Join the Davidson admission team July 13-17 for a workshop series designed to prepare you for your college search and application process. 

Sessions are for rising high school juniors and seniors, with session options for parents and mentors in the evening. 

Workshops are free, but registration is required. Please note that space may be limited.

Topics will include:

  • Making the most of (virtual) college visits and building your college list
  • Navigating the college application process and finding balance
  • How to be your best advocate through your admission essays and interviews
  • Financial aid basics and tips
  • Insights on the process from current students, faculty, and representatives from other colleges and universities
  • Admission application case studies

Each workshop has been designed by a team which may consist of Davidson admissions staff, partners from other institutions, and our high school counseling colleagues. Our goal is to provide information in a broad scope that will serve participants regardless of where they apply. We encourage participants with questions specific to a school's admission process to reach out directly to that institution.

Register for the Admission Intensive

Register to create your personalized portal where you will be able to sign up for individual workshops. Questions? Email us at:

Student Registration

Parent/Mentor Registration

Admission Intensive Sessions

Session Description Date and Time
College Application Basics Join this discussion to learn about the basics: types of college applications, application timelines, required documents, supplemental essays. There will be time for a Q&A session. July 13, 11 a.m. EDT
Beyond the Website: Visiting Colleges Virtually & Demonstrating Interest Join for a discussion on how demonstrated interest works, and how you can get to know colleges both on and off campus. This session will also provide tangible tips on how to craft your in-person and digital conversations with admission officers, current students, and faculty. July 13, 1 p.m. EDT
College Essays 101: Owning Your Voice Learn the who, what, and why of college admission essays along with tips for putting your best foot forward in writing. July 13, 3 p.m. EDT and
July 14, 11 a.m. EDT
It's Fine: Navigating the College Admission Process (Panel) Join admission officers from different colleges and universities to explore ways to empower yourself in your college search and admission process. July 13, 7 p.m. EDT
Finding Fit & Crafting a College List There are thousands of colleges and universities for you to consider and the search for a perfect "fit" can be daunting. This session will offer advice on how to create a thoughtful and intentional list of institutions that are a great fit for YOU! July 14, 1 p.m. EDT
College Essays 201 If you attended College Essays 101, this session will continue the conversation about the college essay. You will participate in brainstorming and writing exercises, and have the chance to dig deeper into conversation around the types of essays you might encounter. July 14, 3 p.m. EDT and
July 15, 11 a.m. EDT
Financial Aid Basics This session is designed to help students and families get an overall view of how the financial aid process works. We will cover how students apply for financial aid, different ways of paying for college, how to determine what a college actually costs, and help you understand common terms associated with the financial aid process. July 14, 7 p.m. EDT
Let's Talk About Majors: How Much Does it Matter? Do you need to know your major when you enter college? What if you have no idea? What if you change your mind? A conversation about how much your major does (or doesn't) dictate where you go after college. July 15, 1 p.m. EDT
The Balancing Act Do you feel like finding the perfect balance in high school is nearly impossible? Between your school work, sports, clubs, service, and life it can be hard to feel like you're making the most of your time. This session will be a discussion on creating balance between extra curricular activities, academics, and personal well-being and will offer advice on how to best articulate that involvement on a college application. July 15, 3 p.m. EDT
How to Talk About Yourself: Interview Prep Learn how to prepare for admission interviews and hear tips on how to engage with your admission officer. July 16, 11 a.m. EDT
What do I do After I Hit "Submit?" Congratulations! You have finally hit submit on all of your applications. Now what? Learn what colleges expect from you after you apply, how to stay engaged, and how to navigate the selection process once you receive your decisions. July 16, 1 p.m. EDT
Student Experience Panel Join this question and answer session with current Davidson students to learn more about their college search and transition experience. July 16, 3 p.m. EDT
Supporting Your Student Through the College Process (Panel) Join high school and college counselors, parents of recent college applicants (they survived!) and admission officers in a discussion on ways to support your student throughout the search, application, and transition to college. July 16, 7 p.m. EDT
Mock Admission Committee ​​​​​​In small groups, you will participate in an admission case study exercise for an inside view of the application and selection process. July 17, 11 a.m. EDT