Gambier, OH
Kenyon College


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Recent Reviews

Andrew
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is most known for it's professors; read above.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is most known for it's professors; read above.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit all of the school you are interested in and stay over night, also, apply to lot's of schools and try to visit them all. The more options the better you will feel, and the less likely you will be stuck going somewhere you don't want to,

What's unique about your campus?

The professors are the best thing about Kenyon; they are caring, knowledgable, and genuinly interested in your passions and growth as both a person and an individual.

Lindsay
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Kenyon is best known for it's English Department and the Kenyon Review. Most people have never heard of the school, but those...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Kenyon is best known for it's English Department and the Kenyon Review. Most people have never heard of the school, but those who have respect the college's rigorous academics.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Kenyon is a very close-knit environment with a lot of supportive people. In addition, the students can be kind of quirky, but in a good way.

Nicole
Describe the students at your school.

Mostly eager to learn, with some only interested in partying and being irresponsible.

Describe the students at your school.

Mostly eager to learn, with some only interested in partying and being irresponsible.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Swimming, English, Paul Newman, Bill Watterson, the Amish, Old Kenyon

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To parents, I would say to trust your child's judgement. Encourage them to explore their opportunities, but know that ultimately they, and not their college, will determine the quality of their education. To students, I would remind you that the right college for you coming out of high school may not be the right college for you four years later: that's okay, and in fact can be preferable as a sign of growth and change. Take advantage of the opportunities and people around you, explore the unexplored, and ultimately, trust yourself.

Elaine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important aspect to the college search is visiting the campus and talking to students. It?s easy to tell after an ov...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important aspect to the college search is visiting the campus and talking to students. It?s easy to tell after an over-night visit if the student will feel comfortable at the school. Also ask current students whatever questions you might have on your mind - you'll get a better, more honest answer from them than you would an admissions brochure! Sitting in on a class is also really important because it shows you what an average class is like: the setting, how students and professors interact, as well as how much work is expected on a daily basis. As for making the most of your college experience, I would urge students to be OPEN TO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! Throw all your previous judgments about certain people or ideas or food out the window and engage them! I have befriended students from Nepal and New York and have learned so much from them in the process. Be open to the fact that learning in college doesn?t stop and that life outside the classroom is just as important as the lectures inside the classroom. Embrace and uncover everything your college has to offer and it will embrace you.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The only thing I can think of is that it is a really small place, everyone knows everyone and there is really no way to escape or avoid seeing people you might not want to see (even professors!) I didn't think about that too much before coming to Kenyon... it turns out that I really like the smallness, but I know people who come to Kenyon who don't like it.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I mostly talk about the sense of community and the great friends that I've made at Kenyon. I talk about the beautiful landscape surrounding the campus and how it doesn't matter that there isn't much to do around the campus because of all the great people I've met there.

Rebecca
What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

To invest in weather-appropriate attire before the first winter.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The fact that there are less than 10 buisnesses in town.

Sarah
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Kenyon encourages a very close-knit, friendly atmosphere of relaxed, liberal arts kids who might be a little bit sheltered, b...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Kenyon encourages a very close-knit, friendly atmosphere of relaxed, liberal arts kids who might be a little bit sheltered, but nonetheless sincerely want to do good in the world.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The school is academically very strong, yet it lacks the element of intense competition that one might expect. People really are more focused on learning than on grades, and they take time away from work to enjoy each other and the beautiful campus.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If possible, visit your top choice schools before deciding. Depending on the individual, atmosphere can determines how happy and comfortable you will be at college. Talk to some students at your favorite colleges and determine whether you have common interests and attitudes about the purpose of education as well as other aspects of college life. Consider whether the college setting is bigger or smaller than what you were looking for, and determine whether any discrepancy here might be a problem, or whether you have changed your expectations after seeing how awesome the campus is. Remember, people are very flexible, and chances are there's more than one college that will give you a wonderful experience.

Lauren
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are many times you will find yourself choosing a college or choosing among colleges where you really don't know all abo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are many times you will find yourself choosing a college or choosing among colleges where you really don't know all about it, and where you won't be able to predict how much (or how little!) you might like it. That's ok. In my experience there are any number of places in this country that can make students happy and so don't frustrate yourself with thinking that you must find the one perfect college out there for you. It doesn't exist. Rather, there are many many good matches... and you will probably find some of those based on your research and your gut!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who wants a very urban environment

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How easy it is to get help from your professors... they are so happy to see students!

Lauren
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Kenyon College is known for being a small, intimate learning community. Classes are small, professors and peers are intellige...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Kenyon College is known for being a small, intimate learning community. Classes are small, professors and peers are intelligent, and discussions are interesting. There is very little anonymity on Kenyon's small campus; students must allow extra travel time to get to class, because they never know who they might meet on the way! The social scene at Kenyon is atypical, and students must find their own fun in some ways. However, it is generally easy to find a solid group of friends who share your interests and priorities.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important piece of advice that I can give to prospective students is to begin the college search with some soul-searching and reflection. As Socrates said, "Know thyself." When I was in high school, I was an excellent student, and I felt pressure from peers, teachers, and college counselors to aim for a well-known school. However, the more I researched colleges and universities, the more I realized that a small liberal arts college would be a better fit for my personality, interests, and temperament. I wanted a college where I would have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of academic disciplines, be able to explore outside interests such as theater and music, and have a close relationship with professors and fellow students-- all things that might not have been possible at a big-name university. However, for a student with a clear career path, or a student who likes anonymity, a big-name university might be the better choice. Nobody can tell you what is best for you except you. Choose the college that you feel is right for you; you'll be the one living with your choice for the next four years.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who loves being lost in a crowd should not attend Kenyon. As stated previously, there is no anonymity at Kenyon, and gossip travels quickly. Also, if a Kenyon student misses a class, he or she will not be surprised if the professor comments about the absence or even e-mails or calls the student. Additionally, someone who craves big-city life should not choose Kenyon. The nearest mall is located in Columbus, which is over an hour away from campus by car. Someone who needs to constantly try new restaurants, clubs, etc. should not choose Kenyon.

Daziah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would personally advise parents to make sure their children visit the college before making a decision to enroll. This is i...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would personally advise parents to make sure their children visit the college before making a decision to enroll. This is important because all of my friends chose their school after visiting. Some of them immediately made Kenyon their top choice after visiting. Also, parents should allow their children to make their college choice based on what's right for them because what's right in the eyes of the parent is not always what's right for the kid. The student should be allowed to choose a school without their parents pressuring them to attend schools they want them to attend, and should support their child's decision to attend the school that is right for them. Also, I advise the student to not just choose a school based on its reputation because you may miss out on the best college opportunity by being a status seeker. That means instead of applying to only Ivies, students should look into schools with great academic reputations, but that also have more to offer than just a title. Not to say the Ivies haven't offered some people the best college opportunity, I'm just encouraging the student to expand their options.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A student that does not like to work hard or any student who is not comfortable being around rich, caucasian kids.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The professors are great.They actually provide me with enough good experiences in the classroom that keep me enrolled in the school. Otherwise I might be inclined to leave.

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