University of California-Davis
Davis, CA 95616-8678

Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

University of California-Davis is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 68,553 applications and only 28,981 students were granted admission. University of California-Davis is at the #40 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 52% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 86% submitted SAT scores.

Fall 2016 Admitted Students ACT Scores

Out of the total 5,762 enrollees 3023 students submitted ACT score. Below is the score ranges of the submitted test scores.

25% 75%
English 24 32
Math 24 31
Composite 25 31

Fall 2016 Admitted Students SAT Scores

Out of the total 5,762 enrollees 4975 students submitted SAT score. Below is the score ranges of the submitted test scores.

25% 75%
Critical Reading 510 630
Math 540 700
Combined (Math + Reading) 1050 1330

Admission Requirements and Recommendations

University of California-Davis uses the following list of admission requirements and recommended documents when evaluating students applications. All documents listed under the "Required" sections must be submitted with your application but those listed under the "Recommended" section are optional.

Please double check with the school to verify the current and complete admission requirements.


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Neither required nor recommended

  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Fall 2016 Applicants Statistics

The following table details the number of students who applied, admitted and erolled in University of California-Davis, in Fall 2016.
Men Women Total National Avg.
Applicants 31,318 37,235 68,553
Admitted students 11,363 17,618 28,981
Enrolled students 2,092 3,670 5,762
Acceptance rate 36.3% 47.3% 42.3% 69%
Yield 18.4% 20.8% 19.9% 35%

Accepted Credits

The following table outlines which college prepartory work and life expreaince will earn you credits at University of California-Davis.

Advanced placement (AP) credits
Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)
Not Accepted
Credit for life experiences

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students

Admission Deadlines

January 1

  • SAT Reasoning / ACT scores

January 31

  • SAT Subject score

March 31

  • Applicants notification date

May 1

  • Students must reply to acceptance offer

June 9

  • Housing deposit

November 30

  • Regular application
  • Fall application
  • Transfer application (regular)

Campus Location

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