UC Davis Selection Process

UC Davis is a highly selective public university with a strong and growing national reputation. The overarching goal of our selection process is to identify applicants who have an excellent chance of success, are most likely to thrive at our campus, and who will enhance the diversity of UC Davis' intellectual and cultural community.

To ensure that all applicants are thoroughly and fairly reviewed, UC Davis uses a comprehensive review process to review your application. Coursework, grades and test scores are important, but we're looking beyond the numbers to find out who you really are. When we read your application, we consider a broad range of criteria from traditional academic factors to extracurricular achievement and responses to life challenges. You can view our Admitted Student Profile to learn more about the academic performance of our recently admitted students.

Admission decisions are made based on the qualifications of the applicant pool and the number of available spaces within each academic area:

  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences admits by college
  • College of Biological Sciences admit by college
  • College of Letters and Science admits by division within the college
    (Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies; Mathematics and Physical Sciences; Social Sciences)
  • College of Engineering admits by academic department

Students applying as "undeclared" or "undeclared/exploratory" are considered within the college/division to which they applied.