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Get on the path to becoming a first-year student

To be competitive for freshman admission to UC Davis, prospective students must be on track to earn a high school diploma (or equivalent) and meet all UC freshman admission requirements. Our campus then reviews and assesses all applications as part of our UC Davis freshman application review process.

Freshman Admission Requirements

"A-G" Subject Requirement

A. History/social science = 2 years
B. English (or language of instruction) = 4 years
C. Mathematics = 3 years (4 years recommended)
D. Laboratory science = 2 years (3 years recommended)
E. Language other than English (or other second language) = 2 years (3 years recommended)
F. Visual and performing arts = 1 year
G. College preparatory elective = 1 year

Learn about the two paths to admission for California residents.

Transfer Requirements   International Requirements

GPA Requirement

Earn a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Students who are not residents of California must earn a GPA of 3.40 or higher.

Exam Requirements

Freshman applicants are required to take the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay no later than December 31 of the year they apply.

Learn exam requirements

Freshman Admission Statistics




Exam Scores

SAT: 1260-1480
Math: 630-790
Evidence-based Reading and Writing: 610-710

ACT: 28-34

All ranges reflect the middle 50% of students admitted. Learn more about admission statistics