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Ohio’s Denison University is a small private liberal arts university that “makes people able to critically think and attack any task that they are confronted with,” so it follows that the school listens to its students, and “if there is something you want to add to or change about the school, it is easy to do if you put in the effort.” Support networks abound, from the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration (which offers “a variety of help with career decisions: practice interviews, career coaching, resume building, and more”) to the Writing Center and the library, which offers help to students in classes with lots of researching and writing. Academically, students “often are involved in multiple departments” either though double majors, minors, or concentrations, and “conducting research is very common for undergraduate students...during the school year or over the summer.” All classes are taught by “intelligent, thought-provoking professors,” and there are “a multitude of unique class options.”

At Denison, “one will find professors who are completely committed to their job: teaching their students.” Small classes mean students “really get to know their professors and can learn a lot outside of a traditional classroom setting,” and “a student is bound to form a great relationship, if not a friendship,” with many professors during their education at Denison. They are “almost always accessible outside of class time” and “have a knack for making students appreciate the interconnectedness of concepts and disciplines.” Professors are even helpful when connecting students to professionals in fields related to their majors, and alumni are a great boon to the school. The network is “very diverse in occupation and found all around the world,” and alumni “love Denison and are willing to help any graduate seeking advice, internships, or any job-related detail.”

Student Body

Since Denison is a small university, students know or recognize most of their peers. “I can comfortably sit with most fellow students during any meal at the dining hall or in the classroom,” says a student. Within the “extremely diverse” student body, there are many different interests on campus, “from sports to film, from math to poetry, and from theatre to science,” and this “creates dialogue between [students].” In fact, the university has “an East Coast liberal arts feeling,” except in central Ohio. Denison students are “always very engaged,” and there’s “a high expectation of involvement on campus.” They “are passionate about their futures and the futures of those around them” and are “heavily engaged in current events and take politics a little too seriously.” There are a fair number of international students here, and Denison has “people who have traveled from the other side of Earth, to students who live in Granville themselves.” “Although we are all very different, we all come together,” says one.

Campus Life

Located east of Columbus, Denison “sits atop the hill overlooking the village of Granville and is surrounded by beautiful forest.” “One easily feels at home here,” and although it may be somewhat isolated, “the community makes up for that.” Denison has an active student body regarding co-curricular and extracurricular activities, and “most students hold at least one leadership position on campus.” The average schedule of a Denison student is packed with “classes, meetings, rehearsals, practices, volunteer work, and much more.” This is an entirely residential campus which “encourages students to engage with each other in multiple settings,” and students congregate in common rooms to hang out regularly. “Everyone stays on campus during the weekends regardless of where they’re from,” and while some students drink and go out to parties, others watch movies or go to concerts. For people that don’t want to party, Denison has a large amount of programming—so much so that “students sometimes complain that the school is actually over-programmed.” “There’s so much to do on campus that people rarely leave,” says a student.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Kim Showman
Director of Enrollment Operations

Office of Admission
Granville, OH 43023



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
Bryant Arts Center
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts
F.W. Olin Science Hall
Burton D. Morgan Center, home of the Center for Career Exploration and Organizational Studies; Burke Hall of Music and Art, home of Denison Museum; Swasey Chapel, home of the Vail Performing Arts Series and a number of annual music and arts festivals; Slayter Hall Student Union, center of student life and home of many student organizations

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Village of Granville: Shops, fine and casual dining, galleries, museums
Easton Town Center in Columbus: Shops, cinema, fine and casual dining
The Arena District of Columbus: Sports, entertainment, casual dining
The Short North Arts District in Columbus: Galleries, fine and casual dinin
The Columbus Museum of Art: Traditional and modern art exhibitions
-The Ohio Theatre in Columbus: Live musicals and concerts -Downtown Columbus: Corporate and government internships, community service projects -The City of Newark: Community service projects, grocery and department stores, casual dining

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday; Select Saturdays in fall and spring
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Advance Notice
1 week

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Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Available Sunday through Thursday nights


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is 25 miles (a 30-minute drive) from campus. During the academic year (September-May), Denison University provides a Student Shuttle service between the campus and the airport; call the admissions office 2 weeks before your visit to arrange for this shuttle. During the summer, visitors can rent a car at the airport or take a taxi to and from the campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
When coming from the east, west and south, the best approach is from Interstate 70. Granville is 10 miles north of I-70 (Exit 126) on Ohio Route 37 West. When Route 37 turns off on the divided highway outside of Granville, continue straight ahead on Ohio Route 661 into Granville. Route 661 takes you to the center of Granville. At the traffic light, continue north on North Main Street one block to the main campus entrance. If coming from the north, you should exit Interstate 71 at Bellville and take Ohio Route 13 south into Mt. Vernon. From there, Ohio Route 661 south will bring you the 23 miles to the North Gate entrance of Denison.

Local Accommodations
If you have a morning visit scheduled at Denison, it's worth making the effort to spend the preceding night in Granville. The first of 2 delightful inns in this picture-postcard town (a 5-minute drive from the admissions office) is the Buxton Inn (313 E. Broadway; 740-587-0001). Founded in 1812, it is still operating in its original building in the middle of the village. Another gem is the Granville Inn (314 E. Broadway; 740-587-3333). It's also moderately priced and provides a continental breakfast. This is an English Tudor manor house with carved oak paneling and lots of character. It includes a pleasant restaurant. Just outside of Granville, another outstanding overnight and dining location is the Cherry Valley Lodge (2299 Cherry Valley Road; 740-788-1200).


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