Grinnell is a place where students take advantage of every opportunity they have, whether it’s attending one of the 500+ free annual events, performances, or symposia, participating in one of our 200+ student groups, making the most of our state-of-the-art athletic facilities, giving back with skill-enhancing service projects, or enjoying all-campus concerts, films, and social events organized entirely by students. At Grinnell, there is no end to what you can gain from — or bring to — our community.
Midwest Ultimate teams gather at Grinnell for popular annual Ultimate tournament.
Hall wellness coordinator Samantha Schwartz '14 advises students to practice gratitude.
"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:
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:
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
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.
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.
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.