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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
    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 29,967 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 87% of students, UC Davis alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,400.
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
About UC 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.

UCD Admissions

Acceptance Rate
41%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1170-1410
ACT Range
24-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$15,886/ 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
$19,687/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
66%

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
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.328 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.328 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    5%
  • On Campus
    95%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,967Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
751
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 223 responses
  • Studious, but fun
    45%
  • Studious and driven; passionate about something
    22%
  • Studious
    7%
  • Competitive at certain majors, individualistic
    7%
  • 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.372 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.451 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 237 responses
  • Bikes
    41%
  • 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
87%
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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UC Davis has allowed me to make new friendships and I loved living in the dorms! Although I had a good social life during my first year, Davis is a college town which means it can get a bit gloomy and boring. The campus is pretty but I wish there were more public transportation options besides Unitrans. A subway station would be nice to easily get to places besides using my bike or Uber/Lyft.
Taking a closer look into my academics, my classes have been interesting for the most part. I did find myself trying harder than the rest just to understand the basic information and pass classes. UC Davis has definitely challenged me. I have hit rock bottom and somehow was able to lift myself up again multiple times. In the end, UC Davis has given me good and bad experiences that have allowed me to reflect on my academic and personal goals. Although the town of Davis can get a little boring I was able to find my community and support system which I am extremely grateful for.
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I only took a few online classes at UC Davis, but they were great experiences. I took online classes in conjunction with in-person classes, so the only difficult part about that combination is I found it easier to forget about deadlines in my online classes. Students often get so many emails that they already know the information to, so I found myself deleting emails from Canvas without reading them- do NOT do this when you get an email related to your online class, however, as it could have information that you never knew about! My online class experience was boosted by the opportunity to have in-person office hours and extra credit.
For fall quarter, due to the coronavirus situation, I took three classes online. One was already an online class, while the other two, which were a design class and biology, were not. We had lots of difficulties with testing. Our proctoring site was not working and many students were not able to see images on the exam on Canvas. Design was difficult to take online since the class could not fully engage with each other and we could not critique each others work. I often got headaches from staring at the computer every day. A previous quarter, I took NUT10 (nutrition) as an online course and it was excellent! It was structured and organized really well and there were no issues. I took a hybrid class (half online half in person) my freshman year and it also was great.