Denison University

Men's D3 Coach: Mike Caravana
3 / 10
2,394 Undergrads / 2,394 Students
10 / 10
$35,694 Net Price
9 / 10
34% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    North Coast (NCAC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Suburb: Small

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
9 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
82% / 85%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach Recruiting Interview

With an accelerated recruiting process young players feel more pressure to commit early rather than assess all their possible college options. The question on recruits’ minds is often where can I commit to play lacrosse? Instead young players should consider asking themselves where can I find the best balance between academics and lacrosse. The best ‘fit’ for a young player will be a school that allows them to develop into a well-rounded person who reaches their potential academically and athletically.

This week we caught up with Michael Caravana, the head coach of Denison University. Currently, the Big Red are 7-0 and are ranked 5th in the Division III USILA Top 20 Poll. Coach Caravana has been at the helm of the program for over 20 years and is one of the winningest coaches in college lacrosse. He draws his knowledge of the game from his playing experience at the University of Virginia, where he was a 4x All American, and from his coaching days as an assistant at Brown and an assistant for the U.S. Men’s National team.

Coach Caravana believes that good players become great players when they can compete at their best on a consistent basis. This starts with preparation off the field and a strong desire to get better every day.

What advice do you have for players interested in Division III schools?

It’s important for young players to realize that the level of competition at the top Division III programs is similar to the competition at mid-tier Division I schools.

Division III athletes may also find a greater life balance. In the offseason, there are less practices and players have time to do other things like study abroad. Ultimately, a player controls their commitment level and how much they will improve as a player in the offseason.

What is the best way for players to get on your radar?

Contacting a coach directly is always effective. Give the coach a highlight film so that the coaching staff can assess your game. Being a good student is important also. Coaches look at indicators like GPA and sometimes standardized test scores.

What type of players do you look for, raw athlete or refined lacrosse players?

It’s important to have a combination of athleticism and lacrosse skills. Being highly competitive and having the ability to play hard is great too. Most freshmen do not contribute to their teams as freshmen. But being able to compete and get better as a lacrosse player and an athlete ensures that a young player will develop into a contributing member.

What areas of development would you recommend players focus on to compete at the Division III level?

The ability to constantly get better is important. This starts with practice habits and preparation. Do not give your coaches mediocre effort. At the college level, lacrosse becomes AP lacrosse, not Honors lacrosse. Good students cannot expect to do well when they turn in B or B- work. Students need to turn in A or A+ work in order to truly succeed. The same goes for lacrosse.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

With top Division 1 programs picking their players earlier on we’re given another pool of lacrosse players. We have the ability to identify good recruits, but also find players who fit academically. It becomes less about lacrosse and more about where a student fits as a person and as a student-athlete.

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Team Road Trips

Most games are played in Ohio. They also play in Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. In the past they have played in Maryland for a mid-season tournament.

Recruit Commits
Brooks Crowley University School Cleveland, OH Def, LSM
AJ Levitt The Benjamin School Palm Beach Gardens, FL Att
Lukas Sinon Episcopal academy King Of Prussia, PA Mid
Steven Mason Montgomery Bell Academy Nashville, TN Att
Zach Kasun Dublin Coffman High School Dublin, OH Mid, Def
Cooper Durst Olentangy Orange Lewis Center, OH Att, Mid
Eric Pincus Wilmington Friends School Wilmington, DE Att, Mid
Joey Rochte Hingham Hingham, MA Def
Chris Cara Conestoga Berwyn, PA Att
Jack Treangen Radnor Radnor, PA Def, LSM
Kevin Roberts Porter-Gaud Charleston, SC Mid, Faceoff
T.J. Spahn Kiski School Saltsburg, PA Goal
Brendan Kazanjian Bullis School Olney, MD Def, LSM
Kevin Edmonds Choate Rosemary Hall Fairfield, CT Mid
Hart Swan Palos Verdes Palos Verdes Estates, CA Def
Sean Bailey Conestoga Berwyn, PA Mid
Carter Hitchcock Carmel/Culver Academy Carmel, IN Def
Jack Scalia The Heights School Mc Lean, VA Def, LSM
Devin Irvin Hingham Hingham, MA Mid
Enrique Rodriguez Hudson Hudson, OH Def
Nick Loconte Duxbury Duxbury, MA Att
Peter Sullivan Thayer Academy Braintree, MA Att, Mid
Jack Phipps Bolles School Jacksonville, FL Mid
Sam Asman Millbrook School Roswell, GA Mid
Jack Frasier Charlotte Christian Charlotte, NC Def, LSM
J.C. Sipher South Lakes Reston, VA Att
Chase Lynch Santa Margarita Catholic San Juan Capistrano, CA Mid, Faceoff
Owen Sappington Detroit Country Day School Birmingham, MI Mid
Jamie Tolan Pelham Memorial Pelham, NY Mid, Faceoff
Ryan Candel Lynbrook Lynbrook, NY Att
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Events By Denison University Coaches
Jul 8-11 '19
Granville, OH
Men's 13-18
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Granville, OH
Men's 13-18
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Overall Experience
Student Life
Professor Rating
Test Scores
Critical Reading
590 - 680
610 - 710
1260 - 1430
27 - 33
26 - 29
28 - 31

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported.

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This distribution represents incoming freshman test scores and GPA on 4.0 scale.

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Applicants 8,042 3,671 4,371
% Admitted 34% 34% 34%
% Admits That Enroll 24% 26% 22%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.7
  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
  • Admission Considerations
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    High School GPA
    High School Rank
    High School Transcript
    College Prep Classes
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    Admission Test Scores
    Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
    TOEFL (English proficiency)
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Social Sciences (27%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (14%)
    Communication & Journalism (11%)
    Psychology (8%)
    English Language & Literature (7%)
    Physical Sciences (5%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (4%)
    History (4%)
    Foreign Languages (3%)
    Natural Resources & Conservation (3%)
    Education (3%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (3%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (2%)
    Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies (2%)
    Philosophy & Religious Studies (2%)
    Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies (1%)
    Legal Professions
    Liberal Arts & Sciences
    Athlete graduation rate
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$51,960
    Books & Supplies$1,000
    Cost of Living$12,710
    Personal Expenses$1,200
    Sticker Price$66,870

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    95% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship94%$29,292
    Federal Grants24%$4,858
    Pell Grants24%$4,382
    Other Federal22%$500
    State & Local Grants2%$3,072
    Institutional Grants94%$27,998
    Student Loans44%$6,542
    Federal Loans43%$5,227
    Other Loans4%$14,762

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $850 Million $355,228

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $27,000.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $23,250 $287

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 2.9%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 642 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $48,800

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 6.23 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 82% of students graduate on time.

    Team Social
    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 5 3
    Fondling 2 2
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault - -
    Burglary 1 1
    Motor Vehicle Theft - -
    Arson - -

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
    Undergrad InstructionArts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionNot classified (Exclusively Undergraduate)
    Enrollment ProfileExclusively undergraduate four-year
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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