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Davis & Elkins College

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About Davis & Elkins College

Davis & Elkins College, also known as D&E, is a small liberal arts college located in Elkins, West Virginia, United States. The college president is G.T. "Buck" Smith. Smith assumed his duties as president on an interim basis on July 1, 2015, returning to the institution after serving as President Emeritus since 2013 and as President from 2008 to 2013.

Campus information

Views of the Appalachian Mountains and of Elkins grace the campus. Flowering shrubs and trees grow in profusion around the halls and along the walks and roads. Most of the buildings are clustered together on the front campus on a ridge overlooking the city. Farther back on the north section of the campus are the Eshleman Science Center, the Chapel, the Hermanson Center, and the athletic fields. Most of the buildings are named for benefactors of the College.

Leisure-time activities are held in the Ice House, outdoor pavilion, the Student Center, and the Memorial Gymnasium, while Liberal Arts Hall, the Charles E. Albert Hall, Hermanson Center, and the Eshleman Science Center are used primarily for classes.
The Davis & Elkins Historic District was established in 1996 by the U. S. Department of the Interior. It includes the following four buildings.

Graceland Inn and Robert C. Byrd Conference Center, comprised of Graceland mansion and Allen Hall, opened in July 1996. Graceland is a stone mansion, which was completed in 1893 as the summer home of Senator Henry G. Davis. From 1940 to 1971 it was used for student housing. It has been completely restored and is now operated as a country inn with restaurant, which is open to the public. Graceland contains the Erickson Alumni Center and is a National Historic Landmark. Students majoring in the Hospitality & Tourism Management program have educational experiences in this beautiful example of the Victorian Queen Anne style.

Halliehurst, built in 1891 by Senator Stephen B. Elkins as a summer home, was donated to the college in the 1920s by Mrs. Hallie Davis Elkins, Senator Henry G. Davis' daughter. When the College first opened, Halliehurst was a female dormitory and has since been a center of social activity for both the college and the city of Elkins. Halliehurst was completely restored in the 1990s and is now a National Historic Landmark. The Office of the President, Office of Admission, Development Office, including Alumni Relations and Church Relations, and the Office of the Director of Business Enterprises and Auxiliary Finances are located in this magnificent example of Victorian architecture.

The Icehouse is an historic cylindrical stone building which was built in the late 1800s by Senator Stephen B. Elkins as a place to store ice in the summer. It was refurbished in 1969 and is now a beer only campus pub. This is a private facility for students and invited guests only.
The Gatehouse is perhaps the most familiar of all campus buildings because of its welcoming location at the main college entrance. Originally built in 1890, the Gatehouse, as the name indicates, served as the home for the original gatekeepers and caretakers of Halliehurst Estate. In 1991, it was renovated and was used as a guest house for the College for many years. Since 2012, the Office of the Communications and Marketing Department is housed in this facility.

Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, West Virginia  vibrant community of nearly 10,000. The setting is rural,the pace is relaxed, and the atmosphere is friendly.

Students and residents are served by a modern hospital, churches representing most of the major denominations, motels,restaurants, several small shopping centers, a cinema, and an active downtown business district. The local airport serves private commuters.

The College is located in the center of a rapidly developing outdoor recreation area, which offers numerous diversions for students during their leisure hours. The sprawling Monongahela National Forest lies just beyond the city limits and abounds with trails and clear mountain streams for hiking, hunting, and fishing. Students will find an abundance of scenic and historic sites within a 60-mile radius of the College campus. These include the National Radio Observatory at Greenbank, the Cass Scenic Railroad, Kumbrabow State Forest, Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Blackwater Falls State Park, Audra State Park, Snowshoe, Timberline and other ski resorts, and the quaint Swiss-German village of Helvetia which still observes many old world customs.


The College is a residential institution that believes in the educational value of the residence life experience. For this
reason we require all students to live on campus, except those students living at home with their parents, married students, students with children, and students with a disability who need facilities the College is unable to provide, and independent students over 23 years of age. Application is made, in writing, through the Student Life Office.



Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 2 English Language 1 Law 1


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