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Admissions

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The Admissions and Aid Offices help interested students and their families learn about Kenyon and guide them through the application process. Below are some data displays based on admissions statistics.

Kenyon College Admissions Overlap Schools

Students who were admitted to but did not attend Kenyon most frequently enrolled at the following institutions:

  1. Oberlin College
  2. Grinnell College
  3. Wesleyan University
  4. Macalester College
  5. Colby College
  6. Carleton College
  7. Dartmouth College
  8. Bates College
  9. Vassar College
  10. Whitman College

 

25th and 75th percentile SAT Scores for Fall Enrolled First-time, Full-time Students
    SAT Math SAT Critical Reading SAT Writing
Fall 2002   610 & 690 620 & 720 --
Fall 2003   600 & 690 620 & 720 --
Fall 2004   610 & 690 620 & 730 --
Fall 2005   610 & 700 620 & 720 --
Fall 2006   610 & 690 620 & 730 620 & 710
Fall 2007   610 & 690 630 & 730 630 & 710
Fall 2008   610 & 700 630 & 730 620 & 720
Fall 2009   600 & 680 630 & 720 620 & 730
Fall 2010   610 & 690 640 & 740 630 & 730
Fall 2011   610 & 690 640 & 730 640 & 730
Fall 2012   610 & 680 630 & 730 630 & 720
Fall 2013   600 & 690 630 & 720 630 & 730
Fall 2014   610 & 690 620 & 730 620 & 720
Fall 2015   610 & 690 630 & 730 620 & 720
Fall 2016   610 & 710 620 & 730 630 & 730
Fall 2017   623 & 730 640 & 730 --
Fall 2018   640 & 740 640 & 730 --
Fall 2019   630 & 740 640 & 720 --
Fall 2020   620 & 730 660 & 730 --
Fall 2021   660 & 750 680 & 750  

 

25th and 75th percentile ACT Scores for Fall Enrolled First-time, Full-time Students
  ACT Composite ACT Math ACT English ACT Writing
Fall 2002 27 & 32 -- -- --
Fall 2003 27 & 32 -- -- --
Fall 2004 27 & 31 25 & 31 27 & 33 --
Fall 2005 28 & 31 26 & 31 28 & 33 --
Fall 2006 27 & 32 26 & 31 28 & 34 --
Fall 2007 28 & 32 26 & 31 28 & 33 --
Fall 2008 28 & 32 26 & 32 28 & 34 --
Fall 2009 28 & 32 26 & 31 28 & 34 --
Fall 2010 28 & 32 26 & 32 29 & 34 --
Fall 2011 28 & 32 26 & 32 29 & 34 --
Fall 2012 28 & 32 26 & 31 29 & 34 --
Fall 2013 28 & 32 27 & 31 29 & 34 8 & 10
Fall 2014 28 & 32 26 & 30 28 & 34 8 & 9
Fall 2015 28 & 32 26 & 31 30 & 34 8 & 10
Fall 2016 29 & 33 27 & 32 30 & 35 8 & 10
Fall 2017 29 & 33 26 & 31 29 & 35 --
Fall 2018 29 & 33 26 & 31 31 & 35 --
Fall 2019 29 & 33 26 & 31 29 & 35 --
Fall 2020 30 & 33 27 & 31 30 & 35 --
Fall 2021 31 & 34 27 & 32 32 & 35  

Academic Program and Graduates

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Kenyon has more than 40 academic departments and programs and more than 50 majors, minors, and concentrations.

 

10 Most Popular Majors by Degrees Completed
Major 2020-21 Completions 2019-20 Completions 2018-19 Completions 2017-18 Completions 2016-17 Completions 2015-16 Completions 2014-15 Completions 2013-14 Completions 2012-13 Completions
English 45 82 57 69 77 64 66 56 73
Political Science 24 57 29 23 48 40 27 50 39
Psychology 25 39 33 33 42 35 40 38 39
Economics 28 38 51 56 52 50 44 60 35
History 14 25 21 20 25 16 24 30 27
Mathematics & Statistics 12 19 23            
Spanish   18       22      
Sociology 12 18 19 20     18 21 20
Philosophy   16              
Biology 21 16 23   20 24 21 27 14
Modern Lang. and Lit.       18 19   18    
Art - Studio     21 19 18   17 20  
American Studies         17        
Anthropology         17     20 23
Drama     16   17        
Film           16      
Interdisciplinary Studies            19      
Music                 13
International Studies 14   18 26 20 29 36 30 21
Neuroscience 12     21          

 Source: IPEDS

Graduation Rates
Entering Class year Graduated in 4 years Graduated in 6 years
2000 85.1% 87.4%
2001 82.1% 84.0%
2002 85.5% 88.1%
2003 85.0% 89.1%
2004 84.6% 86.1%
2005 82.7% 86.7%
2006 86.6% 89.7%
2007 86.2% 89.0%
2008 85.7% 89.2%
2009 83.5% 87.2%
2010 88.8% 90.5%
2011 86.1% 90.1%
2012 85.8% 88.3%
2013 86.2% 89.0%
2014 85.9% 88.6%
2015 82.1% 85.9%
2016 89.0%  

 Source: IPEDS

6 Year Graduation Rates Averaged Over Time
Classes entering between years 3 Year Rolling Average Grad Rate
1998-2001 85%
1999-2002 86%
2000-2003 87%
2001-2004 87%
2002-2005 88%
2003-2006 88%
2004-2007 88%
2005-2008 89%
2006-2009 89%
2007-2010 90%
2008-2011 89%
2009-2012 89%
2010-2013 90%
2011-2014 89%
2012-2015 88%

 Source: IPEDS

4 & 6 Year Graduation Rate for Fall 2014 Entering Class, Disaggregated
Group 4 Year Grad Rate 6 Year Grad Rate
Nonresident alien 90% 90%
Hispanic/Latino 79% 82%
American Indian/
Alaskan Native
-- --
Asian 83% 83%
Black or African American 78% 79%
Native Hawaiian or
Pacific Islander
-- -- 
White 88% 90%
Two or more races 85% 93%
Race/ethnicity unknown 57% 57%
Men 82% 86%
Women 89% 91%

 Source: IPEDS

4 Year Graduation Rate for Entering Class, Disaggregated
Group Class of Fall 2010 Class of Fall 2011 Class of Fall 2012 Class of Fall 2013 Class of Fall 2014 Class of Fall 2015
Nonresident alien 93% 92% 96% 88% 90% 65%
Hispanic/Latino 74% 95% 90% 92% 79% 87%
American Indian/
Alaskan Native
100% 80% 100% -- 100% --
Asian 83% 87% 89% 76% 100% 89%
Black or African American 70% 82% 73% 83% 88% 82%
Native Hawaiian or
Pacific Islander
-- -- -- -- -- --
White 91% 86% 85% 87% 88% 82%
Two or more races suppressed due to small numbers suppressed due to small numbers suppressed due to small numbers 85% 85% 88%
Race/ethnicity unknown suppressed due to small numbers 100% 72% 86% 57% 92%
Men 88% 93% 80% 845 82% 82%
Women 90% 97% 90% 88% 89% 83%

 Source: IPEDS

 

4 & 6 Year Graduation Rate by Loan Status,
Class entering Fall 2015
Loan Type Graduated in 4 years Graduated in 6 years
Pell Recipients 84% 86%
Pell and Stafford Recipients 80.5% 84.6%
Stafford Only Recipients 78.9% 84.0%
Neither Pell nor Stafford 82.9% 86.6%

Source: Kenyon Financial Aid

Student Enrollment

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Kenyon's Office of the Registrar maintains student enrollment, course offerings, and information about the academic program. The Registrar website has many resources for both students and faculty.

Percent of Enrolled Students by Demographic Group (Fall of each year)
  2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
American Indian or Alaskan Native 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.4% 0.5% 0.6% 1%
Asian 4% 5% 4% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 6% 7%
Black or African American 3% 4% 3% 4% 3% 3% 4% 3.5% 3% 3%
Hispanic/Latino 7% 7% 7% 8% 6% 5% 7% 6% 5% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander <1% <1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
White 69% 68% 70% 70% 72% 73% 73% 74% 76% 77%
Two or more races 5% 5% 5% 5% 7% 8% 3% 4% 2% 1%
Unknown race/ethnicity 2% 2% 2% 3% 3% 3% 4% 3% 3% 2%
Nonresident alien 9% 9% 9% 3% 6% 5% 5% 4% 4% 4%
Pell Grant Recipient 9% 9% 12% 12% 10%  8%  9% 8%  10% 9%

 Source: IPEDS

Percent of Full-Time, Degree Seeking, Undergraduate Enrollment by Gender
  Men Women Total Number of Students
Fall 2001 45% 55% 1554
Fall 2002 46% 54% 1546
Fall 2003 45% 55% 1586
Fall 2004 47% 53% 1605
Fall 2005 47% 53% 1629
Fall 2006 48% 52% 1629
Fall 2007 48% 52% 1653
Fall 2008 47% 53% 1635
Fall 2009 48% 52% 1616
Fall 2010 47% 53% 1618
Fall 2011 46% 54% 1647
Fall 2012 47% 53% 1657
Fall 2013 46% 54% 1694
Fall 2014 46% 54% 1648
Fall 2015 45% 55% 1698
Fall 2016 45% 55% 1688
Fall 2017 41% 56% 1661
Fall 2018 45% 55% 1719
Fall 2019 45% 55% 1734
Fall 2020 43% 57% 1610
Fall 2021 46% 54% 1868

 Source: IPEDS 

 

First to Second Year Retention
Entering Class year Percent of First-Year Students
Returning for Fall of Second Year
2002 92%
2003 96%
2004 91%
2005 92%
2006 95%
2007 94%
2008 91%
2009 92%
2010 94%
2011 94%
2012 96%
2013 94%
2014 93%
2015 92%
2016 93%
2017 91%
2018 89%
2019 89%
2020 91%
2021 91%

 Source: IPEDS

Campus Life

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More information about campus life can be found throughout the Kenyon website. The Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Admissions both offer further details.

In addition to Varsity Sports, Kenyon has many Intramural and Club sports teams. You can find more information on the Kenyon College Athletics page.

Kenyon Varsity Sports
Men & Women Men Women
Basketball Baseball Field Hockey
Cross Country Football Softball
Lacrosse Golf Volleyball
Soccer    
Swim & Dive    
Tennis    
Track & Field    

Faculty and Staff

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Staff are formally represented in the campus structure by the Kenyon Staff Council. Faculty participate in a shared governance model.

Faculty Roster 2020-21

 

Number of Faculty and Staff by Primary Function, Fall 2020
  Number of full-time employees
Number of part-time employees
Instruction, research, public service 205 8
Library and Student and Academic Affairs and Other Education
Services Occupations
20 11
Management 86 0
Business and Finance 93 1
Computer, Engineering, and Science 2 0
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Sports, Media 9 24
Healthcare and Technical 4 2
Service 84 6
Sales and Related 2 7
Office and Administrative Support 64 16
Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance 25 0
Production, Transportation, and Material Moving Occupations 0 0
Total
594
67

Source: IPEDS

The Office of the Provost maintains information about Kenyon's faculty, including awards and endowed and named chairs. The standard faculty teaching load at Kenyon is 5 courses per academic year. Course releases are granted for faculty serving as chairs or in other services to the College. 

Average Faculty Salaries
  Professor Associate Professor Assistant Professor
2004-05 $78,505 $60,416 $50,183
2005-06 $80,082 $61,983 $51,830
2006-07 $84,077 $63,814 $54,028
2007-08 $86,506 $65,338 $56,034
2008-09 $92,108 $68,127 $58,269
2009-10 $92,566 $67,597 $58,220
2010-11 $94,479 $69,445 $59,358
2011-12 $95,376 $70,349 $60,918
2012-13 $101,374 $76,432 $64,647
2013-14 Average monthly $10,672 $8,846 $7,179
2014-15 Average monthly $10,375 $8,878 $6,383
2015-16 Average monthly $10,387 $8,746 $6,356
2016-17 Average monthly $10,508 $9,119 $6,488
2017-18 Average monthly $10,703 $9,217 $6,644
2018-19 Average monthly $10,956 $9,585 $6,865
2019-20 Average monthly $11,296 $9,533 $6,918
2020-21 Average monthly $11,513 $9,623 $7,778

Source: IPEDS, based on 9-month & 12-month contracts (weighted).

Faculty by Gender
  Professor Associate Professor Assistant Professor Instructors Totals
  Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women
2007-08 35 19 29 19 24 25   1 88 64
2008-09 37 21 33 23 20 22 2 1 92 67
2009-10 34 22 33 24 20 21   2 87 69
2010-11 36 24 32 25 21 20 1   90 69
2011-12 40 27 32 23 15 18   1 87 69
2012-13 40 27 34 21 19 22   3 93 73
2013-14 35 24 31 19 20 23   5 86 71
2014-15 37 26 32 22 21 27 2 8 93 83
2015-16 48 33 23 23 25 29 2 6 98 91
2016-17 49 34 24 23 29 31 3 6 105 94
2017-18 45 32 25 26 36 33 4 7 110 98
2018-19 43 31 24 27 41 33 4 10 112 101
2019-20 48 26 28 24 27 41 4 7 107 99
2020-21 44 26 28 23 26 45 2 10 100 104

Source: IPEDS

Finances

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Student Fees
  Tuition Room Board Fees Books & Supplies  Transportation/
Other Expenses
Total
2002-03
$22,905 $2,040 $2,540 $750 $990 -- $33,120
2003-04
$29,500 $2,340 $2,700 $830 $1,040 -- $36,410
2004-05
$31,260 $2,480 $2,790 $910 $1,090 -- $38,530
2005-06
$32,980 $2,620 $2,950 $950 $1,150 -- $40,650
2006-07 $34,990 $2,780 $3,120 $1,060 $1,200 -- $43,150
2007-08 $37,030 $2,940 $3,310 $1,110 $1,300 $1,130 $46,820
2008-09 $39,080 $3,100 $3,490 $1,160 $1,300 $1,130 $49,260
2009-10 $39,810 $3,170 $4,090 $1,170 $1,300 $1,080 $50,620
2010-11 $39,420 $4,280 $5,220 $1,480 $1,800 -- $52,200
2011-12 $41,090 $4,510 $5,510 $1,540 $1,800 $1,350 $55,800
2012-13 $42,780 $4,540 $5,800 $1,640 $1,900 $800 $57,460
2013-14 $43,900 $4,780 $6,300 $1,740 $1,900 $1,370 $60,080
2014-15 $45,500 $5,030 $6,530 $1,830 $1,900 $1,370 $62,160
2015-16 $47,220 $5,170 $6,720 $1,920 $1,900 $1,360 $64,360
2016-17 $49,220 $5,340 $6,790 $1,980 $1,900 $1,440 $66,130
2017-18 $51,540 $5,400 $6,880 $2,020 $1,900 $1,490 $69,140
2018-19 $56,430 $5,470 $7,110 $2,140 $1,900 -- $74,550
2019-20 $60,800 $5,420 $7,410 $300 $1,900 -- $75,830
2020-21 $60,800 $5,420 $7,410 $300 $1,900 $900 $76,730
2021-22 $63,060 $5,500 $7,810 $250 -- -- $76,620
2022-23 $66,240 $5,600 $8,810 $250 -- -- $80,100

Source: IPEDS and the Common Data Set; transportation costs for some years unavailable.

Kenyon observes a standard July 1- June 30 Fiscal Year. 

Core Revenues
 Fiscal Year Tuition
and Fees
Government
Grants, 
Contracts
Private Gifts, 
Grants,
Contracts
Investment
Return
Sales and Services of Auxiliary Enterprises Other Core
Revenues
 
Total Core
Revenues
Total Revenues
2005-06
$39,639,065 $826,154 $48,532,600 $27,565,976 -- $1,742,171 $118,305,966 $131.899,581
2006-07 $41,958,218 $793,757 $24,860,552 $48,444,726 -- $3,223,982 $119,281,235 $133,115,281
2007-08 $41,184,770 $846,344 $21,130,811 $5,098,374 -- $3,315,987 $71,576,286 $86,248,232
2008-09 $43,539,384 $723,619 $19,130,123 -$52,097,957 -- $2,010,450 $13,305,619 $28,183,512
2009-10 $43,533,816 $618,615 $20,769,016 $23,595,855 -- $2,911,868 $91,429,170 $107,786,393
2010-11 $41,939,180 $686,303 $20,714,231 $44,840,726 -- $2,503,438 $110,683,878 $131,214,557
2011-12 $44,493,905 $936,111 $15,967,158 $11,747,405 -- $2,978,972 $76,123,551 $97,802,114
2012-13  $45,979,054  $864,658 $15,699,694 $26,568,492 -- $3,405,270 $92,517,168 $115,275,028
2013-14 $55,171,647 $938,438 $12,662,143 $42,267,979 -- $2,440,502 $113,480,709 $138,261,958
2014-15 $53,659,588 $816,866 $16,369,774 $19,451,819 -- $1,816,198 $92,114,245  
2015-16 $54,243,003 $762,454 $24,492,367 ($6,157,561) -- $1,576,902 $74,917,165 $101,699,416
2016-17 $57,343,234 $938,650 $41,693,000 $38,300,590 $27,419,101 $1,664,084 $167,437,565  
2017-18 $57,482,942 $1,726,413 $92,452,913 $37,529,283 $26,876,248 $1,479,910 $217,639,342  
2018-19 $61,789,132 $1,507,268 $23,108,148 $22,453,943 $28,766,383 $1,660,780 $139,376,146  
2019-20 $63,918,874 $1,435,458 $36,709,811 $3,145,009 $21,364,018 $1,702,977 $128,276,147  

Source: IPEDS

Core Expenses
  Instruction Research Public Service Academic
Support
Institutional
Support
Student
Services
Total Core
Expenses
Total
Expenses
2007-08 $29,696,809 $430,114   $5,945,927 $11,997,609 $18,617,270 $66,687,729 $82,499,636
2008-09 $29,967,697 $393,258   $5,930,927 $11,535,781 $19,900,569 $67,728,232 $84,769,192
2009-10 $31,163,036 $280,206   $5,894,121 $11,256,712 $18,727,710 $67,321,785 $85,218,598
2010-11 $31,059,004 $376,434   $5,443,799 $11,742,777 $19,941,491 $68,563,505 $88,257,335
2011-12 $34,861,435 $627,033   $6,768,126 $13,736,409 $21,987,280 $77,980,283 $98,559,373
2012-13 $36,097,432 $624,210   $7,502,564 $14,286,569 $21,830,971 $80,341,746 $100,921,948
2013-14 $41,871,133 $652,071   $6,903,610 $13,508,256 $21,585,303 $84,520,373 $105,403,758
2014-15 $41,102,884 $529,322   $6,901,170 $14,266,152 $21,653,651 $84,453,179 $106,273,410
2015-16 $42,020,723 $463,428 $115,819 $7,234,364 $14,371,012 $23,447,947 $87,653,293 $110,751,943
2016-17 $43,150,629 $708,862 $211,087 $7,989,625 $15,151,709 $23,637,207 $90,849,119 $113,338,187
2017-18 $43,974,195 $824,565 $212,161 $10,798,185 $16,398,116 $24,041,502 $118,759,643  
2018-19 $46,950,146 $1,014,840 $261,418 $9,591,499 $16,437,945 $25,322,595 $123,938,371  
2019-20 $44,013,406 $855,186 $369,858 $9,984,766 $15,859,122 $23,457,066 $94,539,404  

Source: IPEDS

Major Campus Projects, New Facilities, and Renovations
South campus residence halls, to be completed summer 2024  
West Quandrangle, including library,admissions building, academic building, completed 2021-22 academic year  
Two new English department facilities, completed Fall 2018  
Renovation of Farr Hall, including book store and offices above, completed summer 2018  
New apartment style housing behind Farr Hall, completed Summer 2017  
The Village Market replacement on the site of the demolished Black Box theatre., completed Summer 2017.   
Black Box theatre, demolished, summer 2016., rebuilt in new location winter 2017.   
Student Health Center, demolished, replaced and reopened Fall 2014  
Bailey House renovation, Spring 2013  
Studio Art Building opened August 2012; 41,000 gross square feet (gsf)  
Bexley Apartments, Fink, and Forman Houses, demolished 2012; 20,000 gsf  
Gund Gallery, offices of Art History Department and gallery space, opened 2011; 31,000 gsf  
Phase 1 of North Campus Housing, 9 buildings in 2011 and 2012; 38,000 gsf  
Storer Hall, offices of Music Department and performance space, opened 2009; 16,800 gsf  
Lentz House, offices of the English Department, opened 2009; 7,200 gsf  
Ernst Center, demolished 2009; 30,000 gsf  
Finn House (formerly Neff House), offices of The Kenyon Review, opened in 2008; 3,200 gsf  
Peirce Hall, renovation completed in 2008; 66,000 gsf  
O'Connor House, multi-use, opened 2008; 5,600 gsf  
Walton and Wing House, demolished 2008  
Lowry Center, sports and recreation facility, opened in 2006; 260,000 gsf  
Ganter Price Hall, assembly space, opened in 2003; 3,000 gsf  
Wirtheimer Field House, demolished 2003; 47,800 gsf  
Phil Mather, demolished 2001; 47,800 gsf  
Tomsich, Hayes, Fischman, and Samuel Mather Halls, offices and labs of the Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and Psychology Departments, opened in 2000 completing the Science Quad; 103,000 gs  

Source: Chief Business Officer

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Basics about Kenyon

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Basic Categories

Location: Gambier, Ohio 43022

Founded: 1824 as all-male seminary. Coeducational as of 1969.

Control: Private, not-for-profit

Religious affiliation: Non-denominational, originally Episcopal

Incorporation: State of Ohio

Affiliated Incorporations: Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC), The Kenyon Review, The Philander Chase Corporation

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Athletic division: NCAA Division III

Conference: North Coast Athletic Conference

Colors: Purple and white

Historic moniker: Mauve, Lords and Ladies

Current moniker: Owls

Organization: The President of the College reports directly to the Board of Trustees. The Academic, Admissions, Advancement, Finance, Library and Information Services, Operations, and Student Affairs Divisions report to the President through their respective heads.

Classes, Codes, and IDs

IPEDS reporting number: 203535

Federal School (Title IV) Code: 003065

Federal Depository Library Number: 0462

College Board (CEEB) Code: 1370

ACT Code: 3286

Federal Employer ID Number: 314379507

Dun & Bradstreet DUNS Number: 063580369

National Register of Historic Places Reference number: 75001447

Carnegie classifications:

  • Baccalaureate Colleges - Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Small, four year, highly residential
  • Full-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Exclusively undergraduate four-year
  • Arts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence

Affiliations and Consortiums