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A top tier
public university

UC Davis is a tier one research university. Several of our programs are among the best in the country and have been for decades. We hope you will help us continue this legacy and solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

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Our rankings

How we rank

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 fifth-best public university in the United States in its 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

Washington Monthly magazine ranked UC Davis second nationally among Affordable Elite Colleges in 2019.