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Campus and Student Life at UC Davis

The UC Davis main campus is located in Davis, California, with studies also occurring in nearby Sacramento. UC Davis is world-renowned for its outstanding and high-ranking programs in ecology, biology, engineering and agricultural sciences. Our programs in the social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and the arts and humanities are also popular and highly prestigious.

The Student Community at UC Davis

UC Davis has over 30,000 students, of whom over 8,000 are in graduate and professional school programs. UC Davis faculty and graduate programs attract highly qualified U.S. and international students from diverse educational, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is this global mix that contributes to the rich character that is UC Davis.

The UC Davis Campus

The Davis campus is 5,300 acres – the largest of any UC campus – and includes hundreds of beautiful shade trees, wildlife and an arboretum on the banks of Putah Creek, running through the campus. Architecturally, the campus has a wonderful mix of the century-old wooden buildings remaining from the University Farm days, the modern and sleak glass fronted buildings and traditional brick and concrete facilities. The campus core is closed to vehicular traffic as walking, skateboarding and the bicycle are the preferred mode of transportation.

The City of Davis

The city of Davis is the quintessential college town. Davis is safe, environmentally friendly and children of graduate students attend one of the best school districts in California. The location is ideal – the campus is next door to the diverse metropolitan state capitol of Sacramento, as well as being close to the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe, the Napa Valley wine country and the San Francisco Bay Area. The campus offers limitless recreational opportunities, including a state-of-the-art recreational facility, performing arts center, miles of bicycle trails, an arts and crafts center, and much more.

University of California Campuses

The University of California has 10 campuses throughout the state – Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz – each with its own distinctive character and setting. All are recognized nationally and internationally as among the largest and most distinguished centers of higher learning and research in the world.

To say that Graduate Studies at UC Davis puts their students first and foremost would be an understatement. This way of thinking finds its origins from Graduate Studies' rich beginnings at Davis, and continues to be emulated at the campus today with the division recognizing and celebrating their exceptional graduate students.