Grinnell College


Grinnell College is a liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa, just about an hour drive from both Des Moines and Iowa City. Known for its rigorous academics and strong commitment to social responsibility, Grinnell is also distinguished by its individually advised curriculum.  This curriculum has no general education requirements and allows students to design their own unique four-year program under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Grinnellians choose from 27 majors, 19 concentrations, and the opportunity to create an independent major. Every student will have the opportunity to pursue a significant research or creative project, and more than 40% of students complete a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP), where they work closely with a professor on a scholarly research or creative project. Grinnell also provides funding for research, internships, and off-campus study.  

Grinnell offers a close-knit, collaborative community and dynamic student body. Housing is guaranteed for four years and most students choose to live on campus. There are no fraternities or sororities, but there are more than 150 student organizations and more than 500 free events that take place on campus each year. Grinnell's many activities appeal to everyone from musicians to environmentalists to athletes. Grinnell is a Division III school and offers 20 varsity sports. 

Fun Fact: Each Sunday before finals week the Student Affairs Office hosts a nighttime study-break called “Puppies & Pancakes.” Grinnell volunteer firefighters make as many pancakes as students can eat (with lots of toppings), served by faculty & staff, and for even more fun students can then pet/hold/hang-out with a variety of happy dogs!

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