University of California-Davis Reviews
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The University of California at Davis was a dream. The campus is beautiful and like an 80's movie about what a college should look like. I worked on campus as well as attended and both endeavors I wish I could do again. First the History Department: yes, yes I know, history is boring... WRONG. History is amazing. The teachers at Davis are genuinely interested in their subjects! They even write the books that OTHER colleges use for their lectures. I still own all the books that Professor Rauchway wrote on modern america, including "Killing McKinley" among others. The English Department was so much fun and office hours are where to be for an English Major. The teachers get to know you, and your likes and dislikes. They take those into account during grading and book selection. Take the Jane Austen Seminar. It was amazing. Campus is beautiful, and the Quad and Memorial Union are the best places to meet people, study and grad a delicious bite to eat.
I absolutely adore UC Davis. The town is very involved with the campus so outside events are hosting in the community that way you never fully feel like an outsider. Additionally, the courses are very informative and help me to this day. I cannot begin to describe how much I loved taking all the courses outside my major for my GE. Finally, the dorms, I loved living there and I made some lifelong friends in the process!
Whatever university you attend, make sure to do it with a purpose. In that vein, UC Davis is no exception. As with other large public universities, undergraduates are both afforded myriad opportunities to explore various interests both academic and extracurricular but are also a very small fish in a very large pond. Some lecture halls hold over 300 people, so by design you are just a dot in the crowd. That is, unless you try to stand out. That said, the campus is gorgeous. It has a distinct agricultural feel (UC Davis started an agricultural satellite for UC Berkeley), and the city around the university is very much a "college town". There are more bicycles per capita than any city in the world, and because the area is largely flat you won't need to peddle up many steep hills.
As a student coming from a large city, adjusting to the town of Davis was difficult at first. Large cities offer this bustling lifestyle that provides a constant range of activities, as well as this sense of anonymity/privacy when doing them. However, after finding a good group of friends, the town will eventually morph into your second home. I truly miss being a part of the Davis community now. Also, unlike other small town colleges, UC Davis is an hour outside San Francisco, and only 30 minutes away from Sacramento. Both of these cities will give any big-city dweller the fix they need. As far as academics, UC Davis has many resources to ensure the success of their students. From free tutoring, to professor's office hours, to CAPS (counseling services), to the ARC (gym free to students) you are guaranteed to find an outlet that will help you in any aspect you may be struggling with. That being said, it is up to you as an individual to ensure you are utilizing the resources. Since UC Davis has over thirty-five thousand students, there is not going to be anyone looking after you, besides yourself. It is easy to fall by the wayside if you do not have the personal motivations or friends by your side. One of my favorite aspects of UC Davis is how the city is structured to be as bike-friendly as possible. Even the amateur-cyclist will feel safe biking around the town (but definitely brush up on your bike etiquette aka know how to signal). Overall, UC Davis is a wonderful university that will surely give you a renowned education and memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
The University of California, Davis offers a unique hands-on learning experience that incorporates face-to-face interactions with professors as well as the ability to have dialogue with other students. This learning style greatly enhances the ability of individuals to quickly master the materials at hand, while simultaneously gaining a new understanding of difficult subject matter that would be a struggle for most.
The rigorous academics and various opportunities provided by UC Davis has opened a plethora of doors for me to pursue a career in medicine. I was able to earn my Bachelors degree in addition to working as a firefighter and teach human anatomy off cadavers. The relationships that I developed at UC Davis will forever be valuable assets as I work towards my future goals and aspirations as a physician.
UC Davis is an incredibly challenging but amazing school. I just graduated, and I miss it already. The people here are amazing, and I've made some of the best friends I've ever had here. Once you get through your GE requirements you will meet some incredible professors and have some amazing classes. As interesting as everything is, its a lot of work to do well here. However, that's the point, it's college. Work hard, play hard, and graduate a cut above anyone else in your field.
Having had difficulty connecting to the general subjects that were taught in my elementary through high school classes, growing up I did not enjoy school. However, my perspective on schooling shifted once I stepped on UC Davis' campus. The campus, students, and faculty all radiated with a welcoming energy to learn, teach, and grow as, not just individuals, but as productive members of society. I was immediately captivated by the infectious passion the students and faculty exuded both inside and outside of the lecture halls for the subjects that they were studying and teaching. The undergraduate courses I took in human development as well as the various internships I participated in at UC Davis have been the most intriguing, challenging, and thought-provoking courses I have taken in my educational career thus far and have made me excited to continue my exploration of the social, emotional, cognitive, and biological development across the human lifespan.
UC Davis was a great option for me in terms of what I wanted to study, which was animal science. As being one of the top agricultural schools, I would strongly recommend UC Davis as an excellent choice in studying within the agricultural-related field. I enjoyed my animal science classes, as the professors were quite knowledgeable in their field as well as approachable. All animal science professors were kind and welcoming to students. But when it came down to networking or advising for future careers, it was poor. The major does have an advising office but I felt the Career Development Center in South Hall could have more informational advising in career options with the degree that you will graduate with, as well as in telling you what other campus resources you could look into that could help you prepare for the real world. If I hadn't volunteered in a lab out of my own interest and accord, I would not have gotten the job I have today. So if interested in a lab or in a topic a professor teaches, talk to them about it and ask them to volunteer in their lab! UC Davis, in my opinion, was not extremely diverse. I often felt lonely as not a lot of people of my same race. It was also often difficult to find a club with my same interests unless you saw a promotional sign for it on campus. You had to be very active about finding a club or activity you want to join. Otherwise I enjoyed my whole experience at UC Davis and am looking forward to continuing my education there.
Great school to attend if never been to Davis before. It is a small college town with plenty of bars and party events to attend when not studying. Regarding school, they have a great selection of classes, however, due to high enrollment you may not get into your class. Overall, they have great teachers all focused on their research and could really learn a lot about post-bachelor education.