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Registration & Cost

The Odyssey Pre-Orientation experience is open to incoming first-year students at Davidson (including transfers). Please keep in mind:

  • Due to the program's popularity and limited space, register early.
  • Spaces are generally filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will hold space in Session III until May 15 for those who need to travel more than 250 miles to get to Davidson.


Registration for the 2018 Odyssey pre-orientation experience will begin in February.

Cost & Payment

The cost for each session will be available in early February.

Once your registration has been processed, we will bill your Davidson College account on the first day of your session. By registering, you commit to pay that bill when it is posted.

Financial Aid

  • Financial aid is available to those students who have already qualified for aid from Davidson.
  • Detailed information about Odyssey program Financial Aid will be available in early February.
  • Awards will be based on the level of need as assessed by the Office of Financial Aid and will be distributed by Davidson Outdoors.
  • If you are interested in receiving aid for an Odyssey program and you have already qualified for aid from Davidson, please indicate this in the appropriate area on the registration form.
  • You will be notified of the amount of your award in your confirmation packet.


When we have received your online registration and added you to a session we will send you a confirmation that will include links to online forms and additional information, including program details, personal gear and clothing checklists, a medical screening form and a liability release.


If you cancel 23 days or more prior to the start of your session you will not be billed for the Backcountry Odyssey. We will bill you 50 percent of the session fee for cancellations from 22 to 9 days prior to the start of your session. We will bill you the full session fee for cancellations made less than 9 days prior to the start of your session.


You must bring your own clothing. Davidson Outdoors can provide you with hiking shoes, a sleeping bag and pad if you cannot bring your own. We also provide backpacking, canoeing, climbing, and mountain biking gear. A complete list of necessary equipment and clothing will be available to you.