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Davidson College July Experience

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Davidson, NC

Type of Program / Who can apply:
Academic Enrichment/International


Program Dates:
July 6-27, 2013


Program Overview:
July Experience is a pre-college summer enrichment program for rising high school juniors and seniors. The program is sponsored by the
Davidson College Department of Education and offers a preview of college life on one of the most beautiful residential campuses in the

Program Offering:
Students enroll in two courses representing two different subject areas selected from several liberal arts disciplines. Classes meet for 90
minute periods each week day with additional laboratory sessions in selected courses. Because the college reserves the right to cancel
courses without sufficient enrollment, July Experience applicants must list alternate choices. To ensure small class sizes, students may be
assigned second or third choices. Professors develop strong relationships with students and are available to meet them outside of class to
enhance understanding or pursue additional interests.

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. Should a student apply to Davidson, academic performance in July
Experience will not necessarily be a factor in the college’s admission decision.
Students will receive certificates and their secondary schools will be notified of successfully completed courses. Coursework is graded on
the following system – H (Honors), P (Pass) and F(Failure).

July Experience 2011 Courses:
ANTHROPOLOGY - Social Movements & Youth
BIOLOGY - Three Pounds, One Quadrillion Synapses: Discovering the Frontiers of Neuroscience
BIOLOGY - The Biology of HIV/AIDS
CHEMISTRY - Climate Change and Energy Choices
CHEMISTRY - Petroleum, Food, Drugs, & Plastics: an Introduction to Organic Chemistry
ENGLISH - Literature & Writing: The American North & South in Short Fiction
ENGLISH - Literature and Writing: East and West
HISTORY - Hitler and Nazi Germany
MUSIC - Listening to Fear: Music and Visual Media
POLITICAL SCIENCE - The Family and Justice

Sample Schedule / Life on Campus / Extra Opportunities:
July Experience students choose from a wide variety of recreational and social activities on campus. Campus sports facilities including
pool, fitness center, climbing wall, basketball and tennis courts, and lakefront are available to participants. Water-skiing, team games,
tournaments, dances and talent shows are organized by the Davidson College students who serve as Hall Counselors. Off-campus trips to
cinemas and museums are organized according to student interest.
Of special note are these co-curricular activities:
Understanding the College Admission Process

Davidson College Admission officers meet with July Experience participants to help them explore the college admission process and find
their “best fit” college. Activities and presentations include tips for essay writing, visiting campuses, researching financial aid, and an
insider’s look at how colleges evaluate applications.

Developing Your Leadership Style. Leaders come in all styles and personalities. What kind of leader are you? Activities lead by Davidson College Student Life professionals
help July Experience students identify and develop their personal strengths and leadership style.

Visiting Local Attractions: While activities vary from year-to-year, some of the attractions visited in the past years have been:
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Carowinds (local theme park)
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Local theaters
Discovery Place (science museum)
Mint Museum of Arts and Crafts
Life on Campus
July Experience students live on single-sex corridors in a co-ed residence hall. All college buildings, including residence halls, are airconditioned.
Students take meals in the Vail Commons dining facility and have full access to the E. H. Little Library. The Alvarez College
Union, Baker Sports Complex and nearby Lake Campus are centers for recreational and group activities.

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