UC Davis: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

West Village, a Zero Net Energy community on the UC Davis campus

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The University of California, Davis is a public university with an acceptance rate of 39%. Students will generally need a strong application and good test scores to be admitted. As part of the application, students will need to write four short personal insight essays. Since UC Davis is a part of the University of California system, students can easily apply to multiple schools in that system with one application.

Located west of Sacramento, the school's 5,300-acre campus is the largest in the UC system. The school's excellence in research and teaching has earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. UC Davis offers over 100 diverse undergraduate majors including arts, humanities, biological sciences, and engineering. The UC Davis Aggies compete mostly in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference.

Considering applying to UC Davis? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, UC Davis had an acceptance rate of 39%. For every 100 students who applied, 39 were admitted, making UC Davis' admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 78,063
Percent Admitted 39%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 29%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of California, Davis requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 71% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 610 710
Math 630 790
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UC Davis' admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UC Davis scored between 610 and 710, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 630 and 790, while 25% scored below 630 and 25% scored above 790. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1500 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UC Davis.

Requirements

UC Davis requires the SAT writing section. Note that UC Davis considers the highest SAT with an essay score from a single test date. Subject tests are not required for admission to UC Davis.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of California, Davis requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 29% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 31
Math 25 31
Composite 28 34

This admissions data tells us that most of UC Davis' admitted students fall within the top 12% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UC Davis received a composite ACT score between 28 and 34, while 25% scored above 34 and 25% scored below 28.

Requirements

UC Davis requires the ACT writing section. Note that UC Davis does not superscore ACT results; your highest combined score from a single test administration will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of University of California, Davis' incoming class had unweighted high school GPAs between 3.76 and 4.0. 25% had a GPA above 4.0 and 25% had a GPA below 3.76. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UC Davis have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of California, Davis Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of California, Davis Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

 The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of California, Davis. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University of California, Davis, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind that California residents who apply must have a GPA of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than a C in 15 college preparatory "a-g" courses. For non-residents, your GPA must be 3.4 or better. Local students from participating high schools may also qualify if they are in the top 9 percent of their class. See how to calculate your UC Admissions Index.

UC Davis, like all of the University of California schools, has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are evaluating students based on more than numerical data. Students who show special talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if their grades and test scores are a bit below the norm. Impressive extracurricular activities and strong essays are all important parts of a successful application to UC Davis.