University of California, Davis


University of California, Davis is a public institution that was established in 1905. The University of California, Davis (UC Davis, UCD, or Davis) is a mainly public land-grant research university near Davis, California. It is the northernmost of the 10 campuses of the University of California system. The institution was first established as an agricultural branch of the system in 1905 and became the 7th campus of the University of California in 1959.

The university is differed among "R1: Doctoral Universities a very high research activity". Founded as a primarily agricultural campus, the university has increased over the past century to include graduate and professional programs in medicine which includes the:

  • UC Davis Medical Center
  • Law
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Business management

UC Davis also gives certificates and courses, plus online classes, for adults and non-traditional learners via its Division of Continuing and Professional Education.

The university has around 102 undergraduate majors and 101 graduate programs. It owns a Department of Viticulture and Enology (focusing the scientific study of grape-growing and winemaking) which has been and continues to be responsible for significant advancements in winemaking used by many Californian wineries. The campus claims to be known for its top-rated Agricultural and Resource Economics programs and the large Department of Animal Science via which students can learn at the university's own on-campus dairy, equestrian facility, meat-processing plant, and experimental farm.

Students of Environmental Horticulture and other botanical sciences have quite many acres of campus farmland and the University of California, Davis, Arboretum at its disposal. The Department of Applied Science was established and formerly chaired by physicist Edward Teller. The arts are also studied extensively on campus with subjects such as design, studio art, music, theater and dance. The Design Department at UC Davis is the only comprehensive academic design unit, of the University of California system. There is also the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts which has artists from all over the globe.

UC Davis undergraduate majors are seperated into four colleges:

  • UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • UC Davis College of Biological Sciences
  • UC Davis College of Engineering
  • UC Davis College of Letters and Science


It has a total undergraduate students of 31,162 (fall 2020). University of California, Davis admissions is quite selective with an acceptance rate of 46%. It has a gender distribution of 39% male students and 61% female students.

In 2014, Chancellor Katehi said that UC Davis aims to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the 2018–2019 school year, with at least 25% of the undergraduate student community consisting of Latinos. The student-faculty ratio at University of California, Davis is 20:1, and the school has about 32.4% of its classes with fewer than 20 students.


UC Davis Student Housing operates around 23 residence halls totaling 29 buildings which are organized into three areas: Tercero, Segundo, and Cuarto. UC Davis Student Housing is huge enough to accommodate over 11,000 students. Generally, campus operated housing is reserved selectively for first-year students, whereby other students are required to find housing off-campus at apartments or rented homes. The northwest end of campus has the majority of the Segundo undergraduate housing complex, and different alternative housing sites, such as The Colleges at LaRue Apartments, Orchard Park, Russell Park, and Primero Grove.

The Tercero undergraduate housing complex is present near the geographic center of the UC Davis campus, to the north of the Arboretum Waterway. This extends longitudinally via almost the entirety of the south end of campus. Solano Park, UC Davis' family housing complex, is present adjacent to the Arboretum Waterway.


UC Davis institute performs very well in international and national rankings. Following is an overview of their national and international rankings.

  • 10th-best public university in the United States by U.S. News and World Report
  • 13th in its 2020 National University ranking
  • 4th in its list of the 50 best public schools in the U.S.
  • 38th overall out of 650 colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • 49th among research universities
  • 22nd among public university
  • 11th for "Best Value"

2nd globally in Agricultural Sciences, 1st in Plant and Animal Science and in Veterinary Medicine, 4th in Environment and Ecology, and 3rd in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 7th (tie) in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, 9th in U.S. Colonial History, 15th in Biological Sciences, 19th in Comparative Politics, 20th in Earth Sciences and 21st in Psychology.


University of California, Davis
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