July Experience Offers Present Gifts, Clues to the Future


A high school student’s dream: take college life for a test drive.

Nearly 80 high schoolers, from across the U.S. and from Lithuania to China, finish taking Davidson College for a spin this week. They burrowed into classes such as an Anthropology course on “Skull, Bones and Clandestine Graves,” lived in the dorms, tumbled out questions to professors in one-on-one meetings and kayaked at the Lake Campus.

The annual immersion into campus life lets professors spark young, inquisitive minds with college-level coursework. It sends the high schoolers on field trips to Charlotte’s museum and theatre scene before they dive into a high school version of Davidson’s Spring Frolics weekend.

Current Davidson students, some of them July Experience alumni, guide the program as near-peer counselors, and a majority of the high schoolers apply to Davidson. The most common result, though, is that all of them leave knowing more about their own college path.

Follow July Experience students as they take over our Instagram and Snapchat accounts this final week of the program.


  • July 19, 2018