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Our Story

UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States.

Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.

Our 5,300-acre campus borders the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 people living in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.

UC Davis Land Acknowledgement

UC Davis pays homage to the indigenous people and land on which the Davis campus is located. Following consultation with members of the Patwin native community, the campus is pleased to provide the following Land Acknowledgement Statement:

We should take a moment to acknowledge the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands. 

At a Glance

A map of California featuring 4 of UC Davis's locations, including our main campus in Davis, CA
An infographic showing the following stats (39k enrolled students, 102 majors, 22,000 bikes on campus daily, $846 million in research funding for 2017-2018, 101 graduate programs

Athletics name: Aggie, Athletics Level: NCAA division I, Intercollegiate sports: 25 varsity teams
The UC Davis Athletics logo
Mascot: Gunrock the Mustang, Colors: Aggie Blue & Gold

Standout Academics Are a Given

Two male students examine a measurement in a physics laboratory

We prize academic excellence at UC Davis. More than 500 of our faculty have earned prestigious national and international honors and awards. One of the top universities in the world, we are ranked as the world’s leading university for veterinary medicine — and we have many other top-ranking programs across the disciplines.

Hands-on learning leading to jobs

For instance, at the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, student research assistants learn how to analyze data and conduct background research, leading to jobs and graduate school. Biotech interns at a local startup get experience in marketing, research, clinical practice, manufacturing, finance and sales. In the process, they explore new subject areas and test different skill sets, leading to a wider range of career possibilities.


I worker constructs a solar panel in the shadow of the UC Davis water tower

UC Davis is known for its commitment to the environment, locally and globally. Our researchers dedicate themselves to helping the Earth. And our campus, focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, is making tremendous strides in sustainability with the help of students.

Aggie Pride

A group of students cheering at the homecoming football

More than just an athletics saying, “Aggie Pride” describes how passionately students feel about their alma mater. When you visit UC Davis, you will see how our university has been strengthened by many student-led improvements. This is Aggie Pride in action, also evident when the Aggie Pack invites you to join the largest student spirit group in the country to cheer on our Division I athletic teams.