#119, overall score 44.83/100

Fun Fact:

Davidson was the first liberal arts college to eliminate loans from its financial aid packages.

Why should Jewish students attend Davidson? Davidson College is a place that honors each student’s particular tradition and welcomes diversity and pluralism. Students are able to proudly share their religious tradition and be part of a growing Jewish community at Davidson College. The Jewish community at Davidson College gives Jewish students ample opportunities to connect while they immerse themselves in the excellence that is Davidson College. The values of Davidson College and Judaism mesh well together. — Rabbi Michael Shields, associate chaplain, Davidson College

ACADEMICS Score: 25/30

  • Score: 25/30
  • Acceptance rate:20%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Jewish studies major: No
  • Israel studies major: No


  • Tuition: $48,376
  • Room & board costs: $13,547
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $20,432


  • Location: Davidson, N.C.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,784
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 60
  • Jewish population share: 4%
  • Student origin: 23% in-state / 77% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Wildcats
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: DUFF, DUFF Women

ISRAEL Score: 11.33/20

  • Score: 11.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 3
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 8.5/40

  • Score: 8.5/40
  • Hillel: Davidson College Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 0
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: Jewish students come from all regions of the United States. The Jewish population is also racially diverse and includes a small handful of international Jewish students. There are usually 20-25 states represented within the Jewish population.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher-style food that fits the needs of most Jews is accessible. Kosher items are available at the local grocery store in town. Glatt kosher food is not available at this time.
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