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5 College Junior

Academics: It's All About the Professors – Kenyon's professors, in my mind, are second to none. I have not met a professor who is unwilling to meet with students, and more often than not, professors invite students into their homes, out for coffee, or for a walk down middlepath, just to chat. This is why I chose Kenyon, and I have not been disappointed. If you want a college where professors care about individual students, make time to meet with you outside of class, and help you in any way they can to make your college experience your own, then look no further than Kenyon College.

4 College Junior

Local Area: True College Immersion---Stuck on a Hill – Kenyon College is located on the top of a very picturesque hill, lined with trees and surrounded by nature and farms. It is rare for students to leave this hill (other than for a Wal-Mart run) during the school year. This fosters a very close-knit community between students, faculty, and staff members. The campus bookstore and market are go-to shopping places, while Middleground (a cafe),The Village Inn (a bar/restaurant), and the Gambier Deli (obviously, a deli) are alternative dining options to our one dining hall, Peirce. Because students are quite isolated from the outside world, Kenyon has a plethora of student groups, and our Social Board works all year to provide students with entertainment options on the weekends. While there is definitely a party culture at Kenyon, during the daylight hours you typically find students in class or in their favorite study locations. Overall, I believe that Kenyon's environment is very conducive to both an academic and social atmosphere, and what it lacks in franchise chains (such as the staple Jimmy John's or Chipotle on most other college campuses), it makes up for in small-town charm. However, Kenyon's atmosphere is not for everyone, so I strongly recommend visiting campus before enrolling.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Quaint Village, Simplistic Living, Much Like Summer Camp – I came to Kenyon because I loved the small size and country atmosphere--a learning oasis. While it can sometimes be a struggle to obtain certain necessities (some toiletries, etc.) because of the limited resources available, I find myself spending much less money than I do during holiday breaks. I also find that the simplicity of the atmosphere makes for a tighter-knit community and more fun in general, similar to a sleep-away summer camp.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Smart People, Good Atmosphere – I'd say a very large portion if not every single person on campus is amazingly interesting in their own way. Some people know lots about literature; some speak lots of languages; some people play in every music group on campus. Everybody's got something to say. As far as looks go, fashion-wise people do what they want. As long as you're comfortable with how you look and act, nobody'll ride you about it.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Never Felt Safer – I haven't ever felt unsafe at Kenyon, in Gambier, or in the surrounding countryside. Campus Safety is always more than willing to come help you out, and even when there were emergencies they were well-prepared with plans and with getting information across campus. With parties, Campus Safety generally will just tell you to pour out your drinks if you're underage- but don't hassle them, they really don't like that. They're here to help you and everyone else.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: The Sheriff in town is known to be strict about underage drinking, but only when that drinking is done on the streets or you end up in the hospital for it. I've known kids who wake up in the hospital with a ticket from the sheriff left on their side table. I've known lots of kids who have gotten a 'talking to' about getting caught with alcohol in their rooms, but no one usually gets in too much trouble for that since it is a wet campus.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Plenty Except During Finals – There are always open computers all over campus. It is difficult to find one during finals time. I would suggest bringing one as a personal preference to socialize.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: All Options on Campus – There's really only one bar in town, and it isn't too great. However, because this is the case everyone still goes there, and the people are what makes or breaks the night. People don't go off campus to party but that's nice because you get to see a lot of people and no one really worries about drinking and driving or getting a ride home.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Academic More Than Athletic – Outside of the swim team, at Kenyon most varsity athletics aren't that good in terms of skill. We are a Division 3 school and that shows. But some of the smartest people I know here are athletes, which I wasn't expecting but really appreciate. Kenyon gives you an opportunity to be on a team, but not a competitive team when compared with large public universities. The one exception is our swim team, which dominates Division 3 nationally and can hold its own with even the larger schools.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Because Kenyon is very selective, only the cream of the crop tend to get scholarships.

Financial aid for me went somewhat smoothly and the aid helped, but I didn't recieve as much as I needed. I suggest talking with the financial aid office in person about all of the necessary forms and possible outside scholarships. Also keep in mind that the aid will fluctuate year to year.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Though Kenyon is primarily white and upper-middle class, but the tight community and huge diversity in interests makes up for it. Coming from a high school overseas with tons of ethnic and racial diversity, I was very impressed with the mix of people. There are some international students, and they hold a lot of programs to raise awareness about different cultures. Because we are a small school there is not a very big LGBT population, but there are some student groups that provide an outlet to meet other LGBT students. Overall, don't expect to see a lot of diversity here, as most small liberal arts schools across the country would tell you. Know, though, that there are definitely pockets of economic, ethnic, and racial diversity when you look for it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Couldn't Have Made a Better Decision – I cannot imagine myself anywhere besides Kenyon. It is a place where people push themselves beyond their limits and rejoice in that ability. Professors are the kindest people you will ever meet, research opportunities are wonderful, even for freshmen! Ohio is gorgeous, and Kenyon is a positive, loving community.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Kenyon is a school for the academic elite. The workload is challenging, but the professors make you want to work hard to please them. Competition among students is not at all cutthroat. Check out the third floor of Ascension Hall for a great (and silent!) study spot.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Casual Dating Doesn't Exist – At Kenyon, you are either practically married to someone or you are constantly moving from one random hookup to another. Typical students dress up for class (no sweatpants!) and keep weekend parties casual. Many students are artsy, but there is a core group of varsity athletes who support each other. Swimmers are gorgeous AND talented!

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Free Printing Rocks! Free printing and copying, even in color. Plenty of PCs for use all over campus. Most people have their own computers, but almost nobody has a printer because printers are all over campus. Saves money on ink and paper for students!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The Dixie Lot Is Far Away – Due to campus wide construction, parking (though it is not limited) can be far away from student residences. All north campus parking is reserved for juniors and seniors leaving under class students to park in lots located in the far away south lot of Kenyon. If you're truly unlucky you may have to park in the deep south lot (hence: Dixie Lot) and make the long treck back to your dorm. All first years may bring cars, though!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: No Drinking in First Year Dorms – Campus safety is very lax about checking the age of students seen imbibing at large parties, rarely if ever writing underage students up. If Community Advisors catch you drinking in first year dorms, however, they will be sure to file a report. This is rarely an issue as first years find other places to party.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Kenyon's student body is made up of mostly white, upper middle class students. It seems like the administration is slowly working towards changing the diversity levels but it's slow going. Groups exist for students of color who feel socially isolated from their white peers. Political diversity is very high with students representing all parts of the political spectrum. There are multiple queer groups on campus and the student population seems very accepting of non-straight sexualities.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There's Not Much, but What's the Need? It is nice to have a car at Kenyon to get to the local WalMart and CVS. But there is little reason to leave campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The Good Samaritan Policy – Alcohol at Kenyon is there if you want it, but also can be easily ignored.

Kenyon has the Good Samaritan policy- basically, if you call Campus Safety for a friend who is in overly intoxicated, neither you nor your friend get in trouble.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can count the number of off-campus housing options on one hand. Pretty much everyone lives on-campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Virtually all Kenyon students live on-campus. As far as quality of housing goes, it tends to vary from place to place. Some dorms are old (yet have charm) some are old (and don't have charm). Overall, the apartments are decent, and there are new renovations being made. But seniors definitely get the best options for apartments.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A Few, Delicious Options – There aren't many off-campus dining options at Kenyon, but the few local establishments (Middle Ground Cafe, the Gambier Deli, etc) are excellent and have a great atmosphere. Not to mention the other options 10 minutes away in Mount Vernon.

Although there aren't a plethora of off-campus dining options, it doesn't matter very much- as on-campus dining is built into tuition.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Kenyon's Athletic Center, the KAC, is exceptional. It is humongous, with a pool, squash courts, tennis courts, track, weight room, movie theater, basketball court, and more. The best part about it is that it's open to all students, not just varsity athletes.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great School for Nerds – One of the best parts of Kenyon is the academics. Kenyon has wonderful professors in most subject areas. Professors are accessible and willing to go out of their way to help a student achieve his or her goals. Students are serious about their studies and students will often keep discussions alive long after they've left class for the day.
Kenyon's community is another great feature. Since almost every student lives on campus, the student body is very close to one another. Everyone for the most part is kind and considerate and eager to meet one another.
Kenyon is a great school for the quirky student who loves learning in an encouraging atmosphere, and who loves to let loose on the weekends.

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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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