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Facts and Distinctions

Ranked #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the world for agricultural sciences and forestry by QS World University Rankings

Ranked #1 in the world in plant and animal sciences by U.S. News & World Report

Ranked #1 in agricultural economics and policy research by the Center for World University Rankings

Ranked #1 in value for animal behavior and ethology studies by College Factual

Ranked #6 for best animal science schools by College Factual

Ranked #10 by College Factual for best human development & family studies college in the U.S.

Ranked #15 by QS World University Rankings for environmental studies

Ranked among the top 10 in horticulture, biodiversity education, ecology, toxicology, environmental sciences, soil science, agronomy, entomology, and nutrition

Faculty in the UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology ranked #1 in the nation for research productivity and impact

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  • 381 faculty members
  • 725 staff members
  • 7,485 undergraduates in 27 majors
  • 1,040 graduate students in 22 graduate groups and programs



  • 8 of our faculty are National Academy of Sciences members
  • 18 of our faculty are American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Fellows
  • 85 new senate faculty hired in last five years
  • 12 specialists in Cooperative Extension hired in last five years



graphic map of CAOur research contributes to the livelihood of farmers, environmentalists, ranchers, conservationists, rural, suburban and city dwellers in California and worldwide.

2,300 acres devoted to agricultural research and teaching

305 Active U.S. Patents
Our college is a global leader in establishing research partnerships with businessses, industries and entrepreneurs throughout the world.

CA&ES received $165 million in research funding for fiscal year 2023-23


Awards and Fellows

  • 23 faculty are American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Fellows and 7 are National Academy of Sciences members.
  • UC Davis is among the most published and cited U.S. research universities in agricultural sciences, plant and animal sciences, environment/ecology, food science and nutrition, and soil sciences.