Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in our virtual and in person welcome receptions! It was a pleasure to meet so many of our 2025 parents and students. We are thrilled your child has chosen to attend Kenyon and we can’t wait to welcome them to campus in August!

You can find recordings of each welcome reception on this private YouTube channel. Below, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions posed at the welcome receptions, as well as answers and helpful resources. Remember, official parent orientation sessions hosted by the First Year Experience Office will take place on campus August 21-22. If we can do anything to help as your student transitions to Kenyon, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

FAQs and Helpful Links

First Year Experience

Join us for Orientation Weekend, August 21-22. We will be hosting a family reception during orientation for parents and families to meet each other on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the tent on Peirce Lawn. More information will be included on your Orientation schedule. Learn more about the Outdoors Club Pre-Orientation.

When will my student find out about their advisor?

Your student  may find out — or may  have found out already — about their advisor through their Orientation Leaders (OLs). The OL or the advisor will contact you in late July or early August via email or snail mail. Your student and their advisor will be matched from information your student provided on their Personal Data form, including academic and personal interests and hobbies.

When do students schedule classes?

After students meet with their faculty advisors, they are encouraged to attend the academic fair where they can hear about the curriculum from faculty members in each department. After researching the courses offered in the course catalog, discussing options with their faculty advisors and attending the academic fair during Orientation, then your student will go through the steps of registering for their courses. Learn more about registration.

Family Weekend

Save the date Family Weekend, Oct. 22-24. If you can’t join us in person, we’ll be hosting an open forum with President Decatur on October 20. Register for the open forum

Additional Key Dates

  • October break: Oct. 7-8
  • Thanksgiving vacation starts Nov. 20, and students can come back as early as Nov. 27. Classes resume Nov. 29.
  • Fall semester ends Dec. 17 and residences open for spring semester on Jan. 15.
  • Spring vacation starts Mar. 5 and classes resume on Mar. 21.

Useful Resources

Moxie the Cat

He may not be a student or graduate of Kenyon, but Moxie, a nondescript black cat with a white patch on his chest and a green collar, is a ubiquitous member of the Kenyon community. Profiled by the Kenyon Collegian for his habit of jumping up on students' backpacks and sneaking into unlocked buildings, this fearless feline even caught the eye of the Atlantic’s Alia Wong, who called him “the cat with a campus wrapped around his paw.” Although Moxie has an official owner and a permanent home, his many friends across Gambier pitch in to keep an eye on the tiny prowling panther, chronicling his adventures with photos on the “Where’s Moxie @ Kenyon” Facebook page.

Annie Ellsworth

Director of Parent and Family Giving
Phone Number
College Relations 103