Davidson, North Carolina, a city of about 11,000 residents in the central portion of the state, was named after Davidson College, which is located in the center of the community. The school's prominence has resulted in a community that supports student living through a variety of recreational and social opportunities. The college is located less than one mile from the shore of Lake Norman, and adjacent to South Main Street, where off campus housing is available for interested students. Student housing has appeared throughout the community since Davidson College was established in 1837, with a Presbyterian affiliation. Today dormitories and Davidson College apartments house the approximately 1,900 enrolled students.
According to Davidson College's mission statement, the school's dedication to its Presbyterian heritage remain strong, but student living at the college "extends beyond the Christian community to the whole of humanity and necessarily includes openness to and respect for the world's various religious traditions."
Academically, the institution ranks among the top schools in the country, and is usually named among the nation's top ten liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News and World Report. Davidson offers majors in 23 subject areas, as well as 15 interdisciplinary concentrations and options to design one's own course of study.
While pursuing a degree, many Davidson College students consider renting off campus housing. Lake Norman dominates the local culture, offering bank fishing, eight public boating access areas, and the relaxing atmosphere of Lake Norman State Park. In between the Lake and the Davidson campus, students with a college apartment may enjoy the small but vibrant downtown area. This district is home to popular student hangouts, including Restaurant X, Summit Coffee and Fuel Pizza. Many of these attractions are on Main Street, though Griffith Street and Walton Street also provide many options for entertainment.
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