Congratulations on receiving the Regents Scholarship and getting accepted to UC Davis! The UCD Regents Scholars Society (or Davis RSS) would like to welcome you to the campus and to our scholarly community. Here, we hope you can find academic, social, and professional opportunities that allow you to continue to tackle challenges and rise to the top of your class.
Regents Scholars at UC Davis have the option of joining the Regents Scholars Society as a way to network with other motivated students and gain extracurricular experience. While membership is not mandatory, we at Davis RSS firmly believe it is the best way to meet, learn from, and have fun with other Regents Scholars. Therefore, we would like to warmly invite all incoming Regents Scholars to check out our events and see if they would like to get involved in the coming years. Most Regents Scholars join RSS as freshmen, and participation varies for older students, but all are welcome to join at any time in their academic careers.
If you are a prospective freshman, please see the "Incoming First-Years" section below for more information!
If you are a prospective transfer, please see the "Incoming Transfers" section below for more information!
Unfortunately, UC Davis does not provide RSS with any contact information for prospective Regents Scholars. If you are interested in joining the Society, you must contact us. You can accomplish this by attending an event and speaking with an officer, signing up online, or by emailing an officer directly. If you are unsure about joining, feel free to browse our website or email us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Regents Scholarship
Regents Scholars are selected on the basis of information contained in their UC application, so even current Regents Scholars cannot give much advice on how to get through the selection process. Suffice to say, if you are hoping to receive the Regents Scholarship, it is probably a good idea to go above and beyond the normal A-G requirements even if you feel assured of acceptance to a UC.
Transfer applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.80 and submit an online letter of recommendation for consideration.
And of course, the most important thing to keep in mind is to never give up -- the only way to make sure you are eligible for the Regents Scholarship is to complete the UC application!
First-years are often the most numerous and enthusiastic of the RSS classes. The RSS officers take steps to ensure our newest members are included -- in fact, a large number of our events cater specifically to freshmen and to prospective students.
Most Regents Scholar freshmen live in Currant Hall, the 1st-year University Honors Program dorm. Because of the concentration of Regents Scholars there, the dorm is a natural hub for RSS activity and serves as a meeting place.
UHP participation isn't required for the Regents Scholarship or RSS membership, but many RSSers show overwhelming fondness for the first-year program. RSS members who hail from the same class almost universally know each other from their shared experience in the UHP dorm. A primary goal of RSS is to continue to facilitate these bonds after everybody moves out of the dorms and goes their separate ways.
Regents Scholars who have opted not to enroll in UHP are still welcome to join RSS and participate in all activities.
If you are an incoming or prospective freshman curious about what life is like in the honors dorm, consider checking out the University Honors Program Preview Day on April 5th orDecision Day on April 6th.
Transfer students are eligible for the Regents Scholarship and are more than welcome to join the RSS community. As with freshmen who do not live in the UHP dorm, the only way for RSS to get your name on the roster is for us to hear from you. Feel free to come to any of our early events. In particular, pay attention to dates for the first general meetings of Fall Quarter, as those are the times to elect the Transfer Representative.
Unfortunately there is no official UHP upperclass housing, but many UHP and RSS students live together so feel free to post about housing in our Facebook page!
In order to join RSS, you must contact us in some way. If you are certain you would like to become a member for the upcoming school year, please take 30 seconds to send us an email or message our Facebook page. If you are still on the fence, you are more than welcome to come to the first meeting to see what RSS is all about.