University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue, Davis, California 95616
Davis, California 95616
(800) 523-2048
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Founded in 1905, the University of California – Davis, also known as UC Davis, is one of the 10 main campuses in the University of California system. The school’s campus is more than 5,300 acres, the largest of the UC schools. The location was originally created as an agricultural extension of UC Berkeley, which was the only campus in the UC system at that time. As of fall 2009, UC Davis had an enrollment of 32,153 students. The school is considered one of the top public research institutions in the country and was ranked No. 9 by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Faculty members include two Pulitzer Prize winners, two MacArthur Fellows, 18 members of the National Academy of Sciences, six members of the National Academy of Engineering, and seven members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Programs Offered

The University of California – Davis offers nearly 200 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate majors are offered through four main colleges: the College of Letters and Science, the College of Biological Science, the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Engineering. In addition, UC Davis has professional schools for graduate studies, management, education, law, medicine, veterinary medicine, and nursing. UC Davis has a number of highly ranked graduate programs in areas such as ecology and evolution, veterinary medicine, agricultural economics, and environmental engineering. The school also has the largest Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in the state, with about 30 to 40 graduates a year.


The University of California – Davis is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school has also received specialized accreditation from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Bar Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Council on Education for Public Health, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for specific programs. This accreditation status allows eligible students the opportunity to apply for federal financial aid.


The admissions process for the University of California – Davis can be completed entirely online. Incoming undergraduates should be prepared to submit all necessary documents such as SAT or ACT score reports, high school transcripts along with GPA, and any Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or TOEFL scores a student may have. Students are also required to submit a personal statement in response to two essay prompts provided on the application website. There is a $70 application fee due at the time of submission. Low-income students may qualify for a fee waiver for their application by providing proof of income. UC Davis is a selective school, admitting only about 46% of their undergraduate applicants.


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