Students Say

For those seeking out “a small, liberal arts school with quality academics as well as a penchant for producing students who are well-rounded citizens,” Denison University deserves a closer look. The school is “set in a beautiful and very safe town” in rural Ohio and offers “an intelligent and welcoming community ready and willing to help others” as well as “a great support system.” Denison offers a campus filled with “continuous construction of new facilities” where “students have diverse opportunities to explore their talents and improve their skills through campus jobs, clubs, internships, and the election of double majors and minors that don’t necessarily fit together.”

Overview

Applicants
4,898
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
690 - 590
SAT Math
690 - 570
ACT Composite
31 - 26

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

For those seeking out “a small, liberal arts school with quality academics as well as a penchant for producing students who are well-rounded citizens,” Denison University deserves a closer look. The school is “set in a beautiful and very safe town” in rural Ohio and offers “an intelligent and welcoming community ready and willing to help others” as well as “a great support system.” Denison offers a campus filled with “continuous construction of new facilities” where “students have diverse opportunities to explore their talents and improve their skills through campus jobs, clubs, internships, and the election of double majors and minors that don’t necessarily fit together.” “The classes are challenging,” and “the academics are competitive and foster interesting class selection.” One student also admits, “General education requirements, although somewhat tedious, provide opportunities for students to grow in areas that they normally would not consider investing their time in.”

The crown jewels of the school’s academic life seem to be the professors who are “tough, but usually fair.” One student raves, “At Denison, we have professors that can make a poem out of a picture and a mountain out of a math problem. We are so privileged to be surrounded by scholars who are passionate about teaching and learning what they love.” Students get a chance to form close bonds with their professors thanks to the “small student-to-faculty ratio” as well as the high accessibility of the professors outside of the classroom. According to one student, “As far as professor availability goes, I see my professors on campus so often that I’m starting to suspect they sleep in their offices...” Students keep it all in perspective and recognize that “although academics are certainly important here, Denison teaches you how to shape what you know so that you become a more curious, passionate, and interesting individual.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
236
with Terminal Degree
220

125
Men
111
Women
52
Minority
13
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
98%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
81%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Michael Eisner
The Tornante Company

Richard Lugar
Former U.S. Senator, State of Indiana

Hal Holbrook
Actor

Sara Fritz
Writer

Jennifer Garner
Actress

George Bodenheimer
President, ESPN and ABC Sports

Steve Carell
Actor, Comedian

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
91
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 28

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Denison’s price tag is $56,850 once you factor in housing, board, and fees. It’s not cheap, but it is in line with many small private liberal arts colleges around the country. What sets Denison apart is the high percentage of the student body that finds its financial need met. In addition to completing the all-important FAFSA, students interested in attending Denison should aim high academically—the school offers more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships for first year students.

Bang For Your Buck

Among the reasons students cite for choosing Denison, the beauty of the campus, the rigor of academics, and the broad range of academic opportunities provided by a liberal arts education are first on everyone’s lips. Classes are small, belying “a commitment to close professor-student relationships” and tight-knit community. Students are also thrilled with their generous financial aid packages, and access to resources and opportunities. Many note that their offers were simply too good to refuse, and that their aid makes Denison even more affordable than many state schools.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,053

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,254

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,127

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,791

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,250
Required Fees
$1,040
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$650

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Denison students generally agree that “we have a reputation as a WASP-y, EastCoast-in-Ohio school, but that is slowly changing.” And while many students at Denison can be described as “tall, good-looking, and dressed in Vineyard Vines, J. Crew, or RL,” one student explains, “At first, most students will feel like preppy New Englanders, but if you don’t conform to this image it’s still easy to find friends.” This would include the environmentalists who “are a pretty big presence on campus now.” At Denison, many seem to agree, “Students are also extremely involved, almost everyone is involved in at least two to three clubs or activities, and many people hold some sort of leadership role.” Ultimately, “Denison is a place for real people who love caring about each other and learning, [and] if you don’t like having a close-knit group of people there to support you, then don’t go to Denison.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,280
Out of State
76%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

3.98%
Asian
7.48%
African-American
10.84%
Hispanic
71.78%
Caucasian
1.99%
Unknown
7.81%
International

58% female
42% male
76% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Life here is a big blur of class, athletics, parties, and down time.” That seems to be the general consensus among students at this school. In other words, “whether you enjoy sports, Greek life, service or quidditch it can all be found at Denison!” Students highlight that “There’s a good party scene, largely dominated by fraternities, but there are more and more non-Greek options” and “at least 50 percent of the campus is out partying on any given Friday or Saturday night.” Offering another perspective, one student notes, “Parties happen every weekend, but there are plenty of people who prefer to chill with friends in the dorm rooms and just watch movies.” For those interested in exploring life off campus, “Granville is small but cute, [and] there’s plenty to eat at a good price,” and “some cute shops.” “Many also choose Columbus for clubbing, the alternative and bucolic Homestead for random parties, or even the Broadway area in Granville for dining in the ten-ish big restaurant options, drinking at Brew’s, or just studying in River Road or Village Coffee Co. coffee shops. Whit’s Frozen Custard is great too.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
99%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
90

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
175
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
11

30% join a fraternity
46% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

61% participate in intramural sports
22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Big Red)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Big Red)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Outlook, a student organization is dedicated to educating the campus about gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues. Outlook also serves as a social and support group for GLBT students.

Minority Support Groups: Office of Multicultural Affairs (admin. dept.); Black Student Union; Asian-American Assoc.; LaFuerza Latina (Hispanic/Latino students); Wacayehsza--Native American Assoc.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Capital University

Sustainability

Denison takes a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainability that balances environmental, economic and social responsibility. This strategy involves the entire campus: facilities, programs, policies, faculty, staff and students. Denison students have the opportunity to live off campus at the Homestead, a student-run, intentional community with a focus on ecological sustainability that houses twelve students per semester in cabins that incorporate a number of green building design principles. Many of the 170 student-run organizations are centered around sustainability issues such agriculture, a bike share program and other green initiatives. The Environmental Studies Program is one of the top ten majors on campus and it and other academic programs require students to work on assignments, research, and internships related to sustainability both on and off campus. Recycling is comprehensive, including construction waste and metal, and composting operations for yard waste and all dining waste. Partnerships with local farms and businesses enhance the local foodshed that will ultimately allow Denison to source nearly 70 percent of its food locally. The college is committed to solar energy with solar arrays located on three buildings, and an undergoing development of a 2MW array that will offset 15 percent of its energy use and 10 percent of its carbon footprint. Two campus buildings have been awarded LEED certification and all future construction projects will be built to LEED standards. As a member of the Founding Circle of the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge,” the college has invested more than $1.8 million in its green revolving loan fund and energy efficiency upgrades are in every campus building. 

Green Rating
95
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
23%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
125

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell Hewlett-Packard

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mollie Rodenbeck
Visit Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
Box 740
Granville, OH 43023

Phone
800-336-4766

Email
admissions@denison.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
Swasey Chapel
Biological Reserve and Polly Anderson Fi
Burke Hall Art Gallery
Burton D. Morgan Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Granville Historical Society Museum
Dawes Arboretum
Easton Town Center
Longaberger Homestead
Nationwide Arena District

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays Sept-April
8:30am-4pm and 8:45-noon
800-336-4766

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@denison.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Sun-Thurs nights only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Port Columbus International Airport is 22 miles (a 35-minute drive) from campus. During the academic year (September-May), Denison University provides a Student Shuttle service between the campus and the airport; call the admissions office 2 weeks before your visit to arrange for this shuttle. During the summer, visitors can rent a car at the airport or take a taxi to and from the campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-70, exit to Ohio Rte. 37 W.; the university is near the intersection of Rte. 37 with Rtes. 16 and 661. From the north, take I-71 S.; exit to Ohio Rte. 13 (south of Mansfield). Take Rte. 13 S. through Mount Vernon; then make a right turn onto Rte. 661. Take Rte. 661 S. into Granville; you will pass the Denison athletic fields. The university is on Rte. 37 just west of Rte. 661.

Local Accommodations
If you have a morning visit scheduled at Denison, it's worth making the effort to spend the preceding night in Granville. The first of 2 delightful inns in this picture-postcard town (a 5-minute drive from the admissions office) is the Buxton Inn (313 E. Broadway; 740-587-0001). Founded in 1812, it is still operating in its original building in the middle of the village. Another gem is the Granville Inn (314 E. Broadway; 740-587-3333). It's also moderately priced and provides a continental breakfast. This is an English Tudor manor house with carved oak paneling and lots of character. It includes a pleasant restaurant. Just outside of Granville, another outstanding overnight and dining location is the Cherry Valley Lodge (2299 Cherry Valley Road; 740-788-1200).
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Key Stats

4,898
Applicants
2,280
Size
51%
Acceptance Rate
1270
SAT Scores

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