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University of California, Davis

PhD Programmes

Social Sciences (1)

About

History

We first opened our doors in 1908 as the University Farm, the research and science-based instruction extension of UC Berkeley. As the century evolved, our mission expanded beyond agriculture to match a larger understanding of how we should be serving the public. By 1959, UC Davis had grown into a general campus with its own personality and strengths.

Education

Our goal in this 2020 Initiative is to increase financial stability by reducing our reliance on the state for funding. UC Davis is doing this by adding 5,000 new undergraduates — Californian, national and international students — between 2011 and 2020. This initiative has allowed us to provide more international experiences for our campus community. At the same time, we’re creating a more diverse educational climate as we educate future global leaders.

Research

Whether UC Davis is predicting the next global virus before it happens or developing more nutritious wheat for a hungry world, our research is making the world a better place to live. Here is where you will improve health, enrich life and help feed the world. Come to one of the top public research universities to make your mark.

The Office of Research assists our campus by cultivating relationships with government and industry, helping faculty in developing research and scholarly studies, and in coordinating the patenting and licensing of intellectual property.

Career

Together, UC Davis’ two campuses — in Davis and Sacramento — constitute the second-largest individual employer in the Sacramento region, behind only the state of California.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
55 4
2019
59 -5
2018
54
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
64 -4
2019
60 -8
2018
52
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
90 6
2018
96 -11
2017
85
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
104 -4
2019
100 18
2018
118
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

Academic Resources

  • Academics at UC Davis
  • Internship and Career Center
  • Office of Graduate Studies
  • Office of the University Registrar
  • Office of Student Affairs
  • Student Academic Success Center
  • Student Disability Center
  • Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs

Housing services

Freshmen live in a variety of residence halls that include Tercero 3, our first to earn the top national rating for being sustainable. If you are concerned about liking your potential roommate, did you know you can request a roommate at UC Davis? Learn more about your resources available through Student Housing.

Library services

10 million library assets

Think of the extensive assets that you can use: 10 million items, including books, journals, databases, music, maps, and photos, among other resources in print and digital formats. Plus, you’ll have access to the whole UC library system – second only to the Library of Congress. You’ll have extensive borrowing privileges just by being a UC Davis student.

Medical services

You can find world-class health care in Northern California at UC Davis — and find UC Davis discoveries influencing health around the globe. We serve the public — and our own students — by focusing on improving lives, transforming care and sharing knowledge to advance health for all.

Student Life

Campus life

At UC Davis, you will make your mark. By forging great friendships, joining clubs, playing sports and taking part in campus life, you will make the most of your time as a college student — and find out who you are. This campus is rich with traditions like Picnic Day and Homecoming, but you will also be part of our biggest Aggie tradition — doing things your way while transforming our university and making the world a better place. You’ll pick up life skills along the way, like leadership. And you’ll find UC Davis is one of a kind, like you.

Sports facilities

Play soccer, football, tennis, volleyball, baseball and more at our athletics facilities. Located all over campus, facilities like the UC Davis Health Stadium, come in many makes and shapes.

UC Davis intercollegiate athletics are open to everyone — spectators as well as participants. Being a UC Davis member means you can cheer on 25 NCAA varsity teams.

The Aggies have won conference championships in men's basketball, women's basketball and men's water polo. UC Davis also holds individual conference titles in gymnastics, swimming and diving, and track and field.

Student clubs

Get active in one or more of our 800-plus student clubs. You’ll find several that line up with your interests, whether you are interested in cultural identity, religion, a future profession, artistic expression or community service.

Or, maybe you want to explore. Volunteering with a club or organization is an opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills.

Accreditation

The University of California, Davis is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

Davis, California, United States

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