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Reviews 274 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: This campus would not run without Greeks. Besides providing parties that are open to anyone--and free--they do a lot for the campus. Kenyon Greek Life is different, and the groups are friendly and welcoming, even if you make it clear that you have no intentions of rushing/pledging. Each group has a different personality and presence on campus, but I think that most people appreciate the more visible groups for what they do.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The campus forces you to pay for a dorm room. There is an option or two for living off campus, but you will wind up paying both for a dorm room and for your off-campus housing. Despite ResLife being a huge pain, living off campus is not worth it to most people.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: It's really what you make of it. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights will almost always have something going on if you want. The parties are definitely controlled by the Greek community--just about all of the all-campus parties are thrown by fraternities. Still, you can almost always find something smaller going on in an apartment or at a bar. I've never found myself with nothing to do.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Mt. Vernon has most of the fast food options you could want and a few other places. Nowhere is really that nice, but there are some places that I enjoy. As for Gambier, the cove is fine for ordering food late, the deli is fine (but overpriced) when it's open, the VI is wonderful, and the Kenyon Inn is a bad restaurant pretending to be nice.

4 College Senior

Administration: There's a reason they're called campus safety and not campus police. They really do look out for the students' best interests, and they're nice people to make friends with! Parking enforcement can be a little annoying.

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: ResLife is easily the worst part of this college. There is no off-campus housing, so you have to deal with them. The dorms are not maintained well, and it is a terrible value. The office itself likes to overcharge for end of the year charges, but they are incompetent and will not work with you. I have been overcharged each year that I have lived at Kenyon, and the office is miserable and rude in dealing with them. I have clearly pointed out their mistakes, and they refuse to back down. After being charged for repairs, I have gone back to my old rooms and seen that they did not repair a single thing they charged me for. Now, as a recent graduate, I am still fighting with them for them to be reasonable, but it is definitely an uphill battle. It's a shame that such a great school can be tarnished by an incompetent group of people who really have no influence on the school besides blindly charging students.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are usually parties happening somewhere on campus each weekend. While you might have to wait for the bigger semester/yearly bashes to roll around, they're usually good fun.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Because all of the restaurants in Gambier are technically "on-campus," the main and closest "off-campus" dining options are in Mount Vernon. While you have to take the shuttle or find someone with a car to get to Mount Vernon, there are a number of chain restaurants, like Chipotle and Panera, and also great independent restaurants. While the food is delicious, it'd be nice if it were closer to Kenyon.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Kenyon offers very little financial aid, and many things (like student jobs on-campus) can conflict with how the money is channeled. It's not impossible, however.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: While we love to hate on Peirce, truth is that Kenyon's dining hall exceeds that of most college campuses. Sure, the food is bad sometimes, mediocre at others, and then on-point. Like life, [Peirce] "it's like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're gonna get."

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing at Kenyon is like a cosine graph: It starts out pretty good, then gets bad, but increases around junior-senior year. For example, many seniors have the opportunity to live in North Campus Apartments, which are lovely.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Because Kenyon is isolated, the vast majority of the party scene is centered around drinking. At the outset of the year when I didn't know as many people, I went to a lot of the bigger parties, which can be fun. However as you find a group of friends, you figure out the best way to have a good time, which is often smaller gatherings that end up at the Cove.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Kenyon's endowment is pretty small compared to other schools of similar notoriety, so as a result the financial aid packages available are rather small and hard to come by.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some people really enjoy Peirce, but quite frankly, the food is often prepared poorly or just plain repetitive. It feels like sometimes they get carried away with trying to prepare more difficult meals, when simpler, yet better-prepared foods would do the job just fine. I found myself paying for food outside Peirce far too often.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is pretty solid no matter where you end up. Sophomore housing can be pretty tricky though, unless you manage to get an excellent lottery pick or are lucky enough to use an upperclassman's number. Altogether, housing is solid if unspectacular.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mount Vernon covers the bare necessities like McDonald's, Papa John's and Domino's, but not much else outside of an average Chinese food place and a Chipotle.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I mean it's rural ohio what do you expect, not a lot of things outside of a mexican restaurant, an indian place, and a greek place, but they're all pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not big on party scenes, but I love small parties with a lot of my friends and I have lots of opportunity for that here so I'm more than happy.

5 College Freshman

Administration: I'm only a first year, but so far I've only had pleasant experiences with the administration and campus safety. They honestly make me feel like they're there to help, not to get us into trouble.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's better than most college food, and the dining staff is really accommodating and they're always willing to listen to us and our recommendations which is really nice!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Personally, I think it would have been better for me to live on the Freshman Quad because it's much quieter and the rooms are nicer. The only complaint about my dorm hall is it's very loud and social, the rooms are kind of small, and it's not always as clean as it could be, especially the stairwells. Overall though, I like my roommate and I'm happy in my room.

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.

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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.

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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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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