Davidson CollegeDavidson College was founded in 1837, and is located in North Carolina about 19 miles north of Charlotte. The school became completely co-educational in 1973. The suburban campus is spread over 665 acres, and 98% of all undergraduates choose to live on campus. Although the school is often ranked among the most rigorous liberal arts programs, students can also take part in thriving on-campus activities and organizations. With a small population of just over 1,800 students, the atmosphere is a very intimate one.

Davidson CollegeThere are more than 20 majors available. The most popular majors include political science and government, English language and literature, psychology, history and biology/biological sciences. Davidson College students also have the opportunity to design their own majors through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. They can also choose to complete a second major, minor, or concentration. There are more than 17 interdisciplinary concentrations including: archaeology, applied mathematics, Asian studies, biochemistry, computer science, education, environmental studies, ethnic studies, film and media, gender studies, international studies, medical humanities and neuroscience. Classes remain small with a student to faculty ratio of 9 to one. Approximately 75% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. In fact, no classes on campus have more than 50 students, ensuring undergraduates can receive individualized attention from their professors.

Davidson College campusDavidson College has more than 200 student organizations. The groups range in theme, including arts and culture, sports, political, health and sexuality and religious groups. The Davidson campus is more than willing to accept the formation of new groups; the Student Activities Office welcomes the founding of new organizations. Most student events are organized by the Union Board; they host concerts during the fall and spring semesters, Freshman Welcome events and movie nights. There are four a cappella groups on campus. Students also participate in the “Davidsonian,” the weekly newspaper. It was founded in 1914, and continues to be popular on campus. There is a significant Greek scene at Davidson. The fraternity and eating house system is called Patterson Court. There are eight national fraternities, four local women’s eating houses and two sororities on campus. About 70% of women and 39% of men belong to a Greek organization. Davidson College also has a popular sports program with more than 20 NCAA Division I teams.

Davidson College athleticsUndergraduates can find many opportunities for advancement on the Davidson campus. Small class sizes and a surplus of extracurriculars provide students with a tight-knit community. Despite challenging academic programs, students can find a way to express their personalities through Greek life or social organizations. Those looking for a quality liberal arts education should investigate Davidson College’s many advantages.


Acceptance Rate

Davidson acceptance rate

Class Standing

Davidson average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Davidson College SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Davidson College ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision (Round 1): Nov. 15

Early decision (Round 2): Jan. 2

Regular decision: Jan. 5

Transfer decision (spring): Nov. 24

Transfer decision (fall): Mar. 15

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) applicants: 5,700
Enrolled: 519
Acceptance rate: 18.7%
Yield: 45.2%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 715
Admitted: 319
ED acceptance rate: 44.6%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 119
Admitted: 15
Acceptance rate: 12.6%

Average GPA: 3.92
Top 10% of High School: 76%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 660-740
SAT Math: 650-730

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 30-33

Standardized Test Requirements

Davidson College requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

Davidson recommends the writing portion Writing portion recommended

Davidson recommends the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests recommended

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Davidson graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Davidson College score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 88%
5 years: 90%
6 years: 91%

Loan default rate: 1.1%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 23

Salary after attending: $58,900

R&D Expenditures: $1.74 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 25
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 8
Car thefts: 4

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Davidson College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Davidson student debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2018-2019): $65,819

Total estimated cost of attendance (2018-2019): $70,819

Net Cost
Average: $28,339

By income
$0 to $30,000: $6,643
$30,001 to $48,000: $8,468
$48,001 to $75,000: $13,225
$75,001 to $110,000: $17,187
$110,001 and more: $37,001

Graduates with student debt: 26%

Average student debt at graduation: $20,431

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Davidson undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Davidson College student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Women: 49%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 74%
20 to 39: 25%
40 to 99: 1%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 1,810 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 19%
Out of State: 73%
International: 8%

Davidson College student population

Davidson College seal

Davidson College

This page was last updated in November 2018.