20 Facts About Denison University


Denison University is a private liberal arts college in Granville, Ohio.

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Denison University is a member of the Five Colleges of Ohio and the Great Lakes Colleges Association.

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On December 13, 1831, John Pratt, the college's first president and a graduate of Brown Denison University, inaugurated classes at the Granville Literary and Theological Institution.

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Roots of coeducation at Denison University began in December 1832 with the establishment of the Granville Female Seminary, founded by Charles Sawyer a year before Oberlin College launched the first coeducational college in the United States.

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In 1887, Denison University inaugurated a master's program, with resident graduates pursuing advanced studies in the sciences.

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Barney-Davis Hall, one of the oldest academic buildings on campus, holds classes for English majors, Environmental Studies majors, and houses the Denison University Writing Center, which provides free tutoring on any academic paper.

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Denison University is located in Granville, Ohio, a New England-style village settled in 1805 by a colony of settlers from Granville, Massachusetts.

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Denison University is 25 minutes from Columbus, Ohio, the 14th largest city in the United States.

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Furthermore, Denison University announced in September 2016 that they will partner with nonprofit I Know I Can to offer 20 full-tuition scholarships to high school students attending Columbus, Ohio city schools.

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Denison University is one of the few universities that guarantees to meet the financial needs of all admitted students.

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In January 2021, Denison University announced it has been selected as a QuestBridge partner college, becoming one of 48 universities in the country to be part of the program.

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Denison University is a strictly residential campus that features a mixture of historic and contemporary buildings.

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Denison University is home to over 160 campus organizations with more than 600 students in leadership positions.

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Fraternities and sororities at Denison University are overseen by four ruling bodies: the Interfraternity Council or IFC for fraternities, the National Panhellenic Conference for sororities, the National Pan-Hellenic Council for historically African American fraternities and sororities, and the Multicultural Greek Council for historically multicultural fraternities and sororities.

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Denison University has one of the few remaining college cemeteries in Ohio.

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In 2016, Denison University renovated and opened the Denison University Art Space in Newark as part of the Thirty-One West development in Downtown Newark.

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Denison University is a member of the NCAA Division III and the North Coast Athletic Conference since the conference's formation in 1984.

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In both men's and women's swimming and diving, Denison University has posted 47 consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III championships.

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Women's basketball at Denison University has emerged as a national contender under head coach Sara Lee.

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Denison University is one of the eight members of the CLIMB internship program.

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