July Experience at Davidson College

  • Davidson, NC
  • Camp Type: Overnight
  • Age of Campers: 15 - 18
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 1976

This is a basic camp listing: no contact information is provided.


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.

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