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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Kenyon College
Gambier, OH 43022
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
North Coast Athletic Conference
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Why Kenyon? Besides the obvious reasons — top-notch faculty, talented students, stunning campus — the greatest advantage of choosing Kenyon is the promise that here, you’ll become the person you imagine yourself to be.

That’s because no matter what you study at Kenyon — whether it’s the nature of gravity in the universe or the meaning of the graveyard scene in "Hamlet" — you will grapple with important questions that challenge you in an environment that nurtures and inspires you.

But don’t take our word for it. Take a virtual stroll down Middle Path and talk with an admissions counselor, a student, a professor. Explore Kenyon's comprehensive financial aid packages. And, by all means, apply. It’s the first step toward discovering if Kenyon is the right place for you.

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Kenyon College Rankings

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

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
36%
SAT Range
1280-1470
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$32,271/ 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
$36,959/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
64%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
95%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.38 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Writing at Kenyon

The ability to express yourself extends far beyond words on a page—and speaks volumes about drive and character. We know how to get to the heart of an idea. We seek data, we ask questions, we listen for nuance. We embrace the viewpoints of others, even when those views might clash with our own. We recognize that words have the power to illuminate and inspire, so we choose ours with intention.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,721Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
9
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
9%
Varsity Athletes
30%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
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  • Quircky
    50%
  • Unique
    43%
  • Liberal
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
66%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.38 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.44 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • We party as hard as we study
    54%
  • Everyone is academically focused
    23%
  • Best environment to focus, and build community
    8%
  • Claustrophobic
    8%
  • LIBERAL AF
    8%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $48,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    87%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    76%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.17 responses

    Kenyon College Reviews

    374 reviews
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    First-rate college. Kenyon is among the best undergraduate programs in the world. The uniqueness of intellectual students, excellent professors, and the beautiful campus is unbeatable. This is a rigorous school that will test you at every level, but comparable to other famously rigorous schools. The undergraduate education that you get here is highly multidisciplinary and truly prepares you to think about any subject deeply. The rich history of this school and the culture of critical thinker/intellectual students makes this a unique and valuable place - and one of the best educations around. A classmate transferred to Kenyon from Middlebury and another from Princeton. Both said that Kenyon’s approach to education is more personal, educationally rich, and there is a college culture at Kenyon where we all help each other to succeed. Kenyon is difficult but manageable and the alumni connections are worldwide. Hands-down best choice!
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    It is a lot more sports/Greek oriented than I imagined, but I still enjoy it. For a small school, after a semester I am still meeting people I've never seen before (maybe I'm just unobservant), and it seems students still find themselves making new friends even senior year. It's very high school socially, perhaps because of size, but the cliques aren't as intimidating.
    I have enjoyed classes immensely, not that I've had so much experience with them yet. I would recommend contacting professors early and often– twice I have contacted professors with interest in a particular course and they have just enrolled me! This doesn't seem like a super frequent practice, but do all you can to get on waitlists as soon as possible because enrolling in courses is surprisingly difficult. Introducing yourself in person to prospective professors goes a long way. Not that particularly pertains to Kenyon...
    While certain aspects of Kenyon might be a little rough around the edges, I wouldn't trade in my experience here for anything. The students and faculty here are simply unlike everywhere else: intelligent, dedicated, and kind to a fault. While Kenyon's lack of diversity and location in rural Ohio can at times make it difficult to be a student of color, the college has demonstrated repeatedly that it is dedicated to making every student feel comfortable and appreciated, and the community here is unlike anything else I've encountered at other PWIs. If you're a student looking to challenge yourself academically and personally, while making connections that will last you a lifetime, then Kenyon is the place for you.