MVP Frequently Asked Questions

Davidson College offers multiple opportunities for students to visit campus. The first Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) opportunity is October 18-20, 2014, in conjunction with the Discover Davidson II Open House.

Who is eligible to be a Multicultural Visit Participant (MVP)?

  • The Multicultural Visit Program is designed to reach out to students from traditionally under-represented groups: African American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American students; and CBO-affiliated students. Due to the brevity of the visit, international students or students living outside of the United States are not eligible for consideration. Only students that have not been on an official visit will be selected for the program.

How do I apply for the Multicultural Visit Program?

  • Students interested in being considered for the visit program must complete the online application, and upload your current high school transcript with a senior schedule and standardized test scores. Please contact Tammy Forthofer (704-894-2187) for assistance during any step of the application process.
  • Upon completion of the MVP application, an admission application file (with an application fee waiver) will be opened on behalf of the student.

How many students attend the program?

  • Davidson typically hosts between 35-45 students during its MVP weekend.

Can a parent or guardian accompany me to Davidson?

  • Parents and guardians are welcome to visit Davidson with their student and participate in the Discover Davidson program. They will be expected to make their own travel arrangements and cover their expenses for the visit.

What is expected of me while I am on campus?

  • While you are on campus, you are expected to participate fully in planned activities. This will include a Multicultural Dinner immediately following the Discover Davidson II program, hosted by the Office of Admission and Financial Aid, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Asian Cultural Awareness Association, the Black Student Coalition, and the Organization of Latin American students.
  • You will have significant access to our campus facilities, including an overnight residence hall. With that privilege comes the same responsibility and expectations for everyone in the Davidson community to uphold the Davidson College Honor Code (with which you will become familiar during your campus tour), and to exercise “the responsible use of freedom” as dictated by the College Code of Responsibility.

I am not within driving distance of Davidson. How will I get to campus?

  • An Admission Staff Member will make flight arrangements for you and will communicate travel details prior to your departure.
  • Participants will travel on an e-ticket and will only need to provide airport staff with the appropriate record locator number in order to check in for the flight.
  • Please remember to arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight's scheduled departure time. Most airlines recommend 90 to 120 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.

How do I get to campus from the airport (and back again)?

  • Upon arrival in Charlotte, there will be a Davidson staff member waiting at Door A in the baggage claim area. You will be directed to the shuttle going to Davidson.
  • Return airport shuttle service to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is provided at the conclusion of the program. A specific shuttle departure time and pick-up location will be included in your campus visit materials.

What do I do if I’m driving to campus?

  • Students driving to campus will be reimbursed for mileage to and from campus and their home address as provided on the application form. General directions will be provided in advance of the event and directional signs will be visible at various locations on campus. Reimbursement checks will be distributed prior to the student’s departure from campus.

What should I bring with me for my visit?

  • We strongly encourage you to pack lightly and refrain from checking in bags at the airport. This will minimize delays and avoid the $20-$25 airline fee (for which you will be responsible, if necessary). Also, do not pack any liquids in containers exceeding 3 oz.
  • Current Davidson students will provide overnight accommodations during the visit. You may sleep in a bed, on a futon, or perhaps on an air mattress. If you are driving to Davidson, please bring a sleeping bag/blanket and a small pillow. A limited amount of sleeping bags will be provided for those of you traveling by air or without personal access to a sleeping bag. All students are asked to bring a bath towel and a washcloth.  
  • While meals and accommodations will be provided during your visit, you are encouraged to bring a small amount of extra spending money for snacks, souvenirs, or other sundry purchases.

What should I wear during my visit?

  • Weather in North Carolina can be unpredictable. Please be sure to check the forecast to know what clothing to pack.
  • Sunday will be a long day. Please wear comfortable clothing, especially walking shoes, seeing as the campus tour is typically a 1.5-mile walk.
  • Davidson is a casual campus. Students wear shorts, jeans, khakis, etc. in the residence halls and to class. Please use common sense in packing, but (above all) it is important for you to be comfortable during your visit.

Where will I stay during our visit?

  • You will spend two nights in a residence hall with an overnight host. Prior to class visits Monday morning, you are expected to bring your packed luggage with you to Grey House (Admission Office) for secure storage until your departure Monday afternoon.

What can I expect of my overnight host?

  • Current Davidson students have graciously offered to provide overnight accommodations and are happy to assist you during your stay. Please keep in mind, however, that they are students first and foremost and may have a limited amount of time to spend with you. Please plan to connect with other students participating in the Multicultural Visit Program or the Discover Davidson program, or with other current students met during your visit. Admission staff will be readily available during most of the program to help you get the most out of your time on campus.

Are meals provided during my visit?

  • The Office of Admission and Financial Aid will provide most meals as part of its Discover Davidson program. For those times when students are on campus, on their own (with their overnight host, going to class, etc.), we will issue a CatCard to cover the cost of meals in Vail Commons, at the Davis Café, and at Union Station.

How much will it cost me to participate in the visit program?

  • Davidson College pays all of the direct costs associated with your visit. You will be responsible for transportation to and from your home and preferred airport, and meals purchased at the airport (if applicable). We encourage you to bring a small amount of spending money to cover extra snacks or the purchase of souvenirs, but it is not required.

What if I am unable to attend and my airline ticket has already been purchased?

  • Participants are required to sign a statement of financial responsibility prior to travel arrangements being made. If you are not able to participate in the program after airline tickets have been purchased, it will be your responsibility to reimburse the college the cost of the ticket.

Who do I contact in case of emergency while I am on campus?

  • If you are in need of immediate assistance en route to campus or at any point during your stay, please contact Tammy Forthofer at (704-894-2187 or 704-310-1238). Please leave this number with someone at home, in case of emergency.

If I’m not a selected MVP student in conjunction with Discover Davidson II, are there other opportunities for a multicultural visit to Davidson College?

  • There are multiple opportunities to come to campus throughout the admission process. Those students who have not been on an official campus visit and who are not selected for the fall program will still be eligible for later visits. The Winter MVP visit is scheduled for mid-February and participants will be selected from Admission Counselor nominations. The final visit opportunity is in the spring, in conjunction with our Decision Davidson programs for admitted students. As with the winter visit opportunity, students will be chosen from Admission Counselor nominations.