Denison University

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“Ralph Waldo Emerson said an institution is the lengthening shadow of one man — or woman. What has happened and is happening at Denison proves it. The change in ambience and ethos is palpable. It is a place where good things are happening and a new spirit is in the air … It is first rate.
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Denison University
100 W. College St.
Granville, Ohio 43023
⋅ Approximately 2,300 students
⋅ 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Diverse student body from 50 states and 79 countries
. 17% International, 21% Domestic Students of Color
⋅ Tuition: $64,000
⋅ Housing & Meals: $15,400
⋅ Denison meets full financial need for all students
⋅ All admission applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships
⋅ Merit scholarships range from $5,000 to full tuition for all four years
students and professors work together at a table
students hold hands in a semi circle
a soccer match
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students work with a professor outdoors
  • Although four years at Denison are irreplaceable, Denisonians believe that the time spent at the fully-residential college should not be their best years.
  • Instead, after four years of rigorous academics, hands-on experiences, and advanced career preparation, Denison students leave campus prepared to live a lifetime of best years.
  • Denison’s “best-of-both” location provides students quick access to the resources in nearby Columbus, Ohio — the nation’s 14th largest city — while its picturesque, 900-acre campus and the New England style town of Granville provide an idyllic backdrop to everyday life.

Worth Noting
  • Innovative academic programs include data analytics; financial economics; global commerce; global health; health, exercise, and sport studies; politics, and public affairs; and journalism, among many others.
  • Denison spends $800K annually to fund internships for students and Denison’s Internship Program, through the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration, allows students to take advantage of internship opportunities beginning their first year.
  • The Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts offers state-of-the-art facilities for the departments of music, dance, and theater.

Faculty & Academics
  • 99% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field; there are no teaching assistants.
  • Our faculty are true mentors, guiding students to explore their passions and achieve their potential by focusing on engagement, so our students gain critical-thinking, creative problem-solving, and exceptional communication skills.
  • Denison offers 65 areas of study, across majors, minors, concentrations, as well as pre-professional programming.

Areas of Study

For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors, Minors, and Concentrations
Art History & Visual Culture
Art Studio
Black Studies
Classical Studies
Computational Science
Computer Science
Data Analytics
Data for Political Research
Digital Humanities
Earth Science
East Asian Studies
Educational Studies
English (Creative Writing)
English (Literature)
Environmental Studies
Financial Economics
Global Commerce
Global Health
Health, Exercise, & Sport Studies
Individually Designed Major
International Studies
Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Mathematics, Applied
Middle East & North African Studies
Modern Languages
Music (American Roots Emphasis)
Music (Bluegrass Emphasis)
Music (Composition Emphasis)
Music (History Emphasis)
Music (Performance Emphasis)
Music Theatre
Narrative Journalism
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Politics & Public Affairs
Queer Studies
Sociology & Anthropology
Women’s and Gender Studies

Pre-Professional Programs
Pre-Health (Pre-Med)

Campus Life
  • Wide variety of housing options ranging from apartment-style residence halls to alternate energy buildings
  • 160+ student-lead organizations give students plenty of options, and there’s always a concert, game, lecture, or performance to see. Plus Denisonians are social — so they make time to build relationships.
  • Denison has 26 highly competitive varsity teams and competes in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) league.
  • While students love being on ‘The Hill,’ most Denisonians elect to leave campus for part of their experience. Featuring 200+ off-campus study programs, Denison students graduate with a global perspective.

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III, North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC):

Baseball (Men)
Basketball (Men, Women)
Cross Country (Men, Women)
Fencing (Women)
Field Hockey (Women)
Football (Men)
Golf (Men, Women)
Lacrosse (Men, Women)
Soccer (Men, Women)
Softball (Women)
Squash (Men, Women)
Swimming & Diving (Men, Women)
Tennis (Men, Women)
Track & Field (Indoor/Outdoor) (Men, Women)
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • Denison’s Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration is one of the finest career-preparation services in the country, and paired with the Red Frame Lab (entrepreneurship and consulting), the Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement (fellowships and research), and Denison Edge (professional development and certificates), students earn the Denison Advantage.
  • Faculty and staff help students identify and pursue internships, scholarships, fellowships, and consulting opportunities through more than 300 on-campus career development programs each year, one-on-one coaching, and hands-on skills training with professional partners.
  • As a result, 99% of Denison alumni are employed or in graduate school, with more than 96% of them working in their desired field or position within five years of graduation.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 17% Admission Rate
  • Denison has a no-harm test-optional admission policy.
  • SAT (Reading + Math) middle 50%: 1310-1470
  • ACT middle 50%: 29-33