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4 College Junior

Technology: The labs get pretty crowded during finals but even so you can always find one to use. The internet is fast and reliable and wifi is available everywhere. Most people have their own computers but last year mine was broken for a while and it really wasn't a problem.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Gambier / Mount Vernon / Columbus – Well we are in the middle of nowhere, but you know that before you go here so It's not really something you can complain about. Its actually a really cool part of the school, we are isolated here, in a little place on the top of a hill where everyone loves to learn, to have fun and share this amazing experience together. Gambier is so small that it is really just a part of the college, I would describe Mount Vernon as our nearest real town. In MV there's a walmart and a kmart as well as a movie theater, bowling alley, various restaurant, pharmacies and other small stores. There is a free shuttle service provided by Kenyon to take you into Mount Vernon and back, which is also useful if no one wants to drive and you want to get drunk at our favorite restaurant, Fiesta Mexicana. Columbus is about 40-50mins away and you can get anything you need there, the drive is really not that bad but a lot of the time there's so much going on on campus that you don't want to go anyway.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Kenyon Athletic Center is amazing, perhaps the best of all DIII schools and also better than most DI schools. The athletic center offers something for everyone; as well as varsity athetics there are also free classes offered everyday, IM Sports Leagues and Club Sports. Go to the kenyon website and take a look, the KAC is an important part of campus for all kenyon students.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It is easy and free to get a parking space on campus, even if you are a freshman. It is much more difficult to get a parking space anywhere near where you live. The good news is that Kenyon is definitely a walking (or biking) campus, so cars are only really useful for getting off campus.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The goal of Campus Safety seems to be mostly to keep students safe. While there is no drinking allowed in freshman dorms and you will be written up if you are caught, underage drinking policies are barely enforced in upperclass dorms. Rules require that Xs be written on your hands before entering a party, if you are underage, but these Xs mostly just mean that it might take a little longer for you to get served beer. The "Good Samaritan Policy" insures that students can call Campus Safety if another student is in serious need, and none involved will face judiciary action.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Present but Not Overwhelming – Besides the obvious drinking scene, marijuana use is common though there is no real pressure to participate. There are a few serious stoners but it is difficult to be a heavy user and keep up with the workload at the same time. Acid, mushrooms, and ecstasy are around on occasion but use of these drugs is much more quiet and limited.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Unlike other colleges, fraternities do not have off-campus housing, but parts of campus dorms. All fraternities reside in the southern part of campus in Old Kenyon (DKE and AD), Hanna (D-phi, Phi-Kap) and Leonard (Beta, Psi-U, and Delt). While all fraternities are different, most are on friendly terms with each other and hold events together. While independents often label anyone in a fraternity as a typical `frat-boy', there is no such thing at Kenyon. Most fraternities are very diverse ideologically, politically, socially, economically etc. While fraternities do throw most of the parties on campus, most organizations have outstanding GPAs.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most Parties Revolve Around Frats – The vast majority of parties at Kenyon are thrown by frats. Period. In addition to the huge keg/dance parties, usually held in the fraternity lounges in Old Kenyon, frats have many smaller, but still parties. The best party spots on and off campus are fraternity-affiliated: DKE and AD bullseyes and lounges, DPhi duplex, Beta/Delt lodges etc. Anyone is allowed into the bigger frat parties, and the smaller ones are pretty open as well.

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Terrible – A common lament of Kenyon men that can be heard throughout campus is the lack of attractive girls. The fact is that attractive girls are few and far between. The majority of girls are mediocre in terms of attractiveness, personality, interests etc. Many girls will freely admit that the girls are nowhere as attractive as the men on campus. If you are a decent looking girl with a good personality, you can clean up at Kenyon.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging, interesting classes in all departments (except American Studies and Sociology, the two easiest departments). Great professors who genuinely care about their students, with many being available almost 24/7. Intellectual atmosphere throughout campus (recently witnessed an argument between two frat boys about the morality behind British colonialism in the KAC weightroom).

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Political Science – While the vast majority of Kenyon's student body is liberal, including myself, Kenyon's Political Science department is well known its conservative leanings (ex. Straussian Political Philosophy). While this could be a source of tension, they overwhelmingly promote debate through completely understanding all sides of an issue. Professors David Leibowitz, Fred Baumann, and Pam Jensen are all outstanding. The Political Science department is widely regarded as one of Kenyon's best departments.

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Campus Food: The food is good enough for me. I guess it's good that the food isn't incredible so I don't put on any extra weight, but it's never awful. Sometimes, it's a little repetitive, but there's always a variety of foods to choose from in Pierce. AVI was cool at first, but it's not always great, and there are always a few pearls offered.

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Campus Food: Campus dining could be worse and seems to be improving. The dining service managers are extremely receptive to student input and try very hard to provide for everyone and supply us with a great deal of daily options. With a little creativity, one can put together decent, healthy meals in the dining halls.

College Freshman

Athletics: It's really not the place to go to school if athletics are the most important thing in your life. It's the place to go to school if you can't imagine life without athletics but realize that academics come first.

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Athletics: Football's not too big here. IM sports are a popular way to have fun and carry on playing sports if you're not too serious about them.

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Athletics: Kenyon is definitely not a jock school. The typical Kenyon student is very intellectual and very interested in classes; a lot of people talk about their classes outside of the classroom. Everyone seems to think pretty strongly about everything that goes on at Kenyon. They are very conscious of the community around them, and athletics are important, but there is definitely not that much of an emphasis put on them.

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Athletics: We excel at geeky, patrician sports like swimming, and are laughably bad at jock sports like football. With that said, a huge number of people here are active and athletic without being jocks. Intramural sports are popular and a lot of fun.

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Athletics: IM sports are a presence at Kenyon, drawing perhaps an additional 20 percent of students to athletics, primarily through soccer, football, and basketball leagues.

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Athletics: In terms of quantity of sports, Kenyon matches up well with any other Division III, liberal-arts school. Quality, however, is at best another matter entirely. While there are some successful programs, the majority of Kenyon teams are mediocre.

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Athletics: As to the athletic scene, intramural women's rugby is decidedly the optimal sport on campus. Anyone can play; the captains are willing to teach you. There are no coaches, just other girls. It's a great way to stay in shape, get out aggression, and feel unconventional. It also guarantees you a safe and song-filled social life-c'mon now!

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Athletics: Kenyon is not a jock school, although I see it rapidly getting there, with the addition of FRA. At the same time, we needed a new facility desperately, and this will most definitely attract student athletes. I don't want to see it move towards a division in the student body as a cross-country runner. I enjoy the fact that I can be a student, a singer, a writer, and an athlete without feeling the need to restrict myself. Sports are moderately important to students, and not so much to the community, with the exception of swimming, which I wouldn't consider a jock sport. I think swimming and football get the most attention, for opposite reasons. In addition, the `game-oriented' sports, such as soccer and field hockey, get the most attention. Due to the nature of the sport, XC is overlooked, and golf is nonexistent, but understandably so.

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Athletics: I feel like a majority of the students do play sports here, but I don't get the sense that it's a jock school. And if you don't play a sport, you're definitely not looked down upon.

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Athletics: The two highest profile sports are football and men's basketball. Football, which has heightened importance because of Kenyon's location in Ohio, and men's basketball has had three coaches in the past six years, regularly only draw 300 to 400 people to a weekend game. Those numbers put us near the bottom of our conference.

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Off-Campus Housing: An increasingly popular trend for those left in the cold by the lottery is to find an underclassman willing to pay both shares in a double in exchange for the senior living in a vacancy in an off-campus apartment.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is decidedly inconvenient, since almost all activities are based on campus.

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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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