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Rank: 11

University of California-Davis

One of several highly ranked public universities in California, the University of California-Davis has made a name for itself as an affordable school that produces results. About 41% of the student body is considered low-income, but the university still has a six-year graduation rate of about 85%, well above the average for schools with a comparable population of students. Students can earn undergraduate degrees in about 100 majors, but UC Davis is best known for its specialties in agriculture and animal sciences. The university is home to a dairy center, meat-processing lab and 100-acre arboretum; its department of enology and viticulture offers one of the country's oldest and most highly regarded winemaking degrees. Perhaps unsurprisingly, UC Davis was practicing sustainable techniques -- such as using local produce, promoting biking and constructing energy-efficient buildings -- long before such efforts became common on college campuses. About half of undergrads do research or other creative projects outside the classroom. When they're not hard at work, many students are cheering along with the Aggie Pack, the biggest student-run college spirit group in the country (perks include a free T-shirt, pizza and socks).
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$36,600
% of students who get any grants
68%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,200
Average price for low-income students
$10,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
42%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1190/28
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
31,437
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
79%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$5,643
student success
Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$14,700
Average salary within 3 years
$56,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
52%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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