Davis, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,755 ($13,877)
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Reviews 3031 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: We are strong on math and sciences major. there's no business major.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Majors can be hard to switched too if you don't have good gpa. You need to have very good gpa to switch to a popular major such as NPB, biochem major.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing at davis is good. we have a lot of varieties however, they can be a little pricy!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities here are great! everything is clean, new-looking. the library can be crowded at times but overall, all facilities are great.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: We did out financial aid through fafsa.org which was quick and easy.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have Thai, Indian, Japanese, American, Italian, and Chinese restaurants. Although we have variety, the food quality is not that great. The price is not high but not cheap.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not so strong here. They don't throw the best parties and their houses are so run-down.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are not a lot of attractions and activities to do. You can only shop at gap or forever 21. There's no mall.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: the diversity at this school is great! people are far far away from the word "racist".

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls are okay and Guys are okay. Rarely seen hot ones.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never see security guards around campus. This makes it scary for students when they walk back to their dorms alone at night.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Its good at first but you get tired of it after a while.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of options for whatever you could desire. Except Mexican food. I have yet to find a Mexican food restaurant that lives up to my SoCal tastes.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Davis is such a college town. Most of the city's population consists of college students, new families, or old couples. I love the down-to-earth/low-key feel. Everyone here is super nice and the atmosphere is just great. I'm glad I'm lucky enough to go to school in a town like this, I feel so comfortable.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a part of the Greek community, but that being said, you see them around a lot! On a day where everyone decides to wear their letters you realize just how many people are involved in Greek.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It was very easy for us to find a place. Most students don't choose to live in the dorms sophomore year because it's so expensive! The land here is cheap so you can find some pretty good deals.

Overall, there are plenty of places around for housing-- it's a college campus!

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't explore the off-campus dining so much, since I ate at the DC a lot (despite not being a freshman). But there are a good variety of choices. I like sticking to a handful such as Thai Canteen, Chipotle, Four Seasons and El Burrito.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The buildings are great, but I wish they'd update a lot of the buildings. The newest ones are the SASC and dorm buildings, but some of the classroom buildings could use a facelift.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: I love my dining commons. I feel like we are kinda spoiled here.

That being said, there is a peak during the year of the quality of the food: the beginning of the year, then Decision day and other similar events.

Overall upperclassmen treat DC swipes as highly valuable once you're no longer a freshman, so that says something.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I think school spirit could use some improvement, maybe changing the chant will help..

But according to the newsletter in the email Davis is pretty good at several sports! See athletes around all the time.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are parties if you want to find them. There are also bars and pubs downtown. The craziest party events of the year have to be Picnic Day and House Boats. On the former, be careful when you go outside during the nighttime...

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in Thompson and I loved it. The building was so nice and it really gave me the classic College-dorm experience. I felt that including a study lounge on each floor really helped foster a community, and the floor events and programs gave us an opportunity to get to know each other better. Plus the dining commons rocked and it was so conveniently nearby!


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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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