Our educational mission is to teach all students to think clearly, to make relevant and valid judgments, to discriminate among values, and to communicate freely with others in the realm of ideas. We focus on developing humane instincts and disciplined, creative minds. To this end, Davidson College has designed an educational experience grounded in the liberal arts. As a Davidson student, you will learn to analyze complex questions rigorously and to express yourself compellingly to multiple audiences. Our world-class faculty will guide you through a curriculum designed to ensure that your education includes breadth of experience across many fields and disciplines, as well as in-depth study in one area defined by a major. Whether working alongside faculty in the science lab, debating economic policy in the local coffee shop, or discussing plans for life after college, you will learn from truly engaged and dedicated professors who are leaders in their fields of study.
Small classes enable our renowned faculty to work closely with students, engaging them directly in original research and creative work across the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In the classroom and beyond, Davidson cultivates students' compassion, creativity, resilience, and moral courage. We nurture these values in a community founded on trust as articulated by the Honor Code and on free, unfettered inquiry. Nearly one-quarter of our students compete in NCAA Division I athletics, and 80 percent of our students study or work internationally during their Davidson careers. These rich and distinguished offerings enable Davidson graduates to thrive in a global society and exert disproportionate impact for good.