Recent Alumnus 2013-08-24T12:42:02Z
I do not think there is any important criteria. Just have to have the money
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-24T12:41:11Z
I do not know my career goals. I have had some success getting interviews with my background. I would definitely do it over again.
College Sophomore 2013-07-30T20:33:05Z
Kenyon's food is great compared to my high school's food. There are plenty of options, although if you're on a strict diet you may have some trouble. The chefs love interacting with students, so that is always a plus.
I love both dining halls. In one hall you can easily feel like you're in one of the Harry Potter movies and the other dining hall is just newer. Lot's of people simply refer to the two main halls as "new side" and "old side."
Overall, our dining hall, Peirce, is great. It's hard to find a person who says they don't like it.
College Sophomore 2013-07-30T20:24:46Z
Financial aid at Kenyon is great. Of course the process of filling out the FAFSA and CSS Profile is a hassle, but it's worth it because Kenyon is dedicated to giving students their demonstrated financial need. Financial aid was a major factor when choosing schools and I couldn't have really picked a better school.
College Sophomore 2013-07-30T20:20:36Z
It's Hogwarts minus magic, but lots of quirkiness.
College Junior 2013-07-30T17:23:34Z
Athletics are typical of division III- you work hard and compete well, but it's not as all-consuming as d I or II. Our school is generally pretty competitive within our conference. The swim/diving team is famous, and they have more of a D I lifestyle- they've gone to/won the national championship for almost 35 years. Athletes also throw the most parties, after Greeks.
College Junior 2013-07-30T17:20:03Z
Campus safety is generally really nice and understanding- just don't do anything stupid like yell or try to run away. If you listen to them and respect them, they'll usually give you a chance to fix whatever you're doing wrong. However, the local sheriff is tough. Open containers are a big issue, so campus safety usually just tries to stop people from walking outside with any drink. They genuinely just want everyone to be safe!
College Junior 2013-07-30T17:17:35Z
There's no student center or anything, but the dining hall kind of serves that purpose. You see everyone during meal times, and it's easy to spend hours in there talking and joking with your friends. The athletic center is amazing and the envy of all visiting sports teams. When the weather's nice, people love to sit outside on the lawns.
College Junior 2013-07-30T17:12:53Z
I've never had a problem with housing. The first two years are typically dorms, then people have the option of apartment-style housing. Most people make some of their best friends through freshman housing, and everyone holds dear their freshman hall. Sophomore year you move in with your teammates and friends, but I know countless pairs of freshman roommates who continue to live together or at least make time to see each other and catch up. However, the housing lottery is always a stressful event. You have to have your initial plan, but if it depends on good numbers, you need a plan B and C. It leads to a lot of shake-up on the day-of. It usually works out though!
College Junior 2013-07-30T17:09:54Z
Different races and religions are present, but in small numbers. There are more girls than guys, and campus is overwhelmingly white. However, there's no discrimination or anything. Campus is too small to segregate yourself or exclude people, which is a good thing I think.
College Junior 2013-07-30T17:07:41Z
Guys & Girls:
There are all kinds of guys at school. There are the artsy/hip guys (skinny pants and flannel), there are the fraternity type guys (khaki shorts, button downs) and there are athletes (khakis/athletic shorts and hoodies/t-shirts). Most of the guys I've met are nice, but they're typical college boys - they like to party and they like to get girls.
You can categorize the girls similarly - hip, athletic, and I guess "other". There are only 3 sororities and none of them are national, so there aren't as many Greek girls as guys. To go out, girls don't really dress up here. I've been out in sweats before. It's also uncommon to wear tons of makeup, which some guys appreciate at least in hind-sight.
There are lots of random hook-ups on weekends, and sometime it gets hard to avoid people who your friends have hooked up with or you've heard something about. There's also "Kenyon married" which is when a couple gets really serious really fast, and you never see them apart. There's not much casual dating though. People tend to kind of exclusively hook up with someone for a while, then it will either go official or fizzle.
College Junior 2013-07-30T17:00:53Z
There are many computer labs on campus: in the science quad, in the basement of the dining hall, in Gund Commons, 4 or 5 in the library alone. In the moments before class, the main ones are often busy, so it's wise to plan ahead. However, in a jam, you'll still get what you need on time. Most people have their own computers, which you can hook up to the printers to make things easier. People using the campus computers often need some PC software for science classes, or access to the public drives.
College Junior 2013-07-30T16:57:13Z
The small community definitely sets Kenyon apart. What other school has one dining hall in the center of campus? It makes it a great place to see people daily. Middle Path is also a treat. You can sit there for 15 minutes between classes and see everyone you want to. People also take advantage of the Kokosing Gap Trail for walks, runs and bike rides.
College Junior 2013-07-30T16:54:11Z
There is parking on the North side of campus and behind the dining hall, but those are generally used by upperclassmen. If you have a car your first two years, you'll end up parking in South Lot 2, which is down the hill behind the KAC-- i.e. a real trek.
College Junior 2013-07-30T16:51:44Z
In Gambier itself, there are 5 places to eat, depending on what type of food you want. There's the Deli, the Village Inn, Wiggin Street, Gambier Grill, and the Kenyon Inn. Most of those places have take out, and Gambier Grill also has delivery. In Mt. Vernon, 5 minutes down the road, you have any type of fast food you could want (including a new Chipotle!), and some popular Chinese, Indian, and Mexican places. However, for a free meal, there's always Pierce!
College Junior 2013-07-30T16:40:21Z
I'm a history major, which is a fairly popular one here. You have the ability to choose which time period or geographical area you'd like to specialize in, after you fulfill certain distribution requirements. The history classes are often formatted in small groups (around 15 people), with classes alternating between lectures and reading discussions. The professors are all passionate about what they study, and they're extremely approachable and eager to help when you ask.
I'm also involved in the science department as a pre-med student. There's no pre-med major, but Kenyon provides a track of courses for you to take to prepare you for medical school. It's possible to major in something outside the sciences; why limit what classes you're taking? The intro sciences courses are obviously larger lecture-type classes, but professors know everyone's name and are happy to help you understand a concept or go over your tests.
College Junior 2013-07-30T16:35:24Z
Kenyon is known as a "hip" school, which is synonymous with drug use. While drug use is definitely popular, it's not in-your-face or obtrusive if it's not your thing. Smoking is the most common, but you can find other drugs if you look for them.
College Junior 2013-07-30T16:33:21Z
Since we're not a big research university, there aren't many internship opportunities at the school. However, our Career Development Office does a good job of placing people in interesting internships. Peers are also a great resource for finding work. As far as on-campus summer jobs go, there are research opportunites through Summer Science, as well as some Legal Studies internships.
College Junior 2013-07-30T16:22:49Z
The campus is only about a mile long, so transportation isn't needed around school. However, to go off campus, there is a shuttle that runs on the hour every Saturday. And that's only if you don't know anyone with a car to borrow, which I guarantee you will!
College Junior 2013-07-30T16:21:37Z
Greeks tend throw the all-campus parties, but there is no pressure to go greek, nor any stigma attached to it.
College Junior 2013-07-30T16:20:45Z
They recently just took away all options for off-campus housing.
College Junior 2013-07-07T18:58:12Z
It's Ohio so the weather is usually not very nice or changes quickly. This has very little effect on my classes though. When it is nice we have class outside, which I like.
College Junior 2013-07-07T18:55:37Z
The housing lottery is a complete mess and they don't know what they are doing. The dorms are on the whole pretty nice and so are most of the apartments.
College Junior 2013-07-07T18:53:03Z
This is a very academic school, which is part of why it's so competitive and selective. The workload is hard but manageable, although I know students who barely sleep at all because they have so much work. Professors really care about the students and work hard to help them. My program is a different because it is new and the major requirements are more relaxed so it is easier I think.
College Junior 2013-07-07T18:51:34Z
The campus police won't call the real police or convict you of a felony or anything, they just confiscate it and make you do community service, which I think is great because they are protecting students but not ruining their lives by putting drug convictions on permanent legal records.
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