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University of California, Davis


UC Davis offers over 80 master's and doctoral programs in all academic disciplines. The campus has notable academic strengths in the core disciplines, with preeminent programs in the biological sciences that are enriched by interdisciplinary connections with agriculture, humanities, education, and social sciences.

Excellent programs in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering programs which are essential to national needs and core curriculum, represent critical links to other areas of technological strength. UC Davis offers the only veterinarian school in California. The programs in viticulture and enology are recognized as being among the best in the nation.

More than half of the UC Davis graduate programs are administered by interdepartmental "graduate groups," which enable graduate students to work with faculty from more than one department. Through a new interdisciplinary concept, students may earn a doctoral degree in a particular discipline and a "designated emphasis" in another discipline.The campus has led the way in promoting healthy alternate forms of transportation--some say there seem to be more bicycles than people at Davis. The central campus areas are reserved exclusively for bicycle and
foot traffic.

The undergraduate population is 17,877, and the total graduate and professional studies enrollment is 5,425. Hispanics account for 8.6% of the population, and minorities make up 34.8% of the total population.On-campus family housing is available, as are school-owned apartments.Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1905
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Quarter
Undergraduate student body: 23,458
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $1,325,241,000
Admissions Address

1 Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.7
Send application by: November 30
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Pamela L. Burnett
Admissions office telephone: (530) 752-2971
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: November 30
Decision sent by: March 15
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $450 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 2 3
Social studies 2 2
History N/A N/A
Academic electives 1 1
Total academic units 15 18

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Neither required nor recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Not considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Not considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 68%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 68%
Total applicants: 32,635
Total acceptances: 22,142
Total freshman enrollment: 5,513
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.


Male applicants: 14,871
Male acceptances: 9,606
Male freshman enrollment: 2,348
Female applicants: 17,764
Female acceptances: 12,536
Female freshman enrollment: 3,165
Students that applied here may also have applied to: N/A
Out-of-state freshmen: 2%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 95%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 100%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 100%
Average high school GPA: 3.7
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 99%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 490 - 620
Math: 540 - 660
Combined: 1030 - 1280


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 6.0% 13.6%
600-699 29.4% 40.7%
500-599 38.9% 32.2%
400-499 20.6% 11.3%
300-399 4.7% 2.2%
200-299 0.4% 0.1%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 30%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 20 - 27
Math: 22 - 28
Composite: 21 - 27


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 8.6% 12.7% 15.9%
24-29 46.1% 38.0% 51.3%
18-23 37.0% 35.7% 25.4%
12-17 8.1% 12.4% 7.4%
6-11 0.2% 1.2% N/A
Below 6 0.1% N/A N/A


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