The College is fortunate to have a stronger than expected enrollment this year. Due to the pandemic, more students who would have graduated in May are returning to finish their degrees this fall and about half as many juniors are studying abroad. There also was high demand from the incoming class. To accommodate this robust enrollment, we thoroughly reviewed our housing options, creating more spaces where available, and identifying temporary additional housing at the Kenyon Inn and off campus at The Pines at Apple Valley. Additionally, about 55 members of the incoming class will be participating in Kenyon-Copenhagen, a new semester-long program designed specifically for first-year students.
Yes, Kenyon-Copenhagen is a new semester-long program designed specifically for first-year students. The program gives first-year students the opportunity to take courses that mirror a typical first semester at Kenyon, including a Kenyon course taught by Kenyon faculty members in residence. First-year students also get to experience a different culture first-hand while forming a close community of peers early on in their Kenyon careers, preparing them for success when they return to Gambier.
Chosen for its convenient campus location, the Kenyon Inn is temporarily transitioning to student housing, accommodating about 59 students in double-occupancy rooms. Students can opt to live in the Kenyon Inn for the fall semester during the regular housing selection process. Students who choose this option must relocate for the spring semester through a spring housing selection process.
Around 150 students will graduate in December or depart campus to study abroad for the spring semester. Their assignments will be available to be selected during a spring housing selection process.
Learn more about the Kenyon Inn.
The Pines at Apple Valley
The Pines were chosen for their capacity to house 76 students in one community, their proximity to campus (8.5 miles from the Kenyon Bookstore), and excellent amenities. Students who are not first-semester first-years have the opportunity to select to be pre-housed in The Pines on a first-come, first-served basis, by completing this form. This is a great opportunity for students who can provide their own transportation. Students assigned to live at The Pines will receive a free parking pass and parking in South 1 lot.
Yes, students living at The Pines will be on the meal plan, receiving a discount of $500 per semester. The reduced rate equals about $35 dollars per week that can be spent on restaurants or groceries (each unit has a full kitchen) to help support any days students may not be on campus. Additionally, students who choose this option will receive a $500 per semester reduction on their housing fee.
These College-owned apartments located in Gambier off of Kokosing Drive have traditionally been used as faculty and staff housing. The College opened the McIlvaines to students during the 2020-21 academic year. Ten apartments, housing three students each (1 single and 1 double), will continue as student housing during the 2021-22 academic year.
Limited student parking is available at the McIlvaines. Similar to Acland and Morgan Apartments, students who reside in those residences are eligible to register for parking in the accompanying lots. Parking will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Learn more about the McIlvaines.
Residential Life sent an email in May to each student informing them of their class standing. If you can’t find that email, or didn’t receive it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, class standing is determined by the number of semesters of residency.
No. Students will be housed by order of class standing, as determined by the Registrar’s Office based on completed full-time semesters. This means all juniors will select housing during the junior selection period.
Students seeking apartment arrangements with friends across different class years must participate in the “mixed groups” portion of the housing selection process. Mixed groups will be carefully arranged in order of seniority and group composition.
Students living in the Kenyon Inn in the fall as well as those returning from off-campus study will be able to participate in the spring housing selection process. Details regarding this process will be shared near the end of the fall semester.
Sophomores typically live in a portion of Mather or Caples, or in division or theme housing. The Pines will be offered to mixed groups, meaning sophomores, juniors and seniors will be able to select this option.
Students with ESAs may live in all spaces with the exception of those designated as animal-free. Animal-free spaces include Farr Hall, Mather Hall, Manning Hall and Lewis Hall.
The deadline to inform the College of a change in off-campus study participation for the fall semester is Friday, July 2. Informing the Residential Life Office and Center for Global Engagement on or before July 2 ensures you will receive a date and time in the Housing Selection Process which will begin July 15.
Campus Facilities and Procedures
The fall semester bill is sent electronically on July 16 and is due on August 15. The July bill for the fall semester will reflect the traditional residence hall double rate. Adjusted bills will be mailed the week of August 15 to reflect the rate of housing selected.
To help reduce traffic in the Peirce servery, we are relocating the coffee station to the atrium, near the coat storage area. We’re also offering grab-and-go cold meals to be picked up from Gund Commons during lunch Monday-Friday. Meals are made on campus (not pre-packaged), and included in the meal plan.
The Gund Commons will be a landing pad for all students looking for a place to study and connect between classes and extracurricular activities. Additionally, lockers will be available in Chalmers Library for storing textbooks and personal items.
For the 2021-22 academic year, South 1 will be the designated lot for student commuters (including students living off-campus at The Pines), AVI staff, and Kenyon faculty and staff. It will not be available as a parking lot for students who will reside on campus. Student commuters, including students living at The Pines, will be eligible for a parking pass at no cost.