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Reviews 312 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Campus Safety Rocks! Kenyon acknowledges that students drink, and has policies in place to ensure student safety above all else. Students are never afraid to call Campus Safety if a student seems in danger, because they know that no one involved will be in trouble with the school. Sometimes students are required to go to the counseling center or attend alcohol awareness classes, but that seems very fair. No alcohol in the first-year quads, but my hall never found that policy very enforceable. With a little thought, you can drink safely in any dorm. Just don't be dumb.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Surprisingly Uniform in Race – While there are a number of minority students on campus, they are a very small minority. Every student may claim to be enlightened and above racial (and other) prejudices, but the fact is that minority students at our school have to work hard to create a place they feel comfortable living in. In socio-economic and regional terms, Kenyon is much more diverse.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pretty Scenery – the campus is absolutely beautiful even in the rain and during winter finals the campus "middle path" is lit by christmas lights!

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Raging Party Scene and Good Academics – Students here really work hard and play hard. The social scene is dictated by the Greeks who host large, noisy, drunken parties but the academics more than make up for the lack of social variation.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's the Middle of Nowhere! There aren't very many off-campus options because of the location of the school. There are a few apartments available to rent but the college is slowly buying them and converting them into student housing.

To be honest, Gambier is pretty much the college so there's really nowhere to go off campus!

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4 College Junior

Athletics: I think something like 1/3 of students are varsity athletes and many more play club or IM sports. The Athletic Center is AMAZING and a huge part of campus. The sports teams are committed but we play DIII because we also want to learn here. I play a varsity sport and although the fan support isn't the best my friends always come out to watch as well as the odd professor. The school fully supports its athletes with the availability of excellent facilities, trainers, coaches etc.

Athletics have been a huge part of my kenyon experience.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Little Crime – It is very safe here, as a girl I have never felt threatened or uncomfortable in any way, you can walk alone on campus at any time of the day/night without thinking twice about it. Some people lock their doors, a lot of people don't. There is some petty theft but mostly the only thing in danger is your unchained bike which will immediately be taken on a joyride to the other end of campus by someone too drunk to walk.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The weather here changes. All the time. We get a lot of snow in the winter and the campus is really pretty, luckily everything is close together so you don't have to spend too much time in the cold.

It is SOOOOO fun here when it is warm. Everyone sits outside their dorms in the quads and studies or drinks. We play beer pong openly outside without having to worry about security or the sheriff who can't come on campus.

There are fun places to swim when the weather is good.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Transport Is Not Really an Issue – Small campus so don't really need a car, I don't have one. There are shuttles to and from the airport over breaks that are cheap and a free shuttle everyday into the nearest big town, Mount Vernon.

A lot of people have cars here and you can normally find a ride if you need to go somewhere.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining Gambier / Mount Vernon – The options in Gambier which basically just means right in the middle of campus include;
Middle Ground - a cafe with organic food, great coffee, salads, wraps, milkshakes, fries etc.
The Deli - all day breakfast food and great sandwiches.
The Village Inn - best for dinner and drinks, great burgers, pasta, and quesadillas.
The Kenyon Inn - Gourmet restaurant, best for when parents are paying, menu changes but steaks are always awesome.
Gambier Grill - Pizza, Chicken Fingers, Mozzarella Sticks etc. They also deliver and are a great late night / drunk food option.

Mount Vernon - Theres a lot, my favorites are 'Fiesta Mexicana' and 'Indian and Greek Eats'.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is normally said to be one of Kenyon's weaknesses but I disagree on this point. It is true that there are a lot of white kids here but it is something we are all conscious of but not something that is easy to change. I think a lot of the time 'non-white' applicants prefer to apply to schools that already have a racially diverse student population as they feel it will be a better fit for them. A lot of the time people fail to recognize how accepting we are here, everyone can belong here, can find their place and their is always support available.

Kenyon does a good job of recruiting international students, I'm international and was attracted to Kenyon because of its strong academic reputation and excellent financial aid.

I think we are very diverse with regard to sexual orientation, anything goes and its not a big deal.

Most kids are Democrats and very liberal.

A lot of different religions are represented here and the school supports all religious groups and actively helps our students to follow their religions of choice while at Kenyon.

Economically speaking a lot of students are rich but there are also a huge number of kids on financial aid. You have to pay for a great education but the school provides scholarships, need based aid, grants, work-study and low interest loans to help everyone get through school. The students at Kenyon couldn't care less if your rich or poor. I have a friend with a private jet and one that was formally homeless. At kenyon goodwill is considered much cooler than gucci.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: You don't really choose your dorm freshman year, you all live 'North' in the freshman quad or across the road in Mather or McBride. These dorms are all pretty nice, people say bad things about Gund because there is a wall dividing you and your roommate but it really just means a little more privacy.

After freshman year a lottery system decides where you get to live as upperclassmen. Seniors normally live in apartments as well as some juniors, sophomores normally try to live 'South' as its a change from freshman year.

Getting a single can be difficult freshman / sophomore year and it costs like $2500 extra a year or something like that.


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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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