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Weather: Dressing for success in this weather pattern requires a heavy jacket for the winter and sweaters in the colder months, but that is bookended by an almost equal amount of time in shorts.

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Overall Experience: The people are incredible and have made my college experience wonderful. Kenyon is the perfect college for anyone who is serious about their studies, and life in general. And of course, you'll have an incredible time.

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Overall Experience: The best part about the Kenyon experience is the feeling that you get from being there-a feeling that is not quantifiable, and requires a first-hand knowledge of the place to understand. It is not merely one aspect of community, but rather the sum of many things that contribute to this feeling of comfort and warmth that Kenyon seems to exude.

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Overall Experience: Kenyon's a place where all the smart but quirky kids from high school came. We like to learn for learning's sake, but we also like to have fun. We play sports, we sing a cappella, we star-gaze, and we play ultimate Frisbee. There's definitely something to be said for 1,600 kids who want to spend four years in the middle of nowhere. We care about our education, but we really care about who we learn with. The people here are awesome, and if you take the time to get to know people, you'll always be presently surprised. Cliché? Maybe, but I think it's true.

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Overall Experience: The main thing about Kenyon is the tradeoff between niceness and iconoclasticness. Kenyon greets you with a warm welcome because everyone here is just so darn nice. But at the same time, since nearly everyone is nice to everyone else, the campus dynamic is just a little more flat than it could be. Speaking for me, the most important thing I was looking for was feeling at home. This is certainly true at Kenyon College, so for me, the tradeoff was definitely worthwhile.

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Overall Experience: I believe everyone at Kenyon has a `Kenyon moment' that turns a switch and makes you truly appreciate Kenyon for all its good and bad aspects, because with everything considered, it is a one-of-a-kind and wonderful place. As a disoriented freshman, I got lost trying to find the observatory for a Physics lab at 10 o'clock at night during the first week of school. I was somewhere near the athletic facilities, and I asked a lacrosse player if he knew where the observatory was. He said `no, but I have a car-we can go look for it.' So at 10 p.m., after sports practice, a complete stranger drove me around for a half-hour looking for the observatory. It was a completely unnecessary, yet benevolent gesture that I will always remember. It was one of my first impressions of Kenyon students, and one that they've certainly lived up to since.

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Overall Experience: If you had told me in the winter of my senior year of high school that I would be spending my college years in Gambier, Ohio, I would have questioned your sanity. In truth, the three years have met the cliché as the best of my life.

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Overall Experience: Kenyon has poisoned me forever. I desperately want to get on with my life, and I never, ever want to leave. This place is perfect and deeply dysfunctional. It is not in any way, shape, or form like real life, and why should it be? It's college.

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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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