The Liberal Arts at Davidson

A Davidson liberal arts experience prepares students to lead and to serve, to solve problems larger than themselves. Students delve deep into the hard questions while collaborating with committed and engaged faculty. Students discover new knowledge and cultivate transferrable skills, not only to reach their own goals, but to affect real and positive impact. 


Davidson’s educational mission is to teach all students to think clearly, to make relevant and valid judgments, to discriminate among values, and to communicate freely with others in the realm of ideas. We focus on developing humane instincts and disciplined, creative minds. To this end, Davidson College has designed an educational experience grounded in the liberal arts. 

Through a Liberal Arts curriculum, Davidson students learn to analyze complex questions rigorously and to express themselves compellingly to multiple audiences. The 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio helps Davidson students to establish strong relationships, enabling them to take intellectual risks, find comfort in discomfort and collaborate across boundaries.  Learn more about academic opportunities at Davidson.

Residential Life

Your room is more than just a place to sleep and study; it's a place to live and learn. Davidson College promotes respect and responsibility among individuals in our residential community and encourages students to learn from one another to become model citizens. With a four-year residency requirement, more than 97 percent of students live on campus.  Incoming first-year students are thoughtfully paired together and placed in a residence hall by Residence Life.  We encourage you to learn more about residence life at Davidson.

Extracurricular Life

Davidson students work and study hard, but they still make time outside of class to connect with other students across a broad range of interests. There are more than 200 student organizations on campus ranging from leadership, culture, politics, arts, entertainment, publications, religion, civic engagement, and intramural, club, and Division I athletics.

Decide what's important to you then choose a couple of organizations and commit to participating in a thoughtful manner. Students are also able to create new organizations by working with the Student Activities Office.  



Admission and Financial Aid Website

Please visit the Davidson Admission and Financial Aid website for more information. 

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Application Deadline Information
Early Decision I: November 15
Early Decision II: January 4
Regular Decision:  January 11

Admission decisions for Early Decision I will be available online by December 15.  Early Decision II admission decisions are released by February 1.  Decisions for Regular Decision applicants will be posted online by April 1 and those students will have until May 1 to accept an offer of admission.

Required Application Materials

 Please apply to Davidson College using only one of the application choices below:

  • Coalition Application, plus Davidson-specific questions; Common Application with Davidson-specific questions; Davidson Online Part 1, with Information and Essays form.
  • Secondary School Report or Counselor Recommendation
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • Two Academic Teacher Recommendations
  • Online Peer Recommendation
  • ACT or SAT results

Test Optional
Students applying to Davidson have the option to submit or not submit standardized testing (ACT or SAT) as part of their application. 

Read our testing policy

Financial Aid

 Davidson is committed to the premise that an excellent liberal arts education is one of the best investments a family can make. Davidson's admission process is need-blind for domestic students and permanent residents. Academic potential, character, and accomplishments are the only factors considered in admission decisions–not a student’s ability to pay the cost of attendance. About 51 percent of our students receive need-based aid, and 70 percent receive aid from some source.

 Through The Davidson Trust, Davidson meets 100 percent of a student’s calculated financial need entirely through grants and student employment. Our financial aid packages do not include a loan component, but families have the option of borrowing educational loans as a matter of personal choice.

  • Net Price Calculator
  • Four-Year Graduation Rate – 90.6%
  • Percentage of Students on Financial Aid – 51.1%
  • Percentage of Graduates with No Loan Debt – 70.5%
  • Total Cost of Attendance – $68,769
  • Average Financial Aid Award – $45,077

 We encourage you to learn more about Financial Aid at Davidson.