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Kenyon College Reviews

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  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking and quirky artistic students will enjoy this school. There is a large nature preserve on the campus and a beautiful athletic center. I believe that all types of studious individuals will appreciate what Kenyon has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your ACT scores high. Take as many AP classes as your school offers. If you do take classes at a community college to earn credit, they will not transfer. I made this mistake and wasted two years on college classes only to have them not transfer. This school is small and rural but busy and full of community. Be prepared to be away from the big city life.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is on the high end, but it is well worth it. The financial aid office gives incredible grants and scholarships to many of their students. Don't knock off a more expensive school until you see what money they are willing to give you. They may give you more than the state schools.

    Will enjoy being here

    When I stepped on the campus I fell in love. It seems as if you're stepping into a completely different world. The people were helpful and the atmosphere was overwhelmingly pleasant. There are plenty of clubs, events, and musical concerts that come through every weekend.

    Will learn a lot

    It has one of the top programs in English in the country. Kenyon is truly a prestigious liberal arts college.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 2 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You'll love these guys. Really. They take good care of you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Favorite club was the Ballroom Dance Club. One of my Best decisions at Kenyon. Also, the Christian organizations recently merged into one super group known as BE: Very friendly people and the campus ministers are great.

    Bang for the buck

    You can take as many classes as you want and do as many things as you want to do. You get out what you put into it.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations, hang out, go to acapella concerts, theater productions, guest lectures, and sports games. Their are many events and parties planned throughout the year as well.

    Food and Dining

    I liked the food a lot. However, I am not a picky eater. The dining hall focuses on local foods and the holiday set ups melt your heart. They are also starting to get more food options after midnight. Not many places are open after midnight.

    Dorm Life

    Not the best dorms. The majority of them are small, but I think they are comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes presented a challenge to me, but I thoroughly enjoyed them. They do not just give you knowledge, rather they teach you how to think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Applying early decision is a great idea. Do not be intimidated by the course material and don't be afraid to go to the professor's office hours. The professor's are really friendly and willing to help.

    In three sentences

    The college creates a community atmosphere that is inviting to everyone. The courses are tough, but you do not take them alone and there is no sense of competition between students. Also, one of the most beautiful campuses in world.

  • 06/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's a small town and EXTREMELY SAFE.

    Greek Life

    Present and fun! Greek Life here is not overwhelming, about 30% of the campus is involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide range from charity organisations, outdoors clubs, greek life, varsity and club sports, academic clubs etc.

    Great for these types of students

    -Motivated -Diversity of Interests -Hardworking -Interest in Academics -Openminded -Interested in having a GREAT college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FIRST-YEAR SING It sounds hokey, but it's a great bonding experience. It's also an initiation into Kenyon vocabulary, where you discover words like Kokosing and asphodel. Read the lyrics to Kenyon's songs here. OPENING CONVOCATION This is your first official march down Middle Path, between rows of gown-clad professors. Four years later, you do it again at Commencement. THE MATRICULATION BOOK Future president Rutherford B. Hayes signed it. So did future novelist E.L. Doctorow and future film star Paul Newman. Every October, after the Founders' Day Convocation, the newly settled first-years page through this remarkable book, then add their own names. HONORS DAY In April, the whole Kenyon community gathers to celebrate academic achievement, community service, and leadership, with the awarding of departmental and College-wide prizes. A time to cheer for hard work and good works. FRIDAY CAFE Every week closes with this lunchtime gathering, open to all. Ingredients: friendly conversation, a mingling of faculty, students, and village residents, a gourmet entree, an exquisite dessert. SENIOR SOIREE A long-standing celebration of what has been and what is to come. Each year, the members of the Senior Class invite the faculty and administrators who have been such an important part of their time at Kenyon to a semi-formal reception marking 100 days until Commencement. Typically falling on the second Friday in February, the Soiree is a bright spot on the calendar during a dreary time of the year and the first of many celebrations for the Senior Class. SENIOR SING You haven't graduated until you've sung the songs again. Yes, the same ones you sang as a first-year student, four short years ago. Warning: Your parents will cry. You might, too.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that Kenyon College is definitely worth it! I've had a fantastic experience here, and really recommend it.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do for fun! On a normal weekend there are accapella concerts, lots of parties, movies, talks, concerts etc. Also right outside is the Brown Environmental Center which has many hiking trails and a river (the Kokosing)

    Food and Dining

    Peirce Hall is the only dining hall on campus, they place heavy importance on the use of local produce. They do a good job, and cater to a wide variety of palates and dietary needs. Kenyon also doesn't have a meal plan which means that everything is buffet style!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm buildings for freshman are not nearly as incredible as those for upperclassmen, but the dorms are comfortable and large all the same. Many of the upperclass housing are in old, beautiful historical buildings!

    Academic Rigor

    Kenyon is very much a work-hard-play-hard environment. Students buckle down during the week and work hard, then on weekends relax. It's academically rigorous, but allows enough time for other aspects of student life!

    Tips for prospective students

    Know the Location: Visit campus, it was rated one of America's most beautiful colleges. It's an incredible place. Take a campus tour, get a feel for Kenyon's vibe and see if it's right for you. Talk to current students and faculty - go sit in on a class, talk to the professors and students about your interests and what they like and dislike about the school.

    In three sentences

    Kenyon College is a phenomenal leading liberal arts college renowned for its tradition of literary study, but also known for it's strength in the humanities and sciences. It is located in a small village in rural Ohio, Gambier. It's a small school which allows for personalized teaching and a strong sense of community.