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Class of 2021 Profile

Davidson College is dedicated to intellectual and cultural growth in the broadest sense. Davidson prides itself on a student body made up of talented student leaders, 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 2021

(Updated August 2017)

Davidson welcomes students from 41 states and 23 countries to its Class of 2021.

Applicants 5,666
Accepted 1,141
Enrolled 523
Acceptance Rate 20.1%
Enrollment Yield 45.8%
Early Decision Applicants 715
Early Decision Enrolled 297

New SAT Middle 50%

(Enrolled Students)

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 650-730 
Math 640-730 

ACT Middle 50%

(Enrolled Students)

Composite 30-33

Class Rank

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

Secondary Schools

Enrolled students attended:
46.6% public schools
45.6% independent schools
7.8% non-traditional or international schools

Ethnic Backgrounds

Black/African American 8.2% 
Asian American 8.4%
Caucasian 67.7%
Hispanic/Latino 6.7%
International 7.8%
Other or Unreported 1.2%

Geographic Distribution (based on high school)

Mid-Atlantic 12.8%
Midwest 7.4%
Northeast 21.3%
South 43.6%
West 7.0%
International 7.8%

Student Financial Assistance

Calculated Financial Need 51.1% of class
Average need-based package $45,077
Scholarship award recipients 10.7% of class
Average scholarship award $27,975
Athletic aid recipients 10.3%
Average athletic award $16,470