UC Davis Admits Fewer New Undergraduates to Reset Size of Entering Class

Two students paint a mural at a school
Two UC Davis students paint at Plainfield Elementary School in Woodland as part of the Mexican and Chicano Mural Workshop course offered through Chicana/o studies. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

The University of California, Davis, has offered freshman and transfer admission status for fall 2022 to 44,661 applicants — including 29,323 California residents, according to statistics released today (Aug. 10) by the university system.

UC Davis received a record 110,189 applications, made offers of admission to approximately 40% of those students — including 35,563 as freshman and 9,098 as transfer students — and estimates 9,550 will enroll in the fall.

“The resiliency of these students is incredible, and we look forward to welcoming this talented and diverse class to campus in September,” said Robert Penman, executive director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC Davis.

Penman said the campus admitted fewer students than it did for last fall to correct for last year's overenrollment. “UC Davis is aiming to return to a more gradual growth trajectory with its entering class of fall 2022,” he added.

In 2021, UC Davis made offers to 52,254 freshman and transfer applicants from a total pool of 105,901, and 10,299 enrolled, significantly exceeding the campus’s enrollment target.

California residents

UC Davis expects to enroll the most California resident undergraduates (including new and continuing students) of all the UC campuses  — something it’s done every year since 2010. 

The campus is also on track to meet the university system’s goal of enrolling one new transfer student from California Community Colleges for every two students who come directly from high school.

For fall 2022, the campus admitted 21,139 freshman and 8,184 transfer applicants from California. Overall, 8,874 international and 6,464 U.S. out-of-state applicants were admitted as new freshman and transfer students.

California residents accept offers of admission and enroll at higher rates than U.S. domestic and international students.

Diversity and other measures

The proportion of those identifying themselves as being from historically underrepresented groups — African American, American Indian, Chicano/Latino and Pacific Islander — remained steady at about 31.2% among those admitted as California freshmen and increased slightly from 31.2% to 32.2% among U.S. domestic students admitted from California Community Colleges.

Among admitted California resident freshmen and California Community College transfers who reported demographic information, approximately 38% would be the first generation in their family to graduate from a four-year university, and 42% are from low-income families.

Total enrollment

Total fall enrollment — including undergraduate, graduate, professional students, and interns and residents — at all locations is expected to be approximately 41,500. UC Davis also tracks student population averaged over the three quarters of an academic year for implementing the 2018 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) forecast of 39,000 students at the Davis campus. Estimates indicate the LRDP three-quarter average will be approximately 37,200 students for the 2022-23 academic year.

Statistics for the university system and UC Davis are available online.

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