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Colleges / University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis

Davis, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate46%
Acceptance Rate46%

uc davis Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to uc davis, the regular decision application deadline is November 30 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply to uc davis for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

uc davis Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of uc davis's admissions stats.

uc davis 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist Yes

Continue reading for more information on uc davis's admissions stats.

Applying Early to uc davis?

These are the early application deadlines for University of California, Davis.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II No –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

uc davis does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to uc davis?

It is very difficult to get into uc davis. uc davis evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, uc davis accepted 46% of all applicants, around 35,304 of the 76,225 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like uc davis, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

In 2021, uc davis waitlisted 13,092 students. Of those, 4,960 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does uc davis Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at uc davis

Wondering what factors are considered by uc davis during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
State Residency Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with uc davis for more information on admission factors.

uc davis 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to uc davis must submit the following items. Double check with uc davis's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements high school subject requirements
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into uc davis?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to uc davis have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of California, Davis, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 21.2%
3.50 and 3.74 8.8%
3.25 and 3.49 3.6%
3.00 and 3.24 1.2%
2.50 and 2.9 0.4%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

uc davis doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

uc davis does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to University of California, Davis

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to uc davis.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by April 30.

Transfer students can enroll in uc davis during the following terms:

• Fall Term

uc davis Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to uc davis?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to uc davis.

Does uc davis accept transfer credits?

✅ uc davis accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does uc davis accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ uc davis does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to uc davis?

✅ uc davis is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is uc davis's acceptance rate?

✅ uc davis's acceptance rate is 46%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at uc davis?

❌ uc davis does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at uc davis?

❌ uc davis does not offer eary action.

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uc davis Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into uc davis? uc davis is a very selective institution. The uc davis acceptance rate is 46%. This means that the institution accepts 46 out of every 100 applicants.


uc davis Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to uc davis is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to uc davis is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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uc davis GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At uc davis, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.0. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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