How is my class status determined?

When you entered Grinnell College, the Registrar classified you.

Each semester completed at Grinnell or at an official off-campus study program adds one semester to your status.

Class year/status does not advance for each term a student is not enrolled. Students who take a leave of absence or are suspended for any reason do not advance in class year/status for the semester(s) they are not enrolled.

I received my room draw number, but it shows a different class year/status than I thought I was. Why?

Class year/status is determined by the Registrar and indicates the total number of semesters completed.

For example: A student with a spring class year/status of second semester second year who takes a leave of absence before completing spring term will return for the fall term as a first semester second year (for housing purposes) and will not advance to the class year/status of second semester second year until the start of fall term.

Students approved for early graduation do not advance in class year/status until the semester of their anticipated graduation.

If I will be a second-year student next year, how likely is it that I can get a single room?

Single rooms are awarded to third and fourth-year students, or students awarded a special residence draw (containing single rooms). This means first and second year students must plan to have at least one roommate. Second-year students must plan to draw into a double room or apply for a special residence draw.

What happens if I am a second-year student next year and I don't have a roommate?

Each year, a number of students have difficulty finding a roommate for the following year.

Students without roommates may complete a Roommate Needed Form. Students on the list will receive the names of other students in need of a roommate. RLCs will assist students to help them find a suitable roommate.

If you are still unable to find a roommate before room eraw, you will not attend room eraw and will be contacted by Residence Life in the days following room draw about your options and how to proceed with your plans.

Students in need of a roommate may be assigned a room with a transfer student, a student returning from leave, or another student in need of a roommate.

If I am a second-year student next year, can I live off-campus?

Grinnell College students are not eligible to request off-campus permission unless they are a third or fourth-year student.

Automatic approvals to live off-campus are granted to students who:

  • are 24 years of age by September 1;
  • live with their parents in the Grinnell area;
  • have their child(ren) living with them; or
  • are legally married (or legally partnered in a civil union).

If I am going to be a third-year student next year, how likely is it that I will be able to live off-campus?

There are a limited number of students who may live off-campus each year. The number of students who may live off-campus is determined during spring semester for the following academic year.

Automatic approval for off-campus living is granted to students who:

  • are 24 years of age by September 1;
  • live with their parents in the Grinnell area;
  • have their child(ren) living with them; or
  • are legally married (or legally partnered in a civil union).

If off-campus spaces are still available after all automatic approvals are granted, spaces will be offered to third and fourth-year students as determined by their room draw number.

All students who meet the off-campus criteria and want to be eligible to live off-campus must request permission by the deadline. Students should not sign a lease until they are granted off-campus permission. Students are responsible for room and board costs until permitted to move off-campus. Please review  off-campus residency information.

If two or more groups apply for the same project house, how does the Residence Life Committee decide who receives the house?

After the Project House Presentations, the committee from Residence Life votes to determine which groups will be awarded a project house, based on their presentation.