kenyon college

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Kenyon College
Gambier, OH

Mention Kenyon College to any English teacher and you’ll probably receive a broad smile of recognition. Nationally known for having a rich literary tradition, Kenyon offers an exceptional English program (featuring an emphasis in creative writing), as well as the acclaimed literary journal, “The Kenyon Review.” Outside of English, other popular majors include economics and psychology, although interdisciplinary programs in biochemistry, international studies, and neuroscience are other exciting options. The 1,600 undergrads who attend Kenyon have a 1,000 acre campus at their disposal, including a 480-acre nature preserve that’s home to the Brown Family Environmental Center. In addition to sponsoring Kenyon’s annual Earth Day festival, the BFEC provides students the ideal location to conduct scientific research, enjoy a wildlife garden, and compete in trail races. Approximately 30 percent of students compete in varsity athletics. Particularly worthy of mention are the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams who have garnered an impressive 34 and 23 national DIII titles, respectively. Fun fact: Kenyon is the oldest private college in OH, and is also the alma mater of the 19th US President of the US, Rutherford B. Hayes.

Image credit: Top, courtesy of Kenyon College


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.