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Davidson College

Davidson, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate18%
Acceptance Rate18%

Davidson College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Davidson College, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 7 and the fee for the application is $50.

Students who apply to Davidson College for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Davidson College Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Davidson College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 74%
Mean SAT Score 1403
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 39%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 39%
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 January 15 April 1

Considering 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 I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ 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 44%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 18%. In 2022, Davidson College admitted 322 of the 726 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college because they hope it will boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that admit 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 decides which factors are they consider most important 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 choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Davidson College

Curious about the factors that 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
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Talent/Ability Important
Academic GPA Considered
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

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

Davidson College Application Requirements

To apply to Davidson College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in 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
Standardized Test Scores
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, 31% submitted a class rank. At Davidson College 74% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 97% were in the top 25% and 100% 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 32.48%
3.75 and 3.99 45.14%
3.50 and 3.74 15.6%
3.25 and 3.49 5.14%
3.00 and 3.24 1.64%
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 highlights 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 considers standardized tests scores during 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 2022, 39% of Davidson College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 39% 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 1340 and 1480 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Davidson College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1480 and 25% of scored lower than 1340, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Davidson College student is 1403.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Davidson College students scored 750 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.

What is 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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

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:

• 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 if you want to to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Davidson College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Davidson College is 18%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Davidson College?

✅ Davidson College's early decision acceptance rate was 44% in 2021.

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Davidson College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 7

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Davidson College is Jan 7.

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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


30 to 33


30 and Less


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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


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1480


Math SAT Range

660 - 750


Reading SAT Range

670 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1480 and Above


1340 to 1480


1340 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Davidson College students is 1403. Applicants with SAT scores of 1480 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Davidson College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1340 to 1480 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1340 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 3.81. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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