Grinnell College is noted for its open curriculum, consistent with our philosophy of student self-governance. To provide structure to this, the College has a significant number of policies to guide a student's academic life, which the Academic Advising office can help you navigate.
If you have questions about any of the academic policies or other procedures at the College, first consult the Academic Policies section of the Student Handbook. Then speak with your faculty adviser, contact the Office of the Registrar, or bring your questions to the staff at Academic Advising.
Leaves of absence (i.e., taking a gap semester or gap year) is just one such policy. Read more about leaves of absence and consult with us.