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All new Grinnellians participate in New Student Orientation (NSO). In addition, new international students are required to arrive a few days earlier to participate in the International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP). Fall 2019 IPOP participants need to arrive on Sunday, August 18. You will move into your residence hall that day, and you will join your new classmates from around the world to participate in IPOP, from August 19–23.
IPOP is planned by the Office of International Student Affairs, in collaboration with an impressive team of mentors. We will help you prepare for life and learning in the U.S., and at Grinnell College. You’ll learn about a variety of important regulatory issues that impact your stay, and discuss some of the cultural issues that may impact your transition. You will meet your IPOP mentor, your FIS community host (apply here), a number of Grinnell staff and faculty — and you will have a great time with new classmates! IPOP includes campus and community tours, shopping for needed supplies, and time to open a bank account and apply for a U.S. Social Security card (assuming eligibility).
During NSO, you’ll be joined by the entire incoming class! This program includes tutorial meetings, language placement tests, computer workshops, course registration, and a number of community-values sessions. NSO is a great time to become acquainted with your academic adviser and your roommate(s) and floor mates, as well as getting to know your community assistant (CA) and residence life coordinator (RLC).