Kenyon College

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Ransom Hall

Gambier, OH 43022-9623

Phone: (740) 427-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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#32 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Kenyon College is a private institution that was founded in 1824. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,667, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Kenyon College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 32. Its tuition and fees are $45,640 (2013-14).

In Gambier, Ohio, it’s hard to tell where the Kenyon College campus stops and the small downtown begins. The hilly campus of the liberal arts college runs into the town’s quaint shops, and the main walkway of campus, Middle Path, intersects downtown. On campus, there are more than 120 student clubs and organizations, including about a dozen fraternities and sororities. The Kenyon student body has slightly more females than males, and freshmen must live in a common residential area. Students are allowed to bring televisions to their dorm rooms, but freshmen rooms do not have cable, and most upperclass students’ rooms don’t, either. A third of students play on the varsity Lords and Ladies sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III North Coast Athletic Conference.

The school offers more than 150 study abroad opportunities, including the Kenyon-Honduras Archaeology and Anthropology Program and the Kenyon in Rome program. For a different experience closer to home, Columbus—the state capital and home of Ohio State University—is a 45-mile drive away. Each year, students celebrate the impending spring season with a semi-formal dance, known as the Philander’s Phebruary Phling. Students begin and end their time at Kenyon in song, as the First-Year Sing and Senior Sing are two of the biggest traditions on campus.

The Brown Family Environmental Center is the 382-acre nature preserve on campus. At the site, Kenyon students can take courses in biology, ecology and environmental science, as well as hike, bird watch and volunteer. Students can also engage in outdoor learning in the surrounding rural community through programs and projects coordinated by the Rural Life Center. Actor Paul Newman, poet James Wright and former Prime Minister of Sweden Olof Palme are among Kenyon’s notable graduates.

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

Kenyon College, among the nation's finest liberal arts institutions, takes pride in exceptionally strong programs in English (Kenyon is the home of the internationally known Kenyon Review), the sciences, and drama. Student-faculty interaction, both in and out of the classroom, and community involvement are hallmarks of the Kenyon experience. Kenyon students, who come from all 50 states and many countries, enjoy an active extracurricular life, with more than 120 student organizations. Kenyon teams compete in 22 sports--11 each for men and women-and the swimming and diving teams are renowned for their record-breaking number of national championships. The Kenyon campus is noted for its beauty and the quality of its facilities, including a $32-million science center, a $70-million fitness, recreation, and athletic center, and a new art gallery, and studio art center.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1824
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $184,782,162


When applying to Kenyon College, 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 January 15. The application fee at Kenyon College is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 36 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 36.0%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Kenyon College is 10:1, and the school has 68 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Kenyon College include: English Language and Literature, General; Psychology, General; Economics, General; Political Science and Government, General; and History, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 87%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
English Language and Literature, General 17%
Psychology, General 10%
Economics, General 9%
Political Science and Government, General 9%
History, General 8%

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Student Life

Kenyon College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,667, with a gender distribution of 47.3 percent male students and 52.7 percent female students. At this school, 98 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 2 percent of students live off campus. Kenyon College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,667
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

Kenyon College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Kenyon College 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 Kenyon College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Kenyon College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Kenyon College, 39.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $34,245.

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Tuition and fees $45,640 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,170 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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