There are no limits to the ambitions and achievements of Grinnell graduates, many of whom work and live abroad immediately after finishing their degree. Because of Grinnell’s generous financial aid (and especially its cap on student loans), Grinnell graduates leave college with the freedom to do what they want, in whatever part of the world, without feeling constrained by debt.

Grinnell sponsors a number of post-graduate service opportunities. Modeled on the Peace Corps, the Grinnell Corps pays Grinnell graduates to spend a year teaching or providing other service in Africa, China, Thailand, and the United States. Of course, Grinnell graduates also participate in record numbers in the Peace Corps, while others receive prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes or the Watson to go abroad for a specific project.

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) works with students to help them find the vocation that best suits their interests and skills. The CLS also helps students with career planning, the job search, internships, or resume/Cover letter review. Recent Grinnell alumni are working for institutions such as Japan Exchange Teachers (JET), La Clinica del Pueblo, National Bank of Pakistan, French Ministry of Education and Cultural Services, and the United Nations Development Program- China. 


  • Grinnell ranks in the top ten small colleges and universities for producing Peace Corps volunteers (2015 data).
  • Among the places where you’ll find Grinnell alumni are Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Paraguay, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Zambia.
  • Grinnell College supports and encourages alumni engaged in community service with the Wall Alumni Service Award.