- Class: Junior
- Major: Psychology
- Gender: F
- High School: St. Ursula Academy
- Transfer Student: N
Denison is a beautiful school. Its in the quaint little town of Granville, just 30 minutes outside Columbus, which is good if you ever get tired of quaint and little. The layout of the school is really nice, and even though it is small, only about 2100 undergrad, its laid out to make it appear and feel larger. The seasons are beautiful. Denison is a very arborous campus, and the trees turn great colors in the fall and spring. It is Ohio, however, and it gets pretty cold in the winter months, especially since Denison is built on a hill. At least the snow is pretty, most of the time. One of the best things about Denison is since the campus has such a gorgeous landscape, during the warm months a lot of people spend time outside on the quads, playing frisbee, laying out, cooking out, drinking, etc. During these times there is a real sense of community, which I think is awesome. Denison is also known for having a strong academic reputation. Class sizes are small, which I like, and the ratio of student to teacher is something like 11:1. Students get a lot more personal attention and help from teachers, but this also means that since class sizes are so small and teachers get to know all of their students, attendance is usually a priority and teachers tend to deduct points for not showing up to class. The living situation at Denison is sort of interesting, since students live on campus all four years. It's like dorm-style living, but every year you upgrade and by the time you're a senior, most students get to live in apartment-style dorms. It doesn't bother me, but some students have problems with not ever really being able to have their own space. It's just something you have to consider in making your decision about college. When I tell people I got to Denison, I usually get one of two reactions. The first is "Where is that?" and the second is "Wow, that's a great school, you must be smart." Even though Denison is small, a lot of people I meet who have heard of Denison know someone who went there and are impressed by the school. Actually, Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner are Denison alums. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Academics at Denison are pretty important and I've generally had pretty good professors. Some classes are definitely more interesting than others, but I guess you just have to find your niche. I am a psychology major, and I think that Denison has a great Psych department. The classes are really interesting and in my opinion the professors are pretty helpful and want you to succeed. The workload is kind of tough though, and I have yet to have taken a class that I would say was a piece of cake and hardly had to study for. If you want to succeed at Denison you have to study, but there are tons of places you can go on campus where you can have quiet. Our library is really cool and lots of people do a majority of their studying there. It can be kind of a pain come exam time though, when it seems like every seat in the library is taken up. That's when I take advantage of the other academic buildings that are always open. I just stake out a spot in a classroom in a science building somewhere and that works just as well. Class participation is a big thing at Denison, probably because professors expect it and often count it as part of your final grade. Raising your hand often is not unusual and will probably earn you some cred with the professor, especially if you aren't doing very well on the tests. Some teachers will count how much you spoke in class into your grade so you don't fail as miserably, which I think is a nice gesture. Denison, being a small liberal arts school, is more geared toward learning for the sake of learning and less about getting a job, which some people like and some people don't. Don't get me wrong, we all want to get jobs and think getting them is important but with the way the courses are set up, it's not like you find one thing you want to do freshman year and just take courses for that major so that when you get out of college that's all you really can do or know how to do. Denison students have to fulfill so many general requirements by the time they graduate that you get a whole other wealth of knowledge about subjects that you may never have considered taking. This is both good and bad. Its good because coming out of college you have a lot more opportunity at getting different kinds of jobs, not just in one specific field, and lots of Denison alums go on to grad schools. Sometimes its annoying having to fulfill so many GE's because you might have to take classes that you have no interest in, and these classes might pull down your overall GPA (for me it was the three semesters of French I was forced to take). Overall I think GE's are good, however, because a lot of students go into Denison not knowing what their interests are or what they want their major to be, and by taking these different classes, they find it. (This is how I found out I wanted to be a psych major).
I feel like Denison's campus is not super-diverse, even though we do have different racial, religious, and socio-economic groups represented. I feel like there are certain cliques at Denison, and people generally stay in their respective groups, but I feel like this is pretty common at a lot of schools, even though it's kind of unfortunate. I feel like Greek Life is pretty big at Denison and a lot of times you are identified with what sorority, fraternity, or athletic team you are on. On the whole, Denison likes to dress well. Most of Denison's students look good, a lot of the time. Even to class at 8:30 in the morning, which is something that I really will never understand. I'm not trying to say that girls and boys from their respective groups or teams only talk to each other all day long, but there is definitely a divide.
The Best Things
The beautiful campus.
The Worst Things
I wish it were more diverse, also the food is pretty bad.