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Registration details will be posted on this page and sent via email to alumni with children or grandchildren who are rising 11th and 12th graders in the corresponding academic year. To ensure you receive information relevant to your student, make sure Davidson has your current email address and relationship data by emailing alumniupdates@davidson.edu.

Registration for the 2020 McNab Admission will open in February 2020.  Please check back here for more details. 

The McNab Admission Program for rising 11th and 12th grade children and grandchildren of alumni will take place June 11-12, 2020. The purpose of the McNab Admission Program is to equip families with strategies for the college search and application process. Note that the program is best-suited for students entering their junior year.

One of the main benefits of the program is its one-to-one personal advising. Deans and directors of admission from other colleges and universities and several seasoned college counselors from high schools and community-based organizations around the country will join us for the program.

Schedule and Cost

The McNab Program begins at noon on Thursday, June 11, and ends late in the afternoon on Friday, June 12  — review our 2019 schedule (PDF) as an example. Each student and family member attending the program pays a $100 fee. This subsidized fee helps to defray the cost of meals, materials and visiting counselors. In addition, families are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Should your financial situation prevent you from attending, please contact Tammy Forthofer at taforthofer@davidson.edu or 704-894-2710 to discuss your options confidentially. A full refund will be awarded for those who are unable to attend if notification is received by June 1. 

Lottery and Registration

McNab is an exceptionally popular program and each year has a waitlist. Due to high demand, beginning in 2019 we doubled the size of the program to 120 families. As in previous years, attendees will be selected by a lottery. Based upon previous year numbers of applicants, we anticipate still holding a waitlist each year.

Lottery entries will be accepted online between Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at 9 a.m. EST and Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The time stamp for the registration will not determine acceptance into the program. Program participants will be selected at random by a computer system, which will also generate a random waitlist. If a registered participant declines his/her position, the first person on the waitlist will be offered a place in the program, and so on.

Notification of Program Acceptance

Those accepted into the program will receive a notification email. Confirmation of acceptance is required to hold the student's spot. If a response is not received during the given period, the participant forfeits his or her place in the program. Those placed on the waitlist will also receive an email indicating their status and will receive further correspondence if a spot opens, and they are offered a place in the program. 

McNab is primarily for students. We highly encourage students and parents to attend the program together. Occasionally students attend on their own, but parents should not attend without a student. If a student is accepted and has a sibling who has also registered for McNab the same year, the other sibling will also be admitted. Due to the interactive nature of McNab for both students and parents, we can only accommodate those actually participating in the program. No childcare will be provided during the program. 

Hotels and Travel

Information about hotel blocks will be available in early 2020. No on-campus, residence hall lodging is offered for the McNab Admission Program. 

Please review maps and directions for for more information about the campus and surroundings.

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McNab Admission Program 2021

June 10-11, 2021