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Explore: How to Apply

The 2024-2025 application is now closed. The 2025-2026 application information will be posted in late 2024.

Create an Account/Login for the Application System

  • Access our Application System at
    • You will need to create a unique account per student applying. Please make sure the name in the top right-hand corner of the account portal is the STUDENT/APPLICANT’S NAME before creating an application.
    • Parents will need create their own separate accounts and be added as a collaborator to the student’s application.
  • Once you are logged in, select Davidson Explore from the list of available programs and create an application.

Verify Email Correspondence

  • Email notifications are sent out at several points throughout the application and admissions process. If your email account is not verified or you are not receiving the emails, you will miss out on important information.
  • Add and to your safe sender list and notify your recommenders and all parent/guardians to do the same. This will minimize the chance of emails/notifications sent by the application system and the applications and assessment team being classified as spam or junk.

Complete the Application by January 31, 2024

Applications are not considered submitted for review until all tasks are marked as complete and have a green check mark, and the application has been submitted. The SUBMIT button will be available when all tasks are completed and you are in the Student/Owner’s Account while viewing the application.

  • Applicant Information
  • Parent Information
  • Demographic Information (optional)
  • Young Scholar Status
  • Class Selection
  • School Information
  • Qualifying Criteria (required for Non-DYS)
  • Recommender (required for Non-DYS)
  • Parent Agreement
  • Application Fee

Decision Process Calendar

Application due1/31/24
Assessment information emailed to qualified applicants2/20/24
Online assessment opens3/01/24
Online assessment closes3/15/24
Decision letters emailed5/03/24
Intent to enroll due5/17/24