Academic Advising

Document

Building

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,...

Event

Got Grit? Take a break from studying and learn how grit can help you succeed in stressful times. Join panelists from the faculty, writing lab, student affairs, athletics, CLS, SHACS, and wellness in discussing what it means to have grit and how you can persevere in tough times....

Issue

Landing Page

Although Grinnell College is noted for its open curriculum -- consistent with our philosophy of self-governance -- the College is not without a significant number of policies related to a student's academic life. As a student you should know that often there is little or no...
Faculty Advisers Your adviser is someone who will take an interest in you, listen to you as you share your personal goals, and help you plan a course of study. Your tutorial professor is your adviser until you declare a major (typically in your fourth semester). If you are a...
The department requires that a student take at least one 200-level anthropology course before taking ANT 280. Students must have at least one 200 level course in cultural or linguistic anthropology to enroll in ANT 292.   Anthropology, the study of humankind, strives to take the...
Art
  The studio arts welcome students both with experience and without experience. Introductory studio classes are often overenrolled and preference is given to incoming First Years and declared Art majors. The Department advises all majors to go on an off-campus program, and to...
  The Biology, Chemistry and Biological Chemistry majors are designed so that a student does not need to choose among them until registration for the fourth semester. Students deciding among Biology, Chemistry and Biological Chemistry majors should take BIO 150 and CHM 129 (...
The Biology, Chemistry, and Biological Chemistry majors are designed so that a student does not need to choose among them until registration for the fourth semester. Entering students who are deciding among these three majors should take BIO 150 and CHM 129 (General Chemistry)...
The Biology, Chemistry and Biological Chemistry majors are designed so that a student does not need to choose among them until registration for the fourth semester. Consult the previous sections on Biology and Biological Chemistry for more information. Students with AP/IB credit...
All entering students who have previously studied Ancient Greek or Latin will receive placement recommendations from the department. Any student wishing to enroll in 300-level Latin must take a Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not administered at any other...
The Department of Computer Science collaborates with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to send each incoming student a letter, "Tentative Placement in Mathematics and Computer Science". Students will typically start in CSC 151 because the material will be new to most...
The general sequence of courses in Economics is as follows: theory, then application; theory, then application. Students first take ECN 111 followed by an applied course from ECN 205-250; then students take the intermediate theory and econometrics courses ECN 280, 282. and 286...
Students should not assume that a major in a discipline will automatically earn a teaching license in that area or discipline. Ideally, a student interested in earning a license should begin coursework and consult with a member of the education department in the first year....
Neither English literature or language AP nor IB work is equivalent to ENG 120 or 121. Students interested in majoring in English must take one of these intro courses in order to take advanced coursework in this department. English 120 (Literary Analysis) and English 121 (...
French All entering students who have previously studied French are required to take the French Department's Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not administered at any other time). The department uses the results of the Placement Test to recommend the...
Incoming students interested in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies should register for GWS 111. We encourage students interested in majoring in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies to complete GWS 111 within their first three semesters at Grinnell, ideally during their...
Entering students who have previously studied German for three or more years should take the German Department's Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not given at any other time). The department uses the results of the Placement Test to recommend the appropriate...
First-semester students interested in taking a history class may choose from different sections of History 100. First-semester students are not eligible for any 200-level course. Second-semester students are eligible for a 200-level course in the spring ONLY if they took History...
At the beginning of New Student Orientation, the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics and Statistics send each first-year student a letter containing tentative CS/math/stats placements. Placements are based on transcripts and standardized test scores, but the College...
Mission The Academic Advising Office, within the Division of Student Affairs, helps students develop the skills and strategies they need to be effective, independent, active learners so they can succeed in their academic endeavors. We fulfill our mission by collaborating with...
Please note: Students wishing to enroll in MUS 112/111 Harmony should take the brief Music Theory Placement Test offered during New Student Orientation. The placement exam will help the student discern whether s/he should enroll in Harmony or the more preparative Musicianship...
It is possible to complete a major in Philosophy without taking a course in Philosophy during the first year. Philosophy 101, 102, 106, 111, and 135 are open to any first-year student. Philosophy 111 (Introduction to Philosophy) is a historically-oriented course which is an...
A maximum of 4 credits in Physical Education 100 or 101 can count towards graduation. There is no major in physical education (P.E.) at Grinnell, but the department offers many ways for students to be involved: in activity classes, content (theory) courses, and on varsity...
The physics major is designed so that students following the physics curriculum need not decide between physics and mathematics majors until registration for the fourth semester. The physics major curriculum is highly structured, and the first four courses in this curriculum...
Incoming students interested in political science should register for POL101. Advanced placement and IB credits may be counted toward the major but cannot be substituted for POL 101. Political Science 101 is open to first-year students. Political Science 101 offers a rigorous...
Students interested in preparing for medical school or another health profession may select any major offered at Grinnell College while completing the required pre-health courses. Grinnell College does not offer a specific pre-health or pre-med major. Faculty assist in providing...
Since most courses following Psychology 113 require a course in statistics — Mathematics 115 (Introduction to Statistics) or Mathematics 209 (Applied Statistics) — students should take this course as early as possible. Introduction to Psychology (Psychology 113) is the first...
We recommend that students considering a major in Religious Studies take a 100-level “Studying Religion” course and at least two 200-level courses by the end of the their second year. Religious Studies helps students develop tools to understand the complex ways that people...
All entering students who have previously studied Russian should take a Placement Test during New Student Orientation (it is not administered at any other time). The department uses the results of the Placement Test to recommend the appropriate starting point for each student....
Many Sociology majors study off campus for a semester, typically during the third year. The Department strongly encourages off-campus study, as well as internships, and helps students, with early planning, adjust their four-year plans to incorporate such opportunities. The...
All entering students who have previously studied Spanish will receive a letter from the Spanish Department informing them of their placement. Only the students with  an AP Spanish language or literature score of 4 or 5 or with no clear placement based on high school transcript...
Within Theatre and Dance, there are five areas of emphasis: acting/directing, performance studies, dramaturgy, stage design, and dance/choreography. History, criticism and theory are integrated with practice in our course offerings and consequently, performance opportunities...

News Item

Time Management – Belinda Backous Date: Wednesday, October 8 Time: 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.                                   Location: JRC202                                                   Get a grip on stress:  learn how to manage yourself and your time in this intellectual...

Book page

  As a faculty adviser, you will at some point advise international students who bring diverse cultures, perspectives, and goals to the advising conversation. Because of US government regulations, most international students also have special academically-related considerations...
  As a faculty adviser, you will at some point advise international students who bring diverse cultures, perspectives, and goals to the advising conversation. Because of US government regulations, most international students also have special academically-related considerations...
  Students with documented disabilities are accommodated at Grinnell College. Not only is this required by law, but it is fair practice for students who need it. All students seeking academic accommodations for a disability must contact Joyce Stern, Dean for Student Student...
  Students with documented disabilities are accommodated at Grinnell College. Not only is this required by law, but it is fair practice for students who need it. All students seeking academic accommodations for a disability must contact Joyce Stern, Dean for Student Student...
  Career and Post-Graduate Study Planning As an academic adviser, the CDO relies on you as the first connection in the career development of our students. Below they list many reasons you could send one of your students to see a staff member there. Other resources, such as the...
  Career and Post-Graduate Study Planning As an academic adviser, the CDO relies on you as the first connection in the career development of our students. Below they list many reasons you could send one of your students to see a staff member there. Other resources, such as the...
  Internship Guidelines Students at Grinnell College may participate in a range of internship opportunities both during the academic year and in the summer. Summer internships are available throughout the world with options for variable credit and funding for first-, second- and...
  Internship Guidelines Students at Grinnell College may participate in a range of internship opportunities both during the academic year and in the summer. Summer internships are available throughout the world with options for variable credit and funding for first-, second- and...
  Grinnell is affiliated with nearly 100 off-campus study programs worldwide, and we offer two of our own: Grinnell-in-London and Grinnell-in- Washington. By the time they graduate, 55-60% of all Grinnell students have studied in a semester-or year-long program, either domestic...
  Grinnell is affiliated with nearly 100 off-campus study programs worldwide, and we offer two of our own: Grinnell-in-London and Grinnell-in- Washington. By the time they graduate, 55-60% of all Grinnell students have studied in a semester-or year-long program, either domestic...

Group Info

Dedicated to students’ academic success, the Academic Advising office staff will work with you on nearly any academic concern. You can come to the office for instruction on study skills and time management, to receive peer tutoring, to arrange for disability accommodations, to...

Webform

Please complete this form immediately after each tutoring session. You must fill out each item before you submit this form.
Please complete this form immediately after each tutoring session. You must fill out each item before you submit this form.
Please complete this form immediately after each tutoring session. You must fill out each item before you submit this form.