Our alumni
success story.

The Denison experience is unlike any other. We prepare our students for lives of professional, personal, and civic success. Data from our 2017 administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement reveal ways in which the Denison curricular and co-curricular experience prepares students for successful lives after college.

Alumni Success
A Denison Education

A Rigorous

Denison provides an intellectually rigorous curriculum. Denison seniors were significantly more likely to report that their coursework emphasized higher-order thinking than seniors at similar institutions, which are represented here as the Carnegie classification. Specifically, Denison students were more likely to report:

Analyzing an idea, experience, or line of reasoning in depth by examining its parts.
Evaluating a point of view, decision, or information source.
Forming a new idea or understanding from various pieces of information.


A Denison education is not about rote memorization of facts. In fact, Denison students are significantly more likely than students at similar institutions (represented here as Carnegie) to report that their coursework prompts reflective and integrative learning. Specifically, Denison seniors were significantly more likely to report having:

Combined ideas from different courses when completing assignments.
Connected your learning to societal problems or issues.
Included diverse perspectives (political, religious, racial/ethnic, gender, etc.) in course discussions or assignments.
Examined the strengths and weaknesses of own views on a topic or issue.
Connected your ideas from your courses to your prior experiences and knowledge.

Note: These graphs compare Denison data to “Carnegie” and “National.”  As classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, Denison’s Carnegie Classification is Baccalaureate Colleges—Arts & Sciences, thus comparing Denison to a group of similar institutions, mostly comprised of small, private colleges.  “National” represents the data from all 983 institutions participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement in 2017.


Denison students are highly engaged in the co-curriculum, and 80% of Denison seniors report having held a formal leadership role in a student organization, which is significantly higher than students at similar institutions.


The Denison curriculum places a high emphasis on students’ ability to write well. Denison students reported writing significantly more than students at peer institutions (measured in number of pages).

Master Scholars
Master Scholars

Denison professors are scholars in their fields but also are masters in the crafts of teaching and advising. Denison seniors rated the quality of their interactions with their faculty advisors significantly higher than students at other Carnegie institutions.


Denison is a pluralistic community. The Denison experience provides opportunity to dialogue and learn from others. Denison students report dialoguing with others who are different than them (in terms of race, economic background, and political views) significantly more often than students at similar institutions.


Denison students actively engage in the opportunities offered by Denison. In comparison to seniors at Carnegie institutions, Denison seniors were significantly more likely to have conducted research with faculty, completed an internship or field experience, or studied abroad.

The Whole Person
The Whole Person

In comparison to seniors at other Carnegie institutions, Denison students were significantly more likely to say that their college experience contributed to knowledge, skills and personal development in: writing clearly and effectively, speaking clearly and effectively, and thinking critically and analytically.

Core Student Learning Outcomes The Student Autonomous Thinking Active Citizenship Core Competencies Discerning Moral Agency Civic Life Global Perspective Difference Among Persons Issues of Power & Justice Ethical Reasoning Agency Identity Awareness Quantitative Reasoning Oral Communication Written Communication Analytical Thinking Critical Thinking Creative Thinking
Skills of a Liberal Arts Education

Students indicated how their experience at Denison has contributed to skills, knowledge and personal development in ways that connect to our core student learning outcomes. (Sources: National Survey of Student Engagement 2017; EBI Resident Survey 2014)


Use the interactive graph to the left to learn more about how students who responded felt about their Denison education.
Preparing Students for Life After Denison
Preparing Students for Life After Denison

Featuring upcoming events and other opportunities for Denison alumni, parents, friends, students and faculty/staff to connect.

How are Denisonians doing after graduation?

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Outcomes by Academic Major
Where They Go

We encourage students to explore and to take full advantage of the liberal arts. The very core of the liberal arts is that we prepare students to be successful in whatever profession they choose to pursue by providing them with skills in critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, leadership and civic engagement, and individual agency. Through these core outcomes, we prepare students to live and lead in a complex, global society.