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Davidson is an independent liberal arts college located north of Charlotte in Davidson, North Carolina. It was established by Presbyterians in 1837.

Read more about Davidson in articles from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.


Public or Private: Private
Average High School GPA: 4.00
Average SAT Score (Out of 2400): 1880-2160
ACT Score: 29-32
6-Year Graduation Rate: 92%
Acceptance Rate: 28%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Undergraduate Enrollment: 1755
Women's College: No
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
Location: Suburban
Academic Quality
General Education Rating: B
Shakespeare: No
Academic Transparency: Not Transparent
Financial Matters
In State Tuition: $42,441.00
Out of State Tuition: $42,441.00
Average Starting Salary of Graduates: $39,400.00
Average Student Debt of Graduates: $24,972.00
Good Economic Value?: Fair
Percentage of Funding Provided by Taxpayers: 5.00%
Percentage of Alumni who Give: 53.00%
FIRE's Free Speech Rating: Red
Alternative Newspaper: Yes
Student Political Involvement: Somewhat Political
Faculty Political Balance: Very Unbalanced: Democratic
Board of Trustees Political Balance: Unbalanced: Democratic
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy Articles

These articles are primarily about Davidson:

The Angry Ones: Two professors recently broke with academic norms when they lashed out in unhinged fashion directly at conservative students. (May 29, 2011)

Celebrating the Spirit of Inquiry: Professors at Davidson, Campbell, and NC State receive awards from the Pope Center. (November 5, 2010)

Standing Athwart: Student publications at North Carolina universities offer an alternative to the establishment opinion. (October 22, 2010)

These articles mention Davidson:

The End of Summer Reading?: Disenchantment with freshman reading sets in across North Carolina.

UNC-Chapel Hill Redeems Itself: The Summer reading assignment at UNC-Chapel Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne University represents a bold break from victimhood. (June 6, 2012)

Watch Out for FAFSA: Universities use the federal form to conduct price discrimination in the form of merit scholarships. (February 16, 2012)

Out of School and Into the Red: Debt-to-salary ratios reveal which North Carolina schools give students a good payback. (September 2, 2011)

A Literary "Groundhog Day": The titles may change somewhat from year to year, but college summer readings stay the same: uninspired, unchallenging, and predictably left-leaning. (June 26,2011)

The Talk on Campus: A semester's worth of public lectures at North Carolina universities reveals the focus of academia. (May 27, 2011)

Subdued Beginnings: The times are somber and the commencement speakers are serious. (May 15, 2011)

The Winners Are...Democrats!: The Pope Center's College Finder project reveals that the faculty at North Carolina colleges are mostly Democrats. (April 8, 2011)

How Does Your University Measure Up?: The Pope Center and ACTA examine the state of general education at colleges and universities in North Carolina. (February 24, 2011)

The Truth about Campus Crime: In spite of the headlines, campuses are generally safe; watch out for the neighborhood, though. (December 6, 2010)

In Defense of Pervasive Sectarianism: A recent ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals places a needless burden on the state’s religiously based private colleges. (August 30, 2010)

The Sad History of Freshman Reading: Freshman readings range from political propaganda to feel-good fluff. (June 18, 2010)

North Carolina Bucks the Trend: While commencement speakers across the nation talked politics, North Carolina’s choices were more restrained. (May 27, 2010)

The Academic-Governmental Complex: Billions of federal dollars send too many unprepared students to college and distort scientific priorities. (March 21, 2010)

Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? (February 17, 2010)

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare in the English Department (September 27, 2007)