Founded in 1824, Kenyon is one of the United States' finest liberal arts colleges. Our curriculum, rooted in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, is enriched by interdisciplinary programs that emphasize global understanding. Small classes, dedicated teachers, and open minds define our academic philosophy.
Kenyon is a competitive college known for its academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. As the course catalog attests, "We at Kenyon seek through liberal education to enhance our understanding of art, humanity, nature and society. We expect to develop our awareness of our private capacities and creative talents, even as we seek to improve our ability to formulate our ideas rigorously and communicate them effectively to others."
In addition to your major requirements, you will be expected to study broadly: "Complimentary to the values achieved through concentration is the richness that comes from significant encounters with a variety of disciplines."
There is a great deal of information that you will need to know about degree requirements, grading systems and course registration, among other areas. These items are discussed in detail on the Registrar's webpages.
The academic calendar includes all important dates for Kenyon deadlines, events, exams and breaks. Please consult the calendar before making travel plans.
A great deal of help is available from various Kenyon offices (in addition to your faculty advisor):
The Office of Academic Advising can help with individual scholastic matters, postgraduate awards and opportunities, disability services, peer tutoring and preparation for graduate school. Please note that this office is a resources in addition to your specific faculty advisor.
Professors not only help those who need extra attention, but they can also facilitate your success in a class. Do not hesitate to mention to your professor that you need extra help if the subject is new to you or if you are struggling with the workload. All professors have office hours, which they will announce at the beginning of the semester. Information about a professor's office hours is also available online on their directory page or personal website.
Staff at the Career Development Office are available to discuss career plans, help you pursue internships and externships, help strategize for a job search, and give advice about tapping into Kenyon's extensive alumni network. It's wise to begin to use the CDO resources in your first or second year - don't wait until you are a senior!
Faculty-supervised peer tutors in the Math and Science Skills Center help students in 100-200 level science and math courses for majors and for those fulfilling their quantitative reasoning requirement.
Located in Olin Library, room 307, the Writing Center can help you discover ways to approach an assignment, brainstorm a topic or thesis statement, organize or develop your ideas, and revise. Tutors, current Kenyon students, can also chat about your writing process and suggest ways to break patterns that are not working. They should not be used for proofreading, but they can help with error patterns in your written English.
Upperclass counselors are students assigned by the College to support incoming students with similar interests. They are a great resources because they understand how the system works and have recent experience to guide you.
Student Accessibility Support Services coordinates the provision of academic accommodations for students with disabilities. All accommodations are individualized, confidential and based on the nature of the disability and the demands of the academic environment. Students requesting accommodations must provide current documentation, by a licensed professional, of their disability.