UC Davis Today

  • Man with blue wig and face painted blue and gold

    You’ll know UC Davis is the one for you if you …

  • A group of males surrounding three projects with boards on a grade and other equipment

    … enjoy fun challenges, such as being on a mechanical engineering team that designs a cart to move a 5-pound book up a grade using a motor …

  • A group of women and men playing soccer

    … learning Spanish as you battle over the ball during a soccer game between the Spanish 2 and 3 language classes (speaking in English is a penalty) …

  • Many students lying on the ground interacting

    … or acting out cell replication in a neurobiology, physiology and behavior class with the help of red and white T-shirt props.

  • Men and women in a dance class stretching with bodies together

    If you want interactive learning opportunities in dance classes or …

  • Men and women working in a flowing river

    … by joining students from different disciplines to address issues such as protecting Sierra Nevada rivers …

  • Male in a hair net and goggles measuring cut-up carrots

    … or in a food science class where you never thought you'd be this deep in carrots.

  • A number of students on a stage as a teacher instructs from below

    If you're looking for classes tailored for international students, such as in drama class where students practice their English through theater performance.

  • One male and two women in lab coats in a medical lab

    If you like hands-on research opportunities at the medical school to learn about biophotonics …

  • Man in a lab coat and goggles in a lab, looking up

    … as a biochemist in an undergraduate team competing in the Graduate School of Management's Big Bang business plan competition …

  • Woman and man bending over a fish tank with a net with fish in it

    … working with a graduate student on testing feeding rates and tracking growth of white sturgeon to help the aquaculture industry …

  • Male in a white medical coat talking to another in a coat in the emergency room

    … being an undergraduate intern with the School of Medicine's Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program …

  • A line of models in red dresses walking down an aisle as people watch

    … as design majors who create fashions for an annual fundraiser for the Heart Truth Campaign and the American Heart Association …

  • Four male students standing around a display table

    … or developing projects for the Student Engineering Design Showcase, such as a counterweight balanced-arm support for children with muscular dystrophy.

  • Two women and two men standing outside a fraternity holding toys and wearing fraternity shirts

    If giving service to others is important — in fraternities and sororities …

  • Pond showing an egret landing and an otter popping its head up

    … participating in the Wild Campus club to help conserve UC Davis’ flora and fauna …

  • Three women addressing youngsters at the Student Farm

    … teaching the next generation about sustainability at the Student Farm …

  • woman standing outside the California State Capitol

    … interning at the California State Capitol at a variety of jobs that make a difference to people in their daily lives …

  • Woman holding a bottle of glue to help a young girl on a craft project

    … or being a glue expert at a children's faire during the annual Weekend of Service.

  • Two fencers fencing as people watch

    Choose us if you are looking for an active student life in our many clubs …

  • Male playing a trombone with a reflection of his face

    … or our many music ensembles …

  • People cheering in the stands at a basketball game

    … at our exciting NCAA Division I games, where you're likely to see Chancellor Linda Katehi …

  • Baseball scene with a player coming into base and two other players

    … by participating yourself on one of our 23 Division I teams or in our many club sports …

  • Women in a line with Aggie mascot, a  human dressed as a horse

    … being in Aggie Pack, the largest student spirit organization in the country …

  • Woman with a big smile holding up a big onion plant  and man watching from the side

    … getting grubby in the Segundo Residence Hall garden, where you can take your campus-grown produce home …

  • Huge crowd of band members and others at a train depot

    … during Homecoming when the Aggie Band-uh and students turn out at the train depot for Pajamarino …

  • Men waving big flags in a parade

    … or at Picnic Day, the campus's gigantic open house, where you can show your international pride in the parade.

  • Three women chatting at a table

    UC Davis is about connecting with people …

  • Inside at the Dining Commons showing a food booth and people walking

    … good food at the Dining Commons …

  • Man running with a Native American stick with women running with sticks behind him

    … fun on the Quad with group games …

  • Three women singing and dancing in a room as others look on

    … singing and dancing for a student contest …

  • Two men dusting a windshield for fingerprints

    … learning skills for the career you want …

  • Two women in a residence hall room

    … making community in the residence halls …

  • A group of students taking a selfie

    … having a lot of fun with your new friends …

  • Three students sitting on top of the UC Davis welcome sign

    … and finding yourself a devoted Aggie. Welcome to our campus.

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’What Is UC Davis Like?’

Young man talking

Videography by Academic Technology Services
(3 min 25 sec)

Admitted freshmen

We invite you to:

Parents, we invite you into the Aggie family, too!

High school seniors, you have a big decision to make this spring. You want to choose the university that fits you best.

UC Davis could be that choice if:

  • You are focused on getting a university education that meets your goals
  • You want to build a résumé with meaningful internships, research and other experiences that prepare you for a successful career
  • You want an active student life filled with opportunities anchored in sustainability and service

Come visit us to see if you like our world-class academic programs, our engaged student body and our beautiful campus. You can arrange tours through UC Davis Visitor Services.

You'll find a campus within a community known for happy students and the Aggie spirit.  

We are one of a few small-town universities in the state, and the city of Davis is known as one of the nation’s best and smartest small towns in which to live.

Before you visit, you can also learn about us through an immersive and interactive 360° virtual tour.

UC Davis could be the one for you. Say yes.

All slideshow photos by Karin Higgins and Gregory Urquiaga of Strategic Communications except the Wild Campus photo by UC Davis student Kirsten Pearsons and the baseball photo by Wayne Tilcock of the Davis Enterprise.