See what students say:


At Denison University, students are encouraged to explore their interests “in and out of the classroom.” This is encouraged and enabled by a faculty full of “the most caring, supportive, and knowledgeable human beings” and students having “voting powers on many administrative councils, committees, and task forces,” which allows them to help shape the school’s decision-making.

That cooperation may explain why, when it comes to academics, undergrads find the coursework “challenging but certainly worth it.” It may also be from the presentation of the work itself: “classes are rarely taught in the form of lectures…rather they feel like focus groups dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge.” The vast majority praise teachers as “enthusiastic about their area of study” and as “caring, thoughtful, and always [challenging] you without ever letting you fail.” The consensus is that they’re “truly focused on students’ learning and development” and want “to see you succeed and become a better person.” As one undergrad concludes, “I have built a team of faculty who I can lean on.”

Student Body

Denison students are “both ambitious and also open minded…curious, innovative thinkers that are motivated by making a wise impact.” While you can still see “the remnants” of a “predominantly white” and “wealthy East-coaster” background, the overall consensus is that you can now meet “all types of students on campus.” One undergrad elaborates further, “As an Ohioan, it is really special to go to an in-state school where I can have roommates, friends, and classmates from Britain, India, and China.” Driven and diverse, students agree that it’s “great to see people support each other in athletic events, theater performances, and even Bluegrass ensembles,” all of which makes the school feel like a real community. Indeed, “it is the type of campus where…you keep your head up and say ‘hi’ to everyone that you pass.” Adds another undergrad, “I feel really safe at Denison because I know that if something were to happen to me, students that I know and don’t know would step up to help.” Ultimately, when it comes down to it, “There is someone representing every personality, character, experience, and friendship style at Denison, so you are guaranteed to find a great group of friends.”

Campus Life

Life at Denison can be hectic. Thankfully, students maintain “a good balance of academics, extracurriculars, and fun.” The university itself sponsors plenty of activities including “food trucks, movie nights, [and] trivia nights” along with “guest speakers and performances.” You can also find numerous student-run clubs for a variety of interests. Groups range from “the Burpees Improv group, which does lots of great shows with high campus engagement,” to Quidditch, ski club, and Habitat for Humanity. Students appreciate the way arts are handled: “unlike bigger schools, it’s less competitive and just focused on fostering a community” and resources are generally open to students, like “music facilities that we can use at our own leisure.” Those into sports appreciate the way that the school helps them juggle “a competitive, serious career in athletics and a rigorous, rewarding academic experience.”

Outside of structured events, “hundreds of students…pass time lounging on the main academic quad between classes.” And once the weekend rolls around, there tend to be apartment-based parties on Fridays and frat-based ones on Saturdays, though it’s noted that while “students are typically social, [they are] not necessarily party animals.” That said, those who want to hang together can do so “regardless of Greek life status, which is cool,” and those who need a break from the hustle and bustle of college life can visit the quiet village of Granville or “drive to Columbus and explore the city.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Drew Riley
Director of Admission

100 West College Street
Granville, OH 43023



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Swasey Chapel
Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science
F.W. Olin Science Hall
Burton D. Morgan Center, home of the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration; Burke Hall of Music and Art, home of Denison Museum; 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. and 1:30 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

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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 Hotel (2299 Cherry Valley Road; 740-788-1200).


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