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Denison’s academic mission is to educate students to become independent thinkers and active citizens...

Denison University

Granville, Ohio

Denison’s academic mission is to educate students to become independent thinkers and active citizens of a democratic society. Students enjoy a dynamic learning environment 24 hours a day.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,278 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female
70% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
239 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

100% of students living on campus. Students should expect to live on campus all 4 years.

School Location

Denison University is set in the small town of Granville, Ohio. Students can walk the streets of this small town and enjoy restaurants and shops that line the main street. Students can also enjoy the local bike trails.

Retention Fall 2014

89% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

82% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 7%
White 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


NCAA Division III with 12 Varsity Sports for both men and women including track, basketball, soccer, and swimming.  Mascot: Big Red Colors: White, Red

Academic Programs

African American Studies, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Western European Studies, Womens Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Communication, Journalism, Computer Science, Education, English, Writing, Classical Civilizations, French, German, Latin, Spanish, History, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Science, Physics, Economics, Social Sciences, Sociology, Art, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre 

At Denison, students are recognized for their individual value. A Denison education means no hiding in the back of the class. Students are encouraged to make themselves known and take advantage of their educational experience. While each student will choose a specific major to study, Denison provides a liberal arts framework on which students can build a solid foundation.

First-Year Program
The First-Year Program is a mixture of academic and co-curricular experiences. Students receive guidance through academic advising and counseling. The program is incredibly important because it teaches students valuable skills like complex writing, higher-level thinking and conceptualization, and active participation.

Service Learning
Service learning is an integral part of the Denison experience and falls into 1 of 3 categories: extracurricular community service, co-curricular service learning, or curricular service learning. Co-curricular service learning functions to increase awareness of important social issues. Curricular service learning is a supplement to a course. Students perform some service to the community in collaboration with a topic they study in class. Extracurricular service learning involves community service projects through an organization or club.

Student Research
Research is an important component of the undergraduate experience. Students are afforded countless opportunities to involve themselves in research initiatives, no matter their field of study. Within Denison’s research community, there is a unique residential opportunity available through the Gilpatrick House. This residential community is open to students involved in summer or senior research projects.

Study Abroad
Denison encourages its students to expand their horizons and take their educational journey beyond the campus. The University offers several programs, affording students the opportunity to learn another culture’s customs and values. Students are encouraged to assess their transformation as they assimilate to their new surroundings.  

Denison’s faculty have many roles. Not only are they respected scholars in their fields, but they serve as mentors and guides to their students. And this makes a large difference in Denison’s educational experience. Professors encourage students to discover their academic potential in a way that is completely theirs. Faculty truly enjoy their roles as mentors because they can be actively involved in the transformations of each student.

Academic Support & Enrichment Center
Denison’s Academic Support & Enrichment Center functions to support interactions between faculty and students. The center works to help students reach their highest potential, through advising and feedback.

Engagement Outside of the Classroom
Denison recognizes that a college experience transcends the classroom. The University therefore provides plenty of extra-curricular and social activities for students to explore. There are over 175 organizations, including a vibrant Greek life and several service and leadership opportunities.

Green Campus
Denison embraces sustainability. The University aims to protect and maintain economic, social, and environmental resources. Through research initiatives, investments, and a campus-wide commitment, Denison’s efforts are met with the utmost respect.

Spiritual Life
Denison welcomes all religions and faiths. Students are invited to practice their religious beliefs, voice their doubts and express their ideas in faith and doctrine. Denison is supportive of every religious affiliation and encourages its students to learn from one another.

Denison is an NCAA Division III school, offering 23 varsity sports. For those students that are not enrolled as athletes, there are still several opportunities to get involved. Denison offers intramural and club sports, as well as fitness classes.

Denison prepares its students to find success in all of their future endeavors, whether they are professional or personal. Six months post-graduation, 85-90% of Denison graduates are employed, pursuing graduate school, or engaging in post-graduate service.

The Office of Career Exploration & Development and The Gilpatrick Center for Student Research & Fellowships
These campus resources are incredibly important to the discovery and achievement of career aspirations. Services offered include: career advising, on-campus recruiting, internships, externships, resume and cover letter development, mock interviews, networking, graduate school preparation, and workshops.

Preparing for Success
Denison students are equipped with the necessary tools to be prepared to enter the workforce. Upon graduation, the majority of Denison students will have had some leadership experience, whether it was in a class or through an organization. Denison grads are also excellent writers because the University places a large emphasis on this skill. Denison takes measures to encourage dialogue and participation between professors and students, which in turn bolsters student success. Denison students are much more likely to engage in research initiatives with their professors and have a better grasp of their area of study when they enter the workforce.


Admissions Fall 2014

4,468 Total Applicants
2,481 Total Admissions
609 Total Freshmen Enrollment

55.53% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $44,670
Fees $1,000
Total $45,670
Room and Board (on campus) $11,180
Room Only $6,150
Board Only $5,030
Estimated Total On Campus $56,850


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
63% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$27,108 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$9,489 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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