• Freshman Cake Race, A Davidson Tradition

    Established in 1930, the Cake Race is a voluntary 1.3-mile dash around campus for first-year students. The Davidson community donates cakes to distribute to top finishers, who select a cake prize based on the order of finish. The Cake Race is one of many activities during Wildcat Welcome Week.

    Female student Cake Race participant

Student Activities Programs

The Student Activities Office supports, sponsors, and organizes several events throughout the year for the students to participate in and enjoy. Some of these events include Wildcat Welcome Week, Quiz Bowl, After Midnight, the Activities Fair, exam study breaks, and more.

Wildcat Welcome Week

Wildcat Welcome Week welcomes all students back to campus during the first week of classes each fall with a variety of activities and information sessions from major student organizations and departments. The goal of Wildcat Welcome Week is to provide new students with additional programming and informational opportunities beyond their formal new student orientation experience as they make Davidson their home and begin classes. The week also provides a unified effort to welcome back returning students after their summer away. An initiative of Residence Life and the College Union, the Wildcat Welcome Week is a mix of Davidson traditions, such as the Freshman Cake Race and Live Thursday, with new activities to engage all students. Download a schedule of events for Wildcat Welcome Week (PDF).

Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl has a distinguished history at Davidson dating back to 1969 with many teams winning national and regional championships. The key to our success is a strong intramural tournament organized each year by the College Union and the Residence Life Office. In a typical year, between 100 and 150 students play in the campus tournament, competing for fun and a chance to represent Davidson on our varsity team. The campus tournament is open to every student. Teams represent fraternities, student organizations, residence halls, and groups of friends. Selection to the varsity squad is determined by quickness of mind, breadth of knowledge, and sportsmanship, as displayed in the tournament. Sign-ups for Quiz Bowl are mid-fall semester.