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Reviews 312 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Kenyon is incredibly safe. I know a lot of people who will leave their things at the library while they go to dinner.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I've loved all of my classes and the professors.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most pre-med students are able to get into their top choices

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We have dorms. They're nice dorms, but they are dorms. Compared to other schools, I think Kenyon has less options when it comes to housing, and it's a historic campus, so parts of the residence halls (particularly the bathrooms) can leave a little to be desired. That being said, the dorms themselves are cozy, and I still love my room.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The all campus parties are incredibly fun, and they're typically thrown by the greek organizations. It's also easy to find a party at the bullseye each weekend, but other parties happen all the time.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The mens soccer team is phenomenal as is boys frisbee.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have found my second home at Kenyon with a group of individuals that has become my second family. Kenyon has given me the opportunity to explore my interests in an engaging way, and it has stretched my thinking on many topics. I love it here.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everyone is brainwashed--its the absolute worst.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Kenyon has been an amazing experience overall. Despite majoring in international studies I am all set with a job in finance when I graduate. Have been able to study abroad and see the world fully supported by financial aid. Campus is beautiful although winter in Ohio is not the best.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am thinking about transferring because of the lack of diversity on campus: racial, religious, socioeconomic, etc. There's a heavy Greek scene on campus and if you are not Greek it is sometimes hard to really fit in. The campus itself is rather isolated. I think I would have been happier at a larger school with more diversity or a school closer to a city.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Initially, I was very excited to be at Kenyon. Now that I am interested in getting internships and preparing for "life after college" I am having some second thoughts. Kenyon is a good school with a pretty campus and culture, but it is just too far away from Columbus or any other major city, making it hard to participate in internships and network. I've moved on from the Greek life and party scene.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I, as many freshmen do, had a bit of trouble adjusting initially. Then, in early November, I had to return home for health reasons. I probably only missed about a week of school, but upon my return I went to our dining hall for dinner and dozens of people came up to hug me and welcome me back, people I had hardly talked to. At a school as small as Kenyon, I assumed gossip would spread like wildfire. Instead, the size seems to create this insanely supportive and loving community. People want to know about you and your life because they care, not so they can whisper about it to others.

9 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am very happy I chose Kenyon mainly because it is where I met the most important people in my life

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Greek Life: This campus would not run without Greeks. Besides providing parties that are open to anyone--and free--they do a lot for the campus. Kenyon Greek Life is different, and the groups are friendly and welcoming, even if you make it clear that you have no intentions of rushing/pledging. Each group has a different personality and presence on campus, but I think that most people appreciate the more visible groups for what they do.

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The campus forces you to pay for a dorm room. There is an option or two for living off campus, but you will wind up paying both for a dorm room and for your off-campus housing. Despite ResLife being a huge pain, living off campus is not worth it to most people.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: It's really what you make of it. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights will almost always have something going on if you want. The parties are definitely controlled by the Greek community--just about all of the all-campus parties are thrown by fraternities. Still, you can almost always find something smaller going on in an apartment or at a bar. I've never found myself with nothing to do.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Mt. Vernon has most of the fast food options you could want and a few other places. Nowhere is really that nice, but there are some places that I enjoy. As for Gambier, the cove is fine for ordering food late, the deli is fine (but overpriced) when it's open, the VI is wonderful, and the Kenyon Inn is a bad restaurant pretending to be nice.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Administration: There's a reason they're called campus safety and not campus police. They really do look out for the students' best interests, and they're nice people to make friends with! Parking enforcement can be a little annoying.

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Campus Housing: ResLife is easily the worst part of this college. There is no off-campus housing, so you have to deal with them. The dorms are not maintained well, and it is a terrible value. The office itself likes to overcharge for end of the year charges, but they are incompetent and will not work with you. I have been overcharged each year that I have lived at Kenyon, and the office is miserable and rude in dealing with them. I have clearly pointed out their mistakes, and they refuse to back down. After being charged for repairs, I have gone back to my old rooms and seen that they did not repair a single thing they charged me for. Now, as a recent graduate, I am still fighting with them for them to be reasonable, but it is definitely an uphill battle. It's a shame that such a great school can be tarnished by an incompetent group of people who really have no influence on the school besides blindly charging students.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are usually parties happening somewhere on campus each weekend. While you might have to wait for the bigger semester/yearly bashes to roll around, they're usually good fun.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Because all of the restaurants in Gambier are technically "on-campus," the main and closest "off-campus" dining options are in Mount Vernon. While you have to take the shuttle or find someone with a car to get to Mount Vernon, there are a number of chain restaurants, like Chipotle and Panera, and also great independent restaurants. While the food is delicious, it'd be nice if it were closer to Kenyon.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Kenyon offers very little financial aid, and many things (like student jobs on-campus) can conflict with how the money is channeled. It's not impossible, however.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Food: While we love to hate on Peirce, truth is that Kenyon's dining hall exceeds that of most college campuses. Sure, the food is bad sometimes, mediocre at others, and then on-point. Like life, [Peirce] "it's like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're gonna get."

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing at Kenyon is like a cosine graph: It starts out pretty good, then gets bad, but increases around junior-senior year. For example, many seniors have the opportunity to live in North Campus Apartments, which are lovely.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Because Kenyon is isolated, the vast majority of the party scene is centered around drinking. At the outset of the year when I didn't know as many people, I went to a lot of the bigger parties, which can be fun. However as you find a group of friends, you figure out the best way to have a good time, which is often smaller gatherings that end up at the Cove.

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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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