Preparing to Apply
Applying to college is an exciting part of starting the next chapter in your life, but the process can also be a little intimidating. What's expected? What will set you apart? What is Kenyon looking for in a student?
While each student brings a unique perspective to Kenyon, there are a number of similar characteristics we seek. We look for people who are bright, who aren't afraid to ask questions, and who are well informed. They're at the top of their classes, play sports, volunteer, write zines, paint, or play in a band. Kenyon students are achievers but are also creative and know the value of community.
If this sounds like you, you'll probably feel right at home here. Below are some general recommendations for high school students applying to Kenyon:
We require a minimum of 18 units of academic work in a college-preparatory program. (One unit is the equivalent of one two-semester course or two one-semester courses.) We encourage students to take advantage of AP, IB, or honor-level courses where they are offered. Recommended course units include:
- four in English
- four in mathematics (ideally up to calculus)
- three in a single foreign language
- three in science (including biology, chemistry, and physics)
- three in social studies
- one in fine arts
The Office of Admissions recommends, but does not require, an interview.
We also require either the SAT or ACT for applicants. We don't require SAT II subject tests. Remember to determine test dates and locations well in advance so you don't miss an application deadline. If you're home schooled, looking to transfer, or an international student, we can help you through your application process with some useful recommendations too.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can ask us and we'll be happy to help.