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Information for Students and Families

What you need to know:

  • Anyone entering a campus building or public space must wear a face mask, shield, or other face covering and consistently practice physical distancing.
  • The next academic year will consist of four 7.5-week terms, with an optional summer term. With limited exceptions, we will actively plan for the following groups to live and learn on-campus during these corresponding terms:
    • Fall Term 1: Small number of students approved for continuous residence, who will remain on campus for most or all the academic year (Aug. 24 – Oct. 14)
    • Fall Term 2: Third-year students and mid-year graduates (Oct. 22 – Dec. 16)
    • Spring Term 1: First-year students (Feb. 1 - March 24)
    • Spring Term 2: Second- and fourth-year students (April 1 - May 25)
    • Summer Term: Optional term to meet academic needs that arise (June 7 - July 28)
  • We are planning for a very low-density campus this fall.
  • Fall Term 1 classes will be offered remotely.
  • We must delay the arrival of first-year and transfer students to limit the number of students on campus.
  • We have a contract with a private testing firm, Tempus, for initial and regularized COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus this fall.  
  • Off-Campus Study program (OCS) is suspended for fall.
  • Grinnell athletic teams will not compete against other colleges during the fall or winter seasons. 
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Questions?

Submit a question or comment regarding the online or on-campus experience and we’ll provide as many answers as possible at this point and continue to work on answers to your questions in the weeks ahead.

Videos and Informational Webinars

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The On-Campus Grinnell Experience: Living and Learning in a Low Density Community

Online panel about the on-campus student experience during the first term of fall 2020, recorded July 23, 2020

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The Online Grinnell Experience: Living and Learning in a Virtual Community

Online panel about the remote-learning student experience during the first term of fall 2020, recorded July 23, 2020

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The Fall 2020 Academic Experience

.Professors Caleb Elfenbein and Vida Praitis provide an overview of the academic experience to expect in fall 2020

Residency Update

Our revised residency model for the 2020-21 academic year is built around class years and implications for many areas of our program.

Important Changes to Fall Plans

Fall Term 1 classes will be offered remotely and the arrival of first-year and transfer students will be delayed in an effort to further limit the number of students on campus.

Fall Term Plans Reassessment

At this time, we are going to pause on sending additional invitations to study and live on campus for the second fall term (F2), scheduled to begin Oct. 22. We will remain paused until we can better understand the repercussions of these rapidly changing circumstances and new public health guidance.

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