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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The students at Denison are all very friendly and welcoming. The campus itself is constantly described as being "picture perfect," which I most definitely agree with. There are campus events for those who are not party-goers every weekend and traditions are always followed.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Denison is the most aesthetically beautiful campus I visited during my college search. The campus has odd traditions and activities such as Naked Week, a week dedicated to promoting self-acceptance by running naked around campus in student lead groups. Besides having events like this, the administration encourages students to create a campus in which everyone is comfortable and proud of.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Denison is a unique school in my biased opinion. Although it is quite small and located in an oddly-small town, it has a great group of students and faculty unlike any other campus. Denisonians are expected to have a great balance between intellectuality and social skills. This makes most students at Denison a unique specimen to examine.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student hangouts are limited to one building pretty much. The place looks nice at first but it gets old. Don't look too closely.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The dorms are old and gross, but the new athletics facility is awesome.


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There is no doubt about it—Denison's campus is absolutely stunning. It is seated on top of a hill and overlooks Granville, with lots of trees whose leaves turn beautiful colors in the fall. In addition to the wonderful aesthetics, Denison has some beautiful red brick buildings and newly renovated facilities. Denison's campus also includes a biological reserve, which spans more than 300 acres! Additionally, Denison completed a $38.5 million renovation and expansion of the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center in 2010, which includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Mitchell also includes a fitness center, with new workout equipment and a track. Almost all of the facilities at Denison are in great condition. How well Denison is maintained is one of the best parts about going to school here: the landscaping is always neat, all of the technology is up-to-date, and the facility managers are very talented and friendly. New computers were just added in the library, and there are plenty of places to work with all of the computer labs conveniently located around campus. The only complaint students seem to have is that the Wi-Fi on campus is sometimes spotty, but Denison is actively trying to help this problem. Slayter Student Union, although dubbed Denison's "ugliest" building, is nonetheless very practical and a great place to hang out. Slayter is home to the Slayter snack bar and The Roost, Denison's only bar on campus (they also have delicious ice cream!). The Bandersnatch coffeehouse on East Quad also has snacks and bands performing throughout the week. It is a great place to hang out, eat, enjoy a Nutella milkshake, or do homework.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
900 acres
Student Centers
Slayter Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
William H. Doane Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Common
  • Slayter Union
Bar on Campus
The Roost on the third floor of Slayter Hall
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Bandersnatch
Movie Theater on Campus
Slayter Auditorium functions as a movie theater
"Green" Initiatives
The Homestead provides economically friendly and sustainable housing. All of the trash cans have recycling options, and all of the cafeterias have food compost bins.
School Slang
  • The Commons: The Campus Common behind Slayter Hall
  • Doane: Doane Administration Building
  • Shep: Shepardson Hall
  • Slayter: Slayter Hall, the student union
  • Sunnies: The former "Sunset Apartments," located on West Quad. They are now known as Brown, Pratt, Good, and Myers.
  • Anchor Splash: Anchor Splash is a yearly event put on by Delta Gamma sorority. All of the fraternities and sororities compete in a week-long series of events culminating in a synchronized swimming competition.
  • Bluegrass Festival: Every February, the College hosts a bluegrass festival which features renowned performers as well as workshops and rehearsal experiences.
  • Culture Jam: Every year, a group of student organizations puts on a concert in the Mitchell Center. The concert features R&B music and is usually a pretty big hit with most students.
  • D-Day: D-Day is a concert Denison holds every year. Students can go for free and bring one or two guests for a reduced price. In the past, D-Day has featured Third Eye Blind and Wale and Jeremih, but the event often hosts local acts, as well.
  • KATs with Bats: Every year Kappa Alpha Theta holds a school-wide wiffleball tournament in the spring. Teams compete for prizes, and there is a huge barbecue on the IM fields! It is a great time!
  • Naked Week: Yes, there is a week at Denison where everyone runs around the campus naked every night. This week is dedicated to acknowledge eating disorder awareness. It has been described as a very liberating experience, and it is kind of fun to watch half of the campus run naked through your dorm.
  • Serenades: The serenades are another Greek tradition that draws plenty of non-Greek students out to East Quad. Fraternities and sororities will sing to each other in celebration of events like engagements.
Urban Legends
  • Beta House on North Quad is haunted.
  • The basement girls' bathroom in Curtis West is haunted.
  • The seventh floor of the library is haunted.
  • The Wingless Angels—a secret organization on campus that pulls pranks on the school.
Favorite Things To Do
There are lots of things to do on campus, especially at night. The student union is host to concerts, comedians, and plenty of activities put on by student organizations. Swasey Chapel and the Mitchell Center house the larger acts Denison brings to campus. For something more low-key, the Denison Film Society shows movies on several nights of the week. The plays at Ace Morgan Theatre generally draw large crowds, as well. There are also guest speakers almost every day of the week. Students never lack things to do. There is almost always something to do on campus. In between classes, students can grab a bite to eat and watch television in Slayter Hall or work out in the athletic center.
Student Newspaper
The Denisonian
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Every year Denison has an involvement fair with all of the organizations on campus. Here, you can sign up and get more information about all of the student organizations.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
In 2011, the chemistry building, Ebaugh Laboratories, dedicated a major $14.5 million renovation and expansion. The newer buildings, like Ebaugh, are designed to advance Denison's "hands-on" experiential teaching and learning.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 44 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 32% D-Day
  • 16% Anchor Splash
  • 12% Culture Jam
  • 12% Serenades
  • 12% Naked Week
  • 8% KATs with Bats
  • 4% Bluegrass Festival
  • 4% Dunkin' Deltas

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 40% Walk
  • 30% Chill
  • 10% Play ultimate
  • 10% Theatre
  • 5% Explore
  • 5% Quadding

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 17% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 50% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 45 responses

  • 29% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 60% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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