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405 N Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

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Davidson College

Davidson College

Davidson College is located north of Charlotte, North Carolina in the town of Davidson. This historic campus is an excellent choice for the student who seeks a vigorous undergraduate education in a residential environment. It is one of America's strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Davidson offers a supportive and caring campus environment for you to develop socially, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. The college has a broad range of options for leadership growth, social activities, and community involvement while providing for students' housing, health, and safety.

Mission/Philosophy:

Davidson College is an institution of higher learning established in 1837 by Presbyterians of North Carolina. Since its founding, the ties that bind the college to its Presbyterian heritage, including the historic understanding of Christian faith called The Reformed Tradition, have remained close and strong. The college is committed to continuing this vital relationship.

The primary purpose of Davidson College is to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service. In fulfilling its purpose, Davidson has chosen to be a liberal arts college, to maintain itself as a residential community of scholars, to emphasize the teaching responsibility of all professors, and to ensure the opportunity for personal relationships between students and teachers. Further, Davidson believes it is vital that all students in every class know and study under mature and scholarly teachers who are able and eager to provide for each of them stimulation, instruction, and guidance.

The Christian tradition to which Davidson remains committed recognizes God as the source of all truth, and believes that Jesus Christ is the revelation of that God, a God bound by no church or creed. The loyalty of the college thus extends beyond the Christian community to the whole of humanity and necessarily includes openness to and respect for the world's various religious traditions. Davidson dedicates itself to the quest for truth and encourages teachers and students to explore the whole of reality, whether physical or spiritual, with unlimited employment of their intellectual powers. At Davidson, faith and reason work together in mutual respect and benefit toward growth in learning, understanding, and wisdom.

As a college that welcomes students, faculty, and staff from a variety of nationalities, ethnic groups, and traditions, Davidson values diversity, recognizing the dignity and worth of every person. Therefore, Davidson provides a range of opportunities for worship, civil debate, and teaching that enrich mind and spirit. Further, Davidson challenges students to engage in service to prepare themselves for lives of growth and giving.

Davidson seeks students of good character and high academic ability, irrespective of economic circumstances, who share its values and show promise for usefulness to society. In the selection of faculty, the college seeks men and women who respect the purpose of the college, who are outstanding intellectually, who have the best training available in their fields of study, and whose interest in students and teaching is unfeigned and profound. The Trustees commit to being faithful stewards of the traditions of the college. They are charged with governing under the Constitution and By-laws and with providing the financial resources necessary for adequate student aid and appropriate facilities and programs, including furnishing the faculty with the time and opportunity for creative scholarship fundamental to the best teaching.

As a liberal arts college, Davidson emphasizes those studies, disciplines, and activities that are mentally, spiritually, and physically liberating. Thus, the college concentrates upon the study of history, literature and languages, philosophy and religion, music, drama and the visual arts, the natural and social sciences, and mathematics. The college encourages student engagement with other cultures through domestic and international studies. The college also requires physical education, provides for competitive athletics, and encourages a variety of social, cultural, and service activities. While Davidson prepares many of its students for graduate and professional study, it intends to teach all students to think clearly, to make relevant and valid judgments, to discriminate among values, and to communicate freely with others in the realm of ideas.

Davidson holds a priceless heritage bequeathed by those who have dedicated their lives and their possessions for its welfare. To it much has been entrusted, and of it much is required.

Traditions:

HONOR CODE SIGNING DAY: The annual ceremony in which incoming students sign the Honor Code remains a distinctive moment in the first-year student experience, connecting them to the college's honor-bound past: "Davidson frankly avows her belief that Character is more important than Education, that Sincerity, Honor, and Purity are more valuable than Knowledge..." wrote Pres. Henry Louis Smith in the Davidson College Bulletin in October 1904, adding "...true breadth of culture is found in the harmonious development of body, mind, and moral nature."   

EU & PHI HALLS: Eumenean and Philanthropic Halls, constructed in 1849 and 1850 respectively, comprise part of Davidson's historical campus and are named for the first two student societies founded at the college, both of which still meet today. The Eumenean Society would debate with the Philanthropic Society across the quad, engaging in spirited conversation and intellectual discourse, out of which sprang the foundations for the Honor Code and other long-held Davidson values. Even notable student Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States and one-time member of the Eumenean Society, likely gave his first speech from the iconic Eu Hall balcony, before he went on to transfer and graduate from Princeton University in 1879. Today, students keep the tradition alive: over Family Weekend during presidential election years, the Young Democrats and College Republicans debate across balconies about relevant issues, just as Davidson's earliest students did in the 1800s.  

CAKE RACE: What once was a mandatory trial-by-fire for the incoming class lives on today as a celebration for first-year students and the Town of Davidson alike. The Cake Race, established in 1930 by Davidson Coach Pete Whittle, helped him identify hidden track and field talent in the freshman class. Knowing that a mandatory 1.7 mile race around town in the hot Carolina sunshine would be a tall order, even for Davidson students, Coach Whittle came up with a compelling incentive: winners would receive a homemade cake of their own choosing. The race has since become a Davidson trademark and a (voluntary!) part of the first-year experience, with members of the Davidson community faithfully donating the cakes every year and cheering on the racers.

Student Life:

Students can participate in more than 200 student organizations with shared interests in arts and culture, athletics, politics, social action, diversity, fraternity and sorority life and much more.

Davidson is committed to providing quality, residential living to its students and houses more than 95 percent of the student body in residence halls and apartment-style facilities.

Whether you thrive riding on the open road, climbing to new heights, or floating on the water, Davidson Outdoors provides opportunities for backpacking, coastal and whitewater canoeing, kayaking and rafting, rock climbing, caving, and mountain biking, as well as bicycle repair tools and resources for equipment rentals and trip planning.

Nearly one-quarter of our students compete in Division I athletics, and 80 percent of our students study or work internationally during their Davidson careers.

Mascot

Mascot:

Will E. Wildcat
"Mr. Cat" is an integral member of the cheerleading squad. "Mr. Cat" appears at all home Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, as well as any cheerleading sponsored functions. He also makes many appearances at other events on and off campus. "Mr. Cat's" identity is kept a secret until he is unveiled at our last home basketball game his senior year.

Davidson College today:

Davidson College offers 26 majors plus 17 minors, plus Interdisciplinary Studies. It also offers more than 850 courses each year.

Enrollment:

Davidson has 1,950 students enrolled from 47 states and Washington D.C. and 38 countries.

Famous graduates:

Stephen Curry (born March 14, 1988) garnered national attention for his impressive play at Davidson College. He was drafted in 2009 by the Golden State Warriors, and eventually developed into one of pro basketball's top players with his stellar shooting skills. After garnering Most Valuable Player honors and helping the Warriors win the NBA championship in 2015, Curry led the team to a league-record 73 wins the following season. In May 2016, Curry became the first person to be named Most Valuable Player by unanimous vote in NBA history, and one of only 11 players to win the MVP award two years in a row. 

Thomas Henry "Tom" Marshburn (born August 29, 1960) is an American physician and a NASA astronaut. Marshburn was born in Statesville, North Carolina. He trained in emergency medicine and worked in emergency rooms in Texas and Massachusetts. He served as a Mission Specialist on STS-127. Marshburn was a member of the Soyuz TMA-07M crew which launched to ISS in December 2012 to join Expedition 34. 

Interesting facts about Davidson College:

Davidson's motto, Alenda Lux Ubi Orta Libertas, translates to "Let Learning Be Cherished Where Liberty Has Arisen." It reflects Davidson's roots in early American history. There is speculation that the phrase refers to the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence that was signed into effect on May 20, 1775.

Former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson attended Davidson College for a year before becoming ill, and later enrolling at Princeton.

The first X-rays ever taken in America were by three Davidson College physics students who snuck into a lab in 1896. They kept their experiments secret for many years, fearing they would be punished.

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