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Denison University

Denison University is a private, coeducational, and residential four-year liberal arts college in Granville, Ohio, about 30 mi (48 km) east of Columbus. Founded in 1831, it is Ohio's second-oldest liberal arts college. Denison is a member of the Five Colleges of Ohio and the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and competes in the North Coast Athletic Conference. 

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)



On December 13, 1831, John Pratt, the college's first president and a graduate of Brown University, inaugurated classes at the Granville Literary and Theological Institution. Situated on a 200-acre farm south of the village of Granville; it was the second Baptist college west of the Allegheny mountains after Georgetown College, which was founded in 1829.


Our curriculum balances breadth with depth, building academic specialization upon a liberal arts foundation in the arts, the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Responsive to new ways of learning, we continue to develop interdisciplinary integration of the many forms of knowledge. While our students pursue specialized learning in their chosen majors, they also develop the framework for an integrated intellectual life, spiritually and morally informed. 


Research is a fundamental element of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Our faculty members are active scholars in a wide variety of chemical and biochemical disciplines, regularly presenting their work at professional conferences and publishing their findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The department is deeply committed to sustaining a vigorous and diverse range of collaborative student-faculty research, and the majority of our majors engage in a meaningful research experience prior to graduation.


Denison is among the first colleges in the nation to formally support students after graduation as they make the transition into the professional world. Not only are online resources available, but students and alumni also can access Denison Connecting, an established and popular program that brings together Denison alumni in cities across the country and the globe for evening networking receptions.  

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Student services

The Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA) is the Denison student governing body, in which all students are members. The DCGA Student Senate is the primary representative body of students on Denison's campus, and it has been involved in various student initiatives: from postponing quiet hours in the fall of 2007 to drafting the Code of Academic Integrity adopted in the fall of 2009[39] to encouraging the University President to sign onto the Presidents' Climate Commitment. 

Housing services

Relive your student experience by staying in campus housing (dormitories) during your Reunion. Check-in begins at noon on Friday for all Reunion classes. Check-out is no later than noon on Sunday. A key deposit is required and will be refunded when you return your keys.

Library services

As the place where the disciplines meet, Denison Libraries help people ask the right questions as they discover and build knowledge.

We are committed to connecting people with ideas, and to creating an intellectual and cultural commons where individuals can experience the power of sharing information.

ICT services

Denison University provides online resources to students, faculty and staff for many purposes ranging from education and research to communications and entertainment. The costs associated with operating a large volume network are part of the general operating expenses. 

Medical services

Health Services provides primary health care to the currently enrolled Denison student community. Medical records provided by all entering students allow Denison Health Services to serve as the student’s health care provider when on campus.  

Student Life

Campus life

The campus size is about 1,100 acres (4 km²). This includes a 400-acre (1.4 km²) biological reserve just east of campus, where professors of sciences like geology and biology can hold class. Purchased in 2014 is the Denison Golf Course, an 18-hole course just 0.4 miles from the academic campus, and the Granville Inn and Bar, now owned by the university. 

Sports facilities

Denison is a member of the NCAA Division III and the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) since the conference’s formation in 1984. As a part of the 10-member conference Denison boasts a league-record 11 Dennis M. Collins Awards which is given to the NCAC school that performs best across the conference’s 23 sponsored sports: 11 for men and 12 for women. Denison additionally has 45 club and intramural sports.  

Student clubs

Denison has ten active fraternities and five sororities. Currently, fraternity/sorority participation by students is about 38%, with more women participating than men. Approximately 24% of undergraduate men are involved in fraternities and about 30% of women are members in a sorority, although student publications have argued that this number is actually significantly higher. 


Denison is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and certified by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Denison’s pre-med program is recognized by all medical schools accredited by the Association of American Medical Colleges. 

Student Reviews

Ohio's Hidden Treasure
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Denison University can merely be describe as one of Ohio's hidden treasures. As a student, it is always important to make the best of your situation despite setbacks and remember perseverance is key to success. My time at Denison challenged me in every way imaginable, and as an alumni I am proud to call myself a Denisonian

More to college than academics
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Denison challenged me in good ways. I did not always like the professors in my intended major and how they chose to run their classes though. The people I have met through Denison really make it an amazing school to go to.

Granville, Ohio, United States


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