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UC Davis in the Rankings

Sierra magazine says we’re still green, we’re still cool — at No. 2 in the 2015 “Cool Schools” rankings. This makes four out of the past five years that UC Davis has been among the top five in the environmental magazine’s evaluation of sustainability efforts at U.S. colleges and universities.


  • Cool School
    Sierra magazine 2015
  • Best Value University
    Princeton Review, Colleges That Pay You Back 2015
  • Top-ranked world research university
    Shanghai Jiaotong University, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014
  • No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry, as well as veterinary sciences
    QS World University Rankings 2015
  • No. 2 in the nation at doing the most for low income students
    College Access Index 2015
  • Top 5 worldwide for sustainability
    UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2014
  • Top 10 U.S. institutions granting degrees to students of color
    Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Top 100 Degree Producers 2014
  • Top 15 innovative universities in the world
    Reuters, Top 100 Innovative Universities 2015
  • Top 15 universities in the world for studying environmental sciences
    QS World University Rankings 2015
  • Top 50 public institutions for return-on-investment
    Payscale 2015
  • Top 55 world universities
    Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2014-15
  • Top 75 best colleges in the nation, scoring in the top 100 for athletics, future earnings, academics and campus quality
    Newsweek Daily Beast, College Rankings 2014
  • Top 50 research universities in America
    Forbes, America's Top Colleges 2015
  • Top 100 Universities in the nation, with an overall grade of A and strengths in friendliness, housing and dining, safety, transportation, athletics and diversity
    Niche (formerly College Prowler), Niche Rankings 2015
  • 6th among national universities for escalating career mobility
    CollegeNet and Payscale Social Mobility Index 2014
  • 8th among universities with most creative students
    Business Insider 2014
  • 9th among public research universities nationwide and 38th among public and private research universities
    U.S. News & World Report's 2014 "America's Best Colleges"
  • 10th among U.S. universities in the number of international scholars
    Open Doors 2013 Report
  • 19th among national public universities based on our contributions to society
    Washington Monthly 2014
  • 32nd among universities nationwide in engineering
    U.S. News & World Report 2014
  • One of only 20 universities in the nation and the only UC campus making writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum
    U.S. News & World Report's 2014 "America's Best Colleges"
  • One of America's most disability-friendly colleges
    College Success for Students With Physical Disabilities 2012
  • Top 50 greenest colleges in the United States
    Princeton Review, 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges
  • For additional rankings and general campus facts, visit the UC Davis facts page.


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