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Reviews 406 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Tiny college, a really friendly group of kids (though many are introverts--hard to make friends at first) huge focus on writing, but especially analytical writing. (People come here to do creative writing but most of the english classes are analytical.) Campus facilities are state of the art, I think.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities here are a huge bonus. All the main campus buildings (not the dorms. definitely not the dorms.) are really amazing. My favorites are probably Peirce dining hall, Gund Gallery, and the Athletic Center. The library is not as pretty from the outside but its cozy and full of secret places on the inside. It's super easy to find a study space on campus too. Kenyon has a lot of weird and really nice traditions, which they talk about on their website.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Gambier is a really nice town. The elementary school down the block means the community feels safe and family-like. You are definitely in the middle of nowhere, but it's a nice nowhere at least. There's not many tourist attractions, but there is the environmental center which is pretty amazing in the fall, spring, and summer. Cultural events mainly happen on campus and are associated with the college somehow.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Kenyon doesn't make a ton of effort on diversity, honestly. You're going to find a lot of white kids from the northeast here.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's really easy to get lonely here if you don't make friends during the fall. By winter, everyone's hold-up in their rooms with the people they already know. The thing I'm most disappointed about here is class registration. All the classes I dreamed of having (most of the reason I chose this school) like English classes or theater classes, you have almost no chance of getting into as a freshman. They talk about small class sizes as a plus, but with a school that accepted too many kids, it's becoming a minus.

Oh and everyone smokes here. I'm pretty sick of it.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Kenyon does a good job of teaching students about sexual assault and where to get help if they need it. There's a 24 hour hotline you can call for problems, and you can always calls security at any time if you would rather do that. The health center people are pretty nice and they treat you like you're going to a professional doctor. Nowadays you can't just walk in, you have to schedule an appointment. And they should pay for your drugs (they don't. you have to pay.)

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Athletic Center at Kenyon is pretty amazing. They have a great facility for non-athletes, who use it every day, as well as for athletes. The pool is huge, they've got indoor basketball courts and dance rooms, it really is pretty state of the art.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing here is expensive, in my opinion. For the most part rooms are small. Even the rooms that people here consider as "good" rooms are small. Dorms that are actually nice are ridiculously hard to get into. Campus apartments are pretty nice. NCAs (north campus apartments) are very nice. But all apartments are a lot of money.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's only one real place you go for off campus dining, and that's the VI (Village Inn.) If you feel like going somewhere else, you're going to need to take the shuttle (runs Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) or get a friend to drive you/get a car. Mount Vernon has some nice cozy little places that serve pretty good (bad for you) food. It also has your regular chains, such as McDonalds and Ruby Tuesdays and Taco Bell.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The fraternities and sororities here make a big deal out of secrecy when they've got newbies pledging. They'll have you do all kinds of irrelevant tasks (my one friend had to go collect a rock and bring it somewhere by midnight...?) but there's no real hazing. They are somewhat cliquey and eat together a lot of the time, but I'd say each individual is still a nice person. There's no exclusive feelings around any frats or sororities here.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Kenyon is a beautiful place with wonderful people who care about and support each other both socially and intellectually.

5 College Junior

Parking: Any student (any year) can apply for a parking spot on campus. Campus is pretty small, so parking spots are never too far away.

5 College Junior

Majors: All you need to do is find an advisor and declare.

5 College Junior

Majors: My professors are wonderful and I have gotten to know them well. There are lots of courses to take. Our department has fun ice cream socials and holiday parties etc.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many students do choose to drink, but I have not encountered any peer pressure at Kenyon. There are definitely students who choose not to drink, and they still seem to have fun/feel comfortable socializing without drinking.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Our school is absolutely beautiful. The architecture is awesome. Kenyon has a bunch of traditions that bring the student body together. There are lots of campus activities to participate in.

5 College Junior

Facilities: It's super small so the community is really small and tight-knit. Professors are exceptionally accessible and get to know students really well. Kenyon has a lot of history and traditions that make it feel like a really special place. Students are very intelligent without being overly competitive and cut-throat. Also, it's beautiful and it looks like Hogwarts.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is super accessible and helpful!

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are fun all parties thrown by greek organizations and other clubs. There are only two bars in town. Nightlife can get a little repetitive.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is lots of variety, an awesome local foods program, and our head chef takes and responds to requests/suggestions/complaints via Facebook. There's only one dining hall, but that means it's a good place to find anyone you might be looking for!

5 College Junior

Academics: The political science department is absolutely wonderful!!

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are super accessible and dedicated. Academics are challenging but the workload is manageable. There is lots of support for the registration process.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic center is state of the art and absolutely beautiful. Varsity athletics aren't a huge deal on campus, but people definitely turn up to support their friends, and everyone is proud of the champion swimmers!

5 College Junior

Computers: Free printing, very accessible technical support, lots of computer labs!

4 College Junior

Diversity: On the surface, it might look like a very homogenous campus. But once you get to know people, there are students from very different backgrounds with a lot of different beliefs. We could definitely stand to increase out racial diversity, though.


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Alexandra Patterson
Bowling Green, KY
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Kenyon College is a small school in rural Ohio. Located in the middle of cornfields, "remote" doesn't even begin to describe its location. Gambier consists of one block with a convenience store, bookstore, and two restaurants; the nearest Walmart is 15 minutes away by bus, and the local movie theater has only two screens. For all of its location flaws, the College has a certain charm. Kenyon wasn't named the "most beautiful college campus in the world" for nothing. Those who step onto the campus are immediately awed by the Gothic architecture, landscaped lawns, and inviting atmosphere.

Part of Kenyon's charm is that it attracts students who really want to be there, rather than those who want the location or name. Students bond over the remote location as much as they do over living in the dorms for four years or dining in the only dining hall on campus. This leads to a cohesive student body that's willing to shape the College it attends. Student groups on campus are very active in the life of the College, and many decisions are put to an all-campus vote.

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