Davidson is committed to building a community that includes the brightest and most curious minds from every corner of the world.

Annually, more than 2,000 students apply to Davidson from over 80 countries outside of the United States. We're proud that 10% of our community comes from more than 50 countries.

How to Apply

All international applicants follow the same application process as our first year domestic applicants, with the addition of the English Proficiency requirement, an optional application video, and the financial verification form.

There is no application fee for non-U.S. citizens. When applying using the Coalition or Common Application, the fee will be waived after you select your citizenship. 

Requirements for International Applicants

English Language Proficiency Requirements

All international applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate they possess the level of communication skills that is necessary for thriving in Davidson’s dynamic and immersive educational environment. To satisfy this requirement, we accept results from TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo’s English Test (DET).

Davidson will waive this requirement for students whom:

  • Are from a country where English is an official language
  • Are taking English A at the Higher Level as part of the IB diploma
  • Scored a 670 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT

If your English Proficiency requirement is not automatically waived based on the criteria above, please send an email to admission@davidson.edu with "English Proficiency Waiver" in the email subject line after you submit your application.

Please provide the following information in your request:

  • Full name as it appears on your application
  • Date of birth
  • Reason for requesting the waiver (one of the reasons listed above)

Minimum Required Scores

If you take the DET, IELTS, or TOEFL we require these results sent to us from either the testing agency or your high school counselor; we will not accept scores submitted directly from students or self-reported on the application.

  • DET: 130
  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL: 100 iBT or 600 PBT

Application Video (Optional)

As a community of scholars dedicated to leadership and service, our interest in you as an international applicant goes far beyond test scores. Your success at Davidson is dependent upon your conversations with professors, your interactions with your roommates and classmates, and your desire to proactively pursue your goals and take advantage of our community’s resources. In your application, we want to get to know you personally, hear your unfiltered voice, and see how you interact in an unscripted environment.

To learn this, we strongly recommend international applicants to submit materials from InitialView in order to demonstrate their communication skills and ability to converse about academic topics. InitialView conducts an unscripted conversation and proctors an open-ended writing sample.

Learn More About InitialView

Financial Aid Documents

International students seeking financial assistance must apply for need-based aid at the time of applying for admission. Applications for financial assistance from international students submitted after admission to Davidson are not accepted, nor will they be accepted during their duration of enrollment at Davidson. The Financial Verification Form, which includes instructions, will be available on your Davidson application portal after you submit the Common Application or Coalition Application.

Financial Aid for International Students

Apply for Financial Aid

We are committed to making a Davidson education affordable. Explore Davidson's financial aid application process for international students.

International Student Financial Aid 

International Student Experience at Davidson College

Curious about what life looks like for Internation Students at Davidson? Learn more about resources for student success, financial support, and first-hand accounts about what it's like to be at Davidson from Wildcats from all corners of the world.

International Student Experience