Maps and Directions

Grinnell sits at the heart of a constellation of Midwestern cities. The College's location in central Iowa makes it an easy drive from any major metropolis in the Midwest:

  • Des Moines (1 hour)
  • Omaha (3 hours)
  • Kansas City (4 hours)
  • Madison (4 hours)
  • Chicago (5 hours)
  • Minneapolis-St.Paul (5 hours)
  • St. Louis (5 hours)

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Driving Instructions

From I-80

The Grinnell exit (exit 182) off I-80 is approximately halfway between Iowa City and Des Moines.

  • Take exit 182 and proceed north three miles on Highway 146.

  • Turn east (right) on Sixth Avenue (Highway 6).

  • Proceed two and one half blocks on Sixth Avenue to the Grinnell College campus.

  • See the Printable Campus Map (PDF) to find your destination on campus.

From Southwest Wisconsin
  • Take Highway 151 through Dubuque, Iowa, to I-380 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

  • Take I-380 south for approximately 16 miles and then head west on I-80.

  • Take exit 182 and drive north three miles on Highway 146.

  • Turn east (right) on Sixth Avenue (Highway 6).

  • Proceed two and one half blocks on Sixth Avenue to the Grinnell College campus.

  • See the Printable Campus Map (PDF) to find your destination on campus.

From Waterloo and Other Points in Northeast Iowa
  • Take Highway 63 south to the intersection with Highway 6.

  • Head west on Highway 6 into Grinnell. Highway 6 becomes Sixth Avenue.

  • Grinnell College will be on the right.

  • See the Printable Campus Map (PDF) to find your destination on campus.

From the Twin Cities
  • Take I-35 south to Des Moines, Iowa, and then take I-80 east.

  • Take exit 182 and proceed north three miles on Highway 146.

  • Turn east (right) on Sixth Avenue (Highway 6).

  • Proceed two and one half blocks on Sixth Avenue to the Grinnell College campus.

  • See the Printable Campus Map (PDF) to find your destination on campus.

From St. Louis
  • Take I-70 west to Columbia, Mo., and then take Highway 63 north to New Sharon, Iowa.

  • At the stop sign in the center of New Sharon, proceed straight to take Highway 146 north to Grinnell.

  • Turn east (right) on Sixth Avenue (Highway 6).

  • Proceed two and one half blocks on Sixth Avenue to the Grinnell College campus.

  • See the Printable Campus Map (PDF) to find your destination on campus.

Airports

If you do not live in the Midwest, you can fly to Des Moines or Cedar Rapids. Both airports are about one hour from Grinnell College. For most of the year, the Office of Admission provides transportation to and from the Des Moines airport for prospective students who are traveling without an adult in conjunction with an official (scheduled through the Office of Admission) overnight on-campus. There is no charge for this service. Reservations must be made at least 10 working days in advance. Your flights should arrive and depart between the hours of 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. A driver will meet you at the exit door nearest the baggage claim area. 

When You Arrive

Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the academic year. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the summer months.

Prospective students and families:
When you arrive on campus during our office hours, please go directly to the Office of Admission on the second floor of the John Chrystal Center. The Chrystal Center is located on the northwest corner of 6th Ave. and Park St.