UC Davis Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

UC Davis Performing Arts Center
UC Davis Performing Arts Center. TEDxUCDavis / Flickr

University of California - Davis Admissions Overview:

UC Davis is a selective school, with an acceptance rate of 42% in 2016. Successful applicants will need good grades and solid test scores to be admitted to the school. To apply, students will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants should also be sure to put time and care into their four personal insight essays.

For complete information, be sure to check out UC Davis' website, or contact the admissions office.

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Admissions Data (2016):

UC Davis Description:

UC Davis, the University of California at Davis, is frequently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the United States. The school's excellent in research and teaching has earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.

The school's 5,300-acre campus, located west of Sacramento, is the largest in the UC system. UC Davis offers over 100 undergraduate majors, and the university's strengths are diverse -- arts, humanities, biological sciences, and engineering. The UC Davis Aggies compete mostly in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 36,460 (29,379 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,046 (in-state); $40,728 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,601
  • Room and Board: $14,838
  • Other Expenses: $4,482
  • Total Cost: $34,967 (in-state); $61,649 (out-of-state)

UC Davis Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 70%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 63%
    • Loans: 39%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,523
    • Loans: $5,367

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Agricultural Business and Management, Biology, Communication Study, Economics, English, History, Human Relations, International Relations, Molecular Biochemistry, Neurobiology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
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Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 55%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 85%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Water Polo, Golf, Track and Field, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Basketball, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

    Data Source

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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