PHOTOS: Best California Universities for 2018 No. 10: University of California - Davis (No. 46 among national universities)

Davis, Calif.

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Malibu, Calif.

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Irvine, Calif.

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Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Los Angeles, Calif.

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Loa Angeles, Calif.

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Berkeley, Calif.

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Stanford, Calif.

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