The Rural Life Center at Kenyon College promotes education, scholarship, and public projects about Knox County, Ohio. In active partnership with the surrounding community, we seek to ensure the vitality of rural life in a changing society.
Established in 1998, the Rural Life Center is an award-winning model of college-community engagement. By design, RLC activities advance Kenyon’s educational mission while addressing community needs and interests.
Our work aims to sustain rural character, promote dialogue, and provide models for educators and organizations nationwide. The RLC is a pioneer in mainstreaming academic study of rural life throughout the curriculum. Coursework, independent studies, summer internships, and extracurricular activities share local knowledge and address regional issues by means of public projects. In all our efforts, the RLC educates students into the community.