In the 1800s, the Northwest Territory was a rough-and-tumble area populated by frontiersmen. Those who settled the frontier were determined to encourage growth; to that end, they began to establish colleges. One of the first was Denison University, founded in 1831 as Granville Literary and Theological Institution, then Granville College, and finally in the 1850s it became Denison University.
Denison is a private, liberal arts institution located on a picturesque 850-acre campus situated on a hill. A 36-mile bike trail connects the town of Granville to the nearby cities of Newark, Alexandria, and Johnstown. The Denison Big Red participate in NCAA Division III as part of the North Coast Athletic Conference. Sports teams include football, basketball, and baseball.
For an apartment near Denison University, look in the surrounding village of Granville. This picturesque town is located about 30 miles northeast of Columbus and features historic architecture, wide sidewalks, and a great downtown area filled with outdoor cafes, shops, restaurants, and more. In addition to historical architecture, Granville is home to the Alligator Effigy Mound. This prehistoric earthwork was built about 2,000 years ago and is one of only two effigy animal mounds in Ohio. Preserved as a small park, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.