From Gambier, all roads lead to—well, everywhere, as our students and graduates across the globe can tell you. But more immediately, they wind their way through Ohio, a fascinating world in itself. Richly urban, splendidly rural, brimming with history, often taking center stage in national politics, a breeding ground of writers and inventors and presidents, famous for symphonies as well as shoo-fly pie, Ohio invites endless exploration.
And Kenyon, located right in the middle of the state, is well placed for exploring. Kenyon students head to Columbus for restaurants and shopping, for concerts and art exhibits—and for research in the growing ethnic and immigrant communities. Cleveland offers a world-class symphony and museums, among many other attractions. Closer to campus, students enjoy hiking in Wolf Run Regional Park, canoeing the Kokosing and Mohican rivers, sampling Knox County's local festivals, and visiting Amish Country. Some take advantage of Ohio's perennial status as a political battleground to become active in state or national campaigns. Many do volunteer work in Mount Vernon and Knox County, or field research in nearby communities through the Rural Life Center. They form deep friendships, becoming citizens who contribute to a world beyond campus.