Davidson College

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#66, overall score 57.17/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend Davidson? Davidson Hillel continues to grow in size and scope of programming and engagement. Jewish students now make up more than 5% of the student body. There is regular Shabbat and holiday programming and a synagogue less than one mile from campus, a short walk. Hillel hosts special events each year including visiting scholars, entertainment, etc. In January 2018, Davidson Hillel brought Chef Michael Twitty to campus. Hillel programming is supported by an endowed gift, Student Government funds, and funds from the Davidson College Chaplain’s Office. Davidson College will be launching the Davidson Jewish Alumni Network as it continues to grow into the future. - Rabbi Michael Shields, associate chaplain, Davidson College


  • Location: Davidson, N.C.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Rural
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Liberal arts
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,796
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 130
  • Jewish population share: 7%
  • Student origin: 23% in-state / 77% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Davidsonian
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Wildcats
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: DUFF / DUFF Women

COST & AID Score: 11.67/15

  • Score: 11.67/15
  • Tuition: $49,949
  • Room & board costs: $13,954
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $43,859
  • Average loan debt: $20,431
  • Starting median salary: $53,100
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Median SAT range: 1310-1470
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 4
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.67/11

  • Score: 9.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 20.6/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 11.71/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

What Students Say:

“The best things about Davidson are the opportunities for intellectual and academic growth.”

JEWISH LIFE Score: 4.83/34

  • Score: 4.83/34
  • Hillel: Davidson College Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do 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.

What Students Say:

“We are small but a very excited bunch with a passion for fostering an environment where Jewish students can feel happy about partaking in our events.”…“The active Jewish community on campus is very tight-knit and close with one another.”

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