Academic Information


Office of the University Registrar; 530-752-3639

Registration includes the process of enrolling in classes, the financial obligation to pay tuition, fees and all other charges, filing current address (mailing, permanent, and emergency) information with the Office of the University Registrar, and completing and submitting any forms pertaining to your registration status. To be a continuing student at the university, you must enroll in classes each academic term. To be considered a registered student, you must also pay all tuition, fees and any outstanding balance due.

If you are a new student, your acceptance letter will direct you to all of the required next steps to obtain student status at the university. Graduate students who have previously attended UC Davis as undergraduates are considered to be new students. If you do not enroll in classes for a future academic term or did not take an approved leave of absence, you must apply for Readmission to return to the university and resume student status.

For complete information, see Registration.

Important Registration-Related Subjects

Change of Name | Change of Address

Preparing to Register | Undergraduate Registration Priority | Late Registration

Adding and Dropping Courses | Late Adding and Dropping Courses | Retroactive Drop & Add

Course Load

Expected and Minimum Progress | Full-Time Status | Part-Time Status

The Major

Complete list Degrees Offered By UC Davis.

Declaring a Major

College of:

Change of Major Within a College

College of:

Change of Major Accompanied by Change of College

College of:

Multiple Majors

College of:

Cross-College Majors

College of:

Individual Major

College of:

The Minor

Complete list Minor Programs Offered by UC Davis.

Additional Requirements for Colleges

College of:

Requirements for Schools

College of School of Education; Declare

School of Management; Accounting | Technology Management

Academic Credit

Units of Credit | Credit by Examination | Concurrent Credit from Another Institution

Intercampus Visitor Program | Summer Sessions | UC/CSU/Community College Cross Enrollment

Open Campus (Concurrent) Program | UC Davis Extension


Final Examination Information & Schedule | Academic Senate Regulations— Examinations | Midterms | Religious Observances

Grades & Grading

For complete information on grades & grading, see Grading. Each college has different rules regarding P/NP grading; see College of:

Probation & Dismissal

For complete information on Probation and Dismissal, see Academic Standing.

Honors & Prizes

Deans' Honors Lists

According to UC Davis Academic Senate Regulation 551 (ASR 551.A), the quarterly Dean's Honors List includes names of students who have completed, for a letter grade, a minimum of 12 units in a specific quarter with a grade point average equal to or higher than the minimum grade point average attained by the upper 16 percent of those registered in the same class level and college during that quarter. Honors lists will be posted quarterly on deans' office websites or made available by other means and a notation of these honors will be placed on each student's permanent record by the Office of the University Registrar.

College of:

Graduation Honors

Honors at graduation are awarded to students who have a grade point average in the top percent of their college as shown in the table below. The College of Letters & Science requires that additional criteria be met for high and highest honors.

Total Quarter Units at UC
Highest Honors
High Honors
45-892%next 2%next 4%8%
90-1343%next 3%next 6%12%
135+4%next 4%next 8%16%

Grade point averages from the winter quarter prior to graduation are used to determine the averages that will earn an honors designation. Following are the averages for winter quarter 2018. These averages will be used through winter quarter 2019.

Grade Point Average by College

Percent Determining Cut-Off Point

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Biological Sciences


Letters & Science

4% 3.8673.9043.8963.898
8% 3.7713.8173.7953.804
16% 3.5943.6793.6343.648

An honors notation is made on students' diplomas and on their permanent records in the Office of the University Registrar.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program (UHP), 530-752-9797, is a four-year, interdisciplinary, campus-wide program for highly achieving, high potential and socially conscious undergraduate students interested in enhancing their educational experience through special courses, close faculty contact, dynamic peer interaction and positive social change.

Prizes & Awards

The University Medal is the highest campus honor awarded to a graduating senior in recognition of superior scholarship and achievement. A College or School Medal is also given to the outstanding graduating student in each of the colleges and professional schools.

Departmental citations, special awards and prizes are also awarded to students for superior achievement and scholarship.

Prizes & awards for, College of:

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research

These prestigious awards recognize a graduating senior who has distinguished him/herself through their excellence in undergraduate research; and faculty, postdocs or graduate students who have exceled in mentoring undergraduate researchers. For complete information, see Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

Leaving UC Davis

To graduate, undergraduate students must file an Application for Graduation with the Office of the University Registrar by the stated deadline. To participate in the Commencement Ceremony, a student must register with their college by the stated deadline. These are separate actions.

Graduation | Commencement Ceremony

Leave of Absence: Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP)

The Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP) allows any continuing undergraduate or graduate level student to temporarily suspend academic work at UC Davis.


Withdrawal | Retroactive Withdrawal

Returning to UC Davis

Undergraduate Readmission

For any term a student does not register and is not an approved leave of absence, the student is considered non-continuing and must apply for readmission to return to registered status.