Davis is the home to the University of California at Davis making it one the state's few remaining "college towns." UC Davis is a world class university with such varied attractions as the arboretum along Putah Creek, cultural performances, galleries, and one of the premier research general medical, and the law libraries in North America. The highly ranked University of California, Davis has over 30,000 students. Though many students live in Davis and contribute to a low housing vacancy rate, a great number of student’s commute from the surrounding communities.
UC Davis has emerged as an acknowledged international leader in agricultural, biological, biotechnological and environmental sciences. It is gaining similar recognition for excellence of its teaching and research in the arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, health sciences, law and management. UC Davis is the largest of the 10 University of California campuses, with 5,200 acres, second in total expenditures and third in enrollment. UC Davis' three undergraduate colleges offer students more than 100 undergraduate major programs. In addition to more than 80 minors and graduate
programs, the university has four professional programs: the Graduate School of Management (ranked as one of the best business schools in the country), the School of Law, the School of Medicine, and the School of Veterinary Medicine, the latter being the only such school in California.
The UC Davis campus' reputation has attracted a distinguished faculty of scholars and scientists in all fields. The faculty rank 16th in quality among comprehensive public universities nationwide. UC Davis stands 24th in research funding among universities in the United States, according to the most recent statistics from the National Science Foundation. Four years ago, UCD was admitted into the prestigious Association of American Universities. Membership in this group of 62 institutions of higher learning is by invitation only. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked UC Davis among the top public universities nationwide, placing it 10 in 2000. In addition, many of the UCD programs ranked in the top 10 nationwide.
More than 150 new varieties of fruits, grains and vegetables have sprung from agricultural research at UC Davis. The university’s viticulture and enology department has influenced winemakers around the world. The University Arboretum is home to one of the best collections of dry lands plants in the country, and occupies about 200 acres along the north fork of Putah Creek. The Arboretum contains 2,000 trees, flowers and bushes, including more than a dozen rare or endangered species, and serves as an important teaching and research resource as well as a campus and community open space amenity.
UC Davis--home of the Aggies--offers a variety of intercollegiate athletic programs, club sports and recreation for everyone from the dedicated competitor to the casual enthusiast. UC Davis is two-time winner of the Sears Directors' Cup for National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II schools.
UC Davis has a wide range of diverse offerings in music, drama, dance, the visual arts and design throughout the year. The Department of Music sponsors nearly 100 concerts each year, including those by the University Symphony, Chorus, Chamber Singers, Early Music Ensemble, Concert Band and Electronic Music Studio. The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts has been open since April 2002. The Mondavi Center boasts an intimate, state-of-the-art, 1,800 seat performance hall, a versatile 250 seat studio theater each with superior acoustics and all the amenities you could ask for.
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