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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 financial need of students through a combination of grants and campus jobs. Some 90% of students graduate within six years, and they go on to relatively high-paying jobs, with the median early career salary coming in at $52,300, according to PayScale. 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.)
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Davidson College will resume on-campus life in the fall while adhering to safety and social distancing guidelines. Classrooms have been reconfigured, and the academic calendar and courseload have been modified. The college also told families they could defer tuition payments until fall 2021 if needed.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$70,400
% of students who get any grants
75%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,700
Average price for low-income students
$8,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
20%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1370/31
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
1,840
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$23,060
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$18,520
Average salary within 5 years
$52,300
% earning more than $28,000
85%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Davidson College will resume on-campus life in the fall while adhering to safety and social distancing guidelines. Classrooms have been reconfigured, and the academic calendar and courseload have been modified. The college also told families they could defer tuition payments until fall 2021 if needed.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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