Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,700 students located 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Davidson, N.C. Since its establishment in 1837 by Presbyterians, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is 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 all students the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Davidson competes in NCAA athletics at the Division I level, and a longstanding Honor Code is central to student life at the college.
Davidson College is located north of Charlotte, North Carolina in the town of Davidson, and today enrolls approximately 1,700 men and women. This historic 450-acre campus is an excellent choice for the student who seeks a vigorous undergraduate education in a residential environment.
Davidson is a national leader on affordability initiatives, with need-blind admission and meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need with a combination of grants and student employment. Davidson was the first liberal arts college to eliminate the loan component in financial aid packages.
Personal relationships with your professors and classes limited to 20 students allow for the development of creative, collaborative relationships resulting in a unique academic experience.
A variety of options and opportunities set Davidson apart including its strong Honor Code, committment to community service and Division I athletics.
Davidson College is an institution of higher learning established in 1837 by Presbyterians of North Carolina. Since its founding, the ties that bind the college to its Presbyterian heritage, including the historic understanding of Christian faith called The Reformed Tradition, have remained close and strong. The college is committed to continuing this vital relationship.
As a college that welcomes students, faculty, and staff from a variety of nationalities, ethnic groups, and traditions, Davidson values diversity, recognizing the dignity and worth of every person. Therefore, Davidson provides a range of opportunities for worship, civil debate, and teaching that enrich mind and spirit. Further, Davidson challenges students to engage in service to prepare themselves for lives of growth and giving.
For more than three decades, respect for the Honor Code has permitted Davidson students the unusual freedom of scheduling their own exams and taking them in any classroom of the college’s main academic building—unproctored.
Initiated in 1971, the benefits of self-scheduled exams gives students a significant stake in making sure the Honor Code is maintained throughout the academic year. President Emeritus Samuel Spencer made that point strongly in a 1979 memo, writing, “Because it is a privilege that students prize and want to keep, the self-scheduled exam system injects an element of self-interest which reinforces student support of the Honor Code as a whole… they are an added incentive to reinforcement of the concept of a campus community based on honor.”
The Davidson College Department of Biology provides students with a strong foundation in biology, enabling them to think critically about biological topics, to learn technical skills for solving biological problems, and to communicate biological information in...
The Davidson College Department of Chemistry takes seriously its mission to provide an exceptionally rich learning environment in which to study chemistry. All courses are taught and all research is planned and facilitated by faculty members who are generous...
The Department of Economics strives to teach the social science of economics within the framework of the liberal arts education offered by Davidson College.Chambers The members of the department are committed to providing students with an excellent undergraduate...
The Department of History's mission is to cultivate the critical understanding of the past and to develop intellectual, analytical, writing, and rhetorical abilities. Through diverse curricular offerings, students are exposed to the richness, diversity, and...
The Department of Mathematics educates
students in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and computer
science, inspiring them to appreciate, understand, and engage these
disciplines. The study of mathematics offers a unique and important way
Every summer, we offer the Davidson in Washington Program where
students take a seminar course and work in an internship. We encourage
our majors to study abroad, and up to four off-campus courses may be
transferred back as credit for their...
The Davidson College Psychology Department strives to provide our students a world-class education, second to none, in all aspects of the discipline of psychology, now and in the future. We also strive to create and maintain a climate of daily excellence within...
The Department of Religion offers a curriculum that explores the
variety and depth of religious experiences and expressions. Inseparable
from the fabric of liberal arts generally, the Religion Department
shares in the task of cultivating a humane literacy that...
Sociology is the systematic analysis of social life. The department
seeks to expand students’ awareness of the often-subtle social
structures that are shaped by groups, organizations, and institutions.
Among the topics explored are: Race-ethnic relations...
The Department of Theatre serves the students by teaching and creating theatre as a discipline in the context of a traditional liberal arts institution. This means that students learn how to think critically and creatively about an important body of material...
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