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UC Davis Admissions Information

University of California-Davis
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University of California-Davis–commonly known as UC Davis–is a public research university in Davis, California. The University ranks ninth in U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 list of the Best Public Universities in the nation. UC Davis is consistently ranked as one of the most ethnically and racially diverse research universities in the United States. The school hosts the country’s second-best school of veterinary medicine, the third-best ecology/evolutionary biology graduate program, and the fifth-best biological/agricultural engineering graduate program in the nation. UC Davis is widely recognized for the academic excellence of its student body, and the University’s most recent freshman class had an average incoming GPA of 4.03.

UC Davis offers more than 360 registered student organizations, including fraternities and sororities. The campus is located in a comfortable suburban setting just 15 miles outside of Sacramento and about 72 miles away from San Francisco. Davis itself is a welcoming city for students; in 2006, it was named the second-most educated city in the nation by CNN Money Magazine.



Basic Info

Main Address: One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Phone Number: (530) 752-1011
Website: www.ucdavis.edu


Type of school: Public, Research University  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 24,655  
Percent out-of-state: 2%  
Percent international: 2.28%  
Female to Male ratio: 56:44  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 16:1  
Most popular majors: Biology
Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Married Students
Cooperative Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Women's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Marching Band
Music Ensembles
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Television Station
Choral Groups
Film Society
International Students
Literary Magazine
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #9 "Best Public Universities"
  • Ranked #5 "Best Biological/Agricultural Engineering Program"
  • Ranked #3 "Best Ecology/Evolutionary Biology Program"
  • Voted #6 "Major Contributions to Society"

Admissions Information

UC Davis has a competitive admissions process, and only about 46% of its applicants are admitted. According to the University's admissions website, a student's secondary school record, standardized test scores, GPA, class rank, and application essay are the most important factors in the admissions process. Other important factors include an applicant's extracurricular activities, talents/abilities, volunteer work, and whether the candidate is a first-generation college student. Admissions officials will also consider a student's state residency and work experience.

UC Davis requires applicants to submit an essay, their SAT or ACT (with Writing) scores, as well as two SAT Subject Tests.

Admissions address: One Shields Ave
178 Mrak Hall
Davis, CA 95616
Phone number: (530) 752-2971  
Admissions Website: https://www.ucdavis.edu/admissions/undergraduate  
Contact Person: Pamela Burnett, Director of Undergraduate Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 42,374  
Percent of applicants admitted: 46%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: November 30  
Early decision/action deadline: N/A  
Accepts the Common Application? No  
Admission requirements: Essay
Standardized Test Scores

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT with Writing
2 SAT Subject II Tests
Policy regarding SAT score-use: All SAT scores required for review  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 4834  
ACT code: 0454  
Learn more about other Top ROTC/Federal Service schools:
USF   West Point   USNA  

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