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University of California–Davis Medical School Overview

The School of Medicine at University of California–Davis has an application deadline of Oct. 1. The application fee at University of California–Davis is $120. Its tuition is full-time: $39,032 (in-state) and full-time: $51,277 (out-of-state). The faculty-student ratio at University of California–Davis is 2.2:1. The School of Medicine has 1,036 full-time faculty on staff.

At the University of California—Davis School of Medicine, students master seven major competencies, such as patient care and system-based practice. The curriculum is broad, readying students to later pursue any specialty. The School of Medicine has a Clinical Education and Assessment Center, where students get hands-on training with “patients” (actors who have been trained to portray patients), and is affiliated with UC Davis Medical Center.

The UC Davis School of Medicine also has several dual degree programs for students who want to earn an M.D./Ph.D., an M.D./M.P.H. (master of public health), or an M.D./M.B.A, as well as a two specialty medical programs: Rural-PRIME, which readies students to work in California’s rural communities, and UC Merced San Joaquin Valley – PRIME, for students who want to work with underserved residents in San Joaquin Valley.

More than 80 percent of students get additional experience in the school’s seven student-run clinics in inner-city neighborhoods. For academic and emotional support outside the classroom, students are grouped into four colleges and then divided into “families” of four students and a faculty member.

About UC Davis School of Medicine

A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries, a passion for clinical care, and a commitment to caring for underserved communities – these are the hallmarks of UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis School of MedicineOur students are leaders who appreciate rigorous academic training balanced with hands-on experience and a strong desire to serve. Many of our faculty specialize in translational research, covering a wide range of areas, and are engaged in leading-edge, interdisciplinary collaborations within the UC Davis community and with other highly regarded institutions around the country.

Our school is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top schools in the nation for primary care training and research. Classrooms and lecture halls are directly across the street from UC Davis Medical Center, one of the nation’s premiere teaching hospitals, and many of the university’s research laboratories are also on the Sacramento campus and equally convenient.

Since its inaugural class of 1968, UC Davis School of Medicine has played a key role in advancing health in Northern California and beyond through the education of a diverse physician workforce, breakthrough research, outstanding patient care and a commitment to community service.

Highlights of the School of Medicine include:

  • Hands-on patient care opportunities at nearby community health clinics;
  • Coursework and a curriculum that reflect key societal issues — doctor-patient communication, ethics, clinical reasoning, end-of-life care, cultural competency, self-knowledge and the human side of illness;
  • A multi-track Community Health Scholars program to train physician leaders of tomorrow to be better prepared to understand and serve the unique primary health care needs of California’s rural, urban and agricultural communities.
  • Dual-degree programs, including a master’s in public health that utilizes the extraordinary breadth of UC Davis expertise, from its schools of Veterinary Medicine, Management, Law, Education and Nursing to the colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science.
  • Research-learning opportunities that ensure young physician-scientists become better skilled and knowledgeable in the translation of basic research discoveries into high-impact clinical applications that will benefit patients;
  • Professional development and continuing medical education, with hundreds of seminars, workshops, on-site hospital training, distance learning, online classes, special lectures, and weekly and monthly grand rounds.

About UC Davis Health

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The prominence and quality of School of Medicine researchers and physician faculty further the patient-care mission at the UC Davis Medical Center. As inland Northern California’s only academic medical center and only level 1 trauma center, the medical center provides patients with access to the latest technological advances and investigational drugs and therapies.

As the main tertiary care referral center for a 33-county area of more than six million residents, the 627-bed hospital and 150-plus specialty clinics provide a diverse patient population for a well-rounded medical school education. UC Davis Health admits tens of thousands of patients per year and handles nearly 1 million visits, and the medical center’s emergency room can see more than 200 patients per day on average.

UC Davis Health continues to support the growth of its multidisciplinary clinical centers. Each of these programs integrates broad areas of clinical and research expertise and offers a variety of multidisciplinary clinical programs featuring state-of-the-art care and leading edge research. Together they provide comprehensive care and essential services to the residents of Northern California.

The medical center is nationally recognized for a variety of its initiatives, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The medical center also offers services and programs that are unique to the region. These include a burn center, poison control center, hemophilia program, eye and tissue bank, skull base surgery program, limb salvaging/lengthening program, bone marrow transplant center, pancreas transplant program, computerized visual field research, cultured epithelial allografting, and pediatric oncology program.

University of California–Davis 2022 Rankings

University of California–Davis is ranked No. 48 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Research and No. 11 in Best Medical Schools: Primary Care. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. HOW WE RANK SCHOOLS

Medical School Program Rankings

  • #48inBest Medical Schools: Research (tie)
  • #11inBest Medical Schools: Primary Care

Medical School Specialty Rankings

  • #9inFamily Medicine

Additional Medical School Rankings

  • #4inMost Diverse Medical Schools
  • #146inMost Graduates Practicing in Medically Underserved Areas (tie)
  • #49inMost Graduates Practicing in Primary Care Fields
  • #118inMost Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas (tie)

University of California, Davis School of Medicine Directory Information

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University of California, Davis School of Medicine was founded in 1966. University of California, Davis School of Medicine is located in 4610 X St, Sacramento, CA 95817. University of California-Davis is Public, 4 or more years school and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs with total enrollment of 38,167.There are 503 students at medical school – 189 men and 314 women. Last year, 116 students have enrolled newly to University of California, Davis School of Medicine.

NameUniversity of California, Davis School of Medicine
ADDRESS4610 X St, Sacramento, CA 95817
School Webhttps://health.ucdavis.edu/medschool/ 
LCME Accreditation
Next Survey Year2021-22
Initial year of Accreditation1967

2021 University of California, Davis School of Medicine Tuition & Fees

The 2020-2021 tuition & fees at University of California, Davis School of Medicine is $36,682 for California residents and $48,927 for others. This cost is different from the costs of other undergraduate and graduate programs. For major programs other than medical school at University of California-Davis, the average undergraduate tuition & fees is $14,597 for California residents and $44,351 for others. The average graduate program tuition & fees is $13,598 for California residents and $28,700 for others.The average living costs including room & board and other living expenses is $21,876 when a student lives on-campus (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartment) and $16,123 when a student lives off-campus. Next table summarizes the tuition & fees, and other college costs at University of California, Davis School of Medicine

California ResidentsOut-of-State Students
Medical School Tuition$36,682$48,927
General College Costs
Undergraduate Program (non-medical school)$14,597$44,351
Graduate Program (non-medical school)$13,598$28,700
On-Campus Room & Board$17,238
On-Campus Living Expense$4,638
Off-Campus Room & Board$11,050
Off-Campus Living Expense$5,073

University of California, Davis School of Medicine GPA and MCAT Scores

The average GPA from enrolled students at University of California, Davis School of Medicine is 3.65 and the average MCAT score is 510. Its GPA is lower than the average GPA of other medical schools. The MCAT score of University of California, Davis School of Medicine is lower than the average MCAT of other medical schools.

University of California, Davis School of MedicineCalifornia Medical SchoolsAll Medical Schools
MCAT Scores510513.3510.7

University of California, Davis School of Medicine Acceptance Rate and Admission Statistics

For academic year 2020-2021, total 6,943 students have applied to University of California, Davis School of Medicine and 204 students have accepted to get into the school. Among the admitted students, 116 students have enrolled into the school. The acceptance rate is 2.94% and the yield, also known as enrollment rate, is 56.86% at University of California, Davis School of Medicine.

Number of Students / Percentage
Enrolled (First-year Students)116
Acceptance Rate2.94%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)56.86%
Totla Enrollment503


Application Deadline: No data available  —Deadline for International StudentsNo data available  —Admissions Websitehealth.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/admissions/index.htmlApplication FeeNo data available  —


$500 Graduate Student Scholarship 

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Masters and Doctoral Programs

Most Popular Programs

  • Medicine99 Students
  • Public Health41 Students
  • Microbiology and Immunology19 Students
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician14 Students
  • Medical Illustration and Informatics11 Students
  • Pathology10 Students
  • Epidemiology7 Students
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Design2 Students
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences0 Students


Acceptance RateNo data available  —Total Graduate StudentsNo data available  —GRENo data available  —GMATNo data available  —LSATNo data available  —MCATNo data available  —TOEFLNo data available  —IELTSNo data available  —Application Websitehealth.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/admissions/index.htmlInterview RequiredNo data available  —Personal Statement RequiredNo data available  —Academic Transcripts RequiredNo data available  —Application Fee Waivers AvailableNo data available  —Letters of Recommendation RequiredNo data available  —

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Part-time Classes AvailableNo data available  —Weekend Classes AvailableNo data available  —Evening Classes AvailableNo data available  —no data–We don’t have enough responses to know if students completed the program in the time they expected.Take our surveyno data–We don’t have enough responses to know if students agree the program difficulty was manageable.Take our surveyno data–We don’t have enough responses to know if students agree that the online courses were positive experiences.Take our survey

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Tuition & Financial Aid

In-State TuitionNo data available  —Out-of-State TuitionNo data available  —Students Receiving Financial AidNo data available  —Average Total Aid AwardedNo data available  —Work Study Program AvailableNo data available  —Teaching/Research Fellowship AvailableNo data available  —Financial Aid Websitehealth.ucdavis.edu/financialaid


$500 Graduate Student Scholarship 

Campus Resources

International Students OfficeNo data available  —International Office URLNo data available  —Disability ServicesNo data available  —Veterans ServicesNo data available  —Childcare ServicesNo data available  —no data–We don’t have enough responses to know if students agree they had access to good mental health resources.Take our surveyno data–We don’t have enough responses to know if students agree the program offered accessible childcare.Take our surveyno data–We don’t have enough responses to know if students agree they felt supported as an international student.Take our surveyno data–We don’t have enough responses to know if students agree they felt supported as a veteran.


Average Salary After GraduationNo data available  —Employed 2 Years After GraduationNo data available  —Career Placement URLNo data available  —POLLno data–We don’t have enough responses to know if students are confident they will graduate.Take our surveyPOLLno data–We don’t have enough responses to know if students are confident they will find a job after graduation.Take our survey


Med Centergrade A minusOverall Niche Grade

  1. Cost of Livinggrade C minus
  2. Crime & Safetygrade C minus
  3. Nightlifegrade A+

Median Household Income$68,280National$62,843Median Rent$1,255National$1,062Median Home Value$423,970National$217,500Read More About Med Center

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UC Davis School of Medicine Application Timeline

AMCAS Application Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020


Secondary Application by Invitation Only


Admissions Decisions Released: Starting October 15, 2020, through July 15, 2021


Admissions Process

The UC Davis School of Medicine admissions cycle starts in July and ends the following July and consists of four major steps:

STEP 1: Complete AMCAS Application & the AAMC Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

For more information on additional COVID-19 admissions considerations, please visit our updated admissions policies.

May 27 is the first day students may submit applications (M.D., M.D./Ph.D.) to the American Medical College Application Service. October 1 at 12 a.m. EST (9 p.m. PST) is our deadline to submit all application materials to AMCAS. Extensions will not be considered. Please add our email address [email protected] in your contact list to avoid admissions communications navigating into the spam folder. 

To further enhance our holistic review process during the 2022 application cycle, we are strongly encouraging applicants to complete an online situational judgment test (SJT), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to assess the pre-professional competencies that our admissions committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. UC Davis is participating in the use of the exam this cycle. The last test date available is 9/17/2021. Although highly encouraged, the SJT is not a requirement.  If the exam is NOT completed, there will be NO negative impact on how an applicant is evaluated.

STEP 2: Secondary Application (by invitation only)

After applying, your application is reviewed and qualified applicants are invited to complete our UC Davis School of Medicine secondary application.

The secondary application consists of:

  • Supplementary activities and essays including possible interest in Community Health Scholars programs and/or ARC-MD
  • Letters of recommendation (3-6 LORs allowed; at least one from a physician or clinician recommended.)
  • Complete prerequisite information
  • Non-refundable application fee: $120

Completed secondary applications are forwarded to the admissions committee who perform a holistic review of applications and invite select applicants for an interview. Interview invitations are on a rolling basis – July through February.

Current applicants can log into the application portal for updates and to communicate with the Admissions Office.

STEP 3: Interview Day (by invitation only)

Our interviews are primarily held on Fridays starting in mid-August and ending in March/April. Below is more detailed information on your interview visit:

  • Applicant Host Program: During your visit, you will have the opportunity to stay cost-free with one of our current medical students. Two weeks prior to your interview day, you will be given instructions on how to sign-up for the Applicant Host Program. Because of the limited number of medical students available, accommodations with student host are made on a “First Come, First Confirmed” basis. Applicant Host Program is completely run by current medical students and the student hosts are not reimbursed for any cost associated with hosting an applicant. Therefore, please do not ask Hosts to provide transportation to and from the airport or bus station.
  • Get directions and view the parking map
  • Student-Run Clinics tour (optional): During your visit to UC Davis School of Medicine, you will have an opportunity to visit any of our 7 student-run clinics.  All tours are conducted on Saturday except for the Shifa tour which is held on Sunday. Reservations to visit a clinic are made on a “First Come, First Confirmed” basis until all slots are filled. A week before your interview, you will receive instructions on how to sign-up for this tour.
  • Please note that the information in the section above is only for in-person interviews and does not apply when interviews are held virtually.

STEP 4: Acceptance Decision

Upon completion of your interview, your application is forwarded to the Admissions Committee. Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis starting on October 15 through July 15 the following year. Decisions are made within 30-45 days post-interview after review of your entire application packet. All decisions are final and we have a no feedback policy on applications.

Categories of decision are:

  • Acceptance: Starting October 15 through July 15
  • Waitlist: Applicant informed of waitlist status with final decision starting May 1 through July 15
  • Not Accepted
    • Admission decisions will be based upon the information contained in the application materials at the time of review.
    • UPDATE POLICY – The Admissions Committee does not accept updates from applicants including activities additions/updates, additional letters of recommendation, etc. Note: Substantial changes such as citizenship status or recipient of a nationally recognized award may be review and considered by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.

In summary, the admissions process occurs in four major steps:

  1. Secondary Application Invitation: Experiences, attributes, and/or metrics from the AMCAS application are reviewed to determine suitability for a secondary application.
  2. Interview Invitation: After the Secondary Application (particularly the 3 formative activities) and Letters of Recommendation have been received, the applicant’s entire set of experiences, attributes, and metrics are considered to determine interview invitations.
  3. Interview: We use the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) to delve more deeply into the applicant’s experiences and gain a deeper understanding of attributes relevant to a medical career. Our MMI is a blinded (closed-file) interview process.
  4. Acceptance: The Admissions Committee members review and make decisions based on the entire application packet including all experiences, attributes, and metrics to determine whether the applicant possesses the intellect, integrity, skills, and personal and emotional qualities necessary to become an effective physician.  

At the UC Davis School of Medicine, we are committed to ensuring that every application is reviewed by at least one admissions committee faculty member before any final decision is rendered. Admission decisions are made without consideration of political or financial factors.

Academic Departments

  • Basic Sciences
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
  • Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Membrane Biology
  • Public Health Sciences

Clinical Departments

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Center for Diagnostic Innovation
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family and Community Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology and Vision Science
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Radiation Oncology 
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Urologic Surgery

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