UC Davis GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

University of California at Davis Admissions Standards

UC Davis GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission.
UC Davis GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission. Data Courtesy of Cappex

With an acceptance rate of 40 percent, the University of California at Davis is one of the more selective public universities in the country. The school's strong faculty and academic programs earned it a place on the list of top public universities and top West Coast colleges.

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UC Davis GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As the data shows, the majority of students who got into UC Davis had at least a unweighted "B+" average ("A" averages are more typical), an SAT score (RW+M) above 1000 (1100 is more common), and an ACT composite score of 21 or higher. Chances of admission improve as those numbers go up. It's important to note that hidden beneath the blue and green on the graph is a lot of red—many students with high GPAs and competitive test scores still get rejected from UC Davis as you can see in the second graph below.

On the flip side, it's worth noting that a number of students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. Like all of the University of California schools, UC Davis has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. Students who show some kind of special talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't up to the ideal. Strong essays and interesting extracurricular activities are an important part of a successful application.

Waitlist and Rejection Data for UC Davis

UC Davis Rejection and Waitlist Data
UC Davis Rejection and Waitlist Data. Data Courtesy of Cappex

When we remove the accepted student data from the graph, we get a rather humbling picture. As you can see, lots of students with "A" averages and above-average standardized test scores did not get into the University of California at Davis. Even students with near perfect grades and test scores can be waitlisted. This data makes clear the importance of non-numerical admissions data, Be sure to put a lot of care into your personal insight question responses, and be sure to highlight the ways that you excel outside of the classroom.

Also realize that the data in the graph doesn't tell the whole story. Some programs at UC Davis are more selective than others. Also, admissions criteria aren't necessarily the same for out-of-state and international students as they are for in-state applicants. 

If You Like UC Davis, You May Also Like These Universities:

Students who apply to the University of California at Davis tend to apply to other UC campuses as well. UC Irvine is one of the most popular options—located just south of Los Angeles, the university is only slightly smaller than UC Davis, and as you can see from the UC Irvine GPA-SAT-ACT graph, the admissions standards are similar.

The University of California Riverside is a little less selective than UC Davis, so it can be a good choice if Davis is a bit of a stretch for your academic credentials. Check out the Riverside GPA-SAT-ACT graph for a visual representation of the admissions standards.

For a university that is particularly strong in engineering and the sciences, the University of California San Diego is an excellent choice. Admissions are a little more selective than Davis, Irvine, and Riverside as you can see in the UCSD GPA-SAT-ACT graph. You're most likely going to need "A" grades to get in.

If you might be interested in a private university, applicants to UC Davis are often interested in the University of the Pacific and the University of San Diego.