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Studying until the cows come home
A Learning Environment
UC–Davis has four undergraduate colleges: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. Over one hundred majors are offered, the most popular of which are psychology, biological sciences, economics, and communications. The university boasts major research opportunities for undergrads and sponsors summer-, semester-, and yearlong projects. Undergrads apply for awards and grants to help subsidize their costs and are encouraged to present their work formally during the annual Davis Undergraduate Research Conference. Various honors programs for ambitious students include the Davis Honors Challenge, the freshman Integrated Studies Honors Program, and the Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering Honors Program. As students reach upper-division courses, large lectures tend to give way to smaller class sizes, and it’s easier to get face time with professors. Students who seek out professors and research projects find that there are ample opportunities to advance their prospects for grad school and their careers.
Large and Laid-Back
UC–Davis’s student body is pretty darn big—we’re talking twenty thousand students.
Students tend to be a conservative though laid-back bunch, as befitting the
laid-lack lifestyle of the university’s hometown of Davis. Fraternity and sorority
life has a strong presence (one sorority was even featured on the MTV reality show
Let’s Take This Outside
Because of the campus’s huge size—5,500acres, and all of it flat—bikes are the favored mode of transportation for most UC–Davis students. Davis itself is a laid-back college town that’s known for its environmental friendliness. Students have access to free or low-cost public transportation, including a fleet of London-style double-decker buses. Nature lovers will have a field day, every day: The UCñDavis Arboretum is home to more than four thousand species of trees and plants, and the bucolic fields and forests of the area also function as living laboratories. The city of Sacramento is eleven miles away, and San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada are also easy to reach by car.