Davidson College is located north of Charlotte, North Carolina in the town of Davidson. This historic campus is an excellent choice for the student who seeks a rigorous undergraduate education in a residential environment. Davidson College is ranked among America’s strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges and is alma mater to 23 Rhodes Scholars.
Founded in 1837 by Presbyterians, Davidson College is a campus where century-old trees and brick buildings blend with state-of-the-art technology and top-notch facilities within the trusting, supportive community of Davidson, N.C. Davidson’s primary purpose is to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service in an interconnected and rapidly changing world.
Students benefit from a unique set of freedoms when they sign the Honor Code: from the prevalence of take-home tests and unproctored, self-scheduled final exams to campus announcements that seek to reunite found belongings and money with the people who lost them, the privileges of the Honor Code are numerous, but its true impact is much deeper.
Life on Campus
A reflection of Davidson’s commitment to excellence, the college is home to state-of-the-art facilities that enable all members of the campus community to study, work, and play in environments that help them reach their full potential.
Beginning in 2013 with a comprehensive construction/renovation plan for six academic buildings, and continuing with new opportunities for curricular expansion, Davidson is embarking—thanks to the generous investment of The Duke Endowment—on a 10-year plan to remake the model of liberal arts education.
With over 95 percent of students living on campus in 11 residence halls and 6 apartment complexes located throughout campus, Davidson is committed to providing quality facilities for housing and community, centering on three words: freedom, responsibility and honor.
In addition to the main campus, Davidson’s Lake Campus has been a popular recreation spot for students, faculty, and staff. Located 7 miles from main campus, Lake Campus’s 110 acres of waterfront property on beautiful Lake Norman provides Davidson students with the unique opportunity to be involved in a variety of water activities. The Lake Campus is the home of Davidson’s club sailing and crew teams. It also provides for numerous other recreational activities that benefit the school as a whole.
History: Founded in 1837 by Presbyterians
Location: Davidson, North Carolina, 19 miles north of Charlotte
Campus: 665-acre main campus; 110-acre lake campus
Number of students: 1,850 on campus, 50% male 50% female
Students of Color: 20.5%
International Students: 4.7%
Student Distribution: 46 states and Washington D.C.; 39 countries
First-year students returning for sophomore year: 96.5%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Average class size: 15 (over 70 percent of classes with fewer than 20 students)
Faculty: 170 full time; 96% with highest degree, 93% tenured or on tenure track
Majors Offered: 25 majors plus 17 minors, plus Interdisciplinary Studies
Students with abroad experience by graduation: 71%
Courses offered each year: more than 850
- Honor Code tradition with self-scheduled and unproctored exams
- Campus-wide commitment to community service
- Interdisciplinary majors
- Self-instruction in five languages
- Dean Rusk International Studies
- Grant-supported student-faculty collaboration
- Off-campus programs in 17 locations worldwide
- Domestic and international summer internship/study programs
Motto: Alenda Lux Ubi Orta Libertas. Translated “Let Learning Be Cherished Where Liberty Has Arisen,” the motto reflects Davidson’s roots in early American history. There is speculation that the phrase refers to the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence that was signed into effect on May 20, 1775.