What makes a college unique? In part, its traditions, which unite the students of today and yesterday.

Here are a few of ours:

  • Social activism, from our Social Gospel roots through alt break and the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell.
  • Dressing up for the waltz.
  • 2 a.m. bakery runs to Danish Maid or ice cream and corn nuggets at Dari Barn.
  • Theme parties like the cross-dressing Mary B. James and the nostalgic Disco and 80s parties.
  • Lighthearted competition at Grinnell Relays.
  • Graffiti in the library bathrooms.
  • Loggias.
  • Self-governance.
  • Pagliai's Pizza.
  • The world's best study breaks.
  • Burling Library's jungle gyms.
  • Dial-a-Johns.
  • Mattress sledding in ARH.
  • Our integrated Young, Gifted, and Black gospel choir. (And yes, any student can join.)

And there's always waiting for the train to pass through campus.

News

The tradition continues.

The Burling Library’s scrapbook archives chronicle nearly one hundred years of Grinnell history in scrapbooks, created by alumni and donated to the College. Take a look at a few highlights from seven alumni scrapbooks — and get a taste of Grinnell in the early twentieth century.

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