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Davidson College Admissions

If you want to apply to Davidson College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 11 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Davidson College by March 27.

Davidson College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Davidson College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 76%
Mean SAT Score 1383
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 60%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 47%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Davidson College?

Davidson College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/2.

The early decision acceptance rate at Davidson College is 47%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 20%. Last year, Davidson College admitted 307 of the 655 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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

What's Most Important to Get In to Davidson College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating 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 the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Davidson College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Considered
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Very Important

Davidson College Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

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, 33% submitted a class rank. At Davidson College 76% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Davidson College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 33%
3.75 and 3.99 28%
3.50 and 3.74 27%
3.25 and 3.49 7%
3.00 and 3.24 3%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Davidson College does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 60% of Davidson College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 47% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Davidson College?

To be competitive with other Davidson College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1310 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Davidson College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1310, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Davidson College student is 1383.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Davidson College students scored 740 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Davidson College students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 650 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Davidson College?

To be most competitive at Davidson College, you should strive to earn between 30 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 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Davidson College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

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Transferring to Davidson College

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is November 1. Applicants should hear back by December 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Davidson College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Davidson College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Davidson College?

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

Does Davidson College accept transfer credits?

Davidson College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

Davidson College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Davidson College?

No, Davidson College is test optional, so you can decide whether to include your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send 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?

Davidson College's acceptance rate is 20%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Davidson College?

Davidson College's early decision acceptance rate was 47% in 2021.

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Davidson College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 11

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Davidson College is Jan 11.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Davidson College is Nov 1.

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

Davidson College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

30 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above

Good

30 to 33

Avg

30 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Davidson College is 31. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Davidson College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 30 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Davidson College SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1310 - 1460

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Math SAT Range

650 - 740

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Reading SAT Range

650 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1460 and Above

Good

1310 to 1460

Avg

1310 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Davidson College students is 1383. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Davidson College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1310 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1310 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Davidson College.

Davidson College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.82

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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,983

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

20%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$55,000

Out-of-State

$55,000

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Application Deadline

Jan 11
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