UC Davis

UC Davis is one of the top public research universities in the world and offers undergraduates highly ranked academics, unparalleled research and internship opportunities, and an active student life in a welcoming, friendly, college town environment.

Aggies are taught by academic experts at the top of their fields, and UC Davis undergraduates have unmatched opportunities to gain cutting edge knowledge and hands-on experience in the classroom. Our Undergraduate Research Center encourages and supports undergraduates to pursue their research interests in every major, from freshman year until graduation.

Students benefit from a tremendous range of support services and extracurricular programs, a true interdisciplinary research community and an abundance of opportunities to make a global impact.

Academic highlights

UC Davis’ academic strengths range from microbiology and aerospace engineering to art, linguistics and Middle East/South Asia studies. The campus environment is characterized by a distinguished faculty of scholars, scientists and artists; a college town sense of community and dedication to the highest standards in teaching, research and public service. The UC Davis student experience often includes involvement in honors programs, internships and research.


Students can earn degrees in 100+ majors in the humanities, sciences, arts, social sciences and natural resources. Before graduation, more than half of undergraduates work with faculty on research and creative projects. The last Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference saw over 700 undergraduates across all majors and disciplines present poster presentations, oral presentations and art and creative activity exhibits. UC Davis is home to one of the nation's largest internship programs, with more than 10,000 internships annually where students can partner with industry leaders to apply their academic knowledge in a real world environment.

Colleges and schools

UC Davis is one of the most comprehensive universities in the nation.

  • Four colleges—agricultural and environmental sciences, biological sciences, engineering, and letters and science—offer diverse opportunities for majors and minors.
  • School of Education—offers a minor that introduces undergraduates to educational theory, research and practice in addition to offering hands-on work experience in local schools and the community.
  • Graduate School of Management—teaches undergraduate students how to develop critical business talent in science-related fields as a technology management minor.
  • Four additional professional schools—in law, medicine, veterinary medicine and nursing—offer a wide variety of research, internship and academic opportunities for undergraduate students.

Libraries and research centers

Shields Library, one of the top research libraries in North America, contains approximately 2.6 million bound volumes and provides a variety of special services for undergraduates. Aggies can continue their research outside of the classroom at the 150-acre Arboretum, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Genome Center, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Student Experimental Farm, among others. Aggies looking for hands-on learning opportunities can choose from hundreds of research programs, centers and services to gain real-world experience.

Clubs and activities

UC Davis offers more than 800 student clubs and organizations to meet any interest—from academic to cultural, political to recreational, religious to service oriented. Aggies continue to create and organize new clubs, organizations and social events each year including one of the largest student-run events in the country—our Picnic Day campus open house—and a variety of cultural events celebrating diversity each spring.


UC Davis offers 23 intercollegiate sports for men and women at the NCAA Division I level, and around 75 intramural and club sports serving more than 9,500 students each year. 

Environment and tempo

UC Davis is located in a friendly, safe, college town with quick access to campus by bicycle or the student-run bus system. Students make up half of the city's population and enjoy dozens of student-friendly businesses and community events, including a nationally recognized farmers market, concerts, films, plays, exhibits and special events. The city's progressive culture complements UC Davis' commitment to sustainability.