Academic Catalog


Admission, Costs, and Financial Aid


Denison is committed to enrolling students of high intellectual ability who come from diverse backgrounds. The university provides an environment that supports and promotes academic achievement and personal growth. Denison values its faculty, academic programs, and students who have come to learn and contribute.  Denison's Office of Admission coordinates admission programs and reviews all applications to the university.

Secondary School Preparation

Because a Denison academic education is a blend of electives, general education, core courses, and departmental requirements, a broad, rigorous secondary school preparation is highly desirable. The university strongly recommends that, by the time you graduate from secondary school, you complete the following: four years of English; three years of mathematics, science, social studies, and a foreign language (at least two of which should be in the same language).

The admission committee takes particular note of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, PSEO, honors, and enriched courses.

Admission Criteria

The quality of your academic performance and the rigor of courses selected are the most important factors considered by the admission committee. Submission of standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) is optional.  SAT II subject tests are also not required, although you may provide these scores as additional information in support of your application for admission. International applicants must demonstrate adequate English proficiency (considerations include, but are not limited to the following: English as the primary language of school instruction; English as the first/native language; TOEFL of 80+; IELTS of 6.5+; SAT Reading of 600+; ACT English Language Arts of 26+; an admission interview); English proficiency waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis after a student applies for admission. Your application essay, as well as written statements from your college/guidance counselor and an academic teacher, give us a greater understanding of your personal character and motivation. Important also is the quality, rather than the quantity, of your extracurricular accomplishments, whether school-, community-, or job-related. An offer of admission is always pending the receipt of the final transcript and its confirmation that the coursework has been completed in good standing and that no disciplinary issues have been added to the record.

Application Process

Denison accepts the Common Application and the Coalition Application.

Early Decision

If, after careful research, you decide that Denison is your first-choice college, you are encouraged to apply through one of our two early decision rounds. Early decision applicants must sign and submit an early decision agreement form.

The deadline for Early Decision 1 is November 15, and the deadline for Early Decision 2 is January 15. Students are notified on a rolling basis once the Office of Admission has received all the required application materials. All decisions will be released within one month of the application deadline. Admitted students must accept our offer of admission and pay a nonrefundable $300 enrollment deposit by the indicated deadline to confirm their place in the entering first-year class. An offer of admission is always pending the receipt of the final transcript and its confirmation that the course work has been completed in good standing and that no disciplinary issues have been added to the record.

Regular Decision

Candidates for regular decision admission should apply no later than January 15 and present a consistent record of academic accomplishment. Final notification of our admission decisions for completed applications will be made by mid-March, and admitted students must respond to our offer and pay their nonrefundable $300 deposit by the national deposit deadline of May 1. An offer of admission is always pending the receipt of the final transcript and its confirmation that the course work has been completed in good standing.

Campus Visit and Interview

As you go through your college selection process, you will discover the value of a campus visit and interview. When you visit Denison, plan to spend a few hours (depending on the time of year that you visit): 30 minutes for an information session, one hour for a campus tour, 30 minutes for an interview, and another hour to visit a class of your choosing.

The Office of Admission, located in the Burton D. Morgan Center, schedules interviews from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, and most Saturday mornings at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., when school is in session.

Because our admission staff travels extensively, we annually select and train a small group of outstanding Denison seniors to assist in interviewing candidates. You are likely to meet with one of these senior interviewers if you visit campus. Senior interviewers share with our regular staff the responsibility for describing the university to you and assessing your candidacy for admission. Interviews are intended to be conversational.

You are encouraged to schedule your visit online. You may also call the Office of Admission at 740-587-6276.

Overnight Accommodations on Campus

Visiting high school seniors can request overnight accommodations with a student host in one of the university residence halls. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Overnight stays and airport shuttles can be arranged Sunday through Thursday. The Office of Admission also hosts several visit programs each semester.

If you wish to stay with a friend currently at Denison, you are encouraged to make your own arrangements.

Granville's Location

Granville is located 27 miles east of Columbus and is easily accessible from Interstates 70 and 71. The John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is served by major airlines, and rental cars are available at the airport.

Alumni Interviews

Denison alumni located in many metropolitan areas across the country and overseas can serve as valuable resources and can often interview you if you are unable to visit campus. The report of your interview with a Denison graduate will become a part of your admission file. For local Denison alumni assistance or to arrange an interview, please contact the Office of Admission by phone (740-587-6276) or email ( 

Deferred First-Year Student Matriculation

You have the option, upon being admitted to Denison, to request deferred enrollment for up to one year. After being offered fall admission to Denison and paying the nonrefundable enrollment deposit, students seeking deferred enrollment may request a gap year no later than June 1. Requests must be made in writing by emailing the Office of Admission at The request must include a clear explanation of why the deferral is being requested and how it is in the student’s best interest. Review the full Deferred Enrollment Policy for more information. 

Transfer Admission

The transfer application deadline for January admission is November 15, and the transfer application deadline for August admission is May 15. For further information on Denison's transfer program, please contact the Office of Admission at or 740-587-6276.

Office of Admission
Denison University
100 W. College Street Granville, Ohio 43023

Annual Costs

Actual 2018 - 2019

Fee Cost
Tuition $50,790
Activity Fee $490
Health Fee $680
Board (Big Red - The Hill - Olmsted - West Loop - West College) $6,040 - $5,710 - $5,380 - $5,380 - $5,050
Room (multiple - single - apartment - suite - Stone Hall apartment/shared bedroom) $7,000 - $8,480 - $9,960 - $8,480 - $9,340

The university reserves the right to make changes in costs at the beginning of any semester by publication of the new rates for tuition, activity fee, and student health fee three months in advance, and for board and room, one month in advance of their effective date. Changes in other fees, charges, or policies may be made by announcement one month in advance of the effective date of the change.


The annual tuition permits a student to take a maximum of 18 hours each semester. An additional charge of $1,590 is made for each registered hour in excess of 18 hours. All excess-hour charges are billed by Student Accounts. A part-time student (8 hours per semester or fewer) is charged $1,590 for each semester hour of credit.

Activity Fee

The activity fee provides basic support to the Denison Campus Government Association and the organizations they sponsor.

Health Fee

The health fee provides basic support to student health services. This fee covers general operating expenses. Fees for inpatient care, medicine, laboratory tests and procedures, office surgery, and medical equipment will be charged to the student.

A group accident and sickness insurance plan is also available to students. Student Accounts sends details of this plan to students in the summer.


Meals are served in the college dining halls throughout the academic year except during scheduled vacation breaks. More detailed information on this and the other meal plan options will be sent to students along with their semester bill.

Room Rent

Housing options are: multiple room, single room, apartment, suite or Stone Hall apartment with shared bedroom. In addition, students will be charged for any damage beyond ordinary wear to the room and its contents.

Other Fees

Auditing Classes

This privilege may be granted to any student with the approval of the teaching faculty member. A regularly enrolled full-time student may be permitted to audit one course each semester without an additional fee and without academic credit. In all other cases, an auditor pays a sum equal to one-half the tuition rate paid by a part-time student ($795 per registered hour).

Off-Campus Programs

An administrative fee charged to each student participating in an off-campus program is $895 per semester. However, students participating in full-year program will be charged a reduced fee ($105) for the second semester of the same program. An administrative fee of $280 will be charged for summer 2019 off-campus programs.

Books and Supplies

Bookstore purchases may be paid by cash, check, credit card, or a "Denison Dollars" debit account. Book grant funds (if awarded as part of your financial aid package) can also be used at the bookstore to purchase books and supplies. Information on the Denison Dollars account will be sent to all students prior to the start of each semester.

Department of Music Fees

Music fees are required of a student taking private lessons in applied music.  A surcharge of $515 per half-hour (1 credit) or $1,030 per hour (2 credits) of instruction per semester, including the necessary practice time, is assessed for applied music lessons. All declared music majors and minors will be given 1 waived credit hour for private lesson instruction each semester. At the discretion of the music department, music majors may have up to 4 credit hours waived, and music minors may have up to 3 credit hours waived.

Any student paying regular tuition may attend classes (not private lessons) in voice or instrumental music without the surcharge.

Special Fees

An additional fee is assessed for courses such as ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, drawing/life drawing, and photography when the student becomes the owner of tangible items created. Additional course fees also apply to certain courses, including Intermediate Cinema Production, Taekwondo, Skin and Scuba Diving, and certain Denison Seminar courses. A fee is also charged for moot court and Model U.N. participation. This is subject to change from semester to semester.

Some fine arts studio courses and science courses may have additional expenses.

Enrollment Deposit

A $300 enrollment deposit ($50 for Pell-eligible students) is required of all students prior to enrollment at Denison. It is due by May 1 for entering first-year students. This deposit is held during the full term of a student's enrollment. Upon withdrawal or graduation from Denison, the deposit is first applied to any outstanding balance on the student's account, and the remainder is refunded. The deposit is forfeited if a continuing student withdraws after June 1 for the ensuing fall semester or after November 1 for the ensuing spring semester. For any new or transfer student (a student who has not attended Denison during at least one semester), the deposit is forfeited if the student withdraws after May 1.

Payment of Bills

All bills are payable in Student Accounts. To help develop a sense of responsibility and a greater appreciation of the educational opportunity, the university has a policy of collecting bills from the student rather than from his or her parents. The student, however, may grant another party direct access to their bill.

Semester Bills and Late Payments

Denison bills electronically. Semester bills are due in July for the first semester and in December for the second semester, but they may be paid in advance. Bills not paid by the due date are subject to a late payment fee of 1% per month or any portion thereof on the unpaid balance until the bill is paid in full. Registration for a semester is not permitted unless all fees are paid in accordance with the terms of the payment plan selected (See Payment Plans, below). These bills are available in Denison Self-Service in early July and December.

Advanced Course and Housing Registration

The university conducts advanced course registration each semester for the ensuing semester, and housing registration each spring for the following academic year.

All fees must be paid to permit advanced courses and housing registration.

Miscellaneous Bills

Invoices for miscellaneous items such as lost keys, identification cards, residence hall damages, lock core changes, medications and other health services, and driving and parking infractions are issued by the department authorizing the bill, with a copy mailed to the student at his/her Slayter Box and a copy sent to Student Accounts. All charges (except as noted below) are included on the comprehensive billing statement, which is available electronically in Denison Self-Service. Confidential health center services are added to the account only if not paid within 10 days. Unpaid library fines and other miscellaneous charges are also periodically added to the billing statement.

The university reserves the right to notify parents when scheduled payments are not met by the student. Students may want to grant others direct access to all bills, both semester and miscellaneous. The student can accomplish this by completing the steps outlined in the "Grant Access" tab in their Denison Self-Service account.

A student is ineligible to attend classes unless his or her bills are paid when due. A student is denied an honorable separation, an official record of credits, or a diploma until all university bills are paid in full.

The policy on breakage fees applies to all supplies and equipment issued in any lab course in chemistry (including directed studies, senior research, and individual work for honors) or through the Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation Department. In addition to breakage fees, the Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation Department also charges for lost equipment if the student is negligent in returning borrowed equipment by the date requested.

Although a record is kept of all breakage, students are not ordinarily charged for breakage amounting to less than $5 per semester. However, when the breakage in any one semester is $5 or more, students will be billed directly by Student Accounts for the total amount of all breakage, including the first $5.

Additionally, students who fail to check out of a laboratory or locker properly (either when dropping a course during a semester or at the regular check-out time at the end of a semester) will be charged a fee of $25, plus the cost of any breakage, regardless of the amount.

Where applicable, refunds are automatically issued upon withdrawal or graduation. Continuing students may request refunds any time their account has a credit balance of $25 or greater, or at the end of the academic year if the credit balance is less than $25.

The university accepts checks for payment of bills; however, a $30 charge is assessed on all payments returned by the bank. The university does not provide check-cashing privileges for students at Student Accounts. Granville has numerous banking and savings institutions that offer a variety of checking and savings plans. It is recommended that students establish an account with a local financial institution to facilitate their bill-paying and cash needs.

Payment Plans

Several monthly payment plans and long-term loans are available to parents of Denison students. Details of these plans are sent to students each spring for the following year of enrollment.

Late Registration

Students failing to complete all registration matters by the final deadline of the tenth class date of the term and/or failing to respond properly to university officials' notices regarding the problem shall be withdrawn from all pre-registered courses. Such withdrawal shall carry with it financial forfeitures in accordance with the refund schedules outlined below. Appeal of this action shall be to the academic standing board and, if upheld, will normally carry a minimum penalty of $50 and other disciplinary sanctions as deemed appropriate.

Refund or Forfeiture of Tuition, Activity Fee, Health Fee, and Room and Board

Withdrawal from the university at any time is official only upon written notice to the dean of students. A request to the registrar for a transcript of credits shall neither be considered a notice of withdrawal from the university nor a cancellation of a room and/or board reservation. For further information, please consult Withdrawal from the College.

In the event of an official withdrawal after the first day of classes, a student may receive a partial refund. The withdrawal process begins when a student meets with the dean of students or his/her designee for an exit interview. A student will not be considered withdrawn without an exit interview. Upon official withdrawal or suspension, any adjustments to the account are automatically made in accordance with university policy and a refund or bill will be sent as needed. Please contact Student Accounts with questions regarding the amount of refund or forfeiture of charges. *NOTE: Taking a Leave of Absence or withdrawing from the university may have serious implications concerning your financial aid and repayment plan. Contact the Office of Financial Aid by phone (740-587-6279) or email (

The enrollment deposit will be forfeited if a withdrawal is made after June 1 for the ensuing fall semester or after November 1 for the ensuing spring semester (for continuing students), or after May 1 (for entering first-year or transfer students).

A student will receive a refund of tuition, activity fee, and health fee based upon withdrawal before the end of the respective full week of classes. The room refund (including personal possessions) will be based on the date the student is determined to have vacated university premises and returned their room key. Please see chart below.

Withdrawal Date Normal Withdrawal Medical Withdrawal
1st day of classes 100% 100%
1st week 90% 90%
2nd week 90% 90%
3rd week 50% 70%
4th week 50% 60%
5th week 25% 50%
6th week 25% 40%
7th week 25% 30%
8th week 25% 25%
9th week 0% 10%

No refunds are granted after the 8th week (9th week for medical withdrawal). In the event of withdrawal of a student because of dismissal, the medical withdrawal schedule will apply. A student who stops attendance without completing an exit interview or notifying the dean of students of their withdrawal is not entitled to a refund of charges.

A pro rata refund of the board charge will be made following official withdrawal or dismissal from Denison as of the date the student vacates university premises and discontinues use of university facilities and services. The dean of students will determine this date.

Other Conditions

If a student withdraws after the deadline and before the first day of classes because of illness or other approved extenuating circumstance, the enrollment deposit may be temporarily held. (Extenuating circumstances must be approved in advance by the Office of Student Development or Admission, whichever is appropriate.) If the student does not register during the following two semesters, the deposit is forfeited. The withdrawal deadline is June 1 for the ensuing fall semester and November 1 for the ensuing spring semester for continuing students, and May 1 for entering first-year or transfer students.

Fees for applied music lessons or other course fees are not refunded after the fourth week in the case of a student withdrawing for any reason from a course or from the university.

In the unlikely event that a public health agency requires Denison University to halt operations--including the cancellation of classes--as the result of a pandemic or some similar occurrence, Denison will reopen and continue the semester as soon as public authorities permit it. Prepaid tuition, fees, room, and board would not be refunded under this circumstance. Prepayments will be held and applied to the continued semester as though there were no interruption of services.

Motor Vehicle Policy

All students are required to register any vehicle present on the Denison campus. A Denison registration sticker is not only a parking permit, but is also required for roadway use of a motor vehicle.

Safety Glasses Requirement

In accordance with the provisions of the state law (i.e. amended Sections 3313.643, 3743.52 and 3743.99 of the Revised Code of the State of Ohio file No. 225, effective June 22, 1972):

All students enrolled in specified laboratory and studio courses in art, biology, chemistry, geosciences, physical education, physics, theatre, and cinema MUST wear industrial-quality eye protective devices at all times while participating or observing any of the laboratory or studio work.

The Ohio law (a copy of which is on file in the departments named above) is written in such a way that "industrial-quality eye protective devices" means devices meeting the standards of the American National Standard Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection (Z87.1-1968) approved by the American National Standards Institute Inc., and subsequent revisions thereof, provided such revisions are approved and adopted by the State of Ohio Industrial Commission. In particular, the law specifies that "all impact resistant lenses must be capable of withstanding an impact test in which a five-eighths inch steel ball weighing approximately fifty-six hundredths of an ounce is dropped from a height of fifty inches upon the horizontal upper surface of the lens in the manner prescribed under the code of federal regulations, Title 21, Section 3.84."

Please note that eyeglasses normally supplied by your optician, optometrist, or ophthalmologist may be specified to be "impact-resistant" and still not meet the specifications of the Ohio law, as quoted above.

Accordingly, students enrolled in the above departmental courses and who do not ordinarily wear glasses will, without exception, be required to purchase a pair of safety glasses meeting the above specifications. Such glasses will ordinarily be available in the Denison bookstore, but they may be purchased elsewhere. Students who already wear prescription lenses (either contact or otherwise) will also be required to wear safety glasses when in the laboratory, studio, or work areas. These may be of a variety that cover their ordinary glasses, or they may be a pair prepared according to the student's prescription and meeting the safety standards. The university has arrangements with a local supplier to furnish both kinds at prices that are both fair and competitive.

Financial Aid Information

Denison is strongly committed to enrolling highly qualified students, regardless of their financial means. Because qualified, committed, and involved students are the lifeblood of our university, we regard each one as an invaluable asset to Denison. Domestic students are considered for admission on a need-blind basis (international students on a need-aware basis), and we meet 100% of the institutionally determined financial need of all students who apply for need-based financial aid.

If you have any doubts about your family's ability to pay for a Denison education without help, don't hesitate to apply for financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid welcomes the opportunity to help you and your family plan for college.

Applying for Financial Aid

To apply for need-based financial aid at Denison University, domestic students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by November 15 (for Early Decision 1 applicants) or by January 15 (for Early Decision 2 and Regular Decision applicants). All need-based aid applicants must also submit the CSS Profile by those same deadlines. International applicants who do not wish to apply for financial aid must submit a Certification of Finances. Denison’s FAFSA code is 003042 and Denison’s CSS Profile code is 1164.

If you are admitted, we want you to have a realistic opportunity to enroll at Denison. When we make an offer of financial assistance, we offer funds from federal, state, and institutional sources to help meet your need.

Denison students intending to apply for financial aid while enrolled elsewhere must consult with the Office of Financial Aid. Individual circumstances will vary, but accepting aid elsewhere may impact a student's ability to receive aid after returning to Denison.

Types of Financial Aid

Financial aid awarded is designed to help meet a student’s financial need, if the student has applied for need-based financial aid. Financial packages will usually consist of up to four types of aid: scholarships, grants, student employment, and/or loans.

Denison’s endowment supports the awarding of all Denison merit scholarships and Denison need-based grant aid each year, totaling over $60 million.


Denison annually offers several merit scholarships to first-year students, and scholarships generally range from $5,000 to full tuition. Students who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships must submit a completed application for admission by the deadline for their chosen admission round, unless otherwise noted. All of Denison's merit scholarships and awards are given for four years (eight semesters), and they cannot be applied toward off-campus study tuition charges. Merit scholarships require recipients to maintain a 2.0 GPA, unless otherwise stipulated in the donor agreement.
A limited number of departmental scholarships are also available to selected students, based on factors such as outstanding academic achievement and fine arts talent. If you are eligible to be considered for such a scholarship, you will be either considered automatically or invited to apply by the appropriate academic department.


Grant aid is typically based on financial need, as determined by your FAFSA and CSS Profile, if you filed these for your first year at Denison. Denison awards grants from our own funds and from outside sources. We participate in the Federal Pell Grant program, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program, and certain state grant programs.

Student Employment

Every student at Denison may have an opportunity to work. Students are not required to work; however, if they have been awarded a work program on their award letter, they may earn up to the amount listed for the academic year. Student employment earnings are NOT deducted from your tuition bill, because they must be earned from work. Students are responsible for finding their own job and contacting the supervisor to arrange interviews. Available jobs can be found on myDenison in the HR and Employees tab. Students must submit all paperwork requirements to the HR office before they begin working. Students and supervisors can find the supervisor and student employee manuals on myDenison for more information. 


Your financial aid award may contain a Denison Scholar Loan, a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, or a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The Denison Scholar Loan and Federal Direct Subsidized loans are similar in that there is no interest or repayment on the principal while the student is in school at least half-time, and interest begins to accumulate following graduation or upon ceasing to be enrolled half-time. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is available to students who are not eligible or have limited eligibility for the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. The loan terms are similar to the subsidized loan except that interest is charged while the student is in school for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The student may choose to have the interest accrue while enrolled at least half time or pay the interest quarterly. The interest rates and terms of these loans are subject to change by the Congress of the United States. Students must accept or decline their loans offered to them via myDenison Self-Service. Loan entrance counseling and promissory notes(s) are required prior to loan disbursing to a student’s account. Parent and alternative loans are also available. For more information, consult with the Office of Financial Aid.

Renewal of Financial Assistance

Financial need must be determined every year by re-filing the FAFSA to re-qualify for need-based financial aid. Financial aid may vary from year to year depending on increased costs, FAFSA results, income fluctuations, number of students in college, a change in circumstances, etc.

Further Information

For more detailed information about financing your Denison education, visit the Office of Financial Aid or call 740-587-6276.
Denison University Office of Financial Aid
100 W. College Street
Granville, Ohio 43023