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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think the majority of students are pretty well-to-do although it seems like they are pretty good about budgeting and not flaunting what money they have. Racial/ethnic and religious diversity is probably average. I feel like the political scene is extremely liberal, at least when it comes to social matters, so I'm slightly isolated in that respect.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Kenyon doesn't make a ton of effort on diversity, honestly. You're going to find a lot of white kids from the northeast here.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: On the surface, it might look like a very homogenous campus. But once you get to know people, there are students from very different backgrounds with a lot of different beliefs. We could definitely stand to increase out racial diversity, though.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Different races and religions are present, but in small numbers. There are more girls than guys, and campus is overwhelmingly white. However, there's no discrimination or anything. Campus is too small to segregate yourself or exclude people, which is a good thing I think.

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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.


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Despite the College's best efforts, Kenyon is primarily attended by white students from fairly affluent backgrounds. The cost and competitive application process tend to dissuade those from other socioeconomic backgrounds. Recently, through the donation of notable alumnus Paul Newman, several scholarships have been put in place for those who are the first in their family to attend college. Kenyon’s diversity lies primarily in the range of political backgrounds and sexualities of its students. While it’s true that many Kenyon students are very politically active—shown in the 2004 political election coverage by CNN—this does not mean that they all share a liberal ideology. John M. O’Hara, contributing founder of the Tea Party, is a notable example of a conservative Kenyon alum. Student groups on campus reflect this wide range of interests. On the social front, the gay community at Kenyon is accepted and thriving.

Due in part to the openminded nature of most Kenyon students, there haven’t been many incidents of discrimination on campus in past years. Discrimination advisers exist on campus to help any student who feels he/she is in the minority. Overall, discrimination is not an issue on Kenyon’s campus, despite its relative lack of diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 52%
20-21: 42%
22-24: 4%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 76%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
The school has the Unity House to serve as a community center and safe space for the GLBTQQA community. There is a campus magazine that speaks primarily to the gay community, as well.
Political Activity
Many Kenyon students have firm political beliefs, and all student emails (known as "allstus") are a popular arena for political debate. These debates can get quite heated, but in general, they represent well thought-out and supported arguments.
Economic Status
The typical Kenyon student comes from an upper-middle-class background, though as the College begins supporting more students through grants and loans, this is changing.
Most Common Religions
The school was founded as Episcopalian, but few ties to the church currently exist. The campus has large Jewish and Christian communities as well as a very active Muslim group.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Some of the minority clubs on campus include the Russian Club, KJAS (Kenyon Japanese Animation Society),
ADELANTE (Asociacion De Estudiantes Latino Americanos y de Naciones Tropicales Exoticas), Asian Awareness Club,
Black Student Union (BSU), ISAK (International Students at Kenyon), Japanese Culture Club, Middle East Students' Association, and SAMOSA (South Asian Multicultural Org for Student Awareness).

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 31 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 48% Liberal
  • 16% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 32 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 78% Liberal
  • 3% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 26 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 21 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 57% Democratic
  • 29% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 28 responses

  • 39% Very accepting.
  • 57% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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