Davis, California

UC Davis Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of California Davis

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for University of California Davis
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into UC Davis and can I get accepted? The school has a 43% acceptance rate ranking it #25 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 30,762 out of 70,952 applicants were admitted making UC Davis a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 23 percent. University of California Davis typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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UC Davis SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for University of California Davis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for University of California Davis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1420
Average SAT Score 1310

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of California Davis typically requires applicants to be in the top 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 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 1090. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 out of 1600. The school ranks #24 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 81 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Davis admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1420 and Above Good >56%
1310 to 1420 Avg + 43%-56%
1200 to 1310 Avg - 31%-43%
1090 to 1200 Reach 21%-31%
Less than 1090 Low <21%
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UC Davis ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for University of California Davis
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for University of California Davis
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 31
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 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 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 #16 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Davis.

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 >58%
28 to 32 Avg + 43%-58%
25 to 28 Avg - 32%-43%
22 to 25 Reach 23%-32%
Less than 22 Low <23%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of California 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 Admission Chances
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

Admission Statistics

University of California Davis admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 38,650 32,302 70,952
Accepted 18,268 12,494 30,762
Acceptance Rate 47% 39% 43%
Enrolled 3,618 2,250 5,868
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 18% 19%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 46 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to UC Davis before the Nov 30 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Davis and what considerations affect 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.