University of California Davis, or simply UC Davis is located outside of the small town of Davis in Yolo and Solano Counties, just fifteen miles West of the state capitol, Sacramento. The University has many features which make it stand out among the California state-run university system. These features include: an on campus fire department (one of two Universities of California to have one.) Also, Davis is the only University of California to have an adjacent airport and is one of only three UCs to have a nuclear lab.
COSTS. The following costs are estimated for the 2013-2014 academic year for California residents. Tuition is $13,902. Health Insurance is $1,764. Books and supplies $1,620. Room and board $13,961. Personal expenses $1,251. Transportation $575. Giving the student an estimated total expense of $33,073.
ADMISSIONS. For the fall of 2012, University of California Davis had an acceptance rate of 45.7%. In order to even be considered for admission by the University, you must pass the following minimum requirements: two units of history, four units of English, three (four is recommended) units of mathematics, two units (three is recommended) of laboratory science, two (three is recommended) units of foreign language, one unit of the performing arts, and one unit of a college preparatory elective. Eleven of the above mentioned fifteen units must be finished prior to your senior year in high school. If the courses are completed with a 3.0 GPA or higher, you will be eligible for merit based scholarships from the school. If you are a non-California resident, the courses must be completed with a 3.4 GPA or higher in order to qualify for the above mentioned scholarships.
CLASS SIZES. The majority of classes at UC Davis, according to the school’s website, are between twenty and fifty students (39.2% of the classes are this size.) 37% of classes are listed as having a student population of less than twenty, while 23.8% of classes have more than 50 students. The faculty to student ratio, according to US News, is seventeen to one.
MAJORS. The university offers one hundred and five different majors across four different colleges.
ATHLETICS . UC Davis is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 school. The Aggies compete in the Big West Conference in all sports except football, which competes in the Big Sky Conference. This makes Davis one of only three UC’s which have a football team. The school just completed a four year process to move up to the Division I level from division II. During this move, Aggies football faced off with the Stanford Cardinal and pulled off a huge upset with a score of 20-17, winning in the final seconds of the game in September of 2005.
UC DAVIS AND ME. I personally would be happy to go to UC Davis, if I lived in the area. But at the moment, I don’t live in California and don’t find the school to be worth the effort of gaining...