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Reviews 307 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Kenyon's student body is made up of mostly white, upper middle class students. It seems like the administration is slowly working towards changing the diversity levels but it's slow going. Groups exist for students of color who feel socially isolated from their white peers. Political diversity is very high with students representing all parts of the political spectrum. There are multiple queer groups on campus and the student population seems very accepting of non-straight sexualities.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There's Not Much, but What's the Need? It is nice to have a car at Kenyon to get to the local WalMart and CVS. But there is little reason to leave campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The Good Samaritan Policy – Alcohol at Kenyon is there if you want it, but also can be easily ignored.

Kenyon has the Good Samaritan policy- basically, if you call Campus Safety for a friend who is in overly intoxicated, neither you nor your friend get in trouble.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can count the number of off-campus housing options on one hand. Pretty much everyone lives on-campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Virtually all Kenyon students live on-campus. As far as quality of housing goes, it tends to vary from place to place. Some dorms are old (yet have charm) some are old (and don't have charm). Overall, the apartments are decent, and there are new renovations being made. But seniors definitely get the best options for apartments.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A Few, Delicious Options – There aren't many off-campus dining options at Kenyon, but the few local establishments (Middle Ground Cafe, the Gambier Deli, etc) are excellent and have a great atmosphere. Not to mention the other options 10 minutes away in Mount Vernon.

Although there aren't a plethora of off-campus dining options, it doesn't matter very much- as on-campus dining is built into tuition.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Kenyon's Athletic Center, the KAC, is exceptional. It is humongous, with a pool, squash courts, tennis courts, track, weight room, movie theater, basketball court, and more. The best part about it is that it's open to all students, not just varsity athletes.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great School for Nerds – One of the best parts of Kenyon is the academics. Kenyon has wonderful professors in most subject areas. Professors are accessible and willing to go out of their way to help a student achieve his or her goals. Students are serious about their studies and students will often keep discussions alive long after they've left class for the day.
Kenyon's community is another great feature. Since almost every student lives on campus, the student body is very close to one another. Everyone for the most part is kind and considerate and eager to meet one another.
Kenyon is a great school for the quirky student who loves learning in an encouraging atmosphere, and who loves to let loose on the weekends.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Throw Most Parties – Greeks live together in "division" housing, dorm rooms grouped together in the residence halls on the south quad. In other words, they are integrated with the rest of the non-Greek students. There isn't much commingling between Greeks and non-Greeks in those dorms, though, except during parties.
Greeks throw most of the parties at Kenyon. They are either in the lounges of Old Kenyon or at the fraternity's house/lodge. The parties are usually open to the whole campus, so there isn't a lot of pressure to join a fraternity or sorority just to go to parties.
Professors generally look down on the fraternities and sororities at Kenyon. The psychology department especially seems to go out of their way to try to demean the Greek reputation. That being said, a large population of Greeks score well above the average GPA at Kenyon.
Without Greek life at Kenyon, there would not be much of a social scene.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Don't Come If You Don't Dig the Winter – Winter dominates the majority of the school year, but the campus itself looks gorgeous all year 'round. If you hate snow, don't bother, but if you can stand the Ohio conditions, you'll be fine. The spring is beautiful, flowers bloom everywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being on a Team – Although the teams are not known for their skill (swimming aside), being on a team is one of the best ways to make a close group of friends. The atmosphere is very relaxed, coaches understand if you have other commitments, which means you can also have a life outside your sport.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's Alright – I have never felt unsafe on campus - but that's not to say that we couldn't use a few upgrades on the security system. The police are fat, generally annoying, and they act like they don't really care about your safety as much as they care about shutting down parties and giving you parking tickets. We had a scary lock down last year which was fairly terrible. The suspect was actually IN the bookstore, and this was before the campus was locked down anyway. The paths are not well lit and the security team is not very friendly; they make it clear they're not there to help, they're there to make your life difficult.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Small-Town (Village) Atmosphere – Kenyon is in the small village of Gambier. Most residents of the village are associated in some way with the college, and even those who are not tend to be very friendly and welcoming towards students. There are nearby Amish communities, and it is not uncommon to see an Amish buggy riding down the street, or a table set up selling goods such as pies, jams, and baskets. The area feels very safe. It is relatively difficult to get off campus if you do not have a car, so most people spend their free time and weekends on campus. People who want to live in a rural area will most likely find that Gambier is a great place to live.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Great Swim Teams, Little Fan Support – Although lots of students are involved in athletics, those who are not athletes tend not to care very much about sports teams. Kenyon has a lot of pride about its men's and women's swim teams, but even swim meets aren't packed with fans.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Peirce Dining Hall – The dining hall, although not always top notch in the food department, is one of my favorite places to just chill on campus. I'll take my books and grab a bowl of cucumber slices or yogurt and work at the tables on the New Side. Since there is only one dining hall, everyone passes through there, and it makes a good meeting spot for groups and study sessions. However, since there are two sides plus a basement, it is always possible to find room. Be sure to check out the old side, it looks like Hogwarts!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: One Dining Hall, No Meal Plans – One of the unique things about Kenyon is our meal plan - we don't really have one. There is only one dining hall, and all students are free to come in whenever it's open and never have to worry about swiping cards or running out of meal points. I also love the fact that there is only one dining hall, I feel that it keeps the campus unified, and it's a great place to run into people and chat. The food is not great, but there are lots of local and organic options. While it's not exactly fine dining, I think it's pretty typical dining hall food - not the best, but not too bad either. There are few other places to eat in Gambier, so most of the time it makes sense to eat at the dining hall.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great Gym, No Student Union – Kenyon's athletic center is top of the line and only a few years old, featuring two pools, workout rooms, squash, tennis, and basketball courts, steam rooms and saunas, and just about anything else you would want in a gym. The closest thing we have to a student union is Gund Commons, which has study areas and a computer lab, but the campus doesn't really feel like it's missing one. Although some people don't like the architecture of the library, it has plenty of study areas and rooms as well as computers.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Around, but Not So Much Peer Pressure – Alcohol is more widely known about than drugs. Not really peer pressure to drink besides knowing much of campus off drinking at parties on party nights. Different groups and friends try to provide fun spaces that don't involve alcohol. Policy of underage drinking attempted to be enforced though know a lot of underage drinkers, so encourage knowledge of how to handle situations.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Once in a Lifetime Experience – Kenyon College is not your ordinary college, it is something much different. It is a home away from home with a tight knit community. It is a tranquil sanctuary with beautiful scenery and incredibly history. It is a place to meet the friends you will want to know for life. It is a place to focus on academia while still facilitating many extra curricular activities. It is a creativity started with new majors formed, new internship options created, and new environmentally friendly changes, all contributed by students. It's a place where everyone wants you to succeed in your dreams and will do whatever they can to help those come true. Kenyon College is one of the best places to spend your four years and leave not only with a golden education, but also group of close friends and professors who helped shape you and your journey, experiences to tell for a lifetime, and a facilitating place to grow as a human being.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Ohio – The weather can hot and humid, or sunny and nice, or cold and windy, raining and thundering, or snowing when it decides to be. However, teachers live close by and rarely cancel class. It gets cold during the winter and the snow amount depends on the year.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: You Can Walk the Campus! There is no need for a car on campus because it is completely bike and walk accessible. Off campus transportation is great for shuttle services to airports and town. You can usually find people with cars if you need a ride anywhere.

4 College Junior

Administration: Not Too Harsh – The campus is pretty much filled with alcohol on party days (weekends and Wednesdays) and campus safety is very good about caring for drunk or injured people. The school even has a policy called the Good Samaritan, in which any student who is in the presence of a dangerously intoxicated student can call Campus Safety for help and neither of the students will get in trouble even if they are underage. However, for other infractions, such as stealing, harassment, plagiarism, etc., the policies are very strict and may result in expulsion.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Small Town, Little Variety – There are not many places to go to off-campus because Kenyon is so isolated. The nearest town is about 20 minutes away and it's very small and isolated as well. However, for its small size and almost no diversity in its population, the town has a few good Mexican, Indian, and Chinese restaurants.

5 College Junior

Academics: Special Topics – My school offeres many type of classes in many different areas but the area that I think they excel in is choosing Special Topic Classes in various disciplines. For example, in the Spanish department they offered a class called Chicano Cultural Studies and in the Women and Gender Studies department they offered a class called Transnational Feminisms. These type of classes really helped me to decide what I wanted to major in and focus on for the rest of my life. They are usually discussion based, like a seminar, and are from 10 to 20 students. Although the work is usually more advanced than that of other regular classes offered every year, it really helps to strengthen the students' research and writing skills.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in the Best Dorms as a Sophomore. Because of the "Theme Housing" program, my friends and I get the chance to live in some of the best houses as sophomores - houses that are desired by everyone. Also, the housing loterry makes it very fair to get a house assigned and although some of the buildings don't have AC for the summer, they are all great, very well designed and completely functional.
The atmosphere in general is good, it's very academic during the week and very non-academic during the weekends.
It's a little expensive, but the people at the Financial Aid office are very fair.


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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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