Davidson, NC
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Reviews 389 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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

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

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are available all over campus and easy to access

5 College Freshman

Majors: Go to the meetings offered when applicable and meet as many people as possible

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am still a freshman so I have time to explore the different departments before committing

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The school does a great job providing shuttles to the air port and to other parts of town

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not the biggest thing on campus, generally eating houses are bigger

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Really looks out for the students, but I am still in need of some aid

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are plenty of organizations and clubs on campus regarding LGBT and race

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms vary according to preference (sub-free or not) and size. They are all close to Chambers, which helps a lot

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Davidson off campus housing is affordable and easy to use

5 College Freshman

Computers: My personal preference is to bring a computer because it is more convenient, however, if you are willing to go somewhere on campus to do your work, you technically don't NEED a lap top. There are dual boot computers everywhere. The printing and copying is free, which is REALLY nice. There are student tech helpers available until 11pm every night in the library. At the beginning of freshman year, every student receives Microsoft Office for free. The network is generally fast, but printing does crash sometimes. The wireless kind of sucks at times. The connection drops once every few days, but it connects right back up. The biggest issue is that some places in Belk and most places outside do not have good wifi.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is very easily accessible and free, but the quality of the doctors is a little disappointing. They are all very nice, but the doctors are not superb. On the other hand, the counseling services offered are phenomenal. The counselors are kind and available, and most students frequent the counseling center. Overall, campus is extremely safe, and I've only ever felt scared one or two nights.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: For the girls, the most widely available option are eating houses, which are nice because they take dangerous initiation practices out of the equation because of self-selection. For the boys, they still have secretive initiation practices.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Everything is really close so you don't need a car, but if you want to get anywhere that is part of a chain, a car is absolutely necessary, since no chains (fast food, clothing stores, large grocery stores) can be built in the town of Davidson. There are shuttles on Wednesdays to Walmart, and to the airport during breaks, but that's about it. Taxis are available, but expensive, and there is no good public transportation.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All housing options are great. Some dorms are smaller than others, and few buildings (Duke, Richardson, and Watts) are slightly outdated, but they are still great options.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The facilities are nice, and students have access to three gyms.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol use and abuse is pretty prevalent. Drugs are much less common, but Adderall and marijuana use still happens.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties happen on Wednesdays and on the Friday and Saturday. There are not too many options, but everyone has a good time.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have only met a couple people who live off-campus. Most are because they want to own a pet. I have never inquired why/how living off-campus works, but the norm is that majority of people just live on campus because the facilities are great and nearby, and the college requires it (unless you petition to live off-campus).

3 College Freshman

Academics: I plan on majoring in Biology with a pre-med concentration. My experience so far with the Biology department has been great. With that said, being a science major at Davidson is extremely competitive. You can simply list any major and get it (there is no cut-off), but the competition between students trying to outsmart one another can be disheartening to personal efforts.


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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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