Davis, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,755 ($13,877)
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Reviews 2825 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Unitrans are awesome. Zip car are in many locations around davis.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Great classes, easy registration process, dense workload

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Beer for frat guys and some girls. Too packed parties

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Never had a problem. Bike theft is already Davis culture, no one seems to care anymore and everybody is sure that they'll have one bike theft through school years.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Not a big deal. Only basketball and swimming team are really what matters.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Great off campus. Really expensive on campus, specially by the arc

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is amazing. There are so many restaurants of different ethic backgrounds. If you want Chinese food, Mexican food, Indian food, then all you need to do is go to Downtown Davis which is very close to UC Davis. A variety of restaurants are everywhere around UC Davis.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: UC Davis has several attractions around campus and off campus. The inside and outside of school there are artworks displayed around to people to see. The campus and the area around it seemed to be one with nature because there are several tree with different animal lurking around most of the time. There so many relaxing places that one may go to relax when school work is just so stressful. Also, the people are friendly and approachable to talk to or ask for help.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: UC Davis has strict policy on no alcohol, no drug, no smoking, and no violence on campus properties. They have zero tolerance for racism, fights and misconduct on school grounds. In addition, the subject they are extremely strict about is cheating in exams and school work; that will get you almost kicked out of school.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic facilities are suitable for all students who are athletic or not.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Never been to the health facilities, but it looks great from the outside.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Davis has a huge abundance of off-campus housing, as most students move off-campus after their first year. The university puts on several off-campus housing fairs throughout the year for transitioning students, which is very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Davis has it's technology under their belt!

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Besides from frat parties and house parties, nightlife is almost nonexistent. Not many bars or clubs to attend.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had a great experience my first year living on campus with UC Davis Student Housing. They provided everything I needed to fit right in.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Good amount of Greek Life on campus, but sometimes may get tiring seeing the groups or signs everywhere. Being pressured to join by organizations tabling is also sometimes annoying.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting around Davis is very easy (thanks to the amazing bike paths everywhere) but may take a while, as the city is so spread out. Getting from Davis to other cities may be a little more difficult, as county/public busses are the only means of transportation aside from private means.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is definitely a lot of campaigning put on by the school and other student organizations against improper drug an alcohol use, but as a student I still see a lot of it take place.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Davis offers a wide selection of varsity sports to watch and be a part of. Additionally, the athletic facilities are amazing...especially the ARC!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love the selection and diversity of food and restaurants Davis has to offer. Some of my (new) favorite foods were first tried in Davis.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Good diversity in Davis. It seems like there is a little bit of everything and everyone, and the best part is that it is all generally widely accepted.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Overall, the local atmosphere of Davis is wonderful...one of my favorite things about the city! Everyone is always so friendly and caters towards the student population. I love the small-town feel with the big UC campus to mix things up.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I love the weather in Davis during the academic school year from Fall Quarter to Spring Quarter. However, once it hits summer, the temperatures shoot up into the hundreds and the air is extremely dry. Thankfully, I don't ever plan on being in Davis during the summer so the weather for me when I am in Davis is great! Coming from SoCal, I never really experienced majorly cold winters so it was definitely a nice change for me to feel temperatures dip way below the normal temperatures in SoCal. Additionally, fall and spring quarters are absolutely gorgeous with the changing and falling of leaves in fall and the blooms of flowers in the spring.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I wouldn't know because I didn't join, but its because I don't have time this year. I would like to see what they support and how the organization runs.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The great part about the dramatic arts program is the company and the great attention that the teachers give you.

I wish there was more opportunities to work though.


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Amy Knowland
Irvine, CA
Grad Year
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Davis may not have the most thriving social scene or reside in a busy and bustling city, but this college town provides a unique experience that the students love. With the bi-weekly farmers' markets, plethora of bikes, and variety of ethnic restaurants downtown, it is impossible not to fall in love with the small-town atmosphere. The laid-back vibe and the friendly community make students take pride in their school. The Davis students have a great relationship with the community, and events like Picnic Day and Whole Earth Festival celebrate the unity and diversity of Davis. Davis can be described as a "hidden gem." Its location is a little isolated, and it has the rep for being a cow town, but the atmosphere and friendliness of the people make the school a welcoming and fun place. And if the laid-back, small-town vibe is not satisfying enough, San Francisco, Tahoe, Napa, and Sacramento are only a short car ride away. The school provides the best of all worlds.

Studying at Davis will no doubt provide a unique college experience. It has a larger population of bikes than people, and the view from the dorm rooms consists of cows and stretching cornfields. The course load can be overbearing at times, but the benefits of graduating with a diploma from Davis are worth the extra hours spent in the library. Davis is perfect for a student looking for diversity and change, and almost all of the students that graduate from here are more than pleased with everything that Davis and the town have to offer.

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