Undocumented & DACA Student Resources
Davidson College is committed to educational access and social diversity which are essential components for achieving excellence in a liberal arts education.
Davidson continues to expand its resources and expertise in supporting the development and education of undocumented students and students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. We encourage interested applicants to apply for admission regardless of their immigration status and for admitted students to explore the following resources.
Information for Prospective Students Applying to Davidson
The college strives to remove social and financial barriers that may otherwise exclude students from historically excluded populations, such as undocumented/DACA students. Email Marlene Arellano, Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, to learn more.
Information for Admitted Students Coming to Davidson
Undocumented/DACA students are strongly encouraged to participate in STRIDE, a pre-orientation program for diverse and underrepresented student populations. Upon request, undocumented/DACA admitted students may also be put in contact with current undocumented/DACA students.
Studying at Davidson
Peer Mentorship & Support
Students who are unable to attend the pre-orientation portion of STRIDE may still participate in the STRIDE mentorship component once classes begin. Students seeking more specialized support and the opportunity to connect with other undocumented students may reach out to the Dean of Students Office.
Students will be matched with holistic advisers who are sensitive to, and trained about, the special support unique to undocumented/DACA students. Disclosing their status is optional. Students may direct any concerns about their holistic advising to Academic Affairs.
Study abroad may be an option for students enrolled in DACA. Study abroad requires planning ahead, and we encourage all students to meet with a counselor in the Office of Education Abroad during their first year to begin planning for this option.
All Davidson students receive messaging about class-year-specific exercises and opportunities that are intended to support career awareness and development. Undocumented/DACA students who have more specific questions about their eligibility for Davidson College career partnerships and employment options are encouraged to make an appointment with Kelli Robinson, assistant director for the Matthews Center, at email@example.com.
Student Funding Emergencies
Davidson College has financial resources and receives alumni gifts earmarked to assist students with limited finances. Undocumented/DACA students who may find themselves in need of additional finances to cover medical expenses, unexpected travel, or Advanced Parole fees are encouraged to apply for emergency funding. Learn more about financial wellness at Davidson.
The life of a college student at a selective, private institution can be stressful. For undocumented/DACA students those stresses may be compounded by their (or their families') volatile legal statuses and public opinions about immigration. Davidson has a diverse staff of counselors and mental health professionals trained to support the emotional and mental health needs of an increasingly diverse student body. Learn more about Davidson's counseling services.