Our final day of the Ohio Six tour included visits to Denison University and Kenyon College.
Denison is small - the average class size is under 18 and the entire campus has about 2,250 students. It is a relationships based school, with strong career services, and an ideal location with a small town that is situated only about half an hour from a major metropolitan area (Columbus). Maybe more than any school in recent memory, Denison's President, Adam Weinberg, is fully integrated into campus life for both faculty and students. Our tour guide sends him texts. He has memorized the student body and can address most of them by first name. Another panelist emailed him to talk about his career path and a face to face meeting was arranged.
They admitted that the decisions garnered by Denison don't always make sense. They aren't solely driven by test scores or GPA. Instead, they say they are seeking the kind of students you'd want your own kids to date or be friends with. They do have Early Decision and the odds of admission are significantly higher through this path (as is true at many schools, so not a huge surprise there).
The physical campus is situated on a hill, so if you aren't a person who enjoys walking uphill, that might be a detractor. But otherwise, for students seeking a dynamic and friendly small liberal arts college, this is one to investigate.
|Middle Path at Kenyon|
Only about 11-12% of students at Kenyon are from Ohio, so their is a national presence on campus. Their flagship program is often considered to be English/Writing but, as with most super high quality liberal arts schools, I'm not sure you can really go wrong in any discipline.
Thank you so much to the Ohio Six for hosting me (and my other school counselor colleagues). I learned so much and will now be able to better advise my students about this Ohio college options.