Kenyon College is the oldest private college in the state of Ohio. The Gothic architecture in some buildings as well as the rustic environment they create have made Kenyon one of the most beautiful schools of higher learning in the country. Kenyon is considered one of the colleges that can rival the big Ivy League universities in terms of academic excellence and facilities.
Kenyon’s English department is recognized as one of the most rigorous. Other academically stellar majors that a student can go for are Art (Studio), Art History, Dance and Drama, Film, Music, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Classics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, American Studies, International Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. A student may also take interdisciplinary minors such as African and African-American Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Integrated Program in Humane Studies, Islamic Civilizations and Cultures, Law and Society, Neuroscience, Public Policy, and Scientific Computing. All students must take courses in each of the four divisions, namely Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Competence in a foreign language is also a requirement.
Kenyon is also known for its athletics. Its sports teams compete in the NCAA Division III. The swim teams of this college is considered very strong, winning consecutive championships on a national scale in the NCAA.
A short time after taking the post as first Bishop of Ohio in 1818, Philander Chase addressed the problem of not having enough trained clergy in the frontier. His plans to set up a seminary where he can train several clergymen to take the responsibility of guiding the people’s religious growth in the region received a lukewarm reception. Chase then went to England to solicit donations, and he found support from Lord Kenyon, Lord Gambier, and the writer and philanthropist Hannah More. These three influential men were the college’s first benefactors. Kenyon College was incorporated in 1824. The location of the institution was changed from the original location in Worthington to Knox County.
Kenyon offers students a remarkable campus life, with well-maintained housing facilities and tons of activities for students looking for extracurricular endeavours. A residential college, Kenyon College takes care of the safety of students inside their temporary homes in campus. All in all, the environment around Kenyon is energetic, beautiful, safe and secure.
Student life at Kenyon revolves around academics, athletics and extracurriculars. Some of the most popular places in campus are the Kenyon Athletic Center and the Peirce dining hall. There are organizations that are run by students and are actively seeking more ways to improve their skills, such as the linguistics club, cooking clubs, singing groups and comedy groups.
Greek life is active in Kenyon, as there are twelve Greek organizations on campus. Among these twelve are six national fraternities, four local sororities and two local co-ed groups or societies.
More clubs and organizations are being conceptualized by the energetic students of this college. Students will never run out of things to do to explore their interests, develop new ones, and create lasting connections. All in all, student life at Kenyon is challenging and fun, with each new freshman adding something to the mix.
Non-varsity athletics include ice hockey, Men’s rugby, ultimate Frisbee, squash, sailing and equestrian.
Kenyon provides a comprehensive financial aid program, which includes need-based and merit-based financial assistance that includes scholarships, grants and student loan. The average student loan is a little over $20,000.