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A Dedication to Diversity


ou’ll feel a sense of momentum and vitality as you arrive at Denison University’s picturesque 1000-acre campus in Granville, Ohio. An independent, residential college of liberal arts and sciences for men and women, Denison was founded in 1831. It is steeped in tradition and focused on the success of its approximately 2,150 students who can select from more than 408 majors and 12 pre-professional programs. Denison has an alumni body of more than 35,000 and an endowment of $600 million that places it among the top colleges and universities in the United States.

The University is situated atop a ridge overlooking Granville, a quaint, New England-like village with shopping, restaurants and services conveniently located adjacent to campus. Columbus, Ohio’s capital and a metropolitan area with a population of 1.5 million, is just 35 minutes from campus. Students go to Columbus for broader access to cultural activities, worship and shopping.

The University completed a $60-million construction project in 2003, its most ambitious in more than a quarter-century, that included a two-acre grassy Campus Common framed by the state-of-the-art Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science and the Burton D. Morgan Center for student, faculty and alumni-related activities. In 2006, work was completed on two new apartment-style student residence halls to enhance the variety of residential options on campus.

Denison faculty and students work to create a community that values each member for his or her uniqueness while building on common strengths. The student body is geographically and ethnically diverse, representing 60 states and 35 other countries, with 29 percent of the student body being multicultural. In 2010, multicultural students represented 17 percent of first-year students; of these, four percent were international students. In the decade from 1990 to 2000, Denison increased the number of full-time multicultural students by more than 100 percent.

The 212 members of the faculty are both teachers and scholars and thrive on the stimulation provided by their students through joint research, lively discussions in small classes and interaction both in and outside the classroom. Students frequently do one-on-one research with their professors in all disciplines, co-authoring papers they may present at national professional society meetings. During summer 2010, 125 students remained on campus as summer scholars, doing independent or collaborative research with faculty.

Outside the classroom, Denison students are involved n community service, campus entertainment, student government, University communications, multicultural organizations, spiritual groups, honor societies and social clubs through the 175 student-run organizations.

Denison’s Honors Program offers up to 40 seminar courses each year, many of which are interdisciplinary and team-taught by faculty from different divisions of the college. The model program has matriculated nearly 3,000 students in the last 20 years. Each year, approximately 10 percent of Denison students may opt for off-campus study, choosing from 85 selective programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Denison is a founding member of the North Coast Athletic Conference and offers a broad-based program of 23 varsity sports for men and women. The University has won 109 conference championships since 1984, and nine consecutive All-Sports Championships. Denison ranked 16th in the Division III colleges nationwide in the Directors’ Cup this year, based on points earned for post-season NCAA competition. Denison athletes are regularly honored as All-Americans and Academic All-Americans.

The Career Services Center provides guidance for a wide range of careers and advanced study. Last year, about 60 employers and 85 graduate/professional school representatives came to campus to network with Denison students.

Denison is committed to enrolling the best-qualified students, regardless of their financial means. Last year, Denison administered more than $49 million in student financial aid; of that amount more than 66 percent was awarded from institutional funds. The University also awards more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships to first-year students each year.

For more information, see our website at; call 1-800-DENISON or 740-587-6276; write the Office of Admissions, PO Box 740, Denison University, Granville, Ohio 43023-0740.

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