There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, Davidson College. The beautiful and historic Davidson College is home to 1,850 students, each of whom is dedicated to developing their talents in leadership and service. Greek Life (known as Patterson Court) and athletics are wildly popular here, as is the 100-year old student-run Honor Code. Because students are bound to never cheat on their work, exams are self-scheduled and unproctored, while take-home tests are a common occurrence. Political science, economics, and biology are among the most popular majors, but the College also features strong programs in interdisciplinary studies, history, and math. An amazing 70 percent of students study abroad during their time at Davidson, while over three-quarters of students participate in club and intramural sports. With teams available in flickerballl, ultimate Frisbee, and flag football (among others!), there’s something for everyone. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Davidson places a heavy emphasis on community service. Students with a passion for volunteering will have dozens of ways to stay involved, including community-based learning courses (such as “Reporting Politics & Elections” and “Medical Rehabilitation and Disability”) and the Center for Civic Engagement, which connects students with local non-profits through selective fellowship and internship programs. Good to know: while Davidson students hail predominantly from the South, they represent a much broader diversity, as 28 percent are domestic students of color and 8 percent are international.

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