Academics

Location
Granville, OH
Undergrads
2,308
Tuition
$42,280
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: So far, I feel like the workload is decent but meaningful. The class option are great and so are the professors. Our professors are knowledgeable and approachable, at least most of the time. There are also a lot of options for help.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Ok, the registration process is terribly, horribly stressful. However, most of the professors are great and want to help you. The workload is decent. Sometimes it's a lot, sometimes it's not, but I deal with it either way. The curriculum is ok. I feel like there aren't tons of class options, but I also feel like I'm not missing out on anything. Anyone could find a place to study anywhere on campus. You can study in the room, the dorm lobbies, the library, find an empty classroom somewhere, etc, etc.

5 College Freshman

Academics: It's really difficult here. There are very few easy A's, and even those will require some legwork. That said, you would be hard pressed to find a school with professors who care more about their students than Denison. I've had dinner with three of my professors already, and I'm a rising sophomore. It's what learning should be.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are amazing but challenging. You will walk away from every class saying I learned something today. Even if you knew the subject matter already, you say, Hmm didn't think about it like that before!!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here are challenging. But you won't walk away from a class saying you didn't learn anything today

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 162nd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 209th
    Smartest Professors
  • 235th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 399th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 836th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eleni Karahalios
Hometown
Chicago, Illinois
Major
Economics, English Writing and Psychology
Grad Year
2014
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Denison has an incredible academic reputation, and therefore, the courses are challenging. Unlike bigger schools, there is no hiding in big lecture halls or not showing up to all of your classes. If you fail to participate, you will not get a good grade—simple as that. Mostly every teacher has an attendance policy and considers participation with your final grade, so it will be to your advantage to come to class every day. The classes are pretty small, which allows you to establish a great relationship with your professor (and also helps them notice when you are missing). That being said, Denison provides phenomenal academic resources. Not only are most professors insightful and easy to approach, but each department also has tutors and resources available to help you. Denison even has a writing center that will read and comment on all of your papers before you turn them in, and the librarians are very helpful when you are researching. Since Denison is a liberal arts school, there are certain general education courses that you are required to take to graduate. At first these may seem useless (why should a biology major take an English class?); however, Denison believes that its students should be well-rounded and therefore knowledgeable in an array of subjects outside of their major. So, you will not only be taking classes pertinent to your major, but also classes in the humanities, fine arts, and sciences. Even though you have to take general education classes, it is very easy to double major or minor at Denison, and many students do. Denison also offers plenty of academic programs; however, you may be surprised to find there is no such thing as a "business" or "advertising" major. Instead, if you are interested in entering these fields, you would major in economics, communication, or pretty much anything. No matter what you major in, though, you should be prepared to work hard at Denison.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
225
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
58
Total FT Faculty
225
Faculty with Terminal Degree
100%
Average Faculty Salary
$72,923
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Graduation Rate
86%
Programs/Majors Offered
50
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 69%
  • 20 to 49 students: 31%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 5%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 7%
  • Mass Communication: 5%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • New York semester
  • Semester at Sea
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington semester
Best Places to Study
  • Burton D. Morgan Center
  • Denison has plenty of open classrooms you can study in!
  • Library
  • Upstairs Slayter Hall
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask for help—don't be embarrassed!
  • Be sure to balance your social life with your homework schedule. Do things ahead of time so you don't get stressed out.
  • Don't let a bad grade get you down. Keep trying!
  • Don't pick a major just because it sounds cool or your parents want you to. Major in something you genuinely love, or your classes will be miserable.
  • Invest in a planner—and write everything down. You would be surprised to see how easily things pile up.
  • Make a good impression your first few weeks of classes. Do your homework, participate, and show up to class. Professors will remember.
  • Use the resources Denison has provided for you! Get your money's worth.
Did You Know?
  • The sixth floor of the library is haunted—or so they say.
  • For years it has been a tradition not to step on the seal in front of Swasey. Legend has it that those who step on the seal will not graduate.
  • You can major in whatever you want—seriously. It is possible to propose and create your own major if Denison does not offer it.
  • Chivalry is not dead at Denison! The tradition of "pinning" still exists and takes place in the spring. A pinning occurs when a fraternity member gives his national chapter pin to his girlfriend (usually in a sorority), who wears it as a symbol of the couple’s pre-engagement. The couple celebrates by hosting a serenade between the fraternity and the sorority.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 24 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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