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Reviews 218 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I really enjoy the athletics at Davidson.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I really can't speak much about off campus housing because over 95% of the student stay on campus if not higher.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Its like anywhere else I've been.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The school works very hard in assuring the students feel safe and protected.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not much of a party person. I spend the majority of my time volunteering and studying. I'am also involved with many academic and social clubs on campus, holding leadership roles. I really, just don't have much time to party.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school does not require students to take out loans, they match unmet need with grants from the school to replace loans. I have had no problems and I was awarded several outside scholarships.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I can only say its okay because I normally eat at the eating house I am a member of.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have enjoyed the two years staying on campus in the dorms. I really love the fact that Davidson guarantees on campus housing all four years. Overall, its a very great experience.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is decent at commons but Union is the best, very good food. But not everything is on meal plan which makes no sense. Have to use dining dollars for some items so wtf

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are some nice dorms like New Dorm but Richardson is the worst and pretty bad.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The town of Davidson is a hidden gem with regards to food. With great options like Toast, Summit, The Soda Shop, The Egg, Flat Iron and Restaurant X, if you are craving something different, you won't be disappointed!

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5 College Junior

Majors: As mentioned before, the Psychology program is very rewarding. While one of the more difficult majors at Davidson, the psych departments boasts wonderful professors, nice facilities, research opportunities and a plethora of resources for post-Davidson.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Davidson students are immensely proud of our D1 athletic teams. Most students are very active in Freshman Flickerball, intramural sports and attending the basketball games.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing options in Davidson greatly vary. The residence life office is quick to grant off campus permission for juniors returning from abroad to satisfy the housing lottery in the spring, however obtaining permission senior year is more difficult. Many professors ask students to rent their homes for the summer, for their sabbatical or if they are involved in Davidson abroad. Otherwise, there are local apartments, rentals and houses available in the community.

5 College Junior

Local Area: The town of Davidson is the epitome of charm with its scenic main street, inviting shoppes and kind townspeople. Additionally, if you crave city-life, North Davidson and Downtown Charlotte is only a short ride away!

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4 College Junior

Academics: The Psychology department at Davidson offers a wide variety of courses within the major. The way the major is structured, each student must dip his or her toe in all of the areas, including developmental psychology, cognitive, organizational...and so on. This ensures maximum exposure and understanding of the field.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors at Davidson really take the time to get to know their students. They offer office hours and are always available by appointment. Additionally, our small class sizes foster an intimate learning environment.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: All of Davidson's facilities are breathtakingly beautiful, pristine and well-suited for the subjects and activities they house. All buildings are within a seven minute walk from each other, connected by lovely brick pathways and luscious green space. Such structure foster the wonderful community of Davidson College.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Thus far, I have been very pleased with Davidson's housing options. My freshman year I resided in Cannon Hall, and my sophomore year I lived in Sentelle. Both dorms are centrally located and provide residents with spacious rooms, pristine facilities and wonderful staff. First years are encouraged to interact with other floors and dorms through mixer activities, however, the dorm environment lends itself well to social engagements.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: Davidson College offers a variety of dining options on campus. If one elects to have a meal plan, you can dine at Vail Commons Dining Hall, Union Cafe or The Den. The food and service in each of these options is absolutely superb. The food is fresh and the menu provides yummy staples and varied dishes often. Each option provides vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well.

If one chooses to take part in Patterson Court, one can choose to eat meals at their organization, each of which has its own chef and dining area.

A rising star in the food options at Davidson is New Summit. This is a coffee-shop and multi-purpose space offering delicious drinks, meals, and freshly baked items daily.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Davidson College's "Greek Life" consists of eating houses, fraternities, and historically black fraternities and sororities. However, due to our unique offering of eating houses, the collective of these organizations is referred to as Patterson Court. Each of these organizations provide students with the opportunities for personal growth, community service, leadership and fellowship.

Membership in Patterson Court is open to all students, however, sixty-three percent of Davidson women and forty-five percent of Davidson men participate in our Greek life. Overall, the difference between Patterson Court and non-Patterson Court students is simply where you eat some of your meals. There is no animosity, exclusion, or any negativity between members of Patterson Court or non-members. Unless specified, all events are open to all students, and interaction between organizations and students is encouraged.

One highlight of the eating house option for women is that it is 'self-selected.' This means that women hoping to join an eating house simply list their order of preference for the four houses, and a computer algorithm determines your placement. The majority of women are placed into their top choice or second choice selection. As a member of an eating house, I am a big advocator for the process and the organization itself. However, I have friends on both sides and neither is limited socially by their status.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Honestly I have no idea how they calculated my aid, but it is good.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is where it is at. Students do go out to some sporting events but generally they tend not to really care until basketball season. It is a very fit student body and people are always working out on their own or with club or intramural.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: It's a cute small college town. Charlotte is half an hour away so if you have a car you have no problem getting to the city.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Although there is currently some controversy between the administration and students involving meal plan, I would say that the college is actually very good about considering the opinions of students.

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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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