Davidson College


Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college of approximately 2000 students located 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Davidson, North Carolina. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has been consistently regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Through The Davidson Trust, the college became the first liberal arts institution in the nation to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages, giving students the opportunity to graduate debt-free. The college values diversity in all forms and the role it plays in creating a rich and meaningful experience for students and the campus community. A student-managed Honor Code is central to student life at the college.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Multicultural Visit Program

Davidson's commitment to diversity extends to the entire Davidson community, but begins with admission. The Multicultural Visitation Program, held in conjunction with Discover Davidson II, provides students from traditionally under-represented groups to experience the Davidson campus for the first time and to encounter those aspects that are unique to the college. Learn more about Multicultural Visit Program

Special Admissions Policy Need-Blind Admission

Davidson practices a need-blind admission policy, which means an applicant’s character, academic achievement, potential and talents are the factors considered for admission, not the family’s bank balance. Davidson has also entirely replaced student loans with grants to ensure that all of their students are able to graduate without student loan debt. Learn more about Need-Blind Admission

Scholarship & Financial Aid The Davidson Trust

Through The Davidson Trust, the college meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need through grants and students employment. Financial aid counselors are available to help families navigate the financial aid process. About 45 percent of the student body receives need-based aid, and more than half receive some form of aid. Learn more about The Davidson Trust

Scholarship & Financial Aid QuestBridge Partner College

QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best universities and reaching the ranks of national leadership itself. QuestBridge works to link underprivileged students with colleges that they would otherwise be unable to attend, including Davidson. Learn more about QuestBridge Partner College

First-Year Experience & Transition Students Together Reaching for Individual Development & Education (STRIDE)

STRIDE is a support program purposed to assist first-year ethnic minority students with their adjustment to Davidson College. A series of designed experiences offer academic, cultural and social support as well as vital information to aid students in understanding and working effectively within the college community. The program has five components: the Peer Mentoring Program, the Pre-College Enrichment Program, a Mid-Year Check Up, a Monthly Enrichment Series and the End of the Year Celebration. Learn more about Students Together Reaching for Individual Development & Education (STRIDE)

Academic Courses & Service Learning Exchange Programs

Davidson College has cooperative Exchange Programs with Howard University and Morehouse College which provide students opportunities for study at campuses with significant African-American student, faculty and staff populations. Study may be arranged for a year or a semester. Learn more about Exchange Programs

Student Life & Support Multicultural House

The Multicultural House serves as an area where students can meet and participate in various events regarding diversity, including movie screenings, guest speakers and group discussions. The House is equipped with audio/visual equipment to facilitate presentations.

Student Diversity

  • 1,955
  • 50/50
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 7%
    Black or African American
  • 8%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 67%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 6%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 95%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 100%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 179
    Full-time faculty
  • 38
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Political Science, Biology, History, Chemistry, English

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Culture & Awareness Association, Black Student Coalition (BSC), Curry Club, Davidson International Association, Hillel, Middle Eastern and North African Student Association, Muslim Students Association, Organization of Latin American Students, Shades of Brown


Cost of Attendance

  • $48,376
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $424
    Required Fees
  • $13,547
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $8,511,768
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $34,391
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 48%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 45%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 50%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 5,620
    # of applicants
  • 20%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 32
    ACT Composite
  • 650—750
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 650—750
    SAT Math
  • 650—750
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/05
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date