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Kenyon Admissions Information

Kenyon College
Gambier, OH (map)


Founded in 1824, Kenyon College prides itself on a famous literary tradition and academic excellence. As one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges, Kenyon sets high academic standards in small classes taught by dedicated teachers. The school seeks those who love to learn and embraces students who are creative, intellectual, ambitious, and open to new ideas. The college's traditional liberal arts curriculum enables exploration and promotes interaction in the classroom. There is a strong sense of community at the school, where professors are more than mentors–they are also friends.

Located in Gambier, Ohio, Kenyon student life revolves around the campus. The college offers a wide variety of events which students regularly take advantage of, such as film screenings by the Kenyon Film Society as well as various theater productions, concerts, and lectures. Kenyon has more than 150 student clubs and organizations, including sororities and fraternities. For those who wish to leave campus, the state capital of Columbus is a 45 minute drive away; the city provides students with many cultural activities.



Basic Info

Main Address: Ransom Hall
Gambier, OH 43022-9623
Phone Number: (740) 427-5000  
Website: www.kenyon.edu  


Type of school: Private, liberal arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Rural  
Athletics: Division III, intercollegiate, intramural, club  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 1,633  
Percent out-of-state: 84%  
Percent international: 4.27%  
Female to Male ratio: 52:48  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Economics
English Language and Literature
Political Science and Government
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Urban Semester
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Women's Housing
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Special Housing For International Students
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Pep band
Student newspaper
Choral groups
Film society
International student
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Voted #12 Best College Theater
  • Voted #13 Best Athletic Facilities
  • Voted #12 Professor Gets High Marks

Admissions Information

Kenyon College admits 39% of its applicants. As a selective college, Kenyon seeks passionate and engaged students who are eager to learn.

Kenyon considers an applicant's secondary school record and character--assessed by letters of recommendation and the personal statement--to be the most important factors for admission. Such considerations are followed by the student's test scores, class rank, talent, extracurricular activities, interview, and demonstrated interest in Kenyon. Alumni relationship, geographical residence, ethnicity, volunteer work, work experience, and status as a first-generation college student are considered, but not as heavily.

Admissions address: Ransom Hall
106 College-Park Street
Gambier, OH 43022-9623
Phone number: (740) 427-5776  
Fax number: (740) 427-5770  
Admissions Website: http://www.kenyon.edu/admissions.xml  
Email: admissions@kenyon.edu  
Contact Person: Jennifer Delahunty  
Number of first-year applications received: 3,992  
Percent of applicants admitted: 39%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay(s)
1 Academic Teacher Evaluation(s)
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Standardized test scores
Interview (optional)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
SAT II Subject tests are considered if submitted.
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 1370  
ACT code: 3286  
Learn more about other Small Ohio schools:
Antioch   Case Western  

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