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Denison University

Granville, OHwww.denison.edu
Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, may be among the few colleges, if not the only one, with a mountain named after it. Mount Denison, one of the highest peaks on the Alaskan peninsula, was named in the school's honor by a 1909 graduate. Despite the school's steep sticker price, about half of all students get tuition discounts or grants from the college. Those who do can expect a significant break: The average grant is around $25,000. The school is able to maintain a decent graduation rate, at around 80%. Denison's most popular majors are spread across the liberal arts spectrum, from biology and economics to English and psychology, and even fine arts. The university's improv group, Burpee's Seedy Theatrical Company, is the oldest such group in the nation. It's also where the actor Steve Carell earned his comedic chops before taking on "The Daily Show" and "The Office." Along with Carell and other famous actors, Denison has some star power in its campus design: The landscape was designed by the same architecture firm that styled New York City's Central Park, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., and Stanford University in California. Granville itself is a quiet town with New England flavor that dates back to early 19th century settlers who came from Massachusetts. Restless students need not fret: Columbus, the state capital and home of behemoth Ohio State University, is just a 35-minute drive away.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$66,500
% of students who get any grants
97%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$34,400
Average price for low-income students
$12,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
44%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1290/30
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
2,290
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
89%
% of students who get merit* grants
45%
Average merit grant
$20,710
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$26,000
Average salary within 3 years
$51,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
30%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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