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University of California, Davis: Narrative Description


One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Tel: (530)752-1011
Admissions: (530)752-2971
Fax: (530)752-6363
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of California System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1905. Setting: 5,993-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Francisco. Total enrollment: 30,229. Faculty: 1,950 (1,620 full-time, 330 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 31,292 applied, 55% were admitted. 95% from top 10% of their high school class, 100% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 20,962 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 2,510 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 101 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 3% black, 39% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 6% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 99% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: continuous until 3/31. Preference given to state residents for certain programs.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,855 full-time, $2746 per term part-time. Mandatory fees: $6936 full-time. College room and board: $10,234. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 320 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, state fraternities and sororities; 9% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Filipino Student Organization, Vietnamese Student Association, Jewish Student Union, Alpha Phi Omega. Major annual events: Picnic Day, Whole Earth Festival, Cultural Days. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, rape prevention programs. 4,761 college housing spaces available; 4,334 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Peter J. Shields Library plus 5 others with 4.4 million books, 3.4 million microform titles, 44,020 serials, 14,944 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 50,000. Located in the center of the Sacramento Valley, the climate is typical of the Great Central Valley of California - cool in the winter and warm in the long dry summer season. January average temperatures range from a low of 37 to a high of 54 degrees; July average temperatures range 57 to 97 degrees. The average annual rainfall is 17 inches. The agricultural region surrounding Davis produces numerous crops including tomatoes, alfalfa, wheat and corn. Berkeley and San Francisco are within one hour by train, bus or car. Part-time employment is available either on or off campus. Davis is only 2-3 hours from the Lake Tahoe vacation area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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