Often said to be a "back-up school" for students interested in the Ivy League, Kenyon provides a top-notch education in an idyllic setting. The class sizes are small—usually no more than 15 students—allowing for more discussion. While this type of class can be more stimulating for some students, it is no "slacker's paradise." Students must participate in class daily and come in prepared to work. Professors at Kenyon are second to none. They have open office policies and are willing to meet with students any time of the day. The learning community allows for greater interaction between faculty and students. Often present on the syllabus is a home phone number, to be used whenever a question comes up. Though Kenyon does attract some high-profile professors, these instructors are required to interact with students in the same manner as any other professor at any other college.
Generally, students flock to Kenyon for its excellent English literature program. The small town of Gambier is home to The Kenyon Review, one of the nation's premier literary journals, and readings sponsored by the journal are held throughout the year, allowing students to soak in the talent. Creative writing classes are also a big draw, but since they require an application for acceptance, competition is tough. Other majors at Kenyon are on the rise, with a newly-built science facility drawing those interested in pre-med. A new studio art building is currently in the works and is expected to enhance the number of art majors, too.