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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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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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