Still have questions about KEEP? Check out these frequently asked questions.
KEEP is a highly competitive program that selects 24 students from the first-year class to take two college-accelerated courses. The program equips participants with skills for Kenyon classes, acclimates them to the campus, and fosters friendships between program participants as they explore Ohio on weekends. The ultimate goal is to create future leaders in the classroom, as well as on campus. Should you be selected, your peers will come from diverse ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, cultural and geographical backgrounds. They will possess strong academic abilities and share a desire to see one another succeed.
Participation in KEEP is a four-year commitment that begins with a six-week intensive academic summer experience, divided between two courses: data analysis and analytical writing. Participants will earn academic credit on their college transcript for completing these courses. Outside of class, you will also have the opportunity to have fun, relax, and organize your own activities. Over the next four years, you will participate in a variety of enrichment activities.
Scholars may only participate in the KEEP Summer Experience during the summer between their high school graduation and Kenyon matriculation.
The focus of the summer experience is first and foremost academic. The second is to create space and opportunities for scholars to bond as a cohort and acclimate themselves to the Kenyon community. As such, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) coordinates all extra-curricular activities for scholars.
If you live outside of Ohio, KEEP will cover the cost of airfare to and from Kenyon. If you live in Ohio but still need help getting to campus, KEEP will either reimburse the mileage for the person who drives you or will help you arrange it directly.
No, sorry! We need time to clean the halls and to prepare for arrivals. There are many conferences happening and they need the space. We also think it is important for you to return home for a few weeks and share your experiences with your friends. However, you can store your belongings on campus with other KEEP scholars for a small fee.
No. Students who complete the six weeks will receive $1000 ($300 that first week, and $700 that last day). In addition to the stipend, students receive valuable exposure to faculty, administrators, and other campus resources. Some scholars have used their KEEP experience to earn research opportunities in faculty labs and obtain employment as an RA.
The techniques and strategies that you learn in these courses will help you succeed in all of your Kenyon College courses. Regardless of how strong a writer you are, you will develop skills that will help you in classes across the curriculum. Ultimately, you will learn how to work with your peers and your professors, and you will have an established network of leaders when you enter on day one. We hope you use this network and this comfort to help others in the transition to Kenyon.
You were invited to apply because your academic record and your accomplishments in and out of the classroom made you stand out as a potential scholar. In addition, your admissions counselor highly recommended you as a great asset to Kenyon and the Kenyon Educational Enrichment Program. Please know that selection into KEEP is actually more selective than getting in to Kenyon. With only 24 students, the cohort comprises only 5% of the class! Your stellar personal qualities and involvement in high school, as well as your diverse background, suggest that you would be a superb scholar and community leader.
Yes, that was one factor, but there were others as well, including your high school academic work, your extracurricular activities, your college recommendations, and the strong recommendation from your admissions counselor.
To be honest, Kenyon is a great place, but we aim to make it better by creating a model community. A model community means anticipating what Kenyon is going to become. Kenyon is growing in terms of diversity, but it’s not there yet. Our goal is to create a community of elite, well-rounded and diverse students. We believe that having you be part of that community, with your strong work ethic, your academic preparedness, and extracurricular and leadership activities, makes you not only ideal for Kenyon, but an excellent candidate for KEEP.
Participation in KEEP is completely free of charge. As for Kenyon's cost of attendance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (740) 427-5340.