The Princeton Review recently released its annual lists of college rankings in The Best 380 Colleges:2016 Edition. Kenyon College not only checked in with its usual high marks on lists for Best College, Green College, and Best College Theater, but garnered the top spot in the Best Athletic Facilities ranking for the second year in a row.
The Kenyon Athletic Center had plenty to do with that No. 1 ranking, which considered campuses across all NCAA divisions. Debuting in January 2006, the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC) features soaring glass walls and open views throughout the building, helping promote the friendly interactions that shape Kenyon’s spirit of community. The building houses the 200-meter Barrett A. Toan Indoor Track, an Olympic-sized pool within the Steen Aquatic Center, the 1,600-seat Tomsich Arena for basketball and volleyball, four indoor courts within the Jasper Tennis Center, a Multi-Activity Court for recreational use, and the stunning 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art Patterson Fitness Center that holds over 200 pieces of exercise equipment.
Additionally, the 263,000-square foot KAC features the 120-seat Beulah Kahler Theater, multiple racquetball and squash courts, a pair of multipurpose rooms for dance, yoga, and aerobics, as well as several study lounges, four conference rooms, coaches offices, a café, and substantial locker room space.
The Princeton Review’s rankings were based on surveys from approximately 136,000 students. The survey asked students 80 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology used a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.