University of California—Davis

Colleges University of California—Davis

UC Davis

UC Davis

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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
Davis, CA 31,657 49% 16% 93% 86% 4.0 28 1270 80

University of California—Davis is a public institution that was founded in 1905. Located in the city of Davis, the campus size is 5,300 acres and is the third-largest enrollment in the UC system after UCLA and UC Berkeley. Located just 15 miles from Sacramento, UC Davis’s campus contains an airport, fire department, student farm, and a collection of outdoor sculptures called Eggheads. There are more than 700 student organizations on campus. UC Davis has been labeled one of the “Public Ivies,” a publicly funded university considered to provide a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.


UC Davis offers a wide range of academic options within its undergraduate, graduate and professional schools and colleges. Undergraduates can study in the College of Letters and Science, College of Engineering, College of Biological Sciences or College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. UC Davis’s student-faculty ratio is 20:1 and more than 36% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include Research and Experimental Psychology, Economics, and Managerial Economics.

Special Highlights

The Student Farm. The Student Farm is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests are welcome and encouraged to become involved. No prior farming or gardening experience is required. There are also a number of university courses that take place at the Student Farm, for example, Seminar on Alternatives in Agriculture, along with a number of research opportunities and special projects.

Manetti Shrem Museum. The Museum builds on the university’s long tradition to extend the transformational power of art across disciplines. We are committed to offering engaging experiences that reflect and serve the UC Davis community. There are many opportunities for students to be involved in our university art museum, from working in our galleries, to recharging their mind with inspirational art. Operating with a student-run front of house, the museum creates jobs in customer service, security, and education where students can grow their skills in a dynamic environment.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

UC Davis is a pioneer in interdisciplinary problem-solving, and its four colleges, five professional schools, more than 100 majors and 86 graduate programs make it the most comprehensive of all UC campuses. The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is the largest in the United States and has been ranked first in the world for five consecutive years. The Carnegie Foundation classifies UC Davis as a comprehensive doctoral research university with a medical program, and very high research activity. The UC Davis Arboretum, technically a public park, encompasses 100 acres of gardens that stretch along a waterway.

Student Reviews…

“UCD has a beautiful campus with nature and art to explore. The student farm is great for feeding us healthy fruits and veggies. The area is extremely safe. The town of Davis is a little quiet, but for your first time away from home, it’s a good place to figure out life on your own.”