Location: Gambier, OH
Percent Women: 53%
Tuition (one year): $56,810, including room & board
Most Popular Majors: Economic, English Literature, Psychology, Biology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 33%
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Why Choose Kenyon?
"The minute I stepped on campus for my tour, I knew Kenyon was going to be my choice, right then and there. There is something special about this place...you have to visit to feel it."
"It has all the best qualities that a liberal arts school should offer--small classes, productive work environment, vibrant social life--without any of the drawbacks of bigger, more pre-professional schools (competition, anonymity). You feel like you belong here."
"I chose Kenyon for the class sizes, the accessible professors, and for the scenery--I stayed for the people. No where else can you immerse yourself in a community of passionate, driven, compassionate, open-minded individuals as you can on this campus."
"When I visited as a prospie (prospective student), the first thing I noticed was how open and friendly people were. People smiled and said hello to me as I was walking down Middle Path even though they didn't know who I was...I already felt like a welcome member of the communtiy."
"Kenyon in the fall is beautiful. Kenyon in the winter is beautiful. Kenyon in the spring is beautiful. I could go into business making postcards of Kenyon scenery."
"Kenyon started implementing The Good Samaritan Policy a few years ago and I think that was definitely a good move...I think it reduced the fear of Campus Security and made it so that people think of their own and friends' safety first, instead of worrying about getting in trouble. It creates a safer, more community-centered environment"
"The KAC (Kenyon Athletic Center) is AMAZING. Seriously such a beautiful building with amazing facilities and just visually pleasing. I love how it's the community and faculty athletic center too...it's always amusign when you wind up on the treadmill next to your history professor or the owner of the restaurant in town."
"They do senior-events really well here...senior year is hard because you have comps (senior exercises) looming overhead and job searches and it's just pretty stressful all around...but they have two seniors-only social gatherings each semester that are really nice... and senior week is supposed to be really fun too."
"I like how they have the traditions of Freshman sing and Senior sing--you sing the same songs on the steps of Rosse Hall on your first day of your first year and then again before you graduate. They're like your Kenyon bookends."
"Living in a rural area might seem daunting if you've grown up in an urban/suburban area...but the rural atmosphere might be the best part about Kenyon. You're away from all the busy-ness of city life and you can really connect with nature. There are great bike paths, farms, and caves to explore around campus!"
"The weather is pretty dreary from late November until early April. Sometimes even mid-April. The winters are pretty bad."
"A lot of the residence halls could use updating. A lot of the women's bathrooms in the older buildings still have urinals in them..."
"We're an hour away from civilization! And by that I mean Target, Trader Joes, and a shopping center."
"There needs to be more places to do your homework. The library becomes kind of a social scene, especially around finals time or later at night when everyone congregates there."
"We need more places to eat on campus! Peirce is great but they're only open from 730 am- 8pm and there needs to be more late night options!"
New Collegiette On Campus
"Being a first year student at Kenyon awesome, especially in the first few months. It's like summer camp! Nothing is boring yet, people are nice, or at the very least they're interestingly scary."
"Kenyon is a place were you can really get by on what you as an individual (forget age, major, social group) can bring to the table. You don't need to be any kind of person to fit in here...you just have to be you and find the people that are being themselves too in the same way that you are."
"Orientation is a lot of small talk and a lot of awkward interactions--ice breakers reign supreme, thanks to the Upper Class Counselors and Community Advisors and all the other people that are there to make sure that you're not spending too much time in your room during that first week. But after that, once you find your crew...it's pretty great."
"There are 5 freshman dorms and 3 of them are really nice and two of them are slightly less nice but they're more social. So you really can't lose! Freshman year is what you make of it--my advice would be to meet as many people as you can and do all the activities you can before the work gets too hard. Because it will."
"I like how the freshman dorms are kind of in the middle of North and South campus...it's not that far to walk to classes but also all the night life seems to happen North so you're close to that too."
All About Academics
"The most popular majors are Economics, English, and Psychology, but that doesn't really speak enough to the diversity of interests that exists on campus. I have a pretty wide circle of friends and none of us have the same major. Kenyon students are passionate about different things, and a lot of us end up double majoring, or picking up a minor or concentration."
"The schoolwork is hard, but it's fulfilling. Some of my most rewarding classes have been my most difficult."
"I love how small the class sizes are and how accessible the professors are. I've had a professor offer to meet me in the local coffee shop when none of his office hours worked for my schedule. They're very flexible and are mainly there to help us grow and learn...and are willing to go through a lot to make sure this happens."
"I like how we're encouraged to speak our mind, even in lecture classes. They really teach us to challenge our beliefs here, to look at things from new perspectives and make sure we believe what we believe for a reason.""All seniors have to complete "comps" before they can graduate, so I guess that's our version of a final exercise. They vary by department--the Economics comps consist of two 4-hour long exams, the Drama major requires that you put on a performance, the History comps are a research paper. They're stressful and annoying while you're doing them, but they're a rewarding exercise in retrospect. It's proof that you actually learned something here.""Classes are relatively small. Professors are people, and as such, they vary in their personalities. BUT Kenyon is so small that you will quickly find out which professors you mesh with and who you might want to avoid in the future."
Learn from the Best
"Our chapter has written articles about our favorite Kenyon professors, that's how much we love them! There are seriously so many great professors though that it's hard to narrow it down. Every department has its strengths."
"My least favorite classes have been the ones I've taken in the 8:10 a.m. time slot. Seriously, don't do it. Unless you're completely committed to the course topic, you're going to show up tired and unenthused. I don't know why Kenyon offers classes at this time."
"I love how the Kenyon professors (for the most part) understand that we're human first, students second. They understand that we all have bad days, get sick, get overwhelmed, and they're willing to work with us when something just falls through the cracks. It's reassuring to know that they care about us as people as well as students."
"If you aren't going to office hours, you're doing something wrong. Literally they are for your benefit, why wouldn't you take advantage of them?"
"Two of my professors have invited our class to dinner at their house at the end of the semester. It's really nice to have professors who live so close to campus and who are really part of the community. They're invested in Kenyon and want to see us thrive, and are willing to open up their homes and families to us."
Interests & Involvement
"People love clubs and extracurriculars on this campus. They love joining them, starting them, merging them. I think people like to feel like they're a part of something outside of the rigorous academic life."
"I like how people at Kenyon aren't limited to one type of group. I know girls who are in sororities but are also on a sports team, stage manage performances, and work on the Kenyon farm on the weekends. People get involved in exactly what they want to, so every club is made up of such a diverse group of people."
"There are so many extracurriculars to take part in at Kenyon, sometimes I wish I didn't have to do schoolwork so that I could spend more time on my extracurricular passions."
"Kenyon has some good sports teams--swimming is really good, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey...and football is getting better! I wish the games were more widely attended though. There's not a lot of school spirit here when it comes to sports, but I guess that comes with the territory of being a small liberal arts school."
"If you're looking for a lot of rah rah rah and school spirit, this is not the place for you."
"I guess I haven't given much thought as to what it means to be a woman here at Kenyon, but I have thought a lot about what it would mean to be a woman at some of the other colleges and universities that I almost went to instead. And hearing stories about some of those other schools makes me really glad that I'm at Kenyon."
"There are a ton of all women's groups on campus, from a capella singing groups to sports teams to the Crozier women's center."
"I wouldn't say there's a definitive Kenyon style, or any certain kind of girl here. People dress differently, are passionate in different areas, come from all different backgrounds and cities. And I'm glad for that. I wouldn't want to go somewhere where everyone looked and acted the same. You wouldn't choose to come here if you wanted to be like everyone else, because there's really no over-arching style to fit into."
"Girls are treated as individuals here. That's the best way I could put it. To be a girl here is to be a student, an athlete, an intellectual, a volunteer, an actor, an anything-you-want-to-be."
"Every woman is going to have their own unique experience here. Speaking for myself, it’s maybe a little better than what I assume is the norm across college campuses."
"Our swim team is really good, we've been nationally ranked for a long time and have some really talented athletes swimming for us. A lot of our other teams are great too-soccer, lacrosse, field hockey--but we're known for swimming."
"Not that many people go to sporting events. Some people are upset about this and wish they went to a school with more school spirit, but I think it speaks to Kenyon's interesting dynamic that an a capella singing performance can fill an auditorium more than a football game can fill the stands. Kenyon students just like different things."
"There are a lot of club sports here, which I think is really important. We have rugby, ultimate frisbee, soccer clubs, basketball clubs... you name it. It's nice to be able to play a sport without having to make the huge time commitment of playing D-3. And it's more fun, relaxed."
"Kenyon students love to work out, no matter whether they're on a team or not. The KAC is always packed...I'm still not sure whether that's because it's such a nice facility or because people feel peer pressured to go there, or if they actually like going on the elliptical that much."
"There's a lot of pride in Student Athletes here...emphasis on the two together. The athletes here take their schoolwork seriously and are primarily members of the Kenyon community, even if most teams stick together as friend groups."
Food & Drink
"There's one dining hall on campus, and it's not open all the time, so that's not the most ideal situation. But the chefs get creative and have some great ideas and are always trying to improve...they're always open to suggestions and comments!"
"The food can be good here when you decide to get creative with what's available to you."
"We have one deli, one café, a nice restaurant (the Kenyon Inn) and a kind of catch-all restaurant (Village Inn) that serves soups, salads, sandwiches and some burgers. Beyond that, you have to drive pretty far to get anything that's not diner food."
"The KAC makes really good smoothies and sushi!"
"Some upperclass houses have kitchens, and all dorms have common kitchens. Now that I'm a senior I cook a lot in my kitchen, but it's kind of annoying because you have to stay on the meal plan all four years, so any food you're buying for your home is an extra expense."
"A lot of the campus night life revolves around alcohol and parties, but there are tons of events going on every weekend that don't involve alcohol as well. You can find people who like the same things you do, whether that be staying up until 4 a.m. every night of the weekend or tucking into bed at 10 p.m. after playing video games in your dorm common room."
"There's one bar on campus and it's kind of in a basement, but everyone ends up there at the end of the night. Actually there are two bars, one doubles as a popular restaurant and it's a little classier. Both are great meet-up spots, but the parties generally happen in people's apartments and houses."
"I'm best friends with the same people I met the first week of freshman year, but I know that's not the case for everyone. Friend groups are pretty fluid and overlapping, which is a good thing. People definitely have their set social groups but it's not too cliquey."
"There's a lot of drinking here, a lot of experimental drug use, but people are generally pretty safe about it. The Good Samaritan Policy was a good thing for this campus."
"The freshman dorms are ok depending on which one you live in, but they're close to the center of town and pretty close to academic buildings, so that's good. Sophomore and junior housing is really luck of the draw, you can end up in a really great apartment or a really dumpy dorm room. And senior year if you have decent grades, a good record and can write a good application, you can get access to some really nice living spaces."
"Everyone is required to live on campus all four years, but some of the housing is pretty nice and you probably wouldn't be able to find another place to live anyway, even if Kenyon let you--this town is so small!""Freshman dorms are as nice as they should be, right? I mean they serve their purpose and certainly are liveable. Mather and McBride are uglier than the others but they have A/C so that's a plus. I don't think you should be spending so much time in your room as a freshman anyway...get out and enjoy Kenyon!""I know a lot of people who became really close with their first-year halls, and that's probably because there are some CAs (residence hall advisors) who do a great job of facilitating bonding.""I'm a senior and I live in one of the North Campus Apartments...they're amazing! Three floors, three bathrooms, a full kitchen and carpeting. It definitely makes living in dorms for 3 years until now worth it."
Exploring Gambier, OH"Gambier is a small community. Most people knoweveryone else. People who live in Gambier are friendly and usually affiliated with the school in some way. A lot of the professors live in Gambier or Mount Vernon (the neighboring city).""Kenyon has a strong relationship with Gambier and Mount Vernon. A lot of Kenyon students volunteer in Mount Vernon, at churches, humane societies, schools, farms, local businesses. And a lot of the Kenyon professors send their kids to Mount Vernon schools.""There’s a town around Kenyon? Just kidding. Kind of…But really, Gambier pretty much is Kenyon. I guess you could say "Kenyon" includes the academic buildings and residential areas and the KAC and then all the restaurants and market and post office is Gambier. But that's all semantics.""If you want to go shopping, you have to drive around 45 minutes. The airport is about 45 minutes away too. The town is very cute and homey, but there's not much to do.""I love the Christmas lights that get wound around the branches of trees along Middle Path in the winter. It lights up the center of Gambier and brightens up the winter gloom."
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