Applicants must complete secondary school graduation requirements and submit academic test scores before enrolling at Davidson.

Excluding consideration for exceptional circumstances, at least 16 high school units are required, although the average student accepted at Davidson has taken 20 units. These units should include:

  • Four units of English
  • Three units of mathematics
  • Two units of the same foreign language
  • Two units of science
  • Two units of history/social studies

Recommended Academic Plan

To be most competitive in our applicant pool, it is strongly recommended that high school students continue for the third and fourth years in science and in the same foreign language, continue mathematics through calculus, and take additional courses in history.

Candidates should take at least five academic subjects each year in secondary school, unless the school curriculum is structured around four. It is important that a challenging academic program be taken each year, but especially in the junior and senior years.

Test Scores

Davidson does not require that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of admission. Read our testing policy for more information.


The Admission Office does not offer interviews as a part of the application process, and they are not required.

Non-native English Speakers

Evidence of fluency in English through writing samples and successful performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is required. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent directly to Davidson by the testing agency.

Important Dates

Be aware of important dates regarding your application.