About UC Davis

Robert Arneson created egghead sculptures for UC Davis, including the Star Gazer.
UC Davis Chancellor Gary May
The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts glows at night.
Even PREP faculty and staff bike everywhere.
Fields used for agricultural research provide sensory as well as scientific benefits.
No, this is not Davis. But it is Fallen Leaf Lake, where the Molecular and Cell Biology Training Program holds an annual retreat, with PREP@UCD students included.

At UC Davis, you will find a broad array of colleagues who conduct biomedical research across the spectrum, a diverse and vibrant student body, an academic community that strives to achieve UC Davis’ tripartite mission of teaching, research and public outreach to “advance the human condition through improving the quality of life for all,” and a beautiful campus.

Excellence in research and teaching

UC Davis, part of California’s premier post-secondary network of ten degree-granting institutions, boasts over 30 graduate programs in biomedical fields. The campus offers extensive enrichment programs in graduate professional development and career exploration, academic excellence and advising, cultural community support, and STEM leadership. These serve students at a range of levels: undergraduates, postbaccalaureates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, students from groups underrepresented in science, students with disabilities, and those adversely impacted in their advancement.

Leadership in creating a diverse scientific workforce

UC Davis Chancellor Gary May, honored in 2015 by President Barack Obama with the President’s Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring, leads UC Davis’ efforts to build and nurture the diversity of UC Davis’ students, faculty, and staff.

  • UC Davis has been ranked 2nd nationally by the New York Times in educating students from diverse economic backgrounds.
  • In 2017 UC Davis ranks #1 as a producer of PhDs in the biological and biomedical sciences earned by students from underrepresented groups.
  • UC Davis has enrolled more underrepresented minority PhD students in the life sciences than any other UC campus.
  • We are en route to becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the 2018-2019 academic year.

The community of Davis

Davis lies at the southern end of the Sacramento Valley and enjoys a mild climate. We like to describe the town as “centrally isolated:” We’re fifteen minutes from Sacramento, ninety minutes from San Francisco, an hour from Napa Valley wineries, and two hours from Sonoma beaches or the Sierra Nevada. Our farmers market has won national awards, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts brings world renowned musicians and speakers to campus, and the brand new Manetti-Shrem Museum promises to be a jewel in the regional art scene. Don’t have a car? Don’t worry: we have a walkable downtown and a fantastic bus system (run by undergraduates!), folks bike everywhere*, you can find Zipcar, Uber, and Lyft here, and we’re on an Amtrak line.

But don’t just take our word for it; read perspectives about Davis from a recent alumna in this blog.

Go Ags!

*for more info on this, check out this very nice article on the history of cycling in Davis.