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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: April 5, 2021

For the week of March 29, 2021, 580 unique students were tested with 579 being negative and 1 positive resulting in a 0.17% positivity rate. A total of 322 faculty and staff were tested with 322 being negative and 0 being positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. Testing occurred on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Now Open to the Public

In response to having available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available for our voluntary on-campus clinic we are now opening registration to household members of our faculty, staff, students and the public.

Grinnell College and Hy-Vee Partner to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Employees and Students 

The College is pleased to share the news that the College has partnered with Hy-Vee to host a voluntary COVID-19 vaccination clinic for faculty, staff, and students. The vaccine is free, and you are not required to have insurance to receive the vaccine. 

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