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Overnight Visits

Overnight Campus Visit Hiatus

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Office of Admission is currently unable to accommodate overnight visitors in our campus residence halls. We are pleased to accommodate visitors for day visits, and you may register in advance for your campus visit here.

For more opportunities to engage with Grinnell, check out our virtual visit options! You are also welcome to contact us via email at the Office of Admission or call 641-269-3600 if you have further questions.

Overnight Visits with a Current Student

High school seniors and transfer students who plan to apply or who have applied are welcome to spend one night on campus. Overnight visits are available Sunday through Thursday nights during the academic year when classes are in session, excluding mid-semester and final testing weeks. Prospective students are expected to arrive on campus before 10 p.m. Monday–Thursday and not before 4 p.m. Sunday, unless extraordinary circumstances require otherwise.

  • Overnight accommodations are only available for high school seniors and transfer students.
  • You must register ten days in advance.
  • You may only spend one night on campus.
  • Transportation is available to prospective students who have scheduled a visit and overnight stay through the Office of Admission and who are traveling alone.

The Office of Admission is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer months. If you have questions about scheduling, contact the visit coordinator of the Office of Admission, 800-247-0113.

Register online to confirm availability.

If you or someone in your party has a disability, please mention your needs when you register.

Housing Philosophy

The residence halls at Grinnell College foster a sense of community and provide a safe, healthy, and inclusive living and learning environment which complements the academic experience for our students. As such, residence halls at the College are largely gender-inclusive communities – those in which any student can live with another student regardless of gender identity and/or expression. Additionally, we have gender-specific communities on our campus that offer a living space reserved only for students that self-identify with the same gender. Prospective student are welcome to request housing that is most appropriate for them, and every effort to accommodate this request will be made. 

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