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I love Davidson with all of my being. There's a statistic that some 60% of students end up marrying fellow Davidsonians- this...
I love Davidson with all of my being. There's a statistic that some 60% of students end up marrying fellow Davidsonians- this makes sense, as we all talk about the school so much that no one else would want to marry us! The academics are top notch and the academic opportunities provided in and out of the classroom are not to be beat. The professors are ready to offer classwork and career advice, and most are also truly invested in the private lives and emotional well-being of their students. Everyone is involved in a handful of things on campus- we're all busy, but we also all knew what we were getting into. Campus organizations are really inclusive and woke on issues of social justice. If you have drive and a passion for learning, Davidson is a great fit for you!
Davidson is a phenomenal college, but it definitely caters to certain types of students. Academically the school is very diff...
Davidson is a phenomenal college, but it definitely caters to certain types of students. Academically the school is very difficult and will work you very hard, but this is all manageable if you genuinely love to learn. The professors are some of the most distinguished scholars in the world and then genuinely care about the students and their success. Unlike at larger institutions where professors prioritize graduate students and their research, Davidson professors will try their best to help you succeed in any way possible. Additionally, the professors are very well connected in their fields and are willing to share their contacts around the world with you to build your own relationships/network. The honor code is strongly emphasized on nearly every aspect of campus life. No matter if you forget something valuable or just want to leave your laptop in the library when you go for dinner, you never need to worry about your belongings being stolen. Even if you drop something around campus, oftentimes someone will have found it and posted a message to the FB group before you realize it's gone. The students are Davidson are incomparable to most other schools. Students on campus are some of the most driven and ambitious individuals I have met. Most students are highly involved in clubs and activities and are very passionate about different aspects of giving back (helping the homeless, aiding the poor, and providing assistance to refugees... etc.). Finally, students have very good success in getting careers in the fields they desire. Alumni are very willing to help students out in any capacity they can. While students predominantly go into corporate finance, medicine, or law, there are plenty of opportunities beyond these.
I give Davidson an A- overall. Good academics and good people. I've met a lot of really friendly people at Davidson and mad...
I give Davidson an A- overall. Good academics and good people. I've met a lot of really friendly people at Davidson and made some great friends. Students do not care about sports very much even though like a third of the student body is an athlete. Students mainly go to support their friends.
Imagine your friends bought you a Black Forest cake from the most famous bakery in town. You're not a huge fan of the cherry ...
Imagine your friends bought you a Black Forest cake from the most famous bakery in town. You're not a huge fan of the cherry syrup that lines the layers of cake, but you love this gesture from your friends. You take a bite and, although the cherry syrup lingers around, the chocolate cake and whipped cream tingle your senses. One too many bites and that syrup might start to taste bitter, so you're careful to take just enough bites to keep that rich chocolate sensation. Davidson is a gift to its students that was made possible by many important donors. It has its characteristic flaws that primarily concern lack of diversity and the liberal bubble, but Davidson's faculty, community, academics, opportunities, and network make this college experience just as sweet as that cake.
Great school/values focused/dedicated skilled faculty. You will graduate from Davidson as a better person than you entered.
Great school/values focused/dedicated skilled faculty. You will graduate from Davidson as a better person than you entered.
21 D1 sports here. Basketball is like our trademark sport, if you're not a fan you'll become one. No athlete dorms so we're a...
21 D1 sports here. Basketball is like our trademark sport, if you're not a fan you'll become one. No athlete dorms so we're all together, athletes here aren't as much of an exclusive group here though 26 percent of us are athletes
If you're looking to just get a degree in something, don't go here. If you're interested in exploring different areas of subject matter and becoming a well rounded, knowledgeable person, do come here, and in effect you will find an awesome career when you graduate.
You'll see Main Street, the cute college town that Davidson is, lots of townspeople running, maybe the farmer's market Saturday morning. Lots of green and lots of trees and bike friendly paths all over
You may go to a party Friday and Saturday night, do homework or laundry Saturday, hang out at our campus coffee shop during the day, attend some type of cool activity Saturday, then maybe get to homework after Sunday brunch (a can't miss meal here at our dining hall).
Many people say you're either hooking up, or in a serious relationship here. And I've found that to be generally true.
Negative: Liberal, LGBTQ+, rich white kids Positive: nature loving, very kind, humble and generous with their time
Probably eating houses (which are for women) and fraternities. There is also the awesome Davidson Outdoors Program, which speaks to the typical nature loving person that goes here. Club sports are super fun, and many people enjoy whatever the student activities board prepares for us, because they plan activities based off of student interest.
Often times they are outdoors-y, athletically inclined and very service oriented. You will meet lots of kids from boarding schools, but you will meet other kids who do not have a particular place to call home or are from a foreign country. I would say many here are liberal, this is not a good school for a conservative person. A lot of times kids will butt heads with the administration for causes that they find important, but are actually really small in comparison to other problems going around in the world. Many students here also love to talk about what they love, we're a pretty passionate community.
Great college a lot of hard work. Worth it with intimacy between professors and student. small class size. GPA incredibly tou...
Great college a lot of hard work. Worth it with intimacy between professors and student. small class size. GPA incredibly tough.
tennis,basketball and other varsity athletes
Davidson College is consistently ranked as one of the hardest colleges in the nation. That is not because teachers deflate gr...
Davidson College is consistently ranked as one of the hardest colleges in the nation. That is not because teachers deflate grades or because tests are impossible. It is because teachers and students care more about the content of the course then about the grade. For students at Davidson, learning the material is far superior to getting an A. As a result, teachers will often assign work and ask questions on tests related to the conceptual understanding of a particular subject rather than a regurgitation of the facts. Add that to the fact that almost every student at Davidson was in the top 10% of his or her high school and you can clearly see why Davidson is one of the hardest, but also prestigious, colleges in the nation. Teachers want you to do well and getting straight A's can be done but, no matter what your goal is, you have to work for it. No one is going to give you a B or even a C for that matter just for showing up. Davidson also is consistently ranked either #1 or #2 for having the best liberal arts faculty in the nation. Seriously, the teachers are incredibly smart, caring, friendly, and engaging. I have yet to sit in a boring class. Class sizes are very small, ranging from 15-30.
Davidson has a diversity of students, faculty, and staff. There are people from all races, religions, and beliefs on campus. While the school has a reputation of being predominately white and southern in its student body, the school is taking an active approach in incorporating students from around the nation, and the world. That reputation is not the case now and the stereotype will disappear in the next 5-10 years. In terms of personality type, almost all students share the same motto of "work hard, play hard." Every single student at Davidson is intelligent and wants to do well, not just in school, but life. That being said, students also like to have fun.
The worst thing about Davidson is probably the emphasis on alcohol -- it's tough to hang out on the weekends without feeling ...
The worst thing about Davidson is probably the emphasis on alcohol -- it's tough to hang out on the weekends without feeling the need to drink large amounts of cheap, water-y beer. The social life is kind of what you make of it; if you create your own fun, the social life is great. If you're hoping to rely on school-sponsored/local events, the social life is noticeably lacking.
My advice is maybe the simplest, but also the most difficult to follow -- don't stress! College is an incredible opportunity to figure yourself out; your interests, your passions, how you think, what kinds of people you enjoy, how you like to spend your time. Think about it, high-school-self -- from 7am classes to after-school sports to after-that music practice to late-night homework (whew!), your time was pretty mapped-out and regimented. College is a whole different world. You set your own alarm clock, you plan your own schedule, you decide what clubs to join or not join. But, like Stan Lee said: with great power, comes great responsibility. (Well, he was actually quoting Voltaire, but you won't learn about French Enlightenment philosophy until Junior year!) That responsibility, high-school-self, is to give everything a shot. Push yourself and learn new things; you'll never know if you have a knack for rhythm unless you join the African drumming circle. You might have never discovered your photographer's eye without entering a dark room. The choices can seem overwhelming, but never forget college's ultimate, and most important, purpose -- discovering your passion!
The most frustrating thing about Davidson is probably the lack of recognition it receives outside of its region. Despite the fact that it attracts and graduates top-caliber students, most people haven't really heard of it; the super-hard grading and relatively low GPAs don't help either as employers don't realize that a 3.2 at Davidson is impressive and a 3.5 is godly. Davidson is good for getting into prestigious graduate programs, since it's recognized in the academic community, but less so for landing an actual job.
Academics are hard. They take work. You can get by without doing a ton of work, but chances are that you won't do amazing. Ty...
Academics are hard. They take work. You can get by without doing a ton of work, but chances are that you won't do amazing. Typically, A's really do reflect excellent work that has had some time put into it. To put it another way, in high school, I would usually be shocked if I didn't get an A on something. At Davidson, I, and pretty much everyone else, is pretty excited to get a solid A on a major assignment. Some people are absolutely workaholics, but there are certainly people who put in near minimal effort (e.g. skip a lot of reading, quickly do small papers etc the night before) and manage to make it through. If a class is not purely lecture (most classes aren't; a lot of classes are entirely structured around discussion), then participation is pretty common. Typically there will be between one and five students (of about 20-33) who talk a lot, and probably half of any given class contributes to discussion somewhat regularly. In my experience, students do not see themselves as competing with each other; the horror stories of students giving each other false info at study sessions and always trying to get a leg-up on others (which was typically associated with Ivy-league schools) does not hold true here. People are always willing to help you, whether it's sharing notes, explaining a concept, whatever. Generally, professors are absolutely wonderful about being accessible and helpful to students. Most professors I've had have been willing to make all kinds of accommodations to ensure that you get help if you need it.
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