Davidson College

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Davidson College resides in Davidson, North Carolina, and has been named by Newsweek as the 3rd most rigorous university in the nation. It is a private college that specializes in liberal arts and has been listed by World Report and U.S. News as one of the top ten best colleges for liberal arts consistently. Davidson has also had the privilege of graduating over twenty Rhodes Scholars.


Davidson’s admission process is considered by various sources such as the U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review to be very no need to selective. Davidson College declares itself as a school focused on “intellectual and cultural growth” and takes pride in its selection of students based on both their academic successes and their individual personalities.

The school’s admission process consists of assessing a student’s academic accomplishments, personal qualities, and other interests and activities. Davidson College uses these aspects to assess a student’s abilities and determine their eligibility for admission into the school.

In fall 2011, over 4,000 applications were received by Davidson College, of which only 25% were accepted. For this same class year, over 80% of new students had been in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school. The average SAT scores for entering freshmen were 640-720 for math and 630-730 for both writing and verbal reading. The average ACT scores fell between 29 and 33.


With a student-faculty ratio of 10-1, over 90% of classes have fewer than 30 students enrolled and the maximum number of students in a class is 50.

The school employs 167 teachers most of which have a PhD or terminal degree in their field of study.

Honor Code

At the beginning of their freshman year, each student signs an honor code that must be upheld while they attend Davidson College. The Honor Code prohibits things such as cheating, stealing, and lying. It also requires students to report any honor code violations. Any student that violates the Honor Code is expelled, as is any student that fails to report a violation they witnessed.

Students are even required to abide by the honor code when taking closed book exams. Students are also required to complete assignments on their own and only seek assistance as permitted by the honor code.


Over twenty majors are offered through Davidson College and students have the option of creating their own major. Students are required to complete at least one major and can choose a second major, a concentration, or minor. Some concentrations that Davidson College offers include Biochemistry, Education, Applied Math, Computer Science, and Medical Humanities.

The Duke Family Performance Hall was opened in 2002 at Davidson College through the efforts of the Royal Shakespeare Company and is now considered one of the best performance places in the region. The Cunningham Fine Arts Building, which houses classrooms, performances places, and offices, was renovated in 2008.

Davidson’s Classics Abroad program is the most popular of study abroad experience offered through the school. Tom Ross, the school’s former President, has repeatedly said that the program helped to redirect his life when he took part in it. In addition to the Davidson’s Classic Abroad, students can participate in study abroad programs offered through the school.


Davidson College participates athletically in the NCAA Division 1 in 11 men sports and 10 women sports. Nearly a quarter of Davidson’s students are involved in the school’s varsity sports programs. The school’s football program has one of the smallest enrollments in Division 1.

The athletic teams are called the Wildcats and their school colors are red and black. They compete under the Southern Conference for most sports. For swimming and diving programs, the school participates through the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association. The women’s lacrosse team plays under the National Lacrosse Conference and the Field Hockey team competes through the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 7156

Davidson, NC 28035-7156

(704) 894-2230

(800) 768-0380

Fax: (704) 894-2016

[email protected]

Contact: Christopher Gruber

Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Main Address

Box 5000

Davidson, NC 28035-5000

(704) 894-2000


Total undergrads: 1,668

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 480

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,661


Suburban setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 26%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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