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1st in the U.S. in faculty papers written in the field of ecology and the environment
2nd in the world in agriculture and forestry
11th among public universities in the U.S.
13th among U.S. institutions granting undergraduate degrees to students of color
9th Among U.S. universities in the number of international scholars

High Achievements and Top Programs

Many UC Davis graduate programs have high national rankings in the nation and in the world , according to influential university ranking publications like U.S. News & World Report and QS World University Rankings. Take a look.

Graduate academic program rankings

Agriculture

  • 1st in agricultural sciences (Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch 2011) 
  • 2nd in agriculture and forestry (QS World University Rankings 2016)
  • 2nd in agriculture (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • 2nd in plant sciences (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)

Animal behavior

  • 2nd in animal sciences (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)

Anthropology

  • Between 7th and 21st among 82 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Biological sciences

  • Biological sciences
  • Biology and biochemistry
    • 32nd (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Cell and developmental biology
    • Between 42nd and 100th among 122 programs for (National Research Council 2010)
  • Ecology/evolutionary biology
    • 3rd (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2015); between 5th and 28th among 94 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Life sciences
  • Microbiology
    • Between 16th and 44th among 74 programs in (National Research Council 2010)
  • Molecular biology and genetics
    • 36th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Neuroscience and behavior
    • 47th (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • Population biology
    • Between 4th and 24th among 94 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Business and economics

Chemistry

  • Agricultural and environmental chemistry, between 31st and 90th among 178 programs  (National Research Council 2010)
  • Chemistry
    • 35th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2015)
    • 38th worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
    • Between 30th and 88th among 178 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Comparative literature

  • Between 14th and 28th among 46 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Composition

  • Among the top 17 universities for writing across the disciplines (U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “America’s Best Colleges”)

Earth sciences

  • 20th in earth sciences (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2015)
  • 34th in earth and marine sciences (QS World University Rankings 2016)
  • Between 46th and 95th among 140 programs in geology (National Research Council 2010)

Engineering

  • 33rd best College of Engineering (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2017)
  • Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical 
    • 26th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2016”)
  • Biomedical/bioengineering
    • 7th in biological/agricultural (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2017)
    • 22nd (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
    • Between 26th and 54th among 74 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Chemical engineering
    • 30th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
    • Between 15th and 41st among 106 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Civil engineering
    • Between 6th and 37th among 130 in civil and environmental engineering (National Research Council 2010) 
    • 12th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
  • Computer engineering
    • 33th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
  • Computer science
    • Between 15th and 51st among 126 programs (National Research Council 2010)
    • 34th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2015)
    • 24th worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) 
    • 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
    • 13th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
  • Materials science
    • 28th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
    • Between 7th and 31st among 83 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Mechanical
    • 35th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2016)
    • Between 55th and 99th among 127 programs (National Research Council 2010)

English

  • 26th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2014)
  • Between 44th and 75th among 119 (National Research Council 2010)

Entomology

  • Between 1st and 7th among 28 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Epidemiology

  • Between 29th and 70th among 91 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Environmental sciences

  • 1st in ecology and the environment (Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch 2011) 
  • 4th in environment/ecology (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)
  • 13th (QS World University Rankings 2016)

Fine arts

  • 12th in ceramics (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2013)
  • 21st (Top 100 Fine Arts College Ranking in 2010, U.S. College Rankings)
  • 27th in fine arts (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2013)

Food science

  • 1st in food science and nutrition (Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch 2010)
  • Between 1st and 15st among 44 programs in nutritional biology (National Research Council 2010)
  • Between 4th and 17th among 31 programs (National Research Council 2010)

French

  • Between 22nd and 34th among 43 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Genetics

  • Between 28th and 56th among 65 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Geography

  • Between 10th and 30th among 49 programs (National Research Council 2010)

History

  • 27th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2014)
    • 9th in U.S. colonial history
  • Between 40th and 68th among 137 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Immunology

  • Between 17th and 56th among 78 programs (National Research Council 2010)

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)

Mathematics

  • 34th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2015)
  • 29th worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
  • Between 9th and 33rd among 127 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Applied mathematics
    • Between 4th and 15th among 33 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Topology
    • 13th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2013”)

Medicine

  • 15th in rural medicine (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2013)
  • 37th in primary care (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2017)
  • 47th in research (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2017)

Music

  • Between 12th and 28th among 63 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Neuroscience

  • Between 25th and 69th among 94 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Pathology

  • Between 26th and 54th among 78 programs in comparative pathology (National Research Council 2010)

Performance studies

  • Between 4th and 16th among 27 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Pharmacology and toxicology

  • Between 19th and 77th among 116 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Physics

  • 29th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2015)
  • Between 31st and 90th among 161 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Biophysics
    • Between 28th and 100th among 159 programs: (National Research Council 2010)

Physiology

  • Between 19th and 48th among 63 programs in molecular, cellular and integrative: (National Research Council 2010)

Plant science

  • Between 5th and 29th among 116 programs in plant biology (National Research Council 2010) 
  • Between 7th and 42th among 116 programs  in plant pathology (National Research Council 2010)

Political science

  • Between 7th and 26th among 105 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • 23rd (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2014)
  • Comparative politics  
    • 15th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2014)
  • Political methodology
    • 15th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2014)

Psychology

  • 21st (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2014)
  • Between 21st and 57th among 236 programs (National Research Council 2010)
  • Psychiatry/psychology
    • 35th tied (U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Global Universities”)

Sociology

  • 31st (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2014)
  • Between 48th and 77th among 118 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Spanish

  • Between 1st and 6th among 60 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Statistics

  • 27th (U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools” 2015)
  • Between 12th and 24th among 61 programs (National Research Council 2010)

Transportation

  • Between 32nd and 95th among 130 programs in transportation technology and policy (National Research Council 2010)

Veterinary medicine

About Some Important Rankings

QS World University Rankings

In spring 2016, QS World University Rankings placed UC Davis among the world’s elite institutions in 32 of the 42 subjects featured. Besides being first in veterinary science and second in agriculture and forestry, subject rankings included environmental sciences, 13th; biological sciences, 31st; and earth and marine sciences, 34th. 

New system for U.S. News and World Report

In fall 2014, U.S. News and World Report issued a new ranking of “2015 Best Global Universities,” using a framework with about 25 percent of the ranking reputation-based and the remainder a combination of citation and publication metrics, and Ph.D. production metrics. 

2010 National Research Council rankings

In fall 2010, the National Research Council released a comprehensive study of doctoral programs across the United States, and UC Davis programs did well. Rather than a straightforward ladder ranking of programs, the NRC committee provided five sets of "illustrative" ranking scales for each program. The NRC findings above related to overall rankings based on what a national survey of faculty members considered important to rate in academic programs. (Read more about the NRC survey.)

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Since 2003, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China has issued academic rankings of world universities and reports the findings on its website.