Consumer Information

General Information About UC Davis

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) & Privacy

The University of California campuses maintain various types of records pertaining to students; some are maintained for academic purposes; others, such as hospital and employment records, are maintained for other specific purposes. Student records—that is, those pertaining to students in their capacity as students—include but are not limited to academic evaluations, transcripts, test scores and other academic records, general counseling and advising records, disciplinary records, and financial aid records.

For information on UC Davis’ policy regarding privacy and student records, see Official Privacy Notifications.

Academic Activity Tracker

Starting with Fall Quarter (October 2018), all students will be required to acknowledge the Code of Academic Conduct for each registered course. Beginning on the first day of instruction will notify students online and through email to participate in keeping UC Davis a fair and honest community. For more information, see

Facilities & Services for Disabled Students

The Student Disability Center provides information on facilities and services for disabled students.

Student Body Diversity

The UC Davis website provides information about the diversity of the university student body

Cost of Attendance at UC Davis

For actual tuition and fee charges, see the Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis.

For estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and personal/miscellaneous expenses, contact your respective Financial Aid Office.

Refund Policy

The university has a tuition refund policy stipulating the amount of tuition and fees refunded to a student withdrawing from all classes during a term. This refund policy is published by the Office of the University Registrar.

The refund policy for summer term is published by the Summer Session Office.

Textbook & Supplemental Materials

Students can access information regarding purchase of required textbooks and supplies when enrolling in courses using Schedule Builder.

Withdrawal Procedures

Instructions for students to withdraw from the university are maintained by the Office of the University Registrar.

Repayment Policy (Return of Title IV Financial Aid)

Federal law requires federal aid recipients to "earn" the aid they receive. Students who withdraw prior to completing 60% of the term for which they received federal student aid may be required to return some of the aid they were awarded. See Return of Title IV Funds policy or from the Financial Aid Office.

Borrowing Loans & Cohort Default Rate

The UC Davis Undergraduate profile includes information on the percentage of students who borrow loan at UC Davis. In addition, the current UC Davis Cohort Default Rate (CDR) is available with U.S. Department of Education via the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) at the College Navigator. For more information on CDRs, including the national average, visit the Federal Student Aid Department website.

Descriptions of Academic Programs

Information on the university's academic programs, degree offerings, and plans for future programs is available from the various academic units and admission offices. Undergraduate students should refer to Undergraduate Admissions for information on the various academic programs and units. Graduate Studies provides information about graduate programs.

Instructional Facilities & Labs

Information on the universitie's instructional and research facilities is available in the UC Davis General Catalog. Also, see the University Library for information about library resources at the university.


Information on the university's faculty and instructional personnel is available from the various academic units, see UC Davis links to the various academic units. See Graduate Studies for information on services and training provided to graduate student instructors at the university.

Accreditation Information

The University of California, Davis is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501 510-748-9001, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

UC Davis is also accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, American Bar Association, American Chemical Society, American Dietetic Association, American Psychological Association, American Society of Crime Lab Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB); American Society of Landscape Architects, Association of American Law Schools, Association of American Medical Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Computer Science Accreditation Commission, Council on Education and Public Health, the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL), and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.*

Students interested in reviewing WASC accreditation documents may do so at UC Davis Reaccreditation website. Those interested in reviewing profession-specific accreditation documents should contact the relevant Dean's office.

* Source: UC Davis General Catalog

Complaint Process

The University of California takes very seriously complaints and concerns regarding the institution. Most complaints should be resolved at the campus level. If your complaint regarding the University of California has not been resolved at the campus level, you may present your complaint as outlined in the UC Complaint Process Notice.

Copyright Infringement Policies

Information about the university's policies related to the use of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, is available at University of California Copyright Education.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions determines the transferability of course work taken at other institutions for both newly admitted transfer students and for current UC Davis students who attend other institutions concurrently or during summer quarter. More information is available from Undergraduate Admissions.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between two campuses. They define how courses taken at one college or university campus that can be used to satisfy a subject matter requirement at another college or university campus. A list of these are available from ASSIST.

Voter Registration

Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities of U.S. Citizens. Information on voter registration is available at the State of California

Constitution Day

Every September 17, the United States pauses to commemorate the drafting of its Constitution. For more information, see

Student Financial Assistance

For School of Law and Health Systems students: please contact your respective Financial Aid Office.

All other students, information is available on the following web pages



Please note: Per federal regulations students should notify Financial Aid and Scholarships as financial aid eligibility maybe be affected, if one of the following apply:

  • Living on a military base
  • Receiving a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
  • Identify as a member of a religious order
  • Currently, or become incarcerated

Additional Information for Continuing Students

Criteria for maintaining continued student eligibility:

Financial Aid Disbursement Information:

Financial Aid Loan Information:

Undergraduate Net Price Calculator

Study Abroad

If you participate in a study abroad program that is approved for credit by the university, your enrollment may be considered enrollment at UC Davis for the purpose of applying for assistance under the Federal Student Aid programs. For information on study abroad, see Study Abroad Center.

Student Loan Code of Conduct

The university adheres to the University of California Code of Conduct in Regard to Preferred Lender Arrangements.

Terms/Conditions of Employment Provided as Financial Aid (Work-Study)

Visit our Student Employment information page for additional information about on-campus employment.

Loan Entrance & Exit Counseling Requirement

Students must complete on-line entrance counseling before receiving a Federal Direct Loan. Federal Direct Loan and Federal Perkins loan borrowers must complete exit counseling after ceding enrollment or dropped below half-time enrollment (6 or fewer units). Details on Direct Loan entrance counseling are available at Student Loan Entrance Counseling. Details on Perkins exit counseling are available at Student Loan Exit Counseling.

Tax Credit & Benefits

Depending on your eligibility you may be able to claim educational tax credits:

  • The campus will send you a 1098-T form which includes expenses paid to UC in “qualified expenses” (mainly required tuition and fees) and also how much gift aid students received in the past year. If you need an additional copy or wish to view your 1098-T information, students can go online at or call Tax Credit Relief Service (TCRS) at 1-877-467-3821. For additional information regarding the 1098-T please contact the UC Davis Student Accounting Office.
  • Learn about Tax Benefits for Education through the IRS.
  • The National Association for Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) also addresses information on Tax Breaks for Higher Education.

Health & Safety

Campus Safety & Security

Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), the Violence Against Women Act, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the Higher Education Opportunity Act, UC Davis distributes the annual campus safety and fire safety reports.

Fire Safety & Campus Safety Reports

Safety Services provides the annual fire safety report and the UC Davis Police Department provides the annual campus safety report.

Vaccination Policy

For the UC Davis policy and information about immunizations for new students, see Student Health and Counseling Services.

Accommodations for Disabilities

Upon request, this publication will be made available in alternative formats for people with disabilities. Contact the UC Davis Student Disability Center; 530-752-3184. The campus and all buildings are wheelchair accessible.

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention

The university has developed alcohol and drug education programs. The Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS) includes the Health Education &Promotion (HEP) as a primary resource to help achieve wellness through student-centered education and creating health-promoting environments focusing on issues related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs issues. To learn more about the legal implications of drug and alcohol abuse, review the university's policy on conduct and discipline

Drug Conviction

Under the provision of the Federal Higher Education Act, a conviction of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which a student receives Title IV, Higher Education Act Federal Student Aid (i.e. grants, loans, or work-study), the student shall be ineligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance from the date of the conviction for the period of time specified in 20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1):

(1) IN GENERAL- A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

If convicted of an offense involving:

The possession of a controlled substance the ineligibility period is:

  • First offense: 1 year
  • Second offense: 2 years
  • Third offense: Indefinite.

The sale of a controlled substance the ineligibility period is:

  • First offense: 2 years
  • Second offense: Indefinite.

(2) REHABILITATION- A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph (1) may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if--

(A) the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that--

(i) complies with such criteria as the Secretary shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of this paragraph; and

(B) the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.

For more information, see the entire legislation.

Student Outcomes

Graduation & Retention Rates

The UC Davis Student Profile is available including graduation success rates. Prospective students are entitled to receive the graduation information reported to the U.S. Department of Education via the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) at the College Navigator.

Graduation & Retention Rates for Student Athletes

These rates must be provided to student-athletes, their parents, high school coaches, and guidance counselors when an athletically related student aid offer is made. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provides this information directly to high schools and the NCAA. For information, contact UC Davis Athletic Department, Hickey Gym 264, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616; 530-752-1111.

Athletic Program Participation & Financial Support

As part of The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), information on annual participation rates and financing of men's and women's sports in intercollegiate athletic programs is available by request to students and the general public. For more information or to receive a copy of the report, contact UC Davis Athletic Department, Hickey Gym 264, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616; 530-752-1111.

Teaching Credential Passage Rates

To review the teaching credential passage rates for UC Davis, see