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TRANSFERRING into Davis - Questions!

meefyhamstermeefyhamster Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
Hi, i am transferring from a CC this coming fall. I am choosing between UC Davis and UCSB. i am def leaning towards Davis. I am visiting some friends on picnic day to really get a feel of the campus before i make my official decision.

But I just had a few questions.

1) What is housing like for transfer students?
- what kind of dorms are available?
- will the dorms only have transfers in them?
- do you need to purchase a meal plan if you decide to live in the dorms as a transfer

2) My major is Psychobiology (Premed). I was wondering how much research opportunity and medical exposure is available for me at Davis!

3) Everyone keeps talking about how spread out Davis is compared to other colleges such as ucsb.
- Is that really a bad thing?

4) How common is it for transfers to rush for greek life?

thank you!
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Replies to: TRANSFERRING into Davis - Questions!

  • marzxbarzmarzxbarz Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    1. You will likely be living in Primero Grove. For more information, here is the Student Housing transfer page: UC Davis Student Housing: Transfer Student Residence Hall Option
    - For the most part it will be all transfers, with a few rooms being allocated to freshmen.
    - If you live in the dorms, you will have to purchase a meal plan (my suggestion is to go for a higher meal count like 120, 150 or 180, and then downgrade accordingly after the first quarter. The meal count balance will roll over.)

    2. UCD has its own medical campus and hospital about ~15 miles away from the central campus. It will be up to you to actively search and apply to internships however! There is a shuttle that goes to/from both campuses every hour and I'm sure there are tons of students who have internships at the medical center.

    3. NO. It is not bad at all. In fact, once you get used to it, you start to feel that the campus isn't big at all. If anything, it makes you walk more, which is good exercise! You may be a minute or two late to your next class if it's back to back in a far away building, but it's not as big of a deal that people make it to be.

    4. Transfers participating in Greek life is not uncommon. However, I feel that Greek participation (in general) is gradually declining altogether. I'm not sure what benefits rushing will entail nowadays.

    Oh and pro tip: Davis is a pretty quiet town, so if you get any other impression out of Picnic Day.. don't fall for it :P. It's pretty much the only day you'll encounter public drunkenness and beer pong parties everywhere.
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