Kenyon College

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.


Stay: Kenyon Inn | Breakfast: Wiggin Street Coffee

Lunch: Village Inn  | Dinner: The Kenyon Inn & Restaurant

Visitor Information: Tour Kenyon

Stay: The Kenyon Inn is right on campus, owned and operated by the school. Just down the block, check into the Gambier House, a charming bed and breakfast. In Mount Vernon you’ll find a Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express and the cozy Mount Vernon Inn.

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. In nearby Mount Vernon, you can head to Alcove Restaurant where some of the menu offerings are cheeseburgers, clubs, and soups.



Casual: Over in Mount Vernon, Fiesta Mexicana is well liked by students for a fun night out.


A Step Up: When parents are in town reservations are hard to come by at The Kenyon Inn, the best option in Gambier. In Mount Vernon top choices are The Alcove Restaurant and Lounge and WineStein.

Local Attractions: Gambier is a small town and there’s not that much to do after seeing the school.  You can 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, be sure to visit the wildlife garden.

— Quotes From Campus —

The classes are small and you really get to know your professors. I’m receiving a first rate education and I love being surrounded by bright, quirky students.
— Isabelle
I love Kenyon’s traditions such as the “First-Year Sing.” Freshmen gather on the steps of Rosse Hall to sing Kenyon songs to become members of the Kenyon community. On the day before graduation, seniors again gather on the steps to sing the same songs for the last time.
— Sophia
No one here is a cookie cutter; just follow the crowd kind of student. Everyone really wants to be here and it creates an incredible atmosphere for learning.
— Ellie
Kenyon is in the middle of nowhere; so don’t come here if you’re looking for a lot to do beyond campus. It’s not bad, though, because it fosters a tight community spirit.
— Gus






School Colors

White & Purple

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision 1 and 2








Admissions Office

Ransom Hall Kenyon College Admissions Office 106 College Park Street
Gambier, OH 43022-9623

(p) (740) 427-5776
(f) (740) 427-5770

Diane Anci, Dean of Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Josh Radnor
Paul Newman

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