We’re so glad you’ve chosen Kenyon. Like you, each and every one of us has made the decision to be at Kenyon, converging from every region of the country and corner of the globe to live and learn together. As our newest members, you are a vital part of our community, and we’re eager to help you thrive throughout your first year and beyond. 

Countdown to Your Arrival

We're excited to help you get to know the Kenyon community this summer, and we’ve planned a mix of fun virtual and in-person welcome receptions where you can meet new and current students and other families. We also offer two pre-orientation programs: a wilderness experience for outdoor enthusiasts, and a program designed for students who want to know more about Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) and connect with students with disabilities.

Welcome Home

You are already part of the Kenyon community, and we hope Gambier begins to feel like home starting with Orientation. We’ll have more details about Orientation for you this summer. For now, mark your calendar for move-in day on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. For international students, move-in day is Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, followed by a Pre-Orientation for new international students, Aug. 15-18.

Beyond Orientation

We know your transition to Kenyon does not end on the first day of class. Throughout the year the first-year experience team will help you stay connected and informed about student organizations, resources for support, course registration, housing selection for sophomore year and more.

Inside Views

Everyone’s first-year experience is a little different, but most students will tell you that they benefited from the guidance they received from their faculty, Kenyon staff and older peers. Consider this collection a taste of conversations to come.

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    First Person: Student Life at Kenyon

    As it turns out, the toughest part of the admissions process is not waiting for the decision, but for the first semester to begin.

  • It’s always been true: Dropping in for a chat with Kenyon’s friendly and accessible faculty is one of the best ways to set yourself up for success (and get some dog love).

  • Kenyon Kribs - related video

    Most first-years get to share a room with another member of their class. Mary Angela Ricotta ’20 shared her Norton Hall single with a couple of fish.

First-Year Experience

Don Miller, director of the First-Year Experience
Phone Number
Email Address
Gund Commons
101 E. Brooklyn Street
Kenyon College
Gambier, OH 43022