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Information for Students and Families

What you need to know:

  • Due to the damage and power outage caused by the Aug. 10 “derecho” severe thunderstorm, the start of Fall Term 1 classes has been delayed to Monday, Aug. 31.
  • Anyone entering a campus building or public space must wear a face mask and shield 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. 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)
    • 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 1and 2 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 for initial and regularized COVID-19 testing for students 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? 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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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

Latest COVID-19 Updates

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Nov. 23

For the week of Nov. 16, 2020, 319 unique students were tested with 319 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 254 faculty and staff were tested with 252 being negative and 2 positives resulting in a 0.79% positivity rate.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Nov. 16

For the week of Nov. 9, 2020, 316 unique students were tested with 316 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 243 faculty and staff were tested with 240 being negative and 3 positives resulting in a 1.23% positivity rate.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Nov. 9

For the week of Nov. 2, 2020, 315 unique students were tested with 312 being negative and 3 positive resulting in a 0.95% positivity rate. A total of 242 faculty and staff were tested with 239 being negative and 3 positive resulting in a 1.24% positivity rate.

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