Students Say

This tiny midwestern liberal arts mainstay is Ohio’s oldest private college, and is filled with “uniquely quirky and motivated” students and faculty alike. The school’s “academic vigor” and intense focus on writing (it is known as “The Writers’ College”) are two of Kenyon’s hallmarks, and the curriculum provides “a well-rounded liberal arts education in which emphasis [is] placed on critical thinking and class discussion.” “Even though I don’t want to be an English major, I think any college that values writing as much as Kenyon does has its priorities straight,” says a student of the highly valued workforce skill.

Overview

Applicants
6,635
Acceptance Rate
25%
Average HS GPA
3.94

GPA Breakdown

68%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
620 - 730
SAT Math
610 - 690
SAT Writing
620 - 720
ACT Composite
28 - 32

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)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

This tiny midwestern liberal arts mainstay is Ohio’s oldest private college, and is filled with “uniquely quirky and motivated” students and faculty alike. The school’s “academic vigor” and intense focus on writing (it is known as “The Writers’ College”) are two of Kenyon’s hallmarks, and the curriculum provides “a well-rounded liberal arts education in which emphasis [is] placed on critical thinking and class discussion.” “Even though I don’t want to be an English major, I think any college that values writing as much as Kenyon does has its priorities straight,” says a student of the highly valued workforce skill.

The school “really knows how to offer a huge diversity of programs and activities to a very small campus,” and “it is honestly hard to find a professor who is not thrilled by the content that they are teaching.” The faculty is a deeply caring bunch who “love learning just as much as the students” and challenge them to succeed, and they make it known that “your voice is valued in class discussion.” “I once met with a professor for an hour every day leading up to the final because I was so nervous about it, and he hardly batted an eye at taking that much time out of his day for only one student,” says a sophomore.

“Small, individualized class sizes” make it so that classes are “terrifically interesting,” and “out of class work is always meaningful.” Students don’t compete with each other when it comes to grades so “the cooperative learning environment makes it less stressful,” and though “you will spend the vast majority of your time studying … it is also extremely rewarding.” The “relatively” open curriculum allows students to take courses that they are truly interested in, and “there is a wide variety of options available in terms of classes” for students to develop new passions.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
203
with Terminal Degree
192

112
Men
91
Women
38
Minority
4
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine and Studio Arts
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Paul Newman
Actor/Philanthropist

Rutherford B. Hayes
President of USA

Carl Djerassi
Scientist/Writer

Allison Janney
Actor

Bill Watterson
Cartoonist

John Green
Author/Vlogger

E.L. Doctorow
Novelist

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
93
Application Deadlines
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Kenyon College has an annual tuition of $45,500, and students can expect to spend an additional $11,560 on room and board. However, Kenyon has a strong commitment to bringing in talented students regardless of their financial situation. All students with financial aid needs can expect to find help at Kenyon. The school makes sure they meet students’ financial needs for all their years attending the school, even if those needs change over the course of the student’s college career. About half of students will take out loans to attend Kenyon. All told, the average Kenyon student can expect to accrue $18,902 of debt over the course of their college career.

Bang For Your Buck

The small classroom sizes and talented and personable faculty are real draws for Kenyon’s students. With about 200 faculty members and only 1,600 students, the faculty-to-student ratio is simply outstanding. A full 94 percent of freshmen return for sophomore year, and 83 percent graduate within four years. The college boasts a diverse student body, “ethnically but also in terms of types of people and personality,” that makes for a stimulating atmosphere. As the administration explains, “Life in this small college community is fueled by the talents and enthusiasm of our students, so the admission staff seeks students who have a range of talents and interests.” Kenyon also has a commitment to student success beyond college. All seniors work with the career-development office to help plan their postcollege life and career, whatever path the student chooses to take.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,450

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,039

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,900

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,323

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
46%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$39,738

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,220
Required Fees
$1,920
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,900

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

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

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
No

Overall

Students Say

The word most often used to describe Kenyon students in "quirky." There are a variety of types, but “most people have a quirk or five.” There are “a lot of hipster students and then a good selection of athletes” at Kenyon, but everyone “tends to be extremely friendly, well-rounded, and smart.” Everyone is seriously involved in academics and extracurriculars, and “you’re either a jack of all trades here or a master of four.” There aren’t really many cliques; “someone on the football team could just as easily be in the community choir or quiz bowl club.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,662
Out of State
78%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
41

Demographics

55% female
45% male
78% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

People come to this “small campus with a big sense of community” because they know it will be a good fit, and it shows in the satisfaction levels here. “I stepped on campus and noticed two things: everyone was happy and the campus was gorgeous,” says one of many happy students. The school is a place for “smart, forward-thinking students who study hard but also understand the necessity of taking breaks and having a good time on weekends.” People at Kenyon are taught “to see, discuss, and connect the dots”; “Even though I’m not a philosophy major I feel just as at home in those conversations as I do when I discuss Mahler or the next big party,” says a student.

The “utterly pastoral” campus is “absolutely lovely”; “It’s like going to school in a Marlowe poem—and with all of the English majors running around, most people know who Marlowe is,” says a student. The town of Gambier is “in the middle of nowhere, so campus can get to be claustrophobic at times,” but it provides its fair share of entertainment. “Greeks throw great parties [and] intramurals are popular, as are activist groups for everything from gender awareness to Palestine,” and the nearby Kokosing Gap Trail is oft-used. The KAC (Kenyon Athletic Center) is unparalleled for a Division III school, and the “dining hall has an amazing commitment to local food.” Partying on Wednesdays and the weekends “is a typical activity to unwind after a challenging week of academics.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
100%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
87
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
72

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
128
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
5

22% join a fraternity
13% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

28% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lords)
12 Sports

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

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

Student Services


Sustainability

Kenyon College’s strong sense of community and commitment to interdisciplinary study marry well with the fundamentally global questions explored in the study of sustainability. But Kenyon’s commitment to the environment goes beyond an academic ethic. The college’s Food for Thought program provides students with the opportunity to develop intellectual and practical knowledge regarding the region’s food and farming systems. The Brown Family Environmental Center is another experientially focused initiative on campus that provides students and the surrounding community with opportunities to study regional organisms and habitats in an effort to help conserve the environmental heritage of the Kokosing River Valley. The center worked with the Environmental Campus Organization (ECO), a student-run club, to recharge the school’s recycling program by improving the number and placement of recycling bins on campus. Kenyon’s Library and Information Services (LBIS) is exploring many different ways to reduce the environmental impact of the school’s technology infrastructure. The college has recently purchased two Global Electric Motorcars for use by maintenance staff, a reduction in cost from $10 to $0.10 per day! Kenyon has created a dining hall composting system that diverts 6,000 pounds of waste from the landfill per week, and representatives from Kenyon’s environmentally-focused student groups have helped complete an energy audit of the campus and calculate its greenhouse gas inventory. A new organization, Kenyon Green Alumni, was founded to connect students interested in green careers with opportunities and mentors in the field. And don’t forget the classroom— the Kenyon Certificate Program in ecological agriculture is aimed at providing “practical knowledge regarding food and farming systems.”

Green Rating
87
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
51%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
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
13

Average Number of PC's per Lab
22

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
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

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

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
Ransom Hall
Gambier, OH 43022-9623

Phone
800-848-2468

Email
admissions@kenyon.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Kenyon College Bookstore
Kenyon Athletic Center
Gund Gallery
Brown Family Environmental Center
Peirce Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Kokosing Gap Trail - walking; biking;
Mt. Vernon multiplex movie theater
Hunan Garden (Chinese restaurant)
Fiesta Mexicana (Mexican restaurant)
Village Inn Restaurant & Pub

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday & Saturdays during school
8:30am-4:30pm and 9am-noon Saturday
800-848-2468

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-1pm (hourly)
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Call for availability

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@kenyon.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Seniors only - Sun, Mon, Thurs, one night

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Port Columbus International Airport is approximately 50 miles from campus. Call the admissions office receptionist to arrange for Kenyon's shuttle service from the airport. (Note that this service is not free.) Rental cars (subject to usual age restrictions) are available at the airport if you prefer to drive.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Port Columbus International Airport, take I-270 North to Ohio Rte. 161 East. Follow 161 to the exit for New Albany/Johnstown (U.S. Route 62), and turn onto 62. After about 20 miles, turn left onto Ohio Route 661 north toward Mount Vernon. 661 merges with Ohio Rte. 13 south of Mount Vernon. In Mount Vernon, look for the small, green Kenyon College signs. At the intersection of 13 and Ohio Route 229, turn right (east) onto 229 (East Gambier St.) and proceed about 5 miles to the college. Kenyon will be on your left.

Local Accommodations
You can roll out of bed and onto campus from the Kenyon Inn (740-427-2202), a pleasant place with rates at the low end of the moderate range. The Gambier House (740-427-2668) is also located in Gambier. Gambier is a small village, so you might prefer to stay in the larger town of Mount Vernon, a short drive (10 minutes) away. Accommodations in Mount Vernon include the Russell-Cooper House (115 East Gambier St.; 740-397-8638), a restored Victorian mansion with rooms that are moderately priced (with breakfast), the Comfort Inn (150 Howard St., 740-392-6886), and the Holiday Inn Express (11555 Upper Gilchrist Rd., 740-392-1900).
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Key Stats

6,635
Applicants
1,662
Size
25%
Acceptance Rate
1320
SAT Scores

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