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Visit Grinnell

Campus Visit Hiatus

Grinnell College recognizes the global implications of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and our highest priority is for the health and well-being of everyone affected by COVID-19. As a result, we are closed for campus visitors until further notice.

You can learn more about the College's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on our website.

We are living in unprecedented times and we appreciate your patience and understanding. The Offices of Admission and Student Financial Services will be available via phone and email during business hours to answer any questions. Please email the Office of Admission or call 641-269-3600 for more information.

Experience Grinnell

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Virtual Information Sessions

Join us for a 30 minute virtual information session led by an admission counselor. This session will provide a quick overview of Grinnell’s academic programs, career development experiences, internship and research opportunities, admission requirements, and merit- and need-based financial aid processes. You can even ask live questions using our chat feature!

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Take a Virtual Tour

We understand not everyone can get to campus in person. If you can’t come for a visit, or if you’d like a sneak peek before making your trip, check out our virtual tour below and see why so many call Grinnell home.

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Schedule an Online Interview

Optional, but highly recommended! Online interviews are a great way to share more about yourself, and can take place over FaceTime, Skype, or a phone call. After you schedule an online interview, a senior interviewer or admission counselor will contact you within 5 business days to schedule a mutually convenient day and time. Please note that you may only interview once, and interviews are available beginning in February of your junior year through January of your senior year.

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Two Seniors Talk Grinnell

An unscripted, conversational take on what makes academics at Grinnell unique, interesting research and internship experiences, and the importance of mentorship and community. Hosted, filmed, and produced entirely by current students.

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Your Home in Grinnell

Hear from current students about campus life and our Grinnell community:

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Explore Iowa

Did you know that nearly 93% of Grinnell students hail from out of state? With so much geographic diversity, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that “What is there to do in Iowa?” ranks among our most frequently asked questions. Check out this interactive map of Iowa to see our favorite places and things to do, and zoom into Grinnell to see our favorite spots on campus and in our local community.

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    Meet Your Admission Counselor

    Want to know who travels your area, will be reading your application, and can answer specific questions you might have about Grinnell? Our admission counselors are here for you — feel free to reach out.

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    Get to Know Our Admission Interns

    One of the best ways to get to know Grinnell is to meet current students. We believe our admission interns are a great sampling of the students who choose to attend Grinnell; see who they are, where they come from, and some of the things they’ve done while at Grinnell. And if you have any questions for them, feel free to contact them.

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    Beginning in February of your junior year, you can interview with one of our admission representatives on campus. An interview isn’t required for admission (and you may only interview once), but it’s a great chance for our staff to get to know you more and find out if Grinnell is a good fit for you.

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    Grinnell Events Near You

    We’d love to know if you plan on attending one of our admission events off-campus. Use the link below to see when we are going to be in your area for college fairs, information sessions, evening programs, interviews, and more!

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    On-Campus Programs and Events

    In the fall semester, we have two Discover Grinnell weekend programs in addition to a Fall Preview Day. In February, we offer a Junior Visit Day for high school juniors who are beginning the college search process. In March and April we welcome our admitted students to campus for special admitted student weekend events.

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    What Can You Do During Your Visit?

    During your visit, our admission counselors will hold an info session that covers a lot of ground: our academic programs, career development services, internship and research opportunities, admission requirements, and need- and merit-based financial aid opportunities. After your session, you’ll take a student-led campus tour that explores our academic buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities, dining hall, and more.

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