Granville, OH
Denison University


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Riley
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I am proud to attend Denison. It has its issues--as does every university--but, overall, I have found the environment to be e...

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I am proud to attend Denison. It has its issues--as does every university--but, overall, I have found the environment to be extremely conducive to success and lasting relationships. The professor and staff genuinely care about the students and the campus itself is beautiful and relatively safe.

Jessica
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Denison University is a great institution for people who are interested in pursuing a degree in the sciences, or for someone ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Denison University is a great institution for people who are interested in pursuing a degree in the sciences, or for someone who has grown up in a rural area who wishes to stay in that environment. Beyond that, this school has major issues that need to be addressed. 1. This school is located in a small town and can be very isolating, as the town of Granville and the university rarely interact with each other. This creates something known as the Denison Bubble, which many students experience. Unless you have a car, DO NOT GO HERE. You will go stir crazy because it is rare that Denison students work or interact with any organization off campus. 2. The housing here is bizarre. It is a four-year residency campus, but in all my years here, the housing department has a problem housing all students on campus, since the class sizes the school keeps admitting get bigger and bigger. Instead of allowing students to live off-campus, the housing department insists all students must live on campus, and at least 20 to 100 students end up without a dorm. Therefore, they just turn common rooms into quads or decide to put extra beds in doubles and triples to make up for the lack of dorm space. Each year, that number gets bigger and bigger. They are building new dorms, but instead of adding on the number, they are knocking down old dorms (that were uninhabitable long ago). However, this means that there aren't any more or any fewer dorms with what they started. So, the housing crisis continues. The dorms themselves are CONCERNING. At a fire safety meeting for students, they showed a horrific video of the worst fire in America and its victims. While that alone is a horrible sentence that cannot be unpacked, they then proceeded to say there were currently working on getting a sprinkler system in 15 of the 30 dorms. EXCUSE ME? IT IS THE 21ST CENTURY AND THESE DORMS HAVE BEEN APPROVED TO LIVE IN WITHOUT A WORKING SPRINKLER SYSTEM? THAT IS ILLEGAL?? Maybe I'm being too demanding to ask for safety codes to be up to standard. Another concerning story happened this year. The school approved the dorms to be lived in, and these poor girls kept getting super ill. The health center (I don't know if I can call it that?) brushed it off into the girls put pressure on them to inspect the dorm. They found ASBESTOSIS IN THE WALL. That is a carcinogen! That is not something that pops up over a summer or a day! That is years of neglect! In the middle of a snowy Ohio winter, these poor ladies had to quarantine all their belongings for one week. The dorms are not taken care of properly. The poor cleaning staff is not given the proper tools to keep up with the required cleaning. That is a more institutional issue, as the dorms are not a priority at this school, which is sad since the students are required to live on campus. Also, seniors are not guaranteed apartments so you might live in a dorm all four years. 3. The food here improved in my third year here. There are only three dining halls, and all students must have a meal plan for three years. The dining halls are not as bad as they used to be, but there aren't many healthy options to choose from. The student union is run by these sweet women who work 18-hour shifts. These poor overworked ladies are so exhausted that it makes service painfully slow. It is shocking the college allows them to work that long. Though this is not an issue anymore, there was a huge lack of diversity in food. It is surprisingly beginning to change, but there was a time that chefs had to bring their own utensils to work with (like a spatula or whisk) for their specific food station. That's just unacceptable. 4. Health services here need to be improved. This year alone, there were two suicides on a campus of at most 2,000. The health services are in a small building with staff who is pretty clueless. While I have had good experiences (because I make sure to make my appointment with the Nurse Practitioner) many of my friends have not. They do not diagnose correctly or give proper medicine (a running joke here is that they would prescribe Mucinex for a broken limb). My freshman year, one of my friends broke her elbow. This was at night, and the night staff was slightly annoyed because calling an ambulance would cost $6,000 on her insurance. Instead, they gave her not a map, but a piece of paper with a black line and X to where she could find help at a hospital ten miles away. No one would drive her, and my friend had to beg someone with a car to take her to fix her broken elbow. The counseling services here are also difficult to get into, as some of my friends were turned down for appointments since it was three weeks towards the end of school and a session "would not do them good". Some of my friends have had success with counseling here, but it is not a guarantee you will get the same counselor every session, which is not necessarily great when the sessions are 30 minutes to an hour, and you have to spend some of that time re-explaining what happened in the last session to a new counselor. It is difficult to get a time that works with your schedule as well. I was invited to dinner with Laurel Kennedy, one of the deans of students, and she spent the whole dinner talking about how to improve mindfulness activities. When I suggested focussing more financial time on the clinical outlets, Laurel seemed slightly stunned by my suggestion and proceeded to tell me that 11 counselors were just fine, especially because mindfulness is what happens between counseling sessions. She completely missed what the students needed, and seemed confused as to why dogs on Tuesday or meditation during common hour could not cure depression or anxiety. She felt that the staff was enough to handle all 2,000 students, even though it is a well-known fact that it is difficult to get counseling services. This lends itself to a bigger issue: this campus has a lot of depressing aspects, but the counseling services definitely need to be more accessible or at least have the university set up a partnership with a local psychological clinic/ private practice. That was a really infuriating conversation because it seemed as if the faculty don't even understand what the students need even when there are such tragic incidents like suicides. 5. Socially, there are some strange habits, as many people like to let loose and party on the weekends. If you want to be heavily involved in the social scene, Greek life is the way to go. However, I know many people who enjoy their social time here who aren't involved in Greek life who do fine. There are some cool people and some weirdos here (as anywhere in the world), but know that many students identify with what organization(s) they belong to. Many organizations are student-run, which have positives and negatives. It is rare for a staff member or professor to get involved so there can be a lot of unmediated fights or insane power plays. However, if you are with a group of people you love to work with and respect, it will be really rewarding! 6. The faculty here is really good but is super hit or miss depending on the major. As a theater major, I would advise looking elsewhere if you enjoy doing theater or any art related fields. I adore my English major and department, they are awesome! The academics are pretty great here, especially if you find one person in the department who you work well with to mentor you. Some students can't get into the classes they need, which is not great considering the school is so small and likes to throw around the 10:1 student to faculty ratio a lot. But most people graduate on time. Overall, I wouldn't recommend going to this school if you (1) want to pursue the arts (2) enjoy city life (3) enjoy having your home and school life separate (like if you don't like to eat, sleep, and work in the same place) or (4) Don't like boarding school atmospheres. I wish I had more positive things to say, but beyond having a few fun classes, I regret going here. Please really explore the dorms, food, social scene, and the major that you want to pursue before committing to this place.

Matt
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Denison is "just right" -- not too big, not too small, set on a hill in a charming village, and has amazing arts and athletic...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Denison is "just right" -- not too big, not too small, set on a hill in a charming village, and has amazing arts and athletic facilities. Professors are challenging but caring and always accessible, the workload is tough but fair. Career development is very supportive and helpful. Diversity matters -- socio/economic/racial/ethnic and political. We don't get into screaming fights with "the other side" but generally work together to find common ground. There's greek life, but it is non-residential and doesn't overwhelm social life on campus. Sports are popular but mostly family and friends are out cheering, not the whole school or town. Columbus is accessible for a change of scene and makes it easy to fly in and out.

Grace
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Even after only having spent one semester at Denison, I can say that it truly feels like a second home because of the people ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Even after only having spent one semester at Denison, I can say that it truly feels like a second home because of the people on campus. The professors are all passionate about their disciplines, everything from chemistry to comics, and want theire students to succeed. Likewise, the staff, from the lunch ladies to the janitors, are all friendly and easy to talk to. However, my favorite part about Denison is the friends I have made and will continue to make. I have made friends that are caring, funny, passionate, unique, late-night ice cream eating, romcom watching kind of people who have made my transition to college much easier and much more fun. While the academics are great and the extracurricular opportunities are even better, it is the people at Denison that make this school the best fit for me.

Franklin
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Denison is a really beautiful school and is filled with really smart people. I like Denison because it gives me a whole new e...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Denison is a really beautiful school and is filled with really smart people. I like Denison because it gives me a whole new experience than I believe a CUNY or a SUNY would have given me. I am still getting use to the culture and type of people that are on campus, but I am more fond of my school than I was before.

Jeremiah
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Denison University has been a joy and major influence in my life. Denison has allowed me to make new friends, create a bigger...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Denison University has been a joy and major influence in my life. Denison has allowed me to make new friends, create a bigger network, and get my money worth for my education. Denison is a very rigorous place, but you have unlimited resources to find help. Denison social life is pretty cool and can be very fun. Many students usually have a great time going out! The sports are great and only getting better. Denison has a beautiful campus and is an extremely safe campus. I would say the students at Denison University work hard and play hard.

Madina
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Denison University is leading in its investment in student success during and after undergraduate. Their commitment to libera...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Denison University is leading in its investment in student success during and after undergraduate. Their commitment to liberal arts values is present in every course I have taken. If you want to make something happen, you can make it happen with the support of faculty. The professors really care about you. If you reach out slightly to a professor they will reciprocate a million times over. Denison has also been committed to increasing the diversity of students internationally, racially and ethnically. Although racial tensions and acts of bias do occur, Denison's commitment to welcoming students of color is a far stretch than any other liberal arts school in the nation. However, there is an issue of over-involvement. Students are spread too thin because of this culture ingrained in our students. There is a culture of mentorship between older and younger students which is great. The food can be better for sure, but they are more than happy to listen to the requests of the students. You can make a lot of change on campus and you are given the resources to do so. The dorms are old but they are investing over 10 million dollars in the next 10 years to bring them up to date. The party atmosphere is very contained. parties end at 1:00 am. The career centers are fantastic and the resources they give you are amazing! Would recommend highly!!

Kathryn
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Denison is a lovely school in physical appearance. The people, especially the teachers, are generally friendly and helpful. T...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Denison is a lovely school in physical appearance. The people, especially the teachers, are generally friendly and helpful. There is a culture of over involvement on campus though, with students constantly stretching themselves into too many activities. There is also a bit of a frightening culture that sometimes comes out after dark, so it's best to travel with friends if at all possible, just in case.

Isabella
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Going to Denison after growing up in Los Angeles was a huge change for me. I cannot be happier or have enough good things to ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Going to Denison after growing up in Los Angeles was a huge change for me. I cannot be happier or have enough good things to say. The class sizes are small and the professors are very accessible. There is a lot of variety in classes to take. Greek life and sports exist, but aren't the main hub on campus. We have incredible facilities, a beautiful campus, the cutest town around the school, and there is a diverse range of people.

Olivia
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Denison is a great school for academics as well as on-campus opportunities. But, one of Denison's biggest strengths is the st...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Denison is a great school for academics as well as on-campus opportunities. But, one of Denison's biggest strengths is the student- faculty relationships. Professors really care and make an effort to personally get to know the students. I got to know teachers by running into them at lectures, concerts and arts events where we talked and shared common interests. Moreover, professors at Denison are always willing and available to help me if I was struggling academically.

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