University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis
University of California, Davis
Motto Fiat lux (Latin)
Motto in English Let there be light
Established 1905 (1959 as a general UC campus)
Type Public, Land-grant, Space-grant
Endowment $598 million (June 30, 2010)[1]
Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
Academic staff 2,527 [2009 Fall][2]
Admin. staff 21,372 [2009 Fall][2]
Students 32,153 [2009 Fall][3]
Undergraduates 24,655[4]
Postgraduates 7,498[4]
Location Davis, California, United States
38°32′24″N 121°45′0″W / 38.54°N 121.75°W / 38.54; -121.75Coordinates: 38°32′24″N 121°45′0″W / 38.54°N 121.75°W / 38.54; -121.75
Campus Suburban, 5,300 acres (2,100 ha)
Former names University Farm (1905–1922)
Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture (1922–1959)
Newspaper The California Aggie
Colors Aggie Blue and Gold         
Athletics NCAA Division I
23 Varsity Sports[5]
Nickname Aggies
Mascot Gunrock the Mustang
Affiliations University of California
Big West Conference
Great West Conference
Ucdavis logo 5 blue.png

The University of California, Davis (also referred to as UC Davis, UCD, or Davis) is a public teaching and research university established in 1905 and located in Davis, California, USA. Spanning over 5,300 acres (2,100 ha), the campus is the largest within the University of California system and third largest by enrollment.[6] The Carnegie Foundation classifies UC Davis as a comprehensive doctoral research university with a medical program, veterinary program, and very high research activity.[7]

UC Davis is ranked as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation, and consistently ranks amongst the best universities in the world.[8][9][10] The university has several distinguished graduate programs ranked in the top 10 in their fields by the United States National Research Council; most notable are its programs in agricultural economics, entomology, evolutionary biology, plant biology, and ecology. Additionally, the NRC placed more than a third of UC Davis graduate programs in the top 25% of their respective fields.[11] UC Davis faculty includes 21 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 20 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 14 members of the American Law Institute, and 9 members of the National Academy of Engineering. Among other honors, university faculty, alumni, and researchers have won the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Pulitzer Prize, National Medal of Science, and Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering.[12][13]

The campus was originally established as the University Farm, the agricultural extension of UC Berkeley and the second campus of the University of California system. While UC Davis' agricultural heritage remains strong, the campus has expanded over the past century to include graduate and professional programs in medicine (which includes the UC Davis Medical Center), law, veterinary medicine, education, nursing, and business management, in addition to 90 research programs offered by UC Davis Graduate Studies. UC Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine is the largest in the United States and ranked second in the nation.[14]

The UC Davis Aggies compete in the NCAA Division I level primarily in the Big West Conference as well as Great West Conference, Pacific-10 Conference, and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. In its first year of full Division I status, 11 UC Davis teams qualified for NCAA post-season.



Early creamery and horticulture buildings, University Farm
The Silo Union, one of the original buildings.

In 1905, Governor George Pardee signed into law an act to establish a university farm school for the University of California (at the time, Berkeley was the sole campus of the University). It would be more than a year before that commission selected a tiny town, then known as Davisville, as the site. What was to become the third UC Campus opened its doors to 40 degree students (all male) from UC Berkeley in January 1909 as the "University Farm." (The farm had begun accepting non-degree farmers' short courses in October 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 Peter J. Shields Library at UC Davis was named in his honor. Shields began to champion the cause of a University Farm to teach agriculture in a more applied fashion after hearing about California students who chose to go to out-of-state universities due to the lack of such programs 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 on March 18, 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 acres (315 ha) campus, but by 1951 it had already expanded to a size of 3,000 acres (1,200 ha). 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.

During a November 18, 2011 'Occupy' demonstration, campus police Lieutenant John Pike used pepper spray on seated students.[15] The incident drew national attention and led to further demonstrations, petitions, and calls for Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi to resign.[16][17][18]


A view of Mrak Hall from the arboretum
Mondavi Center

The University of California, Davis campus is the largest campus in the UC system, spanning over 5,500 acres (2,225.8 ha) across two counties: Yolo and Solano. Located 15 miles (24.1 km) west of Sacramento in the Sacramento Valley, part of California's Central Valley, it is adjacent to Interstate Highway 80. The Davis campus is the only school within the UC system with an airport, just west of main campus, and is one of two UC schools with its own fire department; the other being UCSC. It is also one of only two schools in the University of California system, the other being UC Berkeley, with a nuclear lab.

Together with the larger community of Davis, UC Davis is one of the few remaining "true" college-towns in America. This is due to the relatively small population of Davis itself, (approximately 60,000) as well as the high percentage of students who live in the city itself. The ratio of students to long term residents has been estimated at 1:4. Also contributing to the college-town environment is the close proximity of downtown Davis to the campus' main quad—a matter of a few blocks, and 5-10 minute walk or bike ride. Davis' 15 minute distance from Sacramento provides it with both the isolation critical to fostering a college-town environment while also providing a lively and large metropolitan area nearby. Though the campus itself is vast, the entire community of Davis is relatively small and is easily traversable on bike utilizing Davis' extensive bicycle trails.

Towards the northeast end of campus is the Quad, a large rectangular field which sits adjacent to Freeborn Hall and the Memorial Union, which houses various establishments such as the UC Davis Bookstore, ASUCD Coffee House, food courts, Post Office, Sky Room, and the MU Games Area. The northeast side of campus holds more of the core buildings that were built earlier in UC Davis's history, such as Wellman Hall, Shields Library, Mrak Hall, and Hutchison Hall, as well as the North Entry Parking Structure. Also notable in this northeastern corner is the labyrinthine Social Sciences and Humanities building designed by Antoine Predock, known to students as the "Death Star" for its angular, metallic design.

The northwest end of campus holds the majority of the Segundo undergraduate housing complex and various alternative non-undergraduate housing such as Orchard Park, Russell Park, and The Colleges at LaRue Apartments. The Activities and Recreation Center, or the ARC, is also located near the Segundo complex. Off-campus to the northwest is the Cuarto undergraduate housing complex, which has two dining commons.

The Tercero undergraduate housing complex is located near the true geographic center of the UC Davis campus, to the north of the Arboretum Waterway, which stretches longitudinally through almost the entirety of the south end of campus. The Davis Arboretum is a public botanic garden with over 4,000 kinds of trees and plants, including many California native plants, that stretches for over 100 acres (40 ha) along The Waterway.

The majority of Equestrian Center, and Animal Sciences buildings are located near the Arboretum Waterway, away from the core campus; the West Entry Parking Complex, the Silo Union, and the newly constructed Science Lecture Hall and the Science Laboratory Building are located nearer to the Tercero residence halls and the core of campus. The Mondavi Center, home of the University Symphony Orchestra and other cultural events, is also located near the Tercero complex.

There are five public art statues found around campus, collectively called The Egghead Series, sculpted by former art professor Robert Arneson who taught at Davis from 1962-1991 before his death in 1992. The egghead statues are considered by many to be among the most recognizable features of UC Davis's campus, and have even inspired a recent blog maintained by University staff. Additional pieces of Arneson's work are part of the Fine Arts Collection maintained by the Richard L. Nelson Gallery located in the Art Building.

"Bookhead" is located at the Shields Library plaza, "Yin & Yang" is located at the Fine Arts Complex, "See No Evil/Hear No Evil" is at the east lawn of King Hall (the main building for UC Davis' School of Law), "Eye on Mrak (Fatal Laff)" is outside Mrak Hall (housing the registrar office and other administrative offices), and "Stargazer" is located between North Hall and Young Hall. The "Yin & Yang" egg heads have been recast and duplicated for installment near the Port of San Francisco Ferry Building in San Francisco.[19]


In 2010, the United States Census Bureau made UC Davis its own separate census-designated place for statistical purposes.[20] Most of the campus lies outside the Davis city limit. However, mail to the campus is still addressed, "Davis, CA".

The 2010 United States Census[21] reported that University of California Davis had a population of 5,786. The population density was 3,966.8 people per square mile (1,531.6/km²). The racial makeup of University of California Davis was 2,443 (42.2%) White, 144 (2.5%) African American, 22 (0.4%) Native American, 2,443 (42.2%) Asian, 7 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 364 (6.3%) from other races, and 363 (6.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 728 persons (12.6%).

The Census reported that 2,561 people (44.3% of the population) lived in households, 3,225 (55.7%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,096 households, out of which 203 (18.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 292 (26.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 59 (5.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 16 (1.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 34 (3.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 5 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 245 households (22.4%) were made up of individuals and 1 (0.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34. There were 367 families (33.5% of all households); the average family size was 2.75.

The population was spread out with 310 people (5.4%) under the age of 18, 4,298 people (74.3%) aged 18 to 24, 1,124 people (19.4%) aged 25 to 44, 41 people (0.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 13 people (0.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 19.6 years. For every 100 females there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.5 males.

There were 1,125 housing units at an average density of 771.3 per square mile (297.8/km²), of which 1 (0.1%) were owner-occupied, and 1,095 (99.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0%; the rental vacancy rate was 0.6%. 1 people (0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,560 people (44.2%) lived in rental housing units.

Organization and administration

The entire University of California system is governed by The Regents, a 26-member board, as established under Article IX, Section 9 of the California Constitution.[22] The board appoints the University's principal officers including the system-wide president and UC Davis Chancellor."

The UC Davis Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of an institution with a $3 billion annual budget, a $678 million research enterprise, 5,300-acre (2,100 ha) central campus, 32,000 students and 28,000 employees. The current and sixth chancellor is Linda Katehi. The Chancellor has overall responsibility for the leadership, management, and administration of the campus and reports "as an equal" to the President of the University of California system, a position currently held by Mark Yudof.[23]

The Offices of the Chancellor and Provost is headed by the Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost (EVCP). In their capacity as Executive Vice-Chancellor, the EVCP shares with the Chancellor in the overall leadership and management of campus administration and operations, whereas as Provost, the EVCP is UC Davis' chief academic officer.

The Senior Staff provides executive support to the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost. The Council of Deans and Vice-Chancellor consists of the heads of the university's major academic and administrative units.[24]

Students are most likely to interact with or be directly affected by the Office of Student Affairs, which is run by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, currently Fred Wood, and by a variety of associate and assistant vice-chancellors. This office oversees many campus units including: Admissions, Athletics, Campus Recreation, Campus Unions, Counseling and Psychological Services, Financial Aid, Student Housing and others.[25]

UC Davis is organized into the following schools and colleges:[26]

UC Davis Medical Center

Undergraduate Schools:

  • UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • UC Davis College of Biological Sciences
  • UC Davis College of Engineering
  • UC Davis College of Letters and Science

Graduate Schools:

  • Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • UC Davis Graduate School of Management
  • UC Davis School of Education
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • UC Davis School of Medicine
  • UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine


The university has 102 undergraduate majors and 87 graduate programs.[27] It has a Department of Viticulture and Enology (concerning the scientific study of grape-growing and winemaking) that has been and continues to be responsible for significant advancements in winemaking utilized by many Californian wineries. The campus is noted for its Agricultural and Resource Economics programs,[citation needed] and the large Department of Animal Science through which students can study at the university's own on-campus dairy, meat-processing plant, equestrian facility, and experimental farm. Students of Environmental Horticulture and other botanical sciences have many acres of campus farmland and the University of California, Davis, Arboretum at their disposal. The Department of Applied Science was founded and formerly chaired by physicist Edward Teller. Dance, music, studio arts, and theatre are studied extensively on the campus, and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts features artists from all over the globe.

UC Davis undergraduate majors are divided into four colleges:

  • College of Letters and Science
  • College of Biological Science
  • College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Engineering.

UC Davis has several professional schools:

The university is also host to the largest Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in California, with more than 120 cadets.[citation needed] With more than sixty years in existence, it currently commissions roughly 30 to 40 graduating seniors as second lieutenants every year.[28]


University rankings (overall)
U.S. News & World Report[29] 38th
Washington Monthly[30] 6th
ARWU[31] 48th
Times[32] 38th

In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked UC Davis as the 9th best public university in the United States, and the 4th best of the UC schools, after UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UCSD. UC Davis is also ranked 38th overall nationwide.[8] In 2012, Forbes Magazine ranked UC Davis as the 7th best public school in the nation, 39th among national research universities, and the 3rd best of the UC schools, after UC Berkeley and UCLA.[33]

In terms of Graduate Studies, U.S. News & World Report placed UC Davis 3rd Nationally in Ecology and Evolution, 2nd in Veterinary Medicine, 19th in American politics, 15th in International Economics, and 23rd in Law in 2012.[34]

The Washington Monthly ranked UC Davis 6th in its 2010 National College Ranking.[9]

In 2008, UC Davis was ranked 42nd in the world and 34th in the Americas by an annual listing of the Top 500 World Universities[10] published by the Institute of Higher Education in Shanghai, China.

The faculty is "highly cited" for its research according to the Institute for Scientific Information.[35] Strengths in liberal arts and sciences and research strengths earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.

UC Davis was awarded an A- from the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, which grades schools on their level of environmental sustainability across nine categories.[36] In 2010, UC Davis was also ranked 16th in Sierra magazine's national Cool Schools rankings.[37]


Ethnic enrollment,
African American 723 (3%) 76 (2%) 72 (2%) 871 (2.7%)
Native American 171 (1%) 33 (1%) 16 (0%) 220 (0.7%)
Asian American and
Pacific Islander
9,743 (40%) 498 (12%) 858 (26%) 11,099 (34.5%)
Hispanic and
Latino American
3,337 (14%) 231 (5%) 234 (7%) 3,802 (11.8%)
White 8,693 (35%) 1,972 (47%) 1,514 (46%) 12,179 (37.9%)
International, Other 1,988 (8%) 1,405 (34%) 589 (18%) 3982 (12.4%)
Total 24,655 (76.7%) 4,215 (13.1%) 3,283 (10.2%) 32,153 (100%)

Admission to UC Davis is rated as "most selective" by U.S. News and World Report.[39]

Between 2007 and 2008, UC Davis saw the largest increase in freshman applicants out of all UC campuses - from 35,088 to 42,311, a 20.6% increase.[40]

For Fall 2009, with a record high of 39,288 applicants from California high schools, UC Davis admitted 18,146 students, or 46.2%. The average GPA of admitted students increased to a 4.0. Also showing gains were the average scores on admission tests and the percentage from the top 4 percent of their high school class.[41]

31% of admitted students receive federal Pell grants.[42]


Inside of the Peter J. Shields Library

The UC Davis University Library, which includes the Peter J. Shields Library, the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library, the Carlson Health Sciences Library, and the Medical Center Library in Sacramento, contains more than 3.5 million volumes and offers a number of special collections and services. The Peter J. Shields Library has three different architectural styles due to various construction and extensions being added; it is the main library where students study on-campus, with a 24-hour reading room, open computer labs, and unique furniture.

Faculty and research

According to the National Science Foundation, UC Davis spent $456,653,000 on research and development in the fiscal year 2002-2003, ranking it 14th in the nation. Specifically, UC Davis's expenditures nationally ranked first in agricultural research ($25,683,000), seventh in biological research ($118,477,000), and 13th in the life sciences ($336,796,000).

Its faculty includes 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, 2 MacArthur Fellows and one member of the Royal Society.

Bodega Marine Lab from the south, looking across Horseshoe Cove

The campus supports a number of research centers, laboratories and centers including:

  • Information Center for the Environment
  • Center for Health and the Environment
  • Center for Visual Sciences,
  • Advanced Highway Maintenance Construction Technology Research Laboratory
  • MIND Institute
  • University of California Pavement Research Center
  • Energy Efficiency Center (the very first university run Energy Efficiency Center in the Nation).
  • Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences
  • Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory
  • California Raptor Center
  • California National Primate Research Center
  • Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas[43]

The Crocker Nuclear Laboratory on campus has had a nuclear accelerator since 1966.[44][45] The laboratory is used by scientists and engineers from private industry, universities and government to research topics including nuclear physics, applied solid state physics, radiation effects, and planetary geology and cosmogenics [46]

UC Davis is also one of 62 members in the prestigious Association of American Universities (as of 1996). The Association of American Universities is an organization of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education. It consists of sixty universities in the United States (both public and private) and two universities in Canada.

Agilent Technologies will also work with the university in establishing a Davis Millimeter Wave Research Center to conduct research on millimeter wave and THz systems. [47]

Student life

The Activities and Recreation Center

The undergraduate student government of UC Davis is the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD), and has an annual operating budget of 11.1 million dollars, making it the largest-funded student government in the United States.[48] ASUCD includes an Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branch. Other than representing the student body on campus, the task of ASUCD is to lobby student interests to local and state government. Also under the purview of ASUCD are the student-run Coffee House is an ASUCD unit and Unitrans, the Davis public bus system. ASUCD employs thousands of students[49] annually across its many units.

UC Davis Athletics logo
UC Davis Aggies Marching Band

Picnic Day, UC Davis's annual Open House, is the largest student-run event in the United States. It attracts thousands of visitors each year with its many attractions. These include a parade, a magic show performed by the chemistry department, the Doxie Derby (dachshund races), film screenings, and a Battle of the Bands between the Band and other college bands including the Cal Band, the Stanford Band, and the Humboldt State Marching Band.

Another highlight of UC Davis is its student-run freeform radio station, KDVS. The station began operations on February 1, 1964 from the laundry room of the all-male dormitory Beckett Hall. The station soon gained a reputation by airing interviews with Angela Davis and a live call-in show with then California Governor Ronald Reagan in 1969. The station can now be heard on 90.3 FM and online at its website.[50]

UC Davis has some 400 registered student organizations, ranging from political clubs to professional societies to language clubs. Student clubs are managed through the Student Programs and Activities Center (SPAC).[51]

The academic Graduate Students and management students are represented by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). The Law Students are represented by Law Students Association.

Students are also encouraged to wear Aggie Blue on game days to show their Aggie Pride. If spotted wearing Aggie Blue by the Aggie Pack, students may have UC Davis paraphernalia thrown at them as a reward.

Students also participate in intramural sports such as basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer and many more. The ARC is one of the, if not, the largest student recreational center amongst schools in the nation. It contains a basketball gym, work out room, rock climbing wall, and other studio rooms for group exercise.

The UC Davis Tae Kwon Do club

One less-known student tradition occurs during the commencement ceremonies, where students toss tortillas into the air at the beginning of the ceremony. Tortillas are smuggled into the building under graduation gowns and released into the air after all the graduates have taken their seats.

Other student activities

  • Unitrans, the student run (and driven) bus system.
  • The Coffee House, also known as the CoHo, is a student run restaurant serving 7000 customers daily.
  • The Bike Barn, a bicycle shop that sells and rents bicycles and cycling equipment, also operating a repair shop.
  • KDVS, student radio.[52]
  • The Entertainment Council, responsible for bringing famous musicians to campus and organizing student events.[53]
  • US Post Office, a completely student-run official United States Postal Service Contract Station.


Bicycles, UC Davis
One of the double deckers in the city's student-run (and student-driven) bus system

UC Davis is famous for its large number of bicycles and bicyclists. The city of Davis boasts the highest number of bikes per capita of any US city. The city of Davis once held the record for the World's Largest bicycle parade. Bicyclists are ubiquitous around campus as well as the city, and thus a lot of bike-only infrastructure exists, such as bike circles, large bike lanes, and traffic signals exclusively for bikes and the UC Davis cycling team has won several national championship titles.[54] The campus police department also has some of its officers patrol on bicycles and take bicycling under the influence ("BUI") and bicycling without a headlight at night very seriously. All bikes on the UC Davis campus must be registered with a California Bicycle license or they risk being sold at the on campus bike auction.

UC Davis is also well known for its bus service, Unitrans, and its trademark London double decker buses. It has been in operation since 1968 and is believed to be the only general purpose (non-sightseeing) transit system in the U.S. to operate vintage double deck buses in daily service. The system is operated and managed entirely by students and offers fixed-route transportation throughout the city. There is also an inter-campus bus service that ferries back and forth between UC Davis and UC Berkeley twice daily, from Monday to Friday.

The central campus is bounded by freeways on two sides (Highway 113 and Interstate 80). All other UC campuses are either somewhat distant from the closest freeway or are directly adjacent to only one freeway. Two freeway exits are entirely within UCD's boundaries. One, off Highway 113, is signed "UC Davis / Hutchison Drive" and the other, off Interstate 80, is signed exclusively as "UC Davis."

Easy freeway access, coupled with increasing housing costs in the city of Davis, have led to increased numbers of students commuting via automobile. Some students choose to live in the neighboring communities of Sacramento, Dixon or Woodland, and use their own cars or the county-wide Yolobus to get to UC Davis.

The California Aggie

UC Davis also publishes a daily student newspaper, The California Aggie. The Aggie was first published in 1915 as the Weekly Agricola after its approval by the Associated Student Executive Committee. At this point, UC Davis was considered the University Farm, an extension of UC Berkeley.[55]

Initially, the Weekly Agricola was focused on both student news and farming-related topics. Novelist Jack London was one of the first readers of the Weekly Agricola. In 1922, it was renamed to match the school's athletic name.[55] Today, the Aggie has the largest print distribution in Yolo County, at around 12,000 copies distributed daily.

Greek life

UC Davis' iconic water tower

Social fraternities and sororities have been a part of the University of California at Davis since 1913. Approximately 8% of the university's undergraduate students are involved in the school's fraternities and sororities. One sorority, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, was featured during the first season of the MTV reality show "Sorority Life."

There are currently 17 fraternities that are a part of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) in Davis. The IFC representatives attend weekly meetings to guarantee that all UC Davis rules and regulations are followed. The meetings are also used to inform the fraternities about all upcoming activities throughout the week. The 17 fraternities are: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Gamma Omega, Chi Phi, Delta Chi, Delta Sigma Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Mu Delta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Lambda Beta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Chi, and Theta Xi.[56]

The Panehellenic Council is similar to the Interfraternity Council, but is the governing council for many sororities at UC Davis. They are responsible for organizing recruitment, and overseeing that all regulations are upheld. There are currently 8 sororities that are a part of the Panhellenic Council. The 8 sororities are: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi.[57]

The Phi Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho was locally established May 1 of 1923 at UC Davis making it the first continuously running national fraternity on campus. They started as the Kappa Tau Fraternity, which was the first Agricultural Fraternity on campus. Many campus buildings are named after alumni of Alpha Gamma Rho such as Emil Mrak (Mrak Hall, Registrar's office), Orville Thompson (Thompson Hall, Segundo student housing), and Dean De Carli (the De Carli room, 2nd floor MU), Mel Olson Scoreboard (Aggie Stadium), and many more. The AGR Hall is an event space located inside the Buehler Alumni / Visitor's Center and is commonly rented out as a conference room or banquet hall. There are both national and local fraternities and sororities at UCD with diverse backgrounds and histories.[58]


For more information, see UC Davis Aggies

The UC Davis Aggies (or Ags) compete in NCAA Division I sports in the Big West Conference. For football, the Aggies compete in Division I FCS (formerly known as Division I-AA), and are members of the Great West Conference, granting UC Davis the distinction of being one of only three UC campuses to field a football team (Cal and UCLA being the other two). The Aggies are also members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in gymnastics and lacrosse, the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association in rowing, and an associate member of the Pacific-10 Conference in wrestling.

The UC Davis Men's Crew Club is one of the more successful clubs both on campus and in the West. In 2008 the JV boat won first in nationals at the ACRA Championships in Tennessee and in 2009 the Varsity boat got second place in nationals at the ACRA Championships. They consistently compete against teams such as Stanford, the University of Washington and UC Berkeley.

The Aggies finished first in NCAA Division II six times in 2003 and won the NACDA Directors' Cup 4 years in a row from 1999 to 2003. In 1998, the UC Davis men's basketball team won the NCAA Division II national championship despite being one of the few non-scholarship institutions in Division II at that time. They have also won NCAA Division II championships in Softball (2003), Men's Tennis (1992), and Women's Tennis (1990, 1993). These and other achievements motivated a decision (following a year of heavy discussion by campus administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the local community) in 2003 for the athletics program to re-classify to Division I.[59][60]

Aggies at Stanford (half-time show), September 17, 2005

The highlight of the recent 4-year transition to Division I occurred on September 17, 2005, when the Aggies defeated the heavily favored Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium by a score of 20-17 on a TD pass with 8 seconds left in the game. The Aggies also pulled off an upset against Stanford in basketball just months later, beating the Cardinal 64-58 with a late rally at home on December 4, 2005. The win in these two major sports and the addition of the Aggies beating the Cardinal in soccer earlier in 2005 as well as a win in wrestling and two wins in baseball pulled the Aggies' win loss record with Stanford to 5-1 for men's sports the 05-06 year.

The Aggie football team plays Sacramento State in the annual Causeway Classic for the Causeway Carriage. The team also plays Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the annual Battle for the Golden Horseshoe. UC Davis students gather at sporting events to rally as the Aggie Pack, the largest student-run school spirit organization in the United States. The Aggie Pack cheers on the sports team along with the Spirit Squad to the music of the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh! and its alumni band. Aggie Stadium is the home of the UC Davis football and lacrosse teams.

UC Davis also had a noteworthy wrestling program, which competed in the Pac-10 at the Division I level. In 2007, UC Davis wrestler Derek Moore gained All-American status, as well as won the NCAA Division I Championships for his weight class. In addition, he received the "Most Outstanding Wrestler" award of the NCAA tournament. In so doing, Derek Moore became the first UC Davis student-athlete to become a NCAA champion at the Division I level. That same year, UC Davis finished within the top 25 for Division I collegiate wrestling programs in the country.

Wrestling was cut from the athletic department in April 2010. Other cuts included men's swimming, men's indoor track, and women's rowing. The athletic's department had to cut $1.79 million out of the budget. 14 women's teams and 9 men's teams were funded for the 2010-2011 school year.[61]

The official school colors are blue and gold. The blue is due to the UC's early connection to Yale[62] and as a result is often referred to as "Yale Blue" (e.g., see [63] and [64]), although UCD's official blue, usually called "Aggie Blue", Pantone 295[65] differs from Yale Blue (approximately Pantone 289[66]).

The official school mascot is the mustang. Students at UC Davis are referred to as Aggies in honor of the school's agricultural heritage. Unlike most colleges, there is a distinction between the name for students and the mascot. There was a movement to change the school's mascot from the mustang to the cow, but despite student support this was turned down after opposition from alumni. Many people will call the mustang mascot of UC Davis an Aggie, but this is not its proper name; the mustang mascot is named Gunrock. The name dates to 1921 when the US Army brought a horse named Gun Rock to UC Davis to supply high-quality stock for cavalry horses. The mustang mascot was selected to honor that cavalry horse.


UC Davis has implemented many environmentally sustainable features on campus. In the Fall of 2010, UCD opened a renovated Dining Commons in the Cuarto living area. The dining hall prides itself on its sustainability and use of local produce. Currently there are two LEED-certified buildings operated by the university — the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, which is the first brewery, winery or food-processing facilities in the world to achieve Platinum-level certification, and the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences at Lake Tahoe, one of only five laboratories in the world to achieve Platinum-level certification.[67] Plans call for additional campus buildings to meet standards equivalent to LEED Silver,[68] and for the development of UC Davis West Village as a "zero net energy" community. [69]

The university was given two Best Practice Awards at the 2009 annual Sustainability Conference, held by the University of California, California State University and the California Community Colleges, for the campus's lighting retrofit project and sustainable design in new construction.[70]

UC Davis has used the olives from the old trees on campus to produce olive oil[71] and table olives,[72] and the school uses drought-tolerant landscaping on and around campus.[73] The campus also operates its own landfill, where it converts landfill (methane) gas to energy.[74]

For its efforts in campus sustainability, UC Davis earned an A- on the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, one of 27 schools to achieve the highest grade awarded.[36]

UC Davis is also home to the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), which is part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). ASI provides leadership for research, teaching, outreach, and extension efforts in agricultural and food systems sustainability at the Davis campus and throughout the UC system.

UC Davis, introduced by Arnold Schwarzenegger as the "environmental capital of the world",[75] hosted Governors' Global Climate Summit 3 (GGCS3) which is an international climate forum for the top leaders of local, regional, national and international entities, as well as those from academia, business and nonprofit. The summit featured talks that promised to broaden national partnerships through an increased understanding of unique environmental and economic challenges in the continuation to grow a clean, green economy. The summit included more than 1,500 attendees from more than 80 countries.


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