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Reviews 422 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Administration: President Decatur is a very visible figure on campus, and genuinely seems to be doing his best to better the school. Admissions officers are highly intelligent and friendly, as are most other members of administration.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I would advise calling ahead to make an appointment if possible, but besides some occasional overcrowding, the health center is great.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school puts a lot of funding toward athletic facilities, and it shows. It is a very active campus, even among those who are not athletes.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I only applied for government aid.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone just lives on campus though there is apartment-like housing in the New Apartments and NCAs.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's not much going on in the local town when it comes to food. There are just a handful of places. I don't eat off campus very often. However, the few options that exist usually suffice since our dining hall is great. Also, a Panera is set to open in a few months so that will help quite a bit.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am on the swim team, which is the most developed and competitive team on campus. It's a great experience and we have a lot of alumni support. The professors respect what we do for the most part and help us to balance the workload. We are well-funded and our facilities are new and beautiful. We also compete against very high-level teams because we often travel to meets against division one schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is one of the less popular ones so it's easier and less stressful to sign up for classes since I know I will get into the classes I want that are in my major. The professors are excellent and there is a close-knit community between professors and students. Also, my major department has a lot of resources and gives every major a laptop for their time as an undergraduate.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The physics classes are challenging and the professors offer lots of one-on-one independent study options. Also, because it's a liberal arts school, Kenyon requires us to take a diverse range of classes outside our major. There is also a department-wide emphasis on writing and communication skills, which is lacking at a lot of other schools, especially in the sciences.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think the majority of students are pretty well-to-do although it seems like they are pretty good about budgeting and not flaunting what money they have. Racial/ethnic and religious diversity is probably average. I feel like the political scene is extremely liberal, at least when it comes to social matters, so I'm slightly isolated in that respect.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I think overall, the housing is pretty good. However, the housing lottery is a bloodbath and I got the last available room on campus for this coming year, so I'm much farther away from a lot of my teammates and my classes than I would have liked. However, juniors and seniors do better in the housing lottery and I think there are quite a few great, spacious options for them that are also very close to the dining hall and classes. The size and cleanliness of dorms is probably average. Bathrooms aren't great but I usually shower at the athletic center so that's a nonissue. Only a small number of buildings have air conditioning. I just wish there were a few more housing options (the student body is growing and overcrowding the dorms) and I wish athletes had some sort of priority. I'm nowhere near the athletic center this coming year.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Admin is way too strict about parking. Basically, we can't ever park anywhere except the very edge of campus. Campus safety, however is very lenient about underage drinking, so long as registered parties follow basic guidelines. I think they are perhaps too lenient. I'm not a fan of underage drinking. But the campus safety staff are very nice and helpful. Watch out for the sheriff though. He's a jerk and he's always trying to nail people.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall itself is stellar. While variety is sometimes limited, compared to other college dining halls it is about as good as they come. The food is usually good and the chefs try their best to make new things and give us options. The meal plan is easy: unlimited food at the one dining hall. Off-campus dining is limited but the market is open pretty late and the Night-Bites cafe is open until early hours of the morning.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The nearest town is within easy driving distance. However, it is economically downtrodden so there is not much variety. It has the necessities and a few decent restaurants. Real shopping requires about an hour drive into Columbus. However, there is usually enough to do on campus that I don't mind that it's remote. There are lots of good running trails and the forests are beautiful.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties take place on campus, since the school is in the middle of nowhere. But parties are usually fun and the small campus makes it so that students are usually pretty safe compared with students at many other schools.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I go to arguably the prettiest school in the country. The campus and its facilitates are beautiful. My only complaint in that area is that handicap accessibility to some buildings is limited. The food is about as good and easily accessible as college dining can get, although sometimes I would appreciate a little more variety, especially during the winter months. The athletic facility is top notch. While the lab facilities may not be quite as advanced as those of a large school, students have an amazing amount of access to the equipment, probably much more than most undergraduates.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Tiny college, a really friendly group of kids (though many are introverts--hard to make friends at first) huge focus on writing, but especially analytical writing. (People come here to do creative writing but most of the english classes are analytical.) Campus facilities are state of the art, I think.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities here are a huge bonus. All the main campus buildings (not the dorms. definitely not the dorms.) are really amazing. My favorites are probably Peirce dining hall, Gund Gallery, and the Athletic Center. The library is not as pretty from the outside but its cozy and full of secret places on the inside. It's super easy to find a study space on campus too. Kenyon has a lot of weird and really nice traditions, which they talk about on their website.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Gambier is a really nice town. The elementary school down the block means the community feels safe and family-like. You are definitely in the middle of nowhere, but it's a nice nowhere at least. There's not many tourist attractions, but there is the environmental center which is pretty amazing in the fall, spring, and summer. Cultural events mainly happen on campus and are associated with the college somehow.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Kenyon doesn't make a ton of effort on diversity, honestly. You're going to find a lot of white kids from the northeast here.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's really easy to get lonely here if you don't make friends during the fall. By winter, everyone's hold-up in their rooms with the people they already know. The thing I'm most disappointed about here is class registration. All the classes I dreamed of having (most of the reason I chose this school) like English classes or theater classes, you have almost no chance of getting into as a freshman. They talk about small class sizes as a plus, but with a school that accepted too many kids, it's becoming a minus.

Oh and everyone smokes here. I'm pretty sick of it.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Kenyon does a good job of teaching students about sexual assault and where to get help if they need it. There's a 24 hour hotline you can call for problems, and you can always calls security at any time if you would rather do that. The health center people are pretty nice and they treat you like you're going to a professional doctor. Nowadays you can't just walk in, you have to schedule an appointment. And they should pay for your drugs (they don't. you have to pay.)

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Athletic Center at Kenyon is pretty amazing. They have a great facility for non-athletes, who use it every day, as well as for athletes. The pool is huge, they've got indoor basketball courts and dance rooms, it really is pretty state of the art.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing here is expensive, in my opinion. For the most part rooms are small. Even the rooms that people here consider as "good" rooms are small. Dorms that are actually nice are ridiculously hard to get into. Campus apartments are pretty nice. NCAs (north campus apartments) are very nice. But all apartments are a lot of money.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's only one real place you go for off campus dining, and that's the VI (Village Inn.) If you feel like going somewhere else, you're going to need to take the shuttle (runs Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) or get a friend to drive you/get a car. Mount Vernon has some nice cozy little places that serve pretty good (bad for you) food. It also has your regular chains, such as McDonalds and Ruby Tuesdays and Taco Bell.

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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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