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University of California, Davis

United States
  • Ranked 52 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • Ranked 55 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • Ranked 95 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • Ranked 85 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • Ranked 85 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • Ranked 44 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • Ranked 118 QS World University Rankings 2018
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About University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis is a public education and research university situated in Davis, California, USA. Across over 7,156 acres (2,896 ha), the campus is the largest within the University of California system and third largest by enrollment. The Carnegie Foundation classifies UC Davis as a wide-ranging doctoral research university with a medical program, veterinary program, and very high research activity.

UC Davis faculty contains 21 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 21 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 13 members of the American Law Institute, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine, and 11 members of the National Academy of Engineering. Among other honors, university faculty, alumni, and researchers have won the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Pulitzer Prize, National Medal of Science, and Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering.

Campus information

Towards the northeast end of campus is the Quad, a large rectangular field, which was the historic geographic center of campus.

The Memorial Union Complex houses Freeborn Hall and the Memorial Union, which houses various establishments such as the UC Davis Bookstore, ASUCD Coffee House (Coho), ASUCD student government offices, Post Office, the MU Games Area (video games and bowling alley), KDVS student radio station, study lounges, Campus Copies, Picnic Day Office and the Center for Student Involvement Office. The northeast side of campus holds more of the core buildings, such as Wellman Hall, Shields Library, Mrak Hall, and Hutchison Hall, as well as the North Entry Parking Structure.

The majority of Equestrian Center, and Animal Sciences buildings are located near the Arboretum Waterway, away from the core campus; the West Entry Parking Complex, the Silo Union, and the newly constructed Science Lecture Hall and the Science Laboratory Building are located nearer to the Tercero residence halls and the core of campus.

The University of California, Davis campus is spanning over 5,500 acres (2,225.8 ha) across two counties: Yolo and Solano. The university is situated 15 miles (24.1 km) west of Sacramento in the Sacramento Valley, part of California's Central Valley, it is adjoining to Interstate Highway 80. The Davis campus is the only school within the UC system with an airport, just west of main campus. From the downtown Davis to the campus' main quad is a matter of a few blocks, and 5-10 minute walk or bike ride. It is a 15 minutes distance from Sacramento.


University of California, Davis offers student Housing which are operates three types of housing: residence halls, campus apartments, and cooperatives. Each area and its included buildings are unique in character, combining with the residents to create a diverse, exciting community. All Student Housing buildings are located on university property, and all except the Cuarto area residence halls are located on the main campus. Privatized apartments are also located on campus, and are operated by private management in accordance to agreements with UC Davis. SHA apartments may be located on or off-but-near campus.


Courses available 10

Applied and Pure Sciences 3 Creative Arts & Design 2 Engineering 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 Mandarin (Chinese Language) 1 Mass Communication & Media 1


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