Denison University

Denison University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Denison University Ranked?

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2022 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 192 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and media studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Denison as #108 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Denison held the #113 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Denison is also ranked #1 out of 108 schools in Ohio.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Denison?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Denison since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 28%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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 Composite scores ranged between 28 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Denison University  ( 28 to 32 )

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Denison University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Denison, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 85% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Denison University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Denison for first-time, full-time students is 82%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  82 out of 100

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Denison University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,258 undergraduates at Denison with 2,252 being full-time and 6 being part-time.

How Much Does Denison University Cost?

The overall average net price of Denison is $28,614. 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 +
$18,990 $13,909 $22,652 $26,544 $39,782

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

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.

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How Much Money Do Denison Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Denison make around $48,800 per year during the early years of their employment. 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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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 78 $50,606
Communication & Media Studies 78 $37,748
General Biology 56 $28,960
Child Development & Psychology 54 NA
International Business 39 NA
Political Science & Government 30 $41,725
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 26 NA
Computer Science 26 NA
Romance Languages 25 $30,771
Natural Resources Conservation 25 $36,848

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

Online Learning at Denison

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 365 students took at least one online class at Denison University. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 365 365
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Denison University.

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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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