Davidson College

Undergraduates: 1788
Setting: Small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $42,425.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $42,425.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1992 / 31 / 3.9
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 49:51
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 21%

Davidson College is a private liberal arts college in Davidson, North Carolina. The college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars. In the past decade, Davidson has consistently been ranked in the top ten best liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report magazine. In 2012, Davidson was ranked the 3rd most rigorous school in the United States by Newsweek.Forbes ranked Davidson 32nd overall in their "America's Top Colleges" list in 2014.

Davidson College is an excellent liberal arts college with a unique tradition of intercollegiate athletics competition. The College considers physical education, recreational sports, and intercollegiate athletics an integral part of every student's education. Davidson supports a competitive athletics program at reasonable cost with equal opportunity for participation of men and women. Davidson will continue to comply with the requirements of Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. The President of Davidson College insures that athletics policy is consistent with the educational goals and objectives of the College. Davidson students aspire to excellence in athletics, as in academics. The College seeks to maximize opportunities for student participation as athletes and spectators in a variety of sports. While respecting the policies and procedures of the NCAA, Davidson College will determine its own athletics policy.

Davidson College was founded in 1837 by The Concord Presbytery after purchasing 469 acres (1.90 km2) of land from William Lee Davidson II. The first students graduated from Davidson in 1840 and received diplomas with the newly created college seal designed by Peter Stuart Ney, who is believed by some to be Napoleon's Marshal Ney. Philanthropic Hall (shown) and Eumenean Hall are on the National Register of Historic Places In the 1850s, Davidson overcame financial difficulty by instituting "The Scholarship Plan," a program that allowed Davidson hopefuls to purchase a scholarship for $100, which could be redeemed in exchange for full tuition to Davidson until the 1870s. The college's financial situation improved dramatically in 1856 with a $250,000 donation by Maxwell Chambers, making Davidson the wealthiest college south of Princeton. The Chambers Building was built to commemorate this gift. On November 28, 1921, the Chambers Building was destroyed in a fire but was rebuilt 8 years later with funds provided by a generous gift from the Rockefeller family. The Chambers Building continues to be the primary academic building on campus. In 1923, the Gamma chapter in North Carolina of Phi Beta Kappa was established at Davidson. Over 1500 men and 500 women have been initiated into Davidson's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1924, James Duke formed the Duke Endowment, which has provided millions of dollars to the college, including a $15 million pledge in 2007 to assist with the elimination of student loans. On May 5, 1972 the trustees voted to allow women to enroll at Davidson as degree students for the first time. (Women had attended classes as early as the 1860s but did not enjoy degree privileges. The first women to attend classes at Davidson were then-President Kirkpatrick's five daughters, who attended classes to increase the size of the student body during the Civil War.) Art major Marianna "Missy" Woodward '73, the only woman in a class of 217, was the first woman to graduate from Davidson. In early 2005, the College's Board of Trustees voted in a 31-5 decision to allow 20% of the board to be non-Christian. John Belk, the former mayor of Charlotte and one of the heirs of Belk Department Store, was a casualty of this decision, resigning in protest after more than six decades of affiliation with the college. Stephen Smith also resigned. Belk, however, continued his strong relationship with his alma mater and was honored in March 2006 at the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Belk Scholarship.

Suburban Area, 665-Acre (2.69 Km2) Main Campus And A 110-Acre (0.45 Km2) Lake Campus


Davidson has many notable graduates, particularly in politics, athletics, and the arts. These include several governors of North and South Carolina, a former White House Press Secretary, the current US Secretary of Transportation, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, and current NBA player Stephen Curry attended Davidson. Neither graduated, though Curry has stated he intends to do so.


Chief_administrator: Carol Quillen (President)
Phone: 7048942000
Geographic region: Southeast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
Website: www.davidson.edu/
Financial aid office website: www3.davidson.edu/cms/x32703.xml
Net price calculator web address: www3.davidson.edu/cms/x44004.xml
Online application website: www3.davidson.edu/cms/x7186.xml
Admission office website: www3.davidson.edu/cms/x384.xml
Undergraduate application fee: $50.00
Graduate application fee: $0.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No