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"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.

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


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!