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Chances of getting into University of California Davis

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
46%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Davis
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage
How hard is it to get into UC Davis and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UC Davis is 46%.  It ranks #27 in California and #190 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. UC Davis is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 35,645 out of 76,897 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 26 percent (SAT 1160/1400 ACT 25/33). University of California Davis typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students with an average GPA around 4.0. 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UC Davis application fee is $70 and applications are due by Nov 30.

Testing Requirements

You are required to 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 COVID-19.

UC Davis SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1160-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
87%
SAT Scores for University of California Davis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1160
SAT Scores for University of California Davis
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1400
Average SAT Score 1280

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 31 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1160 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 1040. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. UC Davis ranks #19 in California and #136 in the nation 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 2020 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
1400 and Above Good >59%
1280 to 1400 Avg + 46%-59%
1160 to 1280 Avg - 33%-46%
1040 to 1160 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 1040 Low <23%
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UC Davis ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
25-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
44%
ACT Scores for University of California Davis
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for University of California Davis
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 29

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 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #14 in California and #101 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 44 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Davis.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Davis admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >59%
29 to 33 Avg + 46%-59%
25 to 29 Avg - 33%-46%
21 to 25 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 21 Low <23%
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UC Davis GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.0
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 4.0 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
4.0 64.7% Avg -
3.75 to 3.99 21.2% Reach
3.50 to 3.74 8.8% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 3.6% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.2% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.4% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.1% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

University of California Davis admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 41,912 34,985 76,897
Accepted 21,218 14,427 35,645
Acceptance Rate 51% 41% 46%
Enrolled 3,868 2,276 6,144
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 16% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2021.

Application Fee

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

Application 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 Application 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?

46% of those who apply are granted admission to UC Davis. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional 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 1160 and 1400. 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 25 and 33. 44% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.