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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A
  11. Student Life
    A
  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 41%. Popular majors include Research and Experimental Psychology, Economics, and Managerial Economics. Graduating 86% of students, UC Davis alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,400.
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
About University of California - Davis...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference

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
41%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1160-1400
ACT Range
24-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$15,724/ 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
$20,415/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
67%

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.322 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.322 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,284Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
782
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 218 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
    5%
  • 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.366 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.445 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 231 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
86%
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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Don't let the 3 stars fool you. I loved Davis and still cherish my days in Davis. I have many fond memories of making new friends and being helped by friendly people around Davis. People are chill and very nice!

The area is quiet and the university generally has very friendly students and staff. You MUST know how to bike and know how to avoid other bikers if you don't. It's like a rite of passage to get into at least one bike accident before graduating. The university and downtown is bike friendly (smooth, flat, and places to park your bike) HOWEVER, it's also easy to get your bike stolen.

The classes are rigorous and I (and the majority of my friends from various majors) never got used to the 10 weeks quarter system. It's difficult to learn a subject in 10 weeks and the university never gave the students a dead week, let alone a dead day! Just know this before you come.
If you are looking to attend a university with a nurturing and encouraging environment, UC Davis is the place for you! Undergraduate students have so many research and extra-curricular opportunities; you truly feel that the school values its undergraduate students and wants them to excel. For the most part, all of the professors you will get are extremely capable and passionate teachers as well.