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"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.


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.


Caleb Neubauer '13 created a three-part short film installation as the culmination of his Grinnell-sponsored travels to China. He talks about how he finds inspiration, being mentored by art professor Lee Running, and coming into his own as an artist.


"Students have a lot of influence on this campus," says Pooj Padmaraj '13."They're not just going to class." He talks about how his work as a campus concerts coordinator and his religious studies major are two parts of a holistic Grinnell experience in which academics and cocurriculars often complement and reinforce one another.


The Office of Admission is the hub for your application needs. You can learn about Grinnell, grab an application, and schedule a campus visit, including a tour, information session, and meal in the dining hall. You can also visit classes, stay overnight with a student, and interview with admissions.


We’re looking for applicants who have sought challenge and excelled academically, done well on standardized tests, and demonstrated commitment to activities beyond the classroom. We use the Common Application with a Grinnell Supplement, and strongly encourage you to apply online — we’ll waive the application fee if you do. We encourage you to apply early, and please contact us if you have questions about the application process.


At Grinnell, we love to learn. We value thoughtfulness, creativity, and fun. Our students design their own academic program in close consultation with a faculty adviser, and our self-governing residential community encourages students to take responsibility for the collaborative and supportive community in which they live. We engage fully with our community and the wider world … and we would love for you to join us!


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