Your adviser is someone who will take an interest in you, listen to you as you share your personal goals, and help you plan a course of study. Your tutorial professor is your adviser until you declare a major (typically in your fourth semester). If you are a transfer student, and you have met the Tutorial requirement, you are assigned an adviser in the department in which you have expressed an interest. Once you choose a major or field of study, you will choose an adviser from the faculty in that academic department.
Academic Advising Office
You’ll find additional support, including peer tutoring, in the Academic Advising office, located on the third floor of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Staff members work with students experiencing academic difficulty or who need help understanding Grinnell's academic policies and procedures. Students may fall behind for a number of reasons — personal or family issues, health problems, or lack of time management, among others. Student tutors for any of subject within the humanities and social studies divisions are available at no cost, and may be arranged through this office. Students with disabilities can also work with the coordinator of disability resources for support and accommodation.
Academic Resource Centers
Academic Resource Centers are a network of professionals from 13 offices or departments with expertise in teaching a variety of academic skills. Our purpose is to support faculty and student success in teaching and learning.
- Any student can work with an Academic Advising counselor on nearly any academic concern.
- The Audiovisual Center is a resource for instructional multimedia and technology.
- The Creative Media Initiative connects faculty and students with traditional and new media for teaching and learning.
- Curricular Technology specialists support the development of instructional technology.
- The Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab supports the use of data in the classroom, student research, and student and faculty research collaborations.
- The Data Consulting Center addresses data management and statistical software issues for faculty and students.
- The Faulconer Gallery is a 7,400-square-foot gallery that presents exhibitions of regional, national, and international art year-round.
- Information Technology Services integrates information technology into the instruction and operation of the College.
- The Math Lab helps you develop mathematical abilities through informal tutoring.
- The Reading Lab helps you with verbal skills, reading efficiency, study strategies, and ESL proficiency.
- The Science Learning Center helps you with coursework in biology, chemistry, and physics.
- The Writing Lab assists you with any writing or oral communication project via tutoring and classes.