- Class: Freshman
- Major: Philosophy
- Gender: F
- High School: Catonsville High
- Transfer Student: N
Best thing for Denison, in my opinion, is the size. It attracts the professors who want to teach, the students who want to learn (for the most part), and the community that wants to bond. I like being able to walk to class, or anywhere on campus for that matter, and see many people I know. Needs much (MUCH) more diversity, both in ethnicity, socioeconomic, and lifestyle choices. There doesn't seem to be one main place that everyone spends most of their time aside from their own dorm, though hot spots are Slayter Union (just to stop in and check mail or get food), the library (especially during finals week), and the dining halls. Granville is a cute little town with some nice restaurants and decent bars. If you need more excitement, there's always OSU and Columbus about 45 minutes away. On weekends, almost everyone stays on campus; the parties are plentiful and almost always open to the general student body. The only exception to this rule happen during special weeks devoted to Greek life, like recruitment, initiation, and Greek week. Denison provides plenty of non-alcohol related events to attend as well. For those on the more crunchy side: check out the Homestead. Off-campus, small group of men and women who work to make the place ecologically sustainable. Features really friendly people, no bathrooms, vegetarian/vegan meals, and an experience you'll never forget and likely never regret.
Professors overall are good. Classes are very rarely enormous; 25 so far has been my largest class size. Evaluations of professors and classes are strongly encouraged by all administration and professors, and it is a great way to have your voice heard. Professors do actually listen to the evaluations and attempt to change accordingly. Most classes are geared towards learning for its own sake. We don't even have a business major here; you have to arrange your majors to accommodate accordingly. Students don't tend to be very competitive. Denison also provides fairly interesting classes for the freshmen, and has a theme each year to focus the class towards one particular topic (Hum|an|imal, for my year). Hearing intellectual conversation outside of class is a little surprising to hear, though it isn't a rare occurance.
Lots of parties on campus, most available to whomever, some groups more welcoming than others. Same goes for the Greek system: some fraternities and sororities are very friendly and welcoming and not at all snobby, others are not so much. LOVE to party. It is a conservative school, no way around it. Women are often very feminine in dress and manner (dresses, pearls, pink rooms, fashion-minded, etc.), men are often very masculine. Non-conformists and those who don't walk the traditional road of life either stick closely with like-minded people or transfer. Seemingly apathetic about politics, though the far-left minority can be very vocal. Most noticeable on campus are the stereotypes: women with pearls and sorority bags and men in pink polos and khakis, all more often than not fairly well-off. The African-American/POSSE group is often very friendly. Most people are friendly and helpful with everyone around, but cliques are very prevalent.
The Best Things
Feeling like you are part of a community
The Worst Things
The apathetic nature and wariness of change of the students