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Application Processing

Host: Allen Rigby, Admission Counselor

Special Guest: Jenny Clarke, Application Processing Manager


  • What happens to an application after you click “submit”?
  • How do I check the status of an application?
  • What are some tips to complete an application in a timely manner?

Listen to the Application Processing podcast

Essay Writing Tips, parts 1 & 2

Host: Katie Randa, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Special Guests
Kortni Campbell, Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Abby Jones ‘10, Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Irma Navarro ‘07, Former Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid


  • How should students choose a topic?
  • How can a student truly personalize their essay topic?
  • Tips on answering Davidson’s supplemental essays
  • Proofread!
  • Check out our Google Maps Essay Project
  • Have fun with the essay.  Use your own voice.

*Note: Some information regarding essay prompts is outdated, but the advice remains relevant.




Study Abroad: Anastasia Owen ’15 in Russia

As I step outside into the crisp Davidson morning I am reminded how fleeting and somewhat ill-fitting a Southern chill air is to that of the beautiful Russian winter I experienced in my study abroad trip to Moscow and other areas of Russia this past spring. In these moments of walking outside of the Union in the early October morning I am whisked back into the snow on my walk to school down Tretyakovskaya Street, the icy wind flowing through St. Basil’s Cathedral outside of the Kremlin, the vast beautiful expanse of white fluff blanketed before the entrance to the St. Petersburg Hermitage. Feeling this slight Southern winter wind I am reminded of walks around the city during festival times, of being bundled up in a sleeper’s cart as I embark on a midnight, 8-hour long train ride to St. Petersburg snug with many other native Russians, of our travels beyond Russia’s close borders into the cool mountains of Georgia and Armenia during my study abroad trip to see sprawling ancient monasteries and traverse unscathed mountain road along rocky cliffs. The deeply present winter wonderland that painted Russia’s and the former Soviet Union’s landscape set the beautiful background for much of my experience of a very different part of the world, a challenge I am so glad I accepted.

Written by Anastasia Owen ’15

Research @ Davidson: The Davidson Research Initiative

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Entrepreneurship Initiative: Claire Gutermuth ’15

My summer through Davidson’s Entrepreneurship Internship Program led me to realize my passion for prosthetic design. At The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, I worked in the Design Studio, where I had access to hand tools, industrial machines, and 3D printers. My job included everything from building exhibit prototypes to designing and making my own creations.

While at The Tech, I learned about an organization called E-nabling the Future, an online community that open-sources the files for 3D printable prosthetic hands. E-nable connects volunteers who can donate these low-cost prosthetics to children around the world. Using The Tech’s resources, I modeled, 3D printed, and built a hand for a nine-year-old girl who I met through the museum. As I got more involved with E-nable, I started to work closely with the organization’s founder, Jon Schull. He invited me to speak with him about E-nable at Stanford’s MedicineX Conference in September, and Davidson sponsored my trip there. I am currently building a hand for a third recipient using Studio M’s 3D printers. If it were not for my internship at The Tech through Davidson, I would have never had the opportunity to become involved in such a neat organization!

Written by Claire Gutermuth ’15

Penumbra Theatre Internship: Matthew Schlerf ’16

Host: Allen Rigby, Admission Counselor

Guest: Matthew Schlerf ’16


  • What is the Penumbra Theatre Company?
  • What did the internship consist of?
  • How has this experience influenced your work at Davidson?
  • Learn more about Penumbra and the internship here.

Study Abroad: Rashaun Bennett ’16 in Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam

My study abroad program encompassed every attribute that I wanted in a study abroad program including exposure, immersion and an emphasis on politics and society. Without having a particular affinity to a particular country, I looked for a program that would allow me to travel and be exposed to as much as possible. I eventually chose to embark on SIT’s International Honors Program: Cities in the 21st Century. The program allowed me to visit New York City, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Cape Town, South Africa and Hanoi, Vietnam, for about four to five weeks in each country over a period of three months. The program places an emphasis on cities, urban planning, development and politics. From speaking to activists who are fighting for housing in Sao Paulo, witnessing the remnants of the brutal realities of apartheid in South Africa and experiencing traditional Muslim culture in the Bo Kaap neighborhood of Cape Town, this program has been one of the biggest highlights of my college experience. If you are interested in experiential learning, traveling to a multitude of countries and regions, and observing societies through interdisciplinary lens, I would encourage you to look into and apply to the 21st Century Cities Program!

Written by Rashaun Bennett ’16

The Arts @ Davidson: Stewy Robertson ’15 paints new mural

Studio Art major Stewy Robertson ’15 paints a new mural in the Knobloch Campus Center during Fall Break. The  project was made possible by a Davidson Friends of the Arts Spike! Grant.




The Stapleton-Davidson Internship: Erica Garvin ’15

This past summer I was an intern at the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte through the Chaplain’s office and the Stapleton-Davidson internship. This was by far the most fun and meaningful summer I’ve had as a Davidson student. The Urban Ministry Center is a non-profit in Charlotte that is a day service center for people experiencing homelessness. They serve lunch every single day of the year and have other basic services such as laundry, showers, mail and telephones. It was not a typical internship, but it lined up perfectly with my interests as a Political Science major and Religion minor in social policy. Working directly with people who are affected by political decisions for their basic needs made me realize both the importance of public policy and the importance of knowing what its effects really are. In addition to working full time at a non-profit in Charlotte, the five Stapleton-Davidson interns, who are all placed at different non-profits in Charlotte, have weekly discussions about poverty in Charlotte. This is a great way to get to know about the city and social justice and to get to know people you may never have met at Davidson.

Written by Erica Garvin ’15

Learn more about internship and fellowship opportunities through the Davidson Chaplain’s Office here.

The Arts @ Davidson: Jazz Ensemble

There are many opportunities to perform jazz music at Davidson, including a “big band” ensemble, jazz combo, and performance opportunities for jazz vocalists.  This video highlights a recent performance of “Does This Chart Make Me Look Phat?”, directed by Dr. Bill Lawing.

Want to learn more about music at Davidson?  Check out our website.

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