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After Grinnell

Some of the greatest minds go forth from Grinnell.

As a Grinnellian, you’ll be continually inspired by what your work could mean for the world. So your intellectual journey is bound to carry well beyond your four years on campus. Like those before you, you’ll leave Grinnell ready for your next adventure, and many that follow as you make your way in the world.

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    Center for Careers, Life, and Service

    The Grinnellian name comes with a network for life.

    Whether you’re interested in launching your career, serving your community, or pursuing post-graduate study, the Center for Careers, Life, and Service can guide you — both while you’re here on campus and in the years beyond.

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Grinnellians go further.

Our graduates go on to do all kinds of important work in industries and communities all over the world.


Each year, the Center for Careers, Life, and Service works with Institutional Research to conduct a survey and share what our most recent graduates are up to.

25% of the class of 2017
went into government or public service work
27% of the class of 2017
volunteer with organizations or causes that they care about (outside of full-time service positions)
88% of the class of 2017
are employed, working with service organizations, or studying toward graduate or professional degrees

Preparing for Life After Grinnell

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Career Exploration

Not sure which career is right for you? No worries. A liberal arts education is all about finding out who you are and where your passions lie. And we can help you explore your options.

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A Grinnell education opens doors worldwide, giving you access to exciting internships and other opportunities that align with your career goals.

Jillian Peterson '03, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline University, sits in a reading room in the humanities building. There are many reading tables and well-lit reading lamps behind her.

Alumni Stories

A Grinnell education will provide you with the tools and contacts you need to pursue issues of purpose and social justice on campus and in the wider world.

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