Fast Facts

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.

  • Ranked among America's strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges
  • Governed by a vital Honor Code 
  • Alma mater to 23 Rhodes Scholars
  • Competes in 21 sports at NCAA Division I
  • First liberal arts college to eliminate loans in financial aid packages

History: Founded in 1837 by Presbyterians

Location: Davidson, North Carolina, 19 miles north of Charlotte

Campus: 665-acre main campus; 110-acre lake campus

Number of students: 1,850 on campus, 50% male 50% female

Students of Color: 20.5%

International Students: 4.7%

Student Distribution: 46 states and Washington D.C.; 39 countries   

Living on Campus: 92%

First-year students returning for sophomore year: 96.5%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Average class size: 15 (over 70 percent of classes with fewer than 20 students)

Faculty: 170 full time; 96% with highest degree, 93% tenured or on tenure track

Majors Offered: 25 majors plus 17 minors, plus Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Minors: 17

Students with abroad experience by graduation: 71%

Courses offered each year: more than 850

Pre-professional Programs:

Libraries: E.H. Little Library: Librarians and professional staff: 12; the bulk of its resources are in electronic format.

Additional library branches: Sloan Music 

Endowment: $511.3 million as of June 30, 2012

Special Features:

Motto: Alenda Lux Ubi Orta Libertas. Translated "Let Learning Be Cherished Where Liberty Has Arisen," the motto 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.