The Office of the Registrar is Grinnell’s home for academic records, including the academic calendar and deadlines; course catalogs, schedules, and descriptions; course registration and resources; graduation requirements; major and concentration declarations; student records and transcripts; enrollment verifications; and changes in name and addresses. The registrar’s office also supports the faculty and administration with classroom scheduling, enrollment statistics, and many more academic functions.
The primary goal of the Reading Laboratory is to support your academic success at Grinnell. You will work both individually and in small discussion groups to improve your reading comprehension and rate, build your vocabulary, and develop more effective study strategies. International students may also choose to work on their English language proficiency.
The ALSO program offers highly motivated and independent students the opportunity to learn a language through a combination of self-instruction and peer tutoring. Past languages offered have included Czech, Modern Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Swahili. Not all languages can be offered every semester; Italian and Korean will be offered in Fall 2014.
With the explosion of online channels like Twitter and text messaging, written communication has become more immediate and, in many cases, abbreviated. Despite this trend, there is still a vital need for people in all fields to know how to write well.
Grinnell takes an encompassing approach to the teaching of writing. The College stands apart from many similar institutions in requiring every tenure-track professor – including mathematicians, sculptors and chemists – to teach writing as part of a first-year tutorial.