an undergraduate, I left a scathing review of UCD that
I would now like to revise.
UC Davis is a
fine institution, but it is not a fit for everyone.
For me, the fit was actually pretty bad, but
I got a lot of good things out of my
experience there. The kids who choose to attend UCD
tend to be decent people - generally friendly and down-to-earth.
The majority will not blow you away with their
smarts or their focus, and as an undergraduate that bothered
me a lot, but there are smart students that you
can find with some effort. That's sort of a
general theme of my experience: there are a lot of
opportunities available, but there can be some hurdles to jump.
For example, class sizes are large, and it can
be easy to feel neglected on an individual level, but
I found faculty to be very approachable and helpful.
I think the professors do genuinely care about students, and
if you show that you have real interest in the
subject, they will do their best to help you.
as I said before, UCD is not for everyone.
It is not a social hub (due partly to its
location), its campus is not very impressive, and it is
not (universally) a household name among schools. If these
are important considerations to you, you may not like life
at UCD. Also, although it is a major research
university now, it still shows signs of its agricultural origins.
Aside from the cows on campus, it also appears
in the selection of courses offered. For example, there
is no undergraduate business degree, and there is a general
lack of finance and accounting courses, but there is an
Agricultural and Resource Economics department. Hmm. These realities
are simply part of UCD's identity, so take them into
account if you are you considering UC Davis against other
The dominant impression I hope to give is that
UCD has a lot going for it, but recognize what
it is and isn't good for, and how those align
with your expectations.