Kenyon College Profile

Camelot in Ohio

John Green'00, Allison Janie '82, Laura Hillenbrand '89, Paul Newman '49, Josh Radnor '96, Rutherford B. Hayes 1842, Bill Watterson '80. How can a small college (1640 undergraduates) on 1,000 acres in rural Gambier, Ohio (picked by the Wall Street Journal as the most beautiful campus in America) have so many accomplished alums? Those from Kenyon would say that it's because Kenyon is special; Kenyon is Camelot.

Given that Head Coach Suzanne Helfant is in her 19th season at Kenyon, she obviously agrees that Kenyon is something special. Coach Helfant has an overall record of 295-180, making her the most successful coach in Kenyon women's basketball history. Her efforts haven't gone unnoticed. Coach Helfant was recognized as the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Coach of the Year three times. And in 2002, she was presented with the NCAC Coaching Legend Award and was also named a national Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport. In the 2005-06 season she became a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Victory Club after collecting career win number 200.

Coach Helfant was the head basketball coach at Marietta College before taking on her current position at Kenyon. During her four-years at Alleghney College (three as the starting guard), the Gators went a combined 95-15. Coach Helfant made the All-NCAC Team three times, including the conference's Player of the Year in 1988. During that same season, she was selected as both a Kodak All-America and an American Women's Sports Foundation All-America.

The Kenyon Ladies (that's actually their official name - the men are the Lords) play in the very competitive North Coast Athletic Conference, which includes reigning DIII national champion DePauw University.

About Kenyon College
Kenyon College's 1,000-acre campus rest on a hill in Gambier, Ohio, about 45 minutes north of Columbus. Consistently ranked as one of the beautiful campuses in the U.S., Kenyon also sports some of the most spectacular athletic facilities, including the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC). The KAC, completed in 2006 at a cost of $70 million, features the 200-meter indoor track, an Olympic-sized pool within the Kenyon Aquatic Center (Kenyon has won 55 DIII NCAA Championships in men's and women's swimming), a 1,600-seat basketball and volleyball arena, a 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center, and a 120-seat theater for game film review and team meetings.

As to be expected at a liberal arts college (but even more so) writing and literature are important at Kenyon. Kenyon is the home of the internationally renowned Kenyon Review literary journal. That said, Kenyon offers 35 majors within traditional academic departments, as well as from majors or concentrations within 13 interdisciplinary programs.

Founded in 1824 by Episcopal Bishop Philander Chase and named for benefactor Lord Kenyon, Kenyon enrolls approximately 1,650 students from 49 states and 44 countries. Kenyon's admissions are highly competitive; its SAT 25th-75th percentile range is 1870 to 2130, and it accepts only around 36% of those who apply. Click on the following video for more insight into Kenyon...