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

All applicants must take the SAT or the ACT, and send their scores to Davidson. Consistent with the college's long-standing commitment to access and affordability, we accept self-reported test scores. Only those applicants who are admitted and enroll are required to submit official score reports.

Self-reported test scores may be submitted (and updated) in the following ways:

  • Enter scores in the testing section of the Common Application, the Coalition Application, Davidson's Application, or the QuestBridge Application.
  • Submit scanned copies of score reports via email to

Official test scores may be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Sent directly from the testing agency (SAT or ACT codes are below)
  • Sent directly by the student's high school counselor via email (
  • Sent directly by the student's high school counselor via notation on an official transcript.

We recommend that juniors take the SAT or the ACT no later than the end of junior year, particularly if interested in the early decision plan. For regular decision applicants, students should take the test no later than December of senior year.

Davidson superscores both the ACT and SAT. We do not require the writing portion for either the SAT or ACT.
If applicants have taken SAT Subject Tests, Davidson welcomes but does not require those scores. 

CEEB number (SAT): 5150
ACT number: 3086


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.