Kenyon College is one of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges, a small school where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community. The College brings together 1,750 students to study with nearly 200 professors on an exceptionally beautiful hilltop campus in central Ohio. Kenyon’s curriculum is rooted in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and enriched by interdisciplinary programs. Kenyon offers more than 50 majors, minors and concentrations. Kenyon is proud to share that 130 students have been named Fulbright Fellows in the last 15 years, making the college a top producer of these international scholars and teachers.
Founded in 1824, Kenyon is the oldest private college in Ohio. The College's literary prominence dates to 1939, when poet and critic John Crowe Ransom founded the Kenyon Review. Since then, Kenyon has grown - welcoming women in 1969 - and has expanded intellectually, earning national recognition in many fields. Well-known alumni include not only a host of eminent writers but also actors, scientists, educators, artists, and leaders in business and the professions. Other notable strengths include many opportunities for research in... the sciences and programs connecting students to the college’s rural surroundings. The Kenyon experience fosters connections of all kinds — to classmates and teachers and friends, to the life of the mind, to global perspectives, to its unique traditions and history, and to a place of inspiration.
Foundations for Kenyon’s Third Century | Strategic Plan
As Kenyon prepares to celebrate its bicentennial, its graduates must be prepared to meet the global challenges presented by climate change; to develop and apply technology not only effectively but also ethically; to build equitable, just, diverse and inclusive communities in an increasingly polarized environment; and to solve complex, dynamic problems in uncertain contexts. And, Kenyon must do this while addressing unprecedented challenges facing American higher education, including the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, continued shifts in student demographics, and the barriers created by the combination of higher tuition costs and stagnant family income.
The work of the College will focus on three priorities:
- Rigorous Learning in a Global Context: Engage students in rigorous learning on enduring and emerging questions, rooted in Gambier’s residential community, with a global reach.
- A Thriving, Diverse Community: Recruit, retain and educate a community of academically excellent students, reflective of the diversity of our nation and representative of the world, thriving as individuals, and united by a shared sense of belonging.
- Strong Financial Foundations: Fully realize Kenyon’s mission into its third century by securing the College’s financial foundations, advancing equitable access, and stewarding our built and natural environment.