CAMPUS PROFILE: University of California Davis

University of California Davis is a public university within the University of California System. Around 31,000 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Campus Reform Campus Profiles evaluate individual American college campuses based on liberal bias, speech codes, and other relevant policies and factors.

University of California Davis is a public university within the California State University System. Around 31,000 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Official Political Student Organizations:


Conservative Organizations: 

Davis College Republicans

Federalist Society

Hong Kong Political Affairs & Social Services

Liberal Organizations: 

AB540 and Undocumented Student Center

American Association of University Women

Communist Study Group

Davis College Democrats

DREAM Committee

Gender and Sexual Diversity Interest Group

Gender and Sexuality Commission


Her Campus at UC Davis

If/When/How Law Students for Reproductive Justice

IGNITE at UC Davis

Jewish Voice Peace at UC Davis

Lambda LSA

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center

Queer Inclusion Collective

Social Justice Law Review

Students Against Mass Incarceration

Students for Reproductive Freedom at UC Davis

The Justice Initiative at UC Davis

Women’s Resources and Research Center


OpenSecrets Data on University of California Davis Employee Political Donations:

In the 2020 election cycle, 90.9% of University of California Davis employee donations went to Democratic candidates in federal elections, while 4.7% of donations went to Republican candidates in federal elections, according to data from OpenSecrets. 

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Rating:

University of California Davis has been given a yellow light speech code. According to FIRE, this is due to “at least one university ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application.” FIRE also notes that a yellow light policy at a public institution is unconstitutional. 


University of California Davis is requiring a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students.


Stories by Campus Reform about University of California Davis:

UC Davis prof praised by ‘Cops Off Campus Coalition’ for participation in nationwide strike

In a presentation promoted by a coalition committed to abolishing the police on campus, a University of California Davis professor pledged to participate in the “May 3 Day of Refusal to Demand Cops Off Campus” and called for the abolition of police.

UC-Davis pauses teacher education program to incorporate social justice

   After administrators at the University of California-Davis considered pausing their teacher’s education master’s degree for the purpose of revamping the curriculum with a social justice lens, the university faced backlash from local teachers.

UC-Davis promotes 'anti-racism syllabus' to move from 'allyship to action'

The University of California-Davis Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion released an “anti-racism syllabus” to help students understand alleged bias, racism, and structural inequalities.