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University of California 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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University of California Davis offers admission to international students during Spring and Fall. With over 100 undergraduate majors and 102 graduate programs, UC Davis has established itself as an institute with high research output and sustainable programs and policies. 

Fall 2019 saw a total enrollment of 39,629 applicants at UC Davis. Out of these, over 8,500 applicants were enrolled in various graduate and professional programs at UC Davis. More than 4,500 international students are a part of its undergraduate body, making it an extremely multi-cultural and popular place to study in the U.S.

The rate of acceptance of the University of California, Davis is 43%. This is indicative of its very strict application assessment. As per the 2019 class profile, students admitted at UC Davis typically have an average GPA of 3.76- 4.00 whereas they scored between 1260-1480/28-34 in SAT and ACT.

Like all campuses of University of California, UC Davis too considers essential factors while reviewing the applications. This includes academic points, class rank, outstanding work in any academic field of study. Candidates' special talents and achievements play a very significant role too. Special skills like proficiency in other languages or cultures, promise of leadership, community service and the candidate's promise for contributing to the institution's intellectual vitality are often the deciding factors.

  • The median annual salary of a UC Davis recent alumni is 56,300 USD whereas experiences alumni earn 94,600 USD
  • University of California, Davis is considered to be at #35 and #58 in the US for having 'best value' and affordability
  • Students can apply through the online application portal of the college.
  • Health insurance is mandatory for all students.


Degrees AvailableBachelor’s, Master’s Doctoral,
Application PortalUG: UC Online Application
PG: UC Graduate Application
Application Fee (International)UG: 80 USD
PG: 140 USD
GPA Range3.74-3.96
Acceptance Rate43%
SAT Range1260-1480
ACT Range28-34
Undergraduate Tuition14490 USD
Academic CalendarSemester wise
International AdmissionsUC Davis Admissions

University Of California Davis Admission Deadlines

Application DeadlineUndergraduate- November 30
Graduate- June 1
Deadline for admitted students to submit a statement of intent to registerFreshmen- May 1
Transfer- June 1
Final, official transcripts submission deadlineJuly 1
Test scores submission deadline (SAT, ACT)July 15

Admission Requirements for International Students

All international applicants must complete the same application requirements as U.S. applicants.

  • Academic documents (including transcripts of all college work)
  • Supporting documents like a statement of purpose, and a personal history statement.
  • Some programs have GRE scores or other program specific standardized exams scores
  • Additional requirements such as examples of written work, or resume.
  • Compulsory administrative fee 

A foreign degree is assessed based on the characteristics of the national system of education, the type of institution attended, and the level of studies completed. 

Country-specific requirements

UC Davis has additional application requirements for different international students according to the country of their previous education. 

Requirements for Indian students: 4 years bachelor's degree (BS.Agr., BS.Hort., B.Tech., B.Engr., B.Med., B.Vet. Med., B.Arch., BFA.), a 3-year bachelor's degree with a postgraduate diploma or master's degree, or a higher degree.

English Language Requirements for International Students

It is compulsory for international applicants to submit official TOEFL or IELTS examination scores. They can apply without these scores if they have earned or will be earning a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from either a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a foreign college or university which provides instruction only in English.

English Proficiency TestMinimum score for UndergraduateMinimum score for Graduate

Student Visa Requirements

To apply for a visa, students have to take their passport and certificate of eligibility, plus proof of adequate financial resources for their studies and living expenses to a U.S. consulate or embassy. The types of US visas available to international students are the F-1 student visa and the J-1 exchange visitor visa.

Before the U.S. Consul will grant a visa, students must prove that they will have sufficient financial resources to meet all their expenses while studying in the United States. They must show documented evidence of the source of their funds and guarantee that they will receive them while at UC Davis. Unless they show written evidence of having resources for their entire degree program, they will not be granted a student visa.

University of California Davis Transfer Admission Requirements

Applicants must ensure that they meet UC transfer admission requirements and any UC Davis major-specific requirements.

  • Transfer acceptance rate: 55.4%
  • Required GPA: 3.34-3.81
  • Applicants must be college juniors, with 60 semesters (90 quarter) units.
  • Applicants must complete the UC requirements in English and math with grades of C or better.
  • Applicants must have two transferable college courses in English composition and one transferable college course in mathematical concepts or quantitative reasoning.
  • Applicants also have to complete four transferable courses with grades of C or better from at least two of the following subject areas:
    • arts and humanities
    • social and behavioral sciences
    • physical and biological sciences
  • Applicants must earn at least a 2.40 GPA in their UC-transferable classes to meet UC requirements; California non-residents must earn at least a 2.80 GPA.

University of California Davis Undergraduate Admissions

UC Davis offers over 100 undergraduate majors. More than 4,500 international students are enrolled into a variety of bachelor’s programs. Undergraduate admission requirements for University of California Davis are given below.

Application Portal: UC Online Application

Application Fee: 80 USD

  • Application fee waivers are available to students who meet eligibility guidelines based on household size and family income.
  • A high school diploma (or equivalent) is required of undergraduate applicants.
  • Applicants are required to take the ACT with writing or the SAT with an essay.

University of California Davis Graduate Admissions

A range of graduate and professional degrees are offered by the University of California Davis across hundred different areas of study. In total it has 101 different graduate programs to offer.

Application Portal: UC Davis Graduate Application Portal

Application Fee: 140 USD, may vary for some programs

  • The applicants require a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) from the institution where they have earned or will earn their bachelor's degree to be eligible for a graduate program in UC Davis.
  • Other requirements include, graduate record examination (GRE), other relevant ability or achievement tests, letters of recommendation, a GPA and/or English language testing score higher than the university minimum, and/or other program-specific material.

Students can apply to multiple graduate programs during a single admissions period. A complete application has to be filed for each program, which includes a new online application and application fee. It is advised to thoroughly check the application before submission as no changes or additions will be made after the application has been submitted. 

Popular graduate programs at UC Davis

The application deadlines and international admission requirements for some of the most popular graduate courses at UC Davis are tabulated below.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Admission Requirements

Interviews will be held after the applicant has been selected.

Application DeadlineSeptember 15
Application PortalOnline
Application Fee140 USD
Academic RequirementsTranscripts; GRE; A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for all completed science courses and cumulative college coursework;180 hours of veterinary experience
Supporting DocumentsThree Letters of recommendations (eLORS) as a part of their VMCAS application. At least one eLOR must be from a veterinarian.
Additional Requirements for International StudentsThe foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service.
The minimum acceptable TOEFL iBT score is 105.
Before an I-20 can be granted, international students have to provide evidence of the first year of living and tuition expenses.

UC Davis MBA Admissions

Selected candidates will be invited to an on-campus or virtual Zoom interview.

Application DeadlineRound 1: Oct 28; Round 2: Jan 6;
Round 3: Feb 24; Round 4: Apr 13;
Round 5: June 15
Application PortalOnline through UC Davis portal
Application Fee125 USD
Academic RequirementsA bachelor’s degree A minimum GPA of 3.0 GMAT or GRE scores
Supporting DocumentsCurrent resume, four essays, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL or IELTS TOEFL paper: 600;
computer: 250; or internet: 100 A minimum IELTS score of 7.0

UC Davis Animal Biology Admissions

Application DeadlinePriority: January 15
General: May 1
Space Available: June 1
Application PortalOnline
Academic RequirementsA bachelor's degree or equivalent; A minimum grade average of B in upper-division coursework taken as an undergraduate
Supporting DocumentsThree letters of recommendation Academic records from each college-level institution ; GRE scores

Admission Requirements for Plant Biology

Application DeadlineFall: December 1
Application PortalOnline
Academic RequirementsA bachelor's degree in biological sciences;
Minimum 3.0 GPA;
One official transcript for each school attended
Supporting DocumentsThree letters of recommendation ;
A curriculum vitae Official GRE scores;
Statement of purpose; Personal history
Additional Requirements for International StudentsA TOEFL score of 550 for the paper test and 80 for the internet-based test is required For IELTS, a score of 7 or higher is essential

Computer Science Admission Requirements

Application DeadlineJanuary 15
Application PortalOnline
Application FeeInternational- 140 USD
Academic RequirementsOfficial transcripts;
GRE scores ;
A bachelor’s degree. Proficiency at the undergraduate level in fundamental areas of computer science & mathematics.
3.0 minimum GPA.
Supporting DocumentsThree letters of recommendation; statement of purpose; A personal history statement

University of California Davis Document Submission and Assessment

  • Students must upload a transcript for each institution they listed in the academic history section of their application.
  • Scanned copies of original paper transcripts, unofficial advising transcripts, or web portal-based transcripts will be accepted by UC Davis.
  • The uploaded PDFs do not need to be "official" electronic transcripts issued by their institutions. However, the uploaded documents must include all of the same information that would appear on an official transcript (applicant’s name, the institution name, and all of the courses, grades, units, terms, etc.).
  • It must be ensured that the PDF is not password protected or encrypted before uploading.
  • Unless the back of the transcript is completely blank (no stamps, signatures, grade or course information, etc.), students must scan the front as well as the back of their transcript.

UC Davis does not accept paper transcripts as a part of the application process. Instead, all applicants must upload PDF versions of their transcripts or academic records directly to the university’s system. 

If the transcripts or academic records are in a language other than English, students are required to upload a PDF which includes both the original language documents and English translations. 

The English translation must be performed by the college or university which has issued the documents or a transcript evaluation service or a government certified translator. The college is highly ranked and gives its students tremendous future prospects. It is one of the best universities globally for pursuing Veterinary sciences.


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