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2 College Freshman

Local Area: There could be more to do off campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Granville is a quaint, adorable town. In the fall there are weekly farmers market on the main road and the town becomes very festive around the holidays. It is a safe town and the people of Granville are always friendly.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Personally coming from a big city Granville is not all that fun, but you can defiantly make someone out of this little town if you look.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: The town is cute and there are many nice people but very conservative. Not much will change.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: I mean, there's not a lot to do, but Granville is definitely charming and nice to look at.


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Granville is not a typical college town. There are no clubs for students to frequent, and while there are coffee shops, a lot of businesses in town close early. The local atmosphere is, in a word, quiet. Denison University is not in an urban setting, so students looking for the excitement of big-city life won't find it here. Some say that the quietness makes the area boring, but sometimes the stillness of Granville is Denison's greatest asset. It provides a safe atmosphere and is a great place to walk in the evenings. The town is absolutely beautiful and quaint, with an East Coast colonial feel. Everyone is extremely friendly and will say hi to you even if you do not know them. The houses nearby are beautiful, and everything seems to have a historic feel. During Christmastime, there is a walking candle tour of Granville, where everyone comes out and sees the whole town decorated and sips on hot cocoa. Granville really feels like home, and provides a nice, quiet, and relaxing atmosphere. If you need city excitement, though, it is around. Some students hang out in Columbus around Ohio State University. There are plenty of clubs and concerts in Columbus. The Gallery Hop draws many students during the year, and High Street is always a fun place to walk around. The important thing about local atmosphere is this—no matter where you are, you will find something to surprise you. The cultural aspects of Granville are not the same as in a larger city like Chicago or New York, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. You may not be able to find a renowned art gallery in Granville, or even Newark or Heath, but you can explore the Indian mounds, some of which have fascinating stories behind them. The key to enjoying a small town is to explore the area and discover any secrets that it's hiding.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. In 1916, the famed landscape architectural firm of Frederick Law Olmsted Sons, whose founder was the designer of New York City’s Central Park, some of the great Chicago lakefront parks, and distinguished college campuses such as Stanford and Wellesley, designed Denison.
  2. Granville has been around for a long time. The city celebrated its bicentennial in 2005.
  3. The Kappa Alpha Theta house at Denison is the oldest house in Granville.
  4. There are several Indian mounds in and around Granville. The Alligator Effigy Mound, entered into the Register of Historic Places on November 5, 1971, is located right in Granville.
  5. All summer into fall, every Saturday morning there is a Granville market in town. The market sells fresh fruit, vegetables, and other handmade products.
Notable Natives
  • Paul Carpenter – professional baseball player
  • Brian Unger – comedian, actor, writer
  • Lee Wells – artist
Points of Interest
  • Granville Historical Society Museum
  • The Granville Market every Saturday morning
  • The Indian Mounds
  • Ohio State University
Shopping Centers
  • Easton Town Center
  • Indian Mound Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Easton Town Center 30
275 Easton Town Center
(888) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Hollywood Theaters - Indian Mound 11
771 S. 30th St.
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
  • Cleveland Browns: NFL
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA
  • Cleveland Indians: MLB
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cleveland: : 3 hours
  • Columbus: : 50 minutes
Did You Know?
Granville hosts a Bluesfest in the fall and a large community picnic every other summer.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 34 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 89% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 6% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 35 responses

  • 14% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 54% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 31% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 35 responses

  • 11% Totally.
  • 40% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 49% No way.


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