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SOLD OUT Angela Strassheim's first museum exhibition is also the first exhibition of any kind to include her Left Behind series in its entirety. The catalog, which reproduces all twenty-seven color photographs, includes an essay by Jean Dykstra.
SOLD OUT Angela Strassheim's first museum exhibition is also the first exhibition of any kind to include her Left Behind series in its entirety. The catalog, which reproduces all twenty-seven color photographs, includes an essay by Jean Dykstra.

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"Students have a lot of influence on this campus," says Pooj Padmaraj '13."They're not just going to class." He talks about how his work as a campus concerts coordinator and his religious studies major are two parts of a holistic Grinnell experience in which academics and...
Caleb Neubauer '13 created a three-part short film installation as the culmination of his Grinnell-sponsored travels to China. He talks about how he finds inspiration, being mentored by art professor Lee Running, and coming into his own as an artist. Meet Grinnell in a minute...
Harry Krejsa '10 credits his internship and mentored advanced project for his interest in policy work, leading to his Fulbright and his success in Washington, D.C. "Perhaps anything a student can think of, we probably have a grant for," says Mark Peltz, director of the Career...
"When you get something right in lab, it's like making a birdie or getting a one-putt," says Stephanie Spahr '14. She joins her mentor, chemistry professor Stephen Sieck, to share stories about "failed" experiments, organic chemistry, and finding success in the top programs in...

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At Grinnell, we love to learn. We value thoughtfulness, creativity, and fun. Our students design their own academic program in close consultation with a faculty adviser, and our self-governing residential community encourages students to take responsibility for the...
You’ve applied and been accepted. Congratulations! We invite you to experience Grinnell’s endless possibilities for yourself at one of our admitted student programs, designed specifically for you. The admitted student programs give you a chance to meet: Fellow admitted students...
You’ve applied and been accepted. Congratulations! We invite you to experience Grinnell’s endless possibilities for yourself at one of our admitted student programs, designed specifically for you. The admitted student programs give you a chance to meet: Fellow admitted students...
ASP Application Deadlines Fall Semester: Aug. 1 Spring Semester: Jan. 1 Important! ASP applications may be due earlier at area high schools. Check with your high school for internal deadlines. The Advanced Scholars Program (ASP) enables outstanding secondary school students to...
Early Decision I or II If Grinnell is clearly your first choice, you may want to apply Early Decision. This option is available only to first-year students. We will consider your application and inform you of our decision before the regular deadline. Applying Early Decision...
We’re looking for applicants who have sought challenge and excelled academically, done well on standardized tests, and demonstrated commitment to activities beyond the classroom. We use the Common Application with a Grinnell Supplement, and strongly encourage you to apply online...
We’re looking for applicants who have sought challenge and excelled academically, done well on standardized tests, and demonstrated commitment to activities beyond the classroom. We use the Common Application with a Grinnell Supplement, and strongly encourage you to apply online...
  Applying and Getting In Why should a DMACC student consider transferring to Grinnell College? Grinnell offers an exceptional academic experience, a lively and diverse community, and a college experience that is personal in scale and international in scope. You will be...
U.S. Students Priority Deadline April 1 Attention: the steps below are required to apply for Grinnell College funded financial aid. If you wish to only apply for federally funded financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-study, and the Federal Direct Student...
Learn more about Grinnell and explore academics and campus life. Visit Grinnell on campus or talk to us in your area. Learn more about tuition and financial aid. Then take the leap and apply to Grinnell. Academics Explore the intellectual life of Grinnell and learn about our...
If you do not hold U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency, you must apply to Grinnell College as an international student. If you hold U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency (green card) you must apply as a domestic student, regardless of where you physically reside. If, for...
A campus visit is one of the best ways to decide whether Grinnell is a good fit for you! For the most productive visit to campus, we recommend prospective students and their families attend an information session followed by a campus tour, each of which will last about an hour....
A campus visit is one of the best ways to decide whether Grinnell is a good fit for you! For the most productive visit to campus, we recommend prospective students and their families attend an information session followed by a campus tour, each of which will last about an hour....
Grinnell, by the Numbers About 1,600 students 9:1 student/faculty ratio Over 500 course offerings every semester Most classes have fewer than 20 students 26 majors, 11 concentrations 3,000 internship opportunities in the United States and abroad Burling Library contains 1...
Grinnell, by the Numbers About 1,600 students 9:1 student/faculty ratio Over 500 course offerings every semester Most classes have fewer than 20 students 26 majors, 11 concentrations 3,000 internship opportunities in the United States and abroad Burling Library contains 1...
Grinnell, by the Numbers About 1,600 students 9:1 student/faculty ratio Over 500 course offerings every semester Most classes have fewer than 20 students 26 majors, 11 concentrations 3,000 internship opportunities in the United States and abroad Burling Library contains 1...
In addition to other financial aid options, competitive scholarships can help you afford college. Grants and scholarships form the largest part of our financial aid funds. The Grinnell Trustee Honor Scholarship is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement. It is...
In addition to other financial aid options, competitive scholarships can help you afford college. Grants and scholarships form the largest part of our financial aid funds. The Grinnell Trustee Honor Scholarship is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement. It is...
U.S. Students Priority Deadline November 1 Attention: the steps below are required to apply for Grinnell College funded financial aid. If you wish to only apply for federally funded financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-study, and the Federal Direct Student...
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U.S. Transfer Students To complete your transfer application, submit the following by the fall or spring transfer deadline: The Common Application: All forms, including the Registrar's Report are available at Common Application.   If you graduated from high school more than one...
Transfer students apply for financial aid the same way first-year applicants do. See: U.S. Student Financial Aid International Student Financial Aid Transfer students are not eligible for Grinnell’s Trustee Honor Scholarship, Howard R. Bowen Scholarship, or the Joseph F....
Campus visits are one of the best ways to decide if Grinnell is right for you. Tour campus; talk to current students, faculty, and staff; eat in the dining hall; drop in on a class; and more. Schedule your campus visit for the best experience. See Getting to Grinnell for maps...
Campus visits are one of the best ways to decide if Grinnell is right for you. Tour campus; talk to current students, faculty, and staff; eat in the dining hall; drop in on a class; and more. Schedule your campus visit for the best experience. See Getting to Grinnell for maps...
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During the first-day orientation for Grinnell-in-London (GIL), one of the College’s oldest off-campus study programs, we received an exciting list of fieldtrips. In addition to GIL’s fabulous main dish of courses and internships, fieldtrips are the delicious dessert. Designed as...
During the first-day orientation for Grinnell-in-London (GIL), one of the College’s oldest off-campus study programs, we received an exciting list of fieldtrips. In addition to GIL’s fabulous main dish of courses and internships, fieldtrips are the delicious dessert. Designed as...
Issue: Spring 2011 Author: Amar Sarkar '12 If you come to Grinnell, there are some classes that current students recommend strongly. If you join our ranks, you’ll write your own top 10 classes list. Here, in no particular order, are mine: Calculus i and ii. Calculus relates to...
Issue: Spring 2011 Author: Amar Sarkar '12 If you come to Grinnell, there are some classes that current students recommend strongly. If you join our ranks, you’ll write your own top 10 classes list. Here, in no particular order, are mine: Calculus i and ii. Calculus relates to...
Issue: Spring 2011 Author: Liting Cong '11 Social responsibility is one of the College’s core values. Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff are involved in dozens of community service programs. Here are 10 that hint at the variety of opportunities available. Liberal Arts in...
Issue: Spring 2011 Author: Liting Cong '11 Social responsibility is one of the College’s core values. Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff are involved in dozens of community service programs. Here are 10 that hint at the variety of opportunities available. Liberal Arts in...
Issue: Winter 2011 Author: Shelby Carroll '13 Eggs-to-order Although waking up can be difficult, nothing can beat having fresh eggs made any way you like to ease that early morning struggle. Wing night Not only are there four different types of chicken wings served on this...
Ben Offenberg, a 6’5’’ senior biochemistry major and current president of the Student Government Association (SGA), shares a typical day. 8 a.m. After six hours of sound sleep, skip breakfast (not a recommended practice). Begin day in the SGA office in Joe Rosenfield Center....
Ben Offenberg, a 6’5’’ senior biochemistry major and current president of the Student Government Association (SGA), shares a typical day. 8 a.m. After six hours of sound sleep, skip breakfast (not a recommended practice). Begin day in the SGA office in Joe Rosenfield Center....
When I was awarded a spot in Seventeen Magazine’s Freshman 15 (a group 15 girls chosen from around the country to document their college experiences), I was ecstatic — but unsure how my participation would be received on campus. After all, I thought, Grinnell College students...
When I was awarded a spot in Seventeen Magazine’s Freshman 15 (a group 15 girls chosen from around the country to document their college experiences), I was ecstatic — but unsure how my participation would be received on campus. After all, I thought, Grinnell College students...
Let me tell you a little about Titular Head, Grinnell’s own homegrown film festival. Now don’t get the wrong impression. We’re not sophisticated filmmakers. We don’t watch in silence and clap politely at the end. And we definitely don’t submit the movies on time. To give you an...
Let me tell you a little about Titular Head, Grinnell’s own homegrown film festival. Now don’t get the wrong impression. We’re not sophisticated filmmakers. We don’t watch in silence and clap politely at the end. And we definitely don’t submit the movies on time. To give you an...
Dear Grinnell, Could you explain to me how I became a college senior? I understand that classes were involved and the passage of time and a whole bunch of homework, but what happened? And now it’s my last year and in eight short months, I will be released into the world to...
I consider myself a pretty conservative dresser. My shorts are always mid-thigh or longer, my T-shirts cover my naughty parts in their entirety, and my swimsuit comes in only one piece. All in all, I tend to keep myself pretty well covered. Unless it’s a Wednesday night in...
I consider myself a pretty conservative dresser. My shorts are always mid-thigh or longer, my T-shirts cover my naughty parts in their entirety, and my swimsuit comes in only one piece. All in all, I tend to keep myself pretty well covered. Unless it’s a Wednesday night in...
Being from a foreign country and knowing little about Iowa or the Midwest, I thought of Grinnell as a little campus in the middle of the tall prairie grass. Indeed, I chose to come here not only because I wanted the isolation and oneness with nature that Grinnell seemed to offer...
Being from a foreign country and knowing little about Iowa or the Midwest, I thought of Grinnell as a little campus in the middle of the tall prairie grass. Indeed, I chose to come here not only because I wanted the isolation and oneness with nature that Grinnell seemed to offer...
Cy Mistry ’11 has learned much about political science in the classrooms of Grinnell College. His interest has carried him far from Iowa to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he recently had the opportunity to dive into the real world of international politics at the 55th General Assembly of...
As a third-year student, I sincerely believe that Grinnell College is a place where the spirit of the liberal arts goes deep. During school days, as well as the summer breaks, Grinnell provides fascinating opportunities for adventures and explorations. From serious academic...
As a third-year student, I sincerely believe that Grinnell College is a place where the spirit of the liberal arts goes deep. During school days, as well as the summer breaks, Grinnell provides fascinating opportunities for adventures and explorations. From serious academic...
  Issue:   Summer 2009   It’s a strange feeling, accomplishing a goal you didn’t know you had. It’s happened to me a few times at Grinnell, most markedly, when my former professor, Tim Arner, turned to me in the campus pub and said, “People who don’t like ABBA are bad...
  Issue:   Summer 2009   It’s a strange feeling, accomplishing a goal you didn’t know you had. It’s happened to me a few times at Grinnell, most markedly, when my former professor, Tim Arner, turned to me in the campus pub and said, “People who don’t like ABBA are bad...
“You know, now that you’re starting college, you’re really an adult. You’ve got to be grown-up now.” How many of us have heard that from those *cough* well-meaning adults in our lives? To some extent, being an adult at Grinnell is necessary; for most of us, it’s our first time...
“You know, now that you’re starting college, you’re really an adult. You’ve got to be grown-up now.” How many of us have heard that from those *cough* well-meaning adults in our lives? To some extent, being an adult at Grinnell is necessary; for most of us, it’s our first time...
It’s late on a Monday night. I rush down the dark stairs to the basement of Main Hall and pull open the door to Bob’s Underground Café. The wail of a trombone echoes from down the entryway, the piano and bass comp cool through the changes to “So What,” and each slap of the high...
The presiding officer’s heavy wooden gavel comes smashing down on the table as the opening theme to Lady Gaga’s new single blares from my computer speakers. My friend and I flinch, sigh, and exit the YouTube window, shaking our heads at yet another failed attempt to spice up the...
The presiding officer’s heavy wooden gavel comes smashing down on the table as the opening theme to Lady Gaga’s new single blares from my computer speakers. My friend and I flinch, sigh, and exit the YouTube window, shaking our heads at yet another failed attempt to spice up the...
Issue:  Spring 2009 When my fellow Alt Breakers and I started to give each other nicknames, I knew all barriers between us had vanished. It surprised me — after less than a week together on our spring break service trip, our group skipped the polite acquaintance period that...
Issue:  Spring 2009 When my fellow Alt Breakers and I started to give each other nicknames, I knew all barriers between us had vanished. It surprised me — after less than a week together on our spring break service trip, our group skipped the polite acquaintance period that...
  Issue: Spring 2010 Author: Erika Graham ’10 An Excerpt from Immortal Emilie by Erika Graham ’10 You call me to you, vast and powerful mind,Minerva of France, immortal EmilieI awake at your voice, I march to your insights,In the footsteps of virtues and of the truth.  ...
  Issue: Summer 2008 Author: Patrick Laine '08 Going to college is a big step. When I arrived on Grinnell’s campus as an enthusiastic first-year, I was filled with grandiose visions of the four years that lay ahead. I was eager to immerse myself in the exciting world of...
  Directly in front of me as I sit in The Spencer Grill, four banners hang from the second- floor balcony. Eighteen feet tall and four feet wide, the banners are covered in pictures, hundreds of them. Volunteer students and staff hand-ironed the photos on with transfer paper,...
  Directly in front of me as I sit in The Spencer Grill, four banners hang from the second- floor balcony. Eighteen feet tall and four feet wide, the banners are covered in pictures, hundreds of them. Volunteer students and staff hand-ironed the photos on with transfer paper,...
  I remember pulling up in the car to Lazier Hall on the first day of New Student Orientation. Lazier, the white-stone residence hall where I was going to live for my first year of college, was not an unfamiliar sight, nor was any other part of campus. Because I had been born...
  I remember pulling up in the car to Lazier Hall on the first day of New Student Orientation. Lazier, the white-stone residence hall where I was going to live for my first year of college, was not an unfamiliar sight, nor was any other part of campus. Because I had been born...
  Many Grinnellians pride themselves on adopting countercultural attitudes, breaking social constructs, and going against mainstream fads. More important, we also pride ourselves on being liberal and open-minded. These characteristics have served as the basis for many innovative...
  Many Grinnellians pride themselves on adopting countercultural attitudes, breaking social constructs, and going against mainstream fads. More important, we also pride ourselves on being liberal and open-minded. These characteristics have served as the basis for many innovative...
  With more than 100 students crowded around the television, mouths dropping open, eyes fixated on the single small screen, one would imagine we were watching the Super Bowl or the season finale of House or Lost, not two men vying to be the next president of the United States. I...
  With more than 100 students crowded around the television, mouths dropping open, eyes fixated on the single small screen, one would imagine we were watching the Super Bowl or the season finale of House or Lost, not two men vying to be the next president of the United States. I...
  On Senator Chuck Grassley:"You're getting your money's worth with him." On bipartisanship:"I'm an R and you're a D, but can't we work on this together?" On his popularity in Iowa:"I'm the president of Iowa." On the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.:"This memorial was...
  On Senator Chuck Grassley:"You're getting your money's worth with him." On bipartisanship:"I'm an R and you're a D, but can't we work on this together?" On his popularity in Iowa:"I'm the president of Iowa." On the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.:"This memorial was...
  Grinnell College football players Ryan Boehm '10 and Marquis Bradley '11 have been named to the All-Midwest Conference Second Team for the 2009 campaign. Boehm, a repeat All-MWC selection after earning honorable mention status in 2008, was named to the squad at a special teams...
  Grinnell College football players Ryan Boehm '10 and Marquis Bradley '11 have been named to the All-Midwest Conference Second Team for the 2009 campaign. Boehm, a repeat All-MWC selection after earning honorable mention status in 2008, was named to the squad at a special teams...
  The Neverland Players was started around six years ago by a Grinnell student who, while visiting a friend at Northwestern, saw a great children’s theatre production and decided to bring the magic she had found back to Grinnell. Neverland Players is an independent theatre group...
  The Neverland Players was started around six years ago by a Grinnell student who, while visiting a friend at Northwestern, saw a great children’s theatre production and decided to bring the magic she had found back to Grinnell. Neverland Players is an independent theatre group...
Grinnell College's Kelly Bruce '12 has been named the Midwest Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. Bruce, from Middleton, Wis. (Middleton HS), earned an NCAA provisional standard in one-meter diving when she scored 259.50 in six dives at a home dual meet...
Grinnell College's Kelly Bruce '12 has been named the Midwest Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. Bruce, from Middleton, Wis. (Middleton HS), earned an NCAA provisional standard in one-meter diving when she scored 259.50 in six dives at a home dual meet...
  I had been studying for my chemistry final for three days straight. I was sick from the winter cold, and had lost the notebook with all my notes. I was so stressed and over-caffeinated, I realized that if I didn’t take a break, I’d go crazy. Cue Grinnell’s notorious creativity...
  I had been studying for my chemistry final for three days straight. I was sick from the winter cold, and had lost the notebook with all my notes. I was so stressed and over-caffeinated, I realized that if I didn’t take a break, I’d go crazy. Cue Grinnell’s notorious creativity...
  Issue:   Fall 2007 Author:   Nmachi Jidenma '09 Every morning when I wake up and stagger to the bathroom downstairs in my lovely new Cowles apartment, I do so with a great degree of pride and satisfaction. I love the wooden furniture, I love the stairs, I even...
  I remember coming home from school one February afternoon and rushing to the mailbox to check on college admission letters. When I found a big red envelope that read “Congratulations!” my mother and I screamed with joy. My college search process was a long and hard one. It...
  I remember coming home from school one February afternoon and rushing to the mailbox to check on college admission letters. When I found a big red envelope that read “Congratulations!” my mother and I screamed with joy. My college search process was a long and hard one. It...
Class of 2014 Admitted Student Profile 1211 Admitted Students 259 Varsity Captains 114 International Students 167 First Generation College Students 328 Students of Color 59 School or Class Presidents 277 Musicians and Artists We've also invited to Grinnell's Class of 2014: A...
Class of 2014 Admitted Student Profile 1211 Admitted Students 259 Varsity Captains 114 International Students 167 First Generation College Students 328 Students of Color 59 School or Class Presidents 277 Musicians and Artists We've also invited to Grinnell's Class of 2014: A...
Grinnell College's class of 2014 is already beginning to take shape. In mid-December, students who applied in the first round of Early Decision learned whether or not they had been admitted. Although these admitted students comprise less than a quarter of the class that will...
Grinnell College's class of 2014 is already beginning to take shape. In mid-December, students who applied in the first round of Early Decision learned whether or not they had been admitted. Although these admitted students comprise less than a quarter of the class that will...
448 Enrolling Students 108 Varsity Captains 45 International Students 86 First Generation College Students 115 Students of Color 293 With Community Service 42 With Research Experience Grinnell's Class of 2015 also includes: A hula dancer A host of a PBS program A crayfish...
448 Enrolling Students 108 Varsity Captains 45 International Students 86 First Generation College Students 115 Students of Color 293 With Community Service 42 With Research Experience Grinnell's Class of 2015 also includes: A hula dancer A host of a PBS program A crayfish...
  Following a record-breaking season, Grinnell College baseball coach Tim Hollibaugh is looking forward to even better things in the future. That is, thanks in part, to a solid group of returnees as well as a strong recruiting class. Grinnell College Baseball Excited About Class...
  Following a record-breaking season, Grinnell College baseball coach Tim Hollibaugh is looking forward to even better things in the future. That is, thanks in part, to a solid group of returnees as well as a strong recruiting class. Grinnell College Baseball Excited About Class...
  Prior to my arrival at Grinnell, I was brought up on the basic principles of conservatism — I’m from a “Republican” family. For those of you who can (secretly) relate, Grinnell College can seem quite intimidating, right? After all, it is the college where more than 80 percent...
  Prior to my arrival at Grinnell, I was brought up on the basic principles of conservatism — I’m from a “Republican” family. For those of you who can (secretly) relate, Grinnell College can seem quite intimidating, right? After all, it is the college where more than 80 percent...
  It was like trying to believe in Santa Claus. Was it really true? Would she remember? Would she really get up early on a Tuesday, walk from her cozy off-campus house all the way over to Rose Hall, in the cold, and cook breakfast — just so I could have a little extra time to...
  It was like trying to believe in Santa Claus. Was it really true? Would she remember? Would she really get up early on a Tuesday, walk from her cozy off-campus house all the way over to Rose Hall, in the cold, and cook breakfast — just so I could have a little extra time to...
  The International Student Organization’s annual Food Bazaar (one of my favorite events of the fall semester) is an obvious celebrations of Grinnell’s diversity. But for me, what stands out most about the event is the unity that emerges from within that diversity. Take my...
  The International Student Organization’s annual Food Bazaar (one of my favorite events of the fall semester) is an obvious celebrations of Grinnell’s diversity. But for me, what stands out most about the event is the unity that emerges from within that diversity. Take my...
  In a series of meetings I have had last year with the larger Grinnell family — including open office hours, lunches with faculty and administrators, and conversations with students — the single most popular question has been some variation of “What is the College doing about...
  In a series of meetings I have had last year with the larger Grinnell family — including open office hours, lunches with faculty and administrators, and conversations with students — the single most popular question has been some variation of “What is the College doing about...
  When I applied to Grinnell, my admission essay opened with the line, “I am a 17-year-old, Caucasian, upper-middle-class suburbanite from a public school.” I knew that colleges were looking for a “diverse” student body, and I was well aware that my diversity credentials weren’t...
  When I applied to Grinnell, my admission essay opened with the line, “I am a 17-year-old, Caucasian, upper-middle-class suburbanite from a public school.” I knew that colleges were looking for a “diverse” student body, and I was well aware that my diversity credentials weren’t...
  One of the things I was most amazed at when I began my first semester here at Grinnell was the vast diversity in the student clubs and organizations. There were so many choices at the Organizations Fair during New Student Orientation, I felt overwhelmed. Unable to choose, I...
  One of the things I was most amazed at when I began my first semester here at Grinnell was the vast diversity in the student clubs and organizations. There were so many choices at the Organizations Fair during New Student Orientation, I felt overwhelmed. Unable to choose, I...
7:30 a.m.: Roommate’s alarm goes off. Some vague memories of her getting up, and then I’m unconscious. 8:58 a.m.: Other roommate’s alarm goes off. Grr … 9 a.m.: My alarm goes off. Shower. 9:40 a.m.: First cup of tea of the day. Catch up on all of the American blogs. 10:30 a.m.:...
7:30 a.m.: Roommate’s alarm goes off. Some vague memories of her getting up, and then I’m unconscious. 8:58 a.m.: Other roommate’s alarm goes off. Grr … 9 a.m.: My alarm goes off. Shower. 9:40 a.m.: First cup of tea of the day. Catch up on all of the American blogs. 10:30 a.m.:...
  Fashion at Grinnell is an extension of the freedom, social awareness, and acceptance reflected in college life here. After being at Grinnell for nearly a year, I appreciate not only the way Grinnell students express themselves through fashion, but also the way other students...
  Fashion at Grinnell is an extension of the freedom, social awareness, and acceptance reflected in college life here. After being at Grinnell for nearly a year, I appreciate not only the way Grinnell students express themselves through fashion, but also the way other students...
  In my last day of Phys Ed in high school — I can recall the crisp December afternoon quite vividly — I gave a whoop of joy and did a cartwheel across the soccer field (and by “did a cartwheel” I mean I tumbled onto the ground without a care in the world). In short, I was never...
  In my last day of Phys Ed in high school — I can recall the crisp December afternoon quite vividly — I gave a whoop of joy and did a cartwheel across the soccer field (and by “did a cartwheel” I mean I tumbled onto the ground without a care in the world). In short, I was never...
Answers to many of your questions can be found online.  You can complete tasks as well. Log in and: View your award Accept or decline loans and work-study Make sure you are not missing any forms New students: log in at https://wa3.grinnell.edu/WAPRFA/WebAdvisor Returning...
Answers to many of your questions can be found online.  You can complete tasks as well. Log in and: View your award Accept or decline loans and work-study Make sure you are not missing any forms New students: log in at https://wa3.grinnell.edu/WAPRFA/WebAdvisor Returning...
  On Friday afternoons I flake out with my archaeology professor, some of his friends, and any students interested in giving up two hours of their weekend. We hang out, relax, talk, and get down to the serious business of what’s known to everyone who’s anyone as flintknapping....
  On Friday afternoons I flake out with my archaeology professor, some of his friends, and any students interested in giving up two hours of their weekend. We hang out, relax, talk, and get down to the serious business of what’s known to everyone who’s anyone as flintknapping....
  Sometimes in college residence halls, there are floors so great their inhabitants are designated by floor name. My first year, there were “those kids from Loose Second.” The next year, it was “those kids from D First.” I was always sort of mystified. How could people who had...
  Sometimes in college residence halls, there are floors so great their inhabitants are designated by floor name. My first year, there were “those kids from Loose Second.” The next year, it was “those kids from D First.” I was always sort of mystified. How could people who had...
  My armpits dripped with the stinkiest of all sweats: that of the “I’m-really-stressedout” variety. My heart raced, and I struggled in vain to fight back tears. Here I was, the day before Thanksgiving break during first year, intent on finishing a paper due the next day. My...
  My armpits dripped with the stinkiest of all sweats: that of the “I’m-really-stressedout” variety. My heart raced, and I struggled in vain to fight back tears. Here I was, the day before Thanksgiving break during first year, intent on finishing a paper due the next day. My...
  It took a church basement full of grade-school kids to show me how much more there is to Iowa than just cornfields. How did this happen? One Friday afternoon in the spring of my second year, my good friend Dan Covino ’10 convinced me to hop on a campus bus with him and some...
  It took a church basement full of grade-school kids to show me how much more there is to Iowa than just cornfields. How did this happen? One Friday afternoon in the spring of my second year, my good friend Dan Covino ’10 convinced me to hop on a campus bus with him and some...
  While most colleges have some sort of mascot, a select few have unofficial ones that are even more popular amongst the student body. Here at Grinnell College, our unofficial mascot is unmistakably the squirrel. Hang on. A squirrel? It seems a bit odd at first. Why would we...
  While most colleges have some sort of mascot, a select few have unofficial ones that are even more popular amongst the student body. Here at Grinnell College, our unofficial mascot is unmistakably the squirrel. Hang on. A squirrel? It seems a bit odd at first. Why would we...
"Grinnell put us together. This is the meeting place," says Serbian Kristina Duric '13. She and Californian Cynthia Amezcua '14 talk about international friendships, the global Grinnell family, and living abroad.
"Grinnell put us together. This is the meeting place," says Serbian Kristina Duric '13. She and Californian Cynthia Amezcua '14 talk about international friendships, the global Grinnell family, and living abroad.
Grinnell and Carleton. Those were my top two college choices when I applied. I’ll be truthful — Carleton was my top choice. I had a friend going there, and he sounded like he was having a lot of fun. “Oh man!” I thought. “I wanna have fun too!” I hadn’t figured out by this point...
The Early Show - New York, NY, United States - 4/15/2009 ...3. Grinnell, Iowa (9,233) An eclectic small town that blends the charm of a rural community with the quirkiness of a college town. Located: About 55 miles from the capital, Des Moines. Population: 9,205 Known for its...
The transition from small farms and backyard gardens to centralized agriculture has distanced us from our food. We no longer know who grows our food or how they grow it. This, in turn, distances us from our environment and community. Large-scale monocultures leave our soils...
The transition from small farms and backyard gardens to centralized agriculture has distanced us from our food. We no longer know who grows our food or how they grow it. This, in turn, distances us from our environment and community. Large-scale monocultures leave our soils...
“Culture is hard to study because it is so huge.” OK, I get that. But it’s one thing to read it, to hear it. But Professor Kesho Scott doesn’t just say it — she shows it. “Put your hands in front of your face,” she commanded us at the class’s first meeting. “Culture is in your...
“Culture is hard to study because it is so huge.” OK, I get that. But it’s one thing to read it, to hear it. But Professor Kesho Scott doesn’t just say it — she shows it. “Put your hands in front of your face,” she commanded us at the class’s first meeting. “Culture is in your...
Issue:  Spring 2007 Author:  Elizabeth Bologna ’08 “There’s nothing to do!” It’s the mantra of young adults everywhere, the perennial complaint of high schoolers and college kids alike. It was something I was worried about when I was thinking of coming to Grinnell. It’s a...
Issue:  Spring 2007 Author:  Elizabeth Bologna ’08 “There’s nothing to do!” It’s the mantra of young adults everywhere, the perennial complaint of high schoolers and college kids alike. It was something I was worried about when I was thinking of coming to Grinnell. It’s a...
Issue:  Winter 2007 Author:  Lindsay Robinson ’09 As a first-year student, I dabbled in a little bit of everything. I went to half a dozen meetings every week and signed up to be on all the mailing lists. I was planning events with Concerned Black Students, Grinnell...
Issue:  Winter 2007 Author:  Lindsay Robinson ’09 As a first-year student, I dabbled in a little bit of everything. I went to half a dozen meetings every week and signed up to be on all the mailing lists. I was planning events with Concerned Black Students, Grinnell...
  The Wall Street Journal - New York, NY, United States - 5/6/2009 Read the article. Read President Osgood's essay.
  The Wall Street Journal - New York, NY, United States - 5/6/2009 Read the article. Read President Osgood's essay.
  I am the queen of playing things by ear. Plan ahead? No, thank you — I’d rather not. Of course, at times it’s necessary, but in most cases, I believe life is more enjoyable if I take each moment as it comes instead of worrying about the future. However, I should be honest. It...
  I am the queen of playing things by ear. Plan ahead? No, thank you — I’d rather not. Of course, at times it’s necessary, but in most cases, I believe life is more enjoyable if I take each moment as it comes instead of worrying about the future. However, I should be honest. It...
  Twelve first-years. Twelve! While staff training week taught me how to handle pretty much every conceivable conflict I might encounter as a student adviser, or S.A., it left out that little part about any potential pandemonium that could arise when 12 nervous first-years begin...
  Twelve first-years. Twelve! While staff training week taught me how to handle pretty much every conceivable conflict I might encounter as a student adviser, or S.A., it left out that little part about any potential pandemonium that could arise when 12 nervous first-years begin...
  All it took was 30 days for me to be swept off my feet. Grinnell took my breath away from day one, and as I walked dazedly around campus, I felt a wave of relief wash over me. From the beaming smiles of everyone I passed, to the crisp and refreshingly unpolluted Iowa air, to...
  All it took was 30 days for me to be swept off my feet. Grinnell took my breath away from day one, and as I walked dazedly around campus, I felt a wave of relief wash over me. From the beaming smiles of everyone I passed, to the crisp and refreshingly unpolluted Iowa air, to...
  I arrived at Grinnell my first year as a wannabe physicist and a wannabe writer, and I had no idea which of these subjects I wanted to follow. If I had been stuck with such diverse interests at any other college, I might have been in trouble, but at Grinnell this dilemma was...
  I arrived at Grinnell my first year as a wannabe physicist and a wannabe writer, and I had no idea which of these subjects I wanted to follow. If I had been stuck with such diverse interests at any other college, I might have been in trouble, but at Grinnell this dilemma was...
When I first visited Grinnell, I was looking for ways to differentiate the College from other schools I had already been to. What was it about Grinnell that everyone said was so different and progressive? For me, the answer was the school has a fake newspaper. I visited Grinnell...
When I first visited Grinnell, I was looking for ways to differentiate the College from other schools I had already been to. What was it about Grinnell that everyone said was so different and progressive? For me, the answer was the school has a fake newspaper. I visited Grinnell...
  You can learn a lot about a college by reading its brochures, web pages, and magazines, but these resources cannot fully convey everything that makes Grinnell College such a wonderful place. You almost have to experience it to believe it. But if you aren’t able to visit, here’...
  You can learn a lot about a college by reading its brochures, web pages, and magazines, but these resources cannot fully convey everything that makes Grinnell College such a wonderful place. You almost have to experience it to believe it. But if you aren’t able to visit, here’...
  Grinnell College will raise its comprehensive fee for the 2009 -10 academic year 3 percent to $45,012 - the same percentage increase in Grinnell’s comprehensive fee as last year, the two lowest percentage increases in more than a decade. “In what are now very difficult...
  Grinnell College will raise its comprehensive fee for the 2009 -10 academic year 3 percent to $45,012 - the same percentage increase in Grinnell’s comprehensive fee as last year, the two lowest percentage increases in more than a decade. “In what are now very difficult...
August 5 - 9, 2013 Iowa Private College Week (IPCW) is a week-long program for independent Iowa colleges and universities to invite prospective students and their families from any state or region to explore their campuses. It's a great time for prospective students to learn...
August 5 - 9, 2013 Iowa Private College Week (IPCW) is a week-long program for independent Iowa colleges and universities to invite prospective students and their families from any state or region to explore their campuses. It's a great time for prospective students to learn...
Grinnell College is proud to participate in the 2014 Iowa Private College Week (IPCW). Each year, IPCW hosts approximately 5,000 Iowa students and families, many of whom will visit the Grinnell College campus as part of their IPCW experience. Corey McClain, assistant director of...
Grinnell College is proud to participate in the 2014 Iowa Private College Week (IPCW). Each year, IPCW hosts approximately 5,000 Iowa students and families, many of whom will visit the Grinnell College campus as part of their IPCW experience. Corey McClain, assistant director of...
  It was midnight when I arrived in the Des Moines airport from Honduras. As I walked through the empty corridors of the airport, nothing could be heard but the hum of the air conditioning and the sound of my footsteps. As other late travelers strolled past, I repeated the...
  I am writing because I am intrigued by The Grinnell Magazine’s call for stories about the unique perspectives of Jewish students on the Grinnell Experience. I am a secular Jew who graduated from Grinnell in 1971. I was born in New York City and lived there until I was 12. My...
  Joanna Harris arrived in Grinnell in 1855 at the age of 11, and did not venture much farther until her death at the age of 87 in 1931. She graduated in 1865 as the first female graduate of Grinnell College and one of the first women to graduate from a college west of the...
Until Grinnell, I had lived my whole life in the East Coast Jewish bubble. I went to a private Jewish day school, ate Chinese food on Christmas, and attended more bar mitzvah ceremonies than you could shake a stick at. Don’t get me wrong, I love Manhattan kosher delis as much as...
Until Grinnell, I had lived my whole life in the East Coast Jewish bubble. I went to a private Jewish day school, ate Chinese food on Christmas, and attended more bar mitzvah ceremonies than you could shake a stick at. Don’t get me wrong, I love Manhattan kosher delis as much as...
Sure, Grinnell College is surrounded by seemingly endless cornfields. The bustling metropolises of Des Moines and Iowa City are each about an hour away. Still, you won’t believe everything you can do on campus each week. Sometimes, though, after running around from one...
Sure, Grinnell College is surrounded by seemingly endless cornfields. The bustling metropolises of Des Moines and Iowa City are each about an hour away. Still, you won’t believe everything you can do on campus each week. Sometimes, though, after running around from one...
Boy, did I feel stupid that chilly October day during my senior year of high school, sitting in the Career Development Office with two fellow classmates. Across the table, a very professional-looking Grinnell admission rep (completely at ease, unlike my heart-pounding self)...
Boy, did I feel stupid that chilly October day during my senior year of high school, sitting in the Career Development Office with two fellow classmates. Across the table, a very professional-looking Grinnell admission rep (completely at ease, unlike my heart-pounding self)...
Change often happens without notice. One day, I’m just a student, taking classes, thinking about ideas — and suddenly the school year is nearly over, and it hits me just how much I’ve learned, grown, and changed in the last nine months. One of the courses that influenced me the...
  “So what kind of dancing do you do?” my grandmother asked me when I visited her for lunch one day this past summer. “Swing,” I tell her again and then try to explain a little better. “Like Lindy Hop, or the Charleston.” “Oh,” she said. “I used to do those.” She’s surprised, of...
  “So what kind of dancing do you do?” my grandmother asked me when I visited her for lunch one day this past summer. “Swing,” I tell her again and then try to explain a little better. “Like Lindy Hop, or the Charleston.” “Oh,” she said. “I used to do those.” She’s surprised, of...
  Before going abroad, Grinnell students must attend an informational session about all the terrible things that can happen to you (but probably won’t) in order to prepare you to deal with the worst-case scenarios you will most likely never face (but then again, you might). So...
  Before going abroad, Grinnell students must attend an informational session about all the terrible things that can happen to you (but probably won’t) in order to prepare you to deal with the worst-case scenarios you will most likely never face (but then again, you might). So...
  Loggia: n. (loh-JA) A roofed outdoor walkway attached to the side of a building. Sometimes described as an outdoor hallway. See Grinnell College campus.  As you walk around the clusters of dorms on Grinnell campus, you notice that they all have one thing in common: loggias....
  Loggia: n. (loh-JA) A roofed outdoor walkway attached to the side of a building. Sometimes described as an outdoor hallway. See Grinnell College campus.  As you walk around the clusters of dorms on Grinnell campus, you notice that they all have one thing in common: loggias....
  Grinnell is a unique place. It’s one of the only colleges I know of where someone can play football and be involved in theatre at the same time. One of the things that makes this possible is the amazing teaching staff at Grinnell. Professors are not only knowledgeable and...
  Grinnell is a unique place. It’s one of the only colleges I know of where someone can play football and be involved in theatre at the same time. One of the things that makes this possible is the amazing teaching staff at Grinnell. Professors are not only knowledgeable and...
  It’s around 2 a.m. The library has already closed, and you have four more pages to go on a paper about sentimentality in the fiction of Mary Wollstonecraft. So you set up your laptop and a veritable tower of books in the living room of Mears Cottage on the south side of campus...
  It’s around 2 a.m. The library has already closed, and you have four more pages to go on a paper about sentimentality in the fiction of Mary Wollstonecraft. So you set up your laptop and a veritable tower of books in the living room of Mears Cottage on the south side of campus...
Grinnell College’s Office of Admission is staffed with a team of road warriors — admission counselors who crisscross the nation (and the world!) in the fall. We want to meet you, whether at your high school, a college fair, or when we conduct off-campus interviews.  The glamour...
Grinnell College’s Office of Admission is staffed with a team of road warriors — admission counselors who crisscross the nation (and the world!) in the fall. We want to meet you, whether at your high school, a college fair, or when we conduct off-campus interviews.  The glamour...
  Grinnell College shortstop Ben Mendoza '09 has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region Baseball Team.Mendoza, from Gallup, N.M., (Eldorado HS), was a Third Team selection. He led the Midwest Conference in doubles with 21 and was also first in the nation in doubles...
  Grinnell College shortstop Ben Mendoza '09 has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region Baseball Team.Mendoza, from Gallup, N.M., (Eldorado HS), was a Third Team selection. He led the Midwest Conference in doubles with 21 and was also first in the nation in doubles...
  Two years ago when I was getting ready to head off to college, my parents told me I could have a laptop. Stoked beyond all reckoning, I surfed Dell’s website to decide what model I wanted (I wasn’t even going to touch those Apples. I’m a Windows junkie through and through)....
  Two years ago when I was getting ready to head off to college, my parents told me I could have a laptop. Stoked beyond all reckoning, I surfed Dell’s website to decide what model I wanted (I wasn’t even going to touch those Apples. I’m a Windows junkie through and through)....
  August 22, 2009. I will never, ever forget that date. That was — drum roll please — the day I became an official Grinnellian. At 3:45 a.m., I got out of my cozy, familiar bed in my parents’ home, brushed my teeth, and said goodbye to my sisters and cat. My parents and I loaded...
  August 22, 2009. I will never, ever forget that date. That was — drum roll please — the day I became an official Grinnellian. At 3:45 a.m., I got out of my cozy, familiar bed in my parents’ home, brushed my teeth, and said goodbye to my sisters and cat. My parents and I loaded...
Most mornings, I work at Carnegie Hall, copying, smiling, and helping my work supervisors and professors with clerical work. I really appreciate the job because it has helped me to get to know a really cool individual I like to call Mr. Copy Machine. My job has also helped me...
  As soon as I learned to read, I was never without a book. Often the characters were just as real to me as my siblings. When my father took me and my cousins out on forced-march hikes to some middle-of-nowhere place in rural South Dakota, I invented elaborate families, lives,...
  As soon as I learned to read, I was never without a book. Often the characters were just as real to me as my siblings. When my father took me and my cousins out on forced-march hikes to some middle-of-nowhere place in rural South Dakota, I invented elaborate families, lives,...
  I spent spring break of my third year in a car, driving across the country. Dan, a student at Williams College, and Sara, a theatre major at the University of Washington, met me in Grinnell. We got stuck in some snow in Nebraska, took a stunning route through Sedona, Ariz.,...
  I spent spring break of my third year in a car, driving across the country. Dan, a student at Williams College, and Sara, a theatre major at the University of Washington, met me in Grinnell. We got stuck in some snow in Nebraska, took a stunning route through Sedona, Ariz.,...
  I am not a theatre person by any stretch of the imagination. I have terrible stage fright, I cannot memorize lines whatsoever, and once, I even threw up while giving a presentation in front of my high school class. So when my friend begged me to go to the kickoff meeting of...
  I am not a theatre person by any stretch of the imagination. I have terrible stage fright, I cannot memorize lines whatsoever, and once, I even threw up while giving a presentation in front of my high school class. So when my friend begged me to go to the kickoff meeting of...
  The dining hall is one of my favorite places on campus. I remember the first meal on the evening of my arrival at Grinnell. The sheer size of the hall, the large number of dishes on offer, and the bustling atmosphere overwhelmed me so much, I barely managed to get myself a...
  The dining hall is one of my favorite places on campus. I remember the first meal on the evening of my arrival at Grinnell. The sheer size of the hall, the large number of dishes on offer, and the bustling atmosphere overwhelmed me so much, I barely managed to get myself a...
  I’m a person who is very set in my habits. I get out of bed at the same time every single morning and try to go to bed at the same time every night. I go to the library pretty much every night at pretty much the same time. I have sat at the same desk in the library since the...
  I’m a person who is very set in my habits. I get out of bed at the same time every single morning and try to go to bed at the same time every night. I go to the library pretty much every night at pretty much the same time. I have sat at the same desk in the library since the...
Dana Utroske '13 is an Undeclared Major from Hood River, OR.
Dana Utroske '13 is an Undeclared Major from Hood River, OR.
  Grinnell College is not a music school, and does not have a large music department. But someone forgot to tell the students. Last semester, I had the treat of working with Simone Fontanelli, an Italian conductor, composer, and classical guitarist — and one of the best...
  Grinnell College is not a music school, and does not have a large music department. But someone forgot to tell the students. Last semester, I had the treat of working with Simone Fontanelli, an Italian conductor, composer, and classical guitarist — and one of the best...
  "These kids are truly barbaric!” my mind screamed as I walked into the child-infested art room of the local middle school. Fifteen paper planes were flying, a rental clarinet was honking, and scissors-wielding 10–13-year-olds were zooming across the room, reminding me more of...
  "These kids are truly barbaric!” my mind screamed as I walked into the child-infested art room of the local middle school. Fifteen paper planes were flying, a rental clarinet was honking, and scissors-wielding 10–13-year-olds were zooming across the room, reminding me more of...
  Religious? Me? Absolutely not. As far as I was concerned, religion was at the center of many of the world’s problems. In general, I held a particular dislike toward religion — too many shoulds and musts and rules and strictures. As an Indian, such views are frowned upon, since...
  Religious? Me? Absolutely not. As far as I was concerned, religion was at the center of many of the world’s problems. In general, I held a particular dislike toward religion — too many shoulds and musts and rules and strictures. As an Indian, such views are frowned upon, since...
  I’ve been a Unitarian Universalist all my life. I’m used to people asking me “What’s UU?” all the time, so by now, I’ve got the speech down. But what I didn’t know was that by coming to Grinnell, I’d have to ask myself the question in a whole new way. I’ve had to (and chosen...
  I’ve been a Unitarian Universalist all my life. I’m used to people asking me “What’s UU?” all the time, so by now, I’ve got the speech down. But what I didn’t know was that by coming to Grinnell, I’d have to ask myself the question in a whole new way. I’ve had to (and chosen...
Remy Ferber’s love affair with Grinnell College began at night. The beautiful, modern buildings mixed with distinguished, historic ones impressed her as she toured the campus with her father. “I kind of fell in love with the school then and there,” says Ferber ‘14, a fourth-year...
Issue:  Fall 2007 Author:  Mona Ghadiri '11 Like every other eager Grinnellian, I had a countdown to the day I would get the chance to find out who my roommate would be for that exciting and scary unknown that is the first year of college. I had my doubts about living with a...
Issue:  Fall 2007 Author:  Mona Ghadiri '11 Like every other eager Grinnellian, I had a countdown to the day I would get the chance to find out who my roommate would be for that exciting and scary unknown that is the first year of college. I had my doubts about living with a...
  It was late July, and I sat at my computer, feverishly checking the Grinnell PioneerWeb networking site for my first-year housing information. It was probably the third or fourth time that night I had checked, and yet I still had hope that another click on the refresh button...
  It was late July, and I sat at my computer, feverishly checking the Grinnell PioneerWeb networking site for my first-year housing information. It was probably the third or fourth time that night I had checked, and yet I still had hope that another click on the refresh button...
Issue:  Fall 2007 Author:  Caitlin Carmody '08 Two years ago I led a small group discussion about self-governance during New Student Orientation. I tried my best to explain the fairly nebulous concept and did a passable job, but there was one persistently inquisitive first-year...
Issue:  Fall 2007 Author:  Caitlin Carmody '08 Two years ago I led a small group discussion about self-governance during New Student Orientation. I tried my best to explain the fairly nebulous concept and did a passable job, but there was one persistently inquisitive first-year...
Issue:  Fall 2009 Author:  Amy Henning ’10 In my first English class at Grinnell, I was awed by some of the upperclassman. Not only did they know their lit theory, but they also seemed to be involved in some mysterious, nebulous thing called the English SEPC. Was it a clique...
Issue:  Fall 2009 Author:  Amy Henning ’10 In my first English class at Grinnell, I was awed by some of the upperclassman. Not only did they know their lit theory, but they also seemed to be involved in some mysterious, nebulous thing called the English SEPC. Was it a clique...
  One of the first people I met when I came to Grinnell College as a student was my future friend Alyssa. As I hauled my huge bags out of the car, Alyssa approached me and my family with a big smile. “Hi! Welcome to Grinnell!” At first, I thought she was just volunteering to...
  One of the first people I met when I came to Grinnell College as a student was my future friend Alyssa. As I hauled my huge bags out of the car, Alyssa approached me and my family with a big smile. “Hi! Welcome to Grinnell!” At first, I thought she was just volunteering to...
  Half an hour ago, as I walked back to my dorm after class, a pair of gorgeous monarch butterflies flitted across my path. Now, I have seen butterflies at home in Oregon — the white-winged kind that are actually just a prettier species of moth — but these were not Oregon...
  Half an hour ago, as I walked back to my dorm after class, a pair of gorgeous monarch butterflies flitted across my path. Now, I have seen butterflies at home in Oregon — the white-winged kind that are actually just a prettier species of moth — but these were not Oregon...
  I was extremely active in my high school’s choir. I spent more time, and certainly got more joy out of it, than I did in most of my classes. Not that I was a fantastic singer, but I found happiness in the group’s sound. Coming to Grinnell, I assumed I would leave that world...
  I was extremely active in my high school’s choir. I spent more time, and certainly got more joy out of it, than I did in most of my classes. Not that I was a fantastic singer, but I found happiness in the group’s sound. Coming to Grinnell, I assumed I would leave that world...
  "SQUID!” “Get it before it gets you!” I was introduced to the tradition of squidding in my first year at Grinnell when, dining at ease with a group of friends, someone yelled “Squid!” and threw a banana peel across the table at us. It landed in front of my friend who, without...
  "SQUID!” “Get it before it gets you!” I was introduced to the tradition of squidding in my first year at Grinnell when, dining at ease with a group of friends, someone yelled “Squid!” and threw a banana peel across the table at us. It landed in front of my friend who, without...
Do you know what’s really cool? Seeing the stripes on Jupiter. The craters on the moon. The Andromeda Galaxy, which is approximately 2 million light years away. I got to see all of them last semester when I took Professor Cadmus’ astronomy class, The Universe and Its Structure....
Issue:  Spring 2010 Author:  Kat Atcheson '12   Do you know what’s really cool? Seeing the stripes on Jupiter. The craters on the moon. The Andromeda Galaxy, which is approximately 2 million light years away. I got to see all of them last semester when I took Professor Cadmus...
Issue:  Spring 2010 Author:  Kat Atcheson '12   Do you know what’s really cool? Seeing the stripes on Jupiter. The craters on the moon. The Andromeda Galaxy, which is approximately 2 million light years away. I got to see all of them last semester when I took Professor Cadmus...
Do you know what’s really cool? Seeing the stripes on Jupiter. The craters on the moon. The Andromeda Galaxy, which is approximately 2 million light years away. I got to see all of them last semester when I took Professor Cadmus’ astronomy class, The Universe and Its Structure....
When I was a little boy, I used to love to play and imagine what I was going to be when I grew up. I would take my plastic dinosaurs outside, bury them in my backyard, and then dig them up, dreaming of the day I would be excavating real dinosaur bones in the scorching hot Sahara...
When I was a little boy, I used to love to play and imagine what I was going to be when I grew up. I would take my plastic dinosaurs outside, bury them in my backyard, and then dig them up, dreaming of the day I would be excavating real dinosaur bones in the scorching hot Sahara...
  Issue:  Winter 2010   Author:  Sunanda Vaidheesh '12   Grinnellians love to dress up. We embrace every chance to put away our homework and don the most ridiculous, fantastic costumes you’ve ever seen — and we do it at least three times a semester! Part of the fun is...
  Issue:  Winter 2010   Author:  Sunanda Vaidheesh '12   Grinnellians love to dress up. We embrace every chance to put away our homework and don the most ridiculous, fantastic costumes you’ve ever seen — and we do it at least three times a semester! Part of the fun is...
Take Back the Night is an event focused on collectively speaking out against — amongst many other social problems — rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, violence against children, and violence against women. Across the country, Take Back the Night rallies are made up of...
Take Back the Night is an event focused on collectively speaking out against — amongst many other social problems — rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, violence against children, and violence against women. Across the country, Take Back the Night rallies are made up of...
As my parents helped me unload the station wagon and carry my belongings up four flights of stairs on that hot afternoon in late August, the realization that this was the place where I would spend the next four years only added to my excessive perspiration. College. I was about...
As my parents helped me unload the station wagon and carry my belongings up four flights of stairs on that hot afternoon in late August, the realization that this was the place where I would spend the next four years only added to my excessive perspiration. College. I was about...
  A tall, smartly dressed man with slicked-back hair and gray suspenders slides up to me, hand outstretched. I smile and place my hand in his, accepting his silent offer. He walks me out to the middle of the dance floor, and we connect, his arm around my back, my hand on his...
  A tall, smartly dressed man with slicked-back hair and gray suspenders slides up to me, hand outstretched. I smile and place my hand in his, accepting his silent offer. He walks me out to the middle of the dance floor, and we connect, his arm around my back, my hand on his...
Before last summer, the only butterfly I could identify was a monarch, and the only prairie plant I knew was a coneflower. Thanks to an internship grant from the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell, I not only learned how to identify a multitude of butterflies and their...
Before last summer, the only butterfly I could identify was a monarch, and the only prairie plant I knew was a coneflower. Thanks to an internship grant from the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell, I not only learned how to identify a multitude of butterflies and their...
  Choosing a college is hard — no one is going to argue that. Which is why sometimes little things like a squirrel can help make those decisions a whole lot easier. My parents and I named it Blondie. True to its name, it was tanner than the rest of the Wisconsin squirrels, but...
  Choosing a college is hard — no one is going to argue that. Which is why sometimes little things like a squirrel can help make those decisions a whole lot easier. My parents and I named it Blondie. True to its name, it was tanner than the rest of the Wisconsin squirrels, but...
After a full day of classes, there is nothing more comforting than ambling up a flight of stairs and relaxing in my surrogate home, that is to say, my dorm room. When I open the door to my three-room double, I am immediately transported into a world of color created through a...
After a full day of classes, there is nothing more comforting than ambling up a flight of stairs and relaxing in my surrogate home, that is to say, my dorm room. When I open the door to my three-room double, I am immediately transported into a world of color created through a...
  Basically, I knew from the time I learned to read I needed to be an English major in college. I love to read and I love to talk about books — what major could suit me better? Unfortunately, Grinnell has this strange idea that you should have a well-rounded education, so they...
  Basically, I knew from the time I learned to read I needed to be an English major in college. I love to read and I love to talk about books — what major could suit me better? Unfortunately, Grinnell has this strange idea that you should have a well-rounded education, so they...
Until I came to Grinnell, I had lived with my parents in Kansas City. Living in a dorm in the middle of rural Iowa has been quite a change for me. College was the first time I had to share a room and the first time I lived among my peers for any extended period. I was a bit...
Until I came to Grinnell, I had lived with my parents in Kansas City. Living in a dorm in the middle of rural Iowa has been quite a change for me. College was the first time I had to share a room and the first time I lived among my peers for any extended period. I was a bit...
  Beneath Grinnell’s academic veneer, there lies a secret world. In this world, shadowy figures converge by a signal known only to them, unleash weeks of pent-up glee, and vanish in the haze. It is a world we hear of in legend and rumor, a world that keeps its secrets. Mischief...
  Beneath Grinnell’s academic veneer, there lies a secret world. In this world, shadowy figures converge by a signal known only to them, unleash weeks of pent-up glee, and vanish in the haze. It is a world we hear of in legend and rumor, a world that keeps its secrets. Mischief...
  The purple spines bristled as I lifted the sea urchin from its container. Water dripped down the curve of its body as I turned it over to examine the whitish underside. Nestled in the center was a tiny mouth that also functioned as an anus (sea urchins are much less complex...
  The purple spines bristled as I lifted the sea urchin from its container. Water dripped down the curve of its body as I turned it over to examine the whitish underside. Nestled in the center was a tiny mouth that also functioned as an anus (sea urchins are much less complex...
Rewarding experiences inside the classroom and beyond. The opportunity to focus on learning that matters most to you. The excitement of firsthand research and a vibrant, supportive learning community with global outcomes... Meet Grinnell in a minute and a half, then go deeper...
  Issue:  Summer 2007 Author:  Colette Boilini ’08 It’s a balmy summer morning in San Francisco, and I can feel the sun cascading across my shoulders as I stroll down the sidewalk. As I gently flip my hair off of my shoulders, a figure in the distance catches my attention...
  Issue:  Summer 2007 Author:  Colette Boilini ’08 It’s a balmy summer morning in San Francisco, and I can feel the sun cascading across my shoulders as I stroll down the sidewalk. As I gently flip my hair off of my shoulders, a figure in the distance catches my attention...
New Students – Don’t Forget… To complete the Student Release of Information Form available at h​t​t​p​:​/​/​w​w​w​.​g​r​i​n​n​e​l​l​.​e​d​u​/​s​i​t​e​s​/​d​e​f​a​u​l​t​/​f​i​l​e​s​/​d​o​c​u​m​e​nts/Student_Release.pdf. Without this form on file, our office cannot discuss your...
New Students – Don’t Forget… To complete the Student Release of Information Form available at h​t​t​p​:​/​/​w​w​w​.​g​r​i​n​n​e​l​l​.​e​d​u​/​s​i​t​e​s​/​d​e​f​a​u​l​t​/​f​i​l​e​s​/​d​o​c​u​m​e​nts/Student_Release.pdf. Without this form on file, our office cannot discuss your...
  Issue:  Fall 2007 Author:  Erin Sindewald ’08 It is a clear blue day, the flowers are in bloom, and the birds are chirping songs of grandeur. Smiling students of all races, genders, and socioeconomic levels are sprawled out on the lawn eating lunch, presumably loving...
  Issue:  Fall 2007 Author:  Erin Sindewald ’08 It is a clear blue day, the flowers are in bloom, and the birds are chirping songs of grandeur. Smiling students of all races, genders, and socioeconomic levels are sprawled out on the lawn eating lunch, presumably loving...
  Issue:  Winter 2010 Author:  Ross Preston '10   As a senior who for almost four years now has enjoyed stretching the possibilities of where homework can most enjoyably be completed, I hereby submit a top 10 list of places to casually get stuff done on...
  Issue:  Winter 2010 Author:  Ross Preston '10   As a senior who for almost four years now has enjoyed stretching the possibilities of where homework can most enjoyably be completed, I hereby submit a top 10 list of places to casually get stuff done on...
Sleep If it’s been snowing for days and the thermometer hits negative degrees, there really is nothing better than just going to sleep and dreaming of tropical places. Go cross-country skiing There aren’t too many places to downhill ski, but there is definitely enough snow for...
Sleep If it’s been snowing for days and the thermometer hits negative degrees, there really is nothing better than just going to sleep and dreaming of tropical places. Go cross-country skiing There aren’t too many places to downhill ski, but there is definitely enough snow for...
It occurred to me the other day that the Cycling Club at Grinnell is really more like a hive mind than anything else. When I started the club two years ago, all I really wanted was more people to ride with — and that is our philosophy today. The power of Cycling Club lies in its...
Issue: Spring 2009 Author: Ross Preston '10 Thinking back to the summer before I came to Grinnell, I recall an inordinate amount of anticipation for everything Grinnell-related that came my way. I would check my Grinnell e-mail account, only to find no new messages. I was...
Issue: Spring 2009 Author: Ross Preston '10 Thinking back to the summer before I came to Grinnell, I recall an inordinate amount of anticipation for everything Grinnell-related that came my way. I would check my Grinnell e-mail account, only to find no new messages. I was...
  Issue:  Spring 2008 Author:  Stephanie Rosenbaum ’08   As a travelin’ woman, I’m proud to say that I have never spent New Year’s Eve at home during my time in college. My first year, I spent time in Overland Park, Kan., with a friend from school, along with her friends from...
  Issue:  Spring 2008 Author:  Stephanie Rosenbaum ’08   As a travelin’ woman, I’m proud to say that I have never spent New Year’s Eve at home during my time in college. My first year, I spent time in Overland Park, Kan., with a friend from school, along with her friends from...
Issue: Spring 2009 Author: Alex Exarhos '10 I didn’t pick Grinnell for its strong academic reputation. I didn’t pick it for its strength in the sciences, illustrious alumni, or the brand new modern buildings. It wasn’t even the touted small-town community feel that sucked...
Issue: Spring 2009 Author: Alex Exarhos '10 I didn’t pick Grinnell for its strong academic reputation. I didn’t pick it for its strength in the sciences, illustrious alumni, or the brand new modern buildings. It wasn’t even the touted small-town community feel that sucked...
Issue:  Winter 2010...
  It never seems to occur to prospies how much students pay attention to them. Surprise! We are a lot more curious and fascinated by you than we like to let on. My automatic response to being asked to write about my relationship with prospective students was to dig around my...
  It never seems to occur to prospies how much students pay attention to them. Surprise! We are a lot more curious and fascinated by you than we like to let on. My automatic response to being asked to write about my relationship with prospective students was to dig around my...
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Issue:  Spring 2011...
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Issue:  Fall 2009...
We’re sure that there are some students who love and look forward to writing the college essay, and a massive “HOORAY!” to all of you. That said, we imagine that for many of you, it’s a process that involves at least a little agony and procrastination. It’s hard. It’s hard to...
We’re sure that there are some students who love and look forward to writing the college essay, and a massive “HOORAY!” to all of you. That said, we imagine that for many of you, it’s a process that involves at least a little agony and procrastination. It’s hard. It’s hard to...
We’re sure that there are some students who love and look forward to writing the college essay, and a massive “HOORAY!” to all of you. That said, we imagine that for many of you, it’s a process that involves at least a little agony and procrastination. It’s hard. It’s hard to...
The year is 1984. The legal drinking age in Iowa rises to 21. The state’s largest vendor of beer, according to legend, loses three-quarters of its customers. Two years later, the Grinnell College campus pub closes. Over the past two years, students have worked with the College...
The year is 1984. The legal drinking age in Iowa rises to 21. The state’s largest vendor of beer, according to legend, loses three-quarters of its customers. Two years later, the Grinnell College campus pub closes. Over the past two years, students have worked with the College...
  Issue:  Winter 2011 Author: Kenji Yoshino '11 Is it a game? A martial art? Or a dance? Capoeira is all of those things! It originated as a fusion of the cultures of the indigenous Brazilians and enslaved Africans in colonial Brazil.Their newly synthesized culture helped...
  Issue:  Winter 2011 Author: Kenji Yoshino '11 Is it a game? A martial art? Or a dance? Capoeira is all of those things! It originated as a fusion of the cultures of the indigenous Brazilians and enslaved Africans in colonial Brazil.Their newly synthesized culture helped...

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  We are pleased that your secondary school students may be considering Grinnell College. This website will provide you with some information regarding admission to the College. We look forward to working with you as you guide your students to select the college that best...
  We are pleased that your secondary school students may be considering Grinnell College. This website will provide you with some information regarding admission to the College. We look forward to working with you as you guide your students to select the college that best...