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Founded in 1905, this public university offers bachelor's degrees, postbaccalaureate certificates, master's degrees, and doctor’s degree in research and scholarship, as well as professional practice. Approximately 38,000 students attend UC Davis, and roughly 31,000 of them are undergraduates. In the University of California system, only UC Berkeley and UCLA have more students. UC Davis is highly rated and considered a public Ivy League school.
Overview of University of California–Davis
The most popular programs and majors include:
- Biological Sciences
- Computer Science
- Managerial Economics
There are 100+ undergraduate majors and 100+ graduate programs. The graduate schools include medicine and the UC Davis Medical Center; The UC Davis Veterinary School, the largest in the nation and ranked number one in the world; law school, nursing, business management, and education.
Undergraduate majors are divided into four colleges at UC Davis. These are:
- College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- College of Biological Sciences
- College of Engineering
- College of Letters and Science
UC Davis is not in the city of Davis per se, but adjacent to it. The main campus is located in the Sacramento Valley, 15 miles from the state capital.
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||20:1|
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||November 30|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
In-state tuition for a recent academic year was $14,495, while out-of-state student tuition was $44,249. On-campus room and board equal around $15,775. That makes the total annual expenses for an in-state student living on campus $35,935, while similar out-of-state students will pay $65,689.
Roughly 66% of freshmen students received some form of financial aid, with 31% receiving student loan aid averaging $5,368. For undergraduates, the average amount of grants or scholarship awarded was $19,687. The average Pell Grant was $4,967.
The average net tuition price for a full-time, freshman student in a recent year was $15,886.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$19,687|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||66%|
|Room & Board||$15,775|
- Tuition In-State - $14,495
- Tuition Out-of-State - $44,249
- Books and Supplies - $1,158
- Room & Board - $15,775
- Other - $4,507
Retention rates reveal how many first-time students returned to the school the next year. If a school has a low retention rate, that’s a potential red alert. Graduation rates involve the percentage of first-time students receiving a degree within 150% of the standard program time, which is usually six years. Schools with low graduation rates may have systemic issues.
The student-to-faculty ratio is 20 to 1, and the graduation rate is 87%. The school’s acceptance rate is 39%, and the retention rate for full-time, undergraduate students is 92% and 77% for part-time undergraduates. These retention rates are excellent and show that students find their first year to their liking in terms of classes, professors, and general school culture.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||1,266 Total Graduates / 16%|
|Neurobiology and Anatomy||374 Graduates|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||271 Graduates|
|Molecular Biochemistry||206 Graduates|
|Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other||71 Graduates|
|Genetics, General||71 Graduates|
|All Social Science Majors||1,193 Total Graduates / 15%|
|Econometrics and Quantitative Economics||347 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||193 Graduates|
|Economics, General||158 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||787 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Mechanical Engineering||152 Graduates|
|Civil Engineering, General||135 Graduates|
|Chemical Engineering||110 Graduates|
|Engineering, General||102 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||722 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Research and Experimental Psychology, Other||721 Graduates|
|Psychology, Other||1 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||512 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other||352 Graduates|
|Business/Managerial Economics||160 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||44%|
Outcome & Salary
College graduates will earn considerably more than non-college graduates over their careers. Early graduates can expect to earn $58,000 annually, with a later average salary of $65,617. The mid-career graduate salary average is $108,000.
For the average net education price of $74,000, the ROI for 10 years of salary earnings potential is $656,170, while the ROI for 20 years of salary earnings potential is $1,745,170. That makes the 10-year projected ROI outcome for the cost of education $581,338, and the 20-year projected ROI outcome $1,670,338.
Compare that to the national average salary of $38,792 for someone without a college education. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$62,500|
|College Grads Average Salary||$77,982|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$123,300|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$779,820|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$2,012,820|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$63,544|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$716,276|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,949,276|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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