The Davidson College Summer Promise Program is a free, week-long college readiness program for rising ninth graders.  

Through this residential program, selected students experience a snapshot of the holistic college experience to strengthen their confidence and enthusiasm for persisting in high school and pursuing higher education.  

Students experience courses co-taught by Davidson faculty and teachers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools. 

Outside of class hours, the students engage with the many co-curricular experiences and facilities at Davidson College.

Participant Handbook & Information

Information for registered scholars including sample daily schedule, packing list, and arrival and departure details. 

Download the Handbook (PDF)

Program Highlights

  • The program is designed to increase college readiness and empower students to unlock their promise and potential to attend college, and pursue their dreams.
  • 30 students will spend seven days in June on the beautiful Davidson College campus, experiencing a taste of residential college life.
  • Family representatives will receive valuable information on the college admissions process, financial aid requirements, and scholarship opportunities. 

2024 Key Dates

  • March 15: Application priority deadline
  • April 15, by 5 p.m.: Application final deadline
  • End of April: Admission decisions shared
  • May 19 by 5 p.m.: Registration due for accepted scholars
  • June 23, by 4 p.m.: Check into the residence hall 
  • June 29, 9 a.m.–noon: Nurturing the Promise—Supporting Your Scholar’s College Journey (workshop for family representatives)
  • June 29, by 4 p.m.: Check out of the residence hall

Application Details

The 2024 Summer Promise Program application is closed. Acceptance letters will be mailed by Friday, April 26.

Contact & Mailing Address

Dr. Tracy Bailey, Director of Community Outreach and Teacher Placement
Summer Promise Program at Davidson College 
209 Ridge Rd, Box 5000 
Davidson, NC 28035