Student life at Grinnell is

  • Close-knit: About 85 percent of students live in a residence hall, language or project house, or college-owned house — so they really get to know one another well. Residence halls are small — most house 50–60 students of all class years, majors, and backgrounds, making each hall floor feel almost like a big, diverse family.
  • Exceptionally rich: 500 free events on campus annually afford more choices than even at many large universities.
  • Accessible to all: All groups and events at Grinnell are open to everyone, free of charge.

The result is a remarkably holistic college experience where you develop as a person at least as much as you do as a scholar.


Check out Grinnell’s Marketplace Dining in the campus center. It offers the chance to enjoy the company of your fellow students over freshly prepared meals ranging from stir-fry to pizza to vegan and vegetarian. Stop by the Spencer Grill if you need a quick bite or a meal in a box.

Student Activities

Investigate more than 100 student groups, ranging from A Just Grinnell to the Zombie Movie Club, plus sports, arts, outdoor recreation, volunteer, or spiritual activities. Every year, students create their own classes through our Experimental College, start new groups, and chart new courses.

At Grinnell, we’re here to help you challenge yourself, explore opportunities, and discover new perspectives. Here you’ll prepare you for the next stages of your life, whatever they may be.


Dear Grinnellians:

Next year, after five years of exemplary servant-leadership, Dean Michael Latham will be making a career transition that will take him away from Grinnell and back to his home state of Hawai'i. We are fortunate that Mike will continue in his current role...

Janet Carl, director of the Writing Lab, is retiring from her position after an impressive 21 years on Grinnell College's staff.