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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Denison is a highly rated private university located in Granville, Ohio. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,365 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Denison acceptance rate is 34%. Popular majors include Economics, Communications, and Biology. Graduating 85% of students, Denison alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,900.
100 West College Street
Granville, OH 43023
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
North Coast Athletic Conference

Denison University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Denison Admissions

Acceptance Rate
34%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1210-1380
ACT Range
28-31
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$35,694/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,292/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.32 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.45 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,365Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
29
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
24%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    36%
  • Open-minded
    23%
  • Outgoing
    18%
  • Communicative and understanding
    9%
  • Apathetic
    5%
  • Outgoing
    5%
  • Politically Correct/aware
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.50 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.65 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Supportive
    63%
  • Relationships run deep
    21%
  • Caring
    5%
  • Expressive
    5%
  • Homogenous
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
68%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses
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Denison University Reviews

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Denison experience is what you make out of it-it has pros and cons, but this institution benefits me more.

Administration and Financial Aid are awesome! Tons of on-campus job opportunities and extracurriculars. Dorms and dining halls are average and you can cope with them. Party scene...urgh. Campus is cliquey; greek life+people stick with their racial groups in public spaces. Denison is trying to promote inclusion and it did bring some diversity on campus but still working on that integration part.

Academics are great! I got the most satisfaction out of classes when I chose professors who are demanding as hell but want the best for their students. Relationships do run deep with faculty members. I was not the most competitive student when I got accepted to Denison but professors I met here turned me into an A student. Coursework is challenging, but professors are accessible and will answer your questions, go over your essay, and give recommendations if you just go to office hours.
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Denison University prides itself on the relationships fostered on its campus between faculty, students, and staff. The classes and extracurricular activities emphasize the importance of connecting with others, especially with the community. Professors on campus genuinely care for their students, and they are often available when a student has questions or needs assistance with coursework. While the school is small in size and student numbers, the amount of resources Denison provides its students is not. The university's mission statement, stressing the importance of students becoming "autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents, and active citizens of a democratic society," is reflected on campus by the initiative of its students and by the engagement of its faculty and staff. Denison University, while flawed like every other school, is a great liberal arts college and has become my home on the hill.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Denison University made the decision in March to go remote for the result for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. The shift was difficult, and many professors chose to use different methods of remote learning. It was confusing and frustrating from time to time. That being said, the Denison faculty and staff did an impressive job adapting to the needs of its student population, especially since it lacked strong remote learning infrastructure until that point. Just as students had to adjust to off-campus learning, so did the professors. As a result of that, faculty and staff were extremely accommodating to students. Professors cut down the workload in recognition that remote learning would present different challenges to all of its students. Denison University, despite its prior lack of remote infrastructure, adjusted quickly to the demands of the current pandemic and continued to provide as many resources for its students as possible.