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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are all kinds of guys at school. There are the artsy/hip guys (skinny pants and flannel), there are the fraternity type guys (khaki shorts, button downs) and there are athletes (khakis/athletic shorts and hoodies/t-shirts). Most of the guys I've met are nice, but they're typical college boys - they like to party and they like to get girls.

You can categorize the girls similarly - hip, athletic, and I guess "other". There are only 3 sororities and none of them are national, so there aren't as many Greek girls as guys. To go out, girls don't really dress up here. I've been out in sweats before. It's also uncommon to wear tons of makeup, which some guys appreciate at least in hind-sight.

There are lots of random hook-ups on weekends, and sometime it gets hard to avoid people who your friends have hooked up with or you've heard something about. There's also "Kenyon married" which is when a couple gets really serious really fast, and you never see them apart. There's not much casual dating though. People tend to kind of exclusively hook up with someone for a while, then it will either go official or fizzle.

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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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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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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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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Odd and Interesting! There are plenty of pretty girls here! And they are all interesting!

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After a little time at Kenyon, you will become very familiar with a little thing called “the Kenyon goggles.” This is a phenomenon that allows average-looking men and women to be thought of as extremely hot by the rest of the student body. There are a great many cuties, but genuine hotties run few and far between. As a result, ordinary and slightly-above-average-looking people find it extremely easy to find dates and hookups, and even the most unlikely student can find someone he or she really likes. The good news is that the looks are improving. While many still feel that Kenyon guys are better looking than Kenyon girls, each incoming class brings in its notable additions, and the general looks of things are getting better.

Once you decide exactly who you have your eye on, you may discover that someone you know has already done, dated, and/or dumped this person. It is not that the students here are overly promiscuous, but dating tends to happen within social circles. Certain guys have been known to tear through particular female groups of friends and vice versa. There is also the strong incestuous vibe that comes with being in such a close community. Everyone knows everybody else’s business, and it is hard to meet someone with a clean slate if you have any kind of history on campus. For that reason, there is not a whole lot of dating. There is a lot of hooking up and a lot of serious couples, but there are not a whole lot of people in the process of getting to know each other. If both parties go to Kenyon, chances are, they already know each other. There are two extremes in Kenyon dating: hooking up with everyone in sight or being practically married. Students tend to choose one route their freshman year and stick with that strategy throughout their four years. Unfortunately, this means that a lot of the "most eligible" bachelors/bachelorettes have chosen to refrain from dating seriously for their college career.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
53%
Male Undergrads
47%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Condoms are available for free at Health Services.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Classes
  2. Clubs
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Dorm room
  2. Old Kenyon party
Social Scene
There are two distinct breeds of parties on campus. The first is the dimly-lit, tightly-packed, multi-keg, booty-dancing, and singing-along-to-classic-rock party. These usually take place in dorm lounges or fraternity lodges, and are a great way to simply cut loose on a weekend night. However, the atmosphere is not very conducive to actual conversation, and students often become disillusioned with the whole scene as they get older. These parties are most fun if you either are really drunk or very fond of dancing. Those who don't find either criteria appealing usually stick to the apartment scene. Juniors and seniors living in college apartments will often throw smaller parties. An apartment party can run the gamut from several friends hanging out to floor-sagging ragers, but usually, they fall somewhere in the middle. There are several distinct advantages to this scene. The first is that you are actually able to talk to someone without screaming in his or her ear. It is often easier to find a drink in these situations, and they often go on much later than the registered lounge parties, which are broken up at 2 a.m. by security. Every year, Kenyon pays for two school-wide parties. The first, Philander's Phling, happens in February and is designed to help students get through the long, Ohio winter. It is a formal, thrown in Peirce Hall, and seemingly the entire campus shows up (drunk) in their Sunday best. While it can be a blast, many first-years complain that it is reminiscent of prom, where the enormous build-up of the event leads to disappointment upon arrival. Also like prom, many students miss it by getting too drunk too soon, so caution is advised in that area. The second of these parties, Summer Send-off, is thrown in May, on the last weekend before finals. The drinking starts early in the morning and continues throughout the day at many informal barbecues and open rooms. The day is capped by a concert from a fairly famous band, and the drinking continues as long as the students can keep their eyes open, an ability usually lost around midnight. For many, Summer Send-off is the highlight of the year.
Hookups or Relationships?
Kenyon's location pretty much narrows the dating options down to "meet you in the cafeteria" and "let's take a walk," so people here are usually either just hooking up or practically married. Kenyon's incestuously small enrollment leaves little room for middle ground.
Dress Code
Looking around a Kenyon cafeteria, a newcomer would see a very confusing pastiche of styles. At a given table, you could see a girl wearing a J.Crew tank top talking to a guy in a full sweatsuit who is sitting next to someone wearing a top hat and a cape. Though it may seem confusing at first, Kenyon students' dress habits can be broken up into three distinct cycles, no matter what their personal style is. The daytime mode of dress is typical collegiate casual. You will see people in classes or at lunch wearing sweatpants, T-shirts, fleeces, and the like. This usually lasts until dinnertime, when the slightly more presentable clothes are put on to match the social scene in Peirce Dining Hall or Olin Library. This is the time when students put in immense amounts of effort to look like they got dressed effortlessly. The third style of dressing-party night-finds every social group dressed in their typical fashion, but more so. Preppy guys put on button-downs, and the hipsters find their favorite thrift store T-shirts. If necessary, a student could make it through their four years here without ever donning a tie or dress. There is the occasional semi-formal, usually thrown by the frats, but if you arrive late enough, no one cares what you wear. In general, the Kenyon rule seems to be "look decent." You don't walk around the bookstore at night in mesh shorts and a muscle shirt (though it happens), but if you put in a slight effort, no one is going to call you a slob.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 21 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 21 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 24% Casual dating at your school
  • 18% Long-distance relationship
  • 15% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 9% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% None

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 25% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 75% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 0% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
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