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. 

Recommendations for Students Applying to Kenyon

  • We recommend a high school curriculum that includes classes in all five academic core subjects: English, mathematics, history or social science, laboratory science, and foreign language. We look for students who have challenged themselves by taking honors, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, if available. Most applicants will complete at least 20 academic core courses by the time they graduate high school.
  • The Office of Admissions recommends, but does not require, an interview.
  • For more information, please refer to standardized testing at Kenyon

If you have any questions or concerns, you can ask us and we'll be happy to help.