As an international student, you can apply by way of the Common Application, Coalition Application or Online Application.

No application fee is required for international applicants. Use the Application Checklist to be sure you submit all the necessary forms.

In addition, non-U.S. citizens are required to submit English language proficiency exam scores and financial aid documents at the time of application.

If you have attended college and earned credit toward an undergraduate degree, your application will be considered as a transfer application.

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
  • Have studied in an entirely English-based curriculum for all 3 or 4 years of high school
  • 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 with "English Proficiency Waiver" in the email subject line.

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: 120
  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL: 100 iBT or 600 PBT

Application Video

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 going to be 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.

Whenever possible, we want to meet you in person. Davidson's International Admission Officer travels extensively from August until November to meet with prospective students all around the world. If you are unable to attend one of our admission events, 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 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.

We Want to Meet You

We're In Your Area Davidson's International Admission Officer travels extensively from August to November to meet prospective students around the world. See what events are scheduled near you.