This tiny mid-western liberal arts mainstay is Ohio’s oldest private college, and is filled with “uniquely quirky and motivated” students and faculty alike. Kenyon is highly selective. Of 500 entering first-year students in the Class of 2019, 47 percent are in the top 5 percent of their high school graduating class. There are 33 majors leading to a bachelor's degree. In addition, the College offers 13 concentrations; pre-professional advising for graduate or professional school in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine; and a number of cooperative programs involving other institutions.
The school “really knows how to offer a huge diversity of programs and activities to a very small campus,” and “it is honestly hard to find a professor who is not thrilled by the content that they are teaching.” “Small, individualized class sizes” make it so that classes are “terrifically interesting,” and “out of class work is always meaningful.” Students don’t compete with each other when it comes to grades so “the cooperative learning environment makes it less stressful,” and though “you will spend the vast majority of your time studying…it is also extremely rewarding.” The “relatively” open curriculum allows students to take courses that they are truly interested in, and “there is a wide variety of options available in terms of classes” for students to develop new passions.
People come to this “small campus with a big sense of community” because they know it will be a good fit, and it shows in the satisfaction levels here. “I stepped on campus and noticed two things: everyone was happy and the campus was gorgeous,” says one of many happy students. The “utterly pastoral” campus is “absolutely lovely.”