The KEEP and STEM Summer Experience introduces selected students to Kenyon before Orientation by offering them an intensive academic program in the summer and by connecting them with supportive peers and mentors. 

Key Dates

  • Arrival: June 23, 2024
  • Departure: July 31, 2024

Important Resources

Travel Arrangements

All students arriving at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) will be picked up by a Kenyon shuttle driver at the baggage claim area. Prior to your departure, you will receive an additional email from Kennedey Bell, administrative assistant to the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with specific information about your shuttle to campus.

Summer Housing and Mail

Room assignments will be made prior to your arrival. All scholars will live in Norton Residence Hall. You will receive a temporary room key, your student ID, and a Summer Programs card for access to buildings upon arrival.

Materials Provided

In Norton, your KEEP/STEM housing and programming coordinator will have access to limited supplies that are available for you to use. This will include over-the-counter medicine (ibuprofen, allergy pills, first aid kits, etc.), toiletries, detergent and other miscellaneous items. We will cover meal and admission costs to all events on and off campus. We also will have an assortment of board games and some athletic equipment for recreational use throughout the summer. You will have access to the Lowry Center throughout the summer with your K-Card (provided to you upon your arrival). All textbooks, notebooks, pens/pencils and other materials needed for classes will be provided upon your arrival.

Suggested Packing Lists

The lists below will help you in your packing/shopping for the KEEP and STEM summer experience. Please understand that this list is a recommendation, and is in no way a requirement. Also note that you will have limited space in your room, and your summer housing assignment will not be your permanent housing assignment for the academic year 2024-2025. You are encouraged to limit what you bring to two bags/boxes. Students are NOT allowed to bring animals, candles or candle warmers.

Casual clothing (plus 2-3 semi-formal outfits for the opening/closing luncheons)

Walking shoes (ex. sturdy sandals, tennis shoes, rain boots)

Light outerwear (ex. rain jacket, sturdy umbrella)

Workout/activewear (you will have access to the Lowry Center)

Backpack or shoulder bag

Prescribed medication


Shower shoes

Shower caddie

Electronic items

Laptop computer (if you requested a laptop, you will be loaned one for the entire summer)

Cell phone

Every bed is a size Twin XL and comes with a pillow and blanket; each set of linens includes a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, a pillowcase, two (2) extra-large bath towels, and a washcloth. Feel free to bring additional linens, bath towels or washcloths.

Portable fans will be available for your use.

Health Insurance Card (be sure to bring the information that applies to filling any prescriptions)

State ID/Driver’s License

Completed Medical Consent Form

Refrigerators/microwaves — these items are allowed, but not necessary for summer

Fan for your room (there is no air conditioning)

Decorate your room how/if you desire, but consider that this is temporary housing

TVs — there is a shared TV in the common area

Video games — you will have little, if any, time to play them