Academics

Location
Gambier, OH
Undergrads
1,658
Tuition
$41,090
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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 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.

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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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 11th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 11th
    Smartest Professors
  • 23rd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 127th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandra Patterson
Hometown
Bowling Green, KY
Major
English
Grad Year
2012
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
156
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
18
Total FT Faculty
156
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$79,022
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Graduation Rate
90%
Programs/Majors Offered
30
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 students: 30%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
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
  • Economics and Econometrics: 4%
  • English Language Studies: 7%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online courses are not offered at Kenyon College.
Best Places to Study
  • Gund study lounge
  • Library
  • Peirce Hall
  • Snowden House
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't let your drinking interfere with your life.
  • Don't pre-judge people in frats and sororities; most of them are very nice.
  • Don't talk too loudly about people in the library-they or their best friend are probably sitting right behind you.
  • Getting off campus once in a while is good for your sanity.
  • Make good friends, but keep your independence.
  • Rushing a fraternity or sorority does not make you obligated to join it.
  • Show up to classes; your professor will notice when you are not there.
  • Starting things off right does wonders for your GPA.
  • Sucking up to profs will greatly help your chances of getting into a particular class.
  • Watch yourself-it is easy to get a reputation at a school this small.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 24 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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