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Visit Opportunities

How can you learn more about Grinnell?

​​​​​​There are a lot of ways to get to know why Grinnell is a unique community, and why so many of our students, faculty, and staff are proud to call this place home. We encourage you to explore the below opportunities and then sign up for a visit.

Schedule Your On-Campus or Virtual Visit

On-Campus Visit Options

Please note that some options are not available during the 2021–22 academic year.

We offer 50-minute on-campus information sessions led by an admission counselor Monday through Friday during the academic year, and on Saturdays in the fall semester and in April. The information session provides an overview of Grinnell’s academic programs, career development services, internship, and research opportunities, admission requirements, and need- and merit-based financial aid opportunities. The information session is followed by an hour-long, student-led campus tour, which illuminates Grinnell’s individuality through exploration of the academic buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities, social venues, and dining hall.

Interviews are conducted by trained seniors at the College or by admission officers. Interviews are a two-way street: we get to learn more about you and you get to learn more about us in a one-on-one setting. Please note that interviews are completely optional and not required for admission, but they are included as part of our evaluation of your application. Interviews are available through mid-December of a student's senior year.

We find that interviews are most productive when students are within a year of applying. As such, the earliest that prospective first-year students are permitted to interview is during the spring of their junior year. The earliest that prospective transfer students are permitted to interview is during their second-to-last college term. If it is too early for you to interview, we still urge you to visit for an information session and campus tour.

If you are visiting during the academic year, enjoy a complimentary meal for you and your guests in our Marketplace Dining Hall or the Spencer Grill! Be sure to pick up your meal tickets at the reception desk in the Office of Admission before proceeding to the dining hall.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these opportunities have been put on hold.

High school seniors and prospective transfer students are invited to sit in on faculty-approved courses during their visit to campus. Upon checking in at the Admission & Student Financial Services building, students will be able to choose classes from a roster. Please note that class visits usually last 50 minutes, and are only available during the academic year when class is in session, excluding the mid-semester and final exam weeks.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these opportunities have been put on hold.

Grinnell College is dedicated to assisting families in managing the cost of a Grinnell education, and we assert our commitment to admitted students by meeting 100% of demonstrated need. Every family is unique, and we carefully review each financial aid application we receive. If you are a high school senior and your family has specific questions about financial aid at Grinnell College, we welcome you to meet for a one-on-one appointment with the Office of Financial Aid during your visit to campus. Financial aid appointments are not required and do not have to include the student.

These Q&As are conducted by current senior students at the College and offer prospective students a behind-the-curtain look at student life and academics at Grinnell. You're encouraged to ask the current student about how they navigated their college search, things they wish they knew, and what they have enjoyed about their time at Grinnell. Please note that question-and-answer sessions are non-evaluative and optional and are available to students during the spring of their junior year.

Are you interested in playing music in college? At Grinnell, all music department offerings (including free weekly lessons!) are available to all students, regardless of major. And our music department offers 13 faculty-led ensembles covering a wide variety of musical styles from around the world! During your visit to campus, you are more than welcome to shadow a few minutes or the entirety of a music rehearsal with the Grinnell Jazz Ensemble, Grinnell Singers, or the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these opportunities have been put on hold.

If you are interested in acting, dancing, choreographing, directing, writing, set design, light, sound, costume construction, or stage management while you are in college, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! Come and see Grinnell theatre and dance in person! We invite you to observe a rehearsal of one of our main-stage shows at Grinnell. Theatre rehearsals take place Sunday through Thursday in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts in Roberts Theatre; dance rehearsals take place in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts Dance Studio, Room 181.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these opportunities have been put on hold.

Want to meet a faculty member, athletic coach, music director, or someone else on campus? Let us know and we’ll do our best to arrange it. If the person you’d like to meet with is unavailable, we will at least make sure that you’re able to connect with them via email. Check out our academic programs, as well as the faculty in each department. Faculty appointments are not available during the summer, or during mid-semester and final exam weeks, breaks and holidays, or weekends.

We’re thrilled that you’re planning a visit to our campus and our town! We hope that the time you spend at Grinnell gives you a sense of what you might contribute to — and how you might be transformed by — our community.

First, get yourself familiar with all of your visit options listed above. Then, begin your trip planning with maps, directions, and airport information. We can also help you find dining and hotel options. We hope you will be able to visit us on campus soon, and we look forward to meeting you when you do!

​​​​​​If you are a high school counselor, teacher, coach, independent counselor, or representative of a community-based organization who would like to visit Grinnell College, please submit a counselor visit request. We also encourage you to spend some time on our webpage for counselors, where you can join our mailing list, request materials, and more.

Virtual Visit Options

Opportunities that you can take part in from the comfort of your home!

Can’t make it for an on-campus visit? Join us for a 30-minute virtual information session instead! Led by an admission counselor, this session will provide a quick overview of Grinnell’s academic programs, off-campus study programs, career development experiences, internship and research opportunities, admission requirements, and merit- and need-based financial aid processes. We will stream live audio and share a few of our favorite facts and images of Grinnell. Check out our calendar for time and date information!

You may not be able to see campus in person right now, but our current students are excited to show you around in a different way. Through this live virtual tour, students will guide you through the campus tour they’d normally give, with the stories they love to tell, all from the comfort of your home. Tours are available twice a week and run for approximately 45 minutes. Register here.

Want to attend a virtual version of an on-campus program or event? Attend virtual Junior Visit Day, Discover Grinnell, and other virtual opportunities to learn more about Grinnell. See what is available here

Interviews are 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, an admission representative 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 mid-spring of your junior year through Dec. 20 of your senior year. 

Have a couple of quick questions? Sign up for a drop-in live chat with current students. These casual sessions are a great way to talk with Grinnell students and fellow prospective students, and you can come and go as you please. 

Drop-in live chats are available throughout the fall and in the month of April. 

Have questions about financial aid? You can book an appointment — either a virtual meeting or telephone call — with the Office of Financial Aid. These 30-minute appointments are optional and intended to answer specific questions about financial aid at Grinnell. 

If you are a high school or community-based organization (CBO) counselor/adviser, you can request a virtual presentation from the Office of Admission for your students by submitting this form. Our visits typically last 30-45 minutes and take place over Zoom. We also encourage you to spend some time on our webpage for counselors, where you can join our mailing list, request materials, and more.

Grinnell College welcomes individuals with disabilities and strives to provide the fullest access possible during the visit process. If any member of your party requires an accommodation as the result of a disability, you must request accommodations at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled visit to ensure that the fullest range of accommodation options are available. It may not be possible to meet all requested accommodations when accommodations are requested fewer than two weeks in advance.

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