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Reviews 274 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academically speaking, Kenyon is everything a small liberal arts college promises to be. Most professors are very smart, very dedicated, and very helpful. Students are intelligent and hardworking but not cut throat. Registration can cause some frustration - small class sizes mean that popular classes fill up very early.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Don't Dominate the Scene – They're present and they hold parties, but other than that there isn't much to say about them. We do miss them during rush periods though, since there isn't much else to do.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There are regular parties thrown by frats, and sometimes student organizations hold concerts or lectures, but otherwise there isn't much of a nightlife here. There's nothing outside the little college village unless you're willing to drive an hour.

4 College Junior

Technology: Everything You Need for Studying and Not Much Else – For the tuition we pay you better believe we have multiple public computer labs. There's no individual cap on bandwidth or printer pages, but the network is regularly slow or down, and there isn't much bandwidth to do other things like video chatting online or watching things. But I guess we're not here for that (as far removed as we are from most civilization). Two computer labs are open all night light.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining Hall Only – The dining hall food is pretty good, but it's the only option available to students. Since campus is so remote, there aren't restaurants nearby.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: A Fair Amount – Kenyon offers some scholarships. Aid is much more common.

3 College Junior

Weather: You Get All the Seasons – Spring is excellent. Everyone sits along Middle Path, and spirits are high. Winter gets very ICY. Everyone slips on his or her way to class. Summers can be hot! Fall is beautiful.

2 College Junior

Parking: They say that we are a walking campus, so far away parking should not be a problem. That being said, parking sports are few if you want to be close. Often you will park next to the KAC with a long walk back to your room.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The architecture is fantastic across campus, and there are certainly standout buildings (Acension, the KAC) but student residences range from decent to cramped.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Odd and Interesting! There are plenty of pretty girls here! And they are all interesting!

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is great at giving money to it's students, even if It compromises their budget. This school really cares for the student and whether or not they can continue their education here.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not Too Bad of a Selection for a Small Town Near a Bigger Small Town – Inside of town of Gambier, there are four options besides the dining hall: The Gambier deli(great food but a tad pricey), The Village Market(also pricey and not a great place to take a date), The Village Inn(so-so food and not too pricey), and Middle Ground(The hipster hang-out of Kenyon that has a great atmosphere but pricey food). In the surrounding town of Mt. Vernon, there are multiple options like Indian food, Asian food, Mexican food,Italian food, and any fast food you crave.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: No Car? No Problem. If you are bringing a car to campus be prepared to be popular as you will be sharing your spunky little red convertible with all your friends (and some that aren't). Parking is very expensive - 250 buckaroos per semester, a waste of money depending on how many joy rides to Wal-Mart you are going to want to take. But there is a shuttle, running back and forth from Mt. Vernon to Gambier every hour on the hour. Fred is very nice.

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1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are drunkenfests, if you want them. You are considered an "indoor kid," if you don't. We party on Wednesdays but it isn't required as long as you are out most Fridays and Saturdays. To be blunt, the way that this school is set up, it is cool to drink, dance, and hook up because there is nothing else to do in rural Ohio. We don't actually tip cows.

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: Close Relationships With Faculty – Professors (especially language professors) give every student in their class personal attention. Whether they do so by inviting the tiny class over for dinner at their house in Gambier for drinks or by altering their office hours so that everyone can stop by to say hello.

5 College Senior

Academics: If you are looking for a school that is extremely challenging academically yet also offers a great deal of flexibility Kenyon is going to be a great fit for you. The professors truly care about you, they want you to succeed in the classroom and in life outside of Kenyon. Each department has something new to add and you will never fall short of classes that interest you. It is normally hard to pick only four classes each semester as there will be so many that strike your interest and have professors that are unbelievably good at what they do.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Work hard, drink hard, be quirky and odd. That's pretty much Kenyon.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Swimming and the KAC – The KAC is in a class of it's own among D3 athletic centers. If a small college in this country has a better training center, I've never heard of it. The sports teams are average in strength as a whole, but the school has an amazing legacy in swimming. It's been more than three decades since the lords of the water managed to disappoint.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: AVI and Peirce – The renovation of Peirce, Kenyon's beautiful dining hall, were completed two years ago, and the dining experience at Kenyon has improved dramatically since. Nevertheless, there's not a lot of variation, and the single location dining system means that a meal requires a decent walk for most students.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Love It – It's been the best years of my life in almost every respect.

4 College Senior

Transportation: There's a shuttle that'll take you anywhere you want to go in Mt. Vernon, but aside from that you need to use a car or your feet.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Gotta Love Gambier – Gambier may not be New York City, or for that matter Columbus, but if you enjoy a small town atmosphere, there's really no place better. The college and the town work together as a single unit as the majority of residents are employed by or otherwise affiliated with the college. Expect the Amish to try to sell you food and other goods along middle path. There's no major league sports teams or hip clubs, but Gambier has an appealing atmosphere all the same.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Booze and Pot – Booze is more prevalent on Kenyon's campus than most drugs but a notable exception is pot.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Parties All Greek – South is where all of the parties are held and most of them are hosted by Greek organization. While not technically exclusive, a lot of the parties on campus can make a non-greek feel like an outsider.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Few Options – Housing is limited on campus, which is made worse by the fact that off-campus housing doesn't exist. Unlike at a lot of colleges, Kenyon has very few suite style rooms and most dorms are much more traditional. The nicer housing--such as suites--is cost prohibitive because scholarships only cover the most basic double room in a dormitory.


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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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