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1st in the world for veterinary medicine
1st nationally in agriculture
UC Davis - 1st in the nation for launching women into STEM professions
9th among U.S. institutions granting undergraduate degrees to students of color
11th Among U.S. universities in the number of international scholars

High Achievements and Top Programs

UC Davis is highly ranked in the nation and the world, according to influential university ranking publications like U.S. News & World Report (national and global), QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and The Princeton Review.

The Wall Street Journal recognized UC Davis as the sixth-best public university in the United States in its inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking (2017).

Interested in rankings by graduate program? Browse the list below.

Graduate academic program rankings

Agriculture

Animal behavior

Biological sciences

  • Anatomy and physiology
    • 28th (QS World University Rankings 2017)
  • Biological sciences
  • Biology and biochemistry
    • 34th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Global Universities”)
  • Ecology/evolutionary biology
    • 7th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Global Universities” )
  • Molecular biology and genetics
    • 48th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Global Universities”)

Business and economics

Chemistry

  • Chemistry
    • 32nd (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2019)

Composition

  • Among the top 50 universities for writing across the disciplines (U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “America’s Best Colleges”)

Earth sciences

  • 24th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2019)
  • 29th in earth and marine sciences (QS World University Rankings 2018)

Education

  • 36th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)

Engineering

  • 33rd best College of Engineering (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2019)
  • Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical 
    • 26th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”)
  • Biological/agricultural
    • 7th in biological/agricultural (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2019)
  • Biomedical/bioengineering
    • 22nd (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
  • Chemical engineering
    • 30th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer engineering
    • 33th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
  • Computer science
    • 37th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2019)
    • 48th (U.S. News & World Reports “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Electrical
    • 41st tied in electrical/electronic/communications (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016
  • Environmental engineering
  • Materials science
    • 28th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
  • Mechanical
    • 35th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)

English

  • 20th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)

Environmental sciences

  • 7th in environment/ecology (U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Global Universities”)
  • 13th (QS World University Rankings 2018)

Fine arts

  • 27th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)

History

  • 32nd (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)
    • 9th in U.S. colonial history

Law

  • 25th best School of Law according to national law school deans and faculty
  • 31st of almost 200 American Bar Association-approved law schools (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
  • 37th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)

Mathematics

  • 34th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2019)

Medicine

  • 10th in primary care (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)
  • 26th in the nation for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research 2018)
  • 39th in research (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2017)

Nursing

  • Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
    • 46th among master's degree nursing leadership programs (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2019)

Physics

Plant science

Political science

  • 17th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)
  • Comparative politics  
    • 15th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2014)
  • Political methodology
    • 17th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)

Psychology

  • 26th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)
  • Psychiatry/psychology
    • 40th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Global Universities”)

Sociology

  • 30th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2018)

Statistics

  • 31st (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2019)

Veterinary medicine

About Some Important Rankings

QS World University Rankings

In spring 2017, QS World University Rankings placed UC Davis among the world’s elite institutions in 35 of the 46 subjects and all five of the subject areas featured. Besides being first in veterinary science and second in agriculture and forestry, subject rankings included environmental sciences, 13th; biological sciences, 27th; and earth and marine sciences, 29th. 

U.S. News and World Report National and Global Rankings

In its 2018 rankings of the nation's best colleges, U.S. News and World Report placed UC Davis 12th among public national universities and 46th among all national universities. In addition, UC Davis ranked:

  • 7th in biological and agricultural programs among schools with the highest degree is a doctorate
  • 17th for best undergraduate teaching
  • 30th in the nation among undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a doctorate
  • 39th for best undergraduate education by high school guidance counselors.

Learn about the methodology used to calculate the rankings.

U.S. News and World Report also issues an annual ranking of the best global universities, which uses a different methodology. In 2018, UC Davis ranked 52nd in the world.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking

In its second year of rankings (2017) of the nation's best colleges, the Wall Street Journal placed UC Davis 6th among public universities, 46th among all universities. The university scored 76.8 points out of a possible 100 overall in four general categories, including graduation outcomes, teaching resources, student engagement and campus environment.

The ranking took into consideration data from several sources and a survey of 200,000 students.