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| I LOVE Davis. I visited most of the others before making my decision. To be honest, Davis was not my first choice among the UCs. I didn't get into UCLA which was my #1 pick, but I talked to a lot of my friends who were either UC Davis grads or currently students there and everyone was raving about the school. I heard bad things about UCSB and UCSD, and Davis is closer to home so that's how I arrived at my decision.|
I didn't think it was going to be anything like UCLA or Berkeley, but you have to understand that Davis isn't meant to be a big, busy, metropolitan city and so it can't compete with schools like BU or Stanford or SF State. But if you love college-town universities, then you will LOVE UC Davis. It has a big community-like feeling and everyone is really genuinely friendly. There are surprisingly a lot of things to do as well. I don't feel like I have to leave every weekend to find something to do. I go to Tahoe a lot during the winter and it's nice being close enough that you can go for a few hours or a few days. There is plenty of shopping too, not in the city itself, but there are a couple good malls within 30 minutes of Davis. Plus, SF is about an hour away if you drive. Socially there are always parties and that's true of any university. I mean, we're in COLLEGE right?
UC Davis is academically really highly ranked and I feel challenged in courses and I feel motivated to do well. We're not cut-throat like Berkeley but we're by no means "laid-back" when it comes to academics. People try really hard and the great part is, nobody cares if someone does better than someone else. There are a lot of people willing to form study groups even if the course is graded on a curve system. Bottom line, we want to do well for ourselves but we aren't going to rip out pages in library books so that other people suffer.
If you're coming to Davis, my one advice is to take advantage of the resources. There are endless things provided for you as a student and you don't realize it unless you try. I think a lot of high schoolers go to college and are too afraid or lazy to make the most of the education. Making the most of your education doesn't mean you go to your classes and take the tests and pass the classes. There is so much more than that and I think if you go through college without looking at what there is to offer, then you will probably sleepwalk through life w/o smelling the roses.
If you want to go to a school by the beach or located in a huge city with all the things that beaches and huge cities have to offer, then quite simply Davis is not the school for you. But I don't regret my decision to come and I think I have made a very unforgettable experience while I've been here.
|Apr 21 2008|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| small town atmosphere extends onto campus. friendly and casual air except when the wind blows up from the hog barn. |
can easily escape on a bike into the local fields and hills.
close to Bay Area and Tahoe for culture/skiing/hiking/etc. I enjoyed Davis and if anything was lacking I could jump to UC Berkeley to get a book/a seminar/ or what ever was not at UCD or could not be delivered by intercampus services.
hot weather only for a week or two in Oct and May/June. cheaper living than in a city - local produce at farmers markets and even living in a nearby town can save money too.UCD's crew and fencing clubs are not always mentioned on the college comparison sites. There is more to Davis then meets the ... web
|Apr 22 2012|| 5th Year Male --
Class 1996 |
| Davis is one of the few true college towns left in the UC system. It's a great mix between rural and urban life. It's not too fast paced and not too slow paced. It's an absolutely gorgeous campus with amazingly friendly students and professors. There's a good mix between partying and studying, neither of which are too "in-your-face." The city of Davis really does center around the university, which is something I love. The surrounding city may not be the most active, but students who come here don't expect fun to come to them. They make their own fun, and there are ALWAYS things to do in Davis.|
Also, UCD is one of the top research universities in the nation, with MANY top ranked departments. It's no longer a back-up school, as people are beginning to realize. It's constantly developing and growing, and it will continue moving up in the rankings.
Athletics are great at UCD as well. Not only does the campus have a brand new Athletics and Recreation facility (the ARC), but it also offers ICA, IM, and Club sports, all of which are very accessible on campus. The ARC also offers a ton of fun dance, aerobics, and martial arts classes. ICA sports are also huge at UCD, and our two football rivalries (Sac State and Cal Poly) make for great games each year.
UCD has some of the best science and engineering opportunities available in the country to students, and continually receives more funds for research than the majority of public institutions in the state. However, if you're looking to be around fake, unintelligent people who care about nothing more than nice tans, cheap drugs and alcohol, and spreading gossip, UC Davis isn't the place for you.
|Apr 21 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |