Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Get to know Davidson College

School Profile

Suburban campus setting

2,000 undergraduate students

552 first-year students

49 countries represented


16.9% applicants admitted

SAT EBRW Middle 50%: 640-740

SAT M Middle 50%: 680-760

ACT Middle 50%: 31-33


74 majors, minors, and programs

Student-to-faculty ratio 9:1

Average class size is 17

Introduction to Davidson College

Davidson is a liberal arts college located 20 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina. At Davidson, the Honor Code is central to campus life.  The code ensures academic integrity and provides the foundation for the open environment in which students live and study. The college offers a broad range of opportunities for leadership growth and community engagement. The college welcomes students with varying interests, experiences, and backgrounds. From incredible arts offerings to a campus-wide commitment to social justice and sustainability, students spend their time immersed fully in the campus community. You will find students participating in Davidson’s 150+ clubs and organizations or eagerly watching the college’s 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams compete.   

The college offers a wide range of majors, from Political Science to Computer Science, and a full complement of minor and interdisciplinary minors. Students pursue many community-based learning courses, entrepreneurial experiences, internships and research opportunities. Whether you are collaborating in the science lab or discussing economic policy, you will learn from professors committed to your intellectual growth and success.

Through the Davidson Research Initiative (DRI), students can participate in collaborative research projects between faculty and students during the summer. Grants to cover the cost of unpaid or low-paying summer experiences average over $3,300 per grant. Over 80% of students study, live, work or travel abroad.

The Center for Career Development meets with over 80% of all students each year to help craft resumes, network with Davidson alumni, and secure internship and job opportunities for students. For students interested in entrepreneurialism and innovation, the Hurt Hub@Davidson connects entrepreneurs, companies, community partners, and Davidson College in a world-class collaborative space. The pre-med and pre-law programs assist students in realizing their goals in the health and legal professions.  

Notable Davidson alumni include Clint Smith ’10, award-winning poet and writer; John Chidsey ’83, CEO of Burger King; Anthony Foxx ’93, former U.S. Transportation Secretary; Patricia Cornwell ‘79, best-selling author Charles Write ’59, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Steph Curry ’22, multiple time NBA MVP.

Fun Fact: Davidson students enjoy full access to the college’s 110 acre “Lake Campus”. Located just a couple miles away on Lake Norman, Lake campus provides opportunities for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, volleyball, and a beautiful setting in which to study or relax.

91% of students participate in at least one internship or supervised research experience and 65% participate in 2 or more.

80% of Davidson alumni attend graduate or professional school within 5 years of graduating.

Hear from a Scholar
“Receiving the Match Scholarship has, in my English teacher's words, 'set me up for life.' ... I am now able to earn a degree from Davidson College, which is a massive accomplishment.”
Braden O.'s Story
Hastings, NE
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