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UC Davis and Sacramento State ranked by US News World Report


The UC Davis water tower, a local landmark, stands on campus Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Davis.

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UC Davis ranked 10th in the nation for best public schools and also ranked among the best in several other categories. US News ranked UC Davis as the 38th best university in the nation, tied with the University of Texas at Austin.

Sacramento State scored high among public universities offering doctoral programs. It also ranked #5 for Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Six campuses in the University of California system ranked above UC Davis among top public schools, including UC San Diego and UC Irvine at No. 8, UC Santa Barbara at No. 7, and UC Berkeley and UCLA tied for No. 1.

Schools are ranked “based on their performance on widely accepted indicators of excellence,” according to the report. The report largely takes into account 6-year average graduation rates and student retention. It also takes into account faculty resources, class size, SAT and ACT test scores, among other factors.

UC Davis also placed in the following categories:

  • No. 38 for National Universities
  • #18 for Best Colleges for Veterans
  • No. 217 for the most economical schools
  • No. 27 for top performers on social mobility
  • #30 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Ph.D.
  • No. 1 for biological and agricultural programs in the engineering department.

UC Davis serves more than 31,000 undergraduate students. It also offers high-level professional programs, including a graduate school of management, a school of law, a school of medicine, a school of education and a school of veterinary medicine. The university has a 49% acceptance rate, according to US News.

His in-state tuition and fees are approximately $14,500, and his out-of-state tuition and fees are $45,000.

The national average cost of in-state tuition for colleges and universities is $11,286 and $27,394 for out-of-state tuition.

Sacramento State

CSU Sacramento Ranked #5 for Best Undergraduate Teaching, identifying it as a school that emphasized high quality teaching.

Top College Administrators ranked this category focusing on schools “whose faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner.” College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked to nominate up to 15 schools

CSU Sacramento also placed in the following categories:

  • #38 for Western Regional Universities, a category that rates schools with limited doctoral programs
  • #16 Best College for Veterans
  • N°14 for the best performers on social mobility
  • #16 for Best Public Schools in the West Where a Ph.D. Isn’t Offered
  • No. 153 for nursing
  • #35 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs Where a PhD Is Not Offered
  • The Social Mobility Ranking gives schools credit for enrolling a high percentage of Pell Grant students who graduate at high rates similar to students who did not receive Pell Grants, according to US methodology. News.

    CSU Sacramento students can choose from 60 undergraduate degrees and more than 40 master’s programs. In-state tuition and fees are approximately $7,800, and out-of-state tuition and fees are nearly $17,000. The campus serves nearly 29,000 undergraduate students. The university has a 94% acceptance rate, according to US News.

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    Sawsan Morrar covers accountability and school culture for The Sacramento Bee. She grew up in Sacramento and is an alumnus of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she was a freelancer for various publications, including The Washington Post, Vice, KQED and Capital Public Radio.