Pre-College Testimonials

Testimonials from Students Like You

What did you like about the UC Davis Pre-College Program?

Pre-College students with cows at UC Davis
(From front to back) Palavi, Samantha, Paloma and Soman from the Veterinary Science Program visit with some of the residents of the UC Davis Dairy Teaching and Research Facility.

"I liked everything about the UC Davis Pre-College Program. The rooming was great. The professors and facilities were great. The field trips we went on were fantastic." — Shawn

“I really like that the UC Davis Pre-College Program allowed us to be really hands-on with all the animals we had to work with. In other programs that I've been to, we weren’t always allowed to. We would have to stand behind the glass and the instructor would just lecture, but with this program we got to really get involved, do labs. It was all just really fun.”— Mitchell

"What's best about this Program is that everyone is connected as one. I never felt left out of anything, and it was always just super fun." — Samantha

"It really felt like college and it was incredible." — Palavi

“The program has given me a sense of college, especially UC Davis, as in sleeping in the dorms or riding bicycles all around.”— Brenda

What did you think of the professors?

“The instructors were incredibly helpful and understanding. They all really wanted us to get the most out of this experience.”—  Ainsley

"Can I just say how passionate they are about what they do? That's what made us enjoy it [the classes] the most. They were just so passionate and driven about what they did." — Samantha

"[The professors were] very passionate. I could tell all of them loved their jobs, loved what they were doing and they loved teaching us. They wanted us to find what we loved." — Riley

"Dr. Bellone, our veterinary genetics professor, was super good and was able to take her big, complicated research and make it smaller for us to understand." — Lexi

What's one thing you learned or will take away from this experience?

Pre-College students with microscopes
Students of the Veterinary Medicine program examime samples under a microscope.

"The thing I'm going to take away from this Program is that research is something that I really want to look into as I go into college, because it was so cool to be able to actually do it and see what these people [professors] actually do for their jobs." — Sera

"For me, it was living on my own. I learned a lot of responsibilities that I didn't have before. And when I go home I'm going to really understand time management and how to deal with things. I think I've become more well-rounded." — Samantha

"I feel like I was exposed to a lot of different sides of science that turns out I'm interested in. I didn't really know veterinary genetics was a field at all and something I could get into. And after being exposed to that, I really feel like it's something I could end up doing with my life." — Paloma

"I took a lot away [from the Program] about my future and it's a good direction into what I want to do for my future career." — Lexi

Would you recommend the UC Davis Pre-College Program to your friends?

Pre-College students looking at plants
Students of the Agriculture Program "on the field" learning about crop growth patterns.

"I would absolutely recommend the UC Davis Pre-college Program to my friends. You learn so much and you're really immersed in the college environment. It's definitely the best summer I've had so far." — Shefali

"I would recommend [this Program] to every single one of my friends. I really enjoyed this Program. I feel like anyone who would come here would have a good time. The Pre-College Program prepared me for college." — Soman

"I would recommend this Program to anyone, because they will be coming into direct contact with professors who work on campus and do active research." — Shawn

"I would recommend the UC Davis Pre-college Program, for sure. This is by far the best Program or anything I've ever done. This has made me fall in love with the professors and the campus and everything here. It's perfect." — Riley

"I turned down several other programs to come here, and I'm so glad I did that. I do not regret a single moment here." — Palavi