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Denison University
Denison University 100 West College Rd Granville, OH 43023 Phone: (740) 587-0810
  • General Information
    About Denison University

    As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called "distinctively American" in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today define the type. Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 176th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community. Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life. The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from thirty-nine areas offered by twenty-eight disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college. A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century. Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually-enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of more than 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects. At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within, learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance. The goals of the college are spelled out clearly in an up-to-date "Mission Statement": Our purpose is to inspire and educate our students to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents and active citizens of a democratic society. Through an emphasis on active learning, we engage students in the liberal arts, which fosters self-determination and demonstrates the transformative power of education. We envision our students' lives as based upon rational choice, a firm belief in human dignity and compassion unlimited by cultural, racial, sexual, religious or economic barriers, and directed toward an engagement with the central issues of our time. Our curriculum balances breadth with depth, building academic specialization upon a liberal arts foundation in the arts, the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Responsive to new ways of learning, we continue to develop interdisciplinary integration of the many forms of knowledge. While our students pursue specialized learning in their chosen majors, they also develop the framework for an integrated intellectual life, spiritually and morally informed. Our faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisors, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on close interaction with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Our low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes. We seek to ensure an ever-broader range of racial, ethnic, international and socioeconomic backgrounds in a student body of about 2,000 students. We offer different kinds of financial aid to meet the different needs of our students. The focus of student life at Denison is a concern for the whole person. The University provides a living-learning environment sensitive to individual needs yet grounded in a concern for community, in which the principles of human dignity and ethical integrity are paramount. Students engage in a wide range of co-curricular activities that address the multidimensional character of their intellectual and personal journey. Denison is a community in which individuals respect one another and their environment. Each member of the community possesses a full range of rights and responsibilities. Foremost among these is a commitment to treat each other and the environment with mutual respect, tolerance, and civility. Denison occupies an arresting 900-acre campus, the heart of it perched upon College Hill overlooking the historic (1805) town of Granville. There are some 75 campus buildings conveniently arranged among the college's hills and valleys, none of them more than a ten-minute walk from the campus center. They range from historic houses that predate Denison's founding in 1831 to substantial Victorian Italianate structures of the late nineteenth century, handsome twentieth century red brick neo-Georgian classroom and residence buildings, and state-of-the-art modern laboratories that artfully blend contemporary design with the college's signature brick and slate. The contours of the College Hill ridge form a natural bowl into which nestle some the college's principal athletic facilities: Deeds Field, Livingston Gymnasium, Gregory Pool, and the Mitchell Center fieldhouse. Beyond lie expansive playing and practice fields, Denison's 550-acre Biological Reserve with its Polly Anderson Field Laboratory, and the Homestead, a residential community of students living symbiotically with the land. Granville is a scenic college town located in the Greater Columbus region of more than 1.5 million residents, 15 miles east of the Columbus city limits and 20 miles from the international airport. It is adjacent to the city of Newark which, with its surrounding communities, provides everyday amenities for an area population of about 75,000. *Vol. 28, Number 1, Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1999) President Dale T. Knobel


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Placement services for completers
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    Campus Setting
    • Suburb: Small
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 5,002
    Percent Admitted 50%
    Men Admitted 46%
    Women Admitted 54%
    Full Time Retention Rate 90%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 580 690
      Math 570 680
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 25 30
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 2,260
    Native American 9.0
    Asian 56.0
    African American 120.0
    Hispanic 61.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 2,255
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 0

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