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Growing up: UC Davis through the years

By From page A6 | November 10, 2013

1938
Undergraduate: 1,006 Graduate: 72
Campus renamed the College of Agriculture at Davis, and is organized into four major programs: animal production, pant production, dairy industry and home economics.

1939
Undergraduate: 1,107 Graduate: 75
Female students increase to 168.

1940
Undergraduate: 1054 Graduate: 67

1941
Undergraduate: 873 Graduate: 64
Legislature authorizes the establishment of a school of veterinary medicine.

1942
Undergraduate: 298 Graduate: 17
Four-year degree program offered in home economics.

1943
Undergraduate: 2 Graduate: 5
Instruction discontinued, campus becomes training school for Army Signal Corps (Camp Kohler).

1944
Undergraduate: 27 Graduate: 5
Animal breeding genetics established.

1945
Undergraduate: 544 Graduate: 37
Non-degree courses resume in March; degree programs resume in October.

1946
Undergraduate: 1,516 Graduate: 87
School of Veterinary Medicine, plant pathology major introduced.

1947
Undergraduate: 1,601 Graduate: 85
Two-thirds of the students are war veterans.

1948
Undergraduate: 1,486 Graduate: 111
First four-year graduation ceremonies at Davis, 300 receive degrees.
Groundbreaking for Veterinary Medicine building in April.

1949
Undergraduate: 1,518 Graduate: 152

1950
Undergraduate: 1,289 Graduate: 236
Genetics department established.
Population of city of Davis is 3,557.

1951
Undergraduate: 1,029 Graduate: 314
College of Letters and Science established with five departments offering bachelor’s degrees.
College of Agriculture established independent of Berkeley.
Poultry department moved to Davis.
Mathematics department established.

1952
Undergraduate: 1,068 Graduate: 323
Geology, history, physics, agricultural economics departments established.

1953
Undergraduate: 1,122 Graduate: 349
First Masters program in water science and engineering in the nation.
First graduate degrees awarded at Davis awarded.

1954
Undergraduate: 1,220 Graduate: 379

1955
Undergraduate: 1,492 Graduate: 407
Soils and plant nutrition programs moved from Berkeley to Davis.

1956
Undergraduate: 1,663 Graduate: 453
Regents approve master plan for UCD growth to 5,000 students.
Economics Department established.

1957
Undergraduate: 1,810 Graduate: 474
Graduate degrees offered in home economics

1958
Undergraduate: 1,791 Graduate: 552
Provost Freeborn (1958-1959) named first Chancellor.
Departments of art, music, biochemistry, biophysics, philosophy and sociology established.

1959
Undergraduate: 1,813 Graduate: 609
Electron microscope laboratory established.
Emil Mrak (1959-1969) named second Chancellor.
Regents declare UC Davis is a general campus with authority to add new majors, schools and colleges and expand its graduate programs.

1960
Undergraduate: 2,157 Graduate: 719
Education department, political science department, University Arboretum established.

1961
Undergraduate: 2,606 Graduate: 853
Graduate division, dramatic art and speech department, College of Engineering established.

1962
Undergraduate: 3,107 Graduate: 951
Institute of governmental affairs, agricultural toxicology laboratory, National Center for Primate Biology established.

1963
Undergraduate: 3,567 Graduate: 1,284

1964
Undergraduate: 4,789 Graduate: 1,551
School of Law, anthropology department, geography department, soils & plant nutrition department, agricultural history center, computer center, fine arts & museology laboratory, Food Protection & Toxicology Center, International Agriculture Center established.

1965
Undergraduate: 5,901
Graduate: 1,822
Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, Institute of Ecology, radiobiology laboratory, French and Italian
German & Russian, Spanish & classics departments established.

— Courtesy of John Skarstad, Former UC Davis Archivist

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