Welcome new students and new Davidson families! We are so excited to welcome you to the Davidson community.

During New Student Orientation, incoming students have the opportunity to spend time with lots of people who will be integral to their time at Davidson. Students will learn about the college and its values, important resources, the Town of Davidson, and hopefully something new about themselves. New Student Orientation is required for all new students.

Orientation Schedules

Move In for new students will take place on August 21, 2024. New Student Orientation (August 21-25) is required for all new students.

New Student Orientation Schedule

Family Orientation Schedule

Common Read Book

One of the best ways to begin your journey here is to read a common book during the summer, discuss it during Orientation, and apply what you learn to your life at Davidson and beyond. 

This year's Common Read Book is The Courage of Compassion by Robin Steinberg. Books will be mailed to all incoming students in mid-June.

Meet the Orientation Team

Coming from around the country and world, the Orientation Team supports New Student Orientation by assisting with move-in, leading orientation sessions and energizing and mentoring our new students. They cannot wait to welcome Davidson's new students to campus this August!

Meet the Orientation Team


Contact Us

If you have questions pertaining to Orientation, we are here to help! Please reach out to the Student Activities Office for any Orientation-related questions.

Student-to-Student Advice & What to Know About Orientation

Orientation Team Leaders share what to expect during Davidson College’s New Student Orientation and offer advice for first year and transfer students alike on making the most of your transition into the Davidson community.

Davidson College Orientation: What to Know & Advice for New Students

On Campus Resources

Browse these helpful resources you may need throughout your student journey at Davidson!