UC Davis Today
UC: Helping achieve the college dream
If high school students work hard and dream big, a UC education is attainable — no matter what obstacles they face.
“UC Davis is a place where you can benefit from truly exceptional intellectual resources — our faculty, students, library, laboratories and other facilities — that can give you excellent preparation for a career or graduate study,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter during a recent rally for 700 Luther Burbank High School students.
“UC Davis and the other UC campuses can offer you immense career and life benefits,” he added.
The visit was part of Achieve UC, a new UC-wide effort to bring campus leaders and others into high schools in low-income communities with lower-than-average rates of attending college.
With a systemwide goal of visiting more than 10,000 students, UC hopes to inspire students to aim for college and to arm them with valuable information on topics like admissions and financial aid. The message is clear: if students study hard, apply themselves, take the SAT and the courses they need to qualify, then there’s a place for them in the university system.
Joining Hexter was Sue Vang, an aide to state Sen. Loni Hancock and a 2003 Luther Burbank graduate, who spoke about her personal struggles and how a UC education has enriched her life.
Achieve UC builds on other efforts that UC Davis has in area high schools — such as the Early Academic Outreach Program — to help put students on a path to college.
Students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento learn about the path to college. Gregory Urquiaga of UC Davis took all of the photos in the slideshow.