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

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 thoughtful engagement in the world.


Just hours from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., D&E is home to a vibrant arts community as well as 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 at which big things happen.



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
805 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
33% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
32 full-time faculty
47 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

School Location

Located in Elkins, West Virginia, D&E is 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh, and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. Elkins is a quaint community in the Mountain Highlands that offers unique shops, diverse dining, and endless opportunities to experience the great outdoors.


66% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2016

45% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 10%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 5%
White 62%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 20%


Davis & Elkins College competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Home of the Senators, D&E’s colors are red and white. Davis & Elkins College athletics is committed to developing excellence in student-athletes, coaches, and staff through education, engagement, character, and competition in 19 varsity sports.

Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field
Women: acrobatics & tumbling, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball


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

More Distinctions

  • Nationally recognized for the innovative Highlands Scholars Program

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

  • Home of the internationally renowned Augusta Heritage Center

  • The campus is a National Historic District

  • First-Year Seminar and Senior Capstone Experiences

  • Centers of Distinction in 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 College. 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 prefers that people come with an open mind. They are encouraged to explore classes they may have never dreamed of liking. No matter what, they can count on their professors and mentors to help them realize their goals and plan their success. Participation comes naturally thanks to D&E’s small classes and hands-on learning opportunities.


The Augusta Heritage Center is internationally renowned for its programs in traditional music, dance, folklore, and crafts. It is best known for its workshops, which are held on campus every summer. In addition, the Appalachian studies course work connects D&E students to the art and magic of America’s roots and traditions throughout Augusta. This diverse array of events highlight just small part of D&E’s rich arts community.


Davis & Elkins College is a leader in sustainability studies, offering West Virginia’s first Bachelor of Arts program in the 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 three different 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 outdoor recreation management and hospitality program, as well as the tourism management program, can help point their passions to rewarding professions. Students can even join internships at area adventure destinations.

The Davis & Elkins College curriculum supports a close connection between students and faculty, beginning with the College’s first-year seminar 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 primarily 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.

Academic Support

The Naylor Learning Center and the Writing Center at Davis & Elkins College offer extensive academic support to students of all levels and abilities. The fact is, D&E wants students to succeed and, to that end, it has put a team of people and resources together to ensure that nothing stands in students’ ways. If anyone needs help or to touch base with others, The Naylor Learning Center is available with tutors, study groups, special learning spaces, and equipment. Academic counseling services are also 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 interesting and often adventurous.

Student Activities

Whether a student likes sports, theatre, music, rock climbing, politics, or poetry, they can find a wide range of events and activities happening at D&E. Faculty and students alike lead events with the help of the Campus Activities Board (CAB). 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 Senator Nation. They can also play frisbee golf and paintball and have fun on Nuttall Field, the new, state-of-the-art AstroTurf outdoor soccer/lacrosse field with lights. Anyone can take up yoga, play a game of basketball, work out in Robbins-Madden Fitness Center, go for a swim in George A. Myles Pool, 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, and art studios for drawing, painting, ceramics, and printmaking. There is also the Boiler House Theatre, home to D&E theatre, while gallery space for the visual arts can be found spread throughout several buildings. But that’s not all; arts and entertainment extend beyond the campus to the city of Elkins, which is a Certified Arts Community. Anyone who explores the area experiences 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 of which are 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 College. The academic career is at the heart of why students choose D&E, of course, but with the help of the College’s programs, faculty, and staff, students also 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 College 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 College 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 theirs.

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 College 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 truly remain a valued part of the College family. Through special events, internships, and the Office of Career Services, students are 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 that are devoted to preparing students for 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; 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. The office also works with students to help them cultivate relationships with employers, providing internship opportunities and networking experiences.



1,853 total applicants
935 total admissions
221 total freshman enrollment

50.46% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 420 530
SAT Math 440 530
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 17 23
ACT Math 16 22
ACT English 16 23
ACT Writing    



Tuition $28,000
Fees $842
Total $28,842
Room and Board (on campus) $9,250
Estimated Total On Campus $38,092


Additional Aid

Education is an investment in one’s future. To help a variety of families realize this investment, D&E offers a wide variety of financial aid options. 88% of students receive scholarships and grants that represent, on average, over 49% of total costs. With work study and other outside grants, the College tries to make sure that no student is denied—for financial reasons—the chance to experience D&E. Through a 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 College is centered on simplicity and speed. All necessary financial aid information is provided soon after applying for admission. No special scholarship application is required.

At the time of acceptance, a student may be awarded a merit scholarship based on their academic record and Board scores. One may be eligible for one of the following awards: Merit Scholarship ($1,000-$15,000), Highlands Scholarship ($11,000-$20,000), International Scholarship ($11,000). The notification of this award is included in the initial Award Letter that is sent within two weeks of one’s 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, one must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for any federal, state, or other college financial assistance. D&E will automatically determine each student’s eligibility and notify them with an updated Award Letter within two weeks of receiving their FAFSA results from the Department of Education.

Davis & Elkins College also offers performance-based awards in athletics and creative arts. Once accepted for admission, a student may audition for these awards. If awarded a performance-based scholarship, a student will be notified with an updated Award Letter within a week of the award being made.