Student Life

A small, diverse community where friends, staff and faculty feel like family.

Davis & Elkins Fireworks

Fun is more about who you’re with than what you’re doing. At Davis & Elkins, strong relationships with friends and faculty who care about you are what make campus engagement fulfilling. It’s a cross-cultural community with people from all over the world.

Out of those relationships comes a campus that’s alive with activity. From the residence halls to the fitness center, student organizations, places to eat, and events to attend on and off campus, there’s a lot going on here!

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Residence Life

If you’re coming to D&E as a freshman, we encourage you to build close relationships with other students through communal living. Ask just about any D&E alum about their college experience. They’ll tell you all about the lifelong friends they met in our residence halls.

D&E has five residence halls:

  • 1 all-female – Roxanna Booth Hall
  • 1 all-male – Darby Hall
  • 2 co-ed – Gribble Hall and Moyer Hall (though each floor is single gender)
  • 1 with suites for upperclassmen – the Presidential Center

Student Government

The D&E Student Senate is an active governing body where students are leading the way every day. Members amplify voices among the student body, influence campus policymaking and help make the D&E community stronger.

Student Organizations

Other organizations include:

  • Senator Event Board
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Appalachian Ensemble
  • International Student Org.
  • Student Veterans Association
  • Chapel Team
  • Many Greek organizations (fraternities and sororities)

Spiritual Community

Davis & Elkins College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). We welcome Presbyterians, Christians from other denominations and people of all faiths.

  • Sunday services are offered at Robbins Memorial Chapel.
  • Campus Bible study is offered through the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.
  • The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) offers many opportunities for spiritual engagement.

In addition, the Morrison-Novakovic Center organizes service projects for recipients of the Faith & Public Policy Scholarship and provides housing for upperclassmen in the program.

Around Campus

Food & Fun On Campus

At the Madden Student Center, you’ll find a game area, bookstore and the Benedum Dining Room. Most of your meals will be there, but the Cadillac Daddy Cafe also offers light meals.

The Caboose Cafe is a decommissioned train car turned coffee shop. It sits beside Lake Toalsted, a normally placid body of water that gets pretty choppy during the annual Dorm Wars tug of war competition.

On Toasty Tuesdays, you can head over to Halliehurst (Senator Elkins’ historic summer home, housing Admissions and the Office of the President today) for hot chocolate, cookies and kettle corn. Then on Free Ice Cream Fridays, an ice cream truck brings the treats to you!

Hanging Out & Working Out

One of the most popular places on campus for studying and just hanging out is the Booth Library. With 24-hour access, students are there … well, all the time. That is, when there’s not a huge concert going on in the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium or a more intimate one in the Icehouse.

The Stirrup Gallery at Halliehurst and the Myles Center for the Arts provide a more reflective experience surrounded by exquisite works of art, while Robbins Memorial Chapel is the center of spiritual life on campus.

Over at the Robbins-McFadden Fitness Center, a pool and workout area is open to both the student body and the public. Student athletes enjoy an exclusive workout section of Martin Fieldhouse.

Hitting the Town

The City of Elkins is a small but vibrant arts community, featuring the Randolph County Community Arts Center, mom-and-pop shops downtown, unique restaurants, a farmer’s market on Saturdays and a city park just off the D&E campus.

While the Mountain State Forest Festival is the biggest event in Elkins, bringing in tens of thousands each fall, the city puts on a mini-festival every month called First Fridays. There are often free outdoor concerts at the old railyard downtown, and movie theaters offer D&E students free admission on Tuesdays.

The Mountain State Lifestyle

The rail trail runs by the D&E campus, through town and out into the glorious hill country here in the Allegheny Highlands.

With Seneca Rocks, Seneca and Bowden Caverns, the Dolly Sods Wilderness at Monongahela National Forest, New River Gorge, the Cheat River featuring the rapids of Woolwine Run all nearby, there is no end to what you can explore and experience in nature.

If you love to hike, fish, go caving or mountain biking, skiing, rafting or canoeing … or if you just love exploring and photographing the natural world … there is a place here for you!