Frequently Asked Questions

Why the lottery process?
We want to ensure that all alumni are given an equal opportunity to register their child or grandchild for the McNab program.  The lottery system ensures each eligible student an equal chance of admittance.

How does the lottery process work?
Each registration generates a unique confirmation number, specific to the one who registered. This number will be entered into a computer system that will generate, at random, the accepted list and the waitlist.

What are the next steps if my student is accepted?
Each student who is accepted will receive an email notification on Wednesday, March 5, and will be given until March 7 at 5 p.m. to accept the invitation. If a response is not received during this period, the student will forfeit his or her place in the program.

What are the next steps if my student is on the waitlist?
Students on the waitlist will be notified by email on Wednesday, March 5. An additional email will be received if there is a cancellation and the waitlist student is accepted.

How many students will the McNab Program accept?
The lottery is limited to 60 families.

Who is accepted into the McNab Program?
The McNab program is open to rising 11th and 12th grade children and grandchildren of Davidson alumni. 

How much does the McNab Program cost?
The cost of the program is $100 per attending person (each student and family member attending the program). This subsidized fee helps to defray the cost of meals, materials, and visiting counselors. In addition, families are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.  Davidson tries to keep McNab costs to a minimum.  Should your financial situation prevent you from attending, please contact Tammy Forthofer at taforthofer@davidson.edu or 704-894-2187 to discuss your options confidentially.

What if I have more than one child registered for this year? Could one get in, and not the other?
No. If a student is accepted and has a sibling in the same lottery, the other sibling will be admitted also. Please register each student individually.

How long and when is the McNab Program?
McNab is a two-day program on the Davidson College campus and will take place on Thursday and Friday June 5-6, 2014. 

Why does the program take place at this time of the year and during the week?
The date is determined through a number of factors, including the coordination of events on the Davidson campus, scheduling demands on the Admission and Financial Aid staff and the ability to attract our visiting deans and counselors.

What is the schedule?
schedule for the event is available on our website.

How can I register?
The link will be active on this site between Friday, February 28 at 9 a.m. and Monday, March 3 at 2 p.m. Duplicate registrations will be deleted.

Can I bring along children who are not participating in the program?
No childcare will be provided during the McNab program. Due to the interactive nature of McNab for both students and parents, we can only accommodate those truly participating in the program.

Is there a dress code?
Dress for the program is casual.

What is the refund policy?
A full refund will be awarded for those who are unable to attend if notification is received by Friday, May 30. Please contact Tammy Forthofer at taforthofer@davidson.edu or 704-894-2187 with questions.

When will the McNab Program take place in 2015 and 2016?
In 2015, the McNab program will take place June 11-12, 2015 and June 9-10, 2016 and will be open to rising 11th and 12th graders.  Registration will be open in late February both years.

Who do I contact if I have questions?