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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school puts a lot of funding toward athletic facilities, and it shows. It is a very active campus, even among those who are not athletes.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am on the swim team, which is the most developed and competitive team on campus. It's a great experience and we have a lot of alumni support. The professors respect what we do for the most part and help us to balance the workload. We are well-funded and our facilities are new and beautiful. We also compete against very high-level teams because we often travel to meets against division one schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Athletic Center at Kenyon is pretty amazing. They have a great facility for non-athletes, who use it every day, as well as for athletes. The pool is huge, they've got indoor basketball courts and dance rooms, it really is pretty state of the art.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic center is state of the art and absolutely beautiful. Varsity athletics aren't a huge deal on campus, but people definitely turn up to support their friends, and everyone is proud of the champion swimmers!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Kenyon Athletic Center is big and nice, but people don't care that much about sports

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Kenyon is a place for writers, readers, artists, and academics, and this leaves little room for sports players or even sports spectators. Students attend games sporadically at best, and the teams’ abysmal records do little to draw fans. The only team that consistently wins is the swim Lords and Ladies. These teams have made it to nationals for more years than can be counted. Their winning streak is so expected that they plan the annual celebration, "Shock Your Mama," before heading off to nationals. Intramural leagues are alive and well, even without spectators. Students who played in high school but wanted a more academic experience in college relish the opportunity to show off their skills. In addition to the more mainstream IM sports, there are Quidditch and ultimate Frisbee teams, as well. These IM leagues can get very competitive, with rivalries building around dorm teams.

Though there isn’t much spectatorship, the athletic facilities are first-rate. The Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC), which opened in 2006, boasts 263,000 square feet of space filled with weight rooms, a swimming pool, yoga room, dance facilities, and much more. Students flock to the KAC to work out or take classes in Pilates or Zumba, all free of charge. On weekends, the Kenyon Film Society also shows movies in the KAC movie theater.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: North Coast Athletic Conference
Basketball: North Coast Athletic Conference
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Lords and Ladies
Men Playing Varsity Sports
235 - 31%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 21%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Ballroom dance
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Juggling
  • Philander's Chase
  • Quidditch
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Raquetball
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Jasper Tennis Center
  • KAC Natatorium
  • Kenyon Athletic Center
  • Mavec Field
  • McBride Field
  • McCloskey Field
  • Patterson Fitness Center
  • Softball complex
  • Toan Indoor Track
  • Tomsich Arena
  • Wilder Track
Most Popular Sports
Basketball and lacrosse
Most Overlooked Teams
Cross country, swimming, tennis
School Spirit
Kenyon students are insanely proud of their college, but they rarely have occasion to express this. There is a great understood sense of accomplishment in going to Kenyon. They take pride in their high academic environment and in the underlying trust and closeness of the Kenyon campus. Just because a person is not wearing white and purple does not mean they don't feel this. There is a quasi-rivalry with some of the shinier but less academic schools in the area (Denison, Ohio Wesleyan), but this is usually expressed only through snide comments and the occasional field hockey match. Probably the best indicator of school spirit is the annual Summer Send-off, but the administration would never put it in the admissions booklet. Summer Send-off is a day-long party that the school throws the day before the start of finals in May. The entire campus comes together in the South Quad to drink, barbecue, play games, and generally celebrate being at Kenyon.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free to students, and some games at McBride Field may be $1.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Kokosing Gap Trail is an Ohio landmark that begins in Gambier.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 12% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 56% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 32% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 25 responses

  • 32% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 28% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 26 responses

  • 81% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 19% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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