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3 College Senior

Greek Life: The most important part of greek life in campus is to be part of a certain community and develop connections within a certain career path. Most fraternities or sororities have a somewhat steep monetary barrier for entering and may viewed as a good investment if one has the money for it.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I'm not an athlete nor do I participate in any athletics. Since I'm a transfer student with general ed. completed, I don't have to take any P.E. or classes of the sort. For these reasons I'm not familiar with the Athletic's department or their facilities. However, I do know that most facilities are free to use by non-athlete students and the facilities are well looked after.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: UC Davis is a more rigorous school than I had anticipated, especially at the Engineering School. You are truly expected to either already know the topic being studied at hand or spend a great amount of time studying from multiple sources to get a good understanding. I believe there's a pretty big bias within professors to give students better grades that professors witness trying hard to pass the class. Thus, to get a good grades students have to ask a lot of questions, go to all office hours, and make a good impression on the professor regardless of the student's grasp of the concept. Tests tend to be graded rather harshly, so making an impression can be the difference between a C and an A. Going to this school feels like a corporate work place where social engineering can get you really far within the school system, whether it's getting good grades, getting a TA position, getting lab work, etc. But that's true about any institution.

If I was to do it again, I would choose a non-research, smaller institution where I could focus more on the material, and more technical aspects of my major/career rather than working the system.

Unless you're a genius, it is next to impossible to get consistent B's and A's just on test scores alone at the pace of the quarter system. I've met a lot of students while studying here, and a lot of them have the uncanny ability of doing just that without really understanding the material. They're either superb test takers or have really good memories or are wizard mathematicians. Yet, none understand the material better than a C student.

The university system is a weird system that I will probably not understand unless I became a professor or staff.

I'm just glad i'll get my degree and start truly learning as I ascend the steps of the workplace.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The professors that I have had have all been extremely great. They are passionate about what they are teaching and care whether or not their students understand.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I still have one more year until graduation but I still don't know where I would work after graduation.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe walking around campus during the day but at night I would avoid walking alone.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in the student housing apartments and my apartment was falling apart within the first few days. It was too expensive for an apartment that was not very nice and had a lot of problems.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I am not part of Greek life but if I wanted to join there are many different options.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I don't really know much about the athletic program at the school because sports really aren't my thing.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The professors have been really great. They truly love teaching and it makes the lectures more appealing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms was always a great experience depending on WHICH dorms you were assigned to. Since Tecero was the closest of the three dorms to the science and math buildingd making getting to class easy, especialy when I over slept.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't actively intermingle with those part of the greek life. However from what I do know is that they do take to helping the surounding community by volunterring serious.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't really atively follow my school's sports.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What makes my school unique is the fact that no matter how alone someone may feel, in any part of their life including academics or personal, there will always be someone around to give a helping hand.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I would recommend this school to anyone it is a great school with lots of potential

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: getting degree from this college will work numbers

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: overall it is a pretty safe campus and area in Davis

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Some greek organizations thrive on campus while others fall short

3 College Senior

Athletics: Some teams are excellent while others lack in value to the campus.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The campus provides an excellent atmosphere and environment to learn and grow as an individual.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class sizes are far too big. My general chemistry class had about 400 students. My other science classes were not as many but still big. We cover so much material yet do not get to enjoy or dig deeper in topics we simply go through them and are tested before we know it. I believe in our general ed classes we should only cover what we will need for future classes.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: For my major which is biomedical engineering there are not many opportunities and internships available besides genentech which is very competitive. I have also not found many research opportunities in this field on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I enjoyed living on campus in tercero. The dining commons worked very hard to make us good food and put on fun and unique events. The buildings were always clean. I got to meet a lot of students and make friends. The student housing also put on a lot of cool events like outdoor movie night, mystery cook-off, talent show, and the BBQ. I felt well taken care of which allowed me to focus on my studies. Thank you.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I really like the Activity and Recreation Center. As far as sports go I do not know much about the varsity sports but I did do intramural sports which was very fun.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the environment. It is a good balance of peaceful and fun so that I can concentrate on studies but there is stuff to do when I need a break

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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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