Facts and Distinctions

A field with the horizon in the distance.

We are #1 in agriculture, plant sciences, animal science, forestry, and most recently, agricultural economics.

Ranked among the top 7 in 11 other subjects. (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 were ranked #1 in the nation for research productivity and impact.


  • 381 faculty members
  • 800 staff members
  • 7,300+ undergraduates in 29 majors
  • 1,125 graduate students in 29 graduate groups and programs



  • 7 of our faculty are National Academy of Sciences members
  • We are actively recruiting new faculty as the wave of retirement continues. In the past four years, the college has hired 75 new faculty (59 professors and 16 specialists in Cooperative Extenstion.)
  • 48 of our faculty are American Association for the Advancement of Sciences members



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

2,300 acres devoted to agricultural research and teaching

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



Awards and Fellows

  • Our researchers generate more than $140,000,000 in government, corporate, and foundation awards.
  • 49 faculty are American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Fellows and 7 are National Acadmeny 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.

UC Davis is highly ranked in the nation and the world, according to influential university ranking publications like U.S. News & World Report (national and global), QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and The Princeton Review.