The University of California – Davis (also referred to as UCD, UC Davis, or Davis), is a public research university located in Davis,California, just west of Sacramento
University of California – Davis campus covers 7,309 acres (2,958 ha), making it the largest within the 10-campus University of California system. UC Davis also has the third-largest enrollment in the UC System after UCLA and UC Berkeley.
In their 2001 book on United States universities, Howard and Matthew Greene classified UC Davis as a Public Ivy, a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report college rankings named UC Davis as the 9th-best public university in the United States, 38th nationally, and 4th-best of the UC schools, following UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego. UC Davis is one of 62 members in the Association of American Universities.
The Carnegie Foundation classifies UC Davis as a comprehensive doctoral research university with a medical program, and very high research activity. UC Davis faculty includes 23 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 17 members of the American Law Institute, 14 members of the Institute of Medicine, and 14 members of the National Academy of Engineering. Among other honors, university faculty, alumni, and researchers have won the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellowship, National Medal of Science, and Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering.
While UC Davis’ agricultural heritage remains strong, the university has expanded over the past century to include graduate and professional programs in medicine (which includes the UC Davis Medical Center), law, veterinary medicine, education, nursing, and business management, in addition to 90 research programs offered by UC Davis Graduate Studies. UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine is the largest in the United States and is ranked second in the nation.
The UC Davis Aggies athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I level, primarily in the Big West Conference as well as the Big Sky Conference (Football only) and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. In its first year of full Division I status, 11 UC Davis teams qualified for NCAA post-season competition.