Relationships in college are the single most powerful predictor to success in life, according to a Gallup-Purdue study. In fact, having a faculty mentor in college doubles your odds of having professional success and thriving in life. When it comes to student and faculty interaction, a poll by Times Higher Ed/Wall Street Journal places Denison at the top of the list in the nation, at #6.
Denison’s faculty are among the best scholars and educators in the world, and their mentorship reaches beyond academic planning. Faculty and staff help you reflect on and integrate your learning. They care about and impact your personal and professional growth. They challenge you to excel and give you the tools and knowledge you need to succeed. And they help create your professional network, connecting you to experts in your field.
You can find more evidence of the power of mentorship at Denison in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE, which surveys college students across 1,600 institutions. In comparison to seniors at other elite institutions, Denison seniors are significantly more likely across all survey topics to say their college experience was game-changing — especially in faculty mentorship, education, well-being, and skills development.
This translates to practical, pragmatic, success, In fact, 94% of our graduates are employed, in graduate school, or completing service within 6 months of graduation.
One student says, “I love being in the classroom and developing my own ideas, but I would not be as prepared to enter the post-grad world without the help of our faculty. My one advisor in particular has set me up with dozens of opportunities and has pushed me to believe in myself.”