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Chances of getting into University of California Davis

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
38.9%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Davis
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Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into UC Davis and can I get accepted? The school has a 39% acceptance rate ranking it #23 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 30,358 out of 78,093 applicants were admitted making UC Davis a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 28 percent. University of California Davis typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of California Davis is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UC Davis SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1170-1410
Applicants Submitting SAT
87%
SAT Scores for University of California Davis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for University of California Davis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1290

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Davis?

University of California Davis typically prefers applicants to be in the top 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1050. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1290 out of 1600. The school ranks #19 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Davis admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >52%
1290 to 1410 Avg + 39%-52%
1170 to 1290 Avg - 27%-39%
1050 to 1170 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 1050 Low <18%
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UC Davis ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
44%
ACT Scores for University of California Davis
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for University of California Davis
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UC Davis?

Admission data indicates that UC Davis regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #19 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 44 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Davis.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Davis admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >52%
28 to 32 Avg + 39%-52%
24 to 28 Avg - 27%-39%
20 to 24 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 20 Low <18%
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UC Davis GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.99
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of California Davis?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UC Davis. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Davis was 3.99 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in California for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UC Davis will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of California Davis students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 89% Good
3.50 to 3.75 8% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 2% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

University of California Davis admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 42,324 35,769 78,093
Accepted 18,228 12,130 30,358
Acceptance Rate 43% 34% 39%
Enrolled 3,828 2,129 5,957
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 18% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2021
Days left to Apply
67

Applicants have 67 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of California Davis is $70.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Davis and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of California Davis Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of California Davis
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110644 IPEDS survey data for University of California Davis.

FAQs

Does University of California Davis prefer SAT or ACT?

87% of students submit their SAT scores to UC Davis. 44% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of California Davis?

39% of those who apply are granted admission to UC Davis. Admission competition is high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of California Davis?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1170 and 1410. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of California Davis?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 32. 44% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.