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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
    B
UC Davis is a highly rated public university located in University of California-Davis, California in the Sacramento Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 29,284 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC Davis acceptance rate is 43%. Popular majors include Research and Experimental Psychology, Economics, and Managerial Economics. Graduating 85% of students, UC Davis alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,400.
About University of California - Davis...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

University of California - Davis Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
43%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1130-1360
ACT Range
25-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$16,446/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$18,690/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
70%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.264 responses
43%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.320 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.320 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,284Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
782
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 216 responses
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  • Studious, but fun
    45%
  • Studious and driven; passionate about something
    22%
  • Studious
    7%
  • Competitive at certain majors, individualistic
    6%
  • Studious, fun, and passionate
    4%
  • Asian
    4%
  • Bicyclist
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.364 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.443 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 229 responses
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  • Bikes
    40%
  • Environmental
    14%
  • Community
    13%
  • Academic
    11%
  • Beautiful
    10%
  • Unique
    4%
  • Fulfilling
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$58,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
72%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.185 responses
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University of California Davis is the place for me, and it just might be the place for you! It is a place characterized by students who care about learning and are eager to help out each other. The professors and TAs are consistently passionate about their research and their teaching, and want their students to succeed. The campus is a warm friendly environment, filled with trees and nature and opportunities galore. The location is ideal, with davis being a lovely college town with quick access to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco among other locations. Transportation on campus is easy, with reliable bus and train transportation and a strong bicycle culture. UC Davis is a beautiful haven of learning and passion, and is truly a gem for anyone looking at college!
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As someone who is very academically-oriented, I think that Davis provides a very stimulating environment without packing on a superfluous amount of stress. It is definitely the school for STEM because it is a top research university. I would suggest to look at all facets of Davis instead of just its national ranking because there's only so much a number can tell. The school is also SUPER big on supporting mental health, which was a huge help for me and thousands of other students. Please consider going here!
If you love the home town feel, you are going to feel right at home at Davis. UC Davis offers a world-renowned veterinary as well as law graduate programs! Their College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is the largest in the university with so many unique and research-oriented majors. They offer both Animal Science and Biology for future veterinarians with so many opportunities for hands-on training and internships at the campus dairy, meat lab (one of the only in California), equine, primate, beef cattle and pig center.