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Campus Housing: I've never been unhappy with anywhere I've lived at Kenyon. Every year, I feel like I've always been given a good room, and I think that, for the most part, all of the dorms are pretty nice. Obviously, some are nicer than others, but we don't have any real high rises, we have one high rise building on campus, but I think we are lucky that the majority of our dorms are not more than two stories high.

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Campus Housing: There is a range of on-campus housing. We have a few beautiful dorms, mostly doubles and triples, with a few singles, which are populated primarily by frat boys and party kids. The freshman housing is grim, but fosters a real sense of community. By the time you get to be a junior and senior, it's possible to get an on-campus apartment, some of which are stunningly beautiful, and some of which are pretty ramshackle; we get by.

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Campus Housing: No matter how nice your dorm is, it will feel like a dungeon by the end of the first month. There are many methods to counteract this. For instance, do your homework somewhere else. Walk outside, and in the typical freshman fashion, gawk at the image of Pierce Tower against the stars. To be content on this campus, you need to appreciate quiet beauty, such as walking through fields. It helps to have a friend with a car.

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Campus Housing: Most of the on-campus housing offered is clean and comfortable, but there aren't nearly enough singles on campus. A small, close community like Kenyon can be a wonderful place to spend four years, but in order to thrive in such a tight-knit environment, personal space is so important. Especially for juniors and seniors, who are really becoming adults, being forced to live with roommates for four years can be stifling.

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Campus Housing: The rooms in the freshman quad are huge. These are some of the biggest I've been in anywhere, and I did a lot of college touring. The dorms are all really nice if you want to make them nice. The windows are big, and there's lots of wall space to decorate and such.

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Campus Housing: Some at Kenyon feel that some of the money spent on the FRA should have gone to building new dorms. While there are some nice dorms that might score an eight out of ten, far too many students, especially sophomores, feel there is definite room for improvement.

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Campus Housing: If you wanted to get an accurate view of Kenyon's dorms, you need only look at the ones designated for freshmen. First, there are Norton and Lewis, which are known as the historics. Externally beautiful with spacious rooms, these dorms are generally the preferred ones, despite the absence of amenities such as air-conditioning and carpeting, which are featured in McBride and Mather.

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Campus Housing: Caples, an upperclass dorm, is a nine-story pencil, and it is generally considered the least desirable dorm on campus.

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Campus Housing: The lack of off-campus housing enhances the sense of community. I love living on campus.

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Diversity: There's a lack of diversity, and it is noticeable, but Kenyon does have the most diverse group of upper-middle-class white students. Also, Kenyon is working on improving racial diversity, as well as sexual diversity.

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Diversity: Is its lack at Kenyon noticeable? Yes. Kenyon's lack of diversity is noticeable, but not as bad as one would think. When I applied to schools, diversity was something I looked at, mainly because it seems pompous and borderline discriminatory not to look,but when it boils down to it, it's not that big of a deal.

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Diversity: Kenyon's diversity is not lacking in any means. Everyone is so different, it's incredible. If you base diversity on skin color, yes, Kenyon lacks diversity in race, but in every other aspect-religion, lifestyle, economic background, and life experiences-each person is fascinating.

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Diversity: I would say that at Kenyon, you have a very diverse group of white, upper-middle-class students. Kenyon has a fairly large amount of international students, but there aren't a lot of African American students that are attracted to Kenyon. I think that the Admissions Office works very hard to find African American applicants, but it hasn't really gotten to the point where Kenyon is as diverse as it could be. Maybe that has to do with its location being in Ohio.

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Diversity: It takes a certain type of student to go to college in really what is the middle-of-nowhere in Ohio. It is a great school, and there is a lot that it offers, but for a lot of people, they really are forced to make their own fun during the week and weekends. Therefore, you have a lot of very independently-minded students.

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Diversity: There are people literally from all over the world and all 50 states. There is every religion and ethnic group you could imagine.

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Diversity: I have definitely met a lot of people from different states and different countries. There are also a lot of religions on campus, and a lot of religious activities, so if you are religious at all, or just want to meet people in the same religion, there are a lot of opportunities for that.

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Diversity: I came from an almost all-white high school, and it was great to be surrounded by all ethnicities and backgrounds. It is such a wonderful cultural experience.

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Diversity: Culturally, Kenyon College is very diverse. Overseas, it is an extremely popular university to attend, so it attracts students from many continents and countries around the world. Chances are, you will have several international students in every class, which provides for a much more dynamic and culturally-relevant discussion of the subjects.

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Guys & Girls: Relationship-wise, you find that there is no middle ground or very little middle ground. Some couples are very, very close and tight, almost married, to just occasional hookups, but you'll probably find that everywhere.

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Guys & Girls: People either get engaged or hook up. There's nothing in between. There are a lot of attractive people, but most of them are engaged.

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Guys & Girls: It is about a half-and-half split between hookups, friends with benefits, and really intense relationships. There's a good range of attractiveness on campus.

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Guys & Girls: Everyone is different, but I think that since you will be living with the same people for four years, some people are intimidated by the fact of hooking up and having relationships early in their Kenyon career.

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Guys & Girls: For any teenage male, anything with two legs usually attracts attention. If physical beauty is your thing, yes, you'll find it at Kenyon, as well as the true beauty of a person-their personality. Girls dress really nice, so I can't wait until spring and warm weather.

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Guys & Girls: Kenyon is a very good-looking campus with all sorts of types-it just depends on what you're looking for. But yes, as a girl, for the most part, the guys are definitely more attractive than guys I've seen at other schools.

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Guys & Girls: In terms of relationships on campus, I'd say the campus is pretty divided. There are those who want random hookups, but as time goes on, often you hear stories from the same individuals over and over, and realize it's more of a `hookup circle.' The people who want relationships are often harder to find, but are there. In terms of how `hot' the student body is, there are `hot' people, and then there are those who don't classify people as hot or not. Whichever you are, you'll find your clique, and if it's hot people you want, you'll find them. It will help if you are a guy because the guy/girl ratio favors you.

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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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