Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate Students

UC Davis looks forward to welcoming back students to the fall quarter. At this time, we have not yet received guidance from public health authorities so we do not know if in-person instruction will be allowed this fall quarter. But we wanted to answer the questions we have received from you regarding campus housing, returning to Davis, and potential in-person instruction. Please know that we will update this site and our responses as we receive more questions, and as we receive guidance from Yolo County and the State of California. Because health guidelines are being updated on an almost daily basis, please check this website regularly to see if answers to your questions have changed.

Student Health

If the numbers of COVID-19 cases increase, will campus suspend operations again? If operations are suspended, what happens to students living on campus? Will they be able to stay?

If the campus is ordered by public health officials for any reason to further reduce occupancy in our housing facilities, Student Housing will work to house any students that do not have alternative housing available to them, while staying in compliance with any mandates laid out by campus, county or state health officials.

Will campus have free COVID-19 testing for students who think they may be sick?

Students who are sick or have questions about COVID-19 or other conditions are encouraged to contact Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) for a telehealth visit with a nurse or medical provider for further assessment and advice. Make an appointment online or call 530-752-2349.

Student Health and Counseling Services is testing for COVID-19 in accordance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Yolo County Public Health testing guidelines. Viral testing is prioritized for hospitalized individuals and for investigation and management of outbreaks, under the direction of state and local public health departments.

Testing is then prioritized for all other individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, close contacts of confirmed cases and high-risk individuals who are asymptomatic but fall into key demographics as identified by CDPH. Testing, especially testing for asymptomatic individuals, is also based on local laboratory capacity and resources.

Insurance companies are covering COVID-19 testing in most circumstances when medically indicated. If a registered student obtains medically indicated testing at SHCS and is having difficulties getting reimbursed by their insurance, SHCS can help.

Information about COVID-19 testing in Yolo County is available on the county’s website. Please note that participants must be residents of the county and present proof in the form of a document displaying their name and address, such as a driver’s license, ID card, utility bill or rental agreement. The California Department of Public Health also offers help to find testing sites.

Will testing be required in some cases?

Daily symptom surveys in combination with temperature screening will be used in accordance with current public health best practices to identify and provide support to UC Davis community members who may be at risk of COVID-19. Protocols for testing and isolation of at-risk individuals will follow guidance from public health authorities. UC Davis also is evaluating the possibility of testing all students, faculty and staff upon their return and on a regular basis thereafter.

What is the protocol if a student gets COVID-19?

If a student tests positive or a doctor diagnoses a student with COVID-19, the student should call Student Health and Counseling Services at 530-752-2349 so that we can be aware and coordinate care if needed. In addition, please follow the campus reporting protocol to report a positive test or diagnosis for COVID-19.

Will parents be allowed to come pick up their students in residence halls if they become ill with COVID-19?

If a UC Davis student is quarantined or isolated, they must remain within their rooms for the duration of the quarantine or isolation in compliance with state and county public health guidance from July 24. The campus will provide isolation rooms and food services for students living in on-campus housing. One of the purposes of the quarantine or isolation is to prevent any potential, further spread of COVID-19. This guidance may change based on guidance from county and state quarantine and isolation mandates.

Will suspected cases of COVID-19 be shared to help eliminate concerns about possible risks to others?

For the health of our community, the campus has a reporting process by which we review confirmed cases of COVID-19 and responds to those concerned about a member of the campus community having COVID-19, whether on or off campus. Employees and students at the Davis campus must report a COVID-19 diagnosis for themselves or someone with whom they share a residence. Follow this brief guidance to report a positive case or concern by emailing

A team of medical and administrative staff has been established to offer guidance to the affected individual and ascertain risk to the campus and appropriate steps, while continuing to balance the need for privacy.

Anyone identified within our campus community as being at risk of exposure from these individuals will be notified if they need to quarantine and/or self-monitor for symptoms.

A website provides some basic information about reported cases for the Davis campus and their status.

What do I do if someone I know has COVID-19?

The campus has a reporting process by which it reviews confirmed cases of COVID-19 and responds to those concerned about a member of the campus community having COVID-19, whether on or off campus. Employees and students at the Davis campus must report a COVID-19 diagnosis, as well as any positive test result received by someone with whom they share a residence. Follow this brief guidance to report a positive case or concern to by emailing

You can report possible COVID-19 cases by using the campus reporting protocol.

Campus Operations

If some classes are held in-person, what will UC Davis do in terms of health and safety measures?

We are awaiting public health guidance to let us know if in-person instruction will be allowed during fall quarter. If we are allowed to hold some classes in person, they will be very limited in number, have fewer than 50 students per class and will be those where the learning objectives can only be accomplished in person (e.g., advanced laboratory skills, some studio or performance classes, or fieldwork). These classes will follow strict public health guidelines related to required face coverings, physical distancing, disinfecting surfaces and ventilation systems, among others.

All lectures and discussion sections will be held remotely for undergraduate students and for most graduate students. UC Davis is in the process of establishing a comprehensive screening, testing and contact tracing program. UC Davis is evaluating the possibility of testing all students, faculty and staff upon their return and on a regular basis thereafter. This will enable the campus to identify people with active infections and have them self-isolate as quickly as possible to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

All students, staff, academics and visitors to any UC Davis operated location will be required to complete a daily, HIPAA-compliant Symptom Survey prior to entering facilities on campus.

  • Individuals who fail the symptom survey are not permitted to enter UC Davis facilities, unless they live in on-campus housing or are otherwise seeking treatment at an on-campus clinic.
  • We will invest in the latest testing capabilities and processes with the goal of effectively mitigating the spread of COVID-19. At all times we will align with the current best practices of local,state and national public health officials.
  • The campus reporting protocol mandates that all academics, staff and students report a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result or a COVID-positive diagnosis from a physician.
  • Academic and staff members reporting COVID-19 symptoms and those identified through contact tracing will be required to contact their primary doctors for further assessment and testing and to abide by local public health orders relating to isolation and quarantine.
  • Additional testing protocols may include the proactive testing of roommates, screening of our athletic teams, closely monitoring select sites and surveillance testing.
  • We are working closely with local public health officials to establish a UC Davis based team to support public health efforts with contact tracing.

We will also acquire, maintain and install critical equipment and supplies to minimize exposure.

  • UC Davis’ Supply Chain Management will procure and maintain a reserve of critical equipment and supplies for the UC Davis community to help limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
  • These supplies include reusable and disposable face coverings, hand sanitizer, disinfection solutions, gloves and face masks.
  • The university also maintains temporary and permanent hand hygiene stations across campus in critical locations and maintains a digital map of locations on its Campus Ready website.

If I’m traveling from another state or country, will I have to self-quarantine before I can start participating in campus activities? If so, where and for how long?

For UC Davis-Sponsored International Travel

  • UC Davis travelers must avoid all non-essential international travel, to any country. For essential travel, travelers must notify the UC Davis Travel Security Review Committee at least 21 days prior to departure to request essential travel outside of the U.S.
  • UC Davis travelers are strongly advised against personal travel out of the U.S.
  • Per UC guidance, anyone returning from outside the U.S. must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to work or campus.
    • An exception: per recent UC guidance, asymptomatic health care workers returning from outside the U.S. are no longer required a 14-day quarantine.
  • Changing global regulatory circumstances may subject you to air or governmental restrictions affecting your return.
  • For more information specific to international students and scholars visit our Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) website or contact SISS at
  • Please review the Global Affairs Travel page for the most current updates.

University travelers are strongly advised against non-essential domestic travel. Several domestic municipalities also have quarantine requirements in place. Domestic requirements may change frequently.

Do all students, faculty and staff have to wear face coverings while on campus?

As part of statewide and county orders, face coverings must be worn by students, faculty, staff and visitors at all UC Davis locations while inside and outside where they are likely to come into contact with others (not including while eating). Face coverings are not required in private spaces such as residence hall rooms, single-occupancy offices, showers and the like.

Will Unitrans still be running? If so, how will physical distancing work while on the bus? If not, do I need to bring my car?

As the University and City's public transit service, Unitrans plans to operate uninterrupted pending changing conditions. For the most up to date information, visit the Unitrans website or follow Unitrans on Facebook. Unitrans follows transit industry guidance in trying to keep all buses to 15 people or less. Buses are on standby to help keep maximum capacity to 15 and face coverings are required on the bus. Cleaning takes place three times per day and includes surface disinfection and use of a fogging system. Additional mitigations include removing seats to reduce density, opening windows, replacing cloth surfaces with vinyl and limiting access through the rear doors.

Will campus provide face coverings to students who cannot afford them?

UC Davis will give a Welcome Kit to students that will include a face covering, hand sanitizer and gloves.

Am I allowed to leave Davis and come back?

Non-essential domestic travel for the university is strongly discouraged. Several domestic municipalities have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in place. Keep in mind these restrictions and requirements change frequently.

Under current UC guidance, all non-essential university international travel is prohibited. In addition, domestic travel, especially by plane, is not recommended by the university until the COVID-19 outbreak has been mitigated.

Protocols are in place, managed by the UC Davis Travel Security Manager in accordance with UC Policy and advised by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State, to accommodate requests for UC Davis-sponsored international travel.

Under the current conditions all UC Davis-sponsored international travel plans and itineraries must be submitted to the UC Davis Travel Review Committee for approval. UC Davis-sponsored international travel will only be approved if it is related to life-saving research.

Students, academics and staff are strongly encouraged to limit personal travel to minimize exposure and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Upon returning from international travel, per UC guidelines, Aggies are required to quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus and are expected to exercise personal responsibility to minimize contact within the Davis community during the incubation period.

More information is available at Information specific to international students and scholars is available at

Will flu shots be required of students, academic personnel and staff? Why?

It has not yet been determined if flu shots will be mandated, however, the current COVID-19 pandemic makes vaccination for the upcoming 2020-21 flu season even more critical to help protect the health of our campus community, including students, staff and academics. A reduction in the number of influenza cases preserves valuable healthcare resources to prevent and treat COVID-19.

  • All medical insurance providers are required to cover influenza vaccinations. Students with Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) can access flu shots at the Student Health and Wellness Center with 100% coverage.
  • Clinics will also be held on campus this fall for students, staff and academics who cannot access flu shots through their health providers or insurance. To ensure an adequate supply of influenza vaccines for vulnerable students, we highly encourage staff and academics to access their health care providers for influenza immunizations.

Classes and Instruction

Will classes be exclusively remote? Which ones will be available remotely versus in-person? Can I see that in Schedule Builder?

We are awaiting public health guidance to let us know if any in-person instruction will be allowed during fall quarter. If we are allowed to hold some classes in person, they will be very limited in number, have fewer than 50 students per class, and will be those where the learning objectives can only be accomplished in person (e.g., advanced laboratory skills, some studio or performance classes, or fieldwork). These classes will follow strict public health guidelines related to required face coverings, physical distancing, disinfecting surfaces, and ventilation systems, among others.

All lectures and discussion sections will be held remotely for undergraduate students and for most graduate students.

As soon as public health guidance is received, students will be alerted that course information has been updated and is available for viewing on Schedule Builder. Schedule Builder will indicate whether each class will be offered only remotely or have an in-person component, as well as whether it will be offered asynchronously to accommodate students living in other time zones.

Can I take classes exclusively remotely online even if the campus is open?

Yes, for fall 2020 you can choose to enroll only in courses that are being offered remotely.

If I have personal health concerns how will I participate in in-person classes? How will professors respond if I still don’t feel safe to come to in-person classes?

While limited in-person course offerings will follow rigorous safety guidelines, if you have additional health or safety concerns, please contact the Student Disability Center for assistance and support. We also recommend you consult your advisor regarding your individual academic plans.

Can I take my courses as Pass/No Pass(P/NP) for fall 2020?

At the current time, standard campus P/NP rules apply. The Academic Senate will update the campus if more flexible P/NP rules are instituted for fall 2020.

How will courses with labs be conducted? How will studio courses (art, theatre, design) be conducted?

This is being decided on a course-by-course basis after careful review of safety plans, as well as justifications for in-person classes. While we hope to offer some laboratory sections in person, the lectures will still be offered only remotely. Courses requiring in-person attendance will follow campus as well as county and state public health policies concerning protective equipment, physical distancing, room occupancy limits, cleaning protocols, etc.

Will students have access to professors and office hours?

Instructors will continue to hold regular office hours via remote means. If you have scheduling questions about office hours, contact your instructor.

Are there going to be caps on class sizes if they are offered remotely?

Most remote courses will still have caps, though the caps may be higher than the equivalent in-person class. Courses must maintain reasonable enrollment caps to prevent overloading the work of instructors, teaching assistants and readers.

Will professors be lenient if students are feeling ill?

Instructors are encouraged to provide reasonable accommodations for students who are feeling ill. Students testing positive for COVID-19 or with COVID-19 symptoms should not attend in-person classes and should seek treatment at Student Health and Counseling Services. Please also follow the campus reporting protocol. For students attending class remotely, please contact your instructor if you are unable to attend a particular class or classes due to health reasons.

Will professors be accommodating of students in different time zones or with varying levels of access to consistent Wi-Fi or a home computer?

Instructors with students in different time zones and with synchronous presentations have been advised to take time differences into consideration.

Should I focus on general education courses if things are remote and save STEM classes for when I can take them on campus?

We encourage you to continue making progress toward your major, but please consult your advisor regarding your individual academic plans.

How do I decide what classes to take?

Please consult your advisor regarding your individual academic plans.

Will remote online classes be recorded?

This is at the discretion of your instructor. Instructors are encouraged to record class sessions if it is feasible and appropriate for their course.

Will any courses be offered in both remote and in-person modes?

We are not planning to offer courses where some students join remotely and other students attend in person. All students in a course will receive the same method of instruction.

Can students enroll in an in-person course after the quarter has started if the enrollment cap has already been met?

Students will not be able to enroll in an in-person course that has already reached capacity. Please talk to your instructor if you are unable to be on campus by the start of the quarter.

What will winter and spring quarter look like?

We are hopeful that the campus will be able to transition towards an increasing proportion of in-person courses during winter and spring 2021, but it will depend on county and state public health directives in place at that time. We aim to inform students about plans for winter 2021 by early November.

If I need additional help with classes, who can I turn to?

Please consult with your advisor or instructor regarding your individual situation.

Financial Aid, Tuition and Work-Study

Will my financial aid/scholarships be affected if fall quarter is virtual?

Housing is one of the factors used to calculate the cost of attendance, so changes in where you choose to live may affect the amount of financial aid available to you. For example, living with parents is less expensive than on-campus housing. Estimates for different living options can be found in the Undergraduate Cost of Attendance.

Can I request a change to my financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year?

UC Davis understands that the financial circumstances of some families have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected students — both incoming and continuing — may file an appeal for revision to financial aid. Information about appealing for a revision of financial aid is on the financial aid website. The campus offers the Financial Aid Net Price Calculator to help undergraduates estimate how their financial aid may change based on new circumstances.

Will work-study positions still be available? Will they be available for remote work?

Staff from Financial Aid and Scholarships are working with work-study employers, both on and off campus, to determine what positions will be available for in-person and/or remote work. The university has authorized more job functions to be eligible for remote work, and campus departments are actively looking to make more student positions available for remote work.

A student’s eligibility for work-study is displayed in the MyAwards portal. Handshake, an online platform where UC Davis students and alumni can connect with employers, indicates which job postings are work-study positions. Onboarding and hiring for some positions can be done remotely. The work-study website and FAQs provide more information.

How does Pass/No Pass grading from the spring 2020 quarter affect my financial aid?

The transition to a Pass/No Pass (or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grading system may affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress, standards that a student must meet to be eligible for financial aid. For more information, please see the FAQs for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Will CARES Emergency Relief grants be available?

The student grant component of the CARES ACT provided one-time funding. Of the $16.9 million available for UC Davis students, most had been disbursed by July 1 with some remaining for students enrolled in Summer Sessions II. For more, visit the CARES grants reporting page and our CARES Act FAQs.

Who can I contact for financial aid help?

To contact Financial Aid and Scholarships, please use Contact an Expert. To address a high volume of inquiries, the office is focused on responding to Contact an Expert inquiries. For quick answers to common questions, please visit Financial Aid and Scholarships FAQs.

If I have a work-study job, how will I get my paycheck?

For UC Davis work-study jobs, students should sign up for direct deposit to their bank account at least one week before starting the job.

Will tuition be reduced if most classes are offered remotely? If not, why is there no cost adjustment considering the majority of courses and services are only offered remotely?

Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction. Teaching and learning continue, and students can make progress toward their degree. Support services from career advising to mental health services continue to be available. Thousands of people — from instructors to firefighters to information technology professionals — power UC Davis and, whether they are remote or on campus, they are working. In addition, while the campus continues to have costs to maintain the infrastructure, it has also incurred some news expenses due to the pandemic.

Housing and Dining

If housing is not guaranteed, will I get my deposit back?

Because many students rely on us for their housing and meals every year, Student Housing and Dining Services is committed to being open this fall.

However, if campus receives public health guidance to reduce housing density for fall quarter due to COVID-19, we may have to work with students to cancel their housing contracts. Students who choose to or are asked to cancel their contracts will have their reservation fee credited to their student account. If needed, additional details on the cancellation process will be provided. Contract cancellations, except when mandated by public health guidance related to COVID-19, are subject to the contract cancelation policy outlined in the housing contract.

Student Housing and Dining Services sent students with a Residence Hall Contract an email on July 8 with complete cancellation information, including fees and deposits. Please review this email for specifics regarding cancellation details and associated fees. Residents have also received subsequent communications regarding updates to the cancellation deadline.

Will I still have roommates?

Student Housing and Dining Services has modified housing density to align with public health guidance, and we are planning to offer single- and double-occupancy bedrooms for 2020-21. Those who are assigned a double-occupancy bedroom will have one roommate.

However, this may change if we are required by the state or county to have only one person per room. If this occurs, single rates will not be used and a new fair and equitable rate will be implemented. We are working with our campus partners to help aid qualified students in situations of financial distress. If this applies to you, please email the Student Housing and Dining Services office for assistance.

Do I get to still pick my roommates?

Yes, you may still pick your roommate. The deadline to modify roommate groups was July 31. Log into the MyHousing Portal to modify your roommate group.

What is physical distancing going to look like within the residence halls?

Pending public health guidelines, common spaces such as living rooms will be open; however, physical distancing still needs to be at least 6 feet or greater at all times. Each resident will be assigned to a specific restroom. In addition, face coverings must be worn at all times whenever you are outside your bedroom.

What will physical distancing look like in the dining commons?

At this time, we anticipate most students will take their food to go; we’re currently looking at offering online orders with “curbside pickup” as an option to streamline to-go meals. We also hope to have limited indoor seating, with seats spaced 6 feet apart, and are looking into the feasibility of table reservations to streamline dine-in services. To-go service is available at all dining commons, while dine-in service will be available only to students living in that residence hall area (for instance, Segundo residents will dine in Segundo Dining Commons only). In addition, face coverings must be worn in all public spaces, including inside the dining commons, with the exception of when eating at the table.

There will be no self-serve or buffet style in the dining commons and seating will be reduced. Residents can order lunch or dinner to-go and pick these up at a designated time using an app.

What happens if someone in my residence hall gets sick with COVID-19?

If a residence hall student tests positive for COVID-19 or is diagnosed by a physician, guidance will be given by the Yolo County Health Department and UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). The student will be temporarily relocated to an assigned isolation space for a time period defined by public health authorities and CDC guidelines (typically 14 days).

Students who may have had contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be evaluated and given direction by SHCS. They will either be moved to a quarantine space or asked to monitor their health.

Isolated and quarantined students living on campus will be provided food and health care for the duration of their isolation or quarantine.

Will there be contactless ways to access spaces that require a student ID?

Spaces requiring AggieCards for access are contactless. For example, accessing the Dining Commons is done by contactless swiping through a card reader before walking into the Dining Commons; accessing residence halls themselves, as well as their computer centers, is done by swiping the AggieCard through a card reader to unlock the door. There are no interpersonal contacts required for access. Students should continue to wear their face coverings and allow appropriate physical distance between themselves and others at all times.

How will decisions be made about who gets to live in the residence hall if there are room caps?

Currently, Student Housing and Dining Services can house all students who have housing contracts.

We are currently developing protocols for establishing housing priority in the event public health agencies direct us to reduce housing density. We will share these protocols once they are finalized.

What happens if my child is quarantined because they have or were exposed to COVID-19? Can I come get them?

If a UC Davis student is quarantined or isolated, they must remain within their rooms for the duration of the quarantine or isolation based on state and county public health guidance. One of the purposes of the quarantine or isolation is to prevent any potential, further spread of COVID-19. This guidance may change based on guidance from county and state quarantine and isolation mandates.

Should I come live on campus or stay at home? When will I know if I have any in-person classes that would mean I should come and live in Davis?

Please review the information provided in the Classes and Instruction section regarding remote and in-person instruction. We recommend students make the best decision for their academic goals and personal health. Decisions will almost certainly vary for each student.

Campus Resources

Will I be able to find a job on campus?

While getting a job or internship may be more competitive this year, on- and off-campus opportunities are available. In fact, the increase in remote work has opened up some additional possibilities for students — wherever they are. Check out the postings in Handshake, an online platform where UC Davis students and alumni can connect with employers. The Internship and Career Center offers workshops to help students pursue their goals, including some that are focused on interviewing and working remotely.

Now is also a great time to develop some skills that are not part of your major coursework but may help you land a job. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education has negotiated free access for the UC Davis community to Coursera through June 2021. You can learn skills from proposal writing and health care data literacy to website design and much more.

Will I have access to the library?

The UC Davis Library is sharing information about plans for fall quarter on its website. The information addresses building hours, availability of collections, study spaces, access to Wi-Fi, librarian assistance and other special services.

Will I still be able to practice and/or compete as a student athlete?

The Big West Conference announced July 29 that fall sports competition will be delayed until at least January 2021. The conference explained that basketball seasons might still begin in mid-November if public health circumstances permit. Big Sky and officials from other conferences with which UC Davis is affiliated have not announced plans regarding fall competition. Intercollegiate Athletics prioritizes the health of our student-athletes and community. If athletics activity is able to proceed safely, UC Davis Athletics will strictly adhere to state, Yolo County and campus health protocols.

How will the campus support students remotely?

The Academic Assistance and Tutoring Center will offer its full range of services remotely for the 20200-21 school year. There will be synchronous and asynchronous options for tutoring, as well as a virtual front desk.

Aggie Compass will be offering in-person, remote and hybrid services for students.

UC Davis has a program to provide loaner laptops for students in need. Please complete the Student Laptop Checkout Request and sign the accompanying agreement.

For mental health support, students can talk by phone or video conference with UC Davis counselors. These appointments can be arranged through Health-e-Messaging or by calling Counseling Services at 530-752-0871. Students will receive instructions on how to download the Therapy Assistance Online platform (TAO) and sign in to connect with their counselor for the appointment.

The TAO platform also offers a library of self-help videos and interactive resources on various topics. Aggies need to use their email to access them. Podcasts and You Got This workshops aimed at strategies for helping you cope with COVID-19 changes are available through our Skills Workshop page.

If you are interested in group services, schedule a One Time Visit with one of our counselors via the Health-e-Messaging portal or call 530-752-0871 to discuss your options.

Crisis Consultation Services are also available by calling 530-752-0871. Drop-in consultation services have been suspended; if you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 

Will I get to conduct research or participate in an internship?

There are opportunities for internships, student jobs and research experience, though most would be done remotely for now. In fact, the increase in remote work has opened up some additional possibilities for students — wherever they are. Check out the postings in Handshake, an online platform where UC Davis students and alumni can connect with employers.

How will students get the college experience remotely? How will clubs and organizations function?

Many registered student organizations, or RSOs, are committed to hosting events and serving the community in various ways throughout the pandemic.

What sort of fun extracurricular activities will be available?

While gatherings are not permitted, students will find opportunities to meet through online activities including the Orientation program, a student organization fair, and even sorority and fraternity recruitment. The Rec Pool is open for lap swimming, the Equestrian Center is offering private riding lessons and Outdoor Adventures is renting equipment for kayaking, camping, rock climbing and more. The Arboretum and Public Garden also offers opportunities for exercise and relaxation.

If campus is open, will all student resources be available in-person or will some be open and others remote?

Student services such as academic advising, the Internship and Career Center, Campus Recreation and many other programs and services will continue to offer services remotely and through on-site operations in compliance with public health guidance. Visit Virtual UC Davis to access information and updates on resources and support services provided by Student Affairs.

All campus spaces, such as libraries, on-campus study spaces and computer labs, the Memorial Union and the Coffee House, will be operated in compliance with public health guidance to include physical distancing and mandatory use of face coverings.

International Students

What does UC Davis plan to do to support their international students given new guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?

The University of California, representing UC Davis and the other UC campuses, pursued legal action opposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SEVP guidelines for fall 2020 (announced July 6 and 7). However, the situation has been changing. Continuing F-1 international students in the U.S. can pursue up to 100% remote courses without having to leave the country, and continuing F-1 international students outside the U.S. can take remote classes while remaining in status. Incoming students are subject to additional government restrictions at this time, and UC Davis is committed to ensuring there are plenty of in-person or hybrid course offerings to help them satisfy the government’s requirement. Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) continues to recommend that students currently in the U.S. not travel abroad if they intend to return to Davis for fall quarter. Please work with your SISS Advisor if you have questions about your plans for fall. For more information visit the SISS webpage.

Where can I find assistance if I have technical problems while taking classes remotely from my home country?

Please visit the Keep Teaching student resources page for assistance with remote learning.

Will international students who cannot travel to the U.S. in fall be able to learn effectively in their courses if they are all offered remotely?

UC Davis is enabling substantial flexibility to provide all students the opportunity to succeed, excel and thrive in their courses, whether remote or in-person. Faculty are mindful of the varied circumstances that students will be facing — for example, students taking courses in different time zones or without sufficient internet access — and will make reasonable adjustments to address them. Faculty are encouraged, as appropriate, to record lectures and discussion sections, offer flexible testing and promote an inclusive learning environment.

If I go home and leave the country, will I be able to return to the U.S.?

This is difficult to predict as the situation remains dynamic. SISS continues to recommend that students currently in the U.S. not travel abroad if they intend to return to Davis for fall quarter. Be aware of U.S. policies on visitors traveling to the U.S. directly from certain countries, and be prepared to self-isolate upon arrival back in the U.S. Global Affairs regularly updates the campus travel announcements as new information from the U.S. government becomes available. Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) within Global Affairs will work with international students to ensure they have the proper visa and travel documents and to update their term plans for fall 2020.

Graduate Students

Please visit the Graduate Studies COVID-19 information page for updates on instruction and research, form submission and degree filing, leave and remote work and graduate studies events, specifically for the graduate student and postdoctoral scholar community.

Prospective Students

If I defer, what are my next steps in regards to housing, financial aid and orientation?

Students who defer to fall 2021 will participate in Orientation 2021 activities beginning spring quarter 2021.

Placement exams are conflicting with end-of-year exams. What are other options?

Placement exams are scheduled for multiple dates, so students are encouraged to plan ahead and choose dates that work with their end-of-year exams. The Office of the University Registrar provides links to all placement exam schedules at

My school was closed and my final exams have been postponed. Will this affect my admission status?

In MyAdmissions, please tell us if your school or exam authority knows they will have difficulty meeting UC transcript deadlines as listed in your conditions of admission due to COVID-19.

My school is unable to mail transcripts. What do I do?

The UC Davis website describes several options for sending official transcripts/documents. Please visit the website for updated information.