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2020 admitted student profile

High school and community college students interested in applying to UC Davis often wonder, what kind of students are successful at our university? Every incoming class is different, but they all bring a high level of inspiration, energy, curiosity and commitment to excellence.

Below are typical grade point averages (GPA) and test scores for our fall 2020 admitted students, along with the percentage of applicants who received an offer of admission from UC Davis. All ranges reflect the middle 50% of students admitted. This means 25% of admitted students had a GPA or test scores lower than those posted here, and 25% had higher.





Admit Rate

UC Davis freshman estimated admit rate of 46.6 percent - admission statistics

The weighted GPA should be referred to by applicants who have taken college coursework or attended schools that offer International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) or UC-approved Honors Level (HL) curriculum. No more than 8 semesters of courses are awarded honors points for the weighted GPA.

Exam Scores

SAT: 1260-1470

Math: 640-780
Evidence-based Reading and Writing: 600-710

Scores from the pre-2016 SAT format will be accepted for students who graduate from high school before 2020.

ACT: 28-34

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-free.




Admit Rate

UC Davis transfer estimated admit rate of 55.7 percent - admission statistics

College Fit: Is UC Davis Right for You?

After looking at the statistics above, students sometimes wonder: Do I have to achieve that high a GPA to get into UC Davis? Or, if I meet or exceed the GPA shown, is that a guarantee that I’ll be admitted? In both cases, not necessarily.

College fit is about more than GPA, and our admission selection process is about more than that, too. We have UC-approved criteria that we look at when reviewing applications. These criteria place emphasis on admitting well-rounded students who show they are prepared for university life through a combination of academic excellence, leadership, extracurricular activities and a demonstrated ability to overcome challenges and think outside the box.

So, if you’re a high school student with a 4.3 weighted GPA and great test scores, you’ll still have to show that you are ready for college life through more than just academics. And if you’re a community college student with a 3.1 GPA and a rising history of succeeding despite life challenges, you could be just right as an Aggie.

Being an Aggie means becoming part of a welcoming community in a bike-friendly, centrally-located Northern California college town where collaboration is the norm and everyone works together to help students succeed.

Aggie Facts

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degree-seeking undergraduates

75% enrolled direct from high school, 25% transferred in


are first-generation students


are STEM majors

Visit AggieData for more information and statistics about students at UC Davis.

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