University of California, Davis: UC Davis Ranked Second Among Nation’s Public Campuses


Doing good and fostering social mobility helped put the University of California, Davis, in the No. 2 spot among public universities and 11th among all national universities in the Washington Monthly 2022 College Guide and Rankings released today (Aug. 28).

UC Davis was also recognized as 16th among the Best Bang for the Buck Western Colleges and on the list for the Best Colleges for Student Voting.

Among public universities in the national universities category, UC Davis ranked second only to UC Berkeley.

An introduction to the rankings noted the UC and California State University systems for their many campuses “in the upper echelons” of the rankings, which included 1,507 four-year colleges.

The rankings have three equally weighted categories: social mobility, research, and community and national service. “This means that top-ranked colleges needed to be excellent across the full breadth of our measures, rather than excelling in just one,” the editors wrote in an explanation of the methodology.

In other rankings this month, UC Davis was recognized in Princeton Review’s The Best 388 Colleges 2023 Edition. Among public universities, the campus was:

sixth among the Top 20 Best Schools for Making an Impact
12th among the Top 50 Best Value Colleges
15th for the Top Best Career Placement

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