Notable Rankings

The College of Letters and Science at UC Davis is proud to demonstrate its excellence in education, teaching, enrichment, research and impact. Below are some recent rankings.

Graduate programs

U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Graduate Schools" rank several doctoral programs among the top in the nation:

  • 35th Chemistry (2015)
  • 34th Computer Science (2015)
  • 20th Earth Sciences (2015)
  • 32nd Economics (2014)
  • 26th English (2014)
  • 27th Fine Arts (2013)
  • 12th Fine Arts: Ceramics (2013)
  • 17th Geology (2010)
  • 27th History (2014)
  • 9th History: U.S. Colonial History (2014)
  • 34th Mathematics (2015)
  • 13th Mathematics: Topology (2010)
  • 29th Physics (2015)
  • 23th Political Science (2014)
  • 15th Political Science: Comparative Politics (2014)
  • 15th Political Science: Political Methodology (2014)
  • 21th Psychology (2014)
  • 31st Sociology (2014)
  • 10th Sociology: Sex & Gender (2014)
  • 27th Statistics (2015)

Rated highly by students

Reviews by current and recent graduate students, compiled by Graduateprograms.com, give high marks to programs in its 2015 rankings. (Rankings below are based on scores given by 50 or more respondents on academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, quality of network and other categories.) 

  • 4th Anthropology 
  • 20th Chemistry 
  • 9th Physics 
  • 16th Political science 
  • 11th Psychology 

Globally Renowned

Economics, chemistry, mathematics and physics made the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University:

  • 38th Chemistry
  • 29th Mathematics
  • Top 100 Economics/business 
  • Top 150 Physics

More Rankings

Composition: The University Writing Program is among the top 17 in the nation for instruction of writing across the discplines (U.S. News & World Report’s “2012 Best Colleges”).

Cool Class: Geology 136: Ecogeomorphology was one of the featured classes in Sierra Magazine's "Cool Schools: Fantasy Draft" (September/October 2010): "Students get their feet wet during this multidisciplinary, 12-person class about watershed issues."

Diversifying physics: The Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics ranked UC Davis ranked among top 20 in degrees awarded in physics to Hispanic Americans.

Fine Arts: The UC Davis fine arts program is rated in the top 100 by U.S. College Rankings (2010).

National Research Council Rankings 

Ph.D. programs rank well in the National Research Council's latest comprehensive survey of research doctorate programs in the United States. The 2010 report, based on data collected in 2006, assigned each program a range of rankings. (Read more about the report.)

Anthropology: 7-21 out of 82
Applied Mathematics: 4-15 out of 33
Comparative Literature: 14-28 out of 46
Economics: 29-44 out of 117
English: 44-75 out of 119
French: 22-34 out of 43
Geography: 10-30 out of 49
Geology: 46-95 out of 140
History: 40-68 out of 137
Mathematics: 9-33 out of 127
Music: 12-28 out of 63
Neuroscience: 25–69 out of 94
Performance Studies: 4-16 out of 27
Philosophy: 53-76 out of 90
Physics: 31–90 out of 161
Political Science: 7-26 out of 105
Psychology: 21-57 out of 236
Sociology: 48-77 out of 118
Spanish: 1-6 out of 60 programs nationwide
Statistics: 12-24 out of 61

More UC Davis rankings here.