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Freshman admission requirements

To be competitive for freshman admission to UC Davis, prospective students must be on track to earn a high school diploma (or equivalent) and meet all UC freshman admission requirements. Our campus then reviews and assesses all applications as part of our UC Davis freshman application review process.

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“A-G” subject requirements

A. History/social science = 2 years
B. English (or language of instruction) = 4 years
C. Mathematics = 3 years (4 years recommended)
D. Laboratory science = 2 years (3 years recommended)
E. Language other than English (or other second language) = 2 years (3 years recommended)
F. Visual and performing arts = 1 year
G. College preparatory elective = 1 year

The University of California (UC) has suspended letter grade requirements for A-G courses completed in spring 2020. Courses completed during this time with Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades will satisfy appropriate A-G requirements.

GPA requirement

California residents must earn a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Students who are not residents of California must earn a GPA of 3.40 or higher.

California residents

For high-achieving California residents, the UC offers two paths to admission: a statewide guarantee and a local guarantee. Find out if you're eligible.

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Exam requirements for freshman admission

The University of California Board of Regents unanimously approved suspension of the standardized test requirement (ACT/SAT) for all California freshman applicants until fall 2024.

For fall 2021 applicants, UC Davis will be test-optional 

UC Davis currently plans to be test-optional for Fall 2021 admissions. Under UC Davis’ test-optional admissions policy, nobody will be required to submit an SAT or ACT score for admission consideration, and applications will not be viewed negatively based on the lack of a score. Testing has always been only one of many factors considered in our review process. Moreover, UC Davis recognizes that demand for SAT/ACT administrations this fall may be challenging due to COVID-related cancellations in recent months. We also understand that there are real safety concerns about gathering to take a standardized test. We want to reiterate that submission of a test score is NOT required. Your safety is more important to us than a test score. Optional means optional. We look forward to reading your application.

Note: Ongoing litigation related to the University’s admissions processes may affect the content of these materials. However, no matter what happens in the litigation, nobody will be required to submit an SAT or ACT score for Fall 2021, and applications will not be viewed negatively based on the lack of a score.

Freshman Admissions

ACT with Writing or SAT with Essay

The University of California will no longer collect test scores for the ACT with Writing and SAT with Essay, even if students choose to submit general test scores as part of their application for admission.

SAT Subject Tests – CEEB code: 004834

SAT Subject Tests are not required; UC Davis will consider SAT Subject Tests only if they benefit the applicant.

Reporting Your Scores

You may report your official test scores to UC Davis at the time you take each test by requesting that your score report be automatically sent to UC Davis or any UC campus once it is available. If you've already received your scores, you can have additional score reports sent to UC Davis by contacting the testing agency for additional copies (ACT or College Board for the SAT with Essay and SAT Subject Tests). You only need to send your scores to one UC campus.