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Reviews 441 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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5 College Junior

Administration: Required Drug and Alcohol Counseling – If you get caught with alcohol underage on campus, you'll have to talk to the drug and alcohol counselor, who is awesome. If you don't have a problem, or even if you do, you're in good hands. Drugs are slightly different and more complicated. I'm not fully aware of the punishment, but I've only heard about off-campus involvement for someone running a more intense drug-dealing business, and that was before my time. Moral is, be responsible and respectful, and you'll be treated the same. The president, S. Georgia Nugent, has signed onto the Jewell Initiative, which calls on the government to reconsider the drinking age and look into its effects.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Few Options in the Village, Midwest Diners Off-Campus – One doesn't have many options in Gambier, as there are only 4 restaurants beside the student dining hall, which is delicious. Most students eat there for all of their meals. Middle Ground Cafe is a pretty hopping spot, and it's a good place to hang out. The Village Inn has decent food and a bar, but it's more of a treat. Really, if you want to eat out, you go to Mount Vernon, the neighboring city. You can eat Indian food at Henry's, which has Sunday student discounts, Mexican food at Fiesta, or delicious, greasy Midwest food at Southside Diner.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Labs Are Accessible and up to Date – The computers at Kenyon College are consistently in use throughout the semester, especially during midterms and finals. However, enough students have personal laptops, with accessible WiFi throughout campus, that it's not much of a problem. The only competition is with printers, but that's mostly a "I waited until the last minute to print my paper" sort of problem.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The People – The people! The intimacy. The beauty of the campus. The parties. The randomness. The coziness. its a heart warming place.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Amazing Facilities – When I visited I asked my interviewer(a current student) if he was going to attend homecoming...
"its homecoming?" he asked me. That sums up student support for the football games!!
The facilities are beautiful. The best of any school I've seen. They make me actually want to go workout.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The school in general supports sports, but the athletes here are especially supportive of other teams. Our swim team is legendary, and we have a lot of really talented teams that are fun to watch. Also, in my opinion, we have one of the best athletic facilities in the country.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not a Lot, but It Gets the Job Done – Mount Vernon has some pretty good Indian restaurants as well as a good variety of chain fast food places. There is also a Ruby Tuesday, which everyone likes. The restaurants in Gambier are very good, but a little pricey. Most of them use local meats and vegetables.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy Travels – Some dorms can be a little bit of a walk but if you have a bike its very easy. Walking is easiest and the campus is very walkable. Also, if you are out late at night and for some reason your legs arent functioning efficiently, there are safe rides run by students which pick you up anywhere with a simple phone call. Also, if you call security and ask them to bring you back to your dorm, they will without you getting in trouble, no matter what level of intoxication you might be at.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: D3 Lifestyle – Parties at Kenyon are much better than at big universities. Everyone can get in, all booze is free, and nobody has to worry about bumping into "that guy" that ruins your night. Although it might be a small school, there are ample opportunities to party and have a good time. Never have I been bored on a weekend this year. As long as you have a fake, you can get into any local bar no matter how childish you might look or act.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks will host parties but they are open to everyone. Greek life is neither frowned upon nor is it commended.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: There are always free computers- in the dining hall, different science buildings and the library.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Essentially, you come to this school knowing that it is in the middle of cornfields. This is both a positive and a negative. It is a negative in that on occasion, students do feel suffocated byWhen the time comes for leaving campus to go home, most students are both excited and ready! However, being on a college campus that is not in the midst of distractions can be a wonderful quality. It brings about unique experiences among students and places more attention on academics which is important.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: there are computers in the library and the dining hall.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good Quality Food – Peirce Dining Hall food is better than the average college dining hall food. Whenever it gets too repetitive, however, there are other options. I especially like the food at Middle Ground, and you can pay with your K-card.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless Access – Great wireless access in the dorms. There are also plenty of locations for printing on campus, and computer labs at the library and Gund Commons when needed.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Isolated but Charming – Gambier isn't really a small town. It's more of a village, really, and it's surrounded by the college. The residents are extremely polite, however, and I always feel safe here. It's charming, and for those who do not like the isolation, there are shuttles into the town of Mt. Vernon for movies and shopping.

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4 College Junior

Administration: You Are Treated Like the Adult That You Are – Kenyon's strictness level is fantastic. Our campus is incredibly safe, and we just recently switched over to the proximity card system to get into dorms. There is no curfew, you can be almost anywhere on campus at any time, and you are allowed to have non-student guests for up to three days. As long as students do not violate the safety restrictions, there are rarely problems.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing Is Guaranteed – The nice thing about Kenyon's housing program is that every student is guaranteed to have a place to live on campus. Kenyon has some of the best examples of collegiate-style gothic architecture in the country, and the dorm Old Kenyon was build in 1827, making it the oldest building on campus. This creates a unique living experience for students, as there is a section of campus with "historic dorms" and a section of campus with newer living spaces. I prefer the older dorms. However, since they are so old, aren't flashy on the inside. They have wireless, electricity, and up-to-date plumbing, but they definitely have an "old" feel. The options for off-campus housing are slim, but Kenyon does have a variety of different options, including apartments, that feel like they are off campus.

4 College Junior

Technology: You Can Almost Always Find a Computer to Use – Kenyon has multiple computer labs all over campus, many of which are open 24/7. Most students at Kenyon have their own laptops and the entire campus has wifi, however, students will sometimes need to use the school computers to access special programs. The circulation desk in the library allows students to check out macbook computers to use for a certain amount of time. Printing on campus is always free, which is nice, but some of the printers malfunction on occasion.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: No Place More Open – Kenyon is completely open to all types of diversity. Beauty of this liberal arts campus is how accepting everyone is, no matter who you are.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: 5 Minutes to Mt. Vernon – Takes about five to ten minutes to drive into the town of Mt. Vernon to find a place to eat. La Fiesta is prime.

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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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