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Davidson College

Davidson, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate17%

Davidson College Admissions

The acceptance rate at Davidson College is 17%. Last year, 6,479 students applied to Davidson College and 1,098 were admitted.

If you are applying to Davidson College, the regular decision application deadline is January 10 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Students who apply to Davidson College for fall should hear back from Davidson College by May 1.

Davidson College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Davidson College's admissions stats.

Davidson College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 69%
Mean SAT Score 1422
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 33%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 30%
Waitlist Yes

Davidson College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Davidson College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 2 February 1
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 10 May 1

Want to Apply Early to Davidson College?

Davidson College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 2. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Davidson College is 43%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 17%. Last year, Davidson College admitted 349 of the 810 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Davidson College Admissions

Transferring to Davidson College

For more information on transferring to Davidson College, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Davidson College

Davidson College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Davidson College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Davidson College

Wondering what factors are considered by Davidson College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Academic GPA Considered

Make sure to check with Davidson College for more information on admission factors.

Davidson College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Davidson College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Davidson College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Davidson College?

Students admitted to Davidson College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 27% submitted a class rank. At Davidson College 69% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 94% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Davidson College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 33%
3.75 and 3.99 36%
3.50 and 3.74 25%
3.25 and 3.49 5%
3.00 and 3.24 1%
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Davidson College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Davidson College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 33% of Davidson College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 30% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Davidson College?

To be competitive with other Davidson College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1360 and 1490 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Davidson College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1490 and 25% of scored lower than 1360, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Davidson College student is 1422.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Davidson College students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Davidson College students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.

To be most competitive at Davidson College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Davidson College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Davidson College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

More Information on Transferring to Davidson College

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Davidson College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Davidson College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Davidson College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Davidson College.

Does Davidson College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Davidson College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Davidson College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Davidson College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Davidson College?

❌ No, Davidson College is test optional, so you can make the call whether to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Davidson College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Davidson College has an acceptance rate of 17%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Davidson College?

βœ… Davidson College's early decision acceptance rate was 43% in 2021.

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Davidson College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 10

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Davidson College is Jan 10.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Davidson College is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Davidson College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1360 - 1490


Math SAT Range

680 - 760


Reading SAT Range

670 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1490 and Above


1360 to 1490


1360 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Davidson College students is 1422. Applicants with SAT scores of 1490 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Davidson College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1360 to 1490 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1360 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Davidson College.

Davidson College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Davidson College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.82. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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