Welcome! We are delighted that your son or daughter is considering Grinnell College. This website will provide you with helpful information as you and your student continue through the college search.
You might not take notes in class or live in the dorms, but as a parent you will be a vital part of the Grinnell community. We know the entire family is affected, both emotionally and financially, when searching for a college, but we encourage you to let your child take the driver's seat.
The college application process can be overwhelming. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions concerning Grinnell. Best of luck to you and your family as your high school student prepares for post-secondary education.
Although your child is taking one of the first major steps towards independence, she or he still relies on your knowledge and support. The more informed you are about the application process and the College, the smoother things will go. With that in mind, we have compiled important information to keep you apprised of what to expect.
We encourage students to submit the application and additional required documents early.
One of the best ways for your prospective student to get to know Grinnell College is by visiting us here in Grinnell, Iowa. We invite you to experience life at Grinnell--go on a campus tour, sit in on classes, eat meals in the dining hall, meet with professors, peruse the bookstore, attend a lecture. Or let your kid do all the work and simply relax over coffee in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Campus Center followed by a stroll around town.
See the Visit page for more information on how to get here by plane or by car, recommendations for accommodations and restaurants, a map of the campus, and details on dorm stays and activities for your son or daughter.
Grinnell College is an academic institution of the highest caliber, with 27 majors, 11 concentrations, and endless combinations of individualized courses of study. We offer rigorous academics, small classes, individual attention, and a close-knit community. 60% of students spend a semester off-campus at one of over 100 programs connected to Grinnell. To learn more about the academics options open to your student, visit Academics.
Visit Academic Programs for detailed information about the majors, interdisciplinary concentrations and other academic programs at the College.