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When following curiosity into uncharted territory, Grinnellians aren’t afraid to ask for directions.

In a community full of unique intellectual journeys, we’re used to fielding all sorts of questions. The complex, the straightforward, and the strange. When you're creating a curriculum, your journey through the liberal arts is yours to make. But don’t forget: you have dedicated mentors, distinguished scholars, and a whole academic community cheering you on.

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    Faculty Advisers

    Engaged adviser, engaged advisees.

    Just like you, our faculty are here to contribute to the collective intellect of this academic community. With their diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and methods, our faculty create a supportive and challenging learning environment that’s like no other. Your tutorial professor will be your faculty adviser until you choose a major, and then you will chose the adviser who best fits your needs and aspirations.

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    Academic Advising

    A trusted partner on your academic path.

    The professionals in the Academic Advising Office are dedicated to your success. They can help you with study skills and time management to keep you ahead of the game, and they can lend a hand if you get in over your head. Together with your faculty adviser, they can traverse the terrain with you from choosing your major to charting a roadmap to graduation and beyond.


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    Peer Mentoring and Tutoring

    Learn from someone who has been where you are.

    Peer mentors or tutors are available for nearly every subject and skillset, from anthropology to athletics. These mentors have experience in navigating Grinnell's resources and can help you make useful connections. Then, when you're ready, you can be a mentor to others, solidifying your knowledge and leadership along the way.

Advising Beyond the Classroom

Ready support, every step of the way.

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    Connecting your interests to real opportunities.

    As you grow in your studies, you’ll explore larger issues of purpose and responsibility, both on campus and beyond. As you do, your Careers, Life, and Service exploratory adviser will support your professional, personal, and civic development. You’ll meet with this adviser during New Student Orientation and every semester. Along the way you’ll discuss your values and interests, and how you’ll build a career that’s meaningful to you.

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    Making sure you always feel at home.

    Moving into a new environment with an entirely new group of people can bring exciting experiences. It can also require some adjustments. Your residence life coordinator (RLC), who lives in your residential community, is the primary resource for you and your neighbors as you navigate your shared space together. RLCs are available throughout the day, with someone on call throughout the night. Their role is to support your success at Grinnell socially, and personally, and to be there to help you feel at home away from home.

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