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University of California - Davis

University of California - Davis Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of California - Davis Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of California - Davis was awarded 1,497 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other agriculture.

Overall Quality

UC Davis landed the #112 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

UC Davis also holds the #20 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UC Davis?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of California - Davis is a competitive 46%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 90% of students accepted to UC Davis submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 670. Math scores were between 590 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 570 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 590 to 730 )
UC Davis received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 25 to 33 )

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University of California - Davis Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At University of California - Davis, the student to faculty ratio is 20 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

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of California - Davis has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. 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  93 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 61%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  61 out of 100

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University of California - Davis Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of UC Davis is $14,669. 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 +
$9,842 $10,769 $13,578 $17,622 $29,734

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 34% of students took out student loans averaging $5,892 a year. That adds up to $23,568 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Davis is 1.9%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UC Davis make around $58,200 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future UC Davis graduates since it is 46% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of University of California - Davis

University of California - Davis is a public institution situated 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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 108 majors graduated from University of California - Davis. Of these students, 9,452 received undergraduate degrees and 2,149 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 806 $33,850
Economics 606 $48,464
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 593 NA
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 406 $28,443
General Biology 341 $30,727
Animal Science 327 $28,993
Communication & Media Studies 323 $43,333
Human Development & Family Studies 322 NA
Computer Science 321 NA
Sociology 275 $36,138

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

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 2019-2020, 35,235 students took at least one online class at University of California - Davis. This is an increase from the 1,856 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 35,235 26,271
2018-2019 1,856 74
2017-2018 1,556 28
2016-2017 522 26
2015-2016 239 0

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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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