Denison University campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • East Asian Studies
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

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

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

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 suburban Central Ohio near Columbus, 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," including academic, residential, and recreational spaces, 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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Michael Eisner
Former Chair and CEO, The Walt Disney Company

Richard Lugar
Former U.S. Senator

Steve Carell
Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor

George Bodenheimer
Former President and CEO, ESPN and ABC Sports

Jennifer Garner
Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress

Hal Holbrook
Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor

Susan Whiting
Former Chair and CEO, Nielsen Media Research

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Students at Denison 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 various summer research programs pay for dozens of students from all academic areas to stay on campus and conduct research; the service-learning organization has a fleet of cars used to provide transportation for local service; and the school provides a good number of internship stipends that are connected to the student, not a specific internship. The Knowlton Office of Career Exploration puts together on-campus recruitment events, career fairs, mock interviews, and cover letter/resume critiques for students, supporting them on their career path. Of the Denison graduates who visited, 44 percent said they felt their job was meaningful to the world; the average starting salary was $47,500.

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 28

Required Forms


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, evidencing "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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
72% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

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."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

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

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."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

21% join a fraternity
34% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

49% participate in intramural sports
23% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Big Red)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Big Red)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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. 

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple Dell Hewlett-Packard

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Mollie Galano
Campus Visit Coordinator

Admissions Office
Box 740
Granville, OH 43023



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
Bryant Arts Center
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
Biological Reserve and Anderson Field Station
F.W. Olin Science Hall
Burton D. Morgan Center, home of the Center for Career Exploration and Organizational Studies; Burke Hall of Music and Art, home of Denison Museum; Swasey Chapel, home of the Vail Performing Arts Series and a number of annual music and arts festivals; Slayter Hall Student Union, center of student life and home of many student organizations

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Village of Granville: Shops, fine and casual dining, galleries, museums
Easton Town Center in Columbus: Shops, cinema, fine and casual dining
The Arena District of Columbus: Sports, entertainment, casual dining
The Short North Arts District in Columbus: Galleries, fine and casual dinin
The Columbus Museum of Art: Traditional and modern art exhibitions
-The Ohio Theatre in Columbus: Live musicals and concerts -Downtown Columbus: Corporate and government internships, community service projects -The City of Newark: Community service projects, grocery and department stores, casual dining

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon.-Fri.: all year; Sat.: Sept.-April
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 8:45 a.m.-noon Sat.

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Available Sunday through Thursday nights only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Port Columbus International Airport is 25 miles (a 30-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
When coming from the east, west and south, the best approach is from Interstate 70. Granville is 10 miles north of I-70 (Exit 126) on Ohio Route 37 West. When Route 37 turns off on the divided highway outside of Granville, continue straight ahead on Ohio Route 661 into Granville. Route 661 takes you to the center of Granville. At the traffic light, continue north on North Main Street one block to the main campus entrance. If coming from the north, you should exit Interstate 71 at Bellville and take Ohio Route 13 south into Mt. Vernon. From there, Ohio Route 661 south will bring you the 23 miles to the North Gate entrance of Denison.

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).