See what students say:

Academics

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.”

Student Body

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

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 seventy-one 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.”

Overview

Applicants
70,214
Acceptance Rate
44%
Average HS GPA
3.99

GPA Breakdown

86%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
3%
3.25 - 3.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

Deadlines

Regular — November 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
1,888
with Terminal Degree
1,850

1,135
Women
753
Men
476
Minority
62
International

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

Majors

  • 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/Space Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics 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, General.
  • 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/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

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
No

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$56,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$110,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$57,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$116,300

Percent High Job Meaning
53%

Percent STEM
37%


Students Say

Without a doubt, UC Davis provides students with “numerous career and internship resources.” Undergrads have easy access to an outstanding Career Center that assists with all aspects of career planning. Students can use the office to explore career paths associated with various major, find opportunities for job shadowing, connect with various professional associations. Students can receive individual counseling on everything from how to conduct a job search to interview techniques and salary negotiation. UC Davis also does a tremendous of attracting top companies to recruit on campus. The university hosts multiple career fairs throughout the year allowing undergrads to network with hundreds of employers.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 10

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,987

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,761

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,165

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,124

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,042

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,502
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$40,497
Required Fees
$2,961
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,136

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,472

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,765
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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 UC Davis Aggie Grant Plan provides financial assistance to middle-income California students, which awards 25 % of base tuition and fees to eligible undergraduates with annual family incomes from $ 80 , 000 to $ 120 , 000 . The Aggie Grant Plan builds on the UC Blue + Gold Opportunity Plan, which covers 100 % of base tuition and fees for undergraduates with annual family incomes up to $ 80 , 000 .

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
30,145
Foreign Countries Represented
121

Demographics

28.24%
Asian
2.20%
African-American
21.33%
Hispanic
25.04%
Caucasian
1.74%
Unknown
15.69%
International

60% female
40% male
5% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
364
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
21
Number of Religious Organizations
50

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Aggies)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Aggies)
15 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
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

Sustainability

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.

98/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
23%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, Sony

Campus Visits Contact

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

Phone
5307528111

Email
visit@ucdavis.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Memorial Union/Coffee House
Activities and Recreation Center (The ARC)
Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
The UC Davis Arboretum
http://daviswiki.org/

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Napa Valley
Old Sacramento
Lake Tahoe
San Francisco
Davis Farmers' Market
http://daviswiki.org/

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-noon and 1pm-5pm
5307528111

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
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

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

Transportation

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.


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