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Davidson College would not be the institution it is today without the generous support of alumni, parents and friends. Moving forward, Davidson will continue to attract the best and brightest students and faculty through competitive scholarship offerings, innovative programming, leading curriculum development, and unrivaled facilities. In this section you will find information on some of the key priorities for Davidson. Other areas that provide opportunities for involvement at the naming or endowment gift levels include, but are not limited to, the Davidson Research Initiative, the Davidson Impact Fellows program, Residence Hall projects, and visual, literary, and performing arts. Please consider how you may contribute to the Davidson experience.


Ongoing support for The Davidson Trust, the college’s scholarship and financial aid program, is critical in recruiting the most qualified students to Davidson. Davidson is committed to attracting the most talented scholars regardless of their financial background. We remain steadfast in our commitment to need-blind admission practices. In building a community of outstanding scholars, Davidson continues to seek scholarship funding for students with exceptional talents (including academic merit and athletic merit) as well as for those who will need financial assistance. Full cost endowed scholarships can be funded at $1.1 million, and there are opportunities to support scholarships at other levels. Please contact us to learn more.

Academic Neighborhood

In the fall of 2017, Davidson dedicated the E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center, which includes the Martin Wing (formerly the Martin Science Center). The building was made possible by a $45 million grant from The Duke Endowment, and it represents the first phase of the college’s plan for an Academic Neighborhood–a design focused on transdisciplinary collaboration on campus. Davidson secured an additional $29 million for the center thanks to generous support from alumni, parents, friends and foundations. The Wall Center’s 149,000 square feet house 61 faculty offices, 36 research labs, 20 teaching labs, 5 learning environments, 1 large group forum, and 1 experimental learning space intended to exemplify a 21st century liberal arts education. A LEED Gold certified facility, the Wall Center houses faculty and laboratories for biology, chemistry, psychology, environmental science and the sustainability program. This space maximizes student and faculty collaboration, integrates student research into teaching labs and facilitates original student research via teaching labs that rival research-based graduate institutions. The Wall Center enables increased communication and collaboration between academic departments, which is key to the transdisciplinary work Davidson students demand. Additionally, all members of the campus community can utilize the various meeting, study and common spaces throughout the Wall Center–these intentionally designed spaces offer new venues for new interactions and collaborations to happen organically in ways that were not previously possible.


Undergraduate research is an important part of Davidson’s effort to facilitate our students’ “transition to impact,” the leap from learning in the classroom to working in the world beyond Davidson. Davidson does this by giving students an opportunity not only to study, but to implement what they study, through original, guided work under faculty supervision. This sort of opportunity has historically been common in graduate schools, but a rarity for undergraduates. Our goal is to make it the norm at Davidson, and a national model. Unlike much graduate research, however, students are not merely doing fact checking, running tests, or collating results to support a supervisory professor’s research. Davidson research projects are student-originated, and the student is the lead researcher with a Davidson faculty member serving as advisor and mentor. Nor are all Davidson projects limited to the hard sciences – topics encompass the whole range of disciplines at Davidson. Many are transdisciplinary, reflecting the growth of new fields like computational biology and neuroscience which partake of insights from multiple fields. This type of hands-on original research and creative work is where liberal arts students, with their broad perspectives, often have advantages over students with a narrower or more rigidly pre-professional focus. Additionally, students are encouraged to present the results of their work at regional or national meetings within their discipline and to publish the results when possible. With publication and research experience that builds upon a portfolio of original work, students gain a head start toward graduate school and medical and scientific careers. Likewise, Davidson is investing in faculty enrichment. Support for faculty research, travel, professional development and education will allow Davidson professors to remain at the top of their field and bring that knowledge and expertise to their teaching. By investing in faculty support, research and the creation of new professorships in strategic areas, Davidson will attract teacher-scholars who lead lives of inquiry, expand our curriculum, and perpetuate the environment where students can become colleagues in the quest for new knowledge.


In order to maintain and build upon the exceptional level of teaching that takes place at Davidson College, it is critical to have a dynamic, growing faculty. New faculty positions in strategic areas are necessary to attract teacher-scholars who embrace Davidson’s purpose, lead lives of inquiry, expand our curriculum, and perpetuate an environment where students can become colleagues in the quest for new knowledge. Endowed professorship funds play an important role. Full professorships can be endowed at $2.5 million, and there are opportunities to support faculty positions at other levels.


Without our most generous and loyal donors, Davidson would not be the place it is. Our donors enable us to implement exceptional programs and initiatives that prepare our students to live lives of leadership and service. In appreciation, Davidson honors our generous and loyal donors through induction into the following giving societies.

Ne Ultra Society

The Ne Ultra Society was created in 1972 by the college’s Board of Trustees to honor those who make exceptional gifts to Davidson. The Ne Ultra Society recognizes donors contributing gifts of $2,500 or more during the fiscal year. In recognition of our generous donors, Davidson has created five leadership giving circles.
  • Ne Ultra: $2,500-$9,999
  • Cum Laude: $10,000-$24,999
  • Magna Cum Laude: $25,000-$49,999
  • Maxima Cum Laude: $50,000-$99,999
  • Summa Cum Laude: $100,000 and above

Young alumni gifts are also recognized at the Ne Ultra Level.

  • Classes 1-5 years out from graduation: $750 and above
  • Classes 6-10 years out from graduation: $1,250 and above

Founders Roundtable Society

The Founders Roundtable Society recognizes those who have made lifetime commitments to the college of $100,000 and above. The President’s Circle of the Founders Roundtable celebrates those who made lifetime commitments of $1 million or more, as follows:
  • Cum Laude: $1,000,000-$2,999,999 lifetime giving
  • Magna Cum Laude: $3,000,000-$4,999,999 lifetime giving
  • Maxima Cum Laude: $5,000,000-$9,999,999 lifetime giving
  • Summa Cum Laude: $10,000,000+ lifetime giving

Fideles Society

The Fideles Society was introduced in 2004 as means to honor the most loyal supporters of Davidson. Fideles literally means “the loyal ones” and the giving society recognizes longstanding commitment to the college. Donors automatically become Fideles Society members after making gifts to Davidson for five or more consecutive years.

For more information on Giving Societies, please contact: Katie Davidson, Director of Donor Relations, 704-894-2688.