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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.

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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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Academics: Kenyon has a lot to offer. Because it is a small school and the student-to-faculty ratio is low, I think that in a lot of cases, the faculty and administration are willing to bend over backwards for all of the students. It is a really hard school academically.

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Academics: I cannot say enough good things about the faculty at Kenyon. They are among the brightest in their fields, and they are dedicated to teaching in a way that professors at research universities simply are not. Academically, the faculty encourages students to be skeptical and engaged learners, but their influence goes beyond the classroom. My faculty advisor took me out to lunch to convince me to study abroad; other faculty members have taken the time to help me find summer research positions and discuss the options I have after graduation. They are excellent scholars and totally dedicated to their students.

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Academics: I've enjoyed the majority of the classes I've taken here. The professors are knowledgeable and interested in the subject. They want you to succeed, and are generous with their time and energy in helping you reach academic goals. For the most part, I've gotten the classes I want. Registration is very easy and non-competitive. Professors are often willing to sign for you to enter the class, even if it's filled.

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Academics: It depends entirely on the student. If you do all the homework and attempt to get something out of all the material, you will have an academic experience and feel that you are working twice as hard as everyone else. The academics are as difficult as you permit them to be, but as far as I understand, you actually have to work for an A, regardless of how intelligent you are. Not so for a B.

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Academics: Overall, the academics here are slightly below fantastic-slightly. The faculty rank as high as the academics. The profs are great, but not the pre-eminent scholars in their field (for the most part). The ability to get classes that you want is almost 100 percent, with the exception of English classes that fill up during major pre-enrollment.

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Academics: The academics are wonderful! No matter how difficult or easy your courses were in high school, Kenyon classes will challenge you to explore your horizons and think in new ways. The faculty is absolutely amazing here at Kenyon. They are outstanding scholars, and they also invest time and emotional commitment in their students. They really value you, the student, learning and understanding and enjoying, all at the same time. If you plan it right, you can get the classes you want. For really popular courses, there are usually several different sections, and you should list alternate times, but I don't know anyone who didn't get a class. The teachers are also really nice about this. If you come to them and say `I really want to take this course,' they will usually let you add it.

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Academics: Overall, the academics are fantastic. Kenyon students often forget that, compared to 95 percent of colleges and universities, we have great teachers, challenging courses in a wide variety of subjects, and outstanding facilities. The faculty, though, differ from department to department, and are dedicated, available, and engaging. They are great people and a great resource. Sometimes, it can be difficult to get the classes you want, particularly in the larger departments or as a younger student, but it's not a serious problem.

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Academics: It is fairly easy to get into introductory classes, but I wish that it was a little bit less selective and less hard to get into creative writing classes at Kenyon. And the English department is really well known. I think that English majors really have to work hard to get into courses they are interested in because there is a lot of demand.

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Academics: I don't think the academics at any institution could be that much better than what Kenyon has to offer. From the course selection to the teachers to the intimacy in the classroom, Kenyon's classes are extremely productive and very personal. The students and teachers are familiar with one another because there are at most 15 students in most of my classes. I have incredible teachers in all of my classes, and if I don't think that I understand a certain concept, the teachers are always available for further discussion. Fortunately, I was able to get every class I wanted for my freshman year. Due to the size of the classes, certain classes are going to be more difficult to gain a spot, but I've been lucky to this point.

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Local Area: Gambier is very cute and very pretty; Mt. Vernon is very commercialized. Kenyon's location is a positive and a negative-the quaint stuff is fun for a while, but in the end, you do crave better food and more culture.

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Local Area: Kenyon's location is definitely a plus because it is gorgeous. It's the perfect location for any student who wants to concentrate on his or her studies and have enough distractions to remain busy, but not too many to distort students' priorities. The one thing all students must be aware of is that because of Kenyon's size, or lack thereof, it's a very intense campus. You will become familiar with almost everyone in your class, and you will be living with them for four years. It helps a lot if you enjoy being around people!

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Local Area: The village of Gambier is a charming addition to Kenyon's sense of community, as it reminds us that we are still members of society, despite the `Kenyon Bubble.' Everyday interactions with the post office man, bookstore workers, and bank members allow interactions that are not purely academic and force relationships that extend beyond college-age people. Mt. Vernon is adequate, although not terribly exciting, and I'd love to see more restaurants. At the same time, being so far from a major city allows us to participate in our own community in a bigger way. Location is positive, if you can handle the isolation. It gives a better focus to studies without distraction.

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Local Area: Basically, Kenyon is the ideal college for anyone who enjoys the intimacy of a small town and isolation from the rest of the world. You can't always be isolated from the world, though, and Mt. Vernon, only a five-minute drive from Gambier, allows Kenyon students to re-enter the lives they may have left. If you have the patience, you learn that Mt. Vernon has anything and everything you could want or need as a college student.

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Local Area: Once you get beyond the initial `middle of nowhere' factor, you really begin to love the village of Gambier. Cars stop for you, everything is really clean, and you are able to interact with other students, faculty, and residents every day just walking through. Mt. Vernon, for what it is, a place to get all life's necessities, is fine. I actually like Gambier better, but Mt. Vernon is a fun random trip if you feel like it. Kenyon's location is definitely a positive. Being surrounded by nature without a lot of distractions lets you get your work done, and you're more likely to interact with other students more because you're not going into a city often. Plus, Columbus isn't that far away at all, and there's a big shopping mecca only 50 minutes away as well. Plus, it's just beautiful here.

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Local Area: I came out to Kenyon to visit, and I pretty much knew what Kenyon was going to be like, and I think that you don't come to Kenyon looking for a city. You don't come to Kenyon looking for a Gap or J.Crew on the corner. That is what part of the beauty of Kenyon is. The fact that it is a beautiful rural landscape, and it has a lot to offer with its small community-as far as community service and reporting for the newspaper goes. There are a lot of ways students can really work with their surroundings, whereas in the big city, they might feel that they are unable to make a difference.

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Local Area: The village of Gambier is perhaps the world's greatest college town-it's only a touch too small. As far as Mt. Vernon, if it weren't for Wal-Mart and Kroger, our hickish sense of civilization would be totally useless. Kenyon's location is an extreme positive. Simply put: Kenyon would not function at all outside of Gambier.

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Local Area: The village of Gambier is incredibly small and quaint. There really isn't too much to it. Mt. Vernon is kind of hickish with a lot of Mennonites and `middle-America' restaurants and stores. Kenyon's location is very isolated, but that's what I like about it. It's a break from reality. Plus, Columbus is only 50 minutes away.


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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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