As you take your extraordinary journey, you’ll have extraordinary resources along the way.
Life is bigger than a series of jobs. As a Grinnellian, you’ll contribute to the greater good in ways that are deeply meaningful to you. That’s why at Grinnell your personal, professional, and civic aspirations are all part of the same conversation.
As a student, you’ll visit the Center for Careers, Life, and Service to start talking through what you want your life to become, and to connect with ways of getting there. You’ll make discoveries, develop new insights, gain experience, broaden your network, and, ultimately, like the many Grinnellians before you, confidently go forth to lead a life of meaning and purpose.
Grinnell’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service, affectionately known as the “CLS” on campus, will work with you to design a life that encompasses your personal, professional, and civic ambitions. We believe your impact, satisfaction, and sense of purpose are maximized when you are able to align your values, strengths, and curiosities. We encourage you to not only ask yourself what you want to do, but what problem you want to solve.
Achieving this outcome is no small task. We begin working with you early — before you even attend your first class at Grinnell. You will be assigned a CLS exploratory adviser and work with them, along with a cadre of specialized CLS advisers, throughout your undergraduate years and into your life as an alum. Through proactive and consistent engagement, you will be poised to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose.