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Ohio’s Big 5 Liberal Arts Colleges: Denison University

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Denison University is a selective, private, residential liberal arts college located on top of a beautiful hill in the quaint village of Granville. Granville is only 30 miles east of Columbus and thus offers access to the amenities of a large metropolitan area. Dennison was founded in 1831 making it Ohio’s second oldest liberal arts college (Kenyon College was founded in 1824). Denison is a member of Ohio’s nationally recognized “Big Five” liberal arts colleges.

The student body is diverse in a number of ways. First, about a quarter of students identify as multi-cultural and another 25% are first generation college students. Additionally, less than 25% of the students come from Ohio.

Nearly all of Denison’s 2,200 students live on campus. Sports are popular and the university offers NCAA Division III varsity sports, intramurals, and club sports. Now, we’re not talking just any club sport – how does Fencing, Rugby, Squash, Ice Hockey, Clay Target, Equestrian, Quidditch, Rock Climbing, Sailing, and Zumba sound? If that doesn’t sound interesting, perhaps the other 180 student organizations might capture your imagination.

In terms of academics, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics is a unique interdisciplinary major that attracts strong students, many of whom later migrate to graduate business or law school. The fastest growing major is Cinema and the newest is Data Analytics.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken on our most recent visit to Denison University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hQDG7O_J9A

Stay with us because next week we wander down the trail to to the final member of Ohio’s “Big 5,” Oberlin College – Can’t wait!

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Ohio’s “Big 5” Liberal Arts Institutions

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In case you didn’t know, Ohio is home to five of the finest “Liberal Arts” colleges in the country. Collectively, they form the “Five Colleges of Ohio,” a consortium of Ohio liberal arts colleges which includes Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, The College of Wooster, and Denison University.

In their purest form, Liberal Arts institutions only offer degrees in the Arts and Sciences, with a particular affinity for the humanities (subjects such as philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, and language that focus on how people process and document the human experience) and the sciences. What they don’t do is offer academic majors in the professions. So, in a pure liberal arts institution you won’t typically see degree programs in business, engineering, social work, education (with licensure), nursing, and the like. These institutions tend to be small, selective, undergraduate-focused, liberal, teaching institutions with big endowments (savings accounts), and a broad reach (recruit well beyond Ohio’s borders). They value an interdisciplinary approach to education so tend to organize their curriculum to encourage breadth over depth and connections over silos. They work hard to develop a student’s critical thinking and verbal and written communication skills. In most cases, over 50% of graduates move on to graduate school within a few years of completing their undergraduate work.

These are fine institutions, but not a good fit for everyone for a number of reasons. I’ll have a lot more to say on that further down the trail! Thanks for hiking with us.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

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