Davidson College Top Questions

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Shamael

Great college a lot of hard work. Worth it with intimacy between professors and student. small class size. GPA incredibly tough.

Christina

Overall, I love Davidson. Everyone loves Davidson, even though we complain about the workload sometimes. The small, friendly community that allows us to connect with both our peers and professors is something that I wouldn't trade for the world. The best thing about it is definitely the Honor Code. It's not just a piece of paper that we sign that tells us to try not to cheat on tests. It's a lifestyle that everyone on campus follows in order to maintain a mutual bond of trust between peers, between peers/professors, and every other relationship in the community. I can leave my laptop in the Union for 3 hours and ensure that it will still be there. My professors trust me to take a test to the library and abide by time limits and the closed-book rule-that way, I can take it on my own time in the best environment for me. It's the best. The unusual thing about Davidson is just how friendly and open it is. I LOVE the fact that all parties and Union events are open to ALL Davidson students (except for formals). To get into a fraternity/eating-house party, the only thing you need is a Davidson ID. Anyone can come to F. In fact, there is a rule at Davidson against exclusive fraternity/eating house parties unless they are open to the entire campus at some point in the night. So, for example, if Rusk has a sisterhood from 8-11, it is open to the whole campus from 11-2. Eating Houses are open to any girl who wants to be in one-no girl can be denied from joining an eating house, which took off a TON of pressure of rushing. I filled out a form online and got notified at the end of the week. Done. The only thing I would really change about Davidson? I would make quesadillas available in the Union at all hours, and not just from 9-11 PM. When I'm really hungry, I literally stare at the clock until 9...they're that good, especially the black bean and cheese ones. There's nothing worse than eating a small dinner at Commons and 5 and craving a quesadilla at 8. On a more serious note, I might abolish the frats and establish male eating-houses...the girls have it so easy (everyone gets into an eating house, selection is done by an algorithm, you are guaranteed your first or second choice, and you are guaranteed to be with up to 3 of your friends), so why do the guys have to go through rush, pledging, etc? When I tell people I go to Davidson, most ask me, "Oh, where's that?", or "Is that a junior college?" (my personal favorite). That bothered me at first, but then I realized that you'll get that with almost any small liberal arts college, especially if you're traveling halfway across the country for it. But we have so much school pride in our alumni network that it's worth it. A woman on a plane overheard that I go to Davidson, and she offered me an internship and gave me her business card. There aren't as many connections as a state school, but the connections you do get are STRONG. And that's absolutely priceless, something you will not get anywhere else. When you go to Davidson, you come to understand that there is just so much love for this school from al of the people who know it. Davidson is a unique place, and it is an honor to be a student here. When you come here, you recognize that bond. Despite the workload, this bond makes us feel like we're the luckiest students in the country.

Christina

Overall, I love Davidson. Everyone loves Davidson, even though we complain about the workload sometimes. The small, friendly community that allows us to connect with both our peers and professors is something that I wouldn't trade for the world. The best thing about it is definitely the Honor Code. It's not just a piece of paper that we sign that tells us to try not to cheat on tests. It's a lifestyle that everyone on campus follows in order to maintain a mutual bond of trust between peers, between peers/professors, and every other relationship in the community. I can leave my laptop in the Union for 3 hours and ensure that it will still be there. My professors trust me to take a test to the library and abide by time limits and the closed-book rule-that way, I can take it on my own time in the best environment for me. It's the best. The unusual thing about Davidson is just how friendly and open it is. I LOVE the fact that all parties and Union events are open to ALL Davidson students (except for formals). To get into a fraternity/eating-house party, the only thing you need is a Davidson ID. Anyone can come to F. In fact, there is a rule at Davidson against exclusive fraternity/eating house parties unless they are open to the entire campus at some point in the night. So, for example, if Rusk has a sisterhood from 8-11, it is open to the whole campus from 11-2. Eating Houses are open to any girl who wants to be in one-no girl can be denied from joining an eating house, which took off a TON of pressure of rushing. I filled out a form online and got notified at the end of the week. Done. The only thing I would really change about Davidson? I would make quesadillas available in the Union at all hours, and not just from 9-11 PM. When I'm really hungry, I literally stare at the clock until 9...they're that good, especially the black bean and cheese ones. There's nothing worse than eating a small dinner at Commons and 5 and craving a quesadilla at 8. On a more serious note, I might abolish the frats and establish male eating-houses...the girls have it so easy (everyone gets into an eating house, selection is done by an algorithm, you are guaranteed your first or second choice, and you are guaranteed to be with up to 3 of your friends), so why do the guys have to go through rush, pledging, etc? When I tell people I go to Davidson, most ask me, "Oh, where's that?", or "Is that a junior college?" (my personal favorite). That bothered me at first, but then I realized that you'll get that with almost any small liberal arts college, especially if you're traveling halfway across the country for it. But we have so much school pride in our alumni network that it's worth it. A woman on a plane overheard that I go to Davidson, and she offered me an internship and gave me her business card. There aren't as many connections as a state school, but the connections you do get are STRONG. And that's absolutely priceless, something you will not get anywhere else. When you go to Davidson, you come to understand that there is just so much love for this school from al of the people who know it. Davidson is a unique place, and it is an honor to be a student here. When you come here, you recognize that bond. Despite the workload, this bond makes us feel like we're the luckiest students in the country.

Joe

School pride went through the roof with the success of the Men's Basketball team this spring. For the most part, since it is such a small school, students aren't able to make it to many sporting events other than basketball and football because they are either doing their own thing (i think about 1/3 play and inter-collegiate sport) or because they are doing work. The town is small. Charlotte is nearby, but about a 30 minute drive on a major highway. There is really only 1 or 2 bars that students frequent and most of the partying takes place at the Fraternities and Eating Houses on campus. My biggest piece of advice when considering Davidson is that it is not the school for everybody. You tend to hear students these days rave about their schools and tell everybody that their school is the best and everybody should be jealous and want to go there. I firmly believe that if Davidson fits you, you will love it as much as anything else in your life, but if it does not, you have little hope of surviving your 4 years there. The reason for this is 3 fold. First and most predominantly is academics. This might seem like a pointless statement, but if academics is not your number 1 priority do not go to Davidson. The academic demands of Davidson are such that if you are not a determined student, you won't like Davidson. You have to want to study and get a good education. I realize this sounds obvious but a lot of people want to go to school to party or watch good sports, or play a sport, and while you can do all of these at Davidson, they must not outweigh your desire and dedication to being a student or you will undoubtedly hate it their. Second, the honor code is huge at Davidson, and if you don't want to live up to it you are not welcome. Again, this seems like an obvious observation, but cheating, lieing, stealing, decieving etc are not tolerated by the faculty, administration or the student body. The community that the honor code creates is a valued one and if you think you will have trouble adhereing to it know that members of the community wont hesitate to give you the boot so as to preserve what we have. Third, Davidson is small, it is sometimes hard to judge what the size of a school means when you are applying to colleges, but know that Davidson is almost as small as it gets. In fact I think it is the smallest Division one school (but we still made it to the elite eight!!!). This means that you cannot hide. You can't hide in class and you can't hide socially. You will see people you know everyday on campus and will rarely be able to walk to and from class without stoping to talk to a student/professor you know. I and most Davidson students love this but I know some people like to be able to dissappear into the crowd, just know that that is impossible at Davidson. I realize this description probably sounds harsh because I phrase it as a warning. I love davidson for the aformentioned reasons but know that it is only fair to warn those who might hate it for the same reasons.

Kristin

The best thing about Davidson is the sense of community. Davidson students have a great relationship with the town. For example, many people from the town come cheer on the Davidson basketball team or come watch a concert or theater performance. I will always remember how the Davidson community gathered together to support the Davidson men's basketball team during their incredible run in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Jamie

Hmmm... The Davidson Family. Everyone at Davidson has each other's backs, no matter what. With such small classes, and such a closely laid out campus, we sort of have to be. It's not a struggle, though, don't get me wrong. It's just that there's no one out to be a jerk, and everyone takes on every day with the best of intentions. My high school had 220 people in it, and i feel like Davidson, with it's student body of 1,700 is just as close. Theft is unheard of, as is cheating. It's not that people are afraid of getting caught (although our Campus Police are pretty badass), it's just that it wouldn't feel right at Davidson. The honor code isn't imposed, but the students wouldn't want to break the trust of the community.

Cara

Davidson is really good in every way. If something is not good, you can tell the administration tries to make it better fast. One thing that makes Davidson unique among high quality colleges is the sense of love on campus. People care about reaching out on a personal level. A student can come to Davidson expected to grow into a very strong but loving person. The town of Davidson compliments the college perfectly. Just walking to CVS, a student can see parents with little children, individuals walking their dogs, and just friendly people going about their lives. Davidson students used to complain that they got no credit for going to Davidson, since the college did not have popular name recognition. However, after the men's basketball team's unbelievable performance in the NCAA, people are beginning to really give Davidson respect.

Andy

Great academic school if you are looking for: scientific research directly with professors, one-on-one interaction with professors, challenge in the classroom, grant funding for travel research (use this!). People who know the school are impressed when you tell them you go to Davidson, but for those who don't (and that pool is a lot smaller since the men's basketball team made the Elite 8 this year), it's disappointing they don't realize what a rigorous school you made it through. The size is fine - I actually feel like I know most people on campus - it's the fact that it's 95% residential that makes the difference - parties are the same and there's little more than partying in closed dorm rooms and dancing down on the Court, but if you have great friends it's always fun anyway. Bottom line is you can make it fun but the school isn't going to do it for you. College town is sweet - ultra supportive and friendly, always hanging signs and banners congratulating teams and such, very involved and tolerant. The Union is amazing - newly redone and perfect for work and socializing. It took me a long time to learn that Davidson may not have had everything I thought I wanted, but I could really use the things it did have and appreciate it for what it was, rather than being disappointed in what it wasn't.

Alex

Too small, honor code is the best thing, unknown, rigorous, segregated, town too small, lots of school pride, laundry service, deflation of grades.

natasha

Davidson is a small school and that has both positive and negative sides. It's really nice when you come in as a freshman and get to meet some seniors or juniors. The community is small enough that you make a lot of friends in different years. I do think, however, the more time you spend there, the smaller it feels because those friends you made freshman year have graduated. I really enjoy the small community because you can't walk anywhere on campus without someone you know stopping to say hi. Davidson is all about the small classes with good professors. The professors are all about making you really adept in whatever subject you're studying. There isn't really an opportunity to just skip class without some sort of consequence because the teachers know who's in the class by the end of the second week usually. The town of Davidson is very cute, but it doesn't really have too many options for food. You can basically go to Brickhouse for drinks if you're old enough and Bonzai for an asian fusion and the soda shop for a burger or a sandwich and a shake. That can get old really fast. Luckily there are a lot of options an exit or 2 down from the school. That definitely doesn't mean you need a car either because enough people on campus will have a car and it's always fun to go out for a midnight cookout run for shakes with a group. Davidson is definitely a school with a lot of pride, and it doesn't disappear when you graduate either. Basketball is definitely our big sport, and when we made it into the sweet sixteen, our trustees paid for the students to get on buses and go watch the games. I can't think of another school where the trustees/alumns are still so proud of their alma mater that they would pay for the students to go to the game.

Blake

I love davidson because all of the students trust each other because of the honor code. the honor code breeds a sense of respect and trust amongst all students and professors, but be warned, the administration does not have to follow the honor code (which I found surprising and frustrating.) Davidson is just the right size. Davidson currently is REALLY REALLY striving for diversity, which I think is a wonderful idea being enacted in all of the wrong ways. Instead of looking at diversity as a complex factor (religious, sexual orientation, socio economic background, internationally, etc) Davidson appears to be focusing entirely on racial diversity. There is an optional minority pre-orientation here that even several minority students complain about because they feel it extremely isolates them before they meet the rest of their class. Davidson is working really hard, but in my opinion, has a long way to go in fostering a community that openly accepts diverse sexual orientations. For a school of 1700 students, I only know 15 or so gay students, 5 of whom are not openly gay, a number that is very low given the statistics. Almost all students spend their time on campus; parties rarely happen elsewhere, and if they do they are within walking distance (I LOVE THIS...no driving.) Drugs are frowned upon at Davidson by the majority, but there is a drug culture at campus for a very small student minority. The town is amazing, everybody is really nice towards the students, and cops aren't an issue at all (thinking specifically of underage drinking and moderate speeding). Everybody now knows Davidson because of basketball, which is amazing, but don't expect too much more knowledge unless you are talking to someone from the South. I hate the administration at this school, save the college president. The administration is known to make brash, unthoughtful moves and, most students would agree, are attempting to remove the male greek system from campus to decrease liability and promote favorable statistics to parents. There is a ton of student pride and virtually all students on campus are incredibly friendly.

Sean

Davidson may not be the most selective school in the nation, but it is very likely the most demanding school in the nation. At Davidson, you will probably not do as well as you had in high school. You will also probably not do as well at Davidson as you might have at a different school. But you will undoubtedly leave Davidson with an education that is truly "greater," if not simply better, than that of any college or university in the nation. The Davidson education cannot be quantified by a number or a GPA because the Davidson education is more than just academics. The real Davidson education is about the individual, it's about being challenged and forced to expect the best from yourself. thats why they say, davidson is not always a great place to be, but its always a great place to be from.

Bryan

Academics is first here for the students, athletes, and teachers. The school is too small but I wouldn't change it because it defines Davidson. Social life and academic life are close together since the school is so small too. Downtown Davidson is short enough to yell to the other end but the townies love the college. The administration is decent, students dictate a lot of what happens. I will never forget when the trustees offered to pay for students to go to Detroit for the Sweet Sixteen.

David

Davidson has a free laundry service that is included in tuition. It's a wonderful service; however, more students do their own laundry than the college realizes, so there are not many washing machines on campus, and it can be difficult to find a free one.

Sam

Davidson is awesome if you want a small, work-intensive, liberal arts school. It definitely doesn't have the reputation of many schools of similar caliber, and I've gotten a lot of blank stares when I tell people that I go here, but when people do know about Davidson, they all look impressed. Davidson has a large workload that's pretty hard to keep up with at times, but we also have a ton of cool things to do in your spare time, and they do your laundry for you so you don't have to spend that spare time washing your underwear. What else...we have a lot of school pride (especially for basketball). The biggest complaint is definitely the workload, and I know that the small size gets to some people. Davidson has a very cool administration as far as I can tell (the board of trustees payed for approx 600 students to go to Detroit to watch the basketball team's Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games).

Tom

Davidson is unique in that students can obtain an elite liberal arts education while supporting and/or competing on big-time Division I athletic teams. When I decided to go to Davidson during my senior year of high school, most of my friends and teachers had never heard of it. But, over the last few years, Davidson's notoriety has grown due to the success of our basketball team as well as the press we received when Newsweek hailed Davidson as one of "the New Ivies." People no longer shoot me a blank stare when I tell them that I go to Davidson.

Charlie

From the friendly people, to the honor code; from the beautiful buildings and landscape, to the academic excellence; from our basketball team (as well as the other 20 NCAA Division 1 sports), to the RSC residency, Davidson College promotes ideals of integrity, well-roundedness, academic excellence, service, and leadership – the very same values that I personally regard as being most important.

Marie

The only time Davidson's small size is really a disadvantage would be if you want to major is something a little obscure. It does however offer a unique "create your own major" program for people who are looking for something outside the offered majors. Well, it also gets annoying when you tell people you go to Davidson and all you get is a blank stare. Other than that Davidson is able to provide its students with all the awesome things a larger school - including a top notch basketball program for those who are interested in athletics. The town of Davidon is also tiny, but it's only a twenty minute ride to Charlotte, with miles of suburbia in between. Anything from Wal-Mart, to Starbucks, to any chain restaurant can be found within a short drive away from campus. There is tons of school pride here, and the basketball team's run in the NCAA tournament only brought out more school spirit. The most unique thing about Davidson is probably it's honor code, which is taken one hundred percent seriously, and as a result all final exams are self scheduled, tests are not proctored, and no one feels the need to lock their doors.

Ben

I love the small school atmosphere at Davidson. Sometime I feel like because we are small we don't get enough recognition or exposure but honestly I wouldn't trade the small school atmosphere for anything. Plus things like our basketball team and successful graduates are really starting to give us lots of national exposure. At this point I still get the response "Where is Davidson?" or "Did you say Dickinson?" when I tell people I go here but it is definitely getting better. Everyone is very close to each other, inside the classroom and out. Teachers give as much extra attention as you could ever want. Now having said that, everyone knowning everyone on campus can have its drawbacks as well, such as how quickly word can spread of a bad hookup, fight, or some other thing you may want to keep under wraps. And good luck avoiding people you don't want to see. But aside from that this is truely a special place. Davidson is a very small historic town, with a huge city and a lake right nearby, which suits me perfect. The town has a GREAT atmosphere but you're also never too far from the complete opposite. The administration is incredible and cares about the students on a personal level that cannot be matched. They make themselves seen and know a huge majority of the students by first name. There is little controversy, although there was an incident on the court (the main party area) involving off campus students that sparked a racial tolerance rally, but no worries the incident was all verbal and merely involved people being "uncomfortable." It does not take much to make the campus pull together and unite and there is a huge amount of school pride, especially for how small we are. The unity and openness on campus is a truely unique aspect that I have never witnessed at any other school. Complaints rarely escalate beyond the regular "I have SO much work!" and "I got to bed at 4 last night..." ? If you choose to come here, you will never regret it. I have so many friends that visit and say "Wow, I wish I had known about this school when I was applying."

John

School is pretty good. I might change some of the professor's grading styles and some of the dorms need some work, but most of it is very good.

Ryan

Davidson is a great place. I debated about coming here because of the distance and also the size of the school. However, the school can be as big or small as you want it to be depending on whether or not you get involved, and the smallness of the school is definitely an advantage in my opinion. For example, how many other colleges would send their student body to the NCAA tournament sweet sixteen and elite eight rounds for free? The small number of students makes for a really unique experience. You recognize faces around campus and professors know your name. Overall its a great fit for myself. I would say the best things about Davidson is the people here and also the beautiful campus.

Ryan

I appreciate the small class sizes Davidson has. That's one of the reasons I chose to attend Davidson and is one its greatest attributes. Professors also make themselves accessible, although I don't believe students visit their professors often unless a major paper or test date is rapidly approaching. Also, in general, you can trust Davidson students to behave honorably. Although there have been cases of theft recently, most of the time your belongings are very safe. I feel 100% fine leaving my backpack (with textbooks) or whatever else I'm working on in the library while I go eat dinner. I'd much prefer Davidson to cut back or eliminate its class requirements entirely. We're required to take way too many classes that we may not be interested in before we graduate. Also, if you want to minor in something, be careful before you come to Davidson. You'll find that you can't minor in many of the fields you'd expect. For example, I'd like to major in Economics and minor in Political Science. However, I can't minor in Political Science. So either I have to major in Poly Sci and minor in Econ, double major in both, or forget Poly Sci altogether. I have a very nice dorm at Davidson, and you'll find that you will too, at least comparably to other schools. Unfortunately, Davidson's dorm rooms are much more expansive than its student activities. I don't have a car, so I rarely leave campus. There's not much to do in walking distance of Davidson unless you want to go to CVS or Wachovia bank. Occassionally, I have been able to leave campus to go see a movie and I've fully enjoyed that experience. I sense that others also have this strong desire to leave campus. Other than occassional Union activities (like movies) and Patterson Court partying, there isn't much to do unless you have a car. Bottom line: make sure you have a car or you know someone who has a car. Davidson does allow freshmen to have cars on campus. If you're into basketball, chances are, you're going to love this school. As you probably know, Davidson recently advanced to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament. I fully expect another excellent performance in 2009.

Megan

The best thing about Davidson is the community. Everyone is really supportive of each other and there is a lot of school spirit especially after the Davidson Basketball team did so well in the NCAA tournament. People might think that the school is too small but its nice to walk around and see people you know and not feel lost on campus. I can wake up at 8:25 for an 8:30 class and get there with a minute to spare. One thing is that there is not a lot to the town of Davidson. You are close to Charlotte but you need a car to get there, but that usually isn't a problem either since almost everyone has a car or knows someone who does. You don't need to go off campus because there is a lot of stuff to do on campus but if you want to go out for a meal other than at Commons or the Union, then you might need a car because there are only a few options in the town.

Terry

Davidson is a big family. The students all mesh with each other and with the teachers, but it doesn't stop there. The staff of Commons dining hall, the laundry service, the library and so many other organizations on campus are all part of the big family that is Davidson. Also, Davidson is a school of pride. When our basketball team made it run in the NCAA tournament, every student was wearing red every day, every student was soley talking (and thinking) about our team. The ties of Davidson College grow tighter every day your here, and I can personally say that I will remain connected to this great college for the rest of my life.

Kent

Davidson is a small place, and you do feel claustrophobic sometimes. But there is lots of free space on campus: the lawn (lots of grass and trees all throughout campus, and the weather is fantastic), the Student's Union, the library, academic buildings, Vail Commons (the dining hall)...It is a wonderful place if you are pretty serious about school work, but it is also a comfortable place to be with people. It's an intimate space, and if it works for you, then it will really work, and though you will complain about work and what-not, you will love it.

Nick

Davidson is wonderful! I absolutely love it here. I feel so at home on campus because the school, and town, takes great strides to create a feeling of community and community pride. The honor code here actually works, and allows students here to feel extremely safe. The town is small but near any amenities you could want and the people who live in the town seem to all be huge fans of the college (especially the basketball team...elite 8!).

Kate

The size of Davidson is perfect for me. The campus is sprawling, but I've never had the problem of getting lost. There are lawns and ancient trees everywhere. Brick sidewalks, benches, low walls, flowerbeds- it is a picture-perfect college experience. On sunny days (there are alot!) students take blankets and towels outside and study there. The entire campus has wireless internet! There is TONS of school spirit; our recent journey to the Elite Eight took the campus (and town) by storm! The town supports the college so much, every shop had banners and even homes in the surrounding neighborhoods painted bedsheets saying "Go Cats!" The ties between the community and the college are very strong. Most professors even walk home for lunch everyday! One more thing is the honor code. It is Davidson's pride and joy, and allows for experiences like self-scheduled, unproctored exams. It also means you can leave a notebook or bookbag in the hall for days and find it in the same place later on. It's really amazing the trust there is on this campus.

Tate

Davidson is a great balance between a competitiive academic environnment and student life independent of schoolwork. I do a lot of work here, but I feel like I'm being well prepared for grad school (I plan to go into medicine). What does Davidson have that other competitive liberal arts schools don't? -The town: Davidson is a great place, and I'm happy to spend four years of my life here. I've heard people describe other schools where the school is an insular environment all to itself with no real connection with the surrounding community or its people. This is not the case at Davidson. While the town is very connected to the College, it has a lot of character that adds a lot to the school. Students can stroll down mainstreet and eat at the Soda Shop, get a haircut at Raeford's Barber Shop, or go for a run through some of the surrounding neighborhoods. Most Davidson residents are friendly to students and I would consider it unusual to not get a hello and a wave if I passed someone on the street. I get the feeling that this is not the case several other schools. -The Lake Campus: In addition to its 450 acre main campus, Davidson has 106 acres on Lake Norman 7 miles down the road. A ten minute drive from campus, Lake Campus is accessible to students during all daylight hours and is available for water skiing, sailing, swimming, volleyball, and whatever students want to do with a large open field on the premises. Some people go there to study and take a break, others to just hang out.

Blake

Davidson is not well known and students suffer as a result. It deflates grades, so professors are told to grade extra hard and if they give out too many A's in their first year, you can bet their class will be a lot harder the next year. Davidson has a group of students who are involved in everything, win all the awards, and get all the attention. If you're not one of those students from day one, you will never get any recognition for what you do at the school. Davidson's small classes are not worth it when sacrificed for diversity of class subjects and the core curriculum is incredibly limiting.

Tracy

I stumbled upon Davidson very late in my college search. To be honest I never heard of it until my college advisor suggested this as a possibility. I play soccer and was being recruited at other institutions, however I went for a last minute recruiting trip and thought it would be a match. I had no idea how right I would be. I could not be happier with my college experience. Although at times I feel the campus is a little small it is a very intimate atmosphere. There is an immense sense of trust and pride among the student and the town. For example, the night before the first final the town always bakes and brings cookies and sweets for all the students as a study break. When people ask me where I go I say “Davidson,” however I usually follow this answer with “it is a small school in North Carolina.” After this years NCAA bball that has changed; the next question, now, is do you know Stephen Curry?

Caroline

The Honor Code is the best thing about Davidson and most students would agree its most distinguishing feature as well. It allows us to take unproctored, self-scheduled exams and not have to worry about our property or security. Some people would think Davidson is too small, but I realize that I still don't know the entire campus. I really wouldn't change a thing about this place! Best experience with being in a small school with small classes and close relationships with professors: I had to miss almost a full week for my Conference Championship meet and my Eng. professor sent me all of the notes that I had missed (typed up) and then called me to go over everything in full detail when I returned that Sunday from Conference so that I would be caught up before coming abck to class on Monday. That doesn't happen just anywhere.

Lauren

I have absolutely loved my freshman year at Davidson. There is not much I would change. It was easy to get into the classes that I wanted, however, I wish that there were more offerings. I really want to do business and that is not a major here. I like the school size, but it could be bigger. People here are very friendly. I have had visitors, both friends and family, who comment on how kind and helpful everyone is. People helped them find certain buildings on campus and one student even offered to help my dad jump start my car.

Carson

If you go to Davidson, everyone will ask you "where is that?" Just tell them we're 20 miles north of Charlotte, NC. I wish it were closer to more action, like closer to Charlotte, but they are building a lightrail train in the next few years that should make transportation alot easier. However, Davidson is intense in the academia realm, so being isolated helps focus on school. If I could change one thing about Davidson, I would make Main Street (of the Town of Davidson) more interactive- alot of storefronts are empty. I wish there were more little, cheap restaurants and bars. The college needs more professors and more options for Majors.

Allison

Davidson is situated in a wonderful little town that supports the college in many ways. The Davidson townspeople will come to basketball games, trick-or-treat down the residence halls, hang signs rooting for the Wildcats from their houses, and are generally very welcoming to students. Davidson College is just down the highway from any restaurant or store you can imagine (Target, Walmart, fast food, mall, etc.) The size of the student body is great. I tend to recognize most people I pass on a day-to-day basis but am still meeting new people each day. Recently, school pride has grown tremendously. No one goes to the football games, but the basketball games are always packed! Davidson has great academics and strong, dedicated faculty. You have numerous opportunities to talk with faculty outside the classroom setting, go over to their house for dinner, cheer with them at basketball games, or even babysit their kids. Most people still have no idea where Davidson is, even people who live twenty minutes away in the adjacent towns. Locally, Davidson has a great reputation with companies, but I think farther away in other parts of the country Davidson's reputation doesn't yet precede it. I will never forget the experience of going to Detroit to cheer on the Davidson Wildcats in the Elite Eight game against Kansas. I couldn't be more grateful to the Board of Trustees for giving us that opportunity. It was eye-opening to see the nation-wide support for our little school and I was overwhelmed with a sense of Davidson pride that I had never felt before. I came back to Davidson with a new appreciation for this school and all it has to offer.

Cory

Davidson has a great honor code where honestly anything you leave will be there for weeks until you go pick it up again. I like that, but I don't trust the honor code as much when it comes to taking tests because kids are under too much pressure to get good grades at a school where getting good grades is nearly impossible. The school is probably a bit too small as everyone knows everything about one another (even if they have never met). A lot of kids spend weekdays in the library and weekends down on the court drinking. There was a lot of school pride during the NCAA tourney, but not a lot of school pride during other times of the year. The most frequent complaints in the workload, the fact that Davidson grades so difficulty, and how Davidson is not well known as a one of the top liberal arts school throughout the whole country.

kate

The best thing about Davidson is that you could drop your credit card in the middle of the Student Union and somehow it would make it back to your room, on your pillow, with a little chocolate next to it. All in all, I love how homey the whole campus is, even during a gross rainy day/

Rebecca

Davidson's greatest attribute is the people here. We truly are a community that cares about each other. Most people probably won't have heard of Davidson; however, we have more name recognition since we made it to the elite eight. The biggest complaint is the workload. The biggest controversy this semester involved a racial slander written on a bathroom door. Though this incident was regrettable, the campus' reaction demonstrates the integrity and values of Davidson well. At most other schools, this incident wouldn't even have phased the student population, but it threw the Davidson campus into an uproar. Several campus-wide emails were sent out immediately after the incident and several discussions about racism and tolerance were held. A committee was also founded to look deeper into the issue of racism on campus.

Katie

Davidson is a little on the small side for me, but that definitely has its advantages. Professors I had over a year ago still remember my name, and I feel like I'm friends with the profs in my major department. You know most the people you see walking around, and that makes you feel good. The town is cute and small, but definitely not in the middle of nowhere. Anything you need is just short walk or drive away. The campus is beautiful. There's no shortage of things to do, just time to do them.

Andrew

If you don't want a small school, then Davidson is not for you. But I think Davidson has been the best possible college for me. I have been pushed hard and still had a great time. It was a little annoying for the first couple of years when no one I talked to had heard of the school I go to, but I got over that. You learn quickly that the people that matter know what kind of school Davidson is. When it came time to apply to grad schools, they had all heard of our reputation. I think the best part of Davidson is the faculty. They spend a lot of one on one time with their students and take a sincere interest in our success.

Blake

Davidson is just the right size, big enough that after 3 years here I am sure I will still be meeting new people, but small enough that if you do meet someone, you are guaranteed to see them again either in class, at the snack bar, at a party, or in the dinning hall. Best things about Davidson are the people (so nice, interesting, genuine) and the honor code (everyone follows it, we have such an amazing life style here - leaving doors unlocked, bags lying around) and most importantly - BASKETBALL!!

Joe

Love the small size, the faculty, and the sense of community. Obviously it's great academically, even if the workload is a little overwhelming at times. School pride is terrific, especially with the recent success of our basketball team.

Christine

The Big Picture for Davidson is community. The atmosphere at Davidson is truely unique. Everyone pretty much knows everyone else on campus, at least by sight, and most students tend to get along. It's hard not to find someone to stop and talk with as you are walking between classes or to the Union. (Students often schedule in extra time to get places because they know this will happen!) There are virtually no exclusive parties on campus and everyone is mostly welcoming. Student-Professor relations are excellent and it's not uncommon to see students dining with professors around campus or hanging out at the Brickhouse. The town and the college enjoy a very close relationship, one of like and trust. The Honor Code really binds all these elements together to create an atmosphere of family extending throughout Daviddson.

Darry

What's the best thing about Davidson? - probably the fact that it's so academically challenging... Name one thing you'd change. - I'd change the fake-ness of people, but perhaps that's just the South... Is your school too large, too small, or just right? - it's a bit too small How do people react when you tell them you go to Davidson? - before they would say: where's that? now they say - oh, steph curry goes there, right? that small school that did really well in the NCAA Where do you spend most of your time on campus? - in the school Union College town, or "what college town?" - college down What's your opinion of Davidson's administration? - it could be better... too southern - nobody's honest with other people to their face What was the biggest recent controversy on campus? - no idea... Is there a lot of school pride? - yes, especially after the NCAA run in 2008 Is there anything unusual about Davidson? - yes, the honor code and how it really works when it comes to exams. What's one experience you'll always remember? - traveling with the guys to the NCAA 2008... it's been unforgetable being part of all that with the team What are the most frequent student complaints? - grades, what else.

Deanna

Sometimes it can be too small because a lot of people think they know you and can be very judgemental, at the same time it is nice to always have friends in your classes and see people you know no matter where you go, you will never feel alone!

Jessie

classes are incredibly difficult, coming from a public high school. diversity is preached way too much. stephen curry is amazing

Elizabeth

If I could change anything at Davidson it would be the average GPA.

Charley

This town is small.

Ryan

I love the town of Davidson. We as students have a great relationship with the town. One of my favorite things about Davidson is that we have no fast food or much commercial business at all. I love walking into town to go to a local restaurant (though there are few) rather than going to a chain restaurant. We are close to many chains and various local restaurants in driving distance, but I love the small town feel that not having commercial restaurants has preserved. Charlotte is creeping toward us, so I appreciate the preservation thus far of our small town.

Erica

The best thing about Davidson is the Honor Code, the fact that we can self-schedule our finals and leave belongings in one place for a few hours at a time and trust that they will still be there is a great aspect of comminuty life on campus. Most people do not immediately react when I tell them I go to Davidson because they are not familiar with it (especially people from Chicago) but I think that has changed a lot in the last few months particularly due to our basketball success. There is a considerable amount of school pride, but it may be too heavily associated with our basketball team, I think we can have more pride for our honor code and academic success. I love that Davidson has distinct events that take place annually, such as Spring Frolics and First Night Down. Events such as these shape the social culture at Davidson, and make it distinct and unique.

Jennifer

Davidson is full of school spirit that is reflected in the Honor Code- we can all trust each other to the fullest, which is unique to Davidson. I think the small size really makes a difference. Davidson students are happy!

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