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4 College Junior

Administration: Campus safety is generally really nice and understanding- just don't do anything stupid like yell or try to run away. If you listen to them and respect them, they'll usually give you a chance to fix whatever you're doing wrong. However, the local sheriff is tough. Open containers are a big issue, so campus safety usually just tries to stop people from walking outside with any drink. They genuinely just want everyone to be safe!

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There's no student center or anything, but the dining hall kind of serves that purpose. You see everyone during meal times, and it's easy to spend hours in there talking and joking with your friends. The athletic center is amazing and the envy of all visiting sports teams. When the weather's nice, people love to sit outside on the lawns.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I've never had a problem with housing. The first two years are typically dorms, then people have the option of apartment-style housing. Most people make some of their best friends through freshman housing, and everyone holds dear their freshman hall. Sophomore year you move in with your teammates and friends, but I know countless pairs of freshman roommates who continue to live together or at least make time to see each other and catch up. However, the housing lottery is always a stressful event. You have to have your initial plan, but if it depends on good numbers, you need a plan B and C. It leads to a lot of shake-up on the day-of. It usually works out though!

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Different races and religions are present, but in small numbers. There are more girls than guys, and campus is overwhelmingly white. However, there's no discrimination or anything. Campus is too small to segregate yourself or exclude people, which is a good thing I think.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are all kinds of guys at school. There are the artsy/hip guys (skinny pants and flannel), there are the fraternity type guys (khaki shorts, button downs) and there are athletes (khakis/athletic shorts and hoodies/t-shirts). Most of the guys I've met are nice, but they're typical college boys - they like to party and they like to get girls.

You can categorize the girls similarly - hip, athletic, and I guess "other". There are only 3 sororities and none of them are national, so there aren't as many Greek girls as guys. To go out, girls don't really dress up here. I've been out in sweats before. It's also uncommon to wear tons of makeup, which some guys appreciate at least in hind-sight.

There are lots of random hook-ups on weekends, and sometime it gets hard to avoid people who your friends have hooked up with or you've heard something about. There's also "Kenyon married" which is when a couple gets really serious really fast, and you never see them apart. There's not much casual dating though. People tend to kind of exclusively hook up with someone for a while, then it will either go official or fizzle.

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5 College Junior

Technology: There are many computer labs on campus: in the science quad, in the basement of the dining hall, in Gund Commons, 4 or 5 in the library alone. In the moments before class, the main ones are often busy, so it's wise to plan ahead. However, in a jam, you'll still get what you need on time. Most people have their own computers, which you can hook up to the printers to make things easier. People using the campus computers often need some PC software for science classes, or access to the public drives.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The small community definitely sets Kenyon apart. What other school has one dining hall in the center of campus? It makes it a great place to see people daily. Middle Path is also a treat. You can sit there for 15 minutes between classes and see everyone you want to. People also take advantage of the Kokosing Gap Trail for walks, runs and bike rides.

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3 College Junior

Parking: There is parking on the North side of campus and behind the dining hall, but those are generally used by upperclassmen. If you have a car your first two years, you'll end up parking in South Lot 2, which is down the hill behind the KAC-- i.e. a real trek.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: In Gambier itself, there are 5 places to eat, depending on what type of food you want. There's the Deli, the Village Inn, Wiggin Street, Gambier Grill, and the Kenyon Inn. Most of those places have take out, and Gambier Grill also has delivery. In Mt. Vernon, 5 minutes down the road, you have any type of fast food you could want (including a new Chipotle!), and some popular Chinese, Indian, and Mexican places. However, for a free meal, there's always Pierce!

5 College Junior

Academics: I'm a history major, which is a fairly popular one here. You have the ability to choose which time period or geographical area you'd like to specialize in, after you fulfill certain distribution requirements. The history classes are often formatted in small groups (around 15 people), with classes alternating between lectures and reading discussions. The professors are all passionate about what they study, and they're extremely approachable and eager to help when you ask.

I'm also involved in the science department as a pre-med student. There's no pre-med major, but Kenyon provides a track of courses for you to take to prepare you for medical school. It's possible to major in something outside the sciences; why limit what classes you're taking? The intro sciences courses are obviously larger lecture-type classes, but professors know everyone's name and are happy to help you understand a concept or go over your tests.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Kenyon is known as a "hip" school, which is synonymous with drug use. While drug use is definitely popular, it's not in-your-face or obtrusive if it's not your thing. Smoking is the most common, but you can find other drugs if you look for them.

4 College Junior

Majors: Since we're not a big research university, there aren't many internship opportunities at the school. However, our Career Development Office does a good job of placing people in interesting internships. Peers are also a great resource for finding work. As far as on-campus summer jobs go, there are research opportunites through Summer Science, as well as some Legal Studies internships.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The campus is only about a mile long, so transportation isn't needed around school. However, to go off campus, there is a shuttle that runs on the hour every Saturday. And that's only if you don't know anyone with a car to borrow, which I guarantee you will!

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks tend throw the all-campus parties, but there is no pressure to go greek, nor any stigma attached to it.

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2 College Junior

Weather: It's Ohio so the weather is usually not very nice or changes quickly. This has very little effect on my classes though. When it is nice we have class outside, which I like.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing lottery is a complete mess and they don't know what they are doing. The dorms are on the whole pretty nice and so are most of the apartments.

4 College Junior

Academics: This is a very academic school, which is part of why it's so competitive and selective. The workload is hard but manageable, although I know students who barely sleep at all because they have so much work. Professors really care about the students and work hard to help them. My program is a different because it is new and the major requirements are more relaxed so it is easier I think.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The campus police won't call the real police or convict you of a felony or anything, they just confiscate it and make you do community service, which I think is great because they are protecting students but not ruining their lives by putting drug convictions on permanent legal records.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: We only have one dining hall on campus. It gets really tiring, and there is not really any way to opt out of the dining plan. The only other food options on campus are the deli, the coffee shop, the VI, and the Kenyon Inn (which most students don't go to often because it's the nicest and most expensive).

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most dorms don't have AC, it's nearly impossible to get a single until junior year, there is NO off campus housing, the rooms are small and expensive for what you get, the insides aren't very attractive (most are cinder block walls)

1 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is not great, I was expecting a lot of snow and we've gotten maybe 5 real snows in 2 years. It rains a lot and is cloudy most of the time. It is only warm during the first 3 weeks and last 3 weeks of school. It also sucks when you don't have AC in your room...

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2 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is pretty strict about alcohol policies but if you are careful you will be fine

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: For the most part the academic scene on campus is very good. We have a great diversity of programs and opportunities.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful and the Kenyon Athletic Center is a wonderful facility. There are lots of trails around campus that are equally beautiful.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you're looking for it you'll find it but it's not in your face at all.

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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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