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  • New Student Orientation

    During this three-day event, you'll have the opportunity to spend time with lots of people who will be integral to your time at Davidson. Meet your academic adviser, learn about the college and its values, and visit with representatives from different college departments and programs.

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    Students at the Activities Fair held every year at the beginning of fall semester
  • Family Picnic

    In addition to the big move-in, Orientation weekend includes events and programming for students and parents. Before parents head home, first-year hallmates along with their families will sit together at the farewell picnic and enjoy lunch under the trees.

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    Families during the farewell picnic lunch
  • International Students

    There are many programs and resources to assist new international students. The International Student Office coordinates a pre-orientation program designed specifically for international students and their families. You'll learn about getting matched with a local host family, and receive information and advice for your time at Davidson.

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  • Honor Code

    The Honor Code, a student-run honor system that has existed at Davidson for more than 100 years, remains one of Davidson's most cherished traditions. New students participate in an Honor Code signing ceremony at the beginning of the fall semester.

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    Students waiting to sign the Honor Code during the annual ceremony
  • Academic Advising

    During New Student Orientation you will meet with your pre-major adviser to review your initial schedule and make any necessary changes. Your adviser will also review the graduation and distribution requirements and answer any questions you may have.

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  • Student Services

    The Student Life team of seasoned educators are dedicated to helping students prepare for lives of leadership and service. We coordinate New Student Orientation, publish the Student Handbook and provide many support services ranging from health and safety to academic assistance.

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  • Campus Living

    Your room is more than just a place to sleep and study; it's a place to live and learn. As a residential campus, Davidson requires all students to live on campus throughout their time as a student. First-year students are assigned to double-rooms in residence halls, so every incoming student will have a roommate that has been carefully selected based on responses to the housing preference form.

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  • Community Involvement Fair

    The Center for Civic Engagement hosts an annual Community Involvement Fair where students, faculty, and staff members explore the range of opportunities in our area and become familiar with the resources in our community related to social change issues.

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    Students participate in the annual Community Involvement Fair

New Students

Welcome new Wildcats! We understand that you will have many questions about coming to Davidson—we are here to help, starting with this compilation of important information and resources to make your transition to Davidson a smooth one. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Pre-Orientation Programs

Davidson offers an assortment of pre-orientation programs that allow students to immerse themselves in the Davidson community prior to the start of the academic year.


Designed to provide a unique, challenging, and fun transition to life at Davidson, students can select from Odyssey experiences that run June–August. The Odyssey is great way to meet your fellow students before classes begin. Registration is now open.


Students Together Reaching for Individual Development and Education (STRIDE) is a peer-mentoring program designed to support first-year multicultural students with their adjustment to Davidson College. Pre-college enrichment is a critical part of the STRIDE initiative. It takes place for three days just before the college's general orientation.

Humanities - Sapere Aude

Sapere Aude ("dare to know") is the required pre-orientation retreat for students enrolled in the Humanities 103/104 course "Connections and Conflicts I and II: REVOLUTION." Students take part in three days of community building and close reading and discussion of a few key texts with Humanities faculty and fellows. Students can participate in the Humanities program and other pre-orientation programs.

Academics, Advising & Initial Course Registration

Early May: Familiarize Yourself With Davidson's programs and requirements

All students enter Davidson as undecided majors and have until the end of their sophomore year to declare a major. Use this time to explore the subjects and courses that interest you, while also fulfilling graduation requirements. The Registrar's Office can assist you with academic information, tools, resources, academic advising and answers to questions that may arise along the way.

Learn about the foreign language requirement and, if applicable, take an online placement test prior to June 21. Students who have taken AP, IB or joint-enrollment courses may qualify for pre-college credit, and should therefore consider the next-level course. If interested in taking introductory chemistry (CHE 115), you are required to take an online diagnostic exam prior to June 21.

June 1-29: Submit Class Preferences

The Registrar's Office can help you through the phases of course registration, provide course selection advice, and assist you in the enrollment process. Your online registration must be completed by June 29 via WebTree.

August 22-25: Meet Holistic Adviser At Orientation

Holistic Advising, Davidson's pre-major advising program, provides first- and second-year students holistic, ongoing, formal support in all aspects of the Davidson experience—academic, co-curricular/extra-curricular, social and career—up to the time they declare their academic majors.

Housing, Dining & Cat Card Services

May 18: Complete Housing Preference Information

The Residence Life Office takes extraordinary care in pairing first-year roommates and creating diverse community environments. To assist in this process, you will receive an email the first week in May with a link to a housing preference form and a link to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which are used in the assignments process. For more information, read our guide to campus living.

June 1: Submit Photo for your CatCard

Each student is issued a CatCard, a photo-ID card that provides access to buildings on campus and meals. Photos can be submitted electronically to or by physical mail to: Davidson College, CatCard Services, P.O. Box 7160, Davidson, NC, 28035-7160. View CatCard Services for photo requirements and more information.

July 2: Housing Assignment Notification

Receive your roommate and room assignment at your Davidson email address.

August 1: Deadline for Changing the Meal Plan

Dining Services focuses on nutrition, variety, freshness, and sustainability. First-year students are automatically enrolled in a 16 Meal Plan, but can opt to enroll in the 21 Meal Plan. Learn more about meal plans (changes to enrollment available in May).

Student Portal & Account Information

Ensure contact information is current

Sign in to Banner Self Service and complete the New Student Information Form.

May 20-31: Activate your Davidson email account

Look out for an email from Davidson Technology & Innovation explaining how to activate your Davidson email and other important accounts. After June 1, all important information will be sent to your Davidson email address.

Student Athletes

Register with the NCAA

All students who intend to participate on a Davidson Varsity Athletic Team needs to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. This is an NCAA driven process, but one that must be completed before a student-athlete reports to campus.

June 1: Deadline for Football and Basketball Athletes to Submit Medical Forms

Complete the Davidson College Sports Medicine paperwork. Please note: this is independent of the college's Health Center medical forms.

July 1: Deadline for All Other Athletes to Submit Medical Forms

Complete the Davidson College Sports Medicine paperwork. Please note: this is independent of the college's Health Center medical forms.

Mid-July: Compliance Forms

Each known Davidson student-athlete (already enrolled and incoming) will receive an email containing instructions and the link to all necessary NCAA and Davidson compliance forms. This email will be sent to Davidson email addresses. All forms must be completed and submitted prior to the start of preseason practice or classes, whichever occurs first. If you are a student-athlete and do not receive an email containing the link and instructions, please contact your coach. 

Health Forms

June 30: Deadline for submitting Medical History and Physical Examination Form

We are dedicated to the physical, emotional and mental well being of every Davidson student. Learn about our health center services, and download the medical history and physical exam form that must be completed and submitted by all incoming Davidson students.

July 25: Deadline to opt out of College Health Insurance Plan

Each student must have medical insurance, either through a private insurance company plan or the insurance package offered through the college's Academic Health Plan. Please read our frequently asked questions to help address some of the common questions we are asked.

Billing & Financials

May: Set up family proxy access to account information

To learn how to set up your parents, or other bill payer, with proxy access, follow these instructions.

July: Tuition bill posted for the fall semester

Your bill for tuition and fees will be posted in July for the fall semester; payment is due July 25, 2019.

Vehicle & Bike Registration

July-August: Register your car and/or bicycle

Students are required to register their vehicle prior to arriving on campus. Registration will begin in July, and must be completed by the start of classes.

Common Reading Book

One of the best ways to begin your journey at Davidson is to read a common book, discuss it during Orientation, and apply what you learn to
 your life at Davidson. The selected book for new students is My Brother Moochie Regaining Dignity in the Face of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South by Issac J. Bailey '95.

Moving In / What to Bring

Aug. 21, 2019 Early Drop Off

New students may drop off belongings-only in their rooms on the evening of Wednesday, August 21, between 6 - 9 p.m., however they may not stay in the hall that night.

Aug. 22, 2019 Move In

First-year students officially move in on Thursday, August 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. after checking-in for Orientation in the Alvarez Union.

What To Bring

As you plan your packing list, consider what is already here for you, what is recommended, and what is prohibited. We encourage you to communicate with any roommates about what items can be shared. Microfridges (a microwave and refrigerator combination) can be rented from an outside business, SFL. There are many situations where Davidson College is not responsible for loss or damage to personal belongings in private residence halls rooms, and we recommend you verify coverage under existing policies or purchase student rental insurance.

Student Employment

Students are strongly encouraged to consider employment during their time at Davidson.

June 15: Begin Setting Up Profile in Handshake

Finalize your resume and complete your profile on Davidson’s internal job and internship posting system, Handshake.

July 15-Aug. 30: Apply to Jobs

Apply to jobs through Handshake. Work Study students who are offered employment as part of their financial aid package are given priority. The priority window begins in mid-July and runs through the end of August.

Documentation & Paperwork

Once you have secured a job on campus, you must complete the necessary employment forms. It is strongly recommended that students bring the required paperwork and documentation to New Student Orientation, Aug. 22-25.

International Students

If you are a U.S./dual citizen living outside of the United States, or a non-U.S. citizen, you are invited to participate in the International Students Pre-Orientation. International students pre-orientation will be Sunday, Aug. 18 – Wednesday, Aug. 21. Orientation for all first-year students will be held Aug. 22-25. Learn more about our resources for new international students.

Pre-Departure Check-List

International Student Services has prepared a pre-departure check-list to help make your transition to Davidson a smooth one.

New Student Orientation

Aug. 22 - Aug. 25

First-year students will learn about the college and its values, important resources, the town of Davidson, have the opportunity to spend time with lots of people who will be integral to their time at Davidson. View the schedule and learn more about the orientation program.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.