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University of California - Davis Data & Information Overview

443 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
49% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of California - Davis Ranked?

#52 Best Colleges in Nation
#13 Best Colleges in CA
Civil Engineering Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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University of California - Davis was awarded 443 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is civil engineering.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UC Davis as #52 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UC Davis held the #57 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 168 colleges in California, UC Davis is ranked at #13.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UC Davis?

49% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to University of California - Davis you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 49%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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University of California - Davis Faculty

21 to 1 Student to Faculty
85% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At University of California - Davis, the student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - Davis is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - Davis

91% Freshmen Retention
63% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of California - Davis has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UC Davis the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 63%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100

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University of California - Davis Undergraduate Student Diversity

30,186 Full-Time Undergraduates
60.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
61.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 31,162 undergraduates at UC Davis with 30,186 being full-time and 976 being part-time.

How Much Does University of California - Davis Cost?

$15,768 Net Price
23% Take Out Loans
$21,708 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UC Davis is $15,768. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UC Davis

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,006 $11,598 $14,193 $18,728 $30,357

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UC Davis, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UC Davis, approximately 23% of students took out student loans averaging $5,427 a year. That adds up to $21,708 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Davis is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UC Davis Graduates Make?

$69,766 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UC Davis make around $69,766 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for UC Davis students since it is 64% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University of California - Davis

California State
30,186 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
University of California - Davis is a public institution located in Davis, California. The suburban atmosphere of Davis makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for UC Davis are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8678
Phone: 530-752-1011

University of California - Davis Majors

108 Majors With Completions
9,896 Undergraduate Degrees
2,031 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 108 majors graduated from University of California - Davis. Of these students, 9,896 received undergraduate degrees and 2,031 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Child Development & Psychology 879 $29,860
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 644 NA
Economics 615 $44,249
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 518 $28,232
General Biology 364 $28,791
Computer Science 360 NA
Animal Science 358 $27,988
Human Development & Family Studies 337 NA
Political Science & Government 323 $32,542
Communication & Media Studies 300 $38,895

Learn more about the majors offered at University of California - Davis along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UC Davis

21% Take At Least One Class Online
2% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 8,598 students took at least one online class at University of California - Davis. This is a decrease from the 35,235 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 8,598 706
2019-2020 35,235 26,271
2018-2019 1,856 74
2017-2018 1,556 28
2016-2017 522 26

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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