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Get on the path to becoming a first-year student

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.

Freshman Admission Requirements

"A-G" Subject Requirement

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

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

Learn about the two paths to admission for California residents.

Freshman Admission Statistics




Exam Scores

SAT: 1260-1470
Math: 640-780
Evidence-based Reading and Writing: 600-710

ACT: 28-34

Exam Requirements

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.

All ranges reflect the middle 50% of students admitted as of July 22, 2020. Learn more about admission statistics