|Motto||Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Valiantly bear the cross|
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Endowment||$238.2 million (2017)|
|President||Sean M. Decatur|
|Location||Gambier, Ohio, U.S.|
|Campus||Rural, 1,000 acres (400 ha) including a 380 acres (150 ha) nature preserve|
|Colors||Purple and White|
|Nickname||Lords (men's teams) and Ladies (women's teams)|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival, Greek Revival|
|NRHP reference #||75001447|
|Added to NRHP||December 6, 1975|
Kenyon has currently 1,708 undergraduates enrolled in it and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It has a rural setting and uses a semester-based academic calendar. The campus is home to the Brown Family Environmental Center, whose 382 acres host seven different ecosystems and academic opportunities including the Summer Science Scholars program. Here, students also engage in activities like bird watching and hiking. There are more than 120 student clubs and organizations on campus, including approximately 12 fraternities and sororities. Kenyon athletes are called Lords and Ladies which compete in the NCAA Division III North Coast Athletic Conference. According to 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Kenyon had 13th best undergraduate teaching in the U.S. Additionally, Kenyon was rated as the 983rd best value college by the 2018 PayScale College Return on Investment Report.
Despite its small size, Kenyon's alumni have gone onto make advances in their field. The college has produced many prominent alumni, including 4 Pulitzer Prize winners, a chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 35 members of the United States Congress, 15 U.S. governors, 1 U.S. Cabinet secretary, an associate justice of the Supreme Court, a president of the United States, a prime minister, CEOs and founders of Fortune 500 companies, high-ranking U.S. diplomats, foreign central bankers, academic scholars, literary and media figures, numerous Emmy, Oscar, and Grammy award winners, and professional athletes. Other notable alumni include 6 Rhodes Scholars, 10 Marshall Scholarship winners, 12 Truman Scholarship winners, and numerous Watson Fellowship holders and Fulbright scholarship recipients. Famous graduates include U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, actors Paul Newman and Allison Janney, and writers Josh Radnor, John Green, and E. L. Doctorow.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Admissions
- 4 Rankings
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Traditions
- 7 Student organizations
- 8 Sustainability
- 9 2004 presidential election
- 10 People
- 11 Miscellany
- 12 References
- 13 Further reading
- 14 External links
After becoming the first Episcopal Bishop of Ohio in 1818, Philander Chase found a severe lack of trained clergy on the Ohio frontier. He planned to create a seminary to rectify this problem, but could find little support. Undeterred, he sailed to England and solicited donations from Lord Kenyon, Lord Gambier, and the writer and philanthropist Hannah More, and the College was incorporated in December, 1824. Dissatisfied with the original location of the College in Worthington, Chase purchased 8,000 acres (3,200 ha) of land in Knox County (with the Mount Vernon lawyer Henry Curtis), and reached what he would name Gambier Hill on July 24, 1825. There is a legend that Bishop Chase exclaimed, "Well, this will do" upon reaching the crest of the hill.
The Kenyon Review
Kenyon's English department gained national recognition with the arrival of the poet and critic John Crowe Ransom in 1937 as Professor of Poetry and first editor of The Kenyon Review, a literary journal. During his 21-year tenure, Ransom published such internationally known writers as Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, William Empson, Mark Van Doren, Kenneth Burke, and Delmore Schwartz, as well as younger writers: Flannery O'Connor, Robert Lowell, and Peter Taylor, to name a few. It was perhaps the best known and most influential literary magazine in the English-speaking world during the 1940s and 1950s.
Kenyon requires students to take classes in each of the four academic divisions: Fine Arts (encompassing the departments of Art and Art History; Dance, Drama, and Film; Music); Humanities (Classics, English, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Religious Studies); Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology); and Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology). In addition, students must take the equivalent of a year's worth of courses in a foreign language, unless they place out, and undertake a comprehensive senior exercise for their major, the specifications of which vary by department.
The Gund Gallery, a 31,000 square feet (2,900 m2) visual arts center and exhibition space, was founded in 2011. It hosts lectures, public programming and temporary exhibitions that are free and open to both the campus community and the wider public.
Kenyon is also home to the Beta of Ohio Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Kenyon is considered one of the "most selective" colleges by U.S. News & World Report. For the class of 2021, Kenyon admitted 24% of applicants. 73% of enrolled freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school classes. The middle 50% range of SAT scores were 680-750 for evidence-based reading and writing and 670-750 for math, with 45% of students submitting scores. The middle 50% range of the ACT was 30-33, with 68% of students submitting scores. "Common Data Set".
|Liberal arts colleges|
|U.S. News & World Report||26|
In the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Kenyon is the No. 26 liberal arts college in the United States. In the 2018-19 Forbes rankings, Kenyon is placed at 19th position amongst liberal arts collegs and 53rd position amongst all national colleges in the USA. In 2006 Newsweek selected Kenyon College as one of twenty-five "New Ivies" on the basis of admissions statistics as well as interviews with administrators, students, faculty and alumni. It was also listed in Greene's list of Hidden Ivies in 2000.
Kenyon's campus also garners acclaim for its beauty; for example, it ranked 2nd on The Best College's "50 Most Amazing College Campuses for 2014" and again in 2017.
Despite being ranked favorably by traditional publications, newer sites that rank colleges based on their calculated return on investment (ROI) have been critical of Kenyon's value. The 2018 Payscale College ROI Report ranked Kenyon as the 983rd best value college in the country. Predictably, Kenyon President Sean M. Decatur has criticized ROI-based ranking systems, stating that "to use salary and earnings as the sole proxy for measuring success after completion of an undergraduate education is deeply flawed".
Kenyon's sports teams, which compete in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), are referred to as the Lords and Ladies, and their colors are purple, white, and black with gold often added as an accent.
The men's swim team is notable in NCAA Division III, for having won, from 1980 through 2010, a record 31 consecutive NCAA national championships as well as consecutive titles between 2012 and 2015. The women's swim team is also considered among the best, having won 23 non-consecutive titles of their own since 1984. Former Swim Coach Jim Steen has coached the most conference titles in any sport in NCAA history. During the 1980s and 90s, Diving Coach Fletcher Gilders led his athletes to fourteen consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference championships and eight individual NCAA Division III titles; Gilders would also earn NCAA D3 Coach of the Year honors on three separate occasions. In 2013, under Head Coach Jess Book, the men's team won the national title and the women's team took second. Book was voted the 2013 NCAA Men's Coach of the Year and the 2013 NCAA Women's Coach of the Year, and Head Diving Coach Andy Scott was voted the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Diving Coach of the Year.
In 2006, Kenyon opened the $70 million Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC), a 263,000-square-foot (24,400 m2) building that houses an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two basketball courts, eight squash courts, a weight room, a 400m track, four tennis courts and other facilities. Field hockey, football and men's lacrosse are played at McBride Field which has a seating capacity of 1,762.
As Ohio's oldest private college, Kenyon has upheld some traditions for more than 180 years. All students in each entering class are expected to take the Matriculation Oath and sign a Matriculation Book that dates back at least a century.
Another tradition is the "First-Year Sing." Each year, entering first-years gather on the steps of Rosse Hall to sing Kenyon songs before they are officially part of the Kenyon community. On the day before Commencement, seniors gather on the steps of Rosse Hall to sing the same songs again.
Whenever a new president begins a term at the college, candles are lit in every window of Old Kenyon, as a sign of welcome. Kenyon has had twenty-five presidents; former president S. Georgia Nugent was Kenyon's first female president, and current president Sean Decatur is Kenyon's first African-American president.
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- Beyond Therapy is a student-run sketch comedy group. Founded in 1994, the group puts up two shows each year.
- Billy Shakes Project
- The Broken Legs is the college's premier musical theater a cappella group. Started in the spring of 2015, the group performs songs from a broad range of stage musicals
- The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Professor Benjamin Locke, is a select mixed choir consisting each year of approximately fifty undergraduate musicians who regard singing as an integral part of a liberal arts education. The group rehearses daily in order to prepare programs of a cappella music for Kenyon concerts as well as their annual Spring Tour.
- The Chasers are a co-ed collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1964, the group is the oldest student singing group at the college, and the second oldest a cappella group on campus. Originally a folk-oriented vocal group accompanied by guitars, the Chasers switched to an a cappella-only format in the late 1960s, and continue this tradition today. They have recorded several albums over the course of the last 40 years, perform several times per year on campus, and tour throughout the country during January.
- Colla Voce is a treble-voice ensemble dedicated to the classical and folk traditions. A recent addition to the Kenyon's a capella scene, Colla Voce formed in the fall of 2009 and performs on campus once a semester, as well as at additional events in the surrounding community as needed.
- The Company is Kenyon's premiere musical theater student group. Students present full productions and musical revues every semester, specializing in songs from Disney films, musical theater, and unexpected contemporary songs from TV and film.
- Contact Improv
- The Cornerstones are Kenyon's only Christian a cappella group. Since organizing in 1998, they have supplied the campus with contemporary, classical, gospel, and Christian-inspired pop songs on a semiyearly basis. In addition, they have participated in several tours across various parts of the nation, and have performed at numerous churches and events around the Ohio area. They were the first a cappella group on campus to introduce beat-boxing.
- Creative Writing Club
- Fools on the Hill is a student-run long form improv comedy group founded in 1986.
- Kenyon College Dance and Drama Club Student-run organization producing theatrical productions with the direct support of the dance and drama departments. Former members include the founders of the Cripple Creek Theatre Company in New Orleans, LA.
- Kenyon College Dance Team is a student-run organization that performs original hip-hop choreography at half-time at various sporting events and other campus activities throughout the year.
- Kenyon College Players, formerly Brave Potato Productions, formerly Flashmob Theatre, is a student-run theatrical and filmmaking group that was founded in 2007.
- The Kokosingers are Kenyon's all-male a cappella group. Founded in 1965 by four freshmen, the Kokosingers are the second-oldest student-run singing group on campus, and the oldest original a cappella group on campus. The group performs a wide range of music from various artists. They also tour New England for two weeks in the wintertime, singing at high schools, colleges, and various Kenyon-affiliated events.
- Männerchor is Kenyon's newest a cappella group. It was created in 2014 when a collection of men came together with a passion for music. While their repertoire spans several genres, the core of their music remains classical.
- The Owl Creek Singers is an all-female ensemble at Kenyon. Founded in 1975, the Owl Creeks perform regularly throughout campus, and tour over winter break. Their repertoire ranges from modern pop, to oldies. The Owl Creeks winter concert is typically the first Friday in December, and their spring concert is typically the Friday of Easter weekend.
- The Ransom Notes are a co-ed a cappella group that aims to have fun and participate in ICCAs. They were the first group at Kenyon to incorporate choreography in their sets. Founded as an all-male group in 2010 they became co-ed in 2013.
- Renegade Theatre, founded in 2002, is a theatre company designed for the promotion of first-year students in the theatre community at Kenyon. Students are able to write, act in leading roles, direct and design, as well as serve as a production board designing an entire season of shows.
- Stage Femmes is a theatrical group focusing on the work of women in the theater. It was reformed in 2012 after a period of absence.
- Take Five is Kenyon's jazz a cappella group, formed in 2002. In addition to bi-annual concerts, Take Five performs regularly at campus events and, as of 2007, tours nationally during winter break.
- Two Drink Minimum is a student-run stand-up comedy group.
- The Stairwells are Kenyon College's only folk group, made up of a variety of musicians and vocalists. Originally a smaller ensemble of four to five people with one guitar, the group has expanded to include as many as ten members, playing a variety of instruments.
Cultural and ethnic
- African Students Association
- Asia Society of Kenyon
- Black Student Union
- Chinese Culture Club
- Circolo Italiano
- Club Français
- Indigenous Nations at Kenyon
- International Society at Kenyon
- Japanese Animation Society
- Japanese Culture Club
- Men of Color
- Middle East Student Association
- QDubs (formerly known as the Queer Women's Collective)
- QMS (Queer Masculinities Society, formerly Queer Men's Society)
- Russian Club
- South Asian Society
- American Culture
Kenyon is home to twelve Greek organizations, consisting of seven international/national fraternities, one national sorority, three local sororities, and one local society (co-ed group). The fraternities are: Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon (Dekes), The Kenyon Chapter of The Alpha Delta Phi (ADs), Chi of Delta Tau Delta (Delts), Beta Alpha of Beta Theta Pi (Betas), Phi of Delta Phi (DPhis), Theta of Phi Kappa Sigma (Phi Kaps), and Zeta Kappa of Phi Kappa Tau (Phi Tau). The national sorority is the Epsilon Tau chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau (ASTs). The local sororities are: Theta Delta Phi (Thetas), Zeta Alpha Pi (Zetas), and Epsilon Delta Mu (EDMs). The society is Archon Society (Archons). A second society, the Peeps O' Kenyon (PEEPS), decided to formally split from the College's Greek Council in 2014, but remains an active group on campus. Fraternity and sorority members live in campus housing.
- "Her Campus Kenyon" (online literary and Kenyon lifestyle magazine)
- Hika, a literary magazine published once every spring semester
- Kenyon Collegian (student newspaper)
- Kenyon Collegiate (satirical newspaper in the vein of The Onion)
- Kenyon Filmmakers (student filmmaking society)
- The Kenyon Observer (political magazine)
- "The Kenyon Thrill" (founded as the blog-arm of the Collegian in 2011, the Thrill became an independent publication circa 2015)
- MESA Journal, published by the Middle East Student Association at Kenyon
- Persimmons, a literary magazine published once a semester
- WKCO Records (student record label)
- WKCO 91.9 FM (student radio station)
- 56% (Kenyon's Women's Interest magazine), published by the Crozier Center for Women
- Kenyon College Ballroom Dance
- Kenyon College Cheerleading
- Kenyon College Equestrian
- Kenyon College Fencing
- Kenyon College Men's Rugby
- Kenyon College Women's Rugby
- Kenyon College Ultimate Frisbee (founded in 1976) [Men's and Women's]
- Kenyon Club Soccer
- Kenyon Club Swim
- Kenyon College Squash
- Kenyon College Tennis
- Environmental Campus Organization
- J Street U
- Kenyon College Athletes for Equality
- Kenyon College Young Democratic Socialists of America
- Kenyon Democrats
- Kenyon International Affairs Society, which maintains a Model UN team
- Kenyon Israel Club
- Kenyon Republicans
- Kenyon Students for Gun Sense
- Kenyon Students for Justice in Palestine
- No Labels
- Not for Sale
- People Endorsing Agrarian Sustainability
- Project for Open Voices
- Roosevelt Institute
- Campus Constitutional
Kenyon College has undertaken a number of sustainability initiatives, including a recycling system upgrade, a biodiesel project, a computer lab conversion to double-sided printing, the distribution of green living guides, as well as the creation of a dining hall composting system that diverts 6,000 pounds of waste from the landfill per week. Additionally Kenyon's cafeteria is committed to serving local food and has become a leader among college cafeterias in the country. Students partnered with administrators and/or professors to complete a campus energy audit for the past three years, as well as a carbon footprint calculation. Kenyon Green Alumni was founded to connect graduates "with a professional interest in the environment." The college recently received a "C" grade on the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, compiled by the Sustainable Endowments Institute.
The Kenyon Farm is a student run 10+ acre mixed crop-livestock operation providing sustainably raised produce to local markets and giving students the opportunity to gain the practical skills and knowledge for small-scale farming operations.
2004 presidential election
Kenyon College attracted national attention after the 2004 presidential election during which, because of a shortage of voting machines and possibly a large number of new voter registrations, some students remained in line for as long as 13 hours to place their votes. The incident received attention in mainstream national news outlets such as The New York Times.
In spring 2006, John Kerry delivered the commencement address at Kenyon College, stating that he was "honored" by the students who waited in line during the election. During the 2008 presidential election campaign, the events at Kenyon in the 2004 election were remembered and recounted in discussions of voting rights.
Notable alumni of Kenyon College include:
- US President Rutherford B. Hayes (1842)
- U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton (1834)
- U.S. Supreme Court Justices David Davis (1832) and Stanley Matthews (1840)
- U.S. Congressman Zack Space (1983)
- U.S. Congresswoman-elect Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (1997)
- Poet Robert Lowell (1940)
- Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme (1948)
- Venezuelan Politician and former mayor of Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela Leopoldo Lopez (1993)
- Actor Paul Newman (1949)
- Comedian Jonathan Winters (1950)
- Author E. L. Doctorow (1952)
- Molecular Biologist Harvey Lodish (1962)
- Author and journalist Donovan Webster (1981)
- Actress Allison Janney (1982)
- National Book Award-winning novelist William H. Gass (1947)
- The New York Times bestselling author and AFC Wimbledon sponsor John Green (2000)
- Cartoonist and Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson (1980)
- Actor and filmmaker Josh Radnor of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother (1996)
- The New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum (1992)
- Former United States National Security Council spokesperson and Crooked Media co-founder Tommy Vietor (2002)
- Singer and musician Nicholas Petricca of the band Walk the Moon (2009)
- Astrophysicist and artist Nia Imara (2003)
- Kenyon College was one of a number of liberal arts colleges to drop from the U.S. News & World Report college rankings in June 2007. Kenyon College president Georgia S. Nugent likened the Report's self-evaluation materials as similar to a customer satisfaction survey from "a Howard Johnson's Hotel."
- The city of Kenyon, Minnesota, was named in honor of Kenyon College.
- The song "I Want a Kenyon Man", written in the early 20th century by alumnus Maxwell Budd Long, was featured in the closing credits of the film Liberal Arts (2012). The film, directed by Kenyon alumnus Josh Radnor, was also shot mostly on campus.
- David Foster Wallace delivered the 2005 commencement address, which was later recognized as one of the top ten commencement addresses by Time and adapted into the essay "This Is Water".
- "Kenyon College (USA) entry, Members, Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion".
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