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Want the scoop on Denison University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Denison offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Denison University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Denison University was awarded 43 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and media studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Denison is ranked #113 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 80 colleges in Ohio, Denison is ranked at #3.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Denison?

Acceptance Rate

Denison University has an acceptance rate of 37%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Denison.

Average Test Scores

About 35% 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 600 and 690.

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

SAT Math Scores for Denison University  ( 600 to 690 )
Denison received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Denison University  ( 28 to 31 )

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Denison University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Denison it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Denison University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Denison University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Denison University has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Denison the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 77%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  77 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Denison

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,394 undergraduates at Denison with 2,365 being full-time and 29 being part-time.

Denison Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 96.21 out of 100, Denison is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.21 out of 100
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How Much Does Denison University Cost?

The overall average net price of Denison is $25,177. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Denison

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,968 $13,977 $18,288 $26,470 $37,488

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Denison, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Denison, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $6,542 a year. That adds up to $26,168 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Denison is 3.3%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Denison Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Denison make about $48,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Denison graduates since it is 23% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Denison University

Located in Granville, Ohio, Denison University is a private not-for-profit institution. Denison is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of Denison University

Contact details for Denison are given below.

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

Denison University Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 67 $47,700
Communication & Media Studies 58 $36,900
Child Development & Psychology 49 NA
General Biology 42 $28,600
International Business 34 NA
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 25 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 24 $20,200
Computer Science 24 NA
General Education 23 $21,400
History 22 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Denison University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*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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