Academics

Grinnell is about opportunity and choice, freedom and responsibility. Our individually-advised curriculum lets you choose your own unique set of courses with help from your faculty adviser, whom you’ll come to know well during First-Year Tutorial—Grinnell’s only required course outside the requirements to complete a major. With 26 majors and 11 interdisciplinary concentrations, and countless off-campus research and study options, you’ll discover the world at Grinnell, in your own way, And you’ll build the future that’s best for you.

Discover.

“Know thyself,” the ancient Greeks advised. At Grinnell, discovering your strengths, your passions, and your future begins with expert guidance. You’ll take the lead when you’re ready—but we’ll always have your back.

Grow.

During your time at Grinnell, expect everything to increase: your knowledge, your curiosity, your world view, the way you perceive connections among disciplines, and your confidence in your ability to make a difference.

Engage.

Academics transcend the classroom at Grinnell. Grinnell has a long and proud history of social responsibility, and that tradition continues today. About 60 percent of our students are involved in service projects—from here in Grinnell to communities around the globe. From service projects to internships to off-campus study, the world is your classroom.