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Kenyon College
Kenyon College seeks talented, driven individuals to join its academic community. Students enrolled at...

Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

Kenyon College seeks talented, driven individuals to join its academic community. Students enrolled at Kenyon collaborate with other students and dedicated faculty members, fostering an environment that promotes academic and personal success. 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,711 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
45% male — 55% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
194 full-time faculty
6 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

100% of students live on campus

Retention Fall 2015

93% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

87% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 4%
White 73%
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 3%

Opportunities for First Year Students

Pre-Orientation and Orientation
Kenyon’s pre-orientation is an introduction to university life. Students get a taste of academics and meet future peers. As a follow up, Kenyon holds an orientation in the fall for all incoming freshman. During orientation, students move in to their new dorms, participate in team building activities, and get to know campus. There are plenty of advisors available to guide students during their transition.

Academic Advising
Academic advising begins during orientation and continues throughout the entire undergraduate experience. Advisors assist and support students in their academic and personal endeavors. They can also facilitate decisions regarding career choice and post-graduate plans. As students move through college, their coursework becomes increasingly more difficult, and academic advisors are great for keeping student goals in check. 

Co-Curricular Activities
Kenyon believes that activity outside of the classroom is an integral part of a college experience. Students can join clubs, play sports, and take part in several different organizations. Involvement in co-curricular activities allows students to develop leadership and management skills.

Community Service
It’s important for undergrads to step back and realize their duty to the community. Kenyon encourages all of its students to pursue some form of volunteer work during their college experience. Community service is a great way for students to draw connections between their course work and the needs of their community. Some of Kenyon’s popular service initiatives include: Habitat for Humanity, Food for Thought, and Big Brothers—Big Sisters.

Off-Campus Study

Nearly 50% of every junior class studies abroad. Students can choose from 150 programs in 50 countries. Kenyon’s approach to off-campus study involves careful planning and advising. Interested students work closely with faculty, returning students, and sometimes students that are natives of the country they’ll be visiting. Off-campus study programs range from U.S destinations to cities around the world. Students should take careful consideration when selecting a program. The Center for Global Engagement is available to answer questions and assist in decision-making.

Some of Kenyon’s most popular off-campus study destinations include: Australia, England, Italy, Denmark, Spain, and France.

Service Learning

In March 2015, Kenyon received a grant to establish a community engagement center. The center will be implementing programs and practices to engage students in experiential learning. This high-impact teaching method forms a bridge between course-study and the greater community. The “Sense of Place” grant will allow faculty to bring experiential methods into the classroom. When service becomes a part of the curriculum, students are able to apply academic theory to the needs of the community.


Summer Science Scholars: Kenyon offers a select group of students the opportunity to remain on campus during the summer months to pursue their own research. Chosen students receive a stipend while they work through their projects. Faculty work in partnership with students and guide their work all the way through to presentations. Some students even go on to have their work published.

The John W. Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-Legal Studies: This opportunity is available to students interested in research of law and society. Students in this program work closely with faculty while they conduct their research.

Center for the Study of American Democracy Summer Scholars: CSAD students work in partnership with faculty as they pursue some research project in the realm of American liberal Democracy. Participants of this program are given a stipend and summer housing. Research funding and materials are also be made available to students when necessary.

General Education Requirements

Kenyon’s Gen Ed requirements ensure that all students graduate with a well-rounded education. In order to receive a degree, students must complete the following:

  • Distribution requirements: Students must complete a series of courses that cover the four academic divisions offered at Kenyon.
  • Second language: Kenyon students must take a full-year of a language and demonstrate their proficiency in that language. Students will get a better understanding of another culture, learn the structure of another language, and gain experience with foreign text. 
  • Quantitative reasoning: Students must satisfy a quantitative reasoning requirement. These classes, called QR courses, explore the application of graphic and numerical data. Students are exposed to statistics, mathematics, and the scientific method.

Themed Housing

Themed housing is a great option for students seeking to live among peers that share similar interests. All of Kenyon’s themed house are self-directed and self-governed. This is accomplished through a set of rules and guidelines, as well as a housing contract. Themed housing fosters strong community bonds and allows students to further explore their passions. Kenyon requires that each themed house welcomes all members of the community to join.

Wellness Housing

Wellness housing promotes all aspects of a healthy lifestyle and observes seven aspects of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, and occupational. This housing option supports the life-long pursuit of balanced living, both in body and mind. Students interested in Wellness Housing should be committed to a substance-free life. Some of the topics covered in this living learning community include exercise, dieting, depression prevention, and body image.

Division Housing

Division Housing is the opportunity for organizations with spotless records to establish a residence. Organizations interested in starting a Division House must have completed five years as a Themed House. They must also have demonstrated a commitment to the campus and the community.

Program Housing

On top of the many resident options available at Kenyon, there are also Program Houses that explore disciplines. The current Program Houses offered explore topics of culture, environmentalism, feminism, LGBTQ, and farming.



Admissions Fall 2015

6,644 Total Applicants 
1,703 Total Admissions 
492 Total Freshman Enrollment

25.63% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 630 730
SAT Math 610 690
SAT Writing 620 720
ACT Composite 28 32
ACT Math 26 31
ACT English 30 34
ACT Writing 8 10


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $47,220
Fees $1,920
Total $49,140
Room and Board (on campus) $11,960
Room Only $5,240
Board Only $6,720
Estimated Total On Campus $61,100


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

61% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
36% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$33,907 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,200 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates