Denison University

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Granville, OH 43023

Phone: (740) 587-0801
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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#50 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Denison University is a private institution that was founded in 1831. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,336, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 850 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Denison University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 50. Its tuition and fees are $43,910 (2013-14).

Denison University,  a small liberal arts college, is set in the proportionally small town of Granville, Ohio. From campus, students can walk to the restaurants and shops that line Granville’s main street. Bikers may enjoy the 36-mile trail that connects Granville to the nearby Ohio cities of Newark, Johnstown and Alexandria. The state capital, Columbus, is about 25 miles away, and students can get there in the free Big Red Express shuttles, which run three days a week. All students must live on campus, unless they are married, have children, are over the age of 25 or commute from a nearby parent’s home. Freshmen will only live with other first-year students. Close to 30 percent of students are involved in Denison’s Greek system, which comprises about 15 fraternities and sororities. There are more than 150 student clubs and organizations on campus. Student athletes compete as the Denison Big Red in the NCAA Division III North Coast Athletic Conference, but the school does not have an official mascot, despite frequent attempts by students to find one. More than three quarters of students play sports at some level. Besides playing or cheering for sports teams, students can catch performances by famous musicians like Yo-Yo Ma in the Vail Series or get a quick cooking lesson from a faculty member during the on-campus Chowder Hours.

Students can get on-the-job experience before graduation with the help of the robust Denison Internship Program. To hone effective skills before entering  the job market, students can enroll in several leadership initiatives at Denison, including a six-day retreat called LeaderShape. Notable Denison alumni include actors Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, former Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes and geologist Kirtley Mather, who named Mount Denison in Alaska’s Aleutian Peninsula after the university.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Denison's academic mission is to educate our students to become independent thinkers and active citizens of a democratic society. Distinguishing features of Denison's educational program are its hand-crafted, interactive, highly interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, and a commitment to a learning community that fosters sensitivity to diverse perspectives. Denison also distinguishes itself by its' residential nature. Students that attend Denison should expect to live on the campus all four years. It is through this practiced living/learning approach that the college provides a unique academic experience. Students at Denison not only learn from top scholars with training from some of the best universities in the world, but also from fellow students who bring to the college a diverse set of intellectual, socio-economic, geographical and experiential life experiences. Given this ethos, students enjoy a dynamic learning environment theoretically twenty four hours a day and seven days a week.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1831
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $644,200,581


When applying to Denison University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Denison University is $40. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 49.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 49.5%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Denison University is 9:1, and the school has 73.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Denison University include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; and History. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 84%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 24%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 12%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
History 6%

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Student Life

Denison University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,336, with a gender distribution of 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. At this school, 99 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1 percent of students live off campus. Denison University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,336
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Denison University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Denison University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Denison University, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Denison University.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Denison University, 51.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $30,749.

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Tuition and fees $43,910 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,760 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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