Distinctly Davidson

Davidson College is a campus where century-old trees and brick buildings blend with state-of-the-art technology and top-notch facilities within the trusting, supportive community of Davidson, N.C. Davidson's primary purpose is to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service in an interconnected and rapidly changing world.

Davidson's Honor Code is at the core of students' relationships with professors and peers and instills a moral courage that lives in them long after graduation. Many of the college's alumni will attest that Davidson not only provided an exemplary education, but also transformed their lives. The Davidson community empowers, inspires and educates people on how to understand their talents in light of what the world needs from them.

Through need-blind admission and debt-free financial aid packages, Davidson will honor its aggressive, simultaneous commitment to educational excellence and access for all talented students regardless of their financial circumstances. At Davidson, exceptional and ambitious students collaborate with professors on research and conduct independent research of their own with funding support and opportunities at home and abroad.

Despite its size, Davidson participates and is competitive in NCAA Division I athletics. The Wildcat coaching staffs are as committed to Davidson's educational mission as they are to its athletic success. Varsity student athletes pack their books along with their sports gear when representing the college on the road.

Davidson College is one of America's strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges. The college's transformative impact for good through the lives and leadership of our students, faculty, alumni and staff resonates far beyond the campus community.

  • Through The Davidson Trust, Davidson became the first liberal arts college in the United States to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages.
  • Ninety-six percent of Davidson students return as sophomores.
  • Davidson's alumni are committed to the mission of the college with over 59 percent of alumni donating to college every year for the past 12 years, placing Davidson among the top five schools nationally in alumni giving.
  • More than 80 percent of Davidson graduates earn graduate or professional degrees.
  • The campus is located within 20 miles of the growing metropolitan area of Charlotte, N.C., providing numerous research and internship opportunities.
  • Davidson is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment by which it pledges to reduce the college's carbon footprint in specific, measurable ways.
  • Approximately 80 percent of the student body study, travel, work or perform service in another country.
  • The WildcatLink database stores exclusive internship and job opportunities from families and friends of Davidson, alumni, and other employers who have strong interest in hiring Davidson students.
  • Eighty-five percent of students participate in some type of community work during the academic year and, during the 2012-2013 academic year, $22,903 in project grants were awarded.
  • The college offers state-of the-art facilities and venues for the arts. Students share the stages, galleries and performance halls with professional artists and have opportunities to produce their own theatrical productions, use private studio space and perform musical programs.