Davidson College is a private liberal arts college in Davidson, North Carolina
Davidson College has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars. In the past decade, Davidson has consistently been ranked among the best liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Forbes ranked Davidson 22nd overall in their “America’s Top Colleges” list in 2014, and 1st among southern colleges. Majors are offered in more than twenty fields; Davidson also offers several minors and self-designed interdisciplinary options.
Numerous magazines such as Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report regard Davidson’s admission process as “most selective”.
The Davidson College Office of Admission & Financial Aid presents the college as one “dedicated to intellectual and cultural growth in the broadest sense.” Davidson prides itself on a student body chosen not only for their academic promise, but also for their character.
“Faculty and admission personnel work together to select students for admission. The selection process is composed of three major elements: 1) the evaluation of academic performance and potential; 2) the assessment of individual characteristics; and 3) the recognition of outstanding interests, achievements, and activities. These three elements are used to gain an understanding of each student’s academic and personal strengths and, thus, give an overall evaluation of the individual’s eligibility for admission.”
For the class of 2018 (enrolled fall 2014), Davidson received 5,560 applications and accepted 1,200 (21.6%). The yield rate (the percentage of accepted students who enroll) was 42.3%. In terms of class rank, 85% of enrolled freshmen reporting rank were in the top 10% of their high school classes. The middle 50% range of SAT scores for admitted students was 640–750 for critical reading, 650–750 for math, and 650–750 for writing, while the ACT Composite range was 30–34. Caucasians represented 67.9% of the incoming class, and 38.9% of enrolled freshmen were from the Southeast.