UC Davis Distinctions

Comprehensive Education

  • A leader in interdisciplinary study, offering more than 100 academic majors and nearly 100 graduate programs
  • The most comprehensive UC campus, meaning that UC Davis offers degrees in a wide range of fields and subjects
  • 1st in the world for veterinary medicine (QS World University Rankings)
  • 1st in the nation and 2nd in the world in agriculture (QS World University Rankings; U.S. News and World Report)
  • 1st in the world in plant and animal programs (U.S. News and World Report)
    Students laughing near the Memorial Union at UC Davis on the first day of the fall quarter, on September 27, 2012.
  • 1st in the world in agricultural economics
    and policy (Center for World University
    Rankings)
  • 1st among best value colleges for women in STEM (Forbes)
  • 4th in the world in ecology and the
    environment (U.S. News and World Report)
  • 1st among U.S. academic institutions in the number of undergraduate degrees for minority students in biological/biomedical sciences (Top 100 Minority Degree Producers 2015)
  • 1st in the U.S. in faculty papers written in the field of ecology and the environment
  • Ranked 13th among U.S. institutions granting undergraduate degrees to students of color
  • 6th best public university in the nation (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education)
  • 9th among U.S. universities in the number of international scholars
  • 7th among public universities and 27th among public and private universities (The Best Colleges’ Top 50 Colleges and Universities in America)
  • 10th among public universities nationwide (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)

Environmentally Aware

  • #1 “Greenest University” in the world (UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, 2016)
  • #8 “Coolest School” in the United States for efforts in advancing sustainability knowledge and practices (Sierra Magazine, 2016)

Global Impact

  • More than 5,700 international scholars and students studied and conducted research at UC Davis in 2013-2014
  • 4th most international public university in U.S. (Times Higher Education)
  • 11th among institutions hosting international scholars (Institute of International Education)
  • Active international alumni groups on six continents
  • Global leader in sustainability-related research and instructions, applied technology and transformative projects and programs that advance knowledge and serve as models for the world

Scientific Achievement

  • Leader in interdisciplinary research aimed at finding innovative solutions in the critical fields of health sciences, energy, transportation, agriculture and the environmentAggie Ambassadors pose for a picture on campus with the UC Davis water tower in the background.
  • 14th in research funding among U.S.
    ranked public universities (National Science Foundation)
  • Received $760 million in research funding in 2015-2016

Giving Back

  • 10th in the ranking of American universities based on contributions to society (Washington Monthly)
  • Contributes more than $8.1 billion each year to the California economy (Economic & Planning Systems Inc. 2015)
  • 54 percent of alumni surveyed say their work makes the world a better place (2016-17 PayScale College Salary Report)
  • More than 600,000 hours of community service annually by UC Davis students, faculty and staff volunteers

Student Experience

  • Nearly 40 percent of undergraduate students participate in hands-on research
  • Key campus services and events are administered only by students, including the Unitrans bus system; the campus post office; and the annual Picnic Day, which draws in more than 50,000 alumni, parents and friends every year
  • 80 percent of undergraduate students obtain at least one internship through the Internship and Career Center, making it one of the largest campus-wide academic internship programs in the country
  • 5th most polite college (Huffpost, 2015)
  • 7th for student health services (2017 Princeton Review “The Best 381 Colleges”)