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Rank: 214

Kenyon College

Gambier, OHwww.kenyon.edu/
Unlike many of the other top-ranked liberal arts colleges on MONEY's list, Kenyon College is far from the East Coast. The rural Ohio college was founded in 1824 to train Episcopal clergy. Kenyon has grown more competitive: The college now routinely welcomes a freshman class with many students among the top 5% of their high school class. The 1,700 or so undergraduates can choose from over 20 majors and over 20 minors, including molecular biology, international studies, and American studies. The campus' 500-acre nature preserve, which features forest, praire, and wetland habitats, provides opportunities to hike the eight-mile trail network or do hands-on research. Sports are popular on campus, and Kenyon students don't simply watch from the sidelines. More than a third of the student body participates in one of the 22 Division III teams, and many more play intramural sports. Kenyon leads its intercollegiate division with 60 national championships. Most have come from the college's swimming and diving dynasty, which has won 57 titles between the men and women's teams. More bookish students can read manuscripts and interview visiting authors for the Kenyon Review, a renowned literary journal that has published the likes of Maya Angelou, Thomas Pynchon, and Rita Dove. While the school is rural, Columbus, Ohio is just an hour's drive away, and a trip to Cleveland will take only two hours.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$70,800
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,300
Average price for low-income students
$11,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
27%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1340/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,795
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$16,488
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$19,000
Average salary within 3 years
$51,700
% 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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