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Reviews 422 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Gambier is a small town so there's not really any where to go but there are parties almost every weekend available to pretty much anyone who wants to go.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Kenyon is in the middle of nowhere. That's good because it means that everything that the school and Gambier offer is within a ten minute walk at the most. That's bad because the school and Gambier don't offer a whole lot aside from a grocery store, deli, and bookstore. If you want to go to Wal-Mart or the movies, it will be about a twenty minute drive into Mt. Vernon. There are free shuttles that run on Wednesdays and the weekends, but I've never had to take them. As long as you have a friend with a car you should be fine. If you need to fly home (most students do), Columbus airport is your best bet, and there are various student-run organizations that sell reasonably priced tickets on private buses that run from the college to the airport before and after breaks. If you have to fly when the service isn't running though and don't have a car, be prepared to shell out $100+ on a cab.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Kenyon is one of the most expensive schools in the country. Financial aid, fortunately, is one of the best. Work as hard as you can to get a nice aid package. Justify the high cost by being very involved academically and socially, and the price will be worth it. The folks dealing with your financial aid package are friendly and open. Talk to them about any concerns.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Kenyon is one of the top schools in the nation for its sustainability efforts. Many meats, veggies, and dairy products are purchased from local farmers. The dining hall doesn't require any form of ID scan. You simply walk in whenever you are hungry. Long lines do form at peak-hours. This is probably the worst part of the dining experience. The Harry-Potter-esque dining halls make-up for this. Actual food quality if above average. Fresh local foods, variety of options, and the dining hall ambience makes an overall fine dining experience.

Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Shuttle to Mt. Vernon – The only Transportation that comes to mind is the shuttle to Mt. Vernon, which must be reserved through student services. I only took it twice, and found the option of borrowing a friends car more appealing.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Work in Progress – Kenyon is working on increasing the diversity of the student body and I met many very interesting people, but most of them were from different economic backgrounds rather than ethnically diverse, but I believe that this is something that the Kenyon administration is working on.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Depends on Your Housing – Depending on whether you have been assigned to live on north or south campus, the parking situation can vary. Stickers are assigned to students based on their dorm location. South campus parking is a nightmare and requires students to park at the gym and the bottom of the hill, while north campus is considerably better.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: No Alternative – Kenyon does not allow for students to choose their meal plan, but obliges them to pay for the on campus plan with tuition. Due to the poor quality of the food, by sophomore years I was paying for the dining services (as obligated) and cooking my own food at home. The school doesn't keep track of the consumption of different food via an id card and therefore a lot of food, and therefore money and resources, are wasted.

5 College Junior

Academics: Amazing Professors – Professors are extremely intelligent and excellent at their jobs. They have open doors during Office Hours several days each week and are always available for extra help or just general discussion. Students are motivated and work hard. Classes facilitate discussion and everyone is actively engaged during class time.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Couldn't Imagine Going Anywhere Else – If you are open minded and willing to give Kenyon a chance you are in for the best 4 years of your life. The kids here are smart, fun, creative and intellectually motivated. Everyone has at least one extra-curricular that they are unbelievably passionate about and students support their friends and classmates in these activities.

We have great professors, amazing facilities, and a beautiful rural backdrop in a place we get to call home from here on out.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Punishments Barely Exist – You will get "written up" if you are caught drinking underage but this doesn't really matter unless you are an athlete, in which case you will have to tell your coach and your team is likely to be punished.
Be careful of drinking in the streets of Gambier (not on school property) as the Sheriff loves nothing more than to give open containers to Kenyon kids.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Always Apply – Everybody who needs financial aid and applies gets more than enough help.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not Many Options – Few options, high cost, not convenient, no student discounts, low variety.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Low Student Spirit – Amazing facilities, only team that performs well is Swim Team, no fan support nor school spirit.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm majoring in Political Science here at Kenyon, and the program is fantastic. The workload can be rather demanding (lots of reading and writing), but it is definitely worth the effort. Most classes in the polysci program are discussion based which I absolutely love. If you aren't keen on talking in class, several professors accept brief summaries of your opinion on each class' discourse as a substitute for your discussion input, but again, this is not the case for every professor. Polysci can be tricky because professors have varying political leanings, while students here are predominantly liberal. I think the polysci department as a whole leans more on the conservative side, but this past semester I had a liberal professor, which worried me because I am one of the few students on campus who identifies as conservative. Yet, as a testament to the brilliance of faculty on campus, my professor marked all my papers objectively and evaluated me solely on my defense of my arguments, rather than whether or not she agreed with my position. I've heard this is the case with all professors in the field, so your political identification shouldn't hinder you from attending this college. There are numerous political functions throughout the year, such as the CSAD Conference (Center for the Study of American Democracy). This year CSAD brought in several renown speakers, such as Zalmay Khalilzad (former US ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the UN), James Zogby, Scott Carpenter and Larry Diamond. There is also a political journal on campus called The Kenyon Observer, which was recently revived and offers student opinion from all over the political spectrum.

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Binge Drinking Is a Weekend Routine – I'm not really into it so in hindsight I wish I hadn't come here. Also, if you don't like light beer you're out of luck because that's all frats serve, it's cheaper than diet coke.

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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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