Kenyon College is the oldest private college in Ohio and this liberal arts college is located in the village of Gambier with a student population of around 1,600.
Established in 1824, the college is affiliated with the Episcopal Church after it was founded by Philander Chase who later became the sixth Presiding Bishop of the church. Chase solicited donations from Lord Kenyon, after whom the college is named, as well as Lord Gambier and philanthropist Hannah More, and the campus moved to its current location a year later in 1825.
The 1,000-acre campus contains a 480-acre nature preserve and is located around 45 miles from the city of Columbus, the state capital of Ohio. The two campus libraries, Olin Library and Chalmers Library, hold more than one million catalogued items while other notable campus facilities include the 389-seat Bolton Theater, the 650-seat Rosse Hall and the state-of-the-art Kenyon Athletic Center.
Some of the Kenyon College traditions are as old as the university itself and include the ‘First-Year Sing’, when first-year students sing traditional Kenyon songs and are officially welcomed into the Kenyon community.The Senior Sing is a similar event for students completing their courses and neatly rounds off their time at Kenyon College.
All students also sign the Matriculation Book that is more than a hundred years old and a fantastic record of the all the students who have attended the institution.
Among the notable former students of Kenyon College are author of The Fault in Our Stars John Green, Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman, How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor and Emmy-winning actress Allison Janney.