what sets davidson apart

davidson is ranked among america's strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges.

we are governed by a vital honor code that sets the tone for our academic and residential community. we are the alma mater to 23 rhodes scholars, and home to 21 sports at a ncaa division i level. our students are well-rounded and invested in their community both in and outside of the classroom. we are proud to be the first liberal arts college to eliminate loans in financial aid packages through the davidson trust.

the college

history: founded in 1837 by presbyterians
location: davidson, north carolina, 19 miles north of charlotte
campus: 665-acre main campus; 110-acre lake campus
endowment: $905.9 million as of june 30, 2020
motto: alenda lux ubi orta libertas. translates to "let learning be cherished where liberty has arisen."

Learn more about our history & traditions

student body

number of students: 1,983 enrolled, 48% male 52% female
domestic students of color: 27%
international students: 7%
student distribution: 51 states/territories and washington d.c.; 43 countries
living on campus: 95%
first-year students returning for sophomore year: 93%

admission statistics for the class of 2024

courses of study

majors offered: 29 majors plus create your own through the center for interdisciplinary studies.
minors: 40 minors, including 14 interdisciplinary minors
preprofessional programs: 5 preprofessional programs including prelaw and premedicine.

see a full list of our majors, minors and programs

in the classroom

student to faculty ratio: 9:1
average class size: 15 (over 71 percent of classes with fewer than 20 students)
faculty: 207 full time; 98% with highest degree, 83% tenured or on tenure track
courses offered each year: more than 850
internships and research: pursued by 74% of graduating students

experiences abroad

education abroad: 10 davidson sponsored programs worldwide, plus 79 approved partner locations
students with abroad experience by graduation: 78%
grants for international experiences: grants provided by dean rusk international studies

explore education abroad at davidson


mascot:  lux the wildcat
conferences:  atlantic 10, pioneer football league (football), southern conference (wrestling)
affiliation:  ncaa division i
number of teams: 21 varsity sports teams

visit the davidson athletics website