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Kenyon College

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. Over time, Kenyon has grown more competitive: The college now routinely welcomes a freshman class with over 55% of students among the top 10% of their high school class. The 1,700 or so undergraduates can choose from more than 30 majors and several concentrations. The college's 500-acre nature preserve, which features forest, prairie, and wetland habitats, encompasses half of the 1,000-acre campus and 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. Nearly one-third of the student body participates in one of the 20 Division III teams, and many more play intramural sports. All students live on campus in one of the more traditional residence halls or, after freshman year, in college-owned housing. While the school is rural, Columbus is just an hour's drive away, and a trip to Cleveland will take only two hours. Notable alumni include author John Green, former President Rutherford B. Hayes, actress Allison Janney, and cartoonist Bill Watterson.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Freshmen, sophomores, and new transfer students are back on campus for the fall semester. The college hopes to have all students return in the spring, but if health conditions don't allow for that, juniors and seniors will be on campus while the other student switch to learning remotely. Courses are a mix of in-person and online.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$73,500
% of students who get any grants
58%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$33,700
Average price for low-income students
$14,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
36%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/31
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
1,720
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
17%
Average merit grant
$15,750
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$18,000
Average salary within 5 years
$48,900
% earning more than $28,000
78%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Freshmen, sophomores, and new transfer students are back on campus for the fall semester. The college hopes to have all students return in the spring, but if health conditions don't allow for that, juniors and seniors will be on campus while the other student switch to learning remotely. Courses are a mix of in-person and online.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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