The mission of the Department of Residence Life and Orientation is to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and welcoming residential living and learning environment.

We promote successful transitions to Grinnell by facilitating New Student Orientation, a program designed to introduce students to the tenets of self-governance, responsible decision making, and engaging in a diverse community.

The department provides developmental opportunities with the purpose of cultivating meaningful relationships and instilling a commitment to learning and social responsibility.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a result of actively participating in a self-governing residential community, students will identify their own values and principles in personal decision-making, utilize conflict resolution strategies effectively, and be able to appropriately confront unjust or uncivil behavior of other groups or individuals.
  • As a result of engaging with others in a diverse residential community, students will establish healthy relationships, develop their individual identities, and value diverse perspectives.
  • First-year and transfer students who engage in New Student Orientation will discover and learn to navigate the resources available to them as well as gain institutional and personal support during their adjustment and transition to Grinnell College.
  • Students involved in Residence Life and Orientation programming will develop a sense of community and further their learning in the residential environment.
  • Through their positions, student staff will learn to employ leadership, mediation, and helping skills in their residential communities and beyond the College campus.