University of California--Davis campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required


November 30

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Genetics, General
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, Other
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Students Say

Situated on a "large campus [with] lots of land" in northern California, the University of California, Davis is "a prestigious research university with great professors and brilliant students." With a longtime "focus on the agriculture and biological science," Davis has cultivated a "strong science-based education." Students also praise its "other great programs...such as engineering and political science," as well as the "large variety of majors and [programs] offered" by the university. "Davis does have a fast-paced quarter system," but the "resources available to assist students" help them "feel at ease with their quarters." Beyond the "abundant research, internship, and job opportunities," Davis students rave about the support they receive from "tutoring and advising resources, opportunities to have a focus within each major, study abroad opportunities," and "all the counselors who can answer every question." "Professors here are true experts," and they have generated "a great research legacy in the animal, ag, environmental, health, and food sciences." "Top researchers are clearly going to get a place at UC Davis," which means that "classes are full of challenging, hands-on experiences." Students benefit from "passionate and devoted" scholars who "have their own research projects going on, and apply what they are teaching to their work." Students point out that "research skills do not translate into teaching skills," so some professors who "are pioneers," "superb at research," "and enthusiastic about their field of study" "might not be too good at teaching." But even when professors "seem to be more focused on research," "teaching assistants who want to help students" and "are also really great and amazing people" provide support. These stellar "TAs have a HUGE impact on classes" and contribute to the "very supportive campus community." Overall, UC Davis students agree that "the majority of my professors [care] very deeply about teaching" and provide a "challenging, but rewarding and successful academic experience."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Stephen Robinson
Astronaut, in-flight repairs on Discovery

Ann Veneman
Former Secretary of US Dept of Agriculture

Anna Escobedo Cabral
U.S. Treasurer

Koichiro Aramaki
CEO, Kirin Brewing Company

Larry Fahn
President, Sierra Club 2003-2005

Anthony Swofford
Author of Jarhead

Neal Benezia
Director, S.F. Museum of Modern Art

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

“UCD offers a wide variety of internship, research, and career opportunities.” “The internship and Career Center places more than 5,000 students in internships yearly.” “We also have a plethora of abroad programs (including the Washington Program) at our disposal to ensure we come out well-rounded from experiences, not just book smart.” Students seem confident that most “graduates from this school end up with successful jobs.” Perhaps this is because “professors at UC Davis are very passionate about their careers . . . which in turn motivates students to be passionate in their studies and work.” It seems as though this motivation translates positively into careers for most graduates. More than fifty percent of alumni visiting find their jobs to be meaningful. On the same site, the average salary for recent grads is close to $50,800.

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 16

Required Forms

State Aid

Bottom Line

In-state tuition for California residents is about $11,220 annually, while nonresidents are responsible for a total of $35,928 in tuition each year. All students need to add an additional $14,517 for room and board if they intend to live on campus. Once you factor in books and supplies and required fees, California residents and nonresidents can expect to pay about $32,208 and $56,916, respectively. The school’s comprehensive aid packages can drastically offset the price for California students. For nonresident students, the additional $24,708 in supplemental tuition is a significant consideration, although scholarships as well as alternative and most federal loan funds can help offset these costs.

Bang For Your Buck

Davis offers many excellent scholarship opportunities. Besides awarding over $6 million in campus-based merit scholarship aid, the Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarship Office also assists students in preparing for and applying to national and international competitive awards, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Goldwater Scholarships. The University of California’s financial aid programs are designed to make a UC education accessible to students at every income level. In addition, UC has established the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan to help lowand middle-income families. The program ensures that California undergraduates who are in their first four years of attendance at Davis (or two years for transfer students) will receive enough scholarship and grant assistance to at least fully cover their system-wide UC fees. For 2015–16, Davis students qualify if they have incomes below $80,000 and meet other basic eligibility requirements for need-based financial aid. In addition, UC Davis implemented the Aggie Grant Plan, which provides middle-income families with additional support. Many students receive grants to help cover costs in addition to tuition and fees, and many students with parent incomes above $80,000 will qualify for financial aid.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
The University Student Aid Program (USAP) is the largest form of the University of California's need-based student support system. USAP funds are acquired using a percentage of tuition and fees, which are then redirected solely for financial aid purposes. USAP allows the University of California to provide much needed financial support to a large percentage of the student population.

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
4% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Davis is a "pretty diverse community" where most students are "very friendly and thoughtful" and "few are quick to judge." "Most students spend their days biking furiously from class to class," but "everyone is very nice and welcoming." "Anyone can ask any student for directions and the student will gladly stop biking to help out." While Davis "is a top university, you don't feel like everyone is competing against you" and "help from your peers" is easy to find. And while Davis students "are academically rigorous" they are "quirky and [creative]" too, creating "the perfect mixture of serious about studying and down to earth and fun." They like to take advantage of the "beautiful campus," and "on sunny days, the quad is always filled with students lying down or sleeping in the hammocks." "Most people get involved in one of the clubs or athletics" groups, and "most are also very open to making new friends or trying something new."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

UC Davis students boast about belonging to "green school" that "promotes sustainability." Many students gravitate towards "outdoor activities to fill their time," like "pick-up soccer, slack lining," visiting the local farmers market or "reading at the arboretum." Students tell us that "even if you don't have a car," the "bike paths make it really easy to get around the city and campus" and the "free convenient bus systems" ensure there are "plenty of transportation options" available to students. Many say that Davis owes its "relaxed vibe" to the " close-knit" campus community where "everyone is very supportive of each other" and to the surrounding town that "supports the school." But many students point out that "despite the friendly community, we can still be educationally competitive." The "fast paced quarter system" keeps students busy, but students still say they maintain a good "balance between school life and their social life because of all the opportunities and activities to do on campus." With "700+ clubs on campus including seventyone Greek organizations," many students spend their weeknights at club events. The downtown Davis nightlife is "mostly low-key," but students can enjoy "good food, open mic night, trivia night," " local shows, line dancing, and just about everything in between." And because it is near "Tahoe, San Francisco, [and] Napa" Davis is "a great location for day trips or weekend trips."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Aggies)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Aggies)
15 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Over twenty cultural clubs offer you the opportunity to learn more about your own ethnic or national background or to explore others' diverse traditions. These clubs' missions vary from practicing traditional music and dance to promoting academic success. Many offer their members community service and leadership opportunities.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UC Berkeley
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: CSU Sacramento, UC Berkeley


UC Davis programs in sustainable practices have led to four consecutive years of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, over 20 percent of the food served in dining commons considered sustainable, and over 75 percent of waste diverted from landfills. UC Davis is among the top ten environmental studies undergraduate degree programs in the nation. The university’s career center emphasizes opportunities in a wide range of environmental fields, from environmental planning and water resources management to ecology, design and landscape architecture, and holds an environmental internship and career fair annually. Unitrans, the community bus system, is operated by UC Davis students and has a fleet of clean buses that run on compressed natural gas and provide more than 3 million rides per year. The campus is a bicycle hotspot with more than 20,000 bikes on campus any given day and is one of only two campuses to receive the Platinum Bicycle Friendly University designation by League of American Bicyclists. Green building practices include five LEED Platinum buildings. These include the first LEED Platinum winery, brewing, and food-processing complex, the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Valley Hall, and Gallagher Hall which is home to the Graduate School of Management, the campus conference center and, most recently, the Segundo Services Center. UC Davis West Village has the largest planned zero net energy community in the nation; eventually the home to nearly 3,000 students plus faculty and staff. This neighborhood aims to balance energy efficiency with renewable energy production to produce annually as much electricity as consumed.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell, Sony

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Visitor Services, Alumni and Visitors Center
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8507



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Memorial Union/Coffee House
Activities and Recreation Center (The ARC)
Sciences Laboratory Building
The UC Davis Arboretum

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Napa Valley
Old Sacramento
Lake Tahoe
Sacramento River
Davis Farmers' Market

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
9am-noon and 1pm-5pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Mon-Fri 10am and 2pm Sat-Sun 11:30am and 1:30pm
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Available only during summer sessions. Contact US Davis Summer Housing Off./Conference Housing: 530


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Sacramento International Airport is 20 miles from campus. Davis Airporter Limousine Service (530-756-6715) is available to/from the airport; call at least one day in advance. Bus service to the airport is available from the campus. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Sacramento and from San Francisco, take I-80 to the UC Davis exit, which will lead you right to the campus. From the north, take Hwy. 113; exit at either the Russell Blvd. or UC Davis (Hutchison Dr.) exit and go east to campus.

Local Accommodations
The 18-room Davis Bed and Breakfast Inn (422 A St.; 530-753-9611) is just across the street from the university. The low price includes a full breakfast. Best Western University Lodge (123 B St.; 530-756-7890), just 2 blocks away, is another basic facility. A half block away is Aggie Inn (245 1st St.; 530-756-0352), with pretty rooms, a spa and sauna, continental breakfast, and moderate rates.