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As one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, the University of California at Davis is committed to serving a student population as diverse as society at large through the advancement of knowledge and discovery.

Founded as the University Farm in 1905, UC Davis has grown from an agricultural college into a comprehensive research university. It was formally designated an independent UC campus in 1959.  

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis eleventh among public universities nationally, and the campus is among only 62 universities admitted into the prestigious Association of American Universities.

UC Davis is home to a diverse student body of more than 34,000 students from across California, the nation and the world.

Advancing Knowledge

UC Davis offers 104 undergraduate majors and 96 graduate and professional degrees across four colleges and six professional schools. In 2010, the National Research Council ranked one third of UC Davis' 51 doctoral programs in the top 25 percent of their fields, with six of them placing in the top 5 percent.

In the QS World University Rankings for 2016, UC Davis held its standing as the world's best university for veterinary medicine and came out among the top two universities in agriculture and forestry for the fourth consecutive year.

The campus' reputation has attracted a distinguished faculty of scholars and scientists. Faculty honors include 8 U.S. Presidential Awards, more than 280 National Academy memberships, 52 Fulbright Scholars and two Pulitzer Prizes.

A Place for Discovery

UC Davis researchers work toward solving the world's most difficult problems and support California's economic, intellectual and social development. Over the past decade, annual research funding increased by 45 percent, from $542 million to $786 million. Researchers explore the intellectual frontiers across the sciences, humanities and arts, with exceptional global leadership in agricultural science, food science and environmental sustainability.

Research is integral to teaching at UC Davis. Faculty members share their research findings in the classroom, and students learn first-hand about discovery while working with professors in the laboratory and field. Several undergraduate research programs offer students the opportunity to work on a research project in a faculty laboratory, in some cases as early as their freshman year.

Leader in Public Service

In the tradition of land-grant universities, UC Davis uses knowledge and discovery in addressing the needs of the region, state, nation and world.

The UC Davis Health System serves 6 million people in 33 counties across northern and central California. It operates the Sacramento Valley's only Level 1 trauma center as well as a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, a comprehensive children's hospital and a world-renowned telemedicine network.

The School of Veterinary Medicine is involved in more than 30 nations, and its teaching hospital cares for more than 51,000 small and large animals each year. The School of Law offers community support in immigration, prison law, civil rights litigation and family protection.

The School of Education has prepared nearly 6,000 teachers for California classrooms since its inception in 2002.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, founded in 2009, is dedicated to improving patient safety and creating inter-professional opportunities for nurse leaders.

Life at UC Davis

Students enjoy sports, community internships, public service, outdoor activities, concerts and clubs.

UC Davis is known for its student-run services. The Coffee House (CoHo), the radio station KDVS, Outdoor Adventures and the Unitrans bus service provide paying jobs to hundreds of students each year. Some 70 percent of UC Davis students gain work experiences through the Internship and Career Center, one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation.

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts features internationally renowned artists and speakers and showcases students' music, theater and dance performances.

Museums and galleries range from the Bohart Museum of Entomology's insects to contemporary Native American art at the C.N. Gorman Museum. The university will soon showcase its art collections in the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Art Museum, which is scheduled to open in November 2016.

In 2007, UC Davis transitioned to Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The university sponsors 13 varsity sports for women and 9 for men. The campus also fields nearly 40 student-organized intercollegiate sports clubs that compete against area colleges. Thousands of students also have fun playing with fellow Aggies in more than 30 men's, women's and coed sports, from flag football to ultimate Frisbee.

A city of more than 65,000 people, Davis is known as an environmentally aware, physically fit and socially innovative community. Davis has more bike-community residents per person than any other city in the U.S., with more than 100 miles of dedicated bike lanes and paths. Davis' proximity to the state capital and the San Francisco Bay Area make it easy to take advantage of big-city attractions while enjoying the lifestyle of a university town.

The University of California

UC Davis is one of 10 campuses of the University of California, which was chartered as a land grant college in 1868 and has become the country's premier system of public higher education. Together, the campuses have an enrollment of more than 240,000 students and more than 1.7 million alumni living around the world. Some 150 laboratories, extension centers, research and field stations strengthen teaching and research while providing public service to California and the nation. The collections of the more than 100 UC campus libraries are surpassed in size in the U.S. only by that of the Library of Congress.

Visiting the Campus

UC Davis Welcome Center
530-752-8111; http://visit.ucdavis.edu/

Welcome Center operating hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (PT), Monday-Friday and 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday. Closed Sunday except for March 15-April 30. Monday-Friday campus tours are offered at 9:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday (and Sunday from March 15-April 30) tours are offered at 11:00 a.m. (PT). Over-the-counter admissions advising is offered during operating hours at the Welcome Center. To register for a tour, see http://visit.ucdavis.edu or call 530-752-8111. If you have questions regarding application procedures or entrance requirements, write or visit the UC Davis Welcome Center at 550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616.


The University of California, Davis is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501 510-748-9001, a regional institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

UC Davis is also accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, American Bar Association, American Chemical Society, American Dietetic Association, American Psychological Association, American Society of Crime Lab Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB); American Society of Landscape Architects, Association of American Law Schools, Association of American Medical Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business,; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Computer Science Accreditation Commission, Council on Education and Public Health, the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL), and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Students interested in reviewing WSCUC accreditation documents may do so at http://wasc.ucdavis.edu. Those interested in reviewing profession-specific accreditation documents should contact the relevant dean's office.

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Updated: November 21, 2017 12:17 PM