Denison University

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Located in Granville, Ohio, Denison University is an independent coeducational, residential institution of the liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison University is Ohio’s second-oldest liberal arts college and one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory”, west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison’s campus features a total of 930 acres which includes the hilltop section of the campus, a 360-acre Biological Reserve and the historic Denison Golf Club. The campus layout is pedestrian-friendly with all buildings within walking distance. Denison places strong emphasis on active learning and engaging students in the liberal arts for the purpose of fostering self-determination and to demonstrate the transformative power of education. The school’s stated mission and purpose is to “inspire and educate… students to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents and active citizens in our democratic society.”

Academic Programs

Denison University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1913. Denison offers three main types of degrees – a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts – with more than 45 courses of study available in the Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, as well as Interdisciplinary Programs. In addition, Denison University also offers nearly a dozen pre-professional programs, including pre-law, pre-med & pre-health, pre-business, pre-engineering, pre-environmental management & pre-forestry, pre-occupational therapy, and more.

Denison University offers its students a wide range of co-curricular and scholarly opportunities that range from campus initiatives to local and regional service as well as supplemental academic ventures to social and cultural experiences. Students may choose to participate in Denison’s Internship Program; Global Learning; Service Learning; Oak Ridge Science Semester and more. Denison strives to take excellent care of its students and provides several Academic Support services including Advising, Tutoring & Support; Technology Services; Library; and more.

Student Life

Denison University boasts total enrollment figure of nearly 2,500 students. A diverse community, Denison students hail from all fifty states and approximately 40 foreign nations; more than 30% of students come from a multicultural background. As a residential campus, Denison University offers a range of housing options to students that include a mixture of both historic and contemporary buildings. Housing options include single, double, triple, and quadruple rooms as well as suites and various apartments and satellite houses reserved for senior students.

Denison boasts more than 170 student-led clubs and organizations which cater to a wide range of interests, passions, and backgrounds with more than 600 campus leadership positions. As an NCAA Division III school, Denison University sponsors nearly two dozen varsity sports – split almost 50/50 between men’s and women’s athletic teams – and the school is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. A large percentage of students also participate in Denison’s 40-plus club and intramural sports.

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