Student Life

Experience

"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:

Diversity

Grinnell’s diverse and inclusive community isn’t just a warm and welcoming place to spend four years — it’s also an essential part of your education here. That’s because we all benefit when we seek to understand different viewpoints. Doing so requires us to examine, expand, and sometimes even challenge our own beliefs.

Finding your Place

Grinnellians are an eclectic bunch:

Jobs on Campus

An on-campus job is about more than earning money to pay for tuition, books, and an occasional pizza (although those are all great reasons to get one). These jobs can give you skills and experiences that will benefit you long after you graduate

Housing & Dining

About 85 percent of our students live in a residence hall, language or project house, or off-campus house — so they really get to know one another well. Residence halls are small; most house 50–60 students of all class years, majors, and backgrounds, making each hall floor feel like a big, diverse family. A residence life professional staff person and more than 70 student staff members work to make sure you feel right at home. Residence halls offer a range of rooming situations, ranging from singles to quads to mini-apartments with their own kitchens.

Student Activities Office

The Office of Student Activities offers support and resources to help you plan, manage, and finance your campus event. Our office collaborates with the Student Government Association to run films, concerts, all-campus events, and more to enhance an active and engaged campus culture and to help you become a more efficient organizer and leader.

Residence Life

Grinnell’s experienced, dedicated residence life team works with more than 70 volunteer student staff members to build a residential community that fosters social and personal development, encourages self-governance, and accommodates individual needs to help you achieve your goals.

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