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Make yourself stand out on the UC Davis application by exceeding our eligibility requirements and taking advanced exams. Every year, UC Davis receives applications from many more qualified students than we can accept. Our goal is to admit students who strive to challenge themselves with a rigorous academic program. These students will build personal qualities and talents at UC Davis that contribute to the strength and diversity of the campus community.

Examination Credit

We encourage our applicants to challenge themselves with advanced coursework such as that provided in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Most AP and IB courses qualify as honors courses for the purposes of calculating your GPA as a freshman applicant.

A score of 3, 4 or 5 on certain AP tests may be considered equivalent to classes offered at UC Davis. Learn more about AP examinations and view the AP examination chart for information on earning AP credit.

Students earning the IB diploma with a score of 30 or higher will receive 30 quarter (20 semester) units of credit toward an undergraduate degree. You will receive 8 quarter units of credit for scores of 5, 6 or 7 on a higher-level exam, if you do not complete the diploma. Learn more about IB examinations and view the IB higher-level examination chart for information on earning IB credit.