Davidson College Reviews
Davidson College provided me with an excellent education. In the classroom, there was a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning there were extensive opportunities for in-class discussion, research, and one-on-one help from professors. Professors push students to think critically, share ideas, and apply concepts to real world problems. Classes are rigorous but the material and the professors make it extremely interesting. Additionally, the student life offers something for most people. There are many student organizations from which to choose from and most students are involved in several activities.
Davidson College is an academically rigorous liberal arts school. It's Presbyterian, but not in an overwhelming way. It wasn't very ethnically diverse, but there were students from all walks of life there. It's very very small in a very small town about 20 minutes from Charlotte, which is a rather small city. I loved the Theatre Department and the History Department, but I wasn't crazy about the English Department. I was extremely challenged at Davidson, and it opened a lot of doors for me in the South, but it hasn't opened all that many doors for me in the Northeast. Most people up here don't seem to know what a tremendous school it is and I've found that difficult and disappointing.
Davidson College is a wonderful place to learn and grow. The honor code is central to how teacher, faculty, staff, and students all interact and treat each other. I was encouraged to explore topics that I was interested by my teachers and peers. The academics are highly competitive, but it enabled me to more confidently transition into my career.
Davidson College is everything you expect it to be with some twists - there is heavy emphasis on being a good person and it is important to come ready to assert yourself about what you want your college experience to be. People there are accommodating and effective, so even if the challenge of the school makes you feel a little passive, do not be afraid to assert yourself about what you think is wrong or right and what you want to accomplish while you are there.
I found Davidson College to be a wonderful small liberal arts college steeped in values of honor, tradition, and academic rigor. The workload was extremely challenging, in that the College truly values it's mission to educate students not only to be able to do, but also to be able to think critically, communicate eloquently, and pursue a vision passionately to change the world one graduate at a time.
I had difficulty in college for reasons that were uniquely my own, but if you heard me talking about people I knew and classes I took, you might not imagine that I had such trouble. My experience of the professors, staff, environment, and other students was truly beyond wonderful. Davidson gave me an almost frightening sense that anything was possible. People there are phenomenally loving in their approach to each other and their approach to what they do. That said, I think one has to go into it knowing that there will be challenges. My advice to a future Davidson student would be that you should not fear trying new approaches to problems that arise, and you should not hesitate to ask for information, advice, or even moral support from faculty, staff, or other students.
Davidson will be one of the most challenging, thought provoking, nurturing, and person shaping experience tou will ever have and be grateful for.
Davidson was the most formative, challenging experience of my life and I wouldn't trade it for anything. The students there are all driven, smart, and kind-hearted people who become lifelong friends. Professors are always there to help students succeed and are frequently recognized for their approachable nature and talent in the classroom. Davidson's honor code and successful Division 1 teams make it a truly unique and welcoming place.