Students enroll in two courses from different liberal arts curricula offerings. Classes meet for 90 minutes each weekday, taught by full-time Davidson faculty.
Professors hold daily office hours at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the E.H. Little Library.
July Experience courses carry no secondary school or college credit; however, a powerful summer academic experience can be a valuable addition to a college application and excellent preparation for college.
Professors will follow-up with a detailed letter to the student and parents/guardians about student's academic course work results.
The following courses were offered in former sessions:
- Three Pounds, One Quadrillion synapses: Discovering the Frontiers of Neuroscience (Biology)
- Bones and Clandestine Graves (Anthropology)
- More than Bleeps: Studying the Music in Video Games (Music)
- Youth and Social Movements (Anthropology)
- Genre Bending: Creative Writing that Breaks All the Rules (English)
- Economic Policy Debates (Economics)
- Hitler and Nazi Germany (History)
- Climate Change and Energy Choices (Chemistry)
- "Mom and Dad, Do I Really Need to Get a Job?" (Sociology)
- Life in the 'Global Village:' Effective Intercultural Communications (Communications)
- What's Happening in Mathematics? (Mathematics)
- The Family and Justice (Political Science)
- Gossip: From Shakespeare to Politics to Pop Culture (English)
- Gesture (English)
- The Global Energy Challenge (Chemistry)
- Acute Exposure: the Chemistry of Environmental Health (Chemistry)
- Counselor/mentors are current Davidson students (often July Experience alumni) who foster a sense of community based on the Davidson Honor Code. Students live in double rooms in single sex residence halls on campus, with counselor/mentors assigned to each floor.
- Students may spend time at the fitness center, indoor pool, climbing wall, basketball and tennis courts, student union, and library.
- Workshops on highly selective admission criteria and financial aid and merit scholarships.
- Personal statement critique.
- Admission case study workshop.
- Cultural diversity workshop aimed at helping students address issues of inclusivity and open dialogue.
- Information discussion with the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.
- Visits to Davidson College Lake Campus.
- Field trips to the U.S. national Whitewater Center or Carowinds Amusement Park and uptown Charlotte
- Organized events include Davidson traditions such as flickerball, summer frolics, JE Olympics, talent show, movie nights, and more.
- July Experience need-based scholarships are available.