Athletics

Location
Davidson, NC
Undergrads
1,790
Tuition
$36,683
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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

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

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4 College Freshman

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

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Davidson is division I in all of it's 22 sports teams. The spirit around the Men's basketball team is truly amazing. There are a lot of school sponsored events surrounding games to encourage students to attend. Most students also participate in IM and club sports as well. Our school's unity is very evident in the student body's support of their classmates in sports.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Not the Best – Athletics aren't the main focus on campus. I do miss a good football game, but out basketball is pretty decent.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 395th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 548th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Annie Maietta
Hometown
Weston, MA
Major
Undecided
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Davidson is unique in its position as one of the smallest schools participating in NCAA Division I sports—and the whole college takes pride in its ‘Davidson vs. Goliath’ role. Since Davidson basketball’s impressive Elite 8 showing in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, school spirit has soared, and Belk Arena is frequently full to capacity. If students aren’t among the 25 percent playing a varsity sport, chances are they’re participating in club or intramural teams, or out in the stands rooting everyone else on. Most freshmen halls play “Flickerball,” Davidson’s own version of touch football; it not only fosters some healthy competition and fulfills the Phys Ed team sport requirement, but also substantially increases hall bonding. Still, students note that academics come first here, and that they’re frequently impressed with their friends’ abilities to succeed both in the classroom and on the field.

The quintessential Davidson student is the student-athlete, and all athletes here are held very much to the same academic standards as everyone else. It is not infrequent to see a starter on the men’s basketball team head straight to the library after a big win. In an October 2002 Sports Illustrated report, Davidson tied Rice University for the highest overall graduation rate for NCAA Division I athletes, coming in at a whopping 91 percent. If you’re seeking a highly-selective liberal arts college and the highest level of athletic competition around, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than Davidson.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pioneer Football League
Basketball: Southern Conference
School Colors
Red and black
School Nickname
Wildcat ("Mr. Cat")
Men Playing Varsity Sports
257 - 29%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
159 - 18%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Roller Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
Intramurals
  • 3-on-3 basketball
  • 5-on-5 basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Flickerball
  • Racquetball Singles
  • Soccer (indoor, small field)
  • Softball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • 24-hour workout room and climbing wall
  • Baker Sports Complex
  • Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex
  • Cannon Pool in Baker Sports Complex
  • Davidson Outdoors Center
  • Doe Weight Room (for varsity athletes only)
  • Finley Physical Education Center in Baker Sports Complex
  • Knobloch Indoor Tennis Center in Baker Sports Complex
  • The Lake Campus
  • Richardson Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, basketball, basketball. Though there is pretty good attendance at men's soccer and football games, almost the entire student body frequently attends basketball games. With Davidson's newfound basketball success, students can't help but get involved and show some true school spirit; last year the basketball team made it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament.
Most Overlooked Teams
Unfortunately, most of them. Attendance at soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey games is disappointing in comparison to the huge turnout at basketball games.
School Spirit
In terms of day-to-day spirit, there's plenty of that as well. Everyone at Davidson owns at least one article of clothing with the school name, and people wear Davidson clothes around campus all the time. Students here are heavily involved in school activities; they consistently invest their time in their organizations and in volunteering. In general, Davidson kids take pride in their campus and their education. That doesn't mean, of course, that you won't hear a whole lot of complaining about the workload, the food, or the dating scene. In fact, by junior year, a good number of students feel the school is simply too small and too removed from the "real world." But that's what going abroad is for, and if Davidson continually boasts a 95% retention rate, it's because most return with an enhanced appreciation for their school. Wildcat spirit is rampant at Davidson, and with a whole quarter of the student body playing Division I varsity sports, it's not hard to see why. Football and soccer draw large crowds every fall, but the biggest stand-filler is consistently varsity basketball. Despite its comparatively tiny student body, Davidson still takes on Division I juggernauts Duke and UNC. The Wildcats can claim more upsets than most of our powerful opponents would care to admit; just last year we ruined thousands of NCAA March Madness basketball brackets when we made it all the way to the Elite 8, a feat nobody expected. There is no question that Davidson's Cinderella-style run in the tournament had a lot to do with the presence of Stephen Curry, the nation's top scorer, and game attendance has skyrocketed, again somewhat as a result of his talent. There are definite fanatics in the crowd; not only is there the traditional Wildcat mascot ("Mr. Cat"), but also a lobster (in honor of Bryant Barr, the "White Lobster,") some kids in Cat in the Hat costumes and ninja outfits (nobody is really sure why), and some kids who paint Davidson basketball jerseys on their bodies.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free. For most sports, you need only present your CatCard to get into a game. For our claim to fame, basketball, you need to go pick up tickets a couple days in advance from the Ticket booth at Baker Sports Complex. It is generally very easy to get tickets, unless it is a particularly important game, or featured on ESPN (such as Blackout Belk or Whiteout Belk).
Best Place to Take a Walk
Cross-country trails, Concord Road, around town

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 70% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 45% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 30% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 42% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 53% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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