Kenyon in the News
The Princeton Review lists Kenyon in the 2005 rankings of the 357 best colleges. The College ranks number twenty in the category "professors bring material to life," number twenty in "professors make themselves accessible," and number thirteen for a "beautiful campus."
Kenyon is ranked number twenty-nine in U.S. News and World Report's annual listing of the nation's "best liberal-arts colleges."
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jennifer Britz was quoted in the Monday, August 16, Columbus Dispatch, in an article about how some high-school graduates are delaying college admission to gain life experience. According to Britz, it's not uncommon for incoming students at Kenyon to defer for a year. This year, about ten first-year students have asked to defer. "I haven't denied one yet," Britz is quoted as saying. Accepted students at Kenyon are required to submit plans for the year and may not enroll in another institution.
Kenyon was mentioned in the Sunday, August 1, New York Times, in a story about popular trends and fashions on college campuses. The Times reported that mascara is over, at least according to Kenyon's Alumni Bulletin. "You don't want to look like you're trying too hard," Director of Public Affairs Shawn Presley is quoted as saying. The spring 2004 issue of the Bulletin offered a what's hot/what's not list, citing the popularity of the eyelash curler. Erica Ohanesian '05 reminds first-year students that Kenyon tends to favor a "natural granola-crunchy look combined with still looking feminine."
Director of Admissions Beverly Morse was also quoted in the Sunday, August 1, New York Times. Writer Abigail Sullivan Moore reported on the elimination of class rank in some high schools and on the way colleges are interpreting high-school data in today's "dog-eat-dog" race for acceptance at elite colleges. "I'll look at rigor, grades, scores," Morse is quoted as saying. "We really, really look at rigor." In addition, the Times reports that Morse reviews how other students from an applicant's high school fared at Kenyon, phones guidance counselors for more insight, and sifts through teacher recommendations for clues to a student's love of learning.