Location
Gambier, OH
Undergrads
1,658
Tuition
$41,090
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 379 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food isn't too bad, however, the fruit availability is.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: Physics has a lot of work, but the knowledge is worth it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are awesome. But there isn't a very diverse field of majors to choose from.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: I like how seasonal the weather is. You get a little bit of everything.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Kenyon Athletic Center is big and nice, but people don't care that much about sports

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A rural atmosphere -- removed from the distractions of city life - has lent itself to a great academic learning environment since 1824. I wouldn't chance anything!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My rankings put it at excellent -- hard to comment on that any further! But, I will say that the rooms are indeed spacious well heated/ cooled, comfortable, and my roommates aren't too bad either!

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing isn't available -- all students are required to live on campus for all four years (unless they travel abroad).

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Between great food, challenging classes and a beutiful campus (one of the top five in the world) I wouldn't trade this experience for anything!

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I do not think there is any important criteria. Just have to have the money

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I do not know my career goals. I have had some success getting interviews with my background. I would definitely do it over again.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Kenyon's food is great compared to my high school's food. There are plenty of options, although if you're on a strict diet you may have some trouble. The chefs love interacting with students, so that is always a plus.

I love both dining halls. In one hall you can easily feel like you're in one of the Harry Potter movies and the other dining hall is just newer. Lot's of people simply refer to the two main halls as "new side" and "old side."

Overall, our dining hall, Peirce, is great. It's hard to find a person who says they don't like it.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid at Kenyon is great. Of course the process of filling out the FAFSA and CSS Profile is a hassle, but it's worth it because Kenyon is dedicated to giving students their demonstrated financial need. Financial aid was a major factor when choosing schools and I couldn't have really picked a better school.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's Hogwarts minus magic, but lots of quirkiness.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are typical of division III- you work hard and compete well, but it's not as all-consuming as d I or II. Our school is generally pretty competitive within our conference. The swim/diving team is famous, and they have more of a D I lifestyle- they've gone to/won the national championship for almost 35 years. Athletes also throw the most parties, after Greeks.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus safety is generally really nice and understanding- just don't do anything stupid like yell or try to run away. If you listen to them and respect them, they'll usually give you a chance to fix whatever you're doing wrong. However, the local sheriff is tough. Open containers are a big issue, so campus safety usually just tries to stop people from walking outside with any drink. They genuinely just want everyone to be safe!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: There's no student center or anything, but the dining hall kind of serves that purpose. You see everyone during meal times, and it's easy to spend hours in there talking and joking with your friends. The athletic center is amazing and the envy of all visiting sports teams. When the weather's nice, people love to sit outside on the lawns.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I've never had a problem with housing. The first two years are typically dorms, then people have the option of apartment-style housing. Most people make some of their best friends through freshman housing, and everyone holds dear their freshman hall. Sophomore year you move in with your teammates and friends, but I know countless pairs of freshman roommates who continue to live together or at least make time to see each other and catch up. However, the housing lottery is always a stressful event. You have to have your initial plan, but if it depends on good numbers, you need a plan B and C. It leads to a lot of shake-up on the day-of. It usually works out though!

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Different races and religions are present, but in small numbers. There are more girls than guys, and campus is overwhelmingly white. However, there's no discrimination or anything. Campus is too small to segregate yourself or exclude people, which is a good thing I think.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are all kinds of guys at school. There are the artsy/hip guys (skinny pants and flannel), there are the fraternity type guys (khaki shorts, button downs) and there are athletes (khakis/athletic shorts and hoodies/t-shirts). Most of the guys I've met are nice, but they're typical college boys - they like to party and they like to get girls.

You can categorize the girls similarly - hip, athletic, and I guess "other". There are only 3 sororities and none of them are national, so there aren't as many Greek girls as guys. To go out, girls don't really dress up here. I've been out in sweats before. It's also uncommon to wear tons of makeup, which some guys appreciate at least in hind-sight.

There are lots of random hook-ups on weekends, and sometime it gets hard to avoid people who your friends have hooked up with or you've heard something about. There's also "Kenyon married" which is when a couple gets really serious really fast, and you never see them apart. There's not much casual dating though. People tend to kind of exclusively hook up with someone for a while, then it will either go official or fizzle.

9 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Computers: There are many computer labs on campus: in the science quad, in the basement of the dining hall, in Gund Commons, 4 or 5 in the library alone. In the moments before class, the main ones are often busy, so it's wise to plan ahead. However, in a jam, you'll still get what you need on time. Most people have their own computers, which you can hook up to the printers to make things easier. People using the campus computers often need some PC software for science classes, or access to the public drives.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Facilities: The small community definitely sets Kenyon apart. What other school has one dining hall in the center of campus? It makes it a great place to see people daily. Middle Path is also a treat. You can sit there for 15 minutes between classes and see everyone you want to. People also take advantage of the Kokosing Gap Trail for walks, runs and bike rides.

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3 College Junior

Parking: There is parking on the North side of campus and behind the dining hall, but those are generally used by upperclassmen. If you have a car your first two years, you'll end up parking in South Lot 2, which is down the hill behind the KAC-- i.e. a real trek.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: In Gambier itself, there are 5 places to eat, depending on what type of food you want. There's the Deli, the Village Inn, Wiggin Street, Gambier Grill, and the Kenyon Inn. Most of those places have take out, and Gambier Grill also has delivery. In Mt. Vernon, 5 minutes down the road, you have any type of fast food you could want (including a new Chipotle!), and some popular Chinese, Indian, and Mexican places. However, for a free meal, there's always Pierce!

5 College Junior

Academics: I'm a history major, which is a fairly popular one here. You have the ability to choose which time period or geographical area you'd like to specialize in, after you fulfill certain distribution requirements. The history classes are often formatted in small groups (around 15 people), with classes alternating between lectures and reading discussions. The professors are all passionate about what they study, and they're extremely approachable and eager to help when you ask.

I'm also involved in the science department as a pre-med student. There's no pre-med major, but Kenyon provides a track of courses for you to take to prepare you for medical school. It's possible to major in something outside the sciences; why limit what classes you're taking? The intro sciences courses are obviously larger lecture-type classes, but professors know everyone's name and are happy to help you understand a concept or go over your tests.

2 people found this useful Report
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Alexandra Patterson
Hometown
Bowling Green, KY
Major
English
Grad Year
2012
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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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