Tuition & Fees

$48,376

$48,376

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

50%

50%

male

female

1
10

teacher

students

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Very Selective

22%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,191
Declined + 4,191
Total Received 5,382
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Private (nonprofit)

1,784

undergraduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Political Science
  2. Economics
  3. Biology
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Codes

SAT 5150
ACT 3086

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
35%
600-699
51%
500-599
13%
400-499
1%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
40%
600-699
47%
500-599
12%
400-499
1%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
35%
600-699
47%
500-599
17%
400-499
1%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
62%
24-29
36%
18-23
2%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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Fun Facts

  • The intramural sport flickerball is unique to Davidson College. The College banned touch football due to injuries, so students created a game of tag football with basketball-type passing rules, which is still avidly played to this day.
  • Former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson attended Davidson College for a year before becoming ill, and later enrolling at Princeton.
  • The first X-rays ever taken in America were by three Davidson College physics students who snuck into a lab in 1896. They kept their experiments secret for many years, fearing they would be punished.
  • Davidson College was founded as a "manual labor" institution in 1837, meaning that students paid for their education by tending crops and livestock. They didn't enjoy the duty much, however, and tuition charges were instated within a very few years.
  • In the early 1900s, Davidson College kept live versions of its mascots. Wildcat Felix II was stuffed and placed in the trophy room upon his demise. Two new wildcats were then procured. The student body purchased yearling Min for $35. Min was fairly tame and could be led about. Tom was captured in the wild and noted for his ferocity and fighting spirit.
  • At Davidson College, having your cake and eating it too has since 1930 required two fleet feet! The college annually challenges its incoming students to win their own dessert at the Cake Race, which is the concluding event of Orientation activities. Men and women run separate 1.7 mile races to win one of about 200 cakes on a first finished, first served basis.
  • In the Davidson College archives is an Arabic Bible that belonged to Omar Ibn Sayyid, a Muslim African slave who lived in the southern states in the early 1800s. He was likely the most educated slave in North Carolina, as well as the author of the only known slave autobiography written in a native language.

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School Facts

Davidson is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Founded as a men's college in 1837, it adopted coeducation in 1972. Its 450-acre campus and recreational lake are located in Davidson, 20 miles north of Charlotte.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 1,784
Established in 1837
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Accredited by •  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

Davidson, NC

665-acre campus in Davidson (population: 11,750), 20 miles from Charlotte. Major airport, bus, and train serve Charlotte. School operates transportation to neighboring towns. Public transportation serves campus.

Davidson College
405 N. Main Street
Davidson, NC 28035

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
94%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
100%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
8 fraternities 39% of male students
 
6 sororities 70% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
55%
Top 1/4
91%
Top 1/2
91%
Bottom 1/2
9%
Bottom 1/4
9%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
35%
600-699
51%
500-599
13%
400-499
1%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
40%
600-699
47%
500-599
12%
400-499
1%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
35%
600-699
47%
500-599
17%
400-499
1%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
62%
24-29
36%
18-23
2%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 2
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline November 15
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Recommended
SAT or ACT Required

Very Selective

22%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,191
Declined + 4,191
Total Received 5,382

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Character/ personal qualities
Recommendations
Secondary school record
Volunteer Work

Important

Essay
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Class rank

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Chris Gruber
Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
P: 800 768-0380
F: 704 894-2016
admission@davidson.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $1,396,113
State $562,450
Institutional $33,620,384
Other external $949,164
Total $36,528,111

Non-need-based

Federal $290,576
State $0
Institutional $3,453,807
Other external $930,236
Total $4,674,619

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
field hockey
football
golf
lacrosse
soccer
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Colonial Athletic Association (Division I), Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (Division I), Pioneer Football League (Division I, Football I-AA), Atlantic 10 Conference (Division I, Football I-AA)
Mascot
Wildcats
School colors
red and black
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Africana Studies
Anthropology
Art
Biology
Chemistry
Chinese
Classics
East Asian Studies
Economics
English
Environmental Studies
French
Gender/Sexuality Studies
German
History
Interdisciplinary Studies
Latin American Studies
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre
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Undergraduate

100%

1,784
students

Female
50%
900

Male
50%
884

Graduate

Not reported

undergraduateFull-time

%

1,784
students

Female
51%
900

Male
49%
884

undergraduatePart-time

Not reported

Student Break-down

6%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
68%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

21%

Transfer applicants accepted

29%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 3.00
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of Some
Standardized test scores Required of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 15

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

16

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

16

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

  • Study skills

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

90%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 43
Countries most often represented China
Germany
Ghana
Greece
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
Other

International Student Contact

Carol Sandke
International Student Advisor
704 894-2497
casandke@davidson.edu

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