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How Well Is University of California - Davis Ranked?

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2021 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 152 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biological and biomedical sciences.

Overall Quality

UC Davis landed the #83 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, UC Davis is ranked at #11.

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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 43%, 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 81% 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 560 and 660. Math scores were between 570 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 560 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 570 to 700 )
UC Davis received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Davis  ( 25 to 32 )

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University of California - Davis Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at University of California - Davis is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

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 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 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

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UC Davis for first-time, full-time students is 58%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  58 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at UC Davis

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 30,718 undergraduates at UC Davis with 29,967 being full-time and 751 being part-time.

UC Davis Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 88.70 out of 100, UC Davis is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  88.70 out of 100
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How Much Does University of California - Davis Cost?

The overall average net price of UC Davis is $14,729. 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 +
$9,629 $10,533 $13,895 $17,655 $30,156

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UC Davis, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $5,201 a year. That adds up to $20,804 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC Davis is 1.6%. 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. Davis is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of University of California - Davis

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 110 majors graduated from University of California - Davis. Of these students, 8,711 received undergraduate degrees and 2,226 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 808 $29,900
Economics 545 $42,900
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 374 $31,500
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 354 NA
Communication & Media Studies 315 $37,900
Computer Science 301 NA
Human Development & Family Studies 298 NA
Animal Science 283 $27,100
Sociology 276 $30,700
General Biology 271 $30,200

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 1,556 students took at least one online class at University of California - Davis. This is an increase from the 522 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,556 28
2016-2017 522 26
2015-2016 239 0
2014-2015 56 0
2013-2014 14 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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