Denison University

Granville, OH

Get to know Denison University

School Profile

Suburban campus setting

2,000 undergraduate students

552 first-year students

80% students are from outside Ohio

Students hail from 50 states and 79 countries

13% first-generation college students


17% applicants admitted

72% in top 10% of high school class

SAT Middle 50%: 1310-1470  

ACT Middle 50%: 29-33

Students submitting test scores: 54%


65 innovative academic programs

Student-to-faculty ratio 9:1

Introduction to Denison University

Founded in 1831, Denison University is a liberal arts college in Granville, Ohio. At Denison, students find a best-of-both-worlds location. Granville is a quintessential college town with tight-knit community charm that is located only 25 minutes away from Columbus, one of the nation’s most vibrant cities that is home to a lively arts and restaurant scene as well as robust internship and professional opportunities. 

Denison offers 65 academic programs that prepare students for the world that awaits them. The outstanding faculty at Denison helps students cultivate their critical-thinking, creative problem-solving, and exceptional communication skills. Professors are mentors and engage students through small classes based on discussion and hands-on learning instead of the traditional lecture. The academic experience is personalized, and students have the autonomy to build an academic path that provides practical professional skills and a network to take with them into their career.

Students at Denison also take advantage of top programs in athletics and the arts, a vast alumni network that spans the globe, and a gold-standard career center. The Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement oversees the Summer Scholar Program, providing students one-on-one paid research opportunities with faculty members in addition to advising students and recent alumni applying for internationally competitive fellowships and scholarships. Denison has been recognized as a Fulbright Top-Producing College. 

Students graduate from Denison with the tenacity and adaptability necessary for lifelong career success. The Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration will ensure that students have the practical skills their future employers expect.  16 career coaches on campus help students explore career opportunities. Denison awards $600,000 in internship stipends annually. Students intern and begin their careers in all types of industries, and many attend top-tier graduate programs.

Denison prepares students for today’s interconnected global environment. A Denison education expands students’ knowledge, opens their horizons, and tests and refines their aspirations. 

Off-campus study opportunities act as a catalyst in a Denison education with 80% of Denison students completing an off-campus experience, and roughly 50% of Denison students studying abroad.  

Denison’s 16 personal career coaches provide lifetime career support from the Austin E. Knowlton Center, while Denison Edge connects students with industry experts to help develop skills and build networks. Denison graduates leave ready to become leaders in business, technology, communications, medicine, the arts, and more.

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“QuestBridge absolutely changed my perspective about my college options. Without it, Denison University would have likely been entirely out of the question.”
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Warsaw, OH
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