Davidson College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Davidson College Presbyterian Church
Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Jon Dawson / Flickr

Davidson College has a very low acceptance rate. Only 20 percent of students who apply will be admitted. Since Davidson is a selective school, applicants will generally need test scores and grades well above average to be admitted. However, a student's academic background, work experience, resume, and writing skills are all taken into account. To apply, students will need to send in an application form, scores from the SAT or ACT, recommendations, high school transcripts, and an essay.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Davidson College Acceptance Rate: 20%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Davidson
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 630 / 720
    • SAT Math: 620 / 720
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 28 / 33
    • ACT English: - / -
    • ACT Math: - / -

Davidson College Description

Established by the Presbyterians of North Carolina in 1837, Davidson College is now one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. For a school of well under 2,000 students, Davidson is unusual for its strong Division I athletic program. The Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference, and nearly a quarter of Davidson students participate in varsity athletics.

On the academic front, Davidson was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. The college has a strict honor code that allows students to schedule their own exams and take them in an academic classroom.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,796 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $48,376
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,547
  • Other Expenses: $1,775
  • Total Cost: $64,698

Davidson College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 70%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 66%
    • Loans: 24%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $34,997
    • Loans: $6,029

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Economics, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish
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Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 91%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Track, and Field, Swimming, and Diving, Soccer, Cross Country, Tennis, Wrestling, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse, Swimming, and Diving, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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