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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's a very small town and school. The undergraduate teachers don't act like they care about our education at all.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Davis is one of the best colleges to attend in California, in my opinion. I believe there is a good balance between an excellent and challenging academic environment and social life. To be a happy person, that balance is vital. People in Davis are happy and friendly. I have always felt very safe on and around campus and have had the opportunity to meet inspiring professors. I have attempted to reach out to professors because their area of expertise fascinated me and has given me an appreciation for fields in which I had never considered. That, to me, is the epitome of what a college should be for someone. I am absolutely thrilled with my college and would never consider transferring. Plus the location of Davis cannot be beat. Being from southern California, the farm land immediately around campus was something to adjust to. However, San Francisco and Sacramento are so close and make for a great weekend escape, if I could ever find the time, that is.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UC Davis is amazing due to the diverse community and accepting nature of the town and student body. We represent every culture you could possibly imagine, and because of this, you not only get a thorough education, but Davis is also host to a great number of festivals such as Whole Festival, the Annual Native American Appreciation Week & Powwow, and Picnic Day!

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I do not regret my choice of college at the moment. The university that I will attend not only holds a great track record for being one of the best in the major in which I am interested, but it is highly regarded as a higher learning institution. So far, the people who I have worked with in that college have proven to be nothing short of helpful in aiding each and every student in understanding the college process. Orientation alone left me awed at the concern the faculty has in ensuring that each student is given an equal opportunity to learn and know where they can find guidance for any lingering questions that may come up.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The staff and students are all very positive and motivated people. The school offers quality education, particularly in the sciences.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love UC Davis, and am glad i came here. The bikes on campus are the best way to get around, which i love. Everyone here is very friendly and the professors are the best.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the spirit this school has and the impact it has made on my life. However, I did not expect the classes to be as difficult as they really are.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: UC Davis has the most spirit of any other university in the nation. We are Aggie strong and we are Aggie proud.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Davis is the best place to grow as an undergraduate student. It has a great atmosphere for learning, experiencing life away from home and discovering one's self. The faculty and curriculum are absolutely top-notch and the community is even more friendly and supportive. Go Aggies!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love UC Davis. The people are incredibly friendly and although the class sizes may be bigger, there are so many resources to make sure that you are getting all the help you need. The town is very quaint and there is always something to do if you look for it. I also love how bicycle friendly the town is.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I chose Davis because of the great reputation it has for being a highly recognized vet school and agriculture school which is what I am attending for pre-Vet. This school has a great ambiance along with friendly town and students. It is very cute and remind me of home in a way. This school has always been my top choice. There are many things to do. You just need to put yourself out there and do not let shyness or fear overcome you.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love UC Davis. The experience I've had are life-changing and I've definitely grown as an individual. Each day I spend here I learn something new and grow to love the environment even more

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's really big and can get hectic at times.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My experience so far at UC Davis has been nothing but fun. The community here is very close-knit. Although this is the largest UC in terms of acreage, the people here make the campus and city feel comfortable. The academic atmosphere is competitive (as with all universities) but it is not cutthroat, which is one aspect that I greatly appreciate about this school.

I also love the campus. It is completely filled with greenery. The buildings and trees make the campus feel very laid-back and casual, which makes the general atmosphere very pleasant.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I will start my freshman year at Davis in the fall but have already had amazing experiences at the school. The faculty and staff seem very helpful and have amazing resources for students!

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love the choice that I made for college but I wish that I would have looked a bit farther away from home.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, It has been a great experience visiting the campus. Everyone is so friendly and I like the environment. I'm excited for the fall quarter!!

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's not what I expected. The classes are fast paced and it's hard adjusting from community, but it does have it fun points.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school's program for my major is not what I expected.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At first, attending a college that is so big and far from home was very scary and confusing. However, as time goes by, everything gets easier and even enjoyable. The best part of college is choosing your own schedule and meeting thousands of new people. Now, my college is the second place I call home.

4 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Love UC Davis! It's a great school with lots of various opportunities: from internships and volunteering to helping the community and participating in clubs.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good opportunites/environment, wish I looked more

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My school appeals to me because its student body is known to be one of the friendliest. The community is what made me choose UC Davis than other prestigious universities.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Davis has really broadened my horizons of life. Even though it is a smaller environment compared to other schools, I believe that it is the perfect undergraduate school.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UC Davis captures the best of both worlds—both academically and socially speaking! The professors are very knowledgeable about their classes and want to see all students succeed. I love that UC Davis is close to home, and I could not have chosen a better fit for my education. The friendships I have made during my first year there helped with the homesickness I had begun to feel being away from home. I can't wait to be back!

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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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