The academics in Davis are somewhat in line with the rest of the other UC's in that they are competitive, challenging, and that you can be assured that if you slack off, some super nerd is going to set the exam curve at 98% therefore screwing you over. However unlike Berkeley, Davis students are somewhat more willing to help others with work and the sense of violent cutthroat competition that one might expect at a university of UCD's caliber is notably absent. UC Davis is largely noted for its veterinary/animal science department, agriculture school, and its Viticulture and Enology Department (aka the study of wine). The VEN 003 course is always popular amongst freshmen who think it's going to be a chill laid back class about alcohol and then end up getting frustrated once they fail their first midterm because they couldn't remember what type of grapes are used to make oloroso sherry (Palomino).
UC Davis also fields a number of teams in different sports and is notable as being the only UC campus to field a football team after Cal and UCLA. The transition from Div II to Div I occurred in 2007 and the Aggies now play at a much more competitive level regarding sports. The main rival for all UCD athletes are the Sacramento State Hornets who annually play the Aggies in football in the Causeway Classic. It should be noted that UCD leads all time 39-17 in the Classic and has destroyed Sac State for eight years in a row. Other rivals include Cal Poly and any other university with the word "state" in its name.
Davis is an example of a true college town; once classes let out following spring quarter, the town empties as thousands of students and faculty flee the summer heat and crushing boredom of the Central Valley for cooler and more entertaining destinations. Activities in Davis are limited by the town's size; bowling at the MU, eating downtown, going to the movies, and drinking (at house parties or bars) are staples of most students' lives. UC Davis also has a number of student clubs, IM and club sports teams, the Band-uh! and some roughly 40 recognized sororities and fraternities for those students who seek to be more involved in their campus.
On the whole, it's a very underrated campus, an excellent place to get an education, and no, the students do not go cow tipping.
Davis Student: "UC Davis."
Non-Davis Guy: "Wtf, isn't that like a total hick school where you guys tip cows all day and shit?"
Davis Student: ".....shut the hell up before I backhand your ignorant ass."
Contrary to what some of the prior posts say, UC Davis is many peoples' first choice and many choose it over Cal because of the fact that you can walk around the town without getting harassed by a homeless person, and for its insane pre-vet and overall science programs.
UC Davis is often considered the fourth best UC, behind SD...but the only thing SD is known for is having zero school pride and terrible(D3) athletics.
Person 2: Oh so you have crazy competitive academics, superior faculty, amazing food, a sick campus, a bike waiting to be stolen, and way too much school spirit
Person 1: Pretty much...
etymology: m4d 1337 pwn4g3, asian.
"I got into UC Davis but decided not to go since I have too much self-respect."