UC Davis

One of the top public research universities in the world, UC Davis offers top-ranked academics, global leadership, unparalleled research opportunities, and an active student life anchored in sustainability and service.

Your academic experience is backed by a powerhouse of experts in every field imaginable, which means you will have unmatched opportunities to gain relevant, hands-on experience. Our Undergraduate Research Center encourages and supports your research interests in every major, from freshman year to graduation.

Students benefit from a tremendous range of academic and extracurricular programs, a true interdisciplinary research community and an abundance of opportunities to make an impact on society.

Academic highlights

UC Davis’ academic strengths span microbiology and aerospace engineering to art, linguistics and Middle East/South Asia studies. The campus environment is characterized by a distinguished faculty of scholars, scientists and artists, a college-town sense of community and dedication to the highest standards in teaching, research and public service. Involvement in honors programs, internships and research typify the student experience.


Students can earn degrees in 100+ majors in the sciences, humanities, arts, social sciences and natural resources. During the course of their college career, more than 70 percent of all undergraduates work alongside faculty members on research and creative projects, and more than 500 undergraduates present their findings each year. In one of the nation's largest internship programs, more than 6,000 students complete internships annually, applying their academic knowledge to real-world challenges.

Colleges and schools

UC Davis is one of the most comprehensive universities in the nation.

  • Four colleges—Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science—offer diverse opportunities for majors and minors.
  • Six professional schools—Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing—offer wide possibilities for research and undergraduate involvement.
  • School of Education—offers a minor to undergraduates, introducing them to educational theory, research and practice and giving them the opportunity to work in local schools and the community.
  • Graduate School of Management—offers a minor in technology management, which helps undergraduates develop critical business talent in science-related fields.

Libraries and research centers

Shields Library, one of the top research libraries in North America, contains more than 3.88 million volumes and offers many special services for undergraduates. Other unique resources include the 150-acre Arboretum, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Genome Center, Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Science, Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Student Experimental Farm, among others. And more than 300 research programs, centers and services provide a diverse range of opportunities for real-world experience.

Clubs and activities

More than 600 clubs meet the academic, cultural, ethnic, political, recreational, religious, service and social interests of UC Davis Aggie, from the excitement of Picnic Day—the largest student-run event in the country—to the diversity of spring cultural celebrations.


Davis offers 23 intercollegiate sports for men and women at the NCAA Division I level, and nearly 60 intramural and club sports.

Environment and tempo

Davis is one of the state's few remaining college towns, a safe community with easy access to campus by bicycle or the student-run bus system. Students make up a large portion of the city's population of 66,250 people, and the campus is a center of activity for the entire community. The result is an abundance of student-friendly businesses and community events in the downtown area. Concerts, films, plays, lectures, exhibits and special events attract students and residents alike. And the city's progressive culture complements UC Davis's commitment to sustainability.