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Recital Hall and Rehearsal Rooms Sebring-Lewis Hall in the Bucksbaum Center has elevated Grinnell's musical performance tradition by providing an intimate, accessible, and acoustically responsive space. Well suited for student and faculty recitals and concerts, the recital hall...
Carnegie Hall, 1210 Park Street, is located north of Herrick Chapel. Dedicated June 13, 1905, the building is in modified Classical form with a low hipped roof, impressive cornice with dentils, red-brick walls, and quoins outlining window areas. The middle section of the facade...
The mission of the Center for Careers, Life, and Service is to empower students and alumni to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose.
The Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center houses: The 1,250 seat Darby Gymnasium, home of the Pioneer men’s and women’s basketball teams and volleyball team; A 500-seat natatorium with a 50-meter pool and movable bulkheads; and A six-lane 200-meter fieldhouse ...
This college-owned house is one of Grinnell’s five language houses. These houses are associated with their corresponding academic department. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak, another language with an...
Clark Hall features four student lounges and one kitchen. The rooms are assigned as singles, doubles, or triples.  
Cleveland Hall features four student lounges, one kitchen, and a computer lab with a printer. Dorm rooms are available as singles and doubles.
Cowles Hall features two student lounges and one public kitchen. The rooms are assigned as singles, doubles, and apartment-style quads. Cowles has dorm-style housing and a lounge west of the main entrance, with apartment-style housing to the east. The apartments include double-...
Dibble Hall features three student lounges, one kitchen, and laundry facilities. Dorm rooms are available as singles and doubles.  
This college-owned house is one of the three available project houses on campus. A project house consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community. Groups interested in a house must submit a project proposal and present...
Facilities Management is responsible for construction, operation and maintenance of the campus and college-owned properties. This includes custodial services for all academic buildings and student housing as well as heating and cooling, electricity, grounds, carpool and keys.  ...
This college-owned house is one of the three available project houses on campus. A project house consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community. Groups interested in a house must submit a project proposal and present...
French House is a student-run housing co-operative in which French majors and others interested in French live together with the French Assistant in a French-speaking environment. The house receives the television station TV5 and Radio France Internationale, which provide...
More commonly known as German House, this college owned house is one of Grinnell’s five language houses. These houses are associated with their corresponding academic department. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak...
Haines Hall features three student lounges and one kitchen. The rooms are assigned as singles, doubles, triples, and quads.
The Harris Center is an "event" facility, including a concert hall, a cinema, two concession areas, and an informal lounge. The Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP) office and equipment room are also located in the Harris Center. The Harris Center was designed to house...
The chapel’s interior exhibits the timber-trussed vaulted ceiling typical of the spacious Perpendicular Gothic style. Also characteristic are the high clerestory windows, which admit more light than is the case in other church styles. Seating about 700 people (630 in the nave...
James Hall features four student lounges and one kitchen. The rooms are assigned as singles and doubles.
The Rosenfield Center is the central gathering place at Grinnell. In addition to space for a range of campus offices, it contains the central dining room and kitchens of the College, the Spencer Grill, the Crady Mail Room, recreational areas and lounges, a multipurpose room,...
Kershaw Hall is between Lazier and Rose Halls on the east edge of campus. Constructed of white Iowa limestone, Kershaw is connected to the other East Campus residence halls by a roofed loggia. Large windows in the first-floor lounge look over Mac Field and give the space an open...
Langan Hall features one kitchen and four student lounges, one of which includes a piano. The rooms are available as singles, doubles, and triples.  
Lazier Hall is the southernmost of the residence halls framing the east edge of campus, and it’s distinctive curved roof softens the profile of the tallest building on campus. Constructed of white Iowa limestone, Lazier Hall is connected to the East Campus residence halls by a...
The largest South Campus residence hall, Loose Hall features laundry facilities, five kitchens, and two student lounges. The spacious Loose Lounge houses a piano, fireplace, television, and a variety of furniture easily adapted for meetings, events, and presentations. The rooms...
Main Hall serves as the central building of the South Campus residence halls, at the time of its opening, it included a beautiful drawing room, an inspiring Gothic dining room, and the Little Theatre. Gardner Lounge, in the basement of Main Hall, has hosted performances by...
Today the building provides attractive office space for faculty in the English, history, and gender, women's, and sexuality studies departments, smaller classrooms ideal for discussion, and a lounge.  
   
Norris Hall features air conditioning, a computer lab with a printer, one kitchen, and four student lounges, one of which contains a piano. The rooms are singles and doubles.
Rathje Hall is the northernmost of the East Campus residence halls located between 8th and 10th Avenues. Rathje Hall helps frame the east edge of campus along East Street. A roofed loggia connects the Iowa limestone halls, and a grove of trees and a new garden area border the...
Rawson Hall is recognizable by its tower, the southern of the two towers that are a central feature of the North Campus range of residences, at the corner of Park Street and Ninth Avenue. Resembling the gate of Hampton Court Palace, it aligns with a parallel gate that is part of...
The facility includes refurbished teaching and research laboratories, classroom and office space, a science library, a computer laboratory, and several study areas. The addition connects two of the wings with a courtyard in between. The building houses the departments of biology...
1217 Park Street is a College-owned house and is our Russian House. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak, another language with an environment that is conducive to learning the language, culture, and customs of the...
Smith Hall features three lounges, one kitchen, and one single-sex floor. Rooms include singles, doubles, and triples.
  1316 Park Street is a College-owned house. More commonly known as Spanish House, 1315 Park is one of Grinnell’s five language houses. These houses are associated with their corresponding academic department. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who...
This college-owned house is one of the three available project houses on campus. A project house consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community. Groups interested in a house must submit a project proposal and present...

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"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. Meet Grinnell in a minute and a half, then go deeper with our...

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Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college located in Grinnell, Iowa. We confer bachelor of arts degrees in 26 major fields and offer individualized curriculum planning and advising. Independent majors are possible....
About 85 percent of our students live in a residence hall, language or project house, or off-campus house — so they really get to know one another well. Residence halls are small; most house 50–60 students of all class years, majors, and backgrounds, making each hall floor feel...
The Grinnell community has no borders. Everything from the curriculum to the day-to-day conversation in the residence halls is open-ended in context and consideration. For those who want to add geographic dimension to that intellectual latitude, the cities of Des Moines and Iowa...
A Project House consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community.Three Project Houses are availablefor the 2012-2013 Academic Year: Food House  (capacity: 12 students) Eco House (capacity: 10 students) Tennis House (...
Grinnell sits in the middle of a vast and dynamic environment known as prairie. Tall grasses, flowering plants, deep root systems, soil, and fire comprise the ecosystem. The complex root system means that two-thirds of the prairie lives below ground, and that fire will destroy...

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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...
  In high school, I was always one to come home after sports practice and go study in my quiet room — I concentrate more easily when it’s quiet. Before coming to Grinnell, I was nervous that it might be difficult to find a good space to study. However, this has not been a...
Author:   Maggie Kamraczewski ’10 Kisses are being dispensed around the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CRSSJ). Well, Hershey’s kisses, that is. But the giddy mood is infectious nonetheless. Sure, some jaded college students may dismiss the...
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:  Summer 2009 Author:  Claire Reeder '11 The Iowa Room is home to the College Archives, supervised by College Archivist Catherine Rod (right) and Library Assistant Cheryl Neubert. Stepping into the Iowa Room is like stepping back in time: the warm wood tables and high-...
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.
  Apprentices and Community Partners at Work The rising sun shone brightly on the morning of Wednesday, October 6th -- perfect weather for Grinnell’s second annual participation inInternational Walk To School Day. Hailing from 64 different classes in 5 different schools, a total...
On July 24, Team Grinnell was among the mass of 15,000 riders dipping their tires in the Missouri River water to kick off RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The annual seven-day ride across the state touts itself as “the oldest, largest and longest...
  Alumni Engagement The alumni engagement working group is developing "Blue Sky" ideas, as encouraged by the Board, centered upon three themes: alumni-student interactions, alumni-faculty/staff interactions, and alumni-alumni interactions.  One of the major ideas is to create an...
  Member Update The Strategic Planning Steering Committee welcomes its newest member, Heather Benning, associate professor of physical education, to better represent the interests of the physical education and athletics departments. Ideas for the Future The first "Ideas for the...
  Transparency Working Group Report, December 13 The Transparency Working Group’s charge is to collect, organize and share feedback from faculty, staff, students, and alumni with the various strategic planning working groups and report the work of the working groups to these...
  Strategic Plan Update, February 2012 During fall semester 2011, after poring over hundreds of ideas and suggestions offered by the Grinnell College community, the strategic planning working groups developed the following material for consideration by the strategic plan...
  The Strategic Planning process, begun with a Board of Trustees retreat in June, is in full swing on campus with students, faculty, staff, and alumni involved in working groups on an aggressive timeline.  A 24-member Steering Committee, co-chaired by David Lopatto, chair of the...
It's mid-morning on a Tuesday and the Faulconer Arts Outreach (FAO) in the Parks program is in full swing. Children from toddlers to pre-teens scamper (or stumble) around the Ahrens Park shelter, buzzing from the fabric tub to paints, dodging around the glittery "Sparkle Truck"...
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 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...
New Faces Jieun Kang: A newly graduated librarian from Kent State University in Ohio. Jieun also holds an MA in History from The Ohio State University, with a concentration in Modern US history; and a BA in History Education from Seoul National University (South Korea).  Jieun...
  New Faces Biva Rajbhandari '12, Reference Assistant Nathan Clubb '10, Evening Circulation Supervisor, Burling Library New Tools, Databases and Other Collections Send us a Text Message! Text (712) 560-9033 for brief answers to your simple questions. Reference help is also...
  New Faces in the Libraries We welcome two new Library Research Tutors this spring: Meg Rudy '14 (undeclared) and Liz Holmes '13 (Psychology). Liz, Meg and our returning tutors – Kim Steele, Biva Rajbhandari, Victoria Vertilo and Mateo Jarquin – will provide research tips and...
Posted by: Raynard S. Kington I want to do everything I can to ensure good communication on campus. My first choice is always to meet and talk with you all in person, with time for some questions on your part and some listening on my part. But I realize 1) we can’t always do...
Issue:  Spring 2011...
William D. Ferguson Professor of Economics Gertrude B. Austin Professor of Economics The chair was created in 1963 by Gertrude Bishop Phillips (’09) Austin and Charles Burgess Austin, who was Instructor in Economics at Grinnell in 1910 and 1911. The previous holder of the chair...
Issue:  Fall 2009...
A guerilla art project knits together a group of students, townspeople, and local alumni “I was working on my calculus homework in the math lab, and one of the tutors got sidetracked and started to tell me about an article that she had read about ‘yarn bombing’  — people...

Venue

Located in a natural bowl north of 10th Avenue, Rosenbloom Field was made possible by a gift from Virginia Whitney Rosenbloom '36 and Abe H. Rosenbloom '34. The Pioneers observed the occasion of the field's dedication on Oct. 4, 1975, by defeating Carleton 36-26. Rosenbloom...
Features Wheelchair Accessible Chalkboard (2) Computer - Mac/Windows Av: Data Projection Document Camera DVD/CD Player (International) Laptop Ready Wireless Handheld and Laper Microphones Network/Internet Access Projection Screen (2) Projector - 35mm Slide Sound System Interface...
Features Wheelchair Accessible Chalkboard (2) Computer - Mac/Windows Data Projection Document Camera DVD/CD Player (Usa Only) Laptop Ready Network/Internet Access Projection Screen Transparency Overhead Proj VCR (USA Only) Clock (2) Electrical Outlets (Per Plug) (16) Carpet...
Features Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom (Same Level) Audio - Cassette Player Chalkboard Computer - Mac/Windows Data Projection DVD/CD Player (International) Laser Disc Player Microphone - Wireless Handheld and Lapel Network/Internet Access Projection Screen...
Features Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom (Same Level) Chalkboard Computer - Mac/Windows Data Projection DVD/CD Player (International) Network/Internet Access Projection Screen Sound System Interface Transparency Overhead Proj VCR (International) Clock...
Grinnell plays baseball on a complex just north and east of the President's residence. The field was renovated prior to the 2009 season. Highlights of the complex include a dirt warning track, black vinyl fencing, large dugouts, home and visitor bull pens, a double tunnel...
This open area just inside the north entrance (south of central campus) offers an ideal location for receptions, acapella concerts, and gatherings.
This grassy area between The Forum, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Herrick Chapel, and Noyce Science Center offers an ideal location for commencements and other ceremonies.
Located in the Bear athletic and recreation center, the climbing wall offers bouldering, top rope climbing, autobelays and lead climbing opportunities. Open sessions are scheduled 4-5 days weekly, with additional specialty sessions for beginners, groups and advanced workshops....
Darby Gymnasium is home for the Grinnell College men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the Pioneer volleyball squad. The state-of-the-art arena, which opened in 2005, seats 1,250 fans and is highlighted by a vibrant student section that is called the "Scarlet Sea."
The Faulconer Gallery in Bucksbaum presents exhibitions year-round, ranging from the annual Student Art Salon to traveling exhibitions from world-renowned artists. Students work with the gallery’s professional staff  as interns, gallery attendants, and arts outreach providers...
Grinnell's state-of-the-art fieldhouse is part of the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center, which was completed in 2010. The venue will serve athletes in multiple sports, most notably indoor track and field (Grinnell has already been awarded hosting rights for...
The new Fitness Center is a multi-floored 8,000 square foot facility that includes brand new cardiovascular and strength equipment. The upper floor of the Fitness Center, approximately 2,500 square feet, holds 26 pieces of cardio equipment, a stretching mat, dumbbells, medicine...
This theatre was built in recognition of Hallie Flanagan Davis's (class of 1911) work. Ms. Flanagan was national director of the Federal Theatre project, among many other wonderful commitments to the theatre world. With a catwalk and tension grid combined with flexible seating...
South Lounge, the large room on the end of the Forum closest to Burling Library, houses the Technology Service Desk.
Grinnell's men's and women's soccer programs each have a practice field, and share their competition field, Jane Springer Sports Field. Opened for the 2002 season, Springer Field meets maximum NCAA specifications, measuring 120x75, while terraced and berm seating is available...
JRC 101 is the largest conference space in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center and can support a range of video, audio, and multimedia presentations.
This area at the top of the main staircase frequently serves as the location of poster sessions and various fairs.
The Rosenfield Center Courtyard sits in the middle of the U-shaped building. A patio off the Spencer Grille flanks the grassy area.
In the fall of 2002, the Les Duke Track and Field Complex underwent a major renovation. The facility now features a new 400m synthetic 8-lane surface with synthetic runways and high jump surfaces. The upgrades also include exact models of equipment used at the 2003 World Track...
MacEachron Field lies between the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center and North Campus and hosts a number of weekly intramural practices and competitions. Affectionately known as Mac Field, the grassy area east of the North Campus residence halls — a popular site for intramural...
Grinnell's natatorium is part of the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center that was completed in 2010. The natatorium reflects the latest technology and design, offering swimmers a magnificent place to compete, train, or pursue personal fitness goals. The...
For events held off-campus, check the event listings or campus calendar for information regarding the location.
The Peace Grove was dedicated during the 1991 Reunion Weekend by the Class of 1970. In 1970 the College's administration responded to student protests against the Vietnam War and shootings at Kent State University by closing campus two weeks early and cancelling commencement,...
Prints, drawings, and photographs in the Grinnell College extensive art-on-paper collection may be viewed and studied in the Print and Drawing Study Room which is under the auspices of the Faulconer Gallery The facility houses over 3000 works on paper, including: John L. and...
A former dining hall, the Quad Dining Hall is now used for various events such as dances, performances, and receptions.
This open area in the southwest corner of the Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center, otherwise known as the elbow, frequently serves as the location for poster sessions.
The Roberts Theatre semi-thrust stage, seating 450, was renovated and restored under the design of Cesar Pelli and Associates (New Haven, CT). The project was completed in 2000. For more information about the Roberts Theatre please call the Technical Director at 641-269-3130.
The football team competes on an established site that has undergone renovations in recent years. In the summer of 2002, the field was upgraded to include an underground irrigation system. Situated among mature trees with a sloped bowl built up around the field, spectators enjoy...
The sand volleyball courts are located on South Campus just east of the railroad tracks.
Sebring-Lewis Hall, opened in 1999, seats 338 people in a 4,050 square-foot space. It is the home of most music department performances and numerous guest artist events. One of the first ensembles to perform in the hall, the American String Quartet, described it as "one of the...
This brand-new gallery features student art year-round. Located in the Rosenfield Center, next to the dining hall, the gallery gets a lot of foot traffic. Any artist can submit a proposal for the space and use it to exhibit his or her work for several weeks.   Reserve venue  
The Grinnell College softball team plays on one of the premier fields in the Midwest. Highlights of the complex, opened in the spring of 2002, include a subterranean drainage system in the infield and outfield, a dirt warning track, black vinyl fencing, heated dugouts, home and...
The Grinnell College soccer programs opened the 2002 season with new practice and game fields. The competition field is called Springer Field Already one of few Division III schools to have separate fields for the men's and women's programs, Grinnell went one step futher this...
Grinnell College's tennis courts, north of 10th Avenue, have recently been resurfaced and contain windscreens. Set up in blocks of two courts, the facility provides tremendous viewing areas for fans and coaches.
The Wall Performance Lab black box theatre was revamped as part of the Bucksbaum renovation and has since been used more for experimental and student work. Performances can usually seat up to 72 people.
Ward Field, now an open grassy area near the East Campus residence halls, was the site of the College's football stadium from 1911 to 1974. Ward Field itself was first used in 1893. The Ward Field football stadium was torn down in 1976 and the area was landscaped to provide one...

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The Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement supports the College’s core mission by helping our hometown to become an even stronger place to live, work, and study.  Serving as a liaison between Grinnell College and the surrounding community, the office administers the...

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Please read through all of the event hosting guidelines before fully completing the Alcohol Agreement application below. Alcohol agreements must be completed by 5pm on the Friday one full week prior to the event. Upon receiving a completed Alcohol Agreement application, the...