University of California Davis is located on the largest campus of the UC schools with 5,300 acres. UC Davis has the third largest enrollment in the system with over 30,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. The undergraduate program is divided into four colleges: College of Agricultural and Environmental Studies, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Letters and Sciences. There are seven graduate schools (the most in the UC system), including the Graduate School of Management, the School of Education, School of Medicine, and the School of Law. UC Davis is also home to an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) with more than 120 cadets every year.

For undergraduates, the student to faculty ratio is about 20 to 1. About 36% of classes have less than 20 students in them. There are more than 100 undergraduate majors to choose from. Some of the most popular majors are social sciences; biological/life sciences; engineering; agriculture; and visual and performing arts. Outside of the classroom, UC Davis students can participate in more than 500 organizations and clubs on campus. More than 75% of students are involved in at least one student-run group.

There is an active Greek life with about 72 fraternity and sorority chapters. (Around 8% of students are affiliated with a Greek chapter.) The student government is run through the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD); with a budget of more than $11 million, making it the largest funded student government in the country. There are three branches of the group, including an executive, legislative, and judicial. Students can also become involved with the weekly newspaper, “The California Aggie” or the radio station, KDVS.

One of the most popular UC Davis traditions is Picnic Day, which is the largest student-run event in the country. Thousands of attendees come every year to view the parade, magic show, Doxie Derby (dachshund races), film screenings, and a Battle of the Bands competition. Year-round, there is an active athletic scene on campus.

The UC Davis Aggies compete with 25 NCAA Division I teams. They’re cheered on by the Aggie Pack, which is the largest student spirit organization in the US. Teams also compete in the Big West Conference, Big Sky Conference for football, and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Students interested in larger class sizes and an active student body should investigate UC Davis’ programs.


Acceptance Rate

UC Davis admissions rate

Academic Qualifications

UC Davis average GPA

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UCD SAT score

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UC Davis ACT test score

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 76,873
Enrolled: 6,393
Yield: 19.9%
Acceptance rate (overall): 46.6%

In-state applicant acceptance rate: 39.7%
Out-of-state domestic applicant acceptance rate: 72.1%
International applicant acceptance rate: 60.1%

Transfer Admission Statistics
Number of applicants: 17,631
Admitted: 9,764
Acceptance rate: 55.4%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 3,207
Admitted off waitlist: 24
Acceptance rate: 0.7%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 4.03
Top 10% of High School: N/A

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 570-670
SAT Math: 580-740

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 25-31

Standardized Test Requirements

UC Davis does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

UCD does not require the SAT/ACT writing portion Writing portion not required

University of Dalifornia, Davis does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

uc davis graduation rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

University of California Davis score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 60.8%
5 years: 83.3%
6 years: 86.5%

Loan default rate: 2.0%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 0

Salary after attending: $58,200

R&D Expenditures: $738.3 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 13
Robberies: 1
Aggravated assaults: 1
Burglaries: 32
Car thefts: 7

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

UC Davis financial aid

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $30,759

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021)
In-state: $36,575
Out-of-state: $66,329

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $15,724

By income
$0 to $30,000: $9,629
$30,001 to $48,000: $10,533
$48,001 to $75,000: $13,895
$75,001 to $110,000: $17,655
$110,001 and more: $30,156

Graduates with student debt: 48%

Average student debt at graduation: $18,575

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

UC Davis undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1

Women: 60%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 36%
20 to 39: 32%
40 to 99: 16%
100+: 16%

Student Population
Total: 38,035
Undergraduate: 30,810

Student Residence
In State: 76%
Out of State: 4%
International: 20%

UC Davis student body


University of California-Davis

This page was last updated in July 2020.