UC Davis Ranked Second Among Nation’s Public Campuses

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An Aggie Public Health Ambassador gives a gift card to someone who just got tested for COVID-19 as part of Healthy Davis Together, an award-winning public health partnership of UC Davis and the City of Davis. (Sue Peri/Healthy Davis Together)

Doing good and fostering social mobility helped put the University of California, Davis, in the No. 2 spot among public universities and 11th among all national universities in the Washington Monthly 2022 College Guide and Rankings released today (Aug. 28).

UC Davis was also recognized as 16th among the Best Bang for the Buck Western Colleges and on the list for the Best Colleges for Student Voting.

Among public universities in the national universities category, UC Davis ranked second only to UC Berkeley.

An introduction to the rankings noted the UC and California State University systems for their many campuses “in the upper echelons” of the rankings, which included 1,507 four-year colleges.

The rankings have three equally weighted categories: social mobility, research, and community and national service. “This means that top-ranked colleges needed to be excellent across the full breadth of our measures, rather than excelling in just one,” the editors wrote in an explanation of the methodology.

In other rankings this month, UC Davis was recognized in Princeton Review’s The Best 388 Colleges 2023 Edition. Among public universities, the campus was:

  • sixth among the Top 20 Best Schools for Making an Impact
  • 12th among the Top 50 Best Value Colleges
  • 15th for the Top Best Career Placement

UC Davis and rankings

A world-class university, UC Davis is highly ranked for how it transforms students’ lives, the impact of its research, the excellence of its academic programs, sustainability and more. The university performs self-evaluations and also appreciates the value of third-party assessments. However, ranking methods vary, change over time and can be subjective. UC Davis focuses on those rankings that most closely align with its mission and values — including serving the public good, inclusiveness and equity, and social mobility — and in national rankings looks most closely at its standing among public universities. UC Davis encourages prospective students and their families to weigh rankings among other factors in their college decision, talk with counselors and UC Davis admissions advisors, and, if possible, visit the campus.

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