Students Say

This small school north of Charlotte, North Carolina, cultivates an environment “that is very open to change and improvement” and empowers students to “be better people and make a difference in the world.” The administration works hard to create an on-campus community and constantly makes efforts “to support and improve Davidson,” all while keeping students happy and their minds full. “I have never witnessed people so eager to come do their job every day. [Professors] are almost too willing to help,” says a student. There is also a trickle-down effect because even the student body is supportive and “eager to watch you succeed.”

Overview

Applicants
4,745
Acceptance Rate
26%
Average HS GPA
3.98

GPA Breakdown

72%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
7%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
630 - 730
SAT Math
600 - 710
SAT Writing
610 - 710
ACT Composite
29 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 2

Regular
January 2

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
Volunteer Work

Overall

Students Say

This small school north of Charlotte, North Carolina, cultivates an environment “that is very open to change and improvement” and empowers students to “be better people and make a difference in the world.” The administration works hard to create an on-campus community and constantly makes efforts “to support and improve Davidson,” all while keeping students happy and their minds full. “I have never witnessed people so eager to come do their job every day. [Professors] are almost too willing to help,” says a student. There is also a trickle-down effect because even the student body is supportive and “eager to watch you succeed.” The school offers a classic liberal arts education, encouraging students to take classes in all areas, and “all of these people come out smarter than they came in.” “If I could spend twenty years being educated by this administration and these professors, I would,” says a very happy junior. School is the number one priority for all of the students here, and while academics are all-consuming, time-wise, they are also “fascinating and rewarding.” Without a doubt, Davidson is a tough school—“99 percent of us left our 4.0 GPAs back in high school,” claims a student—and professors don’t believe in grade inflation or curving grades, but they do readily make themselves available outside of class for help or discussion. There is a lot of work, but it “is accompanied by even more resources with which it can be successfully managed.” One student testimonial: “My calculus teacher last semester has office hours in the student union, and he invited the whole class over to his house for chicken dinner—twice!” The dedication of the staff is contagious, and “though the work is rigorous, time spent in school never feels wasted.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
186
with Terminal Degree
175

110
Men
76
Women
35
Minority
8
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
95%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships

Prominent Alumni


Tom Marshburn
NASA astronaut

Joe Robinson
Principal oboist, New York Philharmonic

John Spratt
US Representative (D-SC), Assistant to Dem. Leader

Charles Wright
Pulitzer Prize Winner, Professor/Poet at UVA

Steve Salyer
President and CEO Public Radio International

Bob Faw
National Correspondent, NBC News

Lawrence Wilkinson
Co-Founder, Vice Chairman, Oxygen Media

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
91
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Tuition runs about $44,928, with an additional $12,769 or so needed for room and board. However, the school hits the three major financial aid points: it admits domestic students on a needblind basis, meets 100 percent of all students’ calculated need, and does so with grant and work funds only, not requiring students to utilize loans to have their need met. Aid is also guaranteed throughout the four years if a family’s financial circumstances stay the same.

Bang For Your Buck

Davidson is consistently regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, and its small size (and twenty-person class limits) give students access to a level of academic guidance and greatness that most college students can only dream of, at a price that students can afford. The school has just 1,700 undergraduates but offers $17 million a year in financial aid. On top of the holy triumvirate of financial aid, Davidson offers merit scholarships ranging from $1,000 to the full cost of education. The school is also need-blind to life experience: Need and merit aid can go with students on approved study-abroad programs, thereby eliminating a potential barrier to having an international experience.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,556

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,717

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,522

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,075

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
21%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,928
Required Fees
$449
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,270
Transportation for Commuters
$175

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Davidson is “an amalgamation of all types of people, religiously, ethnically, politically, economically, etc.,” all “united under the umbrella of intellectual curiosity” and their devotion to the school as a community. The typical Davidson student is “probably white,” but in the past few years, admissions has been making progress in racially diversifying the campus, which students agree upon as necessary. Though there are plenty of Southern, preppy, athletic types to fit the brochure examples, there are many niches for every type of “atypical” student. “There are enough people that one can find a similar group to connect with, and there are few enough people that one ends up connecting with dissimilar [people] anyway,” says a student. Everyone here is smart and well-rounded; admissions “does a good job...so if you’re in you’ll probably make the cut all the way through the four years.” Most students have several extracurriculars to round out their free time, and they have a healthy desire to enjoy themselves when the books shut. “During the week we work hard. On the weekends we play hard. We don’t do anything halfway,” says a senior. Though the majority of students lean to the left, there’s a strong conservative contingent, and there are no real problems between the two.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,788
Out of State
77%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
42

Demographics

5.04%
Asian
7.76%
African-American
6.58%
Hispanic
72.63%
Caucasian
3.38%
Unknown
5.86%
International

50% female
50% male
77% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Davidson “possesses an intense study culture, and people hit the books regularly; it’s cool to be smart.” One of the many wonderful things about Davidson “is that academics voluntarily leave the classroom.” “It’s not uncommon to hear people discussing their current academic topics at lunch or in the gym.” Basketball is a huge common ground for the student body at large; “Everyone enjoys being a part of the underdog/Cinderella story.” Weeks are devoted to study, as well as extracurricular activities—“you see your friends because you are doing homework together or eating meals together, not because you’re vegging out.” Of course, even Davidson students need to kick back, and there are always plenty of parties to be found on the weekends. Fraternities and eating houses (the Davidson version of sororities) are popular. Fortunately, “There really is no pressure to drink. You can go out and dance and have a great time or have movie nights with friends,” says a student. The combination of the idyllic atmosphere and the workload “can make it hard to stay up-to-date on current events, yet most students remain well-informed.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
82
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Dean of Students Office

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Associate Dean of Students Kathy Bray Merrell

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Documentation not required until matriculation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation required upon matriculation.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
168
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
16

34% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Wildcats)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Wildcats)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNC Charlotte (UNCC)

Sustainability

An excellent example of Davidson’s commitment is its summer Sustainability Scholars program. The scholars address critical issues through immersive summer projects with a variety of Charlotte-based organizations, from skyscrapers to community gardens in food deserts. The success of this program has led to an expansion with a new location in the Triangle in North Carolina. Ten to twelve scholars live together to learn about and practice sustainable living. The Charlotte program will, once again, live in the Davidson College Eco House. As part of the Climate Action Plan, Davidson College established a policy that all new campus construction be built to at least LEED Silver certification standards, adopted an Energy Star-rated product purchasing policy, implemented multiple waste reduction measures, and integrates its projects into education. Further efforts across the campus community have resulted in four LEED-certified buildings, 378 solar photovoltaic panels, sixty-four solar thermal panels to heat the water used in the pool and showers, an environmental studies major, a three acre farm that provides vegetables and produce to dining services, an organic herb and vegetable garden on the roof of Davidson’s Vail Commons dining hall, a Sustainability-Reps program that trains students to be campus sustainability leaders, a composter diverting food waste from landfill, responsible food procurement practices, and more. The Office of Sustainability supports many federal work-study positions working on food, energy, waste, water, campus engagement, sustainability and sports, sustainable enterprise awareness, student-led creative projects like a food and sustainability website, and more. Students participate in many sustainability organizations: the Environmental Action Coalition, Food Club, Student Athlete Sustainability Council, EcoTeam—an environmental education program for second and third graders in local elementary schools; the Ecological- Cooperative House; Patterson Court Sustainability Council; and more. Davidson encourages students to develop new sustainability ideas by awarding Green Grants up to $2,500 dollars. Davidson College hosts a national business plan competition connecting sustainability, sports and entrepreneurship in which student-led ventures from schools across the country compete for portions of prizes valued at $30,000 or more.

Green Rating
85
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
30%

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
180

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 7156
Davidson, NC 28035-7156

Phone
800-768-0380


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Belk Visual Arts Center
Baker-Watt Science Complex
Baker Sports Complex
Campus Center
Lake Campus

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Norman
Botanical Garden
Mint Museum
Afro-American Cultural Center
Museum of the New South

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday noon (only selected Saturdays in the fall and spring)
8:30am-5pm; 8:30am-noon
800-768-0380

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not available during the summer, breaks, or exam periods; 1 night only; Mon-Thurs; seniors only.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Douglas International Airport in Charlotte is 25 miles from campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve Charlotte. Taxis are available for the ride from the airport and stations.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-77, take Exit 30 and proceed east a quarter mile to the traffic light. The campus is immediately ahead, with parking to the left. From I-85, take Exit 55 to Rte. 73 W. Proceed west for 8 miles into Mecklenburg County. At the sign to Davidson, turn right onto Davidson-Concord Rd. Proceed 3 miles to a stop sign and turn left into town. At the stoplight, turn right. Proceed to the next light and look for the designated parking area.