Davidson offers 25 majors and 17 minors, in addition to Interdisciplinary Studies where students can craft their own majors. Davidson is particularly strong in Biology, Psychology, English, and Political Science. While not a major, Davidson's pre-med program is amazing with 80 percent of its graduates admitted to medical school, almost twice the national average. With an impressive average class size of only 15 students, 70 percent of the classes have less than 20 students. Davidson embraces a true global education and over 80 percent of their 1,750 students work or study abroad.
One of the most impressive features of Davidson College is their Honor Code which dates back to the college's founding in 1837. The student run honor system allows for self-scheduled final exams and take home tests. Additionally, the Honor Code extends to personal property with the assurance that a student's unattended lap top in the dining hall, for example, will be safe and untouched during a run to the frozen yogurt counter.
One of my favorite fun and whimsical facts about Davidson is their approach to weed control. Davidson sits on a picturesque 665 acre main campus and includes a 110 acre lake campus; however, the college has a problem with kudzu, a highly invasive weed common in the South. The college routinely rents goats once or twice a year to control the kudzu on the school's cross country paths. Goats eat 12-18 pounds of kudzu daily to control the invasion on five acres of the Davidson campus. No need for chemicals or weed trimmers – just bring in the goats!
Davidson College provides a top notch liberal arts education in a small college-town setting. While located south of the Mason-Dixon line, Davidson typifies the atmosphere of a New England liberal arts college. So for students who desire a college with a New England feel but without the New England winters, Davidson deserves serious consideration.