On-Campus Visits

A campus visit is one of the best ways to decide whether Grinnell is a good fit for you! For the most productive visit to campus we recommend prospective students and their families attend an information session followed by a campus tour, each of which will last about an hour. Additional visit activities, such as a class visit, or lunch with a current student, will extend your time on campus. Visit activities are limited during examination periods, breaks & holidays.  

While we welcome visitors to stop and visit the campus at any time, if you are seeking a more in-depth visit, please request a visit at least 48 hours in advance of your desired visit date. If you wish to stay overnight on campus during your visit, please refer to the On-Campus Overnight information below.

Please see the Academic Break Calendar for a list of dates when visit activities may be limited.

Our Interactive Registration will walk you through what’s available on the days you’d like to come. Throughout the year, we also offer program days for prospective students. Check below for special registration requirements for these programs.

Wondering how to get here? Visit Getting to Grinnell for maps and directions, nearby airports, and restaurants and lodgings in town. We can also arrange transportation to and from nearby airports for students staying overnight and traveling alone. See Overnight Visits for more information.

Register for Your Visit


Campus Visit Sessions

We offer three possible visit options on a daily basis (Monday-Friday). Each option includes an information session conducted by an admission counselor or trained senior student, and a student-led campus tour. The information session provides an overview of Grinnell's academic programs, career development services, internship and research opportunities, admission requirements, and need and merit-based financial aid opportunities. Campus tours illuminate Grinnell's individuality through exploration of the campus, which generally includes academic buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities, the dining hall and social venues. Tour guides will also share their experiences and stories about being a student at Grinnell.

  • Morning visit sessions begin at 8:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon visit sessions begin at 1 p.m.
  • All-day visit sessions begin at 8:45 a.m.

Register online to confirm availability.

Saturday Sessions

The Office of Admission is open for daily visits on most Saturdays in the fall semester and in April. Saturday visits will include an information session and student-led campus tour. Prospective students are also able to schedule interviews.

Register online to confirm availability.

On-Campus Interviews for First-Year Applicants

First-year applicants may interview beginning in February of their junior year and until mid-December of their senior year. Interviews are not required for admission. We invite you to schedule an on-campus interview if you would like to share more about yourself. Register for an interview.

Transfer Interviews

Transfer applicants may interview until November 1 for spring admission or by April 1 for fall admission. Register for an interview.

Class Visits

Prospective students are invited to sit in on one faculty-approved list of 100 & 200-level classes during their visit to campus. Upon checking in, students will be able to select a class from a roster. Students will be asked to choose two classes at the same time so that if an examination is planned for one class there is time to go to the other class selection.  Please check in at the Office of Admission 30 minutes prior to your first appointment.

  • Available to high school seniors
  • Available to high school juniors in February, March and May
  • Available in April to admitted students only and to high school juniors if class space allows
  • Arrive to the class 5 to 10 minutes prior to introduce yourself to the professor
  • No online class listings are available to the public
  • Not available during midsemester/final exam weeks or during breaks and holidays

Register online to confirm availability.

Faculty and Coach Appointments

Want to meet a faculty member, coach, or someone else on campus? Let us know and we’ll do our best to arrange it. If the person you’d like to meet with is unavailable, we will at least make sure that you’re able to connect with them via email.

A listing of academic programs with faculty is online.  Faculty appointments are not available during the summer.

Register online to confirm availability.

Available to prospective students and families.

Overnight Visits with a Current Student

High school seniors and transfer students who plan to apply or who have applied are welcome to spend one night on campus. Overnight visits are available Sunday through Thursday nights during the academic year when classes are in session, excluding mid-semester and final testing weeks. Prospective students are expected to arrive on campus before 10:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and not before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday unless extraordinary circumstances require otherwise.

  • Overnight accommodations are only available for high school seniors and transfer students
  • You must register two weeks in advance
  • You may only spend one night on campus
  • Transportation is available to prospective students traveling alone in conjunction with an Office of Admission scheduled visit and overnight

The Office of Admission is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer months. If you have questions about scheduling contact the Visit Coordinator of the Office of Admission at 800-247-0113.

Register online to confirm availability.

Meals in the Dining Hall

Try out the Marketplace for lunch while you’re here. Schedule your visit through the Office of Admission and we’ll provide meal tickets to you and your guests during your visit.

Register online to confirm availability.

Available to prospective students and families who schedule their visit through the Office of Admission.

Summer Visits

Though the best time to visit is when classes are in session, we know you can’t always get what you want. If you’re traveling at other times, you can still:

  • Tour campus.
  • Attend an information session.
  • Have an admission interview (available to rising seniors).

Register online to confirm availability.

Discover Grinnell — Fall Semester

Every fall, we host two Discover Grinnell programs for high school seniors that allow you to spend the day exploring Grinnell’s academic and student life. You’ll have the chance to:

  • Attend class.
  • Tour campus.
  • Interact with current students and other prospective students.
  • Meet faculty and coaches.
  • Learn about the application and admission process.
  • Attend sessions on student life, the individually-advised curriculum, the First-Year Tutorial, study abroad, and research and internship opportunities.

Participants also have the chance to spend the night on campus. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot early.

Select the date that you would like to register to attend.  

Program registration here:  November 3-4, 2013

Printable:  Discover Grinnell Program Schedule

Please do not make travel arrangements until your reservation for the program and overnight are confirmed by our Visit Coordinator.

Diversity Preview Program — Fall Semester

The Grinnell Diversity Preview Program offers you the chance to apply for a FREE trip to campus so you can discover your place at one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. The 2014 Diversity Preview Program will be held from September 28 – 29, 2014.

Download the Diversity Preview Program Application 2014 or submit an application online, but please note the application requirements listed below.

Program participants will:

  • Stay overnight with a current student host
  • Go on a tour of the Grinnell campus
  • Attend classes
  • Attend an information session on admission and financial aid
  • Meet campus leaders
  • Have lunch with professors and admission staff

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must be high school seniors
  • Student of color (African American, Latino, Asian, Native American) OR first in family to attend college
  • Interest in liberal arts education (arts and humanities, mathematics and sciences, social sciences)
  • Submit the Diversity Preview Program Application 2014 or submit an application online.
  • High school transcript with SAT/ACT
  • Activities resumé

Applications are due by September 1, 2014, and will not be reviewed until the deadline has passed. The program is scheduled from September 28-29. If you have questions, please call the Office of Admission at 800-247-0113 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (central). Please note that the Diversity Preview Program cannot accept applications from international students or transfer applicants.

Admitted Student Programs — April
You’ve applied and been accepted. Congratulations! We invite you to experience Grinnell’s endless possibilities for yourself at one of our admitted student programs, designed specifically for you.

Every spring we host two Admitted Student Programs that allow you to explore the campus and student life.  This year’s programs are April 6-7 and April 20-21.  Over the course of two days, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Attend class
  • Tour campus
  • Interact with current students and other prospective students
  • Meet faculty and coaches
  • Attend sessions on student life, the individually-advised curriculum, the First-Year Tutorial, study abroad, and research and internship opportunities

Participants also have the chance to spend the night on campus. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot early.

Select the date that you would like to register to attend through your student status portal.  

Program registration:  COMING SOON

Printable: Tentative Program Schedule 2014

Please do not make travel arrangements until your reservation for the program and overnight are confirmed through the registration process.

Junior Visit Day — April

Are you a junior who’s already looking at colleges? Congratulations on getting a head start! We’ve designed a program just for you on Friday, April 18th, 2014.

Your day will start at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome from President Kington.  Check-in and breakfast will be available from 7 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.

During your visit, you’ll:

Attend a class

Tour campus

Learn about:

  • Academics
  • Admission
  • Financial aid
  • Life beyond the classroom  

The closing reception starts at 2:05 p.m.  Admission staff, current students, and athletic coaches available to answer any questions you may have.

Register for the Junior Visit Day program.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you or someone in your party has a disability, please mention your needs when you register.

Group or Counselor Visits

Grinnell College welcomes organized group visits of high school students and counselor visits! If you are planning a group visit (10+ people – prospective undergraduate students and group coordinators and chaperones only), or you are a high school counselor who would like to visit Grinnell, please email admission[at]grinnell[dot]edu and you will be directed to the regional admission counselor for your area. For group visits, we can only accommodate high school-aged students.

Group tours and information sessions last approximately an hour each. We are, however, open to discussing a different format.