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Colleges / Denison University

Denison University

Granville, OH 4-Year Private

About Big Red

Denison University is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Granville, OH, less than an hour from Columbus.

Founded in 1831, Big Red currently enrolls around 2,258 students a year, including 2,258 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

2021 Admissions Facts About Big Red

Acceptance rate: 28%

Mean ACT score: 29

Mean SAT score: 1304

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: April 1

Big Red Acceptance Rate 2021

Admission to Big Red is very difficult. Big Red accepts around 28 percent of applicants each year.

The mean composite SAT score is 1304. The mean ACT scores is 29.

In 2021, 2,140 applicants were waitlisted and 107 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Big Red a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Big Red, around 85 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 609 students who started at Big Red as first-time freshman, 468 graduate within four years.

Big Red's six-year graduation for undergrads is 80 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $31,681 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Big Red sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Big Red a good school for YOU?

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Big Red's application deadline is January 1. All applicants should hear back from Big Red by April 1.

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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

Not available

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

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

Big Red ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


27 to 31


27 and Less


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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 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Big Red. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Big Red SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1230 - 1370


Math SAT Range

610 - 730


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1370 and Above


1230 to 1370


1230 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Big Red students is 1304. Applicants with SAT scores of 1370 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Big Red, while applicants with SAT scores between 1230 to 1370 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1230 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Big Red.

Big Red Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Big Red is like? There are approximately 2,293 students enrolled at Big Red. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 26% percent are from OH and 74% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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