UC Davis Facts


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Biochemistry and molecular biology major Akshay Sethi and his team were the first undergraduates to compete in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management's Big Bang Business Plan Competition. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

UC Davis has earned its stellar reputation through outstanding students and a breadth of academic programs, global leadership in sustainability, and a commitment to addressing society’s needs through innovative research and public service.

Comprehensive education

Research giant

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Officials unveil the Honda Smart Home US to showcase technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation at West Village development.  (Joe Proudman/UC Davis photo)

  • Leader in sustainability: UC Davis is a global leader in sustainability-related research and instruction, applied technology, and transformative projects and programs that advance knowledge and serve as models for the world. Among the initiatives is UC Davis West Village, designed to be the nation's largest zero net energy community that serves as an experimental laboratory for energy-efficient living.
  • 14th in research funding among U.S. ranked public universities and 22nd among public and private universities: UC Davis received $708 million in research awards in 2011-12, according to a survey by the National Science Foundation.
  • Global warning system for diseases: UC Davis is at the forefront of identifying and controlling diseases that move between wildlife and people through a global early warning system. Funded with up to $75 million over five years, the UC Davis PREDICT program is an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • Nutrition for the poorest: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded UC Davis a $16 million grant to support research on preventing childhood malnutrition in developing countries. With this support, UC Davis leads an international network of researchers at public and private institutions in Burkina Faso, Finland, France, Ghana, Malawi and the United States to research a cost-effective, fortified peanut butter-like nutritional supplement to improve nutrition for children and women in impoverished nations.
  • Stem-cell research: UC Davis is on the leading edge of stem cell research with the Institute for Regenerative Cures, funded by the National Institutes of Health to translate human stem cell research into therapies.
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Supervising attorneys and UC Davis students working for the immigration law clinic use role playing to sharpen their arguments for a deportation hearing. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photos)

Engaged in public service

  • Full-service medical center: With many centers of excellence — including the region's only level 1 trauma center, renowned institutes for the study of neurodevelopmental disorders and population health improvement, and a nationally designated cancer center — the UC Davis Medical Center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives California's remote and medically underserved communities unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care.
  • Teaching animal hospital: UC Davis’ Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital cares for more than 45,000 small and large animals each year while teaching veterinary students essential clinical skills.
  • Collaborating with entrepreneurs: The UC Davis Child Family Center for Innovationa and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Management brings science, engineering and business students and faculty together with experienced entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders in a highly collaborative environment that blends effective theory with hands-on participation and solution-driven innovation.
  • Law clinics for the public: The UC Davis School of Law offers community support in the areas of immigration, prison law, civil rights litigation, family protection and before the California Supreme Court.
  • Providing the best teachers: Founded in 2002, the UC Davis School of Education is among the top 50 best schools of education in the country. Nearly 8,000 teachers, researchers and educational leaders prepared at UC Davis are shaping public education in California and beyond.