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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The nearest town is within easy driving distance. However, it is economically downtrodden so there is not much variety. It has the necessities and a few decent restaurants. Real shopping requires about an hour drive into Columbus. However, there is usually enough to do on campus that I don't mind that it's remote. There are lots of good running trails and the forests are beautiful.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Gambier is a really nice town. The elementary school down the block means the community feels safe and family-like. You are definitely in the middle of nowhere, but it's a nice nowhere at least. There's not many tourist attractions, but there is the environmental center which is pretty amazing in the fall, spring, and summer. Cultural events mainly happen on campus and are associated with the college somehow.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: A rural atmosphere -- removed from the distractions of city life - has lent itself to a great academic learning environment since 1824. I wouldn't chance anything!

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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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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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Located miles from the nearest shopping mall, Kenyon College provides a unique atmosphere. Gambier is a single street with shops surrounded by cornfields and Amish communities, which leads Kenyon students to balk when others say their college town is small. The “downtown” is a single block long and features a market, deli, bookstore, coffee shop, post office, bar, and a restaurant. Far from being divided from the community, Kenyon students regularly interact with professors and other Gambier residents at these locales.

Students tend to stay on campus after arriving in the fall, creating what is lovingly known as the “Kenyon Bubble.” There are plenty of student clubs and organizations to fit any interest, and these clubs run events that are open to the general public. Local attractions—such as art exhibits, plays, apple picking, and hiking—keep students in the area. The only downside to this is the culture shock of returning home over breaks to places where television and travel dominate the social scene. On the other hand, for those who sometimes need a taste of the city life, Columbus is an hour away. There, students find shopping, movie theaters, good restaurants, and a little reprieve from “life on the hill." The Kenyon community is best for those who want to spend their time focused on schooling and friends rather than outside attractions, as its remote locale can make it difficult for the city-dweller to feel at home.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Amish sell their wares on Middle Path every fall and spring.
  2. Gambier is known for having gorgeous architecture some of buildings date back to the 19th century.
  3. The Village of Centerburg, Ohio claims to be the exact geographical center of the state.
Notable Natives
Paul Lynde - actor, comedian
Points of Interest
  • Knox County Historical Society
  • Kokosing River
  • Woodward Opera House
Shopping Centers
Easton Town Center
Movie Theaters
Premiere Theatre 7
11535 Upper Gilchrest Rd.
Mount Vernon
(740) 392-2220
Major Sports Teams
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: NHL
  • Columbus Crew: Major League Soccer
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cleveland: : 2 hours
  • Columbus, Ohio: : 1 hour
Did You Know?
At nine stories, Kenyon's own Caples dormitory is the tallest building in the county.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 32 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 79% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 18% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 70% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 27% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 32 responses

  • 9% Totally.
  • 16% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 75% No way.



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