Fall 2023 registration now open

Connections in this category serve as your guide to UC Davis campus life. Learn more about each group below and follow the instructions under each Connection to register.

#SoBasic (needs)

Aggie Compass is on a mission to ensure that every student has safe, secure housing, access to healthy food, and financial stability, that will help you succeed at UC Davis and in life. This Connection will focus on these three pillars of basic needs and incorporate topics of mental wellness. Participants in this Connection will learn about food resources on the UCD campus like the brand new ‘pay-what-you-can’ Aggie Eats food truck, learn how to budget financial aid, find affordable housing options, and learn about renter's rights. This group is beneficial for everyone, whether you’re new to living on your own and wanting to get yourself set up for success, or a student facing any of these challenges.

  • Day & Time: Tuesdays (10:00-10:50am); 121 Olson Hall
  • Format: in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "#SoBasic(needs)" in AggieLife. 


101 Ways to Get Involved on Campus

Student organizations are one of the best ways to make connections with others and enhance your first-year experience! Getting involved is fun, will help you relax, reduce stress, and provides a small group to call home on a large campus. Author your own experience at UC Davis through meaningful co-curricular engagement! Let's explore opportunities to get involved on campus together. Learn about UC Davis' diverse student organizations, meet current student leaders, and connect to campus departments with student involvement opportunities. By the end of the quarter, students will understand the types of involvement on campus, know how to find an organization, and learn about what community looks like at UC Davis

  • Day & Time: Tuesdays (1:10-2:00pm); 121 Olson Hall
  • Format: in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Get Involved" in AggieLife. 


Aggie Traditions

Looking forward to seeing the adorable cows or learning about the UC Davis Olive Oil? Well, did you know that if you keep track of essential and quintessential UC experiences, you can earn a medal? Aggie Traditions, one of Davis’ best-kept secrets, is a compilation of 50 fun and unique "must experience" activities that every Aggie should know about and do during their time at UCD. Upon completion of the 50 traditions, students can earn a medal to wear during commencement (which is also one of the traditions)! This Connection is open to anyone looking to learn about UC Davis, immerse yourself in campus culture, and work towards earning your medal!

Section 1

  • Day & Time: Tuesdays (1:10-2:00pm); various locations around campus
  • First meetingAlumni Center (Allewelt Conference Room)
  • Format: in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Aggie Traditions" section 1 (Tuesdays) in AggieLife. 
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Section 2

  • Day & Time: Wednesdays (1:10-2:00pm); various locations around campus
  • Format: in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Aggie Traditions" Section 2 (Wednesdays) in AggieLife. 


Beyond the Badge: Discovering UC Davis' CORE

This Connection is a fun and interactive experience to meet some amazingly helpful people (and dogs), explore the large campus, tour the police station, learn about campus safety and personal security, and grain practical strategies for thriving in your new environment.

Since biking is such a fundamental part of the UC Davis experience, we'll also focus on how to be a safe bicycle rider. Everyone will be fit with a bike helmet, get a bike light, and we'll take a ride together to explore campus while learning proper biking techniques and rules of the road.

This Connection will allow attendees to explore police vehicles, forensics, lifetime fitness, additional on-campus resources, and other topics while building relationships amongst UCD PD Officers and support staff.

This group is hosted by UCD CORE Officer Malik and K9 Officer Charlie (trained explosives detection dog). You'll have special visits with other members of the CORE Officer team, as 80% of the UCD police department is comprised of UCD grads who are personally invested in your success. You'll also have a chance to interact with K9 Rono (Explosive Detection and Tracking) and the newest therapy puppy in training.

This Connection is great for anyone, whether you're a dog lover, want to increase your confidence on a bike, or are just someone who's new to campus and interested in meeting great people and learning more about your community.

CORE officer team posing with K9 Charlie

  • Day & Time: Mondays (11:00-11:50am)
  • Location: UCD Police Department (625 Kleiber Hall Drive, next to the fire department)
  • Format: in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Beyond the Badge" in AggieLife. 


Campus Cat Safari: Exploring UCD & Cats on Campus

Not able to bring your furry friend to college? Then join us as we learn about the community cats that call UC Davis home. Take time out of your busy schedule to learn more about campus and connect with fellow cat-lovers. We'll be using the campus cat map to spot some of campus' well known cats like Oreo & Baby Kitty (the Voorhies cats) and Cheeto (the iconic Physics cat). We'll explore academic, volunteer, and research opportunities at UC Davis related to cats. We'll even get behind-the-scenes tours of two of UC Davis's premiere facilities: the Vet Med Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. Please be aware, we will be walking around campus during each week's meeting in search of cats, wind, rain or shine. This Connection is facilitated by two crazy cat ladies, both named Rachel!

  • Day & Time: Thursdays (9:00-9:50am); 121 Olson Hall
  • Format: in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Campus Cat Safari" in AggieLife. 


Car(e)free Aggies

Biking is one of the most iconic aspects of UC Davis culture and tradition and Davis is a special place with bike infrastructure that most cities don't have. The vast majority of first-year students don't have access to cars, and three-quarters of regular Davis commuters don't bring a car to campus. So don't feel trapped without a car because at UC Davis bicycling and other methods of transportation aren't "alternative," they're the norm!

This Connection is hosted by two experienced and knowledgeable bicycling enthusiasts and is a place where students who are new to campus can come learn about bicycling in Davis, campus culture, and simple rules of the road. Come learn how to keep your bike healthy, how to maintain the three most important parts (chain, tires, and brakes), and how to work less for more speed as an efficient and effective rider. This is an inclusive group for experienced bicyclist, those who are "bike curious," and those without any experience who may be intimidated at the thought of navigating a campus bike circle. Sessions will consist of group discussions and may include on-campus fieldtrips to places like the Bike Barn. We will not be riding bikes during group meetings.

Additionally, we will learn how to use Unitrans (the Davis bus system) so you can get anywhere around town without a car, even go shopping at Target. We'll learn how to use the Yolobus system (county transit) to get to-and-from the airport (save $50 on that Uber trip!). We even have the Causeway Connection bus to the UCD health campus, which is the quickest and easiest way to get to Sacramento for FREE. You'll gain knowledge of ALL of your transportation options so you can go anywhere you want without a car, which most students only learn how to do into their second year.

  • Day & Time: Wednesdays (4:10-5:00pm); Transportation Services, Conference room A and B
  • Format: in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Car(e)free Aggies" in AggieLife.


Earn While You Learn: Explore ASUCD

Find out where you can work on campus and be able to drive a double-decker bus, host a concert, bake delicious desserts, repair your bike, write an article, be a radio DJ, organize food donations, and so much more - and get paid while doing it! ASUCD is UC Davis’ Associated Students, the home of Aggies serving Aggies. With an annual operating budget over $19 million dollars, every student has a place, community or space to call home. At ASUCD, the students are at the heart of UC Davis, providing student jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and necessary services.

In this Connection we'll learn about some of the best places to get involved and find on-campus jobs that are among the highest paying, most rewarding, with the most flexible hours. Together we will explore over a dozen student run businesses that may include:

The CoHo (Coffee House) - Northern California's largest restaurant
The Bike Barn - student run bike shop
Unitrans - UCD bus system
The Pantry - free food and basic essentials
The California Aggie Newspaper
KDVS 90.3FM - UC Davis’ 13,000 watt radio station
Picnic Day, Whole Earth Festival and Entertainment Council
Student Government
ASUCD Garden – 5-acre garden on campus

Most students don't find out about these opportunities and get involved until at least their second year. It's time to get a head start by exploring campus, get involved, and start earning while you learn during your first year!

*Please be aware, we will be walking around during each week's meeting (wind, rain or shine). 

  • Day & Time: Wednesdays (9:00-9:50am)
  • Meetup Location: Coffee House - Swirlz (1st floor Memorial Union) 
  • Format: in-person, on campus 
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Earn While You Learn" in AggieLife. 


Global Pathfinders: Charting a Path to Global Learning

We live in an interconnected world. New students come to UC Davis with many types of global experiences already. You may be from an immigrant family, from a diverse community, multilingual, or an international student. It doesn't matter what your background is, what your major is, or what your career goals are, we ALL need skills and knowledge to successfully operate in a global world.


Study abroad is one way to experience global learning, but there's so much more that UC Davis has to offer. We have programs for students to go abroad, virtual opportunities, and even things to do right here on campus. Research, internships, community engagement, intercultural workshops, leadership and mentorship programs, and the Global Studies minor are just some of the opportunities you can get involved with. Come learn about scholarships and available funding, free or low-cost programs, and programs you can even get paid for participating in.


The goal of this Connection is to orient students early on to what global learning is and all of the resources the Global Learning Hub has to offer. We will also explore and develop some of the key global and intercultural skills necessary for a global workforce. There are so many global learning opportunities, it's time to get informed now so you can make amazing choices about your involvement for the rest of your time at UC Davis and beyond.

  • Day & Time: Tuesdays (10:00-10:50am); Olive Main (Tercero Housing area)
  • Format: in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to ALL new first-year students (freshmen, transfer, and international students). Register for "Global Pathfinders" in AggieLife. 


Horsin’ Around

Calling all horse enthusiasts! Join us to learn about the ways you can become involved in the Aggie equine community! Highlights will include tours of campus horse facilities, learning about internship and career opportunities with horses, gaining insights into veterinary research, and meeting faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds, experiences and jobs with horses!

  • Day & Time: Tuesdays (2:10-3:00pm); various campus locations (first meeting in 121 Olson Hall)
  • Format: in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Horsin' Around" in AggieLife.


Mi Aggie Familia: Navigating UC Davis as a First-Gen Chicanx Latinx Aggie

Calling all first-gen Aggies! Through this Connection, you will explore campus centers and resources, listen to guest speakers, and connect with your fellow first-gen Chicanx Latinx Aggies. Your facilitators, Jessica and Alondra, know the struggles of being a first-generation college student and want to help guide you in navigating your identity and community. Students will have the opportunity to explore their identity through discussions, workshops, and fun activities. Let's celebrate being first-gen Chicanx Latinx students together!

  • Day & Time: Tuesdays (11:00-11:50 am); 114 South Hall
  • Format: in-person, on campus 
  • Registration: This Connection is non-credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Mi Aggie Familia" in AggieLife.