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Reviews 318 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Spaceships in the Past. All of the facilities at Kenyon are great. Although some of them are a little rusty in the inside, it's great. Especiall because all of them hold so much history that sitting in any of the seats around the school makes you feel like you are part of that history, as though you were making history too. It is no different for the new buildings, for which being new means nothing. They perfectly fit in the environment, aesthetically and function-wise.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I Am Friends With My Professors – I'm in Kenyon College and so far I give it an A+, because it's been a very satisfying experience. I'm a soon-to-be Modern Languages and Literature major, and wha I like the most about it is that I can make friends with my professors. Their proximity to the school helps and so does the fact that most of them are foreigners, I am one too. They know what they are doing and thus help me getting to know what I am aiming for.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Process Was Fantastic – They gave me more money in grants than I had imagined. They then revised their award offer to allow me more grant money. They offered me a low interest loan and a nice large scholarship. They were extremely generous and understood my family's need.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus Life – If you go to Kenyon you need to keep in mind you are going there for the education. I know its the same for every school, but at Kenyon everything revolves around school, sports, clubs, time...everything. Greek life is on its way back to being a little more prominent. Though its not a big deal, being part of a fraternity/sorority is a great way of making more friends that you can keep for life. Kenyon is a great place where anything you do revolves around academics.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There isn't much off-campus housing...if your a senior you might have a chance (you got to know people). A pretty small campus, so if you have a car, anything is convenient (or even a bike). Parking is terrible.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Kenyon is located about an hour away from Columbus, Ohio. There isn't alot too do other than what is available on campus. The campus is small in numbers but all the buildings are spread out. There are many clubs and activities too partake in. It is a Liberal Arts school, so most of the clubs and classes share a common view. The athletic center is probably one of the biggest attractions of the school. It's located down the hill on the south side of campus. It would look out of place if placed next to any other buildings on campus that have a gothic architecture look. The weather is goes as follows: September and October are nice (not too rainy, mostly sunshine and clouds) November-March is really depressing if you like sunny weather. After that, school is almost out, and you get the month of April to enjoy. Its in the middle of nowhere, and we just started to lock doors this year. The students at Kenyon for the most part are pretty well off financially. So the locals tend to perceive students as being incapable of doing basic necessities. I would give Kenyon College an A+ for academics, but Because of the weather I'll give it an A-

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Getting Better – There is not a whole lot of racial or socioeconomic diversity - most of the student body is upper middle class white. However, the college is working very hard to turn this around. Also, while somewhat homogeneous the student body is general very open minded. As a non-white student, I have never experienced and discrimination.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Kenyon is in the middle of nowhere in Ohio. There isn't much crime happening.

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.


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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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