College News and Fun Facts: Davidson College

Motto: Alenda Lux Ubi Orta Libertas. Translated “Let Learning Be Cherished Where Liberty Has Arisen,” the motto reflects Davidson’s roots in early American history. There is speculation that the phrase refers to the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence that was signed into effect on May 20, 1775.

The Cake Race, established in 1930 by Davidson Coach Pete Whittle, helped him identify hidden track and field talent in the freshman class. Knowing that a mandatory 1.7 mile race around town in the hot Carolina sunshine would be a tall order, even for Davidson students, Coach Whittle came up with a compelling incentive: winners would receive a homemade cake of their own choosing.

  • Color: Black and Red
  • Mascot: Will E. Wildcat
  • Admit Rate: 19.3% (Class of 2022). Read more