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Reviews 406 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Spacious, sub free is awesome

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: You get sick of kind of having the same thing over and over. Commons and the union are the two main places. If you join an eating house or frat, you'll have more choice. The best thing is the new coffee shop on campus, summit, which serves good food too!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have always felt very very safe on campus. And with the rise of lawsuits with different colleges' sexual assault policies, Davidson is making effort to make theirs better.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: No loans! It's wonderful, and they consider what you say when you think you deserve more.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People are super put together most of the time. Very friendly and willing to help others. But also super obsessed with how much work they have to do.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: People complain but its not so bad.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not very many people choose to live off campus, because there's guaranteed on campus housing all 4 years.

4 College Junior

Parking: I think it is 50 for the entire year. It's never too hard to find parking.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: We have fraternities, but not sororities. Instead of sororities, we have eating houses which are pretty much exactly the same but are just not nationally recognized. I decided not to join, but many people do. Either way, there are always parties open for everyone. You are not shut out if you do not join and there are no hard feelings between any of the frats/eating houses. Pretty much everyone has friends in every organization!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus police just want you to be safe! They try to avoid writing anyone up unless they are truly disturbing others around them. Drugs are taken much more seriously than drinking, though.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most of the freshman dorms are superb with spacious rooms. Very clean!

3 College Junior

Weather: NC weather is the most sporadic thing. You think you know what you're getting yourself into - in the south, it'll be hot in the summer and cold but not too cold in the summer. Generally, that's true, but too often, you'll wake up and the weather will be completely different from the day before! Too confusing!...but don't base your decision off of this. It may be annoying but overall, the weather rocks.

3 College Junior

Diversity: One moment that has stuck with me is when I first got to Davidson and a professor told a group of us freshman 'It is up to you to make an effort to create a friend group that does not look like yours from high school'. Many people don't try to make this happen, but I did. It wasn't difficult at all and it was one of my favorite things I've done at Davidson. I love having friends from all over the country and the world and from all different types of backgrounds. It really rounds out my views on things.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's difficult but worth it. You get what you put in - with effort comes an excellent education and life-long, fulfilling friendships!

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: It is really chill. It is pretty easy to find alcohol down the hill. There are always police officers hanging around, but they aren't out to get you. If you have an obvious container they will write you up, but if it's in a solo cup, they will just ask you to pour it out. They just want you to be safe. The drinking scene is much larger than the drug scene. Very few people are hard-core into drugs and if they do anything, they smoke pot. If you are not into drinking, signing up for a sub-free dorm is a great option for meeting other people who don't want to. If you do or don't, either way there isn't peer pressure. People will not judge you for not drinking if you do not judge them for drinking.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have never used the transportation options at Davidson College.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Davidson does not offer off-campus housing to any students.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Davidson are a pretty big part of student life. Both intramural sports and varsity games are very popular.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus police enforce the rules, if anything happens on campus an investigation ensues

4 College Freshman

Weather: I am used to the weather, so it is typical and fair

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The basketball team is a must see event for any student

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are absolutely not allowed on campus, will result in expulsion if discovered

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The people living nearby will interact with the students and offer internships/jobs

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors really get to know you and are all dedicated to helping students


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Annie Maietta
Weston, MA
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For the majority of Davidson students, the net result of their college experience is highly favorable. Students here do occasionally get frustrated, and there is no question that each and every Davidson student has moaned about his or her workload at some point during his college career, and with good reason. Even so, most realize that the rigorous academics here are what give Davidson its tradition of excellence, and that all their hard work is, in the end, well worth the name on the diploma. Davidson is a work hard/play hard community, and there’s no question that you’ll put in some substantial hours at the library, but you can also expect to let loose on the weekends.

When assessing whether Davidson is a good school for you, it’s important to determine how the pros and cons line up with your own expectations for your college experience. Don’t come here expecting the endless beer-fest you’ll find at larger state schools like NC State because it’s not going to happen. Don’t come here expecting a student body with great ethnic diversity because you’re not going to find it. Don’t come here expecting enormous big-school facilities with endless food courts and 70,000-seat stadiums because they simply don’t exist. You will find, however, that the school personally caters everything to the needs of its 1,700 students.

What you can expect from Davidson is an outstanding community of students who respect and trust each other. You can expect a lake and a sprawling green campus disproportionately huge in comparison to the size of the student body. You’ll find a D-I athletic program, complete with a D-I-caliber sports complex that most small liberal arts colleges would drool over. You’ll find yourself face-to-face with even the most celebrated athletes on a day-to-day basis, and they’ll be headed to the library just like you. You’ll soon recognize the faces around you, and you’ll find that after a little while, few people are strangers. You can expect to have a good time drinking and partying, but it will not rule your life at college. You can expect some good-looking guys and some good-looking girls, with intelligence to boot. Most of all, you can expect top-notch academics, taught by top-notch professors in top-notch facilities, which all contribute to an interactive and personal learning experience that’s simply unparalleled.

There’s a lot to look forward to at Davidson. And, as you’ll find when you graduate, even more to look back on.

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