You are here

Aggie Extras Help You Achieve

Here you will see that being an Aggie means you are the kind that strives for better, the kind that breaks new ground. Achieving here prepares you to achieve anywhere. And, you start your career with a moderate-to-zero debt load. Learn how these strengths are reflected in our rankings, facts and statistics:

Two people in work attire posing in front of the California State Capitol

Jobs are a UC Davis outcome

  • 50 percent of our undergraduates take an internship to develop career goals and gain job experience
  • More than 3,000 company recruiters — including Apple, Amazon, Wells Fargo, Dupont and Genentech, seek UC Davis graduates
  • ranks Davis the 3rd "Best City to Live in for STEM Workers" and 18th among the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in the country
  • 55 percent of our undergraduates take two or more internships
  • More than 500 company recruiters visit UC Davis each year looking to hire our graduates
  • 6th among universities nationwide with the most students hired by top companies in and around Silicon Valley (Business Insider 2015)
  • 20th among public universities nationwide (and 72nd among all) for highest-paid graduates with bachelor degrees (2016-17 PayScale College Salary Report)
  • And we’re the best school where you can turn a taste for beer into a career (USA Today)

Why UC Davis is a best value

  • Top-ranked UC in value added to student earnings 10 years after enrollment (Brookings Institute 2015)
  • 3rd among top U.S. colleges for "doing the most for the American Dream" for our commitment to economic diversity (College Access Index, New York Times 2017)
  • One of 15 public 4-year colleges with high graduation rates leading to high incomes (College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education)
  • 17th among “Best Colleges” noted as “affordable school that produces results” (Money Magazine 2016)
  • 47 percent of our students awarded a bachelor’s degree in 2015-16 graduated without student debt
  • Named a 2017 "Best Value School" (U.S. News and World Report)
  • 9th among "300 Schools Worth the Investment" (Best Value Colleges 2017, Forbes

Color our school green

  • 3rd in the world for campus sustainability practices (2017 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings)
  • 8th “Cool School” in the nation for sustainability among America’s more than 150 greenest colleges and universities (2016 Sierra magazine)
  • One of the largest planned zero net energy community in the U.S.
  • Nearly 20 UC Davis buildings have green certifications from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Two men and a woman posing with olive oil and a circuit board

Our students are winners

  • 1st place winners of the international Data Mining Cup for developing a statistical model that predicts new orders and returns for online fashion retail
  • Grand prize in the international Genetically Engineered Machines (IGEM) competition for a bio-sensor machine that can detect fraudulent or rancid olive oil
  • 1st in global health and global impact categories at Big [email protected] Competition for “Clean Water for Crops: As Simple as Sand and Seeds”
  • 1st in North American competition at the National Freescale Cup Autonomous Model Car Competition

Two women in graduation garb getting a photo taken

Education for a diverse society

  • 9th in the Washington Monthly magazine rankings among 303 public and private national universities in contributions to the “public good” — social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)
  • 4.5 on 5.0 scale for university commitment to LGBTQ-inclusivity (Campus Pride Index)
  • 1st in the nation for our share of transfer students entering an undergraduate program, at 37 percent, which includes a high proportion of low-income, first-generation, veterans and non-traditional students (Washington Post analysis)
  • 1st among U.S. academic institutions in the number of undergraduate degrees for minority students in biological/biomedical sciences and agriculture, agricultural operations and related sciences (“Top 100 Minority Degree Producers 2016,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

Student Health Center with woman riding bike

More rankings and facts we’re proud of

  • 7th for student health services (2017 Princeton Review "The Best 381 Colleges")
  • 11th among national universities for hosting the most international scholars (2016 Institute of International Education Open Doors report)
  • 54 percent of our alumni surveyed say their work makes the world a better place (2016-17 PayScale College Salary Report)
  • More 600,000 hours of community service annually by UC Davis students, faculty and staff volunteers
  • Key campus services and events are run by students, including the Unitrans bus system and Picnic Day
  • Our Internship and Career Center typically facilitates 10,000 internship opportunities per year.