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University of California - Davis Overview

University of California - Davis is a public institution located in Davis, California. Davis is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is University of California - Davis Known For?

8,711 Undergraduate Awards
$45,809 Avg Cost After Aid
43% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UC Davis have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UC Davis.
  • In 2017-2018, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UC Davis bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $58,200 a year. That's about 43% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of California - Davis Rankings

We have ranked UC Davis as #419 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. Out of the 220 colleges in California, it is ranked at #43.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UC Davis.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Landscape Architecture Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Pharmacology & Toxicology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Biotechnology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Wildlife Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Microbiological Sciences & Immunology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UC Davis has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation College Factual
#23 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies College Factual
#113 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is University of California - Davis?

Location of University of California - Davis

Contact details for UC Davis are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8678
Phone: 530-752-1011
Website: ucdavis.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCDavis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ucdavis

How Do I Get Into UC Davis?

You can apply to UC Davis online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UC Davis

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UC Davis?

43% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
81% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to UC Davis. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 43%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 39%, and the acceptance rate for women is 47%.

Average Test Scores

About 81% of students accepted to UC Davis submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 660. Math scores were between 570 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 560 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 570 to 700 )
200
800
UC Davis received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 31. Math scores were between 25 and 31. Composite scores were between 25 and 32.

ACT English Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 23 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 25 to 31 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 25 to 32 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - Davis?

$45,809 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
1.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UC Davis is $45,809. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UC Davis, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $5,201 a year. That adds up to $20,804 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Davis is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - Davis Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,967 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,718 undergraduate students at UC Davis, with 29,967 being full-time and 751 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UC Davis

There are also 7,449 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,967 full-time undergraduates at UC Davis, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UC Davis

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - Davis students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UC Davis Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8,181
Black or African American 644
Hispanic or Latino 6,735
White 7,079
International Students 5,179
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,149

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - Davis. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 108 countries are represented at UC Davis. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of California - Davis

28 Took All Classes Online
1,556 Took At Least One Class Online
626.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,556 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UC Davis has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of UC Davis

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of California - Davis was 626.9%. This is the #131 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UC Davis regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of California - Davis Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Child Development & Psychology 808 0 0 0 808
Economics 545 0 4 13 562
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 354 0 38 0 392
Computer Science 301 0 60 24 385
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 374 0 0 8 382
Communication & Media Studies 315 0 3 5 323
Human Development & Family Studies 298 0 4 6 308
Animal Science 283 0 8 0 291
Sociology 276 0 6 5 287
Political Science & Government 265 0 2 8 275
General Biology 271 0 0 0 271
Statistics 195 0 51 8 254
Civil Engineering 135 0 81 24 240
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 207 0 1 16 224
Natural Resources Conservation 217 1 6 0 224
Mechanical Engineering 185 0 29 5 219
General English Literature 195 0 16 7 218
Design & Applied Arts 198 0 0 0 198
Nutrition Science 181 0 4 7 192
Ethnic Studies 162 0 6 10 178
International Relations & National Security 163 0 0 0 163
Business/Managerial Economics 160 0 0 0 160
Romance Languages 139 0 6 10 155
Law 0 0 0 154 154
Chemical Engineering 135 0 3 4 142
Food Science Technology 111 0 19 10 140
Business Administration & Management 0 0 136 0 136
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 135 135
History 120 0 6 6 132
Chemistry 92 0 7 29 128
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 122 0 4 0 126
Mathematics 105 0 6 13 124
General Education 0 0 121 0 121
Biomedical Engineering 98 0 5 11 114
General Engineering 105 0 0 0 105
Anthropology 87 0 7 9 103
Cognitive Science 99 0 0 0 99
Computer Engineering 98 0 0 0 98
Medicine 0 0 0 94 94
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 74 0 4 14 92
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 25 0 18 48 91
Applied Mathematics 79 0 5 3 87
Genetics 71 0 3 12 86
Zoology 53 0 22 10 85
Physics 42 0 15 26 83
Fine & Studio Arts 65 0 15 0 80
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 64 0 3 8 75
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 61 0 5 6 72
Wildlife Management 71 0 0 0 71
Biotechnology 65 0 0 0 65
Other Health Professions 0 0 65 0 65
Accounting 0 0 64 0 64
Urban & Regional Planning 50 0 12 0 62
Electrical Engineering 0 0 39 23 62
Agricultural Economics & Business 10 0 38 13 61
Philosophy 58 0 1 2 61
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 58 0 0 0 58
Nursing 0 0 51 6 57
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 56 0 0 0 56
Plant Sciences 31 0 9 11 51
Geological & Earth Sciences 34 0 12 5 51
East Asian Languages 50 0 0 0 50
Legal Research 0 0 48 0 48
Materials Engineering 29 0 7 9 45
Pharmacology & Toxicology 19 0 2 16 37
Botany/Plant Biology 14 0 5 16 35
Public Health 0 0 33 0 33
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 32 0 32
General Psychology 0 0 19 13 32
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 30 0 0 0 30
Drama & Theater Arts 23 0 5 2 30
Music 23 0 1 5 29
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 27 0 27
Agricultural Production 26 0 0 0 26
International Agriculture 10 0 16 0 26
Area Studies 18 0 1 0 19
Educational Administration 0 0 0 18 18
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 13 4 17
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7 9 0 0 16
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 11 4 15
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 4 9 13
Classical & Ancient Studies 13 0 0 0 13
Forestry 13 0 0 0 13
Religious Studies 12 0 0 1 13
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 5 0 5 3 13
Marine Science 12 0 0 0 12
Science, Technology & Society 12 0 0 0 12
Textile & Apparel Studies 11 0 0 0 11
Geography & Cartography 0 0 6 5 11
Other Agriculture 0 0 2 8 10
Soil Sciences 0 0 3 7 10
Textile Engineering 0 0 9 0 9
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 8 0 8
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 7 0 7
Environmental Engineering 6 0 0 0 6
Germanic Languages 5 0 1 0 6
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 5 0 5
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 5 0 5
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 4 0 0 0 4
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 2 0 2
Landscape Architecture 0 1 0 0 1
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 1 1
Other Physical Science 1 0 0 0 1
Other Psychology 1 0 0 0 1
Other Visual Art 1 0 0 0 1
Environmental Design 0 0 0 0 0
Special Education 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 8,711 11 1,297 929 10,948

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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