Campus Life

  • Are there campus clubs that my student can join?
  • More than 750 student clubs and organizations are active at UC Davis, from political action groups to academic support clubs. Use the Center for Student Involvement's search function to search for a student organization.
  • Does UC Davis have Sororities and Fraternities?
  • More than 10 percent of all undergraduate Aggies belong to one of the 65 sororities and fraternities registered at UC Davis. Explore the Greek Life website to learn how being Greek benefits students at Davis and beyond.
  • What is the Student Alumni Association?
  • SAA is a student organization for current UC Davis undergraduate students who wish to start enjoying the benefits of a Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) membership before they graduate. With membership, students receive incredible discounts on and off campus . In addition, they also receive the invaluable opportunity to network with UC Davis alumni.
  • Are there opportunities to study abroad? Can my student afford to study abroad?
  • Learn about all the study abroad opportunities and financial aid packages that are offered to UC Davis students.
  • Does UC Davis have performing arts?
  • Mondavi Center

    530-757-3199 cpmailbox@ucdavis.edu

    The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, opened in October 2002, is Northern California’s premier performance facility — one that brings world-class performers and distinguished speakers to campus and puts the campus’ own students on an inspiring stage. The Center features a 1,800-seat hall and 250-seat studio theater with state-of-the-art acoustics. Current UC Davis students receive a discount on tickets.

    Ticket Office Front of The Mondavi Center
    866-754-ARTS
    530-754-ARTS
    530-754-2787 for patrons with disabilities
    530-752-5402 TDD number

    The Mondavi Center Ticket Office handles ticket sales for the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Department of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

    Department of Music

    112 Music Building (530) 752-5537 (530) 752-0948 Concert hotline

    Calendar of Events — The Department of Music presents more than 100 performances each year by groups including the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and Chamber Singers, Empyrean Ensemble, Baroque Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Gospel Choir and Wind Ensemble. The department also sponsors an annual artist-in-residence program that brings renowned performers to local stages and classrooms. The calendar of events is accessible from the department’s homepage, and members of the public may subscribe to a departmental mailing list and weekly event e-mail.

    Music Library — The music library, which is open to the public, houses a listening facility as well as an extensive recording collection, music-related videos and study scores. The collection of reference materials includes dictionaries and encyclopedias, thematic catalogs, and foreign language dictionaries. Additional scores and music books are located in the Shields Library. The music library, open Monday through Friday, is located in Room 112C of the Music Building. For more information, call 530-752-7895.

    Department of Theatre and Dance

    222 Wright Hall (530) 752-0888

    Productions — With five main performance spaces, including The Mondavi Center, the Department of Theatre and Dance presents a variety of drama and dance productions each season.

    Granada Artists in Residence — Since 1982 the UC Davis-Granada Artists-in-Residence program has brought three British theatre artists to campus each academic year to teach and create a work for public performance. Unique in American university theatre, the program provides an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to work with major theatre and dance practitioners.

  • Where can I find an art gallery on campus?
  • Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

    Manetti Shrem Museum of Art (530) 752-8500 manettishrem@ucdavis.edu

    Grounded in the legacy of UC Davis’ world-renowned first generation art faculty, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is a hub of creative practice for today’s thinkers, makers and innovators, now and for generations to come. 

    Richard L. Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection

    First Floor, Art Building (530) 752-8500 nelsongallery@ucdavis.edu

    The Richard L. Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection houses a large and diverse collection of 18th- and 19th-century European and American prints; Middle Eastern paintings and artifacts; and works by famous Post-Modern masters Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, David Gilhooley, Roy DeForest and Manuel Neri. Named for the art department’s first chair, the gallery exhibits about six shows during the academic year, including traveling exhibitions by internationally-known artists and the popular Annual Artists’ Valentines Benefit Exhibition.

    The Design Museum

    145 Walker Hall (530) 752-6150

    The Design Museum explores diverse topics and media with an emphasis on ethnographic arts and consumer cultures. The museum is internationally known, with innovative exhibitions based on design from a global perspective. Historical cultural artifacts, contemporary functional objects and creative installations are presented in changing spaces designed specifically for each exhibit. The museum also serves as a studio/laboratory for the design exhibition classes.

    Memorial Union Gallery

    Second Floor, Memorial Union Building (530) 752-2885 hmmikolaj@ucdavis.edu

    The Memorial Union Art Gallery features a changing series of exhibitions devoted primarily to contemporary and historical California Art. All exhibitions are free of charge, and they are intended to complement and enhance the educational and cultural activities available to the campus community. The gallery is open Monday to Friday.

    Craft Center Gallery

    South Silo (530) 752-1475 mjgarrison@ucdavis.edu

    The Craft Center Gallery exhibits work of staff, participants and friends of the Craft Center. Often the shows are the first public exposure of an artist’s work, but just as often they present the most recent crafts of long-practicing artisans. Craft Center shows can be composed of a variety of media or they can feature the potential of a single art form.

    Art in the Library

    Shields Library (530) 752-6561 (530) 752-1167 for hours libinfo@ucdavis.edu

    The University Library collects the works of current and former members of the UC Davis art department. Art on display includes works by Robert Arneson, Squeak Carnwath, Roy DeForest, David Gilhooly, David Hollowell, George Longfish, Roland Petersen, Hassel Smith and Wayne Thiebaud.

    Also featured in the Shields Library are black-and-white photographs from the "American Farm" collection, a portrait of the nation’s agriculture and the profound transformation it has undergone over the last 200 years. As a whole, the full collection spans more than a century and the work of over 80 photographers. The collection was created by Maisie and Richard Conrat, and a copy of their book, The American Farm, is on reserve in Shields Library.

    The Egghead Series

    Five Locations in the Core Campus

    The Egghead Series by Robert Arneson is among the most recognizable art at UC Davis and a favorite for visitor photographs. The five Eggheads are located as follows: Bookhead, Shields Library plaza; Yin & Yang, Fine Arts Complex; See No Evil/Hear No Evil, east lawn of King Hall; Eye on Mrak (Fatal Laff), Mrak Hall mall; and Stargazer, between North Hall and Young Hall.

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