University of California, Davis

About the University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is a public, 4-year school that traces its history back to 1868 when it first achieved recognition as a chartered, land-grant university. Initial construction on the college campus took place within the town of Davisville, which later changed its name to Davis in 1907. In the 2012 edition of America's Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis 9th in their listing of top public research universities in the country.


UC Davis is among one of only 61 universities within North American achieving admission into the Association of American Universities. There are four colleges and six professional schools at UC Davis. The university is home to 102 undergraduate majors and 90 graduate programs.

UC Davis is an avid supporter of sustainability efforts in the areas of research and instruction, projects of which include the UC Davis West Village, a community designed for sustainable living. The university library supports a large collection of more than 3.9 million books, in addition to over 50,000 electronic resources, including journals and databases.


Students seeking admission to UC Davis must submit their official test scores for the ACT Assessment and Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. To meet the necessary requirements to be considered for a scholarship, selective criteria include a GPA of 3.0 or above for California residents and a GPA of 3.4 or above for nonresidents, within selected high school courses taken during the tenth and eleventh grades.

Students seeking to enroll as undergraduate students must complete both the admission and scholarship applications online by November 30. UC Davis reviews and accepts applications based upon a set of 14 criteria standards when considering students for admission. Factors include academic achievement, test scores, awards, leadership capabilities, and accomplishments.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees during 2012-2013 for undergraduate students residing on campus were $13,877, plus room and board expenses at a rate of $13,503. Nonresident undergraduate students paid $36,755 in tuition and fees and $13,503 for room and board during 2012-2013. Rates for graduate students vary among the different programs.

Students can explore several options to finance their educations, including federal student loan programs, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs. Students can apply for several university grants including the California Chafee Grant, and the Cal Grants A, B, and C. Awards are given to students based on meeting eligibility requirements.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters***
School Setting Small suburb**
Student Body 25,038 undergraduate students and 6,694 graduate students in fall 2011**
Student Housing 17 residence halls and six apartment complexes*
Schools and Programs Four colleges and six professional schools; 102 undergraduate programs, 90 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (681)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (222)
Doctorate: Law (195)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 50% in four years
80% in six years
82% in eight years**
Admission Rate 46% admitted in fall 2010**
Entering Class Size Approximately 4,383 in fall 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 93% (full-time students)
80% (part-time students)**
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2010, the middle 50% had SAT Critical Reading scores between 520 and 650, SAT Math scores between 570 and 680, SAT Writing scores between 530 and 650, and ACT Composite scores between 23 and 29**
Undergraduate Application Due Date November 30*
Tuition $13,877 per year for undergraduate state residents, per year for undergraduate nonresidents (cost for 2012-2013, including fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (40%), state and local government grants/scholarships (38%), institutional grants/scholarships (67%), federal student loans (47%), other student loans (2%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 77% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of California, Davis, **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, *** U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8507
  • Phone: (530) 752-2971
  • Website:

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