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Denison University Overview

Located in Granville, Ohio, Denison University is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Granville makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Denison University Known For?

698 Undergraduate Awards
$43,017 Avg Cost After Aid
28% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Denison may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • Students at Denison have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at Denison.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Denison with a bachelor's degree make about $48,800 a year. That's 20% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • It takes the average Denison student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Denison University Rankings

Denison is ranked #99 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 108 schools in Ohio.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Denison has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#104 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Denison.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#23 Best Natural Resources Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Mathematics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Denison has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#33 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools College Factual
#41 Best Communication & Journalism Schools College Factual
#78 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools College Factual
#91 Best Psychology Schools College Factual
#112 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#112 Best Education Schools College Factual

Where Is Denison University?


Contact details for Denison are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 West College Street, Granville, OH 43023
Phone: 740-587-0810

How Do I Get Into Denison?

You can apply to Denison online at:

Admission Requirements for Denison

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Denison?

28% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
42% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Denison, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 28%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 29%, and the acceptance rate for women is 27%.

Average Test Scores

About 42% of students accepted to Denison submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 690. Math scores were between 620 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Denison University  ( 600 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Denison University  ( 620 to 740 )
Denison received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 30. Composite scores were between 28 and 32.

ACT English Scores for Denison University  ( 28 to 34 )
ACT Math Scores for Denison University  ( 26 to 30 )
ACT Composite Scores for Denison University  ( 28 to 32 )

Can I Afford Denison University?

$43,017 Net Price
33% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Denison is $43,017. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Denison, approximately 33% of students took out student loans averaging $7,467 a year. That adds up to $29,868 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Denison is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Denison University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,252 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,258 undergraduate students at Denison, with 2,252 being full-time and 6 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,252 full-time undergraduates at Denison, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Denison University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 79
Black or African American 132
Hispanic or Latino 177
White 1,347
International Students 366
Other Races/Ethnicities 151

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Denison University. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 35 countries are represented at Denison. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Denison University

365 Took All Classes Online
365 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2019-2020, 365 students took at least one online class at the school.

Denison University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Communication & Media Studies 78 78
Economics 78 78
General Biology 56 56
Child Development & Psychology 54 54
International Business 39 39
Political Science & Government 30 30
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 26 26
Computer Science 26 26
Romance Languages 25 25
Natural Resources Conservation 25 25
General Education 22 22
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 20 20
History 19 19
Writing Studies 18 18
Mathematics 18 18
International Relations & National Security 18 18
Health & Physical Education 17 17
Sociology & Anthropology 17 17
Fine & Studio Arts 15 15
Physics 14 14
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 13 13
General English Literature 7 7
Philosophy 7 7
Drama & Theater Arts 7 7
Music 7 7
Area Studies 6 6
Ethnic Studies 6 6
Classical Languages & Literature 6 6
Geological & Earth Sciences 6 6
Chemistry 5 5
General Social Sciences 5 5
Germanic Languages 3 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 3
Religious Studies 1 1
Dance 1 1
Finance & Financial Management 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0
General Psychology 0 0
TOTAL 698 698


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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