Kenyon College Profile

Camelot in Ohio

John Green'00, Allison Janie '82, Laura Hillenbrand '89, Paul Newman '49, Josh Radnor '96, Rutherford B. Hayes 1842, Bill Watterson '80. How can a small college (1640 undergraduates) on 1,000 acres in rural Gambier, Ohio (picked by the Wall Street Journal as the most beautiful campus in America) have so many accomplished alums? Those from Kenyon would say that it's because Kenyon is special; Kenyon is Camelot.

As the new men's basketball coach in 2010, Head Coach Dan Priest looking to work his magic in the Kenyon program. Moving to Kenyon from Hendrix College, where in 2004 he inherited a 0-23 team and within three years had the Warriors boasting a 15-10 mark. His high-water mark at Hendrix was in 2008-09, when he posted a program-best 19-7 overall record. Once at Kenyon, Coach Priest's teams improved each of his first three years, ending the 2012-13 season with a 16-11 record, the program's best winning percentage since the 2008-09 season.

On why Kenyon, Coach Priest says, "I was attracted to Kenyon because of its national reputation for academic excellence and its commitment to athletics. Kenyon is able to provide student-athletes with a life-changing experience in so many ways and the Kenyon Athletic Center provides the campus with facilities that are second to none."

The Kenyon Lords play in the very competitive North Coast Athletic Conference, which includes perennially strong Wooster, Wittenberg, Ohio Wesleyan and, fellow ECS schools Denison, DePauw, and Oberlin.

About Kenyon College
Kenyon College's 1,000-acre campus rest on a hill in Gambier, Ohio, about 45 minutes north of Columbus. Consistently ranked as one of the beautiful campuses in the U.S., Kenyon also sports some of the most spectacular athletic facilities, including the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC). The KAC, completed in 2006 at a cost of $70 million, features the 200-meter indoor track, an Olympic-sized pool within the Kenyon Aquatic Center (Kenyon has won 55 DIII NCAA Championships in men's and women's swimming), a 1,600-seat basketball and volleyball arena, a 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center, and a 120-seat theater for game film review and team meetings.

As to be expected at a liberal arts college (but even more so) writing and literature are important at Kenyon. Kenyon is the home of the internationally renowned Kenyon Review literary journal. That said, Kenyon offers 35 majors within traditional academic departments, as well as from majors or concentrations within 13 interdisciplinary programs.

Founded in 1824 by Episcopal Bishop Philander Chase and named for benefactor Lord Kenyon, Kenyon enrolls approximately 1,650 students from 49 states and 44 countries. Kenyon's admissions are highly competitive; its SAT 25th-75th percentile range is 1870 to 2130, and it accepts only around 36% of those who apply. Click on the following video for more insight into Kenyon...