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Information for Students and Families

What you need to know:

  • The 2020-21 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. 31 – Oct. 21)
    • Fall Term 2: Mid-year graduates (Oct. 29 – Dec. 22)
    • Spring Term 1: First-year students (Feb. 1 - March 24)
    • Spring Term 2: Second- and fourth-year students (April 1 - May 25)
  • We are planning for a low-density campus this spring.
  • Regularized COVID-19 testing will be required for students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus.  
  • See the Campus Activity Levels for further information about daily activities on campus that may change depending on community health conditions on campus and in our region.
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Questions? Change of Plans?

Submit a question or comment regarding the online or on-campus experience and we’ll route your question to someone who can find the answer.

Please let College staff know if and when you make changes to your plans for the 2020-2021 academic year. This could include changes in your response to your residency offer and leaves of absence; requests for part-time status, continuous residency on campus, and/or technology assistance; and notification of significant changes in your financial situation.

Videos and Informational Webinars

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Preparing for Spring Term 2021

Webinar for students and families recorded Dec. 3, 2020

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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

Latest COVID-19 Updates

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: June 21, 2021

Results for the Week of June 14, 2021: 0 student positives; 0 faculty/staff positives. 495 employees (about 56%) and 541 students have reported that they are vaccinated.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: June 14, 2021

Results for the Week of June 7, 2021: 0 student positives; 0 faculty/staff positives. 486 employees have reported that they are vaccinated. This is about 55% of employees. 531 students have reported that they are vaccinated.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: June 7, 2021

Results for the Week of May 31, 2021: 0 student positives; 2 faculty/staff positives. Since regular surveillance testing ended on June 2, there will not be results of the testing clinic to report. Instead, only reports of positive COVID-19 will be reported for the prior week.

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