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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.

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.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone Comes from NY and LA – We have like 5-10 black kids on campus and most of them are hipsters/gays which says a lot about Kenyon, I think, because the majority of the student body is either in frat or a total striped-pants hipster. It's hard.

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1 College Junior

Transportation: We Live in a Mile Long Village What Is There to Say...? the closest town is mt. vernon with nothing except for wal-mart and a couple of fast food joints. there is not transport to columbus. bring a car.

1 College Junior

Party Scene: Frat Parties and One Bar (Club Cove) – Most people come with a fake idea and if you don't like light beer that's cheaper then diet coke you'll either learn to like it or spend the weekends in your room. it's sad but there's not an awful lot to do on the weekends in terms of night life. most people just get wasted and sometimes make out with a stranger in the dark in the basement of old kenyon at a frat party but if you aren't in to that and you aren't part of a sports team you're out of luck.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman Housing Is Best Goes Downhill from There.. the lottery sucks, try to get a doctor's note and be given housing accommodation to choose your room. there's a big divide on campus between people who live south campus (beer drinking frat stars) and north campus (straight leg hipsters and gays). It all sounds awesome and surreal to you right now but it's not quite so cool when you're living it and you're not really either.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I didn't get any financial aid, but I didn't need any. I suppose a scholarship would have been nice, but it wasn't in the cards for me. At 200k, the Kenyon experience is worth it.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Kenyon might not have Harvard's reputation; it might not have Ohio State's sports teams or the southern state school girls, but for students who choose Kenyon, no college compares. Kenyon calls itself a small place to think big thoughts, and until you leave, you never fully appreciate what a wonderful blessing that is. The professors are brilliant and friendly, and they'll always place their students ahead of their research. Socially the college revolves around frats and sports teams, both club and varsity, along with a few annual events put on by social board or the school. Almost everyone drinks, but drugs aren't big at all. There's no pressure to join a frat, but it retrospect, if I hadn't played a sport, it would have been a good idea. The campus is the most beautiful in the world, or so says Forbes. The KAC (Kenyon Athletic Center) is a new $70 million facility. You wont find a better place to work out or practice for your sport in DIII athletics. Gambier is small, but that's part of Kenyon's beauty. Despite the small town atmosphere, students tend to head to D.C., New York, Chicago or Boston after they graduate. My college friends are now analysts at hedge funds and consulting firms, teachers in inner-city schools, overpaid hacks with the Fed or some agency. Some are in medical or law school and a few are pursuing wild dreams outside the main stream, but we've all found a way pay the bills while doing what we want. After three and a half years, you'll probably think you ready to go tackle the world, but the second you do, you'll long to go back.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Not Much of a Drug Scene – It's college, so there's marijuana, but beyond that it's just a handful of students in PEEPs or off on there own. In four years at Kenyon, I heard about but was never around drug use beyond pot. Around exams, some students would probably pay a good bit for adderall.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Kenyon has a lot of varied opportunities for fun. It is a true liberal arts school with everything from Phriday Physics Pizza and art gallery openings, to swing dancing and bi-weekly games of The Settlers of Catan. You can find your people here, no matter what your interests. For a small college in a rural location, there is a surprising variety of fun things to do!

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Geeks Got Game – The typical Kenyon student knows more about any given subject than you do but is willing to explain and covertly feels the same way about you. Geeky discussions abound, but so do frat parties and games of beer pong.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: White Students Galore – While there is a certain amount of economic diversity, the racial diversity is almost nonexistent and is comprised primarily of international students. Most students are white, and many are frustrated by this lack of diversity.

5 people found this useful Report
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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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