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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 according to the National Student Clearinghouse:

  • Carleton College
  • Grinnell College
  • Ohio State University-Main Campus
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • Wesleyan University
  • Bates College
  • Hamilton College
  • New York University
  • Vassar College
  • Colby College
  • Macalester College
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Denison University
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • Brown University
  • Middlebury College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Oberlin College
  • University of Virginia-Main Campus

 

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 2021-22 Completions 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 60 45 82 57 69 77 64 66 56 73
Political Science 34 24 57 29 23 48 40 27 50 39
Psychology 37 25 39 33 33 42 35 40 38 39
Economics 60 28 38 51 56 52 50 44 60 35
History 26 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 24 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  14           19      
Music                   13
International Studies 16 14   18 26 20 29 36 30 21
Neuroscience   12     21          
Environmental Studies 15                  
Molecular Biology 13                  

 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%
2013-2016 87%

 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)
  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
American Indian or Alaskan Native 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.4% 0.5% 0.6% 1%
Asian 5% 4% 5% 4% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 6% 7%
Black or African American 3% 3% 4% 3% 4% 3% 3% 4% 4% 3% 3%
Hispanic/Latino 8% 7% 7% 7% 8% 6% 5% 7% 6% 5% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander <1% <1% <1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
White 66% 69% 68% 70% 70% 72% 73% 73% 74% 76% 77%
Two or more races 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 7% 8% 3% 4% 2% 1%
Unknown race/ethnicity 1% 2% 2% 2% 3% 3% 3% 4% 3% 3% 2%
Nonresident alien 12% 9% 9% 9% 3% 6% 5% 5% 4% 4% 4%
Pell Grant Recipient 11% 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
Fall 2022* 43% 56% 1877


 * beginning in Fall 2023, Kenyon will report by gender and include a non-binary category. 
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%

 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
2021-22 Average monthly $11,894 $9,805 $7,392

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
2021-22 40 23 28 23 28 54 2 10 98 110

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.

Core Expenditures              
  Instruction  Research Public Service  Academic Support 
Institutional
 Support
Student Services  Total core expenses 
2010-11 $31,163,036 $280,206 $0 $5,894,121 $11,256,712 $18,727,710 $67,321,785
2011-12 $31,059,004 $376,434 $0 $5,443,799 $11,742,777 $19,941,491 $68,563,505
2012-13 $34,861,435 $627,033 $0 $6,768,126 $13,736,409 $21,987,280 $77,980,283
2013-14 $36,097,432 $624,210 N/A $7,502,564 $14,286,569 $21,830,971 $80,341,746
2014-15 $41,871,133 $652,071 $0 $6,903,610 $13,508,256 $21,585,303 $84,520,373
2015-16 $41,102,884 $529,322 $0 $6,901,170 $14,266,152 $21,653,651 $84,453,179
2016-17 $42,020,723 $463,428 $115,819 $7,234,364 $14,371,012 $23,447,947 $87,653,293
2017-18 $43,150,629 $708,862 $211,087 $7,989,625 $15,151,709 $23,637,207 $90,849,119
2019-20 $46,950,146 $1,014,840 $261,418 $9,591,499 $16,437,945 $25,322,595 $99,578,443

Source: IPEDS. Other core expenses include net grant aid to students, net of discounts and allowances, and other expenses.

Core Revenues             
  Tuition and fees Government, grants and contracts  Private gifts, grants, and contracts  Investment returns Other core revenues Total core revenues 
2010-11 $43,533,816 $618,615 $20,769,016 $23,595,855 $2,911,868 $91,429,170
2011-12 $41,939,180 $686,303 $20,714,231 $44,840,726 $2,503,438 $110,683,878
2012-13 $44,493,905 $936,111 $15,967,158 $11,747,405 $2,978,972 $76,123,551
2013-14 $45,979,054 $864,658 $15,699,694 $26,568,492 $3,405,270 $92,517,168
2014-15 $55,171,647 $938,438 $12,662,143 $42,267,979 $2,440,502 $113,480,709
2015-16 $53,659,588 $816,866 $16,369,774 $19,451,819 $1,816,198 $92,114,245
2016-17 $54,243,003 $762,454 $24,492,367 -$6,157,561 $1,576,902 $74,917,165
2017-18 $57,343,234 $938,650 $41,693,000 $38,300,590 $1,742,990 $140,018,464
2019-20 $61,789,132 $1,507,268 $23,108,148 $22,453,943 $1,751,272 $110,609,763

Source: IPEDS. Other core revenues include government appropriations (federal, state, and local), sales and services of educational activities; and other sources.

Total Revenues and Expenses     
  Total Revenues  Total Expenses 
2010-11 $107,786,393 $85,218,598
2011-12 $131,214,557 $88,257,335
2012-13 $97,802,114 $98,559,373
2013-14 $115,275,028 $100,921,948
2014-15 $138,261,958 $105,403,758
2015-16 $117,999,867 $106,273,410
2016-17 $101,699,416 $110,751,943
2017-18 $167,437,565 $113,338,187
2019-20 $139,376,146 $123,938,372

Source: IPEDS

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

Kenyon's Recent Construction

  • Becley hall renovation, to be completed summer 2024
  • 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, Communications, 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

UEI: NML9QD5ZL2F6

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