Private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Gambier, Ohio, U.S. It is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Episcopal church. Kenyon offers bachelor's degree programs in the performing arts, social sciences, humanities, and biological and physical sciences. There are also cooperative engineering programs with Case Western Reserve University, Washington University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Total enrollment is approximately 1,500.
Kenyon College, the oldest private college in Ohio, was founded in 1824 by Philander Chase, the first Episcopal bishop of Ohio. The college was named, by Bishop Philander Chase, after Lord Kenyon and the Kenyon family of England, a benefactor of the school.
The poet and literary critic John Crowe Ransom taught at Kenyon
from 1937 to 1959 and founded the influential literary journal
The Kenyon Review in 1939.
Other notable alumni include actor Paul Newman, poet Robert Lowell, and Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president of the United States.