quarter to visit your professor in office hours, start showing up within the first weeks of class and if you still need extra help go to the tutoring hall!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a great place to learn, explore new interests, and meet extraordinary people. It has a beautiful agricultural campus, super environmental friendly, and not to mention the adorable (also extremely friendly-almost like dog friendly) cows. UC Davis is big on research opportunities and it has a lot of caring professors and staff. If you have not thought about UC Davis as one of your prospective universities to apply, you should consider it!

  • 06/06/2014

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

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    Clubs and Activities

    a lots of clubs for students

    What to do for fun

    going to down town or go gardening

    Food and Dining

    a lots of different food could be chose

    Dorm Life

    pretty

    Academic Rigor

    cool. they are all around the campus

    Tips for prospective students

    we need bikes

    In three sentences

    perfect place to study

  • 05/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, clubs, and of course parties. Davis will have your typical college activities, and if you have enough money, even more options become available such as horseback riding. There are plenty of pseudo-natural environments to enjoy (the Arboretum), and the campus is within biking distance of the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve. You can sometimes even see river otters swimming in the Arboretum, so take full advantage.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons are much higher in quality than other universities, but they are ridiculously expensive. For people who are transfers (and other people who are not freshmen), make sure to take advantage of Freshmen selling their excess swipes for less money than the cafeteria charges. Freshmen no longer get Aggie Cash for their leftover swipes, so both parties benefit by having them sell their excess.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are overcrowded and dirty. Unless you take it upon yourself to regularly vacuum the carpet, your room will never be clean. I requested a room for two people in Segundo, and I got three people in Tercero and was top bunk. Make sure to establish a rotation for the beds if you get stuck in a triple- top bunk may seem tempting if you never had to bunk as a child, but it gets old really fast.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is completely dependent on the professor teaching it. Professors who make an effort to inspire undergraduates tend to simply teach better, and it is painstakingly obvious when a professor has no interest in undergraduates and is simply teaching because they have to. Avoid these classes if you can- they will be more difficult and it will be unfair. Take advantage of rate my professor and accept that some classes will require a large investment simply because the material is difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to fix your own bicycles- it will save you a lot of time and money. Make sure to get the most out of your classes as you can. If the classes in your major do not interest you, then take courses in other majors to find something that does. College is supposed to be a time where you find what you love to do, and you will never have the drive to do something if your only inspiration for it is money. Take advantage of CAPS for your mental health, take advantage of the Student Health Center and the ARC for your physical health, and take advantage of the wide variety of research provided at the university. There's a niche for almost everything here and you should have no trouble finding something that interests you by the time you graduate.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis has been without a doubt the single greatest experience of my life. The town offers convenient transportation and caters to bicycles and the campus itself is absolutely beautiful, even after four years of attendance. There will never be transportation issues during the school year if you plan correctly.

  • 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.

  • 03/21/2014

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

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    Academic Rigor

    I haven't attended yet, but I know the rigor can be tough. As a prospective engineering student, I know it will be difficult, but from my friends already attending Davis, I know that it is manageable!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have plenty of extracurricular activities!

    In three sentences

    Although I haven't yet attended the school, I have visited it, and I already feel right at home! Davis has a small college town feel and I am super excited to go to the Farmer's Market!

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a huge thing here at UC Davis! For starters, you can choose to get text updating you when anything serious happens on campus and in the city of Davis. UC Davis has their own police department and fire department on campus and you can even call an escort service to escort you when it's late at night. There are thousands of bikes on campus and T.A.P.S is a great sector of the police department that is good at cracking down on bike thefts!

    Greek Life

    With the clubs that are offered you can choose to pledge for a fraternity or a sorority. There many different types of sororities/fraternities on campus that range from focusing on religions to medical fields to organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    As said before there are hundreds of activities and clubs that you can join on and off campus. There are literally clubs for any topic and any field of interest that you may have.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for any type of student. UC Davis is so diverse when it comes to the location, student body, and activities that are offered that it really is the perfect school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an app that you can download on your phone that is literally called Aggie Traditions. You can complete all of the traditions throughout your four years of college and document it in the app as you go! One of my favorite traditions would be to go and pet the cows on the UC Davis farm!

    Bang for the buck

    The campus offers student a program called Aggie Cash. This is kind of like a debit card that you can use almost anywhere on campus and even restaurants in Downtown Davis. You can refill your card with Aggie Cash whenever you want to! Having Aggie Cash can be really convenient because its all connected to your ID card so you don't have to carry around your wallet if you don't feel like it.

    What to do for fun

    Like I said before there are hundreds of clubs and activities going on! You can join any club that you want and you can even create one if you don't find any that suit your interests. You can also go to Downtown Davis, which is literally across the street from the campus. There are loads of restaurants and shops that you can go to on your free time. You can always visit the arboretum or the quads to relax or study.

    Food and Dining

    The menus are constantly changing with really good and interesting foods! The chefs on staff always make sure to mix it up when it comes to the types of cuisines that are made for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is always something delicious to eat when you go to the dining commons.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, you may live in dorm hall where you live in the classic room with one or two other people. However, UC Davis has a dorms that are like mini apartments called suites! These suites have their own living rooms, restrooms and closets! The only thing missing is a kitchen to make it an official apartment! There are also a lot of socials that the resident advisers put on to help everyone in the hall to know each other!

    Academic Rigor

    Every class you take is going to have its fair share of homework and studying that you'll have to do. Like any class you should put you're all into striving for the highest grade possible! It can be easy to get a good grade in a class because there are so many places where you can get help if you need it! Its all for free and there are so many different times during the week that you can go to receive help. You can also always go to office hours, which are always a big help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come to UC Davis! The school is so student-driven, friendly, and fun to be at that you will forget that your in college until you have to go to class! Even though Davis is a prestigious and hard school to get into, you should work as hard as you can to get in because once you get here, you'll love it! You'll love the bikes, the people, that balance of nature and city life; it's the perfect package!

    In three sentences

    This university has constant activities to fill your schedule that are not only fun, but benefit you academically! You can always find something new to join and everyone is always friendly. Academically this university is amazing, offering outstanding opportunities for almost any career field.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The best thing to do for fun is to hang out with people. You don't necessarily have to do anything. Just hanging out with people and talking can be a great pass-time, and a great way to make new friends. If you do feel like going out, go out with friends for fun. Explore the campus or whatever little town or city that your university is in. I love to bike into my downtown area with some friends, grab something to eat, walk around a little and window shop, maybe watch a movie, and then bike back. But I also know there is a great number of people looking forward to all those college parties. There are plenty of parties in college. More so if you join a social fraternity or sorority. Being in a fraternity, I can tell you there is always something to do. They may not always be fun things, for example there are weekly cleanings and meetings, but it does require you to get out of your room and talk with people. When you are not cleaning or having meetings, you are more than likely do something fun or preparing for something fun. Coming into Davis I thought there would not be many parties, but then I realized that everyone likes to party. So whether you are looking to party, relax, meet new people, or go on lunch/food dates with friends or someone of interest, most college campuses offer all of those things all the time, but from my experience I can tell you that UC Davis definitely offers those resources! Its easy to have fun and get hurt, so when you are having fun, just make sure to stay safe.

    Food and Dining

    Now, food and dining can vary drastically from college to college, but on average the dining commons that I frequent are fairly good. I have definitely had tastier food in my life, but it is very convenient, quick, and an all you can eat buffet. Not to mention they are open until midnight and they are only a 1 minute walk from my bedroom.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Just within the first week of living in a dorm I met a solid 20-30 people. These are people that I regularly eat out with, have classes with, go out to parties with, etc. They became my new friends, friends that I can see in my life 5-10 years from now. Aside from meeting people in different rooms, I have bonded so well with one of my roommates I actually look at him as my brother. We willingly do almost everything together. We joined the same fraternity, take some of the same classes, and have a lot of the same interests. I can safely say that my roommate has definitely become a lifelong friend of mine. Dorm life gives students who may feel very nervous about college a time and opportunity to reach out and meet new people. Such a great experience!

    Academic Rigor

    I have not experienced classes at any other university, but I can tell you that the classes I am taking at UC Davis (Calculus 17A -17C, which is calculus for Bio-Science, Chemistry 2A-2C, which is general Chemistry, and a few Religious Studies classes) are harder than any other class I have taken in my life. College is a whole new ball park and we are the face of the new generation. Our universities are intentionally difficult to prepare ourselves with the hardhships and stress that is to come in our true adult hood.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is much harder than High School. I graduated high school with a 4.34 GPA and close to 50 transferable units to my university. I was ahead of the game. But none of that mattered once I was in college. What I was learning throughout the course of the year in high school, I was learning in one quarter at college. I have no experience with the semester system in college, but when you are on the quarter system, there will be midterms practically every other week. And these midterms by the way are what make up the entirety of your grade for most math and science classes. If you mess up on one midterm, well, you've only got to left, so you better work hard and pass those tests because whether or not you pass that class depends on it. I am not typing this to scare anyone. I am typing this because everyone told me that college will be difficult, but no one told me to what extent it will be difficult. No one told me that I would be spend some nights studying until 5 AM the next morning for a Calculus midterm that I had at 1 PM of that day. No one told me that I will be learning essentially 2-3 years of material in math and science in 1 year. I am typing this so that anyone who thinks they are prepared for college understands that no matter how prepared they think they may be, they should not underestimate the difficulty of the academics at most universities. Aside from all the hard work, college is supposed to be an amazing time in ones life. I am undergoing some of the most stressful times in my life, but at the same time I am also having the best times of my life. I am meeting tons of people everyday that are all interesting in their own way. I am learning how to socialize and speak with various groups of people, as well as how to act and speak in front of large groups. Everything about college is a learning experience, and a great one. One thing I can definitely take away from my experience so far is the lesson of time management. People are going to be juggling 3-4 difficult classes on average, as well as a job, social life, and any other possible extracurricular activities. As I look back on everything I have done just within the past two quarters, I realized that it feels like I have been in college for a few years. I feel like I have learned so much just in the time that I have been here. And then I remember I still have one more quarter before my first academic year is fully over. College really is an amazing time and an amazing place. I can't wait for others to experience everything that I have been fortunate enough to experience.

    In three sentences

    The University of California, Davis is an amazing school with an outstanding faculty. The university offers plenty of free resources to their students, including everything from tutoring from transportation. This university is in a beautiful area with great weather, and if I had to rank my experiences with UC Davis on a scale of 1-10, I would have to give it a solid 8-9.

  • 02/23/2014

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    In three sentences

    This campus is absolutely gorgeous. The facilities are modern, open, and seek to cultivate your college experience. I would be extremely excited to attend here!

  • 02/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Davis in all is a very crime free city, with very little of anything dangerous happening. If anything were to happen, the UC Davis WarnMe program will send out a mass email on the event and its time and location.

    Greek Life

    Make memories the Greek way and have fun with your brother and sisters of the numerous houses on and off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs to chose from! Probably the two most well known club on campus are Aggie Pack and The Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh. The Band-uh is over three hundred members and completely student led and go to play at every football and basketball game. This includes marching in, playing in the stands, leading cheers, and marching shows on the field, depending on the sport. And after every event they rally either outside the ARC Pavilion or outside Aggie Stadium.

    Great for these types of students

    Any Student! If you're looking for a school that specializes in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences though this is the school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go visit your cows and take a picture with Gunrock, the UC Davis Aggies mascot. Also go to a game with Aggie Pack and get some free stuff and pizza.

    Bang for the buck

    The Aggie Book Store has a kick backs program that helps in getting savings, and everything in the Memorial Union building is pretty cheap in case you need a bite to eat.

    What to do for fun

    Davis has a great downtown area with plenty of shops for all budgets. Its always fun to go to the farmers market in the park near by downtown and this happens every Sunday. Another fun thing to do is go to games and cheer on the Aggies and watch the Band-Uh play and rally after games. There's always something going on in campus on bulletin board, so it only takes the time to check really.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining in Davis is great and has so much consistency. The quality does not go down from day one and there are is good vegan and vegetarian choices. The quality does slightly vary on the dinning commons. Segundo is best for its choices and space, but lacks the luster of Quarto and its desserts. Tercero is little bit too far from campus or the other dorms to have much of a review.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, and RAs will do a lot to make fun events for everyone. Also they will provided leadership opportunities on the floor. Have fun with dorm life at Davis, as far as anyone can see the only person who can make this not fun is yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    The general academics in Davis are at the level of any other UC school, the most important to do well on are the courses that go toward your major and getting through your GEs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great environment for a studious student, as in there are plenty of places one can go for some peace and quiet. Also great idea to go to office hours for the extra help, cause extra help can only help, not hurt.

    In three sentences

    All in all, if you were looking for an enriching and accepting environment, Davis is the place to be. Along with that, the nicest people go to Davis, and as a student you can really make some great friends here. There are so many different outlets to get involved in with this campus that are unique to this campus alone.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Davis is very safe! There is rarely ever a safety concern and even if there is, the campus security is really good about sending out email and texts to inform all students about it.

    Greek Life

    I do not have any personal experience with Greek Life!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 500 clubs and they are very strong. People can definitely find ones that match their interests and joining clubs is a great way to meet new people. Even at the low possibility that one cannot find a particular club, campus is very open to forming new clubs!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undi run!

    What to do for fun

    There are over 500 clubs on campus, making it very easy to find ones that meet everyones' interests. There are also many opportunities to get involved in sports through intermurals, even if one wants to do it solely for fun with friends. There are also fun shows that students will put together through the theater program or exceptional shows in all genres and all around the world in the Mondavi Center, a big hall on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of variety in campus dining commons. There are three different commons that are all open to people with a meal plan and all of them always have several dining options. I have heard that Davis food and dining is far above average compared to most universities.

    Dorm Life

    I personally commute because I live nearby, however I have heard positive remarks from my friends who all dormed. The food is great, which I can state from personal experience, and dorming is a great way to meet knew people!

    Academic Rigor

    The school is fairly competitive, especially in harder majors. The class sizes are big, therefore one must actively seek help if they are struggling. With the short quarter system, it is important to never fall behind because before you know it, midterms and finals will creep up on you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to speak up and actively look for opportunities. Because Davis is a big school, opportunities will not often fall into your lap. However, if you like being social, joining clubs, and going into office hours, you can find your way.

    In three sentences

    Overall, UCD is a very resourceful school. If one is willing to put the time and effort into meeting new people and learning about opportunities, they can flourish. However, if a student is looking for a high amount of one on one student teacher interaction, this is not the school.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a safe campus with very few incidents.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of options!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -It's a tradition to go to the cow farm and name a cow.

    Bang for the buck

    You just have to make the best of the experience! It's a great opportunity and a wonderful university.

    What to do for fun

    -Go downtown -Hang out with friends -Go to the arboretum -Some people party

    Food and Dining

    Lots and lots of options! The dining hall is awesome but the food can get repetitive at times. Sometimes, though, they serve the best food and it's unlimited!

    Dorm Life

    It is fun! You meet a lot of people but make sure you apply yourself! Best way to find roomates for when you move into an apartment. Can really be a start of lasting friendships so stay open and stay involved. It is expensive so make the most of the experience!

    Academic Rigor

    It gets very challenging and pretty competitive here. Math and science classes are usually seen to be the most difficult but still expect a good amount of reading/writing and critical thinking from other classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Do your work as soon as you get it. -Ask questions if you need help! -Make use of your resources. You have a bunch! -Network and make friends! -Have a good balance of fun and school. :)

    In three sentences

    It is a homey and welcoming campus that has a diverse student body. There are tons of things to do -just the right amount of fun and study space. It is still a very academically challenging school and can get somewhat competitive.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus feels really safe and ever since I came here I never felt like I was in danger.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is okay for average students, but it is great for socializing and meeting new people as well as finding new things to do and be involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Campus is great for students that like sports,animals, and nature.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the Northeast side of campus there is this building complex students like to call the Death Star, basically it is a really complex set of buildings that have stairs and steps going everywhere. People like to play hide and seek here, some people get lost or have trouble finding their way out!

    Bang for the buck

    Living here and eating here is kind of expensive, not too expensive though, but everything is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    What I like to do for fun is play soccer at the Dairy Fields, it is also fun to go to the ARC because of the great variety of equipment and sports available. But if I ever need to just sit down and relax there is always the Arboretum.

    Food and Dining

    The great thing about the dining commons is that there is always something good to eat for people of all tastes, food is served in a buffet style so you come in and eat until you feel satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    For me dorm life was really good because the Resident Advisors really made sure you were comfortable, there is a really good overall environment, and residence hall sports brings everyone together.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the necessary courses such as chemistry, math, and sciences are relatively challenging depending on the academic level but hard work and dedication are really important in deciding how well you do.

    Tips for prospective students

    UC Davis is a great choice for any student going into any of the available majors because of the many student resources available such as tutoring, academic advising, etc. Remember to take advantage of these resources because they could possibly help improve one whole letter grade.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis was the best choice for me because they have a great Animal Science program and facilities that allow students to get hands-on experience with the animals. The overall environment is safe and peaceful, and there are many activities for anyone to do throughout the day.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The patrol is very reliable!

    Greek Life

    Every frat/soror minus a handful of historically black ones.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club, sorority, fraternity, and sport you can think of!

    Great for these types of students

    -Agricultural -Southern- oriented -students interested in the medical field

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's an annual 50 Aggie Traditions app for a contest to win cool prizes for doing things such as taking pictures with the campus cows or the infamous Egg Heads.

    What to do for fun

    Grab a bunch of friends and go line dancing, working out, to sports games, bowling, gaming, or the movies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Develop good study skills and don't be afraid to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    UCD has high expectations for its students. Their are more than enough resources for students to achieve above and beyond their career goals. The campus suits students of all races, ethnicities, genders, creeds, and religions.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The only time there was violence was during special events where we have a lot of visitors (Earth Day)j but I have not seen any violence and the police/ fire station is on the edge of campus so I feel really safe.

    In three sentences

    The staff in all the offices and departments are very helpful, the Professor's have been really amazing. The number of bikes on campus is crazy and parking is okay depending on the time! There are lot's of coffee/ food places and many study rooms if you like staying on campus. The school is really close to downtown shops and restaurants so you can walk right to them. I really love going here, it's a great school.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although Davis is not a 100% crime-free town, it is very safe. Seeing the campus police (who are very friendly as long as you remember to stop at stop signs) is a usual thing. You will feel very safe walking back from your 7-10 o'clock lab. But, if a crime is committed, students are notified rather quickly about the occurrence by email and can also sign up to receive these notices as text messages as well (parents can also receive these notices as well). The most prominent crime committed in Davis is bike theft, so as long as you remember to PROPERLY lock you bike, you should remain safe and sound.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The arboretum is a wonderful place to go to clear your head and enjoy nature. This creek is lined with California-native plants and trees and most are accompanied by a plaque that gives a short description of the tree/plant. It is definitely a must see!

    Bang for the buck

    DISCLAIMER! The one star is solely based on my views regarding how expensive college tuition is, it does not reflect my view of UCD (which is an amazing school). UCD tries their best to make it as affordable as possible, but I strongly disagree with the amount of tuition and the only thing that could raise my rating would be a drop in such.

    Food and Dining

    Vegans rejoice! Every dining common has a Vegan-Friendly venue which is 100% vegan. There are also a variety of places in town that are perfect for the vegan palate (even C.R.E.A.M., the best place you can go to for a ice cream/cookie sandwich, has vegan cookies and soy based ice creams to choose from) Meat-lovers and omnivores also rejoice! Dining commons try their best to accommodate everyone, providing well-rounded meals like brown rice, cauliflower, and seasoned chicken, while also keeping the classics like a variety of pizzas and self-serve frozen yogurt. There is also a fresh salad bar where you can build your own salad with a countless amount of fresh toppings. Not to mention that a majority of them are sourced directly from UCD's on-campus student farm. Regardless of your food-preferences, Davis has something that will satisfy you.

    Dorm Life

    No matter which dorm you reside in, you are just a short bike ride away from downtown. However, dorms do vary from sharing a tightly knit bedroom with two other people, to sharing a bedroom with one other person, your very own kitchenette, and you're very own bathroom for the two of you to share. Living in the dorms definitely allows you to meet new people who you can instantly connect with (I mean, you guys already go to the same college, live in the same building and possibly even the same room!) The only not-so-great thing about the dorm living is that you can sometimes hear the people in the rooms around you. However, most floors have a very friendly RA (residential advisor) who you can go to about any persistent nuisances. But the floor-trips to the dining commons or to the on-campus arcade/bowling alley, make the occasional bump you here from next door not a nuisance at all. Living in the dorms is one of the highlights of UCD. It's where you meet life-time friends who are all generally in the same boat as you.

    Academic Rigor

    Efficient studying is a must! You need to actually understand the concepts presented in class and not just sort of get it. However, study time does vary depending on your course load, from Oh yeah, I can go out with friends Friday-Sunday and not open one of my textbooks. to What is a social life? You just need to find a balance that fits you and your academic schedule. UCD also has some stellar professors that make the hardest subjects fun, interesting, and easier to grasp. Overall, the majority of the time you need to buckle down and study if you want to maintain that great GPA for grad school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Reading textbooks may not be as fun as going out with friends, okay, let's face it, it's not even close, but the feeling of already knowing the basis of the material before the professor actually elaborates on it in lecture is amazing. Don't be afraid to leave your dorm every once in awhile and experience other places that Davis has to offer, both on-campus and off-campus. There are plenty of places where you can study, from a bench located near the arboretum, to the CoHo, to central park in town. They all provide a distinct atmosphere and also provide an opportunity of meeting rad people. Going out and experiencing new places makes Davis feel more like home, rather than just a place you go to school. Last but not least, get to know your major advisor, it's a lot more comforting when you know you're taking the right classes and on the right path to where you want to go.

    In three sentences

    Davis is a beautiful town, and contrary to what many believe, you can find everything in Davis that you can find in a larger city. To those who do not know how to ride a bike, it's time to strap on your helmet and learn, not only is the campus designed with bicycles in mind but the town is also! (However, many students still walk to class and/or take the Unitrans bus which is free for students). UC Davis is also very conscious about their environmental impact, so all the eco-friendlies out there will not be disappointed!

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    If you are a vegetarian this is the place to be. Good quality food but not a lot of meat. Everything is also locally grown well almost everything.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the apartment style and I love most of my roommates. Everyone is very friendly but knows when it is time to get down to business.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very difficult here, even coming from a 4.3 GPA student from a high quality high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the unpreparable. Make sure you meet your deadlines and do not schedule your classes too hard first semester. Get involved with sports and extracurricular actives.

    In three sentences

    It is a very intellectually diverse community. It is a fun yet challenging university that will test your limits. The people are very fun, outgoing, and friendly.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe I guess...

    Clubs and Activities

    Hands down, my favorite part of college so far.

    Great for these types of students

    Likes the outdoors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of traditions. There is actually a special iphone app that has a list of the traditions.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs! Explore downtown.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't eaten at other schools so I don't know what to compare it to, but I hear Davis dorm food is pretty good. Cuarto has the best food. Segundo is the most crowded. Tercero is in the middle. The Coho is alright, but I wouldn't waste money there as a freshman.

    Dorm Life

    It depends where you live, but the engineering hall is known for being really quiet. Cuarto has the best food but it's suite style. Segundo will be closest to most of your freshman classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard or easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to biking if you do not have a car yet. Find friends who do have cars though, there isn't much to do on campus, so you'll want to be able to go to other parts of Davis or other cities quickly. Find a club, sport, fraternity you are interested in. It's a quick way to make friends of all ages.

  • 01/02/2014

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    Tips for prospective students

    For those comfortable with big classrooms and have means of transportation: GO FOR IT.

    In three sentences

    Town is small. Campus is huge. Lots of bikes.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Davis's greek life is really active because what else is there to do in the farm land? There is always some fun Philo event or party to go to, so i would suggest joining a sorority or fraternity is thats your thing.

    What to do for fun

    For fun at davis, there isnt much. Theyre is often concerts at san fran or sac, but if youre a freshman, thats not going to be easy to get to. The city has one movie theatre and its a little bit of a trek from the dorms, but if you have a bike it shouldnt be too bad. The town has lots of restaurants and most of them are awesome. but if youre looking for parties you should def look into greek life because thats a sure way to know that youll have something to do saturday night.

    Food and Dining

    like i said, tercero sucks, segundo is better, and cuarto is the best but its far from the other two. Ive gotten food poisoning from the DC a couple of times, so i can tell you with confidence its not that good. by winter quarter i changed my meal plan to 90 meals with 200 dollars of aggie cash and that worked out for me a lot better because i had more money to eat out and even if it was ust at the MU i was alot beter than getting food poisoning AGAIN. BREAKFAST & BRUNCH literally the best thing the DC does even better than late night. Brunch on the weekends is awesome cause even if you wake up late you can get breakfast and the omelttes are delish as well as the potatoes and doughnuts

    Dorm Life

    The three dorm areas are all very different. I lived in tercero, and it wasnt so bad. Theyre currently uilding new dorms, so youll be lucky if you live in those. The majority of people will live in tercero cause its the largest and most of them are triples, minus leech hall. The whole time I wished I lived in segundo though, because its closer to the frat houses, the forever 21, trader joes, the ARC, and my sorority house. Its DC is better than tercero too. Curato is off campus and its over by the trader joes. IT has the best DC but its lay out is a little different. Its like an apartment building and you get your own bathroom and living room area. Its actually really cool, except when its a cold winter morning and you have class and you have soend more time riding your bike in the cold and walking almost isnt an option because youre really far from the classes. Overall, Living in the dorms sucks where you are cause closests are small, youre sharing a bathroom, ect. But at times its fun because you can step outside your door and talk to floor mates.

    Academic Rigor

    its college, its hard. It's harder than high school, and if youre ambitious, its easy to take hard classes and be challenged to keep up under the quarter system. It's a UC so the education is good, and if you dont need to take the super hard math and science classes for your major (however its a sciency school so you probably will) then you shouldnt cause theyre challenging!

    Tips for prospective students

    LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE. If youre from LA, like me, this scool will be a huge change! If you like to party and youre an incoming freshman, i suggest living in segundo and possibly rushing greek because thats a forsure way to have fun. If you like food, cuarto has the best DC, and if you like cows, live in tercero. Honestly, I lived in tercero and it wasnt that bad except for when i wanted to go to a party and it was so far away. Downtown Davis is the cutest thing and it has lots of good restaurants that you should definitely try, but overall, the town is really small and its a huge change for someone from LA. Speaking of changes, its also very COLD in the winter, so if youre not used to it, buy warm clothes! I ended up buying a large amount of sweaters from the only store close to campus, forever 21. I would also suggest taking easier classes youre first quarter, dont listen to the orientation people, make sure you dont take classes that are too hard, especially if youre not used to the quarter system, youll be thankful when all your friends are stressing out about being behind and finals being in two weeks. Davis is the kind of school i would suggest to someone who likes small towns, its definitely a small college town, and for freshman who cant really drive to Sac or San Fran, it feels like youre surrounded by nothing but farm. I would NOT suggest this school to someone from LA or SO Cal. I also wouldnt suggest it to people who like an urban setting. If youre into animals and farm and a lot of trees, this would be a good place for you.

    In three sentences

    Very small town with a huge character. Having a bike is a must and knowing how to ride it is the most important. Overall, its a good school, but its not for everyone.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am never worried about being on campus at night or alone. The biggest crime is bike theft, but if you take precautions (getting a U-lock), you don't have much to worry about. The Aggie escort service is always available if you do feel uncomfortable traveling alone.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Davis provides a lot of eateries and little shops to explore. The arboretum is beautiful and is also fun to explore. Davis is not a big city, so it doesn't offer those kinds of options, but does offer many other forms of recreation and entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons are excellent. There are 3, one near each main residence area. Some people complain that they get tired of the food by the end of the year, but you just have to be creative. It's easy to make healthy choices, and there are options for those who are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good, with high quality dining commons right nearby. New dorms will be opening soon, providing even more housing for incoming students. Most students move off campus after their first year. There is an abundance of options for students who choose to do this, including off campus university apartments right across the street, other apartment complexes, and houses.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering student, my course load is particularly challenging, but still doable. Classes are difficult but not impossible, especially if you are taking ones in which you are interested.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bike! Make sure it's a bike that you don't mind riding every single day, but not so nice that it becomes a target for bike thieves (it does happen!).

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a beautiful campus located in a great college town that offers all kinds of opportunities for students: academic, social, recreational, and more. The people there are great; it's easy to find people who are interested in the same things you are.

  • 12/29/2013

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    Food and Dining

    You have access to many different locations.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty standard dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Really great academics ESPECIALLY for their vet program which is super hard to get into,

    Tips for prospective students

    Just keep up on your grades and extra curricular activities. Be you! because that is what universities are looking for. Find what makes you unique.

    In three sentences

    I went to the school about four years ago in eighth grade it was beautiful and very relaxed. It is a semi large school with the traditional college vibe.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Students on campus do get robbed of their wallets and bikes, so be careful, especially at night. There is now an app that you can get on your phone that sends warning messages in case there is something going anywhere on campus, which is nice because then you can avoid going to that particular location.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to join and participate in. There are over 100 clubs to join! The UC Davis gym is a great place to stay fit and work out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the first day of school, the upper class-men gather at the Silo to watch and laugh at the freshmen when they crash their bikes at the roundabout.

    Bang for the buck

    It did cost more than expected!

    What to do for fun

    My roommate and I watch movies and drink hot cocoa with marshmallows on our free times.

    Food and Dining

    The food will be delicious at first, but later it will just seem like your eating the same boring dish everyday. However, eating breakfast is the best part of the day because UC Davis makes the best omelets and waffles with whip cream and syrup! Very yummy! Freshmen 15 does exist, especially with all the great unlimited food you can eat at UC Davis.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is different from being home because now you are on your own. You learn to become more independent and cook your own food. In the dorms, you meet new people to form study groups or just hang out. Sharing bathrooms is not so bad and you will have to wait in line to use the showers. Living with a roommate(s) is actually fun and it's always good to know they are going through a similar journey of stress and lots of academic work.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you go to office hours and ask for help, you will do fine in your classes. Workshops offered for certain courses are very helpful as well. Sometimes you do have to study long hours, especially before midterms and finals, but other than that college-life based on academics is not really tough. If you think you do not do well on an exam, curves can be in your favor.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Make sure to go to tutoring and office hours of the Professors/TAs because that is where you will get extreme help in getting an A in the class. -Explore the campus and take advantage of the many resources offered at UC Davis, such as peer advising and academic advising. -Time management is a huge aspect of surviving college, so make a calender and mark your appointments (amount of time needed for each course). -Get enough sleep and take short (30 minute) naps to refresh your mind. -Find study groups! Very helpful. -Enjoy the experience and always strive for success. Raise your head and toes!

    In three sentences

    Walking through the UC Davis campus is like taking a stroll in a nature of beauty with cute squirrels gathering their nuts and with many trees of hope and success. The food is all organic in UC Davis and very delicious! As for academics, UC Davis gives students like me an opportunity to discover what exerts our passion in the fields of science, and it is a network of communications that assists me and others through a journey of success and prosperity.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is really good. There is security driving around all the time and UCD has its own campus police system. If you feel unsafe walking/biking from one place to another, you can call the police escort system and they will pick you up within minutes and take you where you want to go. The campus itself is very safe and doesn't deal with very much violence.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge variety of clubs for all kinds of students. If you go to the Memorial Union (center of campus) any day, you'll find clubs tabling, showing what their club is doing and giving you info about how to join. There are clubs for music, dance, art, theater, volunteering, health sciences, cultural clubs, and more. If you can't find something that you like, just get a group of friends together and you can start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    There's something for every type of student here. If you want to go to parties, there are always parties going on in the greek houses and if you're not really partier, campus is pretty quiet. The campus is great for people who are explorative and also for those who'd rather stick to the books. There's always something to do and you don't have to go anywhere to enjoy!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year during welcome week, Alumni are welcomed back during an event called Pajamarino. In the event, everyone wears their pajamas and walks in a parade to the Amtrak station to welcome the Davis alumni.

    What to do for fun

    The campus spans over a huge area, so you can always bike around the campus to see the scenery, especially in the Arboretum and the grape vineyards. You can also go into downtown and enjoy yourself with good food and movies! The Aggie games are always a lot of fun to go to. Though we're not as strong in football, we have lots of great sports teams. If you feel like learning something new like martial arts, dance, tennis, swimming, etc, you can go over to the ARC and sign up for the classes offered there!

    Food and Dining

    Theres a wide variety of food for every meal and the dining services cater to people who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc. There's always at least 5 different options to choose from for any meal. You can even bring recipes from home and ask the chef to make them!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Every weekend there are events going on in the separate housing areas and the community is really cohesive. You become a small family on each floor of the building and can depend on each other to help you out in tough times. The housing is broken up into four different main areas, and each are has its own vibe. You should definitely check out which one you like and if you're interested in being a part of a Living Learning Community.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, Davis is pretty rigorous. There is no single class that is either than the other and you have to work hard to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Davis is definitely challenging, and students have to work hard to do well in classes. Keep up the work ethic, and don't let senioritis get to you! Really make an effort to meet new people and don't stay stuck in a small bubble- being around more people will make you more comfortable with the campus and the environment there. If you ever need help, reach out and ask fellow peers, upperclassmen, advisors, and professors! They'll be more than willing to help you in whatever way they can.

    In three sentences

    Davis is a great campus! Everyone is very welcoming and all the professors and TAs really put in a lot of effort to make sure that the students are comfortable in whatever subject they are teaching. There are lots of resources that are available to students such as tutoring, on-campus jobs, and many more, making the campus very student friendly.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run happens at the end of each quarter during Finals Week. People strip down to their underwear at night, donate their clothes to a local charity, and go on a long underwear-clad run around the campus, ending in downtown. The upper level of Voorhies Hall has an external wall with a few hundred rubber ducks in all varieties-devil, angel, cowboy, maid, alien, etc.- which is visible through glass doors. I've yet to figure out the purpose of this wall but I intend to add a rubber duck to the wall if I can.

    What to do for fun

    There's really not a whole lot going on per se in Davis, but if you look in the right places you can find ways to entertain yourself. Sacramento is nice if you have transportation. Clubs sometimes have interesting events happening, depending on your interests. Sporting events are plentiful. If you're into the party scene, Frat Row generally has a selection of parties you can find your way to. Downtown is alright the first few times, but gets old after a bit. If you have friends and the will to have fun, you can find your way to something entertaining.

    Food and Dining

    The food is quite good here, and I often hear that Cuarto has the best dining commons despite our smaller selection. Vegetarian options are readily available. The dishes served are sometimes quite strange, but I generally enjoy the variety. Repeating patterns in the dishes cooked does get a little bland after the novelty wears off, and I turned to the Memorial Union CoHo and the Silo in the latter part of the quarter. The Silo has Taco Bell, Starbucks, Carls Jr, Pizza Hut, and a Crepe place, which gives a pretty nice selection of fast food for when I crave it.

    Dorm Life

    I'm staying in the Cuarto Dorms, which were actually my last choice due to their apparent distance from campus on the maps. However, with my bike (bikes are a must at Davis), the distance is very easily manageable despite my slow biking speed. I find that I really enjoy living in a suite style with my roommate and two suitemates (which has a lot to do with them being thankfully reasonable people) because we have our own bathroom and living room. The downside to Cuarto is that getting to know your neighbors can be challenging. Even when you leave your doors open, the chances of someone saying hello are rather low.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I've taken so far have been nice enough in their own way. Chemistry was harder than expected with my professor and if I hadn't taken Chem Honors in high school I would've been completely lost. Calculus was similar to AP Calc, but with some new concepts and lessons thrown in. Word Roots was an extremely fun and simple class worth taking for anyone interested in expanding their vocabulary, particularly in the fields of science or law. I also took a freshman seminar in Steampunk; the professor was great and the class was a nice, simple way to learn about something I liked in an intimate setting of fifteen students (as opposed to a lecture hall of 500).

    Tips for prospective students

    You will need a bike if you want to get around quickly and efficiently, especially if you end up with classes on opposite ends of campus. For getting around the city (or the campus in cold/rainy weather), the Unitrans bus system runs fabulous service and is free with your Student ID card. The Yolobus connects to nearby Sacramento/Woodland/Auburn and many other cities, and is also free with your Student ID. Shopping is alright but limited, and prices seem to be higher here (I'm from the Bay Area). Weather can get below freezing in winter, and biking in the early mornings can get somewhat painful if you don't wear enough winter gear (hat, gloves, scarf, etc).

    In three sentences

    This university is great if you enjoy a big campus, agricultural setting, and a smallish college town with access to Sacramento on the side. The classes are alright and the professors are interesting characters. There is a huge variety of club and organizational activity going on on campus.

  • 12/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UC Davis Warn-Me system is very helpful - there was a fire in the chemistry building last year, and it sent all students a text warning them to stay clear and avoid the firefighters so that they could put it out.

    Great for these types of students

    Interested in agriculture, biology, or any student who wants a nice quiet campus without too much bustle.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Yearly undie run! Run around campus in your underwear, donate clothes to those who need them.

    What to do for fun

    Go for a bike-ride by the Arboretum, take a nap in the quad, get lost in the Death Star (Social Sciences Building)

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons have amazing grilled cheese sandwiches! They also have an entire section dedicated to vegan foods, in case you need it - very helpful to me, as a vegetarian.

    Dorm Life

    As someone who's generally very antisocial, I found that even though the dorm living was very close proximity to other people, it was easy to study in my own room in peace and quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    Varies from professor to professor, but as a student studying biology, the classes are challenging and insightful.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going to use the bus system, get there early and don't hold up the line! Some people have classes to be at, and will be frustrated if the bus ends up being 10 minutes late.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis has an amazingly beautiful campus, and everyone is generally polite and respectful. Whenever I'm on campus, there's never a single person who won't hold the door for you. The professors are all very down-to-earth and treat you like a human being, not another name on a roster.

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of social events going on in the dorms. Aside from that, there is the BUZZ that happens week one of school. You can go downtown or just hang out with friends in the dorms. There is always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    Breakfast at the Dining Commons is the BEST meal. Take advantage of this! There are so many options and good quality breakfast. They prepped me for a good day. If there is one thing I could go back and re-do my freshman year, it would be to go to the DC every morning for breakfast. Meals during lunch, dinner and late night vary in quality. Sometimes you'll thoroughly enjoy the food. At other times, you'll find that there's nothing to eat. This also depends on whether you are vegetarian or not. One thing to NOT miss out on: Make sure you swipe out the box of cookies. They are amazing late night snacks!

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely loved dorm life. The support provided was essential in my academic and social success in the following years. I could literally get up ten minutes before class and walk over to class (although I suggest you don't do that). The proximity to campus/classes, the provided study lounges, and the comfortable living really helps transition to the first year in college smoothly.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are fast paced. It may be a bit challenging to transition from high school pace to college pace, but it is doable. The key is to not fall behind. Time flies by incredibly fast and before you know it, it's midterms week. There is plenty of help available in Office Hours and tutors, but you have to take the initiative to get help. Overall, I found the academic rigor doable and even necessary to cover the course material in 10 weeks.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always feel super safe, even biking at 2 am from the library. Plus campus escort runs every night of the week until 3 am and they will pick you up and take you any where on campus.

    Greek Life

    5 stars, greek life and all who are involved truly make the college experience!

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone, though sometimes the clubs can be a little obnoxious when they want you to help their fundraiser as you're trying to walk to class.

    Great for these types of students

    Super laid back or outgoing people fare pretty well at Davis, however I'd say the only thing is you'll have a hard time finding is many dumb people haha so really I'd say its a great school for anyone! As long as you aren't too desperate to be living in a big city!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many to even try hahaha

    Bang for the buck

    Once you're out of sophomore year, rent can be pretty pricy at most places, but most things you'll buy in Davis aren't to badly priced, plus you really can't get much better of an education for the price than the UC price.

    What to do for fun

    Always something going on if you're willing to look for it! There's usually a couple of parties happening every weekend, also everyone in Davis is super active so any time you want to start up a game outside or go for a hike there's always a ton of people down! The downtown area is super cute with tons of restaurants and 3 movie theaters, the MU has an underground bowling alley. Its a total college twon so you'll always be able to find something fun to do!

    Food and Dining

    Good Dining Commons (DC) and great off campus restaurants for when you get tired of the DC

    Dorm Life

    Segundo>Cuarto>Tercero. They are all pretty great though. Not really much to say, they are your typical dorms, nice but nothing special. If you get a good roommate though, it's one of the best experiences you will ever have!

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major, but anything sort of science major (like myself) you can expect it's going to be a hard time. If you pack your schedule full of GE's I'm sure it's beyond easy but if you're planning on not taking the easy route, the quarter system can be a challenge. However almost all of the professors here are WONDERFUL and are not only willing to teach you, but often have a sense of humor and you will learn a lot from them.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Burgers and Brew is open until 3am, and Woodstock's delivers until 2am and accepts Aggie cash... both are AMAZING when it comes to late night studying or weekend shenanigans. Also the UC Davis CoHo has the cheapest/best coffee on campus! 2. If you have to take gen chem (Che 2A) wait until your second quarter to take it! The chem series is always graded on a curve and if you want more of a cushion, the curve killing students tend to start che 2A in fall so those who start in winter tend to do much better! LIke it can actually be up to a letter grade or two in difference. 3. GO GREEK!!! It's a great way to put yourself out there and start off college right! You will make a ton of invaluable friends. Plus, Davis greek life is super relaxed unlike a lot of other schools and it's really a unique experience and no one here really takes themselves too seriously except surprisingly when it comes to academics. 4. Davis Wiki has everything you need to know about ANYTHING in Davis! 5.Aggie Cash is your most valuable possession, find the places that take it (like the Coho does now) and swipes are gold if you are trying to score older friends! 6. Davis is perfectly sandwiched between Sacramento and San Fran, and not far away from UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, make sure to take the chance to go on roadtrips with your friends on the weekends!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is the college you always dreamed of but you never know was out there waiting for you. The beautiful and vibrant campus embodies the happy and fun-loving students that attend and stands as one of the top academic ranking public schools in the nation while managing to remain unassuming. Whether it's a smiling face on your bike ride to class, competitive academics, the perfect college town, a big beautiful campus, greek life, school spirit, or even a farm on campus that you're looking for, Davis has it all and more!

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym or bowl!

    Food and Dining

    Food is well prepared but can have those weird days.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the most fun part of being on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough at times but there is help everywhere throughout the school

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a bike at the target of davis, don't bring your own. Money will be short, make a financial planner!

    In three sentences

    The university is huge and you will need a bike to travel to classes. The food is great for the first month or so, it gets repetitive after a while as do all cafeteria food does.Classes are really competitive and you will have to work hard for them.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of cute restaurants downtown

    Food and Dining

    You can tell the cooks try to make meals as healthy as possible but sometimes they try to make creative dishes and just come out wrong.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in the dorms is really social so don't worry about not making friends. They're not the biggest dorms but they're quaint and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard and you must remember that unlike high school you can't just do nothing and get by. You're going to work hard for that C.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be honest and don't be afraid to showcase who you are in your application.

    In three sentences

    Friendly people, challenging courses, and cute squirrels.

  • 12/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    relatively safe

    Clubs and Activities

    many

    Great for these types of students

    friendly, courteous, fun, openminded, nature-oriented people

    What to do for fun

    Visiting the Tercero cows is a tradition but if you get tired of that you can go to the arcade at the MU or head downtown. If you have access to a car or can take the train, exploring Sacramento is another fun thing to do when you have spare time.

    Food and Dining

    The food here in Davis is pretty good and there are many things you can choose from. The dorm food, however, can get tiring and limiting at times. Out of the three freshman dorm areas, Quarto has the best food in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    Aside from getting used to using a communal bathroom and sharing your room with someone, the dorm life is great. There will be some conflicts at times but that's a given when living in such close proximity with so many people.

    Academic Rigor

    UC Davis does not have high rankings for no reason. Most, if not everyone, got into UC Davis through hard work so don't expect the learning curve to be the same as it was in high school. On the other hand, every individual is different when it comes to what they're good so do not feel discouraged if you are not strong in certain subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visiting the campus is probably the most important thing you should do before you apply here. Another thing you should do is research the majors you are interested in and see if they offer it here at UC Davis.

    In three sentences

    The people of University of California, Davis are some of the most friendliest and outgoing people I have ever met which makes it easy to build a strong network of connections that will support you whenever you need it. Although Davis does not have any beaches or big cities nearby, downtown Davis has plenty of things to offer such as restaurants, movie theaters, and much more. UC Davis has always been my dream school and I'm incredibly happy to call this place my home.

  • 12/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a nearby police station and fire station. And campus police constantly patrol the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Downtown Davis. Go geocaching. Take a walk around the community. Bowling. Go to the ARC.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. It is much better than what I have had at other campuses and there are three different dining commons so there is always variety if you want it.

    Dorm Life

    It is easy to meet people and you might be living with people who might one day become lifelong friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything is much harder than it was in high school, but it is manageable by paying attention in lectures and studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bicycle because walking around will consume a lot of time. There's always somewhere to go, with a bike or walking you can explore the huge campus or the surrounding stores and attractions.

    In three sentences

    A huge, great college full of life. The academics keep you on your toes, but there's never a day you do not learn anything. For the most part, everyone is friendly.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It is a biking community so there are many places to go. There are biking trails, restaurants, and movies all within biking distance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although difficult to get into, it is worth the time and effort. Join clubs to make new friends who help you get to know the campus.

    In three sentences

    I have been pleased with my decision to attend UC Davis. It is a big campus, with a small feeling. I am able to get a great deal of tutoring help and one on one with instructors.

  • 11/12/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    The food smells really good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem pretty cozy...

    Academic Rigor

    I'm really interested in their science programs. I wonder if it worth all the hype.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    farmer's market, movies,

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bike and a U lock

    In three sentences

    UCD is an amazing school with super friendly people, incredible professors, and a great environment. Life here isn't what others think such as it being a cow town, but rather, it's a diverse, sunshine-filled, brilliant school.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super safe, with police and fire department on site.

    Greek Life

    MTV filmed their sorority show here! Frat row is partying it up every night!

    Clubs and Activities

    more than 500 clubs you can join at school, or make your own, it is that easy!

    Great for these types of students

    Academically motivated. Fun time motivated. For everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everything in Davis seems to be student run! Even the bus system! You can get a job anywhere because mostly everyone in Davis is a student, so they come and go every year.

    Bang for the buck

    The school has fair prices. The bookstore has very cheap books compared to other schools.

    What to do for fun

    The school has many frats and sororities you can join, or simply walk two to three blocks east to downtown and go wherever you want.

    Food and Dining

    There is all kinds of food, all over the school! From coffee places, fast food, vegan, and much more!

    Dorm Life

    This guys are partying it up all the time, but they also are very engaged in academic activities since they are the ones on campus all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not as hard as other school. You have very helpful and comprehensive faculty that wants you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be at a top school and at the same time be able to enjoy your stay doing fun college life activities, this is it for you!

    In three sentences

    Has the most complete college experience you can ever get. Its ranked among the top national universities. The student life is exceptional as well!

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt endangered here once, and I've been biking out at 3 am in the morning all by myself, several times a week. The security is good here, and the usually the most criminal thing you'll see here is stolen bikes.

    Greek Life

    I know they're here because of their loud music and parties, but I cant really comment on them. Sorry!

    Clubs and Activities

    You can pretty much find any club you want on campus, and if you can't, you're allowed to make it. The academic clubs really help to supplement your education here, and can actually directly lead to internships and jobs. There's a whole lot of fun clubs too that let you just hang out with a lot of like-minded people. The campus is also very friendly to clubs and actively promotes them.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a veterinary or animal science major, this is the school for you. Same goes for any agricultural science majors. After all, our mascot is the Aggies. If you like art or anything like that, you'll like it here, as the campus and the city around it has a very crafts and art feel, with murals and sculptures all over the place. Outdoors people will like it too, as we have miles and miles of bike and running trails, with a LOT of parks and outdoor areas to enjoy. There's even a small lake on campus lined by redwoods. Even if you like urban areas, you'll find the campus to be a nice change of pace, as it is very tranquil and calm here,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have cows. They can be smelly cows, or entertaining cows, but they're always cows. You kinda grow to love'em, and they've invaded a lot of the culture here. Adding to that, our campus is very agricultural, so some of the buildings are literally barns or silos, which I found amusing. We also have the only university-owned airport in California, which I found awesome. And there's a lot of other wacky traditions here, but I wont spoil all of them, so its best to come here and experience them for yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    As a UC campus, Davis is fairly similar to all the other UC schools, although you might like what it has to offer more than other UC's. I do feel thought that Davis give a much better deal than most private schools, and with financial aid it can be affordable, even without loans. Overall its not overly expensive, but it is not cheap either. Its been listed as a good bang-for-your-buck school by some magazine out there, but I was lazy and didn't write the name down of that magazine, so you dear reader will just have to take my word for it. Or not. Its up to you.

    What to do for fun

    UC Davis is a college-town, so you have the full city of Davis to explore. Its a quaint little city, full of mom-and-pop shops filled with novelty items, and the entire town has a very artsy feeling to it. Heading out further, you have the city of Sacramento 30 minutes away which is the capital of California, and then there is San Francisco only an hour away. Plus you can pay a small fee to go on all kinds of camping and outdoor adventures in Northern California through the campus recreations center. There is Greek life here, if you're into that kind of thing (I personally stay away, I'm an engineering student so I live under a rock) and we have a football team that you can cheer for. Games are really big here, and they throw free things at you in the crowd. There's quite a few festivals throughout the year, so be sure to check those out as well!

    Food and Dining

    The food is better than other campuses. There is a lot of variety to choose from, from Mongolian barbecue to salad, vegan food to delicious steak dinners. Feel free to pick and choose for whatever you like. The caveat? No matter how much you like the food at the beginning, and believe me, I did, you will get tired of it within the first quarter or two. But this is expected at any place, and the fact that it took so long for this to happen to me shows that the food is above average. And on the plus side, a few times in the year they have really nice themed meals, one time they even had a full carnival!

    Dorm Life

    Honestly, my personal dorm life wasn't great, but that's because my room-mates weren't great at all. If they had been, I would have had a great time, since I got one of the best places to live on campus. These were the on-campus apartments, and they were great since all your needs were right there for you but for the price of a regular dorm. The regular dorms are nice too, and the dining commons food is some of the best you'll have on a college campus, although that wont stop you from being tired of it at the end of your freshman year. The only thing holding me back from giving this a five stars is the lack of a room-mate compatibility test at the beginning which would have resolved all my problems later.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering major, I feel thoroughly challenged here at UCD, but without ever feeling overwhelmed if I do my work on time. If you don't do your work on time, be prepared to handle a large volume of work, coupled with long nights filled with studying and homework as you rush to meet deadlines. And if you feel like the classes aren't enough for you, there are a plethora of clubs on campus that add to your education, letting you get hands on experience and letting you apply what you learn in class to the real world, giving you a very full and well-rounded education.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Study early, leaving things for later means that things really pile up when it matters the most! -Have fun, don't be so utterly absorbed in school that you have no idea what's going on in the outside world -Bring a bike! UC Davis is a large campus, you'll want something to take you from place to place quickly -Speaking of bikes....lock them! Seriously, and if you have easily removable parts, make them not-so-easily-removable. Saves a lot of headache and hassle later when your friend's bike gets stolen but yours doesn't because its properly secured

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a very welcoming campus, focused on ensuring that its students feel secure and comfortable while receiving a rigorous education. The campus is very large, yet classes can be very small, and the college town setting means that students will find an easy-to-adjust environment while still finding new and exciting opportunities. The academics are also excellent, as UC Davis ranks in the top ten public universities in the nation, so students should be able to find all that they want here at UC Davis.

  • 10/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join different clubs here. Also reach out to the community and volunteer at local organizations

    Food and Dining

    Great food at the commons and around the university!

    Dorm Life

    It is fun living in the dorms with my roommates. We have so much in common. I want to be an RA for the rest of my college career.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major your workload is decent. Take the amount of classes that you think you can handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do what you want to do. Be who you want to be.

    In three sentences

    It has great opportunities for students willing to reach out for the help. There are so many different kinds of people that have experienced so much. Campus is so beautiful.

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At UCD student safety is very important. We have hotlines we can can call for campus safety such as escorts. We also have phone notifications in case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is everything in Davis. All the frats and sororities throw the parties and big bashes. If you're not in the greek life you're not living.

    Clubs and Activities

    In Davis, we have tons of clubs everything and anything. At school, we have IM sports which really keep you busy.

    Great for these types of students

    Davis is great if you're a science, social, and lively student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have picnic day once a year and it's great because people from different parts of California come and celebrate at our school.

    Bang for the buck

    Davis is pretty expensive, but I mean it is quality education. Most of my professors went to Standford and ivy league schools, so i'm confident in my education.

    What to do for fun

    In Davis we have IM sports that are fun,we also have tons of clubs and attractions near by.

    Food and Dining

    Dining at UCD is very good. We have many different stations and it is a buffet style. We have mongolian, american and Bistro Stations.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great as the dorms are open co-ed and you get to meet a lot of the people on the same floor.

    Academic Rigor

    UCD is a tough school in high school I thought I was a genius and UCD has been pushing my limits with its academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try hard in high school to get into UCD because it is very competitive. Always try your best and stay focused.

    In three sentences

    UCD is an amazing school with a beautiful campus. The classes are fun to go to and I learn a lot. There is always something to do at UCD.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCD has a warn me set-up where everyone gets alerts if any incident happens and where it occurs. The notifications I've gotten in my years here are vandalism alerts but it is a rare occurrence. They also have a system set-up where if you don't feel safe walking around campus or heading home, you can call for a safe ride from the Aggie Security Team.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll get the convince of living in a college town and having a close-knit feel with the community while being able to take a short commute into the cityâ??â?? Bay area or Sacramento if you please. In terms of academics, UCD prepares you for the next level of your education (if that is your path), it can be rigorous like you'd expect from a private university but at a much cheaper cost.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Davis typically has community events, lots of small shops and various dining experiences to enjoy. There is also a decent bar scene and greek life. If you want to get out of Davis, the Bay area, Sacramento or the mountains are all a short drive away.

    Food and Dining

    Award winning food! But honestly I don't understand how. The food in the dining halls tries to be gourmet but because they are being inclusive to all dietary needs, most of the time the flavor of the food falls flat. However, eating in Downtown Davis is a more positive experience. The food is great, there are many restaurants owned by independent businesses but there are also chain restaurants if your into that.

    Dorm Life

    I recommend a double if your a people person but I lived in a single dorm and loved it especially when it came down to studying. Each dormitory area has a community study space and tutors that help in the core subjects: math, science, and english. The Resident Advisers work really hard to plan activities for the residents to bond and have fun. You're required to have a meal plan and unless you live in Cuarto or Primero Grove, you won't have a personal kitchen, but a shared kitchen is available at the other dormitories.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major is how heavy the workload is, I am in the college of biological science and it can be very competitive, but doable if you work hard. It also depends on how well prepared you are for college.

    Tips for prospective students

    The quarter system is a huge adjustment if your not used to it. Learning is done at a much quicker pace, so adapt good study habits while still in high school.

    In three sentences

    UCD is the most amazing college! Most people are friendly and the professors are willing to do anything to ensure you are a successful student. I love the environment and how diverse it isâ??â?? there are over 500 clubs you can join, so there is definitely something for everybody.

  • 09/17/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus as police officers are always around to ensure safety. The only unsafe section would be the bike lanes which are flowing with bike traffic constantly.

    Greek Life

    there are fraternity and sorority houses lining the streets outside of campus. All are welcoming and hospitable to anyone

    Clubs and Activities

    a massive variety of club and intramural sports that are set up and run by the students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual traditions involve strong academic pride for the school teams. While unusual locations are an arboretum on the edge of campus

    Bang for the buck

    the stores on campus have decent prices on products but the food prices are excellent for students on a budget.

    What to do for fun

    Walking along the arboretum is a great activity. There is also a Memorial Union center with bowling and an arcade inside of it.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are all delectable and have varieties to satisfy anybody's sense of taste. There are three places to eat by swipe off of dining cards, one for each region of dorm halls. Outside food is also quite satisfying with a wide variety of dispensaries.

    Dorm Life

    The life in the dorms is extremely fun and comfortable. The rooms are well maintained and each building has a lounge on every floor as well as a television set on the main floor. Some dorm buildings even have kitchens on the first floor available to the students for use.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a university so classes are difficult, but if you have been admitted to the university it is because you deserve to be there. The academics are only as tough as a student allows them to be. If true dedication is put forth and great effort is given, there is no class that can not be passed. It all depends on study habits and true commitment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Highly recommended to bring a bike while constantly locking it securely. Another large tip is to get to know the campus as it is fairly large in comparison to most other universities. Lastly but of course not least is to use the resources available to you that are offered by the school. they can be a great help.

    In three sentences

    A very welcoming and hospitable school, with a quite diverse population. There are bikes in every direction as well as animals roaming about. Overall the best public school in California as it has distinct qualities no other college or university has.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Cow tipping. 15% of the bill.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great .. for the first month. You'll get tired of it soooo fast though. At the end of the day, college food is college food, and honestly, it'll make you fat.

    Dorm Life

    AMAZINGGGG. Leave your door open! Introduce yourself to everyone! Weird talks in the bathroom, jam sessions and movie nights in the lounge. You'll get super duper close with just about everyone on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic aspect / competitiveness is definitely different from high school for sure, but it is still manageable. Know your capabilities; know your limits! Don't hesitate to seek help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Yes, there are frats and sororrities. Yes, there are parties. So, yes, have fun, but don't get too into the party scene.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful scenery with that rustic feel, and bikes, bikes, bikes everywhere! Cozy restaurants, boutiques, etc. downtown are conveniently located a 5 minute walk from campus. About half the population of the town is made up of staff and students; UCD is definitely a true college town.

  • 09/14/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    so far feels safe to me.

    Great for these types of students

    per-veterinary

    What to do for fun

    Your choice, but whatever your into you can find it.

    Food and Dining

    To save money I find other alternatives, but there are lots of places to eat on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. get as familiar as possible with the campus. Don't want to be late for class the first day because you don't know where you are. 2. know your resources and options in case you qualify for extra help 3. get connected with counselors for your major and get organized with a decent schedule for class. 4. relax

    In three sentences

    I will give it a 10/10 the environment is very relaxed and the people are welcoming and pleasant. My professors have all kindly responded to my e-mails helping me prepare of classes.

  • 09/08/2013

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    In three sentences

    UC Davis seems like a great school! Beautiful area and campus, and it's in California, so what more could you ask for!?

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a UC Davis police department that patrols around the campus. But there always bicycles being stolen and reports of burglary or theft. So, go no where alone unless you are an intimidating person that can handle them self in potentially violent altercation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities that students participate in, but it will be tough to find the time to join one.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for white and asian students that like the quiet life. Also, good for students that want to live pretty much distraction. I would not advise attending Davis if you are from an Urban setting because it will probably do more harm than good.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a end of the quarter celebration underwear run. At this tradition (you guessed it) a large group of students run around the campus in the their underwear.

    Bang for the buck

    Depending on your level of income Rent can be a bit pricey. More than likely if you are an independent student financial aid will not cover all of your costs and you will need to find a job in order to complete your undergraduate degree.

    What to do for fun

    Exercise, party, socialize, and more than likely leave Davis. Personally, I am used to a more urban setting and Davis does not offer the type of Fun that truly interests me. Depending on your interests is how I will advise what to do for fun. If your like me and enjoy Hip Hop concerts, going for nature walks, or having a beer with friends then I'd recommmend buying an amtrak ticket and heading towards San Francisco for a weekend if you get the chance. Or just go to Downtown Davis and find what interests you.

    Food and Dining

    Food in Davis is a bit underrated, the Dining Commons food will get old faster than you think. After a while it will seem like there is a machine in the kitchens that takes the same block of ingredient and transforms it in to the different shapes to create menu. But in Davis there are plenty of restaurants to choose from and it is not difficult to find some good deals.

    Dorm Life

    Although, I never participated in the Dorm Life, I did live with Student Housing apartments. I must say that you have to be willing to put yourself out there in order to create a nice and solid social network. Prepare yourself to adjust to a new cultural experience and make new life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major you will be studying a bunch in order to do well. Some students are gifted and may not need to study as much as the average student. If you do not have genius test taking abilities then prepare to be thrown to the lions. The classes will definitely take you to your limits and stretch them in order to produce the most qualified type of student.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would highly recommend tasting a sample of this school before deciding to attend, be sure to shadow a friend a friend in a class, take a tour, and if you do decide to attend purchase a quality bicycle. UC Davis can be great fun for some and not so fun for others depending on your interests. If the small town life and a large college campus interest you, then attend this school.

    In three sentences

    The University of California-Davis is designed for the student that intends to live a distraction free and study intensive lifestyle. Although the town itself lacks in the urban setting and offers less social activities as it's UCLA and UC Berkeley counter parts, those students whom wish to perform well may benefit greatly from attending this institution. The students who wishes to challenge him or herself and enter in to a primarily homogeneous (mainly white and asian) school ought to attend the University of California-Davis.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a high priority established by staffs and the local police and fire departments around campus. Despite the minor possibilities of violence or accidents ever occurring, the safety of all students are considered all around campus. The campus is secured and versatile to the students health and physical protection.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not or have not been associated with clubs yet, but I know for a fact that college clubs are very involved and active within the community outside and inside the college campus. It's a great way to make new friends and develop character and experience throughout college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's still a little early for me to detect any unusual traditions held on campus. However, an unusual location I've seen on campus is the cow farm really near the Tercero Residence Halls. Though this is simply a college, the incorporation of a cow farm is really an interesting sight for many.

    Bang for the buck

    UC Davis is definitely a top 10 college and one with such a variety of resources to facilitate the transition of many college students. Definitely, it is a college worth investing the time and finance into for further education and reaching career goals.

    What to do for fun

    Student organizations are an addition for involvement and seeking for fun. Community activities and student interaction is always a product of becoming associated with social student activities. Aggie football and sport games are also additional entertainment for many spirited students all around campus. Many more activities are still available for me to explore and find out as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining commons is amazing and worth the service of having the meal plan, or its price. The wide selection of foods is both comforting and perfect to many students' needs or desires during any day of the week.

    Dorm Life

    I have yet to experience the dorm life, but it should accommodate the comfort of many UC Davis students wherever they choose to reside for the academic year. Facilities are available to college students to fully take advantage of during any possible situation.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not started my Fall classes yet, however, as I am told, the rigor of the education system will be speedy and challenging altogether. In a quarter system, the rigor remains high to an extent mainly for the minimal amount of time to completely learn a subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Be sure to mold your mindset into a scholarly individual. 2. Always be open minded to the resources available. 3. Bring a bike, learn how to utilize the bus system, or learn to speed/power walk. 4. Have fun, be serious, but don't get too distracted.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is cultivated with a scholarly environment promoting both healthy and friendly environments. It is definitely one of the best and biggest college campus to become free and involved in. The college experience here will accommodate my educational needs and future career.

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are lights everywhere that are activated by motion detectors. The campus (and town) are also frequently monitored by the police.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are MANY MANY clubs and activities available.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for laid back students who are friendly and not uptight.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The end of the year underwear run is very interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is either reasonably priced or on the expensive side.

    What to do for fun

    There is a bowling and arcade center on campus. It is also central to other cities with hiking locations, rivers, mountains, theme parks, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The food tastes great, there are many options every meal, and it is all health conscious.

    Dorm Life

    It's not as crazy as other colleges, and the students know when to behave. It's overall pretty good.

    Academic Rigor

    The lower division classes are passable with a decent academic background.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to go to UC Davis knowing what you want to do so you can get right in and do your best.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love UC Davis. The academics are challenging, the people are friendly, and the atmosphere is wonderful. It is a great college.

  • 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.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since Davis is a small town there isn't too much to do. As a freshman it isn't too bad because most students don't leave campus. But the arboretum is a nice place to walk around and restaurants nearby aren't that bad. Once you start living in the apartments then you feel like you want to explore more stuff away from campus like Lake Tahoe or San Francisco. For these adventures then you need a car but Davis is just a overall calm place to be.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning commons offer a variety of options and even offer a late-night option for students who were not able to go during regular dinner hours. The food is pretty good and there is a nice variety of the type of food that is offered. There are three dining commons at Davis; Segundo, Tercero and Quarto. The chocolate chip cookies are always good at the Segundo dinning commons. Quarto dinning commons are the healthiest of the three cafeterias on campus. Tercero was like Segundo but for some reason it was never my favorite place to go.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really fun. It is really easy to meet people and the dorms are really new right now which makes it even more awesome. But there is enough space in each room and requesting people as roommates is simple. Dining commons are close to the dorms so its easy to get food and return to your room.

    Academic Rigor

    When it comes to academic rigor at UC Davis, this school is a bit hard. However, it is not impossible to get an A in a class and not all are boring. There are a variety of classes at Davis and each have a different level of difficulty. Classes can be challenging but nothing anyone can't handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in the tercero dorms, specifically the ones by the cows- beware those summer months. Why? You will get a nice scent of cow manure floating around. Sometimes stores close around 10 pm, so plan accordingly when going to places. Picnic day is really fun, you can invite family to visit and join in the fun as well.

    In three sentences

    UC Davis is a great campus that has a nice mixture of different programs students can take. Its calm and welcoming atmosphere makes studying for classes easy. Davis is great city and the college town is always nice to walk around day or night.

  • 08/01/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Alot to do..that includes going to the library also.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad at all.

    Dorm Life

    Ehh it all depends on which dorm you get but always get a dorm your first year atleast.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but nothing is impossible. Study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and make use of every sources given to you moreover you paid for it so sue it!

    In three sentences

    It is amazing. Great weather. Big environment.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are a few of the Divine 9 Black greeks on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Friends + clubs (extracurricular) + campus activities = FUN!

    Food and Dining

    The DC gets old really quick. Downtown has a wide variety of food except soul food :(

    Dorm Life

    I loved it! All the dorms are really nice!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be fooled by Davis's peaceful exterior, however. Like most towns, there is crime in Davis and you must be alert at all times! Watch out for those streets with no street lights!!

    In three sentences

    I love Davis! Davis is a small college town with local mom and pop shops. It's so peaceful and very different from the city life.

  • 07/29/2013

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    What to do for fun

    Traveling around the campus and Downtown Davis is always a wonderful experience.

    Food and Dining

    Davis offers a variety of foods both on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are generally quite nice and safe environments.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any college, you have to do your part in studying in order to obtain good grades. Hard working students will be rewarded for their efforts.

    In three sentences

    The University of California- Davis is an enriching campus that encourages the growth of its students. The environment is a healthy and lovely place for all students, and is one of the most eco-friendly institutions. University of California- Davis is full of students and faculty that all support the success for all students.

  • 07/29/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Cycling!!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is nicely made

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm atmosphere especially if you are living in a community based floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Strong emphasis on academia

    Tips for prospective students

    Conduct research about the university. Also, dont be afraid to email and contact the unversity for more information as they are more than happy to help.

    In three sentences

    I think University of California Davis provides great opportunities in education especially in science, which is something I am interested in learning. The level of education and experiences obtained here is unparalleled. Additionally, the environment, the people and the community here is excellent, similar to my home in New Zealand.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Throughout the whole year, I believe there was only one or two texts to my phone that told me of something unsafe occurring. Other than that, the campus is pretty safe. There was nothing I ever worried about.

    Greek Life

    I never joined a fraternity or sorority but my friends that did seemed to be extremely happy they did. Their brothers or sisters were like their third family, the floor being their second. My friends were always doing fun things with their fraternities or sororities. But their initiation week was very time consuming. Make sure you know which you want and how much time and money it will cost.

    Clubs and Activities

    Once again, there are tons of clubs and activities for all subjects. There are sports clubs, academic clubs, animal clubs, medical clubs, and tons of other ones. And the activities are endless!

    Great for these types of students

    UC Davis is great for every type of student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Freshman Stripe is the stripe students get on their backs because they don't have fendors for their bikes. They bike through mud and unexpectedly get it on their backs. The Quad is a popular place where people like to relax and hangout. By the end of the year, you'll be used to seeing people sleeping on any patch of grass. One memorable experience I had was seeing a stampede of naked men and woman running through the floors of Shields Library. Luckily, I was on the third floor where many people didn't enter, but I was witnessing my first Undie Run (done near finals).

    Bang for the buck

    It's college and things will seem expensive, especially if you aren't rich. You just got to learn how to prioritize your money and spend it wisely. If you do that, you'll survive and maybe have some extra cash in the end.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on at UC Davis. So many, you won't be able to attend them all. There's the ARC; go rock climbing for fun! There is the recreational pool! If you have a car, you can drive to Lake Berryessa and hike! There are always sports games to go watch. Go Aggies! Join one or many of the clubs at Davis. Take on a sport! Be a part of student leadership! Lay out on the grass in the Quad and relax. Get a cup of coffee at the Coho. Volunteer at an event! Participate in the floor activities if you're a freshman (those were so fun and memorable). Attend Picnic Day, the largest student-run event ever! Walk in the Arboretum and go bird watching! Take a horse riding class! There's a plethora of things to list and it's just amazing what UC Davis can do.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons offers really amazing food. My family expected college food to be horrible, but they even liked it! The frozen yogurt and desserts are always available so beware! Fruits and veggies are hard to remember when cookies are readily available. Despite that, the food is pretty good. Some days there were things I couldn't eat (picky eater), but other days I wanted to eat the whole menu. The chicken patty was one of mine and my floor's favorite meal. We would all eat together on occasion! The DC is a good place to hangout and talk. And if you aren't feeling the DC, Downtown Davis has a bunch of cool restaurants to check out. My friend and I have a mission to go to every single restaurant and we aren't even a quarter there yet!

    Dorm Life

    Luckily, I was placed on the best floor I could ever ask for. I've heard of great and horrible roommates storied. But I had the most amazing roommates ever. I'm living with one next year! The floor (GO CAMPBELL 1) bonded the moment we moved all moved into our rooms. We played board games and everyone was welcoming and talkative. Our floor couldn't have been complete without our wonderful R.A. Honestly, we grew together as a family. Always being there whenever someone needed help. When school ended, it was like saying bye to a family. We wouldn't see each other every day and we weren't able to walk a few feet and knock on a door. But we still keep in contact and that's wonderful! My dorm life made my college experience so much better.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I had taken were difficult. Most of them were science and math related. Of course, there were some courses that were easier to pass with an A than others, but that doesn't mean I didn't study for that just as much. Time has to be put into these classes and your effort will be reflected in your grade. If you try, you'll hopefully get it. And if you don't, UC Davis has tons of resources that help. I went to math workshops and they helped a ton. Study hard, play hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the resources UC Davis has to offer! If you've always wanted to try something, go for it! Make sure you keep up with your studies as time has its way of slipping by so quickly. Come into UC Davis with excitement, curiousity, and confidence. Put 110% effort into everything. No regrets!

    In three sentences

    UC Davis has changed for the better the predisposed thought I had of what college was going to be like. The people are so nice, funny, thoughtful, helpful, wonderful, amazing! You need help, there is a place for help on campus; you want fun, there is always something happening on campus; you want or need something, UC Davis has got it!

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCD offers an array of different campus safety options, campus escort is just one of them, if ever I don't feel safe walking to my bike or car alone, they are just a phone call away.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very much a part of the UCD experience, everyone is encouraged to rush, and there are a variety of different houses on campus that one can choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCD has every kind of club and sport you can think of. From scuba diving to after school prayer clubs, and flag-football to gymnastics, we have it all. If competitive sports aren't your thing, then perhaps inter-mural sports are your cup of tea. And if you can't find a club or activity that suits you, you can always start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't mind living in a smaller city, those who love sports and hot weather are perfectly suited for Davis, California. This college has a great social life but Davis is also home to many families and thus isn't a huge party town. If you're looking for a nice medium, this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite place on campus is the Arboretum, it is beautiful and peaceful! Perfect for studying or just lazying around. Another great resource is the 24-hour study room, this is essentially a large room with tables and chairs in which students can safely study late into the night and even pull all-nighters. If biking home is an issue, campus escort runs until 2:30 am and will come pick you up right outside the door, free of charge!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition and living costs are a little on the higher end of the spectrum but there are many different options available to those who need financial assistance.

    What to do for fun

    If you've been to the campus you will know that biking is a very large part of student life at UCD, many people like to go on bike rides through the Arboretum, around campus, and even through the city. There are bi-weekly Farmer's Markets, an array of sports events, and other cultural events. For those of us that are of legal age, downtown offers many different venues and events fit for just about anyone.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons are mostly for the freshman (unless you buy swipes!). But there are other dining options on campus such as the CoHo, the Silo, and the multiple food trucks that offer a variety of different cuisines.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are a little older than the rest, the problem is you don't know which dorms you will be placed in. Other than this issue dorm life at UCD is great! The dining commons have a great variety of food and also run late night hours for those of us that are night owls. The dorms are a great way to meet people and make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Although most college courses do not assign homework assignments and projects, the amount of self-study required by most courses is extremely high. It is of utmost important for students to supplement lectures with reading they complete on their own.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a bike! It is definitely a necessity. Attend all discussions and labs, whether they are required or not.

    In three sentences

    This school is perfect for anyone looking for a diverse environment, students, faculty, and professors from all corners of the world come together here and work as a community. The class sizes are average, but they are supplemented with discussions and labs in which students can interact and learn together on a smaller scale. The faculty is very supportive, if you have a question, someone, somewhere on campus will definitely have an answer for you.

  • 07/25/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    The crime rate is super low in Davis. Especially with the cops who are just a little too strict. Be careful where you park. Not because the neighborhood is bad, but because a cop might ticket you.

    What to do for fun

    Around campus, there is the Rec Center which has any weight machine imaginable, an indoor track, basketball, and a rock wall. There is an underground arcade hidden on campus. With lots of student organizations putting on events, there is usually a student oriented activity going on. Picnic Day is very world-known and a blast. Lots of intramural sports and clubs to sign up for. Farmers Markets are in town down Davis thrice a week. And downtown has a bunch of cool stores. Davis is also 15 minutes from Sacramento, which speaks for itself.

    Food and Dining

    UCDavis is known for their incredible on campus cafeterias. There are two cafeterias on campus, but they seem more like restaurants. Perhaps that is because they have 3 or 4 chefs working 4 different station. With one Swipe you have an all you can eat buffet, with things like Pizza, Mac and Cheese, Salad Bar, parmesan chicken, ice cream, tofu, gluten free, chinese food. Most of it is prepared right in front of you too. The best dorm food around. There are also many coffee shops around campus which sell pastries and coffees. The COHO on campus is like a miniature cafeteria. $1.50 slices of pizza, 2.00 burgers, and any coffe you could want. There are two or three StarBucks' on campus. There is a Carls Jr, a Taco Bell, and a Pizza Hut on campus too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. Although, you have to live with 2 others your first year, there are a lot of activities the RA's put on and a lot of other places to go. Many of the bathrooms are Co-Ed. They stay cool in the heat and warm in the winter. There are many floors per building and many buildings per section. There are three sections. You will have endless opportunities to cross paths with your next best-friend. The only downfall, as I said, is living with two others.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, each class and each professor is unique. You may get classes that are easier than others, or classes that make you pull your hair out. In most classes, especially the larger ones, the grades will be curved-reducing a little bit of pressure. But as long as you stay on top of your work, and do as the professor recommends (and, of course, visit office hours) you will do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're a student who is interested in agricultural, engineering, animal science, or research (or any combination of the four) then this is the school for you. I would recommend getting a bike that can take you far and fast, easily. Don't worry if you can't get a bike, because they have the #1 bus system at any college. It is student run and operating, making it the largest employer of UCDavis students. Plus, all students ride it free! Davis gets extraordinarily hot due to the lack of water in its vicinity, but with Lake Berryessa about 45 minutes away, it's not too bad. -Get a Bike -Get a reusable water bottle -Make use of the bus system -Be careful of the cops. They will bust you for anything.

    In three sentences

    Davis is the most environmentally conscious--not just friendly, but conscious--schools I could have possibly ever imagined. The students are always passionate about learning, spending many hours in the library, but when the studying is done everyone can find a place to socialize. UC Davis is an intelligent, young, cool and hip school that welcomes anyone and everyone-especially if you're riding a bike!

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Underwear run!

    Tips for prospective students

    I know that this school doesn't have as great of a name as UC Berkeley or UCLA, but give it a chance! This school sure surprised me with all that it had to offer.

    In three sentences

    This school really exceeded my expectations. The professors and T.A's were always helpful and I felt like my education was worth the expense despite the increased tuition. The greatest thing about the school is that there are several on and off campus student organizations that really make you feel welcome.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Picnic Day and the Whole Earth Festival are annual events that attract many visitors to our campus. Picnic day is the most popular that is known for the animal events, food vendors, the parade, magic shows, but most of all, alcohol driven shenanigans among college students.

    Bang for the buck

    If you like Chinese food, the Old Teahouse serves good,inexpensive Boba tea and Chinese cuisine. Right next to this restaurant, Ohana's barbecue has daily specials that go for at most $5. Every Tuesday, Regal Cinemas shows movies for $5. The

    What to do for fun

    Frat row is right across the street for the Segundo dorms, and a block away from the Cuarto dorms. Because of this, and because many freshmen are looking for a fun party, this is the nighttime hot spot. Other activities that the campus provides, include the MU games area, where you can bowl, play billiards, and play arcade games for a cheap price. The Entertainment Council also shows screenings every once in a while on campus, usually for free or for $2-3 during the week. For students over 21, there are many bars downtown that are very popular as well. If you're looking to travel, Sacramento is only about 20 minutes away, where you'll find many good food spots, shopping centers, or night clubs. San Francisco is only about an hour away, where you have plenty of activities to chose from.

    Food and Dining

    Each dorm building has a dining commons that serves mostly healthy and fresh meals, 3 times a day, along with late night meals. The food is tasty, but the menu doesn't change much throughout the year. There is also the Coho, which has a bagel station, pizza and pasta station, sushi and vietnamese station, as well as a mexican station. Other food places include Taco Bell, Carl's Jr., Starbucks, and a Crepe stand.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great in all aspects including food, living environment, and accessibility. There are 3 on campus dorms, one in the process of construction, and another off campus dorm which i lived in. The off campus dorm is only a ten minute bike ride from the center of campus, and it is conveniently located next to a shopping center that includes Trader Joes, Forever 21, and other food places.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging, whatever subject they may cover, because teachers and teaching assistants have high expectations. A's are not out of reach or rare,however, as long as you put in enough effort, dependable on your own needs.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I recommend that you make the most out of your freshman year. This is the year where you will have the most freedom, and less worries, while living in the dorm rooms. Allow yourself time to adapt to the new college environment, and make the most connections that you can. Transportation is also an important factor to consider in this large campus. Unitrans provides free bus service to all students, however, in my experience, biking is the best way to go. Invest in a bike (a road bike preferably) and you can travel wherever you want at whatever time without depending on the bus. Davis isn't a very large town, so even from your dorm rooms you are able to easily ride downtown with a bike. The campus and the town consists of many bike paths that makes this sort of transportation even easier. In regards to academics, try to go to office hours as often as you can. Because it is such a large campus filled with more than tens of thousands of students, you are bound to enroll in classes with 300+ students. One on one time with the professor or teaching assistant will be benefit you and will also make you stand out. Most of all, no matter what people say about the difficulty of certain classes, remember that your resulting grade depends on the effort that you put into the class.

    In three sentences

    The large campus of UC Davis provides students with many areas to indulge in their studies and extracurricular activities. Classes are fairly difficult, but manageable depending on your effort in studying, no matter what you believe your level of intelligence to be. If you are looking for a college that will allow you to focus on your academic while also balancing social and extracurricular activities, UC Davis is for you!

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    DAVIS IS A SMALL COLLEGE TOWN SO THERE ARE ENDLESS OPTIONS. DOWNTOWN DAVIS IS DOWN THE STREET FROM THE CAMPUS. ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS THERE'S THE FARMERS MARKET, WEDNESDAY ARE WIKI WEDNESDAY SO GO OUT AND HAVE FUN. EVERYTHING IS A BIKE RIDE AWAY AND ITS A VERY ACTIVE TOWN.

    Food and Dining

    GREAT FOOD IN THE DINNING COMMONS. THE FOOD NEVER LET ME DOWN AND THERE WERE ALWAYS A MINIMUM OF 6 OPTIONS FOR FOOD. IF YOU'RE NOT A FRESHMAN THERE'S ALWAYS THE ASUCD COFFEE HOUSE. THE COFFEE HOUSE WILL BECOME YOUR BEST FRIEND WHEN YOURE ON CAMPUS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON AND THERE'S NOTHING ELSE OPEN.

    Academic Rigor

    UC DAVIS IS NO WALK IN THE PARK. STUDY EVERYDAY FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR FOR EACH CLASS YOU HAVE. IT'S A QUARTER SYSTEM AND TIME FLIES, DON'T PROCRASTINATE IT'S ONE OF THE WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO. GO TO OFFICE HOURS EVEN THOUGH IT MAY SEEM A LITTLE INTIMIDATING ITS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO TO ENSURE A GOOD GRADE IN YOUR CLASS.

    Tips for prospective students

    I RECOMMEND YOU GET A BIKE AND GET INVOLVED IN CAMPUS ACTIVITIES TO MAXIMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT UC DAVIS. DON'T BE SHY AND TRY SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY. MEET PEOPLE JOIN CLUBS FIND A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN CALL HOME AWAY FROM HOME IT'LL BE THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO.

    In three sentences

    UC DAVIS IS AN ENORMOUS CAMPUS WITH BIKES AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE. THERE'S NOT A DAY THAT YOU WON'T REGRET BEING A STUDENT IN DAVIS. STUDENTS WORK HARD FOR THEIR GRADES AND PLAY HARD TO REWARD THEMSELVES FOR THE LONG SLEEPLESS NIGHTS BEFORE AN EXAM.

  • 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 attributes with all the advantages of an internationally ranked university. I will never regret choosing to attend UC Davis because it is exciting, unique, and fun!

  • 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.

  • 07/06/2013

    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.

  • 07/06/2013

    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.

  • 07/05/2013

    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.

  • 07/05/2013

    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.

  • 07/03/2013

    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.

  • 07/03/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 06/28/2013

    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!)

  • 06/27/2013

    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.

  • 06/27/2013

    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

    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.

  • 06/26/2013

    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.

  • 06/20/2013

    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!

  • 06/20/2013

    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.

  • 06/19/2013

    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.

  • 06/18/2013

    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.

  • 06/16/2013

    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.

  • 06/11/2013

    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.

  • 06/09/2013

    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.

  • 06/02/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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! :)

  • 05/16/2013

    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.

  • 05/09/2013

    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.

  • 05/07/2013

    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.

  • 05/04/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 03/18/2013

    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.

  • 03/16/2013

    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.

  • 03/14/2013

    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.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 03/05/2013

    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.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 03/04/2013

    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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    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.

  • 03/03/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 02/23/2013

    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.

  • 02/21/2013

    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!

  • 02/21/2013

    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.

  • 02/19/2013

    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.

  • 02/15/2013

    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.

  • 02/14/2013

    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.

  • 02/12/2013

    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.

  • 02/03/2013

    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.

  • 02/03/2013

    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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    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.

  • 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!

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 01/07/2013

    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.

  • 01/07/2013

    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.

  • 01/03/2013

    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.

  • 01/02/2013

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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?

  • 01/02/2013

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 12/23/2012

    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.

  • 12/18/2012

    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!

  • 12/16/2012

    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.

  • 12/11/2012

    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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 11/15/2012

    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.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 11/12/2012

    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!

  • 11/10/2012

    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.

  • 11/06/2012

    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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 10/17/2012

    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.

  • 10/16/2012

    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.

  • 10/15/2012

    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.

  • 10/10/2012

    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.

  • 10/03/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 09/08/2012

    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!

  • 09/06/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 08/27/2012

    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!

  • 08/24/2012

    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.

  • 08/22/2012

    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.

  • 08/20/2012

    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.

  • 08/18/2012

    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.

  • 08/15/2012

    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!

  • 08/07/2012

    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.

  • 08/06/2012

    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.

  • 08/05/2012

    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.

  • 08/03/2012

    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.

  • 08/03/2012

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 07/29/2012

    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.

  • 07/28/2012

    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!

  • 07/28/2012

    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!

  • 07/27/2012

    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.

  • 07/26/2012

    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.

  • 07/26/2012

    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!

  • 07/25/2012

    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.

  • 07/21/2012

    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.

  • 07/20/2012

    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.

  • 07/19/2012

    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!

  • 07/18/2012

    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.

  • 07/17/2012

    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.

  • 07/17/2012

    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!

  • 07/14/2012

    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!

  • 07/12/2012

    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.

  • 07/10/2012

    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.

  • 07/08/2012

    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.

  • 07/05/2012

    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.

  • 07/04/2012

    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.

  • 07/03/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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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    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.

  • 06/27/2012

    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.

  • 06/27/2012

    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.

  • 06/26/2012

    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.

  • 06/25/2012

    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.

  • 06/25/2012

    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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    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.

  • 06/23/2012

    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.

  • 06/22/2012

    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.

  • 06/21/2012

    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.

  • 06/20/2012

    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!

  • 06/20/2012

    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.

  • 06/19/2012

    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