International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP)

Grinnell’s International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP) is held just prior to New Student Orientation (NSO). Attendance is required for new international students and language assistants.

Few IPOP attendees have visited Grinnell before their arrival in August, so the program includes campus and community tours, shopping for items that don’t ‘pack well’, and time to open a U.S. bank account. Sessions also address cultural and systemic challenges that students from abroad often encounter as they transition to life and learning in a U.S. context. This program is sponsored by the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA). IPOP participants also attend NSO.

Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Leadership Institute (PCPOP)

The Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Program (PCPOP) is an enrichment program designed to create a positive adjustment to Grinnell College for first-year students from historically underrepresented identities and backgrounds, including but not limited to students of color, students with disabilities, first-generation students, and LGBTQ+ students.

PCPOP provides multiple opportunities that will assist students’ social and cultural adjustment to campus prior to New Student Orientation and also continued throughout participants’ first year at Grinnell. This year-long program is a chance for students to build intentional relationships with students, staff, and faculty to greatly enhance their academic, social, and cultural capital during their four-year tenure as students of Grinnell College. This program is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs.

Grinnell Science Project (GSP)

The Grinnell Science Project (GSP) is a one-week pre-orientation, intended to build a community for new students interested in the sciences who come from groups typically underrepresented in science and math fields. Using the students’ college applications and their transcripts, we select 40-45 students who indicate an interest in science on their application and are a first generation-college student; a domestic student of color; and/or a woman interested in physics or computational sciences. These selected students are invited to participate in the GSP pre-orientation after they have been admitted to the College. The aims of the pre-orientation include:

  • providing a student cohort in which relationships and a support network may be built;
  • creating supportive relationships between students and a variety of science faculty;
  • acquainting students and helping them to feel comfortable with an array of support services the College provides;
  • helping students become comfortable with the campus geography, the libraries, and residential life.

New Student Athletes

If you are a fall sport athlete you may be arriving to campus early to start training and practice. You will be contacted directly by your team's coach with further instructions on arrival dates, times, and move-in procedures. All incoming athletes will also receive an email in late June 2017 with a link to submit all required athletic forms. For more information, athletes can directly contact their coach, or Terri Stark, financial assistant at 641-269-3804.