Davis, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,755 ($13,877)
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5 College Junior

Academics: SO MANY study spots on campus, and the best ones are hidden gems. Find your perfect spot :)

5 College Junior

Academics: The ICC places students in over 5200 jobs/internships around the world each year. There are surgical summer internships at UCDMC. There are animal surgery internships at the UCD Vet Med Teaching Hospital. There are hella opportunities to do research with professors/TAs.

5 College Junior

Academics: There are a large variety of academics offered. The professors are amazing and encourage students to do well. The curriculum is challenging at times but it helps us know the material better. The workload does depend on what type of classes the student is taking but it can vary from light to heavy.

5 College Junior

Academics: The workload for my major is pretty heavy as it is in the science field. The professors and advisors are welcoming and make sure each student succeeds. There are a lot of internships and even a study abroad program that has been going on for quite some time.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Work your ass off. Do something amazing with your life.Slide through your classes with Cs and you'll be f***ed.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 244th
    Best Course Variety
  • 642nd
    Smartest Professors
  • 662nd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 695th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Knowland
Irvine, CA
Grad Year
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UC Davis offers more than 100 different fields of study for their undergraduates, ranging from exercise biology to textiles and clothing. Even though Davis is one of the top-ranked veterinary schools in the nation and has the reputation for being an agricultural school, it still offers majors with strong programs in the humanities and arts and sciences departments. Being a research-based university, Davis gives its students plenty of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and work with academic professors on research that is influencing the world today. The professors that teach the classes are experts in their fields and share their overwhelming amount of knowledge with the students in their classes.

However, the larger class sizes that come with a public university and enormous lecture halls (the largest one holds 500 students!) makes the professors’ accessibility to their students limited. The professors are more than eager to meet and spend time with their students; however, if you want to develop a personal relationship with professors, you have to take the initiative and time to meet them during office hours. Most students recognize the passion that their professors have for their fields, which makes up for the challenging course material. Some classes can be difficult to get into, and the 10-week quarter system flies by, giving students no room for procrastination and slacking off. Overall, students are satisfied with the courses they take, but you have to be independent and motivated if you want to succeed here.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
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Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
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Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 33%
  • 20 to 49 students: 43%
  • 50 or more students: 24%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Letters and Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Communication Studies: 2%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 2%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • One course in social-cultural diversity
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington DC Center
Online Courses
UC Davis offers a variety of online courses. The online courses provide all of the material necessary to succeed and understand the class; however, it is up to the student to determine how well he or she will do. The classes require students to develop their time management skills, and students must take the initiative to really learn the material on their own. Resources and instructors are available for additional help, but it is an independent route to take in the academic sphere. Online classes are also available from other institutions, which can be transferred to UC Davis because the online course options that are offered at Davis are limited.
Best Places to Study
  • Arboretum
  • The CoHo is located directly across from the Memorial Union. It includes a variety of food that ranges from salads to sushi. Its central location as well as the many tables and booths make it an ideal place to study.
  • Peter J. Shields Library
  • The quad
  • Silo Union, or better known as "The Silo," is a lounge, study area, and eatery that is located in the southern part of campus. The dining offerings include a Carl's Jr., Taco Bell Express, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, crepes, and other on-the-go snacks.
  • Student Community Center; central location and is complete with computer labs, conference and meeting rooms, study lounges, a café, and more.
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Ask questions.
  • Do not be intimidated by upper-division classes.
  • Enjoy the ride! You are only an undergrad once—live it up and take advantage of the many sources that Davis has to offer.
  • Get involved with extracurriculars, clubs, and other student groups that are offered.
  • Get some fresh air after studying all day.
  • Go to discussions, even if they are optional.
  • Go to office hours.
  • Start studying early, not just the night before midterms and finals. The quarter system goes by quickly, so you must stay on top of your classes in order to succeed.
  • Take a light load your first quarter.
  • Take advantage of the wide variety of interesting classes that are unique to UC Davis, such as the tractor driving class and the astronomy lab, the latter of which is an interactive class that lets students use telescopes to observe the constellations at night.
  • Take classes that interest you.
Did You Know?
  • A particle accelerator developed by Tom Cahill, a UC Davis professor of atmospheric science, is being used to track air quality at more than 50 national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas. The technology has already helped reduce smog in the Grand Canyon and has been applied in California to measure air quality problems and find solutions to smog in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Central Valley.
  • Statistician David Rocke, professor in the Graduate School of Management and the School of Medicine's department of epidemiology and preventive medicine, is helping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve the accuracy of very low-level measurements of water pollutants and to develop computer software to conduct the measurements. The project, funded by the EPA, has created a breakthrough model adopted nationally as a voluntary standard for examining water and wastewater.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy developed the Graduate Automotive Technology Education program (GATE) to focus on research, education, industrial collaboration, and outreach within automotive technology.
  • UC Davis has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for its programs in veterinary medicine, plant biology, and genetics by the Gourman Report.
  • UC Davis is on the leading edge of stem cell research. The Sacramento campus is home to the $62 million UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures.
  • UC Davis offers more than 100 academic majors and 90 graduate programs. It is the only UC campus with schools of law, medicine, education, management, and veterinary medicine.
  • With nearly 100 faculty members engaged in research and academic programs, UC Davis is a leader in energy research. The faculty is looking at renewable energy, alternative vehicle fuels (biogas, hydrogen, electricity), and lighting technology.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 136 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 25% Anna Escobedo Cabral - U.S. Treasurer
  • 18% Cathy West - Olympic swimmer and medal winner
  • 14% Delia Owens - zoologist, ecologist, author
  • 14% Kev Jumba
  • 11% Mark Owens - zoologist, ecologist, author
  • 7% Martin Yan - chef and host of "Yan Can Cook"
  • 7% Tracy Caldwell - NASA astronaut
  • 4% Ken O'Brien - former NFL quarterback
  • 0% Adam Duritz - lead singer of the Counting Crows
  • 0% Gus Lee - attorney and author of "China Boy"

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 137 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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