As UC Davis continues to pursue excellence, we must renew our commitment to accessibility. We must always be open and respectful to the many forms of diversity that have a place here.
Last week in the New York Times, an article ranked American universities based on the economic diversity of their students. High-ranking universities are particularly accessible to students from low and middle-income families.
UC Davis was ranked number two in the entire nation and six of the top seven ranked universities were UC campuses. As a UC Chancellor, I cannot tell you how proud those rankings made me. The article underscores why it’s so important for our state to continue to invest in public higher education.
More than 40 percent of our undergraduates come from families with incomes below $50,000. And, 43 percent of our undergraduates receive Pell grants, a far higher percentage than any other major research university—public or private.
I know first hand the liberating power of higher education. As a young girl growing up in a small village in the Greek Isles, finding access to affordable education opened the door on a wide world of possibility.
Higher education is a profoundly valuable public asset. We need to support and nurture accessible learning. I truly believe our future depends on it.
UC Davis will continue the tradition of bringing a world-class UC education to deserving students who need financial assistance. I see every day that when these students graduate, they go on to contribute so much to our communities and our economy.
These are exciting times for UC Davis. We are blessed with some of the best students, faculty and staff in the world. With continued vision, hard work and collaboration, I know we will build a brighter future for all of us!