Application for Envision at UC Davis

Applying to the Envision UC Davis Program

Application Timeline

The application for the Envision UC Davis program consists of two parts: a questionnaire and personal essays.

  • Application Open Date: May 3, 2021
  • Application Due Date:  May 21, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Applicant Notification Date: The week of June 17, 2021

The program sponsors California residents hoping to apply for graduate school within the next two years for an action-packed weekend on the Davis campus, allowing them to envision their future as a graduate student at UC Davis.

Applications have closed for 2021

Participant Minimum Qualifications

All are invited to apply to Envision UC Davis, including individuals who have perspectives or experiences of groups who are historically underrepresented in higher education. Individuals must meet the following minimum qualifications to participate:

  1. Have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  2. Be a California resident 
  3. Plans to attend graduate school in Fall 2022 or 2023
  4. Must apply to a participating Envision program of interest

Application Details and Checklist

Please be sure to prepare your application materials in advance. Once you start the application, you will not be able to save your progress and return at a later time to complete it. Be sure to allocate enough time to complete the entire application in one sitting. We encourage you to preview the full application before you begin. You will need the following components to complete your application:

  • Academic information, including GPA, any awards or honors, and a list of recently attended colleges 
  • Graduate program of interest 
  • Demographic information
  • Three personal essays (see prompts below)
Personal Essay Prompts
  • 1. Research History (250 words or less)
  • Please provide a brief description of any faculty-mentored research experience(s) that you have had. If you have not had faculty-mentored research experiences, please describe the type of research or research topic that you are interested in pursuing as a graduate student.
  • 2. Personal Statement (500 words or less)
  • Please describe your career goals and your motivation or passion for pursuing graduate studies. Highlight how you came to determine your career goals and why you feel a graduate degree is essential to pursuing your goals. Feel free to include information about why you feel Envision UC Davis will be beneficial to your academic and professional pursuits.
  • 3. Diversity Statement (500 words or less)
  • Please describe how your personal background has informed your decision to pursue a graduate degree. You may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education.