Your Guide to UC Davis - Winter FYACs now open!

Are you ready to connect but not sure where to start? These Connections are perfect for you! These Connections focus on how to transition well at UC Davis and serve as a guide to campus life. 

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 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, Location: Wednesdays (4:10-5:00pm); Transportation Services Conference Room A (North of the Pavilion parking structure)
  • First Meeting: Wednesday, January 12th 
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration (CLOSED): This Connection is not for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Registration for this group is now closed.


First-Gen Guide: Exploring opportunities at UC Davis

In this Connection we will explore opportunities and resources for first-generation students at UC Davis. Join us as we enrich our UC Davis experience through discovering the Craft Center, the ARC, the Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success, the Center for African Diaspora Student Success, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention Initiative, the Native American Academic Student Success Center, the Cross Cultural Center, and the Global Learning Hub - Study Abroad. Come ready to make social connections in a supportive group environment, demystify UC Davis terminology, and explore the large UC Davis campus.

  • Day, Time, Location: Wednesdays (2:10-3:00pm); 125 Seminar Rm. Art Building
  • First Meeting: Wednesday, January 12th 
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration (CLOSED): This Connection is not for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Registration for this group is now closed.