Facts and Distinctions


1st in the world for sustainability (GreenMetric World University Ranking)

1st in the world in veterinary medicine (QS World University Rankings)

1st in the nation and 2nd in the world in agriculture (QS World University Rankings; U.S. News and World Report)

1st in the world in plant and animal programs (U.S. News and World Report)

4th in the world in ecology and the environment (U.S. News and World Report)

6th best public university in the nation (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education)

7th among public universities and 27th among public and private universities (The Best Colleges’ Top 50 Colleges and Universities in America)

10th in the ranking of American universities based on contributions to society (Washington Monthly)

10th among public universities nationwide (U.S. News and World Report)


Serves over 8,000 international students, scholars and their families from over 100 countries.

2,202 international scholars in 2015-16

Ranked 11th of all U.S. institutions hosting international scholars in 2015-2016

1,406 UC Davis students studied, interned or researched abroad in 2014-15

28 International alumni chapters and networks

150 faculty and instructors have taught or led education abroad courses

146 International agreements of cooperation, in 45 countries

40%  of new faculty hold a degree from an international institution

Welcomed 300 visitors from 72 delegations in 2015-2016.

Awarded over $1.3 million in Seed Grants to 187 diverse UC Davis programs, which have generated over $40 million in external funding.