University of California – Davis (UC Davis)

One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA

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University of California - Davis (UCD), located in the northern city of Davis, California, offers the largest variety of degree programs among the University of California campuses.  UC Davis's programs are nationally ranked, thanks in part to the universities award-winning faculty.  UC Davis offers more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and specializations.

The agricultural and environmental sciences programs are particularly strong at UC Davis, and since its inception, it has continued to have a reputation as a good "farming school."


UC Davis was conceived in 1905 when Governor George Pardee signed into law an act to establish a university-level farm school of agricultural instruction and research within the University of California system.  In 1908, the first students of the University Farm School arrived in what was then known as "Davisville."


The academic calendar of University of California, Davis follows the academic quarter format, with fall, winter and spring quarters.  Summer sessions are also offered, and evening classes are offered through UC Davis Extension.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and professional schools of University of California, Davis offer more than 100 undergraduate degree programs and 80 graduate degree programs.

  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Letters and Science
  • The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • Graduate School of Management
  • School of Education
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Veterinary Medicine

Student Life

There are many campus activities and resources available for UC Davis students including numerous clubs and organizations, more than one campus student union, the Graduate Student Association, the Cal Aggie Marching Band, music ensembles, dance and athletic groups, and more.  There is student housing, and university dining services include a coffee house and a café and pub. Student amenities include a variety of health services and academic support services.

Fraternities and Sororities

There are many chapters of fraternities and sororities available at UC Davis, and the Student Housing Greek Life Office offers support.  The mission of the Office of Greek Life is to foster a diverse and inclusive Greek community, empower students to develop leadership skills, and build strong relationships between Greek organizations and with the surrounding community.


The UC Davis "Aggies" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

The city of Davis, California offers a full community calendar of activities including "Scrabble at Picnic in the Park," "Spring Plant Sale at the UC Davis Arboretum," as well as art exhibits, musical and dance performances, and more.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the applicants University of California – Davis accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

University of California – Davis has a total student population of about 35,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 15% enrolling as graduate students and 80% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $16,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $70 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $11,000-$13,000
    • Out-of-State: $36,000-$43,110
  • On-campus housing and meals are estimated to cost around $17,000

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid76%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships70%$17,111
Receiving Student Loans41%$5,147

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of California – Davis may offer services to students like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

With a very high graduation rate of around 81%, University of California – Davis is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years51%
Graduating in 5 Years25%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: UC Davis Medical Center

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Supervisory CPE Program
    • * Accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission (since 1988)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program
    • * Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (since 2005)

Campus: University of California – Davis

  • Dietetics Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of California – Davis is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big West Conference)
  • Basketball (Big West Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big West Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Big Sky Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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