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University of California-Davis

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Just over a century old, the University of California-Davis is one of the ten major campuses in the University of California education system. UC Davis was originally founded as an outpost of its northern neighbor, UC Berkeley, and became a separate entity in 1908. While its origins lie in its establishment as an education center for farming, today the university offers a complete schedule of academic pursuits.

University of California-Davis is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is supervised by the California Board of Regents, headed by none other than former Terminator and current Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger.

UC Davis offers more than 100 undergraduate majors in a far-flung array of academics-a number greater than any other university in the California higher education system. With world-class faculty and an impressive research budget, University of California-Davis continues to improve its standing on the national academic stage.

Specific degree-granting institutions within the University include the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Letters and Sciences. UC Davis also has a number of professional schools designed to ready students for the work force, including the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the School of Education.

UC Davis has an endowment of more than 650 million dollars, and receives annual gifts totaling more than 200 million dollars. Dedicated to research, the school supplies ample funding to valuable endeavors, totaling nearly 600 million dollars in 2007-08. As an example of the innovation constantly occurring on the UC Davis campus, one has to look only as far as the new Winery, Brewery, and Food Science Laboratory: while the research is progressive, the building its being conducted in is revolutionary, as its construction conforms to strict LEEDS environmental standards.

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The UC Davis deadline for applications for the fall semester is November 30th. Students applying to other schools in the University of California education system should note that only one application is needed.

Admissions requirements differ for applicants from in-state and out-of-state.


California residents take a set of required classes and exams to determine eligibility. Additionally, the top four percent of each graduating high school class is automatically designated as UC-eligible. This is referred to as “eligibility in the local context”, or ELC.


Applicants from outside the state of California must attain a 3.40 GPA, as well as achievement on a sliding scale of SAT and ACT scores.

UC Davis also makes special exceptions for students that come from “the road less traveled”, including children who have been home-schooled.

Financial Aid

University of California-Davis offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities to students. One of the most helpful and popular is the Blue and Gold student program.

Participants adhere to the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate in the first four years of attendance
  • Maintain California residency
  • Total family earnings of less than 60,000$
  • An Expected Family Contribution that equals less than Estimated Cost of Attendance
  • Adherence to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

If all of these conditions are met, the applicant is admitted as a Blue and Gold student, guaranteeing enough grants and scholarships to cover the total cost of education and registration.

Regents Scholarships are available to the most elite applicants. Students with above a 3.8 GPA qualify for the application process. If awarded the scholarship, funds are available from 7,500 dollars each year.

The majority of these scholarships are awarded in the late spring and early summer.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4676th for the average student loan amount.
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UC Davis has an active student population, with close to 90% of freshman residing on campus. As a major research institution, UC Davis has students of all stripes, including older folks returning back to school after time off, or even for the first time.

The UC Davis campus is the largest in the University of California system, covering close to 6,000 acres. The school is virtually self-sufficient, with an airport, fire department, and even a nuclear lab. Students enjoy the unique campus, which is home to an arboretum, as well as five unique “Egghead” statues created by a former art instructor.

Students commute to class almost entirely by bicycle, and the city of Davis actually holds the distinction of having the most bikes per capita of any city in the United States. The campus itself is famous for the Unitrans bus system, which incorporates vintage London double decker buses. Unitrans is run by students, and transportation is free for enrolled students.

A substantial number of students participate in Greek life, with approximately 8 percent of undergraduates wearing letters. In fact, the sorority Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi was the subject of the MTV reality show “Sorority Life.” Other Greek organizations include:

  • Delta Phi Beta
  • Lamda Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Chi
  • Delta Gamma
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma

There are a wide variety of activities and offerings to keep students busy, especially when it comes to the arts. In particular, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts boasts both internal performances and performances by world-class dancers, musicians, and theater productions. There are also a number of museums on-campus, including the Richard L. Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection, the Design Museum, and the Craft Center Gallery, which displays pieces by local area artists.

One particular highlight on the calendar is the annual Whole Earth Festival, which recently celebrated its 40th year of “Sustainalovability”. Every May, students, faculty, and the local community come together to throw a celebration of peace, non-violence, and activism on the main Quad. Even the food at this festival is home-grown. Take this quote, which describes one of the temporary buildings erected: “The Karma Dome is the proverbial cerebral cortex of the super-organism known as the Whole Earth Festival (WEF) located opposite of Quad Stage on the East Quad.” That should give you an idea of what to expect from this wild 3-day fest.

Public service is also a big part of life at UC Davis. The entire university is active in the community, with outreach programs that seek to connect students with the local population. A great example is the UC Davis Children’s Garden Program, through which thousands of area elementary school students are brought onto campus each year to learn about gardening and biology.

Don’t forget about student radio: KDVS broadcasts around the clock, and streams radio over the Internet as well. An impressively broad diversity of music can include Dubstep reggae, Latin American lullabies, and Goa PsyTrance (we’re wondering about that last one ourselves) in any given week.

When the sun sets, the fun begins for UC Davis students. There is plenty to do in the town of Davis, and locals advise heading to the Streets of London Pub if you’re interested in European soccer action. Indeed, the club Faces actually has a swimming pool inside of the bar—-not something you would expect in a smaller college town. If yearning for the big city strikes, Sacramento is only about half an hour away, and both Los Angeles and San Francisco are within driving distance.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The UC Davis Aggies participate in a number of different athletic conferences. The football team is a member of the Great West Conference, the gymnastics and lacrosse teams participate in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, and the wrestling team has standing as an associate member of the PAC 10.

In total, 26 teams are proud to wear the UC Davis blue and gold.

Each year, UC Davis plays Cal Poly in the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe, with the winner being awarded the namesake trophy. Another major rivalry is held with the Stanford Cardinal, and UC Davis managed to string together a few victories both on the football field as well as the basketball hard court.

Information Summary

Ranks 18th in California and 226th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 502nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 22 0.07
Robbery 4 0.01
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 89 0.28
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 9 0.03
Arrest 18 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 41 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 33 0.05
Robbery 38 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 398 0.60
Larceny 1,000 1.51
Vehicle theft 91 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Davis, CA 95616-8678
Surrounding communitySmall suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population67,407 (65,379 urban / 2,028 rural)
Households24,640 (2.50 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,110
Families12,505 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District603

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 147th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $34,098
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,675 $2,675 $2,675
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $26,322
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,889 $1,889 $1,889
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $33,066 $33,066 $55,944
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $28,427 $28,427 $51,305
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $25,266 $25,266 $48,144

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $31,134 $43,379
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,889 $1,889
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $26,436 $38,681
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $1,889 $1,889
Law Degree — Tuition $45,402 $54,653
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,889 $1,889

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,860 $13,877 $13,860 $13,877 $36,738(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,589 $1,602
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,697 $13,503
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,053 $3,186
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,167 $8,247
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,018 $4,162
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $9,093 $9,280

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$80
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 49,820 (23,010 male / 26,810 female)
Admitted 22,526 (9,532 male / 12,994 female)
Admission rate 45%
First-time Enrollment 5,208 (2,066 male / 3,142 female)
FT Enrollment 5,173 (2,056 male / 3,117 female)
PT Enrollment 35 (10 male / 25 female)
Total Enrollment33,307

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big Sky Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big West Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big West Conference

ACT Test Admission

175th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 45%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 30
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 30
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29

SAT Test Admission

170th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1070 / 1320

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity6,128
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 56th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $121,287 ($128,010 male / $96,910 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,422 (919 male / 503 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,491
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $131,748,000

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