The Middle of Nowhere?
Once you decide to visit Grinnell, you'll learn that we're not exactly in the middle of nowhere. Grinnell sits at the heart of a constellation of Midwestern cities. The College's location in central Iowa makes it an easy drive from any major metropolis in the Midwest:
- Des Moines (1 hour)
- Omaha (3 hours)
- Kansas City (4 hours)
- Madison (4 hours)
- Chicago (5 hours)
- Minneapolis-St.Paul (5 hours)
- St. Louis (5 hours)
If you do not live in the Midwest, you can fly to Des Moines or Cedar Rapids from major cities nationwide. Both airports are about one hour from Grinnell College. For most of the year, the Office of Admission provides transportation to and from the Des Moines airport for prospective students who are traveling without an adult in conjunction with an Admission's scheduled overnight on-campus There is no charge for this service. Reservations must be made at least 10 working days in advance. Your flights should arrive and depart between the hours of 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. A driver will meet you at the exit door nearest the baggage claim area.
When You Arrive
Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the academic year. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the summer months. When you arrive on campus during our office hours, please go directly to the Office of Admission on the second floor of the John Chrystal Center. The Chrystal Center is located on the northwest corner of 6th Ave. and Park St.