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COVID-19 Vaccinations

We expect students in the Humanities Program to be vaccinated. Because our learning community work at the Holston Conference Center takes place in close proximity, only vaccinated students will be able to take part fully. Because Davidson is a community of trust, we will trust all Humesters to be vaccinated. Contact Program Coordinator Meg Sawicki at with any questions.

College Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Guidelines

All students in the Humanities Program (registered for HUM 103) are required to take part in the pre-orientation program Sapere Aude, six days of community building, introductions, games, and close reading and discussion of key texts and artifacts with Humanities faculty, fellows, librarians and archivists and instructional designers.

Our Sapere Aude pre-orientation is a great way to start your Davidson College experience with your Humes cohort and the Humanities Fellows. You will get to know all eight faculty members who teach you throughout the year, as well as our librarians, archivists and instructional designers.

The Sapere Aude retreat takes place Friday Aug. 13 through Wednesday August 18, 2021 at the Holston Conference Center in the beautiful North Carolina mountains.

Humes students can do both Sapere Aude and any of the other pre-orientation programs or take part in any athletic team's pre-season activities. Students taking part in other pre-orientation programs will return to campus on August 16. Humes is accessible to all!

There is no cost. All travel, room, and board expenses are covered by the Humanities Program.

Arrival Information

New Humesters should arrive on campus on Friday morning August 13, stow their things in the college warehouse except for a small bag and day pack for Sapere Aude, and we’ll board buses for the mountains at 3 p.m.  The warehouse is open daily from 7 a.m.–noon and from 1-4 p.m. at 209 Ridge Road, Davidson, NC 28035, on campus. If flights from faraway places can’t arrive Friday morning, plan on arriving Thursday and be in touch with our program coordinator Meg Sawicki ( with questions about where to spend Thursday night. International students be in touch with both Meg Sawicki and Sara Parrott ( about arrival times. 

Information for Parents and Families

For new Humesters’ parents and families who are unable to be present for regular orientation on the August 19 and 20, we will hold a parent and family orientation session on Friday morning August 13 at 11 a.m. in the Carolina Inn, 217 North Main St. This would replace the session for parents and families during regular orientation the following week. We can also do a zoom orientation session for Humesters’ parents and families who are unable to be on campus.

Follow Us on Social Media

Follow the Instagram accounts for @hum_fellows and @HumDavidson for details and sneak-peek info.