Located in the rustic town of Gambier, in central Ohio, Kenyon College is a historic liberal arts institution that has rooted the community for nearly two centuries. Listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s most beautiful colleges in the world in 2010, the school rises over its woodsy setting with a Collegiate Gothic architecture - from classroom buildings to student housing - that is thought to be among the oldest of this style in the U.S. Indeed, Kenyon College is Ohio’s oldest private college, supporting student living in the area since 1824. Aside from these inviting distinctions, the school’s academic record and reputation are the true attractions for students who decide to live in dorms or a college apartment at Kenyon.
In 2006, Newsweek coined the term “New Ivies,” to describe a small class of prestigious liberal arts colleges, including Kenyon College, that have emerged as some of the nation’s top academic institutions. In keeping with this distinction, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Kenyon the country’s 33rd best liberal arts school for 2012. Student living at Kenyon College ascribes closely to the liberal arts tradition, as students are required to take classes in each of the four academic divisions: Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.
Off campus housing, another option for Kenyon students, preserves the school’s pastoral ambiance. Near campus, students may rent a college apartment that borders the Kokosing River, which flows through Gambier. Alternately, students may choose to move downtown Mt Vernon, closer to South Main Street and West High Street.