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Davis & Elkins College
Davis & Elkins College is an energized and beautiful place – a place that...

Davis & Elkins College

Elkins, West Virginia

Davis & Elkins College is an energized and beautiful place – a place that prepares and inspires students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.


Just hours from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., D&E is home to a vibrant arts community and is a leader in entrepreneurship, sustainable studies, health care, education, the sciences and much, much more.


Safe and supportive, stimulating and friendly, it’s a small school where big things happen, especially for students.


Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
846 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
27% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
51 full-time faculty
37 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

53% of students live on campus in five residence halls ranging from single rooms to suites.

School Location

Elkins, West Virginia – 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh, and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C.


70% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)


43% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 15%
Hispanic/Latino 0%
Black or African American 4%
White 63%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 17%


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II. Great Midwest Athletic Conference. 14 Varsity sports: Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis; Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball. Lacrosse beginning 2015-2016.

Mascot: Senators
Colors: Red and White


Davis & Elkins College is a four-year, private, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1904 and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

More Distinctions

  • Nationally recognized for the innovative Highlands Scholars program

  • Among top 15% of all colleges as a Military-Friendly School

  • Home of the internationally-renowned Augusta Heritage Center

  • Campus is a National Historic District 

  • Innovate First-Year and senior Capstone Experience

  • Centers of Distinction in Entrepreneurship, the Arts,  Sustainability Studies and Supported Learning

  • One of only a handful of colleges that are debt free

Great classroom experiences and opportunities beyond the classroom engage students’ interests and imaginations at Davis & Elkins. Students find their niches, their friends, and their passions, all while enjoying the support of a caring family of faculty, staff, and students.

An Open Mind

At D&E, students don’t have to choose their majors right away. In fact, D&E’s preference is that people come with an open mind. They are encouraged to take classes they never dreamed of liking. No matter what, they can count on their faculty and mentors to help them plan their success. Participation comes naturally thanks to D&E’s small classes and hands-on learning opportunities.

Winter Term

D&E is one of a handful of colleges nationwide that offer Winter Term – a three-week intensive opportunity for exploration and discovery. D&E professors and students have journeyed to the Everglades, the Galapagos, the Rio Grande, and the peaks of Peru. In their adventures, they get to learn about the environment, cultural traditions, travel writing, and recreation management. Others have stayed on campus to produce films, work on online projects, complete internships, or participate in the highly successful First-Year Symposium.


The Augusta Heritage Center is internationally renowned for its programs in traditional music, dance, folklore, and crafts. It is best known for its workshops held on campus every summer. Also, Appalachian Studies course work connects D&E students to the art and magic of America’s roots traditions through Augusta. And that’s just part of D&E’s rich arts community.

The Arts

D&E is home to international concert pianist Jack Gibbons, who has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Kaufman Music Center, Pittsburgh’s Steinway Gallery, and Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. On campus, he performs in Myles Center for the Arts, where students also perform and study in state-of-the art studio classrooms for the visual arts and dance.


Davis & Elkins is a leader in Sustainability Studies, with West Virginia’s first Bachelor of Arts program in that field. Through the Center for Sustainability Studies, D&E students have encouraged recycling in the city of Elkins, helped the College reduce energy consumption with two solar panel projects, developed several community gardens, and consulted on the construction of a LEED-certified housing project. Ongoing activities of the GreenWorks! student organization engage students, faculty, and the broader community to ensure a viable world for future generations.

Business & Entrepreneurship

Thinking about business? D&E’s Division of Business & Entrepreneurship connects students to innovative business ideas and forward-thinking practitioners.

Adventure Recreation

For those who love the outdoors, the adventure recreation program can help point their passions to rewarding professions. Students can even join internships with area adventure destinations.

The Davis & Elkins curriculum supports a close connection between students and faculty, beginning with the College’s innovative First-Year Symposium and culminating with the Senior Capstone. From start to finish, faculty help orient students to the ins and outs of academic life, helping them discover their own journeys.

Personal Relationships with Faculty

Great teaching is a hallmark of what sets Davis & Elkins College apart. The D&E faculty focus on teaching, helping students discover their passions and potential. Students really know their professors at D&E, spending time with them in and out of class, dining together, enjoying special events, going on field trips, and even traveling abroad. A student is never a number. Great teaching at D&E has everything to do with each individual.

Key Learning Outcomes

Every class at D&E shares a set of key learning outcomes: writing, interpersonal and oral communication, and information literacy. Whether one is in advanced composition or English 101, they learn to write and express what they are learning as well as possible.

First-Year Symposium

First-year students at D&E participate in a common, three-week First-Year Symposium to explore democracy. Faculty serve as facilitators for teams of students who attend lectures, classroom meetings, and group discovery sessions. The atmosphere is fun, interactive, and original. Every student gets to encounter new ideas and explore challenges to their old assumptions. 

Academic Support

The Naylor Center for Teaching and Learning and the Writing Center at Davis & Elkins offer extensive academic support to students of all levels and abilities. The fact is, D&E wants students to succeed. To that end, the College has put a team of people and resources together to ensure nothing stands in students’ ways. If anyone needs help or to touch base with others, The Naylor Center is there with tutoring, study groups, special learning spaces, and equipment. Counseling services are available to support learning for every student.

D&E is more than a classroom. Students say it’s like a family, where one can discover who they are and what makes them happy. They find their niches and learn beyond the classroom through lectures, arts events, recreation, and student-focused activities that are fun, interesting, and often adventurous.

Student Activities

Whether a student likes sports, theatre, music, rock climbing, politics, or poetry, they can always find a wide range of events and activities happening at D&E. Faculty and students like lead events with the help of the Campus Activities Board. CAB brings leading entertainment to campus all year long, starting with orientation weekend and continuing through the annual Déjà vu music festival at the end of the academic year.


Students enjoy NCAA DII sports with the “Senator Nation,” D&E’s nickname. They can also play frisbee golf and paintball, having fun on Nuttall Field, the new state-of-the-art AstroTurf soccer/lacrosse field. Anyone can take up yoga, work out in Robbins-Madden Fitness Center, or join an intramural team. They can even work on their golf game at D&E’s Seybolt Indoor Golf Academy.

The Arts

Many campus events double as learning opportunities, such as the annual Dance Festival that includes a full schedule of workshops and performances. Venues on campus are highlighted by the beautifully renovated Myles Center for the Arts, which includes the 1,140-seat Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, the region’s largest performance hall. There is also the Boiler House Theatre, home to D&E theatre, while gallery space for the visual arts is found in several buildings. But that’s not all: arts and entertainment extend beyond the classroom to the city of Elkins, which is a Certified Arts Community. Explore the area and experience another new world.

A Beautiful Location

Elkins has been called a “small town gem.” A community of roughly 7,000, it lies in the heart of West Virginia’s Mountain Highlands, one of eastern America’s most important and beautiful outdoor areas. Nearby scenic and historic destinations include the 900,000+ acre Monongahela National Forest. Regionally, D&E is close to whitewater rafting, mountain biking trails, and multiple well-known ski resorts, including Snowshoe and Canaan Valley – both about an hour from campus.

Many of the most important metropolitan areas of the East, South, and Midwest are within an easy day’s drive. Pittsburgh is 150 miles to the north, and Washington, D.C. is 200 miles to the east. Commercial air service is available at nearby Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Prepared to be the Best

Life after college begins to come to fruition on the first day at Davis & Elkins. Of course, the academic career is at the heart of why students choose D&E, but with the help of the College’s programs, faculty, and staff, they quickly learn to keep their eyes on the future. Living thoughtfully, working successfully, and thriving personally after college are the kinds of successful outcomes that reflect Davis & Elkins College’s mission: To prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.

Davis & Elkins takes pride in preparing students to succeed on campus as well as after graduation. The people from whom students learn at D&E appreciate that success takes many forms: professional achievement, financial security, rewarding relationships, and a personal sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.

As always, Davis & Elkins also intends for its graduates to enter the world as thoughtful citizens and participants in society. This means that D&E is concerned not only with intellectual growth, but also with each student’s social, personal, and spiritual growth. The path to success comes in many forms, and Davis & Elkins College is prepared to help students find them.

Senior Capstone

Every D&E senior is required to complete a senior capstone experience. These projects vary from program to program, but the expectations are the same. Students integrate learning in their chosen fields with the general academic skills they study in other classes.

Models for Success

Davis & Elkins alumni provide models for success in nearly every field. From science to art, medicine, business, and professional sports, D&E alumni are recognized for their achievement on a national and worldwide scale. These role models are part of the College family. Through special events, internships, and Career Services, students are given given the opportunity to network with and learn from D&E alumni.

Career Services

D&E’s Office of Career Services & Student Employment offers career counseling and a variety of other vocational services devoted to preparing students to move into successful careers upon graduation. Emphasis is also placed on networking and the effective and proper use of social media to develop and present oneself. Students are encouraged to begin career planning from day one so that, by their senior year, they are well on their way to professional success in the career of their choice.

Opportunities provided by Career Services & Student Employment include workshops, individual assistance in preparing effective resumes, interview preparation, and help in developing effective and organized job searches. It also works with students to help them cultivate relationships with employers, providing internship opportunities as well as networking experiences. In addition, each spring D&E and the Randolph County Development Authority sponsor a full day job fair on campus that attracts more than 60 employers.



1,812 Total Applicants
1,055 Total Admissions
212 Total Freshmen Enrollment

58.22% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 530
SAT Math 430 550
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 18 24
ACT Math 16 23
ACT English 18 24
ACT Writing    


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Tuition $27,000
Fees $492
Total $27,492
Room and Board (on campus) $8,750
Estimated Total On Campus $36,242


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

94% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
68% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$17,086 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$7,229 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Additional Aid

Your education is an investment in your future. To help you and your family realize this investment, D&E offers a wide variety of financial aid options. Comprehensive charges for 2014-2015 are: $36,742 (Tuition, $27,000; Room and Board, $9,250; Fees, $492). 87% of our students receive scholarships and grants representing on average over 49% of total costs. With work study, and other outside grants, we try to make sure that no student is denied – for financial reasons – the chance to experience D&E.

Paying for college is a responsibility shared by you, your family, outside sources and Davis & Elkins College. Through this combination of student work, family contribution, loans and scholarships, nearly everyone who is admitted and wants to attend D&E is able to do so.

The Financial Aid process at Davis & Elkins is centered on simplicity and speed. You will automatically receive all necessary information on financial aid soon after you apply for admission. No special scholarship application is required.

At the time of your acceptance, you may be awarded a merit scholarship based upon your academic record and Board scores. You may be eligible for one of the following awards: Merit Scholarship ($1,000-$15,000), Highlands Scholarship ($11,000-$14,000), International Scholarship ($11,000). You will receive notification of this award in your initial Award Letter that will be sent to you within a week of your official acceptance to D&E.

Students who are members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are eligible to receive the Presbyterian Scholarship ($5,000). The program highlights D&E’s relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by providing support to Presbyterian students looking for a college experience that honors their faith tradition. Another Presbyterian-based scholarship opportunity is the Covenant Scholarship. Equal to one-half of tuition costs, the Covenant Scholarship is open to children of ordained PC(USA) clergy.

In order to be considered for need-based aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for any federal, state or other college financial assistance. D&E will automatically determine your eligibility and notify you with an updated Award Letter within a week of receiving your FAFSA results from the Department of Education.

Davis & Elkins also offers performance-based awards in Athletics and Fine & Performing Arts. Once accepted for admission, you may audition for these awards. If awarded a performance-based scholarship, you will be notified with an updated Award Letter within a week of the award being made.

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