Davidson offers an assortment of pre-orientation programs that allow students to immerse themselves in the Davidson community prior to the start of the academic year.
Designed to provide a unique, challenging, and fun transition to life at Davidson, students can select from three Odyssey experiences that run in July and August. The Odyssey is great way to meet your fellow students before classes begin.
Students Together Reaching for Individual Development and Education (STRIDE) is a peer-mentoring program designed to support first-year multicultural students with their adjustment to Davidson College. Pre-college enrichment is a critical part of the STRIDE initiative. It takes place for three days just before the college's general orientation.
Humanities - Sapere Aude
Sapere Aude ("dare to know") is the pre-orientation retreat for students enrolled in the Humanities 103/104 course "Connections and Conflicts I and II: REVOLUTION." Students take part in three days of community building and close reading and discussion of a few key texts with Humanities faculty and fellows.
Early May: Familiarize Yourself With Davidson's programs and requirements
All students enter Davidson as undecided majors and have until the end of their sophomore year to declare a major. Use this time to explore the subjects and courses that interest you, while also fulfilling graduation requirements. The Registrar's Office can assist you with academic information, tools, resources, academic advising and answers to questions that may arise along the way.
Learn about the foreign language requirement and, if applicable, take an online placement test prior to June 21. Students who have taken AP, IB or joint-enrollment courses may qualify for pre-college credit, and should therefore consider the next-level course. If interested in taking introductory chemistry (CHE 115), you are required to take an online diagnostic exam prior to June 21
June 1-29: Submit Class Preferences
The Registrar's Office can help you through the phases of course registration, provide course selection advice, and assist you in the enrollment process. Your online registration must be completed by June 29 via WebTree.
August 16-19: Meet Holistic Adviser At Orientation
Davidson's Pre-Major Advising Program provides first- and second-year students holistic, ongoing, formal support in all aspects of the Davidson experience—academic, co-curricular/extra-curricular, social and career—up to the time they declare their academic majors.
May 18: Complete Housing Preference Information
The Residence Life Office takes extraordinary care in pairing first-year roommates and creating diverse community environments. To assist in this process, you will receive an email the first week in May with a link to a housing preference form and a link to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which are used in the assignments process. For more information, read our guide to campus living.
June 1: Submit Photo for your CatCard
Each student is issued a CatCard, a photo-ID card that provides access to buildings on campus and meals. Photos can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by physical mail to: Davidson College, CatCard Services, P.O. Box 7160, Davidson, NC, 28035-7160. View CatCard Services for photo requirements and more information.
July 2: Housing Assignment Notification
Receive your roommate and room assignment at your Davidson email address.
August 1: Deadline for Changing the Meal Plan
Dining Services focuses on nutrition, variety, freshness, and sustainability. First-year students are automatically enrolled in a 16 Meal Plan, but can opt to enroll in the 21 Meal Plan. Learn more about meal plans (changes to enrollment available in May).
Ensure contact information is current
Sign in to Banner Self Service and complete the New Student Information Form.
May 22-June 1: Activate your Davidson email account
Look out for an email from Davidson Technology & Innovation explaining how to activate your Davidson email and other important accounts. After June 1, all important information will be sent to your Davidson email address.
Students are strongly encouraged to consider employment during their time at Davidson.
June 15: Begin Setting Up Profile in Handshake
Finalize your resume and complete your profile on Davidson’s internal job and internship posting system, Handshake.
July 16-Aug. 25: Apply to Jobs
Apply to jobs through Handshake. Work Study students who are offered employment as part of their financial aid package are given priority. The priority window begins in mid-July and runs through the end of August.
Documentation & Paperwork
Once you have secured a job on campus, you must complete the necessary employment forms. It is strongly recommended that students bring the required paperwork and documentation to New Student Orientation, Aug. 16-19.
June 30: Deadline for submitting Medical History and Physical Examination Form
We are dedicated to the physical, emotional and mental well being of every Davidson student. Learn about our health center services, and download the medical history and physical exam form that must be completed and submitted by all incoming Davidson students.
Aug. 1: Deadline to Opt in/out of College Health Insurance Plan
Each student must have medical insurance, either through a private insurance company plan or the insurance package offered through the college's Academic Health Plan. Please read our frequently asked questions to help address some of the common questions we are asked.
May: Set up family proxy access to account information
To learn how to set up your parents, or other bill payer, with proxy access, follow these instructions.
July: Tuition bill posted for the fall semester
Your bill for tuition and fees will be posted in July for the fall semester; payment is due August 1.
July-August: Register your car and/or bicycle
Students are required to register their vehicle prior to arriving on campus. Registration will begin in July, and must be completed by August 1.
One of the best ways to begin your journey at Davidson is to read a common book
, discuss it during Orientation, and apply what you learn to
your life at Davidson. The 2018 common reading book is Color and Character
, by Pamela Grundy. All incoming students will receive a copy of the book via mail by mid-June.
Aug. 15 Early Drop Off
New students may drop off belongings-only in their rooms on the evening of Wednesday, August 15, between 6 - 9 p.m., however they may not stay in the hall that night.
Aug. 16 Move In
First-year students officially move in on Thursday, August 16 beginning at 8:30 a.m. after checking-in for Orientation in the Alvarez Union.
What To Bring
As you plan your packing list, consider what is already here for you, what is recommended, and what is prohibited. We encourage you to communicate with any roommates about what items can be shared. Microfridges (a microwave and refrigerator combination) can be rented from an outside business, SFL. There are many situations where Davidson College is not responsible for loss or damage to personal belongings in private residence halls rooms, and we recommend you verify coverage under existing policies or purchase student rental insurance.
Aug. 13: Pre-Orientation Begins
If you are a U.S./dual citizen living outside of the United States, or a non-U.S. citizen, you are invited to participate in the International Students Pre-Orientation. Students must arrive on campus no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Sunday, Aug. 12 is an optional move-in day. Parents, siblings, and other family members are invited to participate from the evening of Monday, Aug. 13 through the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 15. Learn more about our resources for new international students.
International Student Services has prepared a pre-departure check-list to help make your transition to Davidson a smooth one.
Aug. 16 - Aug. 19
First-year students will learn about the college and its values, important resources, the town of Davidson, have the opportunity to spend time with lots of people who will be integral to their time at Davidson. View the schedule and learn more about the orientation program.
Classes begin Monday, Aug. 20.