Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Davidson College

Davidson College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Davidson College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Davidson College and can I get accepted? The school has a 19% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,116 out of 5,724 applicants were admitted making Davidson College a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 11 percent. Davidson College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 46% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Davidson College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Davidson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1290
SAT Scores for Davidson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1450
Average SAT Score 1370

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Davidson College?

Davidson College typically requires applicants to be in the top 13 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1290 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1210. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 60 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Davidson College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1450 and Above Good >29%
1370 to 1450 Avg + 19%-29%
1290 to 1370 Avg - 12%-19%
1210 to 1290 Reach 8%-12%
Less than 1210 Low <8%
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Davidson College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Davidson College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Davidson College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Davidson College?

Admission data indicates that Davidson College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Davidson College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Davidson College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >29%
31 to 33 Avg + 19%-29%
29 to 31 Avg - 12%-19%
27 to 29 Reach 8%-12%
Less than 27 Low <8%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Davidson College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Davidson College was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #9 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Davidson College is a very selective school.

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High School GPA's for admitted Davidson College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 72% Good
3.50 to 3.75 17% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 7% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 3% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

High School Class Rank

64% of Davidson College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Davidson College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 64%
Top 25% of class 91%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Davidson College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,129 2,595 5,724
Accepted 600 516 1,116
Acceptance Rate 19% 20% 19%
Enrolled 265 250 515
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 44% 48% 46%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 2, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Davidson College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Davidson College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Davidson College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198385 IPEDS survey data for Davidson College.

Frequently Asked Questions

60% of students submit their SAT scores to Davidson College. 56% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

19% of those who apply are granted admission to Davidson College. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1290 and 1450. 60% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 33. 56% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.