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Rank: 73

Davidson College

Davidson, NCwww.davidson.edu/
Despite its classification as a liberal arts college, Davidson prides itself on being a leader in undergraduate research. Small class sizes mean its some 1,800 students can conduct research alongside professors, and a grant-funded initiative gives them the opportunity to design a research project, work with a faculty mentor, and publish their findings. The school offers about 30 majors and 25 minors, as well as preprofessional programs in subjects like engineering, law, and medicine. Davidson ranks high because of its affordability. It was one of the first liberal arts colleges to commit to meeting all of the demonstrated need of students through a combination of grants and campus jobs. Davidson is also diverse for a private liberal arts college, with about 25% students of color. Some 90% of students graduate within four years, among the highest rates in the country. The college has performance groups devoted to music, dance, and comedy, including four a capella groups: the Generals, the Delilahs, Androgyny, and the Nuances. And for a small school, Davidson offers a large variety of athletics, with about 20 Division I teams. It may not be considered a powerhouse, but the college has found itself in the sports headlines, thanks to NBA golden boy Stephen Curry. (He helped bring the Wildcats to the NCAA's 2008 Elite Eight while at the school.)
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$68,300
% of students who get any grants
68%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,000
Average price for low-income students
$8,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
20%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1350/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,959
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$25,572
student success
Graduation rate
95%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$17,000
Average salary within 3 years
$53,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
30%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 2

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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