University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis, commonly abbreviated to UC Davis or UCD, is one of the ten University of California campuses. It is located in Davis, California, about fifteen miles west of Sacramento in California's Central Valley. As of Fall 2003, it had a total student enrollment of 30,229 with over 147,000 degreed alumni.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Organization
3 Academics
4 Sports, Clubs, and Student traditions
5 External links


What was to become the seventh UC Campus opened its doors to 40 degree students (all male) from UC Berkeley in January 1909 as the University Farm. (The farm began accepting non-degree farmers' short courses in October of 1908; there were initially around 115 such attendees.) The establishment of the Farm was largely the result of the vision and perseverance of Peter J. Shields, secretary of the State Agricultural Society, and the eponym of UC Davis' Peter J. Shields Library. He began to champion the cause of a University Farm to teach agriculture in a more applied fashion after hearing about Californian students who chose to go to out-of-state universities due to the lack of such a program in the University of California at that time. He later stated:

"There was a College of Agriculture at Berkeley in connection with the University of California, but it was purely academic. It was largely confined to the study of botany and chemistry; it had no farm and little prestige; it was apt to be thought of as a snap curriculum, attracting students who wanted to go to college but wanted to avoid its more difficult work."

After two failed bills, a law authorizing the creation of a University Farm was passed in 1905, and Yolo County, home to some of California's prime farmland, was chosen as the site. The Farm accepted its first female students in 1914 from Berkeley. Renamed in 1922 the Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture, it continued growing at a breakneck pace: in 1916 the Farm's 314 students occupied the original 778 acre campus, but by 1951 it had already expanded to a size of 3,000 acres. In 1959, the campus was declared by the Regents of the University of California as the seventh general campus in the University of California system. It has since grown into a vibrant and politically active campus, with noted protests during the Vietnam War years.



The office of Chancellor was begun in 1958 when Provost Stanley B. Freeborn was promoted to Chancellor as part of a major reorganization of the UC system by UC President Robert Gordon Sproul:

  1. Stanley B. Freeborn (1958-1959)
  2. Emil M. Mrak (1959-1969)
  3. James H. Meyer (1969-1987)
  4. Theodore L. Hullar (1987-1994)
  5. Larry N. Vanderhoef (1994-)

Colleges and Professional Schools

  1. UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  2. UC Davis College of Engineering
  3. UC Davis College of Letters and Science
  4. UC Davis Graduate School of Management
  5. UC Davis School of Education
  6. UC Davis School of Law
  7. UC Davis School of Medicine
  8. UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine


UC Davis is a highly ranked research university, ranked 16th among public universities nationwide by the National Research Council, 11th among public universities nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, and 15th in research funding among U.S. universities by the National Science Foundation.

Its distinguished faculty counts among itself 18 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 6 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 7 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2 Pulitzer Prize winners, 1 Fields Medalist, and 2 MacArthur Fellows.

The university is known for its extremely selective Veterinary Medicine program, as well as for its Department of Applied Science, created and formerly chaired by noted physicist Edward Teller.

Sports, Clubs, and Student traditions

After finishing first in NCAA Division II six times in 2003, the UC Davis Aggies (or Ags) are currently in the four-year process of transitioning to NCAA Division I and the Big West Conference. The official school colors are blue and gold, and the mascot is a mustang.

UC Davis is famous as a biking campus, and the city of Davis boasts over two bikes per capita, the most of any U.S city. Bikers are virtually ubiquitous around campus, and a lot of bike-only infrastructure exists, such as bike circles, large bike lanes and traffic signals exclusively for bikes. Davis also has a bike police, which among other things, gives tickets for the seemingly difficult feat of biking under the influence (BUI).

External links

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