Campus Earns High Marks in World Rankings

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Quick Summary

  • Agriculture and forestry, veterinary science ranked second in the world
  • Campus holds spot in top 50 in seven categories
  • Campus is ranked in all five broad subject categories

The University of California, Davis, is ranked second in the world in veterinary science and in agriculture and forestry, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject released today (Feb. 27).

Among 48 disciplines, UC Davis ranked in the top 50 in seven. In addition to veterinary science and agriculture and forestry, they are environmental sciences (15th), anatomy and physiology (38th), biological sciences (42nd), earth and marine sciences (36th), and developmental studies (21st).

The university was ranked in all of the five broad subject categories included: life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, engineering and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences and management.

The School of Veterinary Medicine has more than 700 students pursuing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and other professional and graduate degrees, and offers the nation’s largest veterinarian residency program with more than 30 specialties. The school leads the nation with more than $92 million in annual research funding, and its faculty and highly trained staff treat more than 50,000 patients each year.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has more than 7,400 undergraduates in 28 majors and 1,040 graduate students in 29 graduate groups and programs. The college’s researchers generate more than $150 million in government, corporate and foundation awards. UC Davis is among the most published and cited U.S. research universities in agricultural sciences, animal science and plant sciences, environment/ecology, food science and nutrition, and soil sciences.

About the rankings

With some variation by subject area, the rankings consider reputation among academics, reputation among employers, and the citations of academic papers from the university. In all, more than 1,130 institutions were ranked.

The rankings are prepared by Quacquarelli Symonds, a firm widely considered to be one of the most influential international university rankings providers.

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