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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:

  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Neurobiology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Communications
  • 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.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 20:1
Graduation Rate 87%
Year Founded 1905

Student Enrollment

Total Students38,167


Undergraduate Student

Male 12,287
Female 18,431

Graduate Student

Male 2,980
Female 4,469

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Male 35,769
Female 42,324


Male 12,161
Female 18,199

Acceptance Rate39%

Male 34%
Female 43%

Enrollment 6,091

Male 2,229
Female 3,862
Application Fee $70
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT 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
Net Price $15,886
Average Total Aid $19,687
Students Receiving Financial Aid 66%
Room & Board $15,775

Sticker Price

  • 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

Student Population 38,167

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

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
Sociology 238 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.

Graduates Salary
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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