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About Big Red

Denison University Overview

Denison University is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Granville, Ohio. Big Red was founded in 1831 and enrolls 2,258 undergrads and no graduate students. Big Red provides on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Big Red! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Big Red's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Big Red students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Big Red has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Big Red has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Big Red on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Big Red on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 15. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Big Red by April 1.

2021 Big Red Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 28%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 57%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 42%
Tuition $57,500
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $47,449

Is Big Red a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what Big Red offers and if it sounds like the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Denison University

It is very difficult to get into Big Red. Big Red admitted 28% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 9,079 applications received in 2021, 2,558 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Big Red

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 85% of students who start at Big Red return for their second year of college.Big Red's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 80%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Big Red Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Big Red directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Big Red

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Big Red meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $47,449 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $31,681 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Big Red. Based on this information, how does Big Red sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Big Red a good school for you?

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Where is Big Red?

Big Red is located in the suburban setting of Granville, Ohio, less than an hour from Columbus.

If you want to see Big Red for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 70 to Granville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, John Glenn Columbus International (CMH).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Big Red and Granville are like without leaving home.

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College Info

100 West College Street Granville, OH 43023

Campus Setting: Suburban

Big Red Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Big Red is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Big Red is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Big Red ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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32 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Big Red is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Big Red. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 28 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Big Red SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1250 - 1390


Math SAT Range

620 - 740


Reading SAT Range

600 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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Estimated Chance

1390 and Above


1250 to 1390


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Big Red students is 1304. Applicants with SAT scores of 1390 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Big Red, while applicants with SAT scores between 1250 to 1390 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1250 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Big Red.

Big Red Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Big Red is like? There are approximately 2,258 students enrolled at Big Red. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 21% percent are from OH and 79% percent of students are from other states.


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