Davidson College Top Questions

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Alex

Basically. We do have fun too, although it is true that we take our studies very seriously. To some extent we have to work hard to keep up with the workload and the academic expectations.

Libby

Both of these stereotypes are true. The first one I would say is more true than the latter. I remember on my tour of Davidson, the tour guide pointed out Belk Computer Lab (a 24 hour study room) and warned us that if we went to Davidson we would probably use this room to pull an all nighter. I thought she was exaggerating, but I don't know a single student here who hasn't skipped sleep at least one night to meet a deadline. The second stereotype is also true, but to a lesser extent. There's a definite 'country-club' feel to Davidson, but President Ross has made a strong effort (and made significant progress) in increasing campus Diversity with policies like the Davidson Trust.

Cecilia

to an extent, just as any stereotype is true.

Caroline

These apply to some people but definitely not all of them

Katie

yes

Jerry

Possibly

christie

The first stereotype is not true. Davidson students have a fair mix of both work and play. Davidson College does in fact defalte grades. Also, davidson students do live in a bubble which is both a positive and negative fact.

Ryan

to a certain extent

Royce

For 50% of the campus

Liz

Most are not self-absorbed but everyone does complain about work too much...but that's because there really is a lot

Abby

Obviously this is true for SOME students, just as it would be at any other school. But for the most part, no, not at all. Everyone is really humble here. Our tuition is expensive, but many people are on financial aid.

Anna

Yes

Anna

While Davidson boasts a rigorous academic curriculum, there certainly is flexibility. And while the average Davidson student does have a very good work ethic and cares about their grades, most people are not overly intense nor competitively cut throat about grades.

Charlotte

The stereotype that students work really hard is definitely accurate but it's not just the work load. Davidson students are also really involved in lots of different things. This translates into late hours at the library so that we can fit it all in. We're overachievers but we're happy that way.

Parker

The stereotype of being dedicated to studies is definitely true, as well as being extremely involved outside the classroom. Many Davidson students are very dedicated to service. I think the type A stereotype is true as well. As far as being preppy, I feel that yes, there are preppy affluent students at Davidson, but the student body is more diverse than that. Diversity is actually a major topic of discussion on campus, and I think that is being improved. The students here come from all over the country and all over the world.

Diane

While we all take our academics seriously, there is such a wide variety of people and a great social vibe on cambus. We also have a great relationship with the community that we embrace. Plus we are pretty close to Charlotte and other forms of "civilization."

jane

mostly

Anna

yes

Allison

Yes

Chris

To some extent, yes they are.

Jessica

No. While some students may work more than others, we find a way to have fun, especially on the weekends. There are going to be "dorks" at all schools.

Charlie

1. We are intelligent and at times we can be boastful but only because we are proud and we know we are working hard, but we do not look down on other schools. 2. Davidson is very rigorous, but there is a balance and I find I have time to go out almost whenever I want. You have to make the choice to stay in and study 24-7 or to get the whole college experience. Davidson definately offers the ENTIRE college experience.

Jessica

not really

Sarah

For the most part yes - a few exceptions - not everyone is an overachiever. We all work pretty hard and the work comes and goes.

Cody

NO! The majority of students are members of organizations that benefit the community. Nothing is for free, it is part of the 40 thousand we pay every year. I would much rather be doing my own laundry than studying.

Laura

Mostly, yes.

Christina

All are true in that they each apply to a portion of the student population, but there are plenty of people who do not fit any of these stereotypes. Although I would say that the majority of students do 'get dressed' on a daily basis. Few and far between are the brave souls who wear their pajamas to class.

Casey

Definitely a lot of rich white students. The work is hard and people do like to party. So, yes.

margaret

most are smart but not all are nerdy

Emily

Yes and no. There is always a balance, and part of what it means to be at college is figuring that out.

Charlie

No. I live on a hall of 50% athletes and the other 50% regularly participate in club sports or just play pick up b-ball or frisbee for fun. But very few people are "jocks." Academics here are very intense. You can't get in as an athlete without being committed to classes. By the same token, you can't get be a student here without spending a lot of time playing sports.

Erin

In some cases maybe, but not in all.

Betsy

Davidson does have a lot of work; however, it isn't unmanageable once a student discovers time management Students do study A LOT and everyone is very intense about grades, etc.; however, students are involved in all aspects of the college and definitely make time for extracurriculars and fun

Tyler

yes

Lejla

Yes.

Jess

some are - many students are intense about nealry all aspects of their lives, including school work and athletics. not all are wealthy, but many are., it is not a very diverse campus, but most people are very friendly and warm. there are lots and lots of people with eating disorders, that are perhaps developed in an attmept to have control over something in their lives

Julia

in large part

Katherine

Yep.

Julie

Yes

Torry

No.

Emily

yup

Madeline

1st not so much, but the 2nd yes. Davidson kids work alot

Lindsay

Kinda southern but not as much as you would think. Not Greek yes, we are nerdy. but in a good way

Lee

not all of them. we work a whole lot. but we can get down sometimes.

Reese

Absolutely

Quinn

The Davidson student body is economically diverse, thanks, in large part, to the Davidson Trust, our no loan policy. Considering how Davidson is consistently ranked one of the top ten liberal arts colleges in the country, students here generally are smart, but that does not mean that we don't have any fun.

Meredith

To some extent. The majority of our campus is preppy, smart, in shape, and for the most part, well-off.

Alex

yes

Lisle

sometimes

Lauren

Not at all

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