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, strong commitment to social responsibility, and no loan financial aid policy. 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 28 majors, 17 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: In the winter, the College celebrates the weather and potential for snow with an outdoor ”Northern Lights” Party on Mac Field. Students will watch the iconic Gates Tower light up with “Northern Lights” and enjoy a party featuring winter games, hot cocoa, and smores!

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