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Rank: 248

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 40% of students among the top 5% of their high school class. The 1,700 or so undergraduates can choose from more than 30 majors and several concentrations. The campus' 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$72,300
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$33,800
Average price for low-income students
$11,990
admissions
Acceptance rate
34%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1360/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,661
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
13%
Average merit grant
$16,649
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$18,500
Average salary within 3 years
$52,700
% 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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