AvenueE UC Davis Application Process

Congratulations on gaining admission to UC Davis! We applaud your hard work towards this important milestone and would be honored to have you as a member of our UC Davis AvenueE community. AvenueE is a supportive transfer student community for engineering and computer science majors. We work with our students to ease the transition from community college and introduce you to information, resources and supportive individuals that will help you make the most of your undergraduate experience.

If selected for participation in AvenueE, you will begin your UC Davis AvenueE journey with Transfer Bridge, a two-week transition experience prior to the start of the academic year.  During Transfer Bridge, you will be connected to a cohort of engineering and computer science transfer students prior to your first quarter at UC Davis. Together, you will participate in academic enrichment opportunities, have access to peer, industry and faculty mentors, receive academic guidance and professional development, and participate in community building activities that will strengthen your familiarity with the UC Davis community.

Following Transfer Bridge, AvenueE continues throughout the academic year with the following Participation Expectations:

  • Active participation in weekly connection meetings during your first year and monthly connection meetings during your second year. 
  • Participation and active involvement in at least two additional program activities each quarter (workshops, community meetings, tours, events, etc.)
  • Contributing constructive feedback to help enhance the AvenueE program for current and future program participants.
  • Maintaining good academic standing
  • Meeting with the program advisor at least once each quarter
  • Maintaining regular contact with your assigned industry or faculty mentor
  • Taking FULL responsibility for your academic success.
  • Utilizing academic support services such as tutoring, resource sharing and targeted academic advising
  • Informing instructors, counselors and AvenueE staff of challenges impacting your academic success
  • Applying for Financial Aid by completing the FAFSA or Dream Act application by the deadline, and actively applying for scholarships.
  • Demonstrating respect and courtesy to all others at all times.

Application Requirements

To be considered for AvenueE you must submit the following by May 9, 2021:

  1. At least one letter of recommendation, which addresses your academic scholarship and your potential for leadership to impact the participation of women and underrepresented minorities (URM) in engineering or computer science. References can be teachers, school administrators or staff, clergy, counselors, etc.

Letter(s) of recommendation should be submitted by your Reference(s) directly to AvenueE, as indicated below.

    1. References should email letters of recommendation to: avenuee@ucdavis.edu
    2. The email subject line should read “Letter of Recommendation for [your name inserted here]”
    3. Letter(s) must be received by 11:59 pm (PST) on May 9, 2021
  1. In at least 250 words, please discuss the experiences that have led you to pursue engineering or computer science?
  2. In at least 250 words, please discuss how you have demonstrated your commitment or potential for leadership to positively impact and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of underrepresented groups in engineering and computer science—specifically, those who identify as Black/African American, Latinx/Chicanx, or Native/American Indian, and women. What experiences have you had that contribute to your potential for leadership in this area?

Candidate Selection

A strong candidate application will include:

  • satisfaction of all eligibility criteria
  • strong letter(s) of recommendation addressing the candidate’s leadership abilities and interest in increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering or computer science and the candidate’s academic scholarship
  • well written and thoughtful essay responses that meet the minimum-length requirements and demonstrate a student’s commitment or leadership potential to impact the participation of women and underrepresented groups in Engineering and Computer Science and discuss the experiences that have led you to pursue engineering or computer science
  • A review of extracurricular involvement

Please contact AvenueE@ucdavis.edu, if you have questions related to AvenueE and/or the application process.