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Davidson College

Despite its classification as a liberal arts college, Davidson prides itself on being a leader in undergraduate research. Small class sizes mean its 1,800 students can conduct research alongside professors, and a grant-funded initiative gives them the opportunity to design a research project, work with a faculty mentor, and publish their findings. The school offers about 30 majors and 40 minors, as well as preprofessional programs in subjects like premedicine. Davidson ranks high because of its affordability. It was one of the first liberal arts colleges to commit to meeting all of the demonstrated need of students through a combination of grants and campus jobs. Some 91% of students graduate within six years, and they go on to relatively high-paying jobs, with the median early career salary coming in at $55,000. The college has performance groups devoted to music, dance, and comedy, including four a cappella groups: the Generals, the Delilahs, Androgyny, and the Nuances. And for a small school, Davidson offers a large variety of athletics, with about 20 Division I teams. It may not be considered a powerhouse, but the college has found itself in the sports headlines, thanks to NBA golden boy Stephen Curry. (He helped bring the Wildcats to the NCAA's 2008 Elite Eight while at the school.)
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$69,600
% of students who get any grants
72%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,300
Average price for low-income students
$6,640
admissions
Acceptance rate
20%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1390/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,800
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$24,739
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$18,220
Average salary within 3 years
$55,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
30%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 2

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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