Student Health and Wellness

For the most up-to-date information about Grinnell College's COVID-19 response, please visit the COVID-19 webpage.

New Students: see the news article for health requirement details
Questions about the vaccination requirements should be sent via secure message through the online system. For pressing needs, please call SHAW at 641-269-3230.

Dear Students, 

During these extraordinarily difficult times, SHAW wants you to know that we’re here for you. There are so many ways voices of those with marginalized identities voices go unheard. The impacts of systemic racism are widespread, and currently they are front and center with the horrific deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, as well as far too many others. Tragically, we remain in the midst of a global pandemic crisis that disproportionately affects people of color, and particularly African-American communities in the United States. 

In response to these tragedies, we are witnessing many disturbing messages and responses that may lead us to fear and anxiety. SHAW affirms that all of your experiences and feelings are valid, and you deserve a place to not only process your experiences, but also celebrate your identities. SHAW has many resources to offer you, and we welcome you to access us by calling 641-269-3230

Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) offers an integrated model of physical health and mental health services to support the personal and academic success of all Grinnell College students. Wellness, prevention, and health promotion empowers students and helps create an environment where pursuing health and wellness is possible. We utilize a holistic approach to emphasize the spectrum of prevention, intervention, and recovery for a range of health concerns which allows us to embrace and appreciate the differences of each student’s health and wellness needs. Most of our services are covered by the cost of tuition with no additional cost to the students (and not billed to insurance). In addition to nursing, counseling, and case management appointments, we offer a variety of programs, events, and advocacy to help students navigate the world’s complexities as it relates to health and wellbeing. We also help students connect with off-campus medical and mental health providers/specialists in the community when needed. SHAW supports students’ development of autonomy to feel empowered to make informed choices about their health and wellness during college and after they graduate.

Department Information

Forum, Lower Level
1119 Sixth Ave
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States


Office Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Nursing Appointments: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Counseling Appointments: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
TelePsychiatry Appointments: Monday and Thursday  8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

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