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Apply to UC Davis

How to Apply
to UC Davis

Applicants for fall admission can start working on the UC application as early as August 1, and must submit the application October 1–November 30. You can apply to as many UC campuses as you like with just one application.

Applying for Scholarships

When you apply for admission, you are also applying for scholarships. Be sure to read all instructions pertaining to scholarships when completing the application, paying particular attention to the restricted scholarship eligibility codes. To be considered for scholarships with a financial need component, you must also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application by March 2 for priority consideration.


After You Apply

You submitted your application. Now what? Find out the next steps in the admission process.


Applying Late or for a Closed Term

Filing deadlines are rarely extended. Check for the most current information on extended or special filing deadlines. To apply for admission to a closed term or after a filing period has ended, you must submit an online appeal. Consideration of appeals is based on your overall academic record and extenuating circumstances.

Appeal requests must be submitted online with the following attachments:

  • A statement describing your special circumstances
  • Official or self-reported academic records
  • Any other documentation, including letters of recommendation (suggested)

Depending upon the application term or time of year, decisions may not be made for several months. You will be notified of our decision by email, using the address included in your appeal request.


We Can Help

If you have any questions or concerns about the UC application, we encourage you to speak with a UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions advisor at 530-752-2971 or one of our regional advisors or your community college Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) coordinator. They can explain your options, help you get to the next step and point you to campus resources where you can learn more about:

Application Fees

The domestic filing fee for each University of California campus you apply to is $80. For international applicants, the filing fee is $95 per campus. You can make your payment either by credit card or by mail, just be sure follow the instructions in the application.

Fee Waivers

Application fee waivers are available to students who can't afford to apply to the University of California. You can apply for fee waivers for up to four UC campuses through the UC application.

Eligibility and Guidelines

Application fee waivers are available for students who are permanent residents, eligible for AB540 benefits or U.S. citizens. Your family size and income must fall within specific guidelines to be eligible.