Welcome to Kenyon! Here is a list of frequently asked questions.
Yes, there will be a parent orientation available. All of our Pre-Orientation programs will include a session on move-in day that will include all of the same information and people from the College (such as Student Affairs and other services). There is no need to return to campus at the start of the regular New Student Orientation, although you are welcome to come if you wish.
You know your child best! If your student prefers that you are present during the initial move-in, then absolutely arrive with them. If you would prefer to attend the events of Orientation weekend, including Convocation and an opportunity to meet your student’s faculty advisor, then that may be the best option for you. Some parents split—one comes early and one comes for regular Orientation. Many students doing early arrival programs (such as Pre-Orientation for sports) do find a group of friends to connect with and don’t need a parent to return during the full Orientation weekend.
You will not miss many of the important events. Convocation will be streamed live, and after Orientation, we will make information about services and contacts available on the website.
Some early arrival programs may sponsor airport travel—check with your sponsor to find out. Kenyon does not offer transportation from the airport to campus, but there are several private companies (listed here and here) which do.
During the school year, there are several student-run transportation companies (here and here) which run shuttles between the Columbus airport and Kenyon around major school breaks. Their rates and dates are listed on their websites.
There are many hotels in and around Gambier (here).
You will be notified throughout the summer of many important pieces of information vital to your Kenyon orientation experience sent by various media. Your housing information will be mailed to you in mid-July, and thus some students may receive this packet before others. Your roommate will be matched to you based on your answers on your housing form.
Generally, Kenyon does a fantastic job of pairing roommates—everyone is put together by hand. If you do have any problems, your CA will be able to help you walk through them.
Students are able to contact their roommate in many ways—via Facebook, snail mail, or email. To find your roommate’s email, log into your Kenyon email and compose a draft. The entire Kenyon directory is available to you so you should easily be able to find his or her name and send an email.
Here is a comprehensive packing list, detailing what you should and should not bring to Kenyon.
You may find out about your advisor through your UCC or your advisor, and they will contact you in late July or early August via email or snail mail. You and your advisor will be matched from information you provided on your Personal Data form, including academic and personal interests and hobbies.
You will schedule classes after arriving on campus; for the Class of 2018 this will be on August 26, 2014. We have first-year students register for classes after meeting with their advisor and UCC, who are well-equipped to guide students to make the best decisions for their first year of Kenyon academics.
You will first meet with your advisor in a group with your UCC and fellow advisees (each advisor is assigned to four or five first-year students). Your advisor will suggest courses in your field of interest and will help you to understand the process of registration as well. You also will learn more about your advisor’s role throughout the year. You then will meet individually with your advisor to choose a series of classes for which to register. To prepare for this meeting, you should browse the searchable schedule and come with ideas of which classes you would like to take. However, don’t be afraid to be flexible and to think about new options which your advisor may suggest.
This function of the Kenyon website allows you to research and mark courses you may be interested in taking during your years at Kenyon. It allows you to make potential schedules and begin to consider your academic track while you’re at Kenyon.
Log in using your Kenyon username and password at remote.kenyon.edu.
Scroll over the Students tab at the top left of the page, and select Searchable Schedule.
You can log into the schedule to save classes at the top of the page.
Once you log in, you should see the Electronic Course Worksheet.
Below that, select the Browse Courses option.
Once you're browsing, you should be able to sort classes in a variety of ways -- by department, major, professor, etc. You'll be able to see detailed course descriptions by selecting the title of a class you're interested in. Also, you'll be able to see current course enrollment.
If you're interested in a class, click Choose in the bottom left-hand corner of the description. This does not register you for the class!
You will be assigned a student ID number, after which you will be given access to the forms on your Admissions portal.
Several of the New Student Forms must be read by Orientation staff before they will be marked as received. This may take up to a week, or up to two weeks in the case of the Medical Health History form. If your form has not been marked as received after that period of time, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about the status of your form.
The service which provides the Alcohol Edu 101+ virtual bar is fairly old, so we recommend that you use Internet Explorer; make sure your pop-ups are enabled (so using a school computer may not be the best); ensure that your Adobe Shockwave player is updated. If you continue having issues with the program, email email@example.com so we can discuss alternative programs with you.
You should receive a card early in the summer detailing how to register for your Kenyon email. If you have issues after receiving this card, call Helpline at 740-427-5700. Once you have your email, make sure that you’re checking it consistently—Orientation and other offices will use it throughout the summer to contact you with important information.
Your Upperclass Counselor (UCC) is essentially a peer mentor to help you work your way through Orientation week and through your first year. During Orientation, your UCC will be present as you register for courses and will also be available to answer any questions you have about any aspect of Kenyon. Throughout your first year, your UCC will continue to check in with you and will remain an academic and social resource for you. You should receive an email or letter from your UCC in late July or early August.
There are many important sessions, and on the schedule you receive events will be marked as either mandatory or optional. The optional events are a great way to meet other members of your class while doing fun activities.