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Writing the college essay

We’re sure that there are some students who love and look forward to writing the college essay, and a massive “HOORAY!” to all of you. That said, we imagine that for many of you, it’s a process that involves at least a little agony and procrastination. It’s hard. It’s hard to write a brief, concise essay that says a bit about who you are and what is important to you. We can’t make it easier to sit down and do the work, but we can tell you this:

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Grinnell, by the Numbers

  • About 1,600 students
  • 9:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Over 500 course offerings every semester
  • Most classes have fewer than 20 students
  • 27 majors, 11 concentrations
  • 3,000 internship opportunities in the United States and abroad
  • Burling Library contains 1 million books and documents
  • 500+ free events each year
  • 200+ student organizations
  • One-third of students engage in varsity athletics
  • 13 percent international, 22 percent U.S. students of color

Iowa Private College Week

Grinnell's daily sessions last from 9 a.m.–noon, Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5.

Iowa Private College Week (IPCW) is a weeklong program during which independent Iowa colleges and universities invite prospective students and their families to explore their campuses. It's a great time for prospective students to learn about Grinnell’s academic and social opportunities and to meet with faculty, staff, students, and coaches.

This year, IPCW will be held Aug. 1-5. Grinnell's sessions will run from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Each session includes the following:

Research

"When you get something right in lab, it's like making a birdie or getting a one-putt," says Stephanie Spahr '14. She joins her mentor, chemistry professor Stephen Sieck, to share stories about "failed" experiments, organic chemistry, and finding success in the top programs in the country.

Meet Grinnell in a minute and a half, then go deeper with our latest videos (below) about the diverse facets of the Grinnell experience:

Outcomes

Harry Krejsa '10 credits his internship and mentored advanced project for his interest in policy work, leading to his Fulbright and his success in Washington, D.C. "Perhaps anything a student can think of, we probably have a grant for," says Mark Peltz, director of the Career Development office. The two talk about preparation for achievement and finding the right fit after graduation.

Meet Grinnell in a minute and a half, then go deeper with our latest videos (below) about the diverse facets of the Grinnell experience: