The Office of Intercultural Affairs is pleased that you are interested in our Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Program (PCPOP)!

PCPOP focuses on helping historically underrepresented students — including, but not limited to students of color, first-generation students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ students — successfully transition into the unique academic and social experiences available at Grinnell.

By offering peer mentors, staff, and faculty support, dynamic workshops and additional time to adjust to campus, we seek to ease incoming students into life at Grinnell. More than just a pre-orientation program, PCPOP offers students an opportunity to make friends, mentors, and memories which will remain throughout their collegiate experience.

There is no charge to participate in PCPOP. Upon your arrival to campus, you will move into your Residence Hall room that has been assigned to you and all meals are provided.

Mentor and Mentee Relationships

A critical aspect of the PCPOP model is our mentor — mentee relationships.

Mentors are chosen from a pool of high achieving campus leaders.

Mentees are paired with mentors based on shared interests, academic histories, regional similarities and various other factors.

Mentors serve as a guide and support system for mentees and not merely tour guides. PCPOP mentors are available to share their experiences and offer candid perspectives on life at Grinnell. Though we will encourage and help develop strong, long-lasting relationships through group activities and check-ins we allow both parties to form the kinds of mentor — mentee relationships which will prove most useful for their needs. PCPOP mentors will be but one of many mentors and resources on Grinnell's campus available to guarantee student success.


To sign-up for PCPOP login to Grinnell Share and use the New Student Checklist to register.

We encourage early registration, as space is limited.

Register no later than July 15, 2017.

If you have questions, please email Vrinda Varia.

We look forward to your arrival in August and the opportunity to introduce you to this dynamic community!