Graduate Admissions and Outreach

Graduate Admissions

The admissions section of our website covers the admissions requirements and process for students. This section of our website is designed to provide graduate program faculty and staff with the information they need to facilitate graduate student recruitment, application review, and admissions.

Outreach and Recruitment Resources

Graduate Studies has compiled graduate student reports, recommendations and resources to assist UC Davis faculty and staff in their efforts to recruit intellectually talented, highly motivated, and well-prepared students from diverse backgrounds. Visit the Outreach and Recruitment page to learn tips and useful ideas for effectively communicating with prospective students.

Admissions Information for Faculty and Staff

Holistic Review

Graduate Studies encourages faculty to employ holistic review admissions practices. Holistic review considers the whole applicant file in each round of admissions review focusing on academic preparation and personal attributes while downplaying standardized test scores and institutional prestige. A result of applying holistic review methods is the admission of graduate students who are underrepresented in higher education or historically not had access to graduate level studies. Graduate Studies offers two levels of holistic review workshops, "Essentials" and "Innovations" that address fundamental and advanced holistic review methods.

UC Davis' collaboration in two specific projects, the Alliance for Multi-campus, Inclusive Graduate Admissions (AMIGA) and the California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education (C-CIDE) works closely with faculty to apply holistic review in humanities and STEM fields, respectively. By supporting holistic review UC Davis demonstrates national leadership on equitable and inclusive graduate admissions. In the near future key holistic review resources will be located on the AMIGA website.