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Location
Davis, CA
Undergrads
24,787
Tuition (in-state)
$36,755 ($13,877)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Great classes, easy registration process, dense workload

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The great part about the dramatic arts program is the company and the great attention that the teachers give you.

I wish there was more opportunities to work though.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: This is an academically rigorous school, so the classes can be hard if you are in a difficult major.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I think the economic history of school is awesome. All great professors and stimulate my interest.

3 College Student

Academics: What'd you expect from a UC.

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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
Hometown
Irvine, CA
Major
English
Grad Year
2014
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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
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,416
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
240
Total FT Faculty
3,523
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$107,117
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
79%
Graduation Rate
81%
Programs/Majors Offered
142
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 135 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 26% Anna Escobedo Cabral - U.S. Treasurer
  • 19% Cathy West - Olympic swimmer and medal winner
  • 15% Delia Owens - zoologist, ecologist, author
  • 11% Mark Owens - zoologist, ecologist, author
  • 11% Kev Jumba
  • 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"

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 135 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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