Kenyon’s beautiful campus is located in Gambier, Ohio, approximately 45 minutes from Columbus, the state’s capital. The rural setting, surrounded by cornfields, is home to approximately 1,600 students. Kenyon is a private, liberal arts college founded in 1824. The campus spills into the small, quaint downtown and the historic town of Mount Vernon is a 10-minute car ride; also a good base for a visit.
Transportation: Port Columbus International Airport is the closest major airport, about a 60-minute drive from Gambier. There is no public transportation (other than taxis) between the airport and Mount Vernon or Gambier. The GoBus travels between Wooster and Columbus with stops in Gambier, Mount Vernon, downtown Columbus and the John Glenn International Airport.
Coffee and Breakfast: You might overhear students telling each other to meet at the "wiggle and the ground", the official slang for Wiggin Street Coffee; it’s the place at Kenyon where everyone meets up with friends or professors for a cup of coffee and a light bite.
Lunch: Sandwiches and salads are the draw at the Village Inn. Many students’ head to nearby Mount Vernon for meals, with more restaurant options ranging the gamut from ethnic and eclectic to all the usual variations of pizza and burgers available near all college campuses. Stocked with rock and roll memorabilia, Dave’s Cosmic Subs is not your typical sandwich shop. Order one of its killer combination subs and you’ll see why it's earning an all star fan base. It’s sister establishment, The Joint is a 50s style diner known for its smashed burgers, Philly cheese steaks, and Velvet hand dipped ice cream. Students head to Southside Diner or North Main Café for a quick bite.
Sweets: There’s only three flavors made fresh each day at Whit’s Frozen Custard, but with tons of toppings the combinations are endless. Mount Vernon has a branch of this popular chain that started back in 2003 in Granville.
Local Attractions: Gambier is a small town, but there are a few worthwhile things to do after your tour. Rent a bike at the bookstore and go for a ride on the Kokosing Gap Trail, a 14- mile recreational trail built on an old Pennsylvania Railroad line. Or visit the impressive Brown Family Environmental Center, a 382-acre nature preserve right on campus. Trails are open during the day for walking and hiking, don’t miss the wildlife garden. Kenyon is only an hour’s drive from Columbus, the capital of Ohio and the 15th largest city in the U.S. For more on things to do and places to eat in Columbus visit our Ohio State University itinerary here.
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KENYON COLLEGE FAST FACTS
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Small - 1,688 Undergraduates
Ransom Hall Kenyon College Admissions Office
106 College Park Street
Gambier, OH 43022-9623
(p) (740) 427-5776
(f) (740) 427-5770
NCAA Division III
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