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Denison University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 18 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

56% Women
44% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

North Coast Athletic Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $61,710)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $54,006)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 85 77 - -
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 20 21 - Yes
Field Hockey - 23 - Yes
Football 79 - - -
Golf 10 10 Yes Yes
Lacrosse 41 23 Yes -
Soccer 27 25 Yes Yes
Softball - 13 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 34 30 - -
Tennis 13 11 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 13 Yes Yes
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rifle - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.6%
Hispanic 2.9%
Non-resident alien 5.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 3.8%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 79.4%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 14
Liquor Law Violation 14
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 11
Property Crime 16

Notable Alumni

  • Chris Curtin (Class of '94), Vice President of corporate synergy and the Walt Disney Company
  • George Bodenheimer (Class of '80), President of ABC Sports and ESPN
  • Jennifer Garner (Class of '94), Star of TV drama Alias, Golden Globe winne
  • Kim Cromwell (Class of '81), Principal of Cromwell Consulting
  • Susan Whiting (Class of '78), President and CEO of Nielsen Media Research
  • Michael Eisner (Class of '64), CEO of the Walt Disney Corporation
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Recent Grad - 2012
  • 4
  • I lived in several different types of housing in my four years at Denison, and I liked them all. My first year I was in a freshman only dorm (a…

  • Jun-08-2012 Read More
  • Jaclyn from Chatsworth, CA
  • 4
  • So amazing to be surrounded by all of your friends all of the time. Everyone living on campus can be stressful because of living so close, often with a roommate…

  • May-15-2012 Read More
  • Jackson from Richmond, VA
  • 4
  • This can go both ways. Quiet and substance free dorms aren't for everybody and neither are the normal dorms. Rooms are generally spacious and the RAs are great!…

  • May-23-2012 Read More
  • Ali from Pittsburgh, PA
  • 3
  • Again, it depends a lot on those around you. I live in the freshman quiet dorm, and compared to the rest of campus it is very controlled. Other dorms, such…

  • Jan-04-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Anna
  • Dec-28-2014 I am a current student here

    The food and dining are possibly Denison's weaker suits, but there are plenty of options to choose from! There are two dining halls as well as a space called Slayter Union that has multiple snack/meal bars where you can order food for on the go, but there is also an area to sit and eat. The dining services do try hard to provide healthy and a variety of options but it is usually a hit or a miss. They have a great dessert area however as well as lots of drink options and the dining staff are extremely nice! If you feel like going out to eat, its an easy walk down to Granville, which has multiple restaurants that provide large meals for reasonable prices catered towards college students. The school also provides shuttles to the mall to go out and eat.

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  • 3
  • Stefanie from Santa Ana, CA
  • Jan-27-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is okay, On some days its really great & then it'll be okay again. It varies but there is always sandwiches and salad so it is not so bad if you do not like any of the other stations.

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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Jun-30-2013 I am a current student here

    There is a huge variety of food in the dining halls and in the main building cafeteria. Some of the food is questionable, but there is usually fruit or some other alternative, such as going to the main building for food.

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  • 3
  • DU sophomore
  • Mar-27-2013 I am a current student here

    Currently the dining sucks, but we are actually getting a new dining service next fall (2013)! So, everyone is SUPER excited about this and hopefully it will be a lot better than our current dining company, which shouldn't be too difficult. Also, one of our dining halls is currently being renovated so it will be really nice when it's done.

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  • 2
  • from Granville, OH
  • Mar-19-2013 I am a current student here

    Apparently this is changing this year. The students also had a say in the dining services they wanted to bring in.

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  • 4
  • Kaitlyn
  • Jan-29-2013 I am a current student here

    There is always a wide variety of food to choose from in case you don't like what is in the main line.

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  • 3
  • Quin
  • Jan-22-2013 I am a current student here

    Food and dining is pretty average, but they're changing dining services next year, so fingers crossed for something excellent.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • DU sophomore
  • Mar-27-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is very prominent on campus. It's the biggest organization on campus and if you are a very social person planning to take part in the party scene you almost have to be involved with greek life. That being said, our frats and sororities are not completely stereotypical. There is a huge mix of people that belong to each one so you can easily find the right place for you.

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  • 0
  • from Granville, OH
  • Mar-19-2013 I am a current student here

    Sometimes it may seem like the whole campus is part of greek life but less than 30% of our campus is Greek. So if you like it or it's something you want to try, don't be afraid to join. But if it's not for you, don't bother..there are plenty of other student not doing it also!

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  • 0
  • Kaitlyn
  • Jan-29-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is practiced on campus but it is not obnoxious. It is very inclusive and is not overwhelming or even very prevalent to those that aren't involved.

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  • 0
  • Quin
  • Jan-22-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is non-residential at Denison, which makes it a lot less clique-y. People in Greek life are often friends with non-Greeks. Rush is also in the spring, giving you time to decide if you're interested in joining and if so, which fraternities/sororities you like.

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  • 0
  • Ali from Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jan-04-2013 I am a current student here

    Barely existent. Greek life is mainly active for the sake of parties rather than actual group involvement.

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  • 0
  • Recent Grad - 2012
  • Jun-08-2012 I am a past student here

    While Denison does have several sororities and fraternities, its Greek life isn't typical of most campuses. Sororities and fraternities are not housed separately on campus, although participation in each group is fairly standard (chapter once a week, dues, service projects, etc.).

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  • 0
  • Lauren from Westerville, OH
  • May-25-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is prevalent on campus but is not the majority. Around a third of the students are involved in greek life. None of the fraternities or sororities live in their houses. The houses are used for chapter meetings and other get togethers. There are both Panhellenic and Multicultural sororities and fraternities on campus.

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