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Admission Requirements

As an international student, you can apply by way of the Common Application, Coalition Application, Online Application or Paper Application. No application fee is required for international applicants. Use the Application Checklist to be sure you submit all the necessary forms.

In addition, non-U.S. citizens are required to submit financial aid documents and TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application.

If you have attended college and earned credit toward an undergraduate degree, your application will be considered as a transfer application.

English Proficiency Exams

TOEFL or IELTS exam results are required for applicants who are not citizens of a country where English is an official language.

Minimum required scores:

  • TOEFL: 100 iBT or 600 PBT
  • IELTS: 7

Davidson will waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for students who:

  • have studied in an entirely English-based curriculum for their high school/secondary school years
  • are taking English at the higher level as part of the IB diploma
  • scored a 670 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT

Keep in mind that while we may waive your TOEFL testing requirement, submitting your score with strengthen your application.

If your English Proficiency exam requirement is not automatically waived based on the criteria above, you may request a waiver by sending an email to admission@davidson.edu with "TOEFL/IELTS Waiver" in the email subject line. Please provide the following information in your request:

  • Full name as it appears on your application
  • Date of birth
  • Reason for requesting the waiver (one of the reasons listed above)

You may request a waiver after you have submitted your application.

Financial Aid Documents

International students seeking financial assistance must apply for aid at the time of applying for admission. Applications for financial assistance from international students submitted after admission to Davidson are not accepted, nor will they be accepted during their duration of enrollment at Davidson.

Application Video (Optional)

Whenever possible, we want to meet you in person. Davidson's International Admission Officer travels extensively from August until November to meet with prospective students all around the world. If you are unable to attend one of our admission events, you are welcome (but not required) to submit an InitialView video to allow us to get to know you better.