Class of 2020 Profile

Davidson College is dedicated to intellectual and cultural growth in the broadest sense. Davidson prides itself on a student body made up of the nation's most talented young people, chosen not only for their academic promise, but also for their character.

Faculty and admission personnel work together to select students for admission. The selection process is composed of three major elements:

  • the evaluation of academic performance and potential
  • the assessment of personal qualities
  • the recognition of outstanding interests, achievements, and activities

Davidson's Class of 2020

(Updated August 2016)

Davidson welcomes students from 43 states and 22 countries to its Class of 2020.

Applicants 5,620
Accepted 1,130
Enrolled 522
Acceptance Rate 20.1%
Enrollment Yield 46.2%
Early Decision Applicants 692
Early Decision Enrolled 290

Old SAT Middle 50%

(Accepted Students)

Crit. Reading 650-750 (Correlates to 670-770 for New SAT)
Math 650-760 (Correlates to 690-780 for New SAT)
Writing 640-750

ACT Middle 50%

(Accepted Students)

Composite 30-34

Class Rank

Of accepted students, 85% of those reporting rank were in the top 10% of their class

Secondary Schools

Enrolled students attended:
49% public schools
44.8% independent schools
6.1% non-traditional or international schools

Ethnic Backgrounds

Black/African American 8.5% 
Asian American 8.7%
Caucasian 67.2%
Hispanic/Latino 6.7%
International 7.0%
Other or Unreported 1.9%

Geographic Distribution (based on high school)

Mid-Atlantic 13.6%
Midwest 9%
Northeast 17.9%
Southeast 39.9%
West 12.5%
International 7.1%

Student Financial Assistance

Calculated Financial Need 49.6% of class
Average need-based package $42,695
Scholarship award recipients 14% of class
Average scholarship award $26,656
Athletic aid recipients 10.3%
Average athletic award $13,235