UC Davis recruits the best and brightest students with the drive and commitment to become exceptional clinicians, innovative scientists and leaders in their fields of study. The school's superior curriculum prepares them to develop independent, critical thinking and patient-care expertise that will help them face tomorrow's health-care challenges head-on.
Scholarships and other tuition assistance can be critical recruitment tools for universities as students often are attracted to schools that have the capacity to provide financial support. Older medical schools with established endowments have the means to offer scholarships that younger institutions like UC Davis struggle to provide. This is particularly difficult for UC Davis since nearly a quarter of its medical students come from backgrounds in which financial resources are extremely limited. Add an average post-graduation student loan debt of nearly $80,000 and it becomes clear that scholarships are a crucial part of the School of Medicine's efforts to recruit and retain the very best students.