UC Davis
Davis, California
Student Size
College Type
4-Year Public Research University


UC Davis, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the University of California system, occupies the fertile ground between the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Though we’re best known for our agricultural and veterinary programs—both ranked #1 in the nation—we invite you to discover a university that consistently outgrows expectations, tackling the complex challenges of the 21st century from every angle.


The City of Davis, located in the heart of California just west of Sacramento, is California’s College Town where big ideas and innovation mingle in a friendly, student-centered environment.

About This Episode

Join the tour as we spend about 30 minutes traveling around the four colleges of this unique campus with real students—freshmen, seniors and in between—as your guides. They come from cities and rural communities near and far. Some are athletes. Some are activists. Some are on a journey of self-discovery. But two things they all have in common are incredible stories and Aggie pride.

UCD Segment 01 - Welcome to UC Davis
Few university chancellors have such an affectionate following from their students as does Gary S. May. Who better to welcome prospective Aggies and give them a bird’s eye view of this great big campus?
UCD Segment 02 - California's College Town
Burgeoning podcaster and founder of Moore Truth More Change Mahiri Moore Jr. (Communication, Freshman, Victorville, California) makes the case for the City of Davis as California’s College Town.
UCD Segment 03 - Student Athlete Experience
Co-captain of the women’s gymnastics team Kyla Kessler (Psychology, Senior, Fremont, California) talks about balancing the demands of a student athlete and reveals how it has shaped her career trajectory.
UCD Segment 04 - College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
City girl studying the natural world Gabby Ricks (Animal Sciences, Freshman, Oakland, California) walks us through the horse barn at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and talks about her dream of becoming a zoo veterinarian.
UCD Segment 05 - College of Biological Sciences
Genetic researcher and student ambassador Jeremy Brown (Genetics and Genomics, Junior, Redding, California) speaks about the people and programs at the College of Biological Sciences that helped him thrive 一 and even graduate early.
UCD Segment 06 - College of Engineering
Twin power activists Vanessa and Victoria Liera (Electrical Engineering, Juniors, Panorama City, California) shine a light on their experiences as Latinx women in the College of Engineering and why they decided to found COFFEE, the Club Of Future Female Electrical Engineers.
UCD Segment 07 - College of Letters and Science
Intersectional feminist and fierce advocate Akshita Gandra (Cognitive Science, Senior, Fremont, California) shares the many directions her education has taken her at the College of Letters and Science, and that’s just the beginning of her journey.
UCD Segment 08 - Aggie Sustainability
Coordinator for the Waterway Stewardship Internship Karyn Utsumi (Environmental Science and Management, Senior, Dublin, California) takes us to the student farm, arboretum and public garden and reveals how UC Davis cultivates sustainability.
UCD Segment 09 - Finding Your Community
Seeker of truth and tour guide extraordinaire Alexander Torres (International Relations and Sociology—Organizational Studies, Junior, San Jose, California) offers their take on what it means to find, cultivate and celebrate one’s own community on campus.
UCD Segment 10 - Life After Graduation
City of Sacramento Chief of Staff Karina Talamantes (Class of 2011, Community and Regional Development, Willows, California) retraces her wide-ranging path from first-generation student to local leader. If you’re unsure about how UC Davis will shape your career opportunities, this is a segment you don’t want to miss.
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