Frequently Asked Questions

Why the lottery process?
We want to ensure that all alumni are given an equal opportunity to register their child or grandchild for the McNab program. The lottery system ensures each eligible student an equal chance of admittance.

How does the lottery process work?
Each registration generates a unique confirmation number, specific to the one who registered. This number will be entered into a computer system that will generate, at random, the accepted list and the waitlist.

What are the next steps if my student is accepted?
Each student who is accepted will receive an email notification by Thursday, March 10, at 9 a.m., and will be given until Tuesday, March 15, at 4:30 p.m., to accept the invitation. If a response is not received during this period, the student will forfeit his or her place in the program.

What are the next steps if my student is on the waitlist?
Students on the waitlist will be notified by email by Thursday, March 10, at 9 a.m. An additional email will be received if there is a cancellation and the waitlist student is accepted.

How many students will the McNab Program accept?
The lottery is limited to 60 families.

Who is accepted into the McNab Program?
The McNab program is open to rising 11th and 12th grade children and grandchildren of Davidson alumni. 

How much does the McNab Program cost?
The cost of the program is $100 per attending person (each student and family member attending the program). This subsidized fee helps to defray the cost of meals, materials, and visiting counselors. In addition, families are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Davidson tries to keep McNab costs to a minimum. Should your financial situation prevent you from attending, please contact Tammy Forthofer at or 704-894-2187 to discuss your options confidentially.

What if I have more than one child registered for this year? Could one get in, and not the other?
No. If a student is accepted and has a sibling in the same lottery, the other sibling will be admitted also. 

How long and when is the McNab Program?
McNab is a two-day program on the Davidson College campus and will take place on Thursday and Friday, June 9-10, 2016.

When is McNab 2017?
McNab 2017 will take place June 8-9, 2017.

Why does the program take place at this time of the year and during the week?
The date is determined through a number of factors, including the coordination of events on the Davidson campus, scheduling demands on the Admission and Financial Aid staff and the ability to attract our visiting deans and counselors.

What is the schedule?
While this year's schedule has not yet been determined, you may view a past/sample schedule to get an idea of the program.

How can I register?
The link will be active on this site between Friday, February 26, at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, March 2, at 11:59 p.m. Duplicate registrations will be deleted.

Can I bring along children who are not participating in the program?
No childcare will be provided during the McNab program. Due to the interactive nature of McNab for both students and parents, we can only accommodate those truly participating in the program.

Is there a dress code?
Dress for the program is casual.

What is the refund policy?
A full refund will be awarded for those who are unable to attend if notification is received by Friday, May 27. Please contact Tammy Forthofer at or 704-894-2187 with questions.

What should I do if I anticipate needing special accommodations?

If you require special assistance, we are happy to help. Please contact Tammy Forthofer at or 704-894-2187 with specific questions or concerns.

Are there other ways to get help if I am not accepted to the McNab program?

Yes! McNab is only one option in beginning your college search process. Our staff offers one-on-one meetings throughout the year and would be happy to meet with you individually. Please contact Tammy Forthofer at or 704-894-2187 to discuss options.

Can a parent attend without a student?

McNab is primarily for students. We highly encourage students and parents to attend the program together. Occasionally students attend on their own, but parents should not attend without a student.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • Office of Alumni Relations: Betsy McIntyre at or 704-894-2715 (questions about the registration process or the lottery)
  • Office of Admission and Financial Aid: Tammy Forthofer at or 704-894-2187 (all other questions)