Why Grinnell?

An exceptional academic experience

You will be challenged here, in the best of ways. Professors will expect thorough research, thoughtful analysis, and creative thinking. You’ll be responsible for co-creating your curriculum with your adviser, and you’ll find your voice in a self-governing residential community. You will graduate well-prepared for a career and graduate school. Grinnell alumni are international leaders in science, music, public service, law, medicine, business, engineering, and more. And Grinnell ranks in the top 10 of all U.S. institutions for the proportion of its graduates who earn Ph.D.s.

A lively and diverse community

Students at Grinnell come from nearly every state and more than 60 countries. They come with varied geographic, ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic experiences, but thanks to their passion, intellectual curiosity and lively interest in the world and each other, they form an incredibly close-knit community. This diversity is fostered by Grinnell’s sizable endowment and long-standing commitment to financial aid. Our beautiful 120-acre campus is alive with student clubs, intercollegiate and intramural athletic teams, music, theater, and art, and hosts more than 500 free, on-campus events every year — ranging from guest lecturers, to concerts, plays, symposia, and all-campus social events. The College is adjacent to the thriving downtown of Grinnell (population 9,200) amid the rolling farmland of central Iowa.

A college that is personal in scale and international in scope

A Grinnell education is all about making a difference in the world. You will learn from your classmates (and roommates) who come from far and wide, making Grinnell one of the most international liberal arts colleges in the United States. Approximately 60 percent of Grinnell’s students will spend time studying in another part of the world. Grinnell is among the leaders in sending graduates to the Peace Corps and supports its own Grinnell Corps — a yearlong postgraduate service opportunity in Asia, Africa, and North America — underscoring the College’s strong commitment to social responsibility and action. Take this opportunity to explore Grinnell College … you won’t be disappointed.

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