Davidson College

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209 Ridge Road

Davidson, NC 28035

Phone: (704) 894-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 2
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#9 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Davidson College is a private institution that was founded in 1837. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,790, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 665 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Davidson College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 9. Its tuition and fees are $42,849 (2013-14).

Davidson College is located in Davidson, N.C., 19 miles north of Charlotte. With more than 200 student organizations on campus, there are a variety of ways for students to get involved. In addition to clubs and organization, students can also join one of the school’s eight national fraternities, four eating houses or two sororities on campus. The Davidson Wildcats field more than 20 NCAA Division I teams, participating in the Southern Conference for most sports. Davidson’s men’s basketball team has competed in numerous NCAA tournaments. Freshmen are required to live on campus in the four first-year student residence halls. More than 95 percent of students choose to live on campus in residence halls, apartments, co-op living/learning houses and international houses.

Davidson offers more than 20 undergraduate majors. In 2007, Davidson became the nation’s first liberal arts college to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages with its initiative called The Davidson Trust, giving all students the chance to graduate free of debt. The school has many traditions, including the Freshmen Cake Race—started in 1934—which consists of a 1.7 mile race for freshmen, with the winners receiving freshly baked cakes. Notable alumni include former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright; and crime writer Patricia Cornwell. Former President Woodrow Wilson attended Davidson but did not graduate.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

An award-winning faculty, exceptional student profile, competitive Division I athletics, top national academic rankings, vital honor code, and nationally-recognized alumni network (64 percent annual fund participation) place Davidson among the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Close contact with professors brings an unusually high number of students into graduate-level research and publishing. Nearly 70 percent of students study abroad. Need-blind admissions attract a diversity of more than 1,700 students from 46 states and Washington, D.C., and 39 countries. Located in a picturesque college town in the temperate piedmont region near metropolitan Charlotte, N.C. Visit www.davidson.edu.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1837
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $509,662,495


When applying to Davidson College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 2, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 2. The application fee at Davidson College is $50. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 24.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 24.8%
Application deadline January 2
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 2

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Davidson College is 10:1, and the school has 71.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Davidson College include: Political Science and Government, General; English Language and Literature, General; Psychology, General; History, General; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 89%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Political Science and Government, General 13%
English Language and Literature, General 12%
Psychology, General 12%
History, General 11%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 10%

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Student Life

Davidson College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,790, with a gender distribution of 50.2 percent male students and 49.8 percent female students. At this school, 92 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 8 percent of students live off campus. Davidson College is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,790
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Davidson College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Davidson College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Davidson College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Davidson College, 47.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $29,064.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $42,849 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,834 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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