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It had a homey feel to it
It had a homey feel to it
As for finding the right college, definitly visit and see which one feels the best and at home. To make the most of your college experience, try to become involved in your college activities and don't be afraid to meet new peole or try new things.
I wish I would have know how tough the academic portion of the school was.
The most important thing would be not to stress out too much about it. You will find the right college, and if not you alway...
The most important thing would be not to stress out too much about it. You will find the right college, and if not you always have the option of transfereing. College is important, yes, but don't over stress it.
The professors. They're are amazing and truly there to help you!
Food ! It's aweful.
I would tell students to make sure they visit the college and they like it because it will be there home away from home for g...
I would tell students to make sure they visit the college and they like it because it will be there home away from home for gour years. Students should try something new that they wouldn't have considered doin in high school like a sport or a club. Parents should let their children go!!!! Don't call everyday freshman are busy with class clubs/sports and new friends. It is an important time to bond with others and they can't do that if the parents are always calling them!
A person who does not like to interact with others, a close-minded and intolerant should not attend Kenyon.
I wish I had known I didn't like Biology so I didn't have to expunge my first Biology grade. Other than that, I knew everything that I needed to know about Kenyon.
Because it is rather small, Kenyon allows professors to get to know all of their students in a very personal way. Most stude...
Because it is rather small, Kenyon allows professors to get to know all of their students in a very personal way. Most students can tell you stories of when they had dinner at a professor's house, or sat in office hours just to talk about anything that came to mind. Kenyon is also very focused on writing, so no matter your major, you will come out of this school with an exceptional ability to express your ideas.
Selecting a college is not about the "name" or recognition it has (you'll probably end up paying more for that anyway)--it's about finding a place that makes you most happy. For me, that was finding a place that would not only be physically beautiful and inspiring, but would also be a good support in helping me make academic decisions. With the right support behind you, you should feel free to experiment in what classes you take. You never know what may surprise you. Selecting a major is really about finding what you are most passionate about--what makes you most happy to learn. When i selected my school, the number of proud (and prominenet) alumni indicated to me that i had found something special. Even now, i have traveled to many countries, and have still been able to find people associated with the college who are always excited to talk about it. As a senior in high school, i panicked about going away from home. But i've come to realize that stepping outside my boundaries and going to the school i chose helped me to become so much more independent.
Someone who would enjoy living in a village, watching the Amish pass by in the morning, or saying hello to the local woman who makes scarves. A laid-back personality and good sense of humor is probably most common here, and many people have a deep appreciation of the arts (dramatic, music, or drawing). In general, we all like to curl up in one of the gothic buildings on campus with a steaming cup of tea, and a good book (for class or otherwise). Must love the outdoors!!
The view from Caples Hall, a mostly-Sophmores dorm
The view from Caples Hall, a mostly-Sophmores dorm
One of four apartment options on campus, the senior-only Tafts are located on the south end of campus.
Official events take place on Ransom Lawn; students mingle on South Quad, shown here
South/Upperclass Quad, home to Leonard Hall, Old Kenyon, and Hanna Hall dorms and frats/sororities.
Samuel Mather Hall (psychology), Higley Hall (biology), Tomsich Hall (chemistry), and Hayes Hall (physics and math)
A grassy space where students study and play Frisbee in the academic area of campus, being set up for Summer Send Off
Students playing golf with tennis balls on the Science Quad.
The main dining hall, located in the center of campus.
Students hanging out at a Kenyon party
Middle Path and the academic buildings at 11am, when students are going to and from class, passing Ransom & Pierce.
Middle Path and the academic buildings at 11am, when students are going to and from class.
The largest freshman dorm, located across from the Freshman Quad. The dorm is air-conditioned and has a kitchen.
A Kenyon party, with singing
Olin Library, where many students choose to study
Lewis Hall, a dorm on the freshman quad
One of four songs sung during Senior Sing, an end-of-year Kenyon tradition.
An interview with a Kenyon student
Cafeteria at Kenyon
The Freshman Quad is home to Lewis Hall, Norton Hall, and Gund Hall, all co-ed by hallway.
A female student tells us her favorite movie and class, as well as what she does when she has an hour to kill.
A male student tells us his favorite movie and class, as well as what he does when he has an hour to kill.
The stage at Commencement 2008
A short video of a room in Caples Residence Hall
Short video of Caples Residence Hall
Exterior of Bushnell Residence Hall
About Kenyon. Something that I absolutely adore about Kenyon is that it is so well organised. I mean academically speaking in...
About Kenyon. Something that I absolutely adore about Kenyon is that it is so well organised. I mean academically speaking in particular. I came from an IB school, a United World College in fact, and one thing I hated with a passion was the IB's absolute inflexibility with anything. EVER. At Kenyon, it is so obvious that a professor teaches a subject exactly as they want to. There doesn't seem to be any interference from above, and the freedom for them to give students what they are passionate about, makes it so easy to maintain an engaged class environment. I have never, in both my completed years at Kenyon, had one class that I didn't adore. The Anthropology department is my baby now, and I found it just by going to an academic fair in orientation, and later on remembering one of the professors who seemed like fun. Now I am a junior and just got back from Kenyon's Honduras field program for Anthropology, and it has changed my life. In addition to academics being just wonderful (in my opinion), I love all the other staff members too. The dean of admissions is my best friend and we gossip and go out together, all of the directors and high positions seem to be women (yes!), the dining hall staff are so friendly and really appreciate talking to students and making friends (if only more students would take that initiative), the staff of all the offices I have ever entered (oh the accounting ladies are lovely), the health Centre is well run and I have always found that they have provided for me in every way I needed, the same goes for the Counseling Centre, where there is a lot of support. No matter the problem, whether it be alcoholism, drugs, sexual abuse, any kind of abuse, depression, over-stress, or what have you, there is something set up to help. It is all very personal too. It is so easy to get to know all of the staff who make the place run as smoothly as it does, and when you do, they are always so happy to do you little favours (like going easy on you for getting caught with something naughty in your room for example) and be as helpful as possible. There is so much to get involved in if you just give it a chance. I do a lot of work with the environmentalist and sustainability organisations, and the local food movement in Knox County is HUGE. Kenyon has a large portion of local food in its dining hall (ALL meat and chicken), and with the PEAS organisation parading itself all over, this is becoming something people are more aware of. Walking down middle path, people greet each other. Kenyon is small enough that you can be a well-known face if you so choose, but it is small enough that you can disappear off the radar for a while too if needs be (trust me, I know). I am sure it is not the place for everybody, and it took me a while to settle in, but I adore it now. I babysit for my advisor's loud and gorgeous little boy, I can talk on the phone to Jennifer Delahunty about anything, I exchange gifts with the Gund Gal's (dining hall ladies), I gossip with the ladies from downstairs in admissions where I work, and generally I just enjoy softly observing people going about their business in peace.
There is a good support network for LGBT folk at Kenyon. There is a special interest house where the organisation has a base, and where they can meet etc., and people on campus are for the most part really accepting and there is no separation. There was one incidence since I have been there where someone was ridiculed for their sexual orientation, but that was an isolated incident and had other facets besides sexuality that lead up to it. Wealthier students are obviously the majority, but like I said earlier, I was surprised by just how many people were far from rich, and working hard to maintain themselves on scholarship or with loans. To classes, dress is very VERY casual! And yes, students are very politically aware. There are a lot of opportunities to see speakers who come to school talking about different political, social, or environmental issues, and there is often a very good turnout.
Some yes, others not so much. Sure, there are a lot of wealthy students at Kenyon, it goes with the territory. But I imagine most people there have the mental capacity to thrive, although there are a lot of less driven people to counter those who are engaged. I have seen some preppy kids, but I have also met a lot of students who, like me, are there with substantial financial aid of scholarships, who worked their little bums off to get there, and appreciate the sacrifices their families may have made for that to happen. People do drink, and yes they drink a lot, but show me a college campus that doesn't have that and I will eat my hat. As for the abundance of drugs, I have heard cocaine has it's presence, but I have never encountered it in any way shape or form. I guess if someone were to want to enter that circle, they would have to know where to look, because from where i stand, it is well hidden. As for diversity, that is improving a lot. Kenyon is working to get more international students (like myself, I am from New Zealand), and succeeding at that. Yes one will see a vast array of different white US citizens strolling the grounds, but they come from all states and several walks of life. People just need to celebrate difference rather than being the sheep that follow the shepherd.
I already wrote about this above, but I can elaborate on some things. Yes, all professors know your name, and class participation is very common, and encouraged. Professors office hours are always open and I often see students milling around just chatting and asking questions. Professors and students are friends as much as they are in professional relationships, and I love this so much, because that is what makes it so efficient! When you participate in class and also get to know your professor as a person through conversations out of class, or taking part in an organisation they are involved in, it makes classes so much more fun, and makes it easier for them to grade you I think. Imagine it, they can construct their own syllabus, teach it as they wish, assign the assignments that they think are the most interesting, and give the grades they think people deserve and have worked for. That is freedom that high school teachers generally don't have, which is why I think liberal arts-ness is so perfect for someone like me. There is such a huge list of classes, and mostly all of them are open to anyone (except high level ones with prerequisites). People are SO SO encouraged to take a wide variety of classes (but I think that too many students don't make any huge leaps for fear of not doing well), and it is such a fantastic idea! Really, I took classical mythology, and before I think I knew who Zeus was from the disney movie, but now I read Ovid in my free time. The academics at Kenyon are my favourite part about it. I am raving now, but only because I really want people to know this.
Theatre is wonderful. There is a lot of opportunities to take part in a production even if you aren't involved in the drama department. Shows are put on by individual students in the smaller student operated theatre called "the black box." These are easy to audition for, very relaxed, and a lot of fun! The theatre department tself is a little more political and intimidation - for someone who just wants to participate, it is hard to get in over serious theatre majors who know the faculty directors etc etc. There are a lot of traditions, like Phling, which is like a spring dance (spring fling - but I am not from the US so I have no idea what that is), the bug dress up Halloween party which EVERYBODY goes to and is so much fun, other themed parties take place throughout the year too, and loads of semi-formals for the different greek organisations. I personally am not much of a partyer or a drinker, so i doubt I am the best person to ask about that. I think there is too much partying and drinking, but of COURSE I am going to say that! I have already talked about some of the different campus organisations, but there are so many more, like the women's centre, the different singing groups and musical groups/bands, film clubs, political clubs, ballroom dancing, martial arts, etc etc. I really enjoy going to the movies in the athletic centre on Fridays. There is a cinema-like theatre where the film society play movies every Friday evening. There are plenty of dry events that are held on weekends too.
I have heard several stereotypes mentioned, most of them apply to all "private liberal artsy" colleges. That people there are all rich and preppy, that a lot of people are only accepted because they are generation students or because their families donate a lot, that there is a lot of drug usage, that people drink a lot, that people don't study, that people study too much, that there is not a lot of diversity, that it is a "New IVY" and has a huge swollen head about it.
It's a little small, definitely too small for some people, also too isolated for some people. the campus can get boring if y...
It's a little small, definitely too small for some people, also too isolated for some people. the campus can get boring if you are unable to create your own fun. however, because it is so isolated there is a really strong community and a lot to do on campus. the food is not great, i'll admit that, though I'm certainly picky. The administration is small and approachable, the professors are great and extremely connected to the student body. I spend a lot of time working (I am a studio art major) but I also have plenty of time to spend with friends and thus develop myself on more than one level.
Seriously diverse. Maybe not financially or racially, but certainly in terms of lifestyle, personality and values. You could spend a Saturday night so many different ways I can't even imagine. A student concert, a rager in someone's apartment, a frat party, the library, wine and poker at someone's apartment, camping at the environmental center, swimming, running through cornfields, going to the arts center in Columbus for a show, the possibilities are endless.
there really are none, and for the very few that do exist, there are too many exceptions for the stereotypes to hold much water.
At kenyon, it is inconceivable that your teacher may not know your name. The school is small, the classes are small, and the professors give a shit. I have spent time at professor's houses and of course talking to them outside of class about work or not. Since we are in the middle of nowhere, the professors live not more than 10 minutes away so you see quite a lot of them and their families, it's really nice. Of course academics extend beyond the classroom--really what's the point of spending four years at school if you stop caring about your work the second you leave the classroom. But probably you could find some people at Kenyon who disagree with that, it's a very diverse campus and people find a myriad of ways in which to live.
I don't know what groups are the most popular, I only know what I do. I"ve spent some time working with campus literary magazines but for the most part I run ArtClub which organizes and puts up student art shows around campus. I've also spent time working with the screenprinting club which is sort of underground at the moment, but we print for different campus organizations, or really just making whatever we want for fun. Frats are important if you want them to be, honestly I never go to the parties but certainly enough people do to make a life of that, though of course the other possibilities really are endless. If I were awake at 2am on a Tuesday I'd either be writing a paper, camping in the woods, swimming in the kokosing or running around with a friend, maybe building something.
it's hard to stereotype because the campus is so diverse (in terms of personalities, not race). At my previous college (Reed in Portland OR) the student body was so homogeneous that the term "reedie" had a specific meaning, whereas at Kenyon there is nothing like "kenyonite" because the term would make no sense when there is no prototypical kenyon personality traits.
Kenyon is amazing. It gives you so many opportunities to take classes that you normally wouldn't. For instance I came there t...
Kenyon is amazing. It gives you so many opportunities to take classes that you normally wouldn't. For instance I came there thinking I wanted to be pre-med but now I'm in the honors economics program. Also you can be friends with everyone, including the faculty who are so nice. They want to teach you but more importantly for you to find the desire to learn within yourself. The campus is beautiful and everyone seems to be happy all the time (excluding maybe 2 weeks in february(ohio winters).
Most everyone gets along. There are a few assholes who get that rep on campus but they don't do any real harm and everyone is very accepting. Though if you are politically conservative it is not a bad idea to keep that to yourself.
TAMMY GOSCIAL IS A BITCH! (she is the Dean of Students but I can't imagine for too much longer)
Most of the stereotypes are accurate. I would say that the girls are better than the stereotype and that people are quirky, there are just a few quirky ones and because it is a small school you can see them alot which could give the impression of many quirky people.
All classes are taught by brilliant professors who know their stuff and want you instill their knowledge in you. They are so nice and always willing to work with students.
Clubs, IMs, and fraternities are popular on campus. These organizations are by no means mutually exclusive. The fraternities tend to be the social scene on campus and are not exclusive at all, they are probably the friendliest people on campus surprisingly. People drink but its not out of control, except for the first few weekends when freshman girls think they can drink as much as freshman football players. But after a few bad hangovers everything mellows out.
Kenyon is one of if not the most beautiful campus anywhere, on a sunny spring day. The faculty is brilliant and are eager to work with and help students on anything. The current dean of students (Tammy Goscial) is a total b****. She doesn't seem to be in tune with the students at all. Everyone is very friendly and smart. There is almost no exclusivity. There is a stereotype that Kenyon girls are ugly and that the people can be sort of quirky.
I love the campus feel here. It is so beautiful. Everyone knows each other. It is a cute little college town. We are sortof o...
I love the campus feel here. It is so beautiful. Everyone knows each other. It is a cute little college town. We are sortof out in the middle of nowhere. Polaris mall is a little less than an hour away. We have a movie theatre, bowling alley, walmart, and good restraunts like LA FIesta in nearby Mount Vernon. If you need the city life, Kenyon is not the place for you. Kenyon is having a big problem with communication right now. There is a disconnect between students and adminstration, professors and administration, and in some cases involved students and uninvolved students. We are working very hard on ways to get information out to people in a better way. We are holding more community forums, where students can come and ask questions of staff members, and we are working on sustaining the student government memory by having those in office mentor their successors.
Most students on campus are democrats. They join the group the first week of class and maybe go to 1-2 meetings before losing interest. The republicans on the other hand are a very small handful of students who seem to remain highly organized because they are in a community that does not share their views. Many students are on financial aid. Kenyon is an expensive school. Some of us could not be here without it. Kenyon Students don't have a uniform. SOme tend to dress preppy, some roll out of bed and go to class in their pajamas, others go dressed in flannel. We are a very diverse group of people. CLothing is not really important here.
I love Kenyon and have never regretted coming here.
To a certain extent, that is true. We did make national news for waiting for hours to vote in the last election. Kenyon Students are very good at getting excited about issues and responding. However, after the immediate follow through they lose interest. They may still lament the issue, but they do not try to get involved to fix it. This years student government elections all went uncontested except for the position of President. That being said, the individuals who did get involved are some of the most hardworking and caring people that I know.
Professors do get to know your name. One of the things that I like about Kenyon is that I run into my Professors as I am walking down Middle Path, or going to the KAC, or grabbing a bite at Middle Ground. They are definitely part of the community. We always stop and chat for a few minutes when we run into each other. If you take a seminar class (7-15 tudents) there is a good chance that you will go to their house for dinner. I have found that my most intellectual conversations happen at the oddest times: close to MIdnight surrounded by a group of friends.
My friends lived on my hall Freshman year. I did not get along with my roomate so I spent a lot of my time in their rooms. All eight of us found a way to room in the same hall the next year and now we share a suite together. At Kenyon you will make life long friendships. At the end of each school year, we have an all day event called Summer Send-Off. DUring the morning and afternoon, activities are held on Ransom Lawn for the members of our community (face painting, jupiter jump, sand art balloons, etc.) Towards the evening, various schoolbands plays. It culminates in the performance of a famous band. (Student do tend to drink all day and night on this event.)
That Kenyon is a very politically active campus.
Kenyon has a gorgeous campus, its easy to walk everywhere (except the wal-mart). There are no swipe cards for meals, and unt...
Kenyon has a gorgeous campus, its easy to walk everywhere (except the wal-mart). There are no swipe cards for meals, and until this year there were no locks on any doors--its a very open community and very safe. For many people Kenyon is too small, but you would be surprised how many people you don't know, and there is always a chance to get off campus with a semester abroad. Most people will either have no clue where or what Kenyon is, think its in Africa. However, those that do know Kenyon always mention what a good school it is academically. The academics are excellent: small classes, great professors, plenty of out of class discussions, and a wide variety of classes. Most of my memories are from the dining hall, the library, or the dorms. There is no student center, so most kids just hang around those places, or if its nice outside in any of the picturesque spaces on campus. The town is engulfed by the college, its only one block long, but it has 2 fun bars and a fantastic grocery for students. The administration has gone through major changes lately, and although somewhat well intentioned don't always see eye to eye with the students on a number of policies. The installation of proxy cards for dorms this upcoming year was quite the stir, but hopefully it won't be to big of a problem. Everyone has lots of Kenyon gear--but there isn't too much school spirit for sporting events. People are more into the Kenyon belts and nalgenes. There are some wonderful traditions at Kenyon, like the Freshman and Senior sings on the steps of Rosse Hall. You sing the same songs the day you begin school and the day of graduation, creating very nice book ends. I have so many fun experiences, but some of the best were the costume parties--there are a TON. Almost every all campus party has a theme, and a good number of people always have fantastic outfits. Also--kind of random, party nights are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The biggest complaints generally are about the administration and the food.
Kenyon is trying to diversify, but its mostly white bread and well off. There is a decent gay population, but its a small campus. The lesbian community is almost non-existent. Inner city kids would feel pretty out of place at Kenyon, as do some metropolitan kids who miss the city life--Kenyon is very farmland, not city. Although people identify with certain groups, everyone has a friend in each. For example, there are very strong fraternity/sorority groups, but they are not exclusive and they throw open parties. Four tables, 1) the soccer team guys or a fraternity 2) the swimmers, guys and girls 3) random group of girls all from one grade who probably all live together 4) some academic table---like Spanish table with a professor where everyone speaks Spanish. Students come from all over the country with a lot from Washington DC, New York, Chicago, rural Ohio, and all over California--there is also a decent international population mostly from Europe. There is the whole spectrum for political activity--plenty of apathetics, but there are also the large number of us, myself included, who waited 10+ hours in line to vote for the 2004 presidential election. People run the spectrum from left to right politically, but I would call Kenyon a left of center group. People do not talk about how much money they will make after college.
I would say that Kenyon students do tend to be on the more liberal side of things. However, there is a strong community of conservatives and conservative professors who are not afraid to speak their mind. Although the vast majority of students are quite well off, there isn't a lot of opportunity to spend tons of money while on campus. You will get your fair share of snobby intellectuals, but they aren't the only kids around. There is a lot of drinking on campus, but it usually occurs after or alongside many other activities like plays, sports games, or concerts.
The academics are top notch, personal, and challenging. Every professor I've had knows my name, has been available for office hours, and showed a lot of respect for my work. My favorite classes were those in my major--political science-- because they involved great discussion and research of my own choosing. For example my Junior Honors Seminar was discussion based on a number of political theory texts and then an independent research paper of about 30 pages; I chose Hezbollah. For most of my classes there were only 3 grades, midterm, final and a paper--I like it simple. My least favorite class was the intro bio class I took, but it was probably just a bad choice of topic for me personally. It was really easy for me to schedule my classes between 9am - 1pm so I had most of my days free, but like most students did spend a good deal of time studying outside of class (but never on Friday nights or Saturdays). If you want to have intellectual discussions outside of class there is plenty of opportunity to do so. The overall atmosphere of learning is not a competitive one, but a collaborative one, and I never had someone ask what my GPA was. The polisci deptarment is fantastic. The professors are somewhat conservative, especially compared to the students, but it doesn't come across in their teaching. There are a number of activities, like the chili contest, end of the year picnic, and such that really give you a chance to get to know your professors and other students. Its one of the larger majors with about 40 or so in my senior class. There is a very liberal arts feel to the education at Kenyon, with requirements in all the different subjects, but I didn't find it restricting. There is also a strong focus on writing and fundamental philosophies of each area. The education is more for learning's sake than career oriented, but the Career Development Center is getting better at finding jobs and internships for students.
Popular teams: Swimming--longest running winning streak in the nation for national championship wins in any category or division; Rugby, both men and womens; a Capella groups; theater; Greek organizations--more popular among guys. I was a captain of the Women's Rugby team and it was a lot of fun. Its a club sport, with a lot of social as well as athletic components. There are a number of road trips and tournaments and lots of parties on campus after games or on weekends. Students usually don't lock their doors if they have roommates, and apartments are never locked. Events of all sorts are generally well attended, but usually not overwhelmingly. The dating scene is non-existent. There is single but hooking up or married lifestyles. I lived next to my best friend freshman year and met my others through my sorority, classes, mutual friends, and sports. 2 am on a Tuesday I'm probably studying/chatting with friends/catching up on some tv. Traditions: freshman sing; all campus lounge parties all first semester; formals in winter and spring; rush in February; pledging second semester; ghost stories at Halloween; Summer Send Off festival (drinking all day, lots of free stuff, games, and a concert at night with a decent band). People who do party party 2-4 nights a week, from most popular to least on Saturday, Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. Greek life is a big part of campus, but not essential to join a group to be involved in their parties. During rush and formals its necessary to be a part of one to be involved, but otherwise parties are open and all are generally welcome. There are always alcohol free events, especially before 10pm, like a play, concert, sporting event, or social board activity--like lazer tag, or a trip into Colubumus or $1 movies. Off campus nearby there is Wal-mart, the High diner 24 hours, Fiesta mexican restaurant, or in Columbus there is plenty of shopping and all kinds of food and OSU.
-Very liberal, but not as liberal as Oberlin students -snotty rich kids -uniformed, we live in a bubble -very intellectual sometimes to an obnoxious degree -drink a lot
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