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UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. 

Since we were founded in 1905, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.

Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.

At a Glance

A map of California featuring 4 of UC Davis's locations, including our main campus in Davis, CA
35, 415 enrolled students, 104 Majors, 17,000 bikes on campus a day, $704 million research funding, 96 graduate programs

Athletics Name: Aggies, Athletics Level: NCAA Division 1, Intercollegiate Sports: 23 Varsity Teams
Our Mascot Gunrock the Mustang
Mascot: Gunrock the Mustang, Colors: Aggie Blue & Gold

Standout Academics Are a Given

Two male students examine a measurement in a physics laboratory

We prize academic excellence at UC Davis. More than 500 of our faculty have earned prestigious national and international honors and awards. One of the top 40 universities in the world, we are ranked as the world’s leading university for veterinary medicine — and we have many other top-ranking programs across the disciplines.

Hands-on learning leading to jobs

For instance, at the UC Davis Poverty Center, student research assistants learn how to analyze data and conduct background research, leading to jobs and graduate school. Biotech interns at a local startup get experience in marketing, research, clinical practice, manufacturing, finance and sales. In the process, they explore new subject areas and test a different skill sets, leading to a wider range of career possibilities.

Kiko Barr ’15

“This is a little bit dorky, but in high school I was really into this video game called Harvest Moon. You play a farmer who inherits his great uncle’s land. You can grow crops like tomatoes, and pet the cows and milk them. The game created this image in my mind that farming was the coolest thing ever. It led me to check out the Student Farm and apply for an internship, which I received. Six months later, I changed my major to sustainable ag and food systems.”
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I worker constructs a solar panel in the shadow of the UC Davis water tower

UC Davis is known for its commitment to the environment, locally and globally. Our researchers dedicate themselves to helping the Earth. And our campus, focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, is making tremendous strides in sustainability with the help of students.

Aggie Pride

A group of students cheering at the homecoming football

More than just an athletics saying, “Aggie Pride” describes how passionately students feel about their alma mater. When you visit UC Davis, you will see how our university has been strengthened by many student-led improvements. This is Aggie Pride in action, also evident when the Aggie Pack invites you to join the largest student spirit group in the country to cheer on our Division I athletic teams.