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Admitted Student Virtual Experience

Congratulations on your acceptance into the Grinnell College Class of 2024!

A Community Without Borders

Welcome to Grinnell — home of the curious, the inspired, the passionate, the driven. The change makers of the world.

While we love our beautiful location in the heart of Iowa and would love to show you around, we’re unable to welcome you to campus at this time.

Our community, however, is made of more than ivy covered buildings and beautifully landscaped grounds, and we hope you use this page to explore what makes us, us: our collective passion for learning, our commitment to social responsibility, our insatiable quest for knowledge in pursuit of a better world, and the connections we hold with one another.

So begin your exploration here. Learn how Grinnell can help you realize your full potential and do nothing less than change the world.   

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    Living on Campus

    Where students thrive.

    In addition to providing a safe, comfortable living space, the residence halls at Grinnell College foster a sense of community and provide a living and learning environment to complement your academic experience.

    Within these halls, you’ll learn to practice self-governance and incorporate the philosophy in your daily life, and engage in thoughtful programs in a safe, healthy, inclusive, and comfortable environment.

    Explore your new home and all it has to offer here:

    Residential Life
    Campus Life

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    Your Dining Options

    Redefining college cuisine.

    A community gathering space with national-award-winning dining inspired by culinary practices from around the world, our dining hall provides fuel to feed your hunger for knowledge, as well regular old hunger. In addition to a menu that accommodates all dietary needs, you’ll find a depth and variety of food choices to keep you satisfied served in a space designed to encourage you and your peers to gather for conversations and study sessions.

    Hungry for knowledge? And tacos? Explore Grinnell’s dining hall and menu.


    What's it Like to Eat in Grinnell's Dining Hall?


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A Different Type of Information Session

Hear fourth-year students Maddy Smith and Ayyad Jacob share their unique stories about learning, life, and friendship at Grinnell.

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    Your Campus Community

    How Do I Find My People?

    Moving to a new home and starting a new chapter of your life can be challenging. At Grinnell, we thrive on individuality, diverse perspectives, and fostering a community that is welcoming to all. As you settle into our campus, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with others, whether through the classroom, more than 100 student organizations, or at campus events and parties that are free of charge and open to all.  

    Your people are out there. Come meet them.

    Life at Grinnell
    Arts & Culture
    Student Organizations

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    Your Academic Experience

    Explore your interests.

    At Grinnell, we believe that learning works best when you’re actively involved in your classroom community, studying what matters to you. We believe in making connections across academic disciplines, learning beyond the classroom, and pursuing excellence in everything we do. With more than 500 courses and just one required class outside of your major, you’ll have plenty of academic freedom. But you won’t go it alone; dedicated faculty advisers provide guidance and support every step of the way.

    Start planning your journey.

    Majors & Concentrations
    First-Year Academics

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Connect in Real Time

Connect with current students to answer all of your questions in many different ways! Whether you'd like a 1:1 video chat, conversations on social media, or just to watch silly videos on TikTok, we're here for you.

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    Limitless Opportunities

    The world is your classroom.

    We know your personal and professional lives are diverse, complex, and multifaceted. And your education should be as well. Whether through internships, global learning, volunteer work, community-based learning, work-study, guided research, or myriad other opportunities, you’ll find a Grinnell education means learning outside the classroom as much as inside it. You’ll learn to go forth confidently into the world;  and also, to let the world into your life.

    Here, the world is your classroom. Start the exploration here:

    Center for Careers, Life, & Service
    Global Grinnell

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    Life in Grinnell, Iowa

    Small town, big heart.

    An idyllic town in the heart of Iowa, Grinnell is an active, progressive, quirky community always on the lookout for the next generation of leaders and change makers. As a student at Grinnell, you’ll have immediate access to the parks, trails, restaurants, dining, and shopping opportunities that contribute to the vibrant, artsy, and authentic vibe that makes Grinnell an interesting place to live, learn, and play.

    Explore what Grinnell has to offer – and learn what you might offer Grinnell:

    Grinnell, Iowa
    Getting Around

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Campus Highlights

The best parts of campus according to our campus tour guides, who created this video for you (on a windy day, so please pardon the sound quality).

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    Why We Chose You

    We hope the students you have met in these videos help you understand why, of more than 8,000 applicants to Grinnell College this year, we chose you.

    Congratulations again, and we look forward to welcoming you here in the fall!

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