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Davidson, North Carolina

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Chances of getting into Davidson College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
20%
Admission Difficulty for Davidson College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Very High 
How hard is it to get into Davidson and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Davidson is 20%.  It ranks #2 in North Carolina and #55 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Davidson is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 1,124 out of 5,621 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent (SAT 1300/1460 ACT 30/33). Davidson College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.82. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 46% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Davidson application fee is $50 and applications are due by Jan 2.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Davidson College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 60% of students submitted SAT scores and 56% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Davidson SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1300-1460
Applicants Submitting SAT 
60%
SAT Scores for Davidson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1300
SAT Scores for Davidson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1380

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Davidson College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 12 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 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 1220. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1380 out of 1600. Davidson ranks #3 in North Carolina and #64 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 60 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Davidson College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1460 and Above Good >32%
1380 to 1460 Avg + 20%-32%
1300 to 1380 Avg - 12%-20%
1220 to 1300 Reach 6%-12%
Less than 1220 Low <6%
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Davidson ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
30-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
56%
ACT Scores for Davidson College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 30
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?

Admission data indicates that Davidson regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 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 and #69 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Davidson College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Davidson College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >37%
31 to 33 Avg + 20%-37%
30 to 31 Avg - 14%-20%
29 to 30 Reach 10%-14%
Less than 29 Low <10%
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Davidson GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.82
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Davidson College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Davidson. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Davidson College was 3.82 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Davidson 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 
4.0 35.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 28.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 27.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 7.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 3.0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

76% 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 76%
Top 25% of class 95%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Davidson College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,127 2,494 5,621
Accepted 610 514 1,124
Acceptance Rate 20% 21% 20%
Enrolled 281 239 520
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 46% 46% 46%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 2, 2023
Days left to Apply
28

Applicants have 28 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 2, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Davidson College is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Davidson College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Davidson College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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.

FAQs

Does Davidson College prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Davidson College?

20% of those who apply are granted admission to Davidson. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Davidson College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1300 and 1460. 60% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Davidson College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 33. 56% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.