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Welcome to the Grinnell Community

Information for families of admitted students

Welcome, parents and families.

Congratulations on your student’s admission to Grinnell College, and welcome to our global community (1,700 students from all 50 states and more than 40 countries; one in four students is a domestic student of color; one in five is international; and more than 60 languages are spoken on campus). You play an important role in your student’s transition to college, and the resources on this page will help you fulfill that key role.

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Programs & Events

Hear from students, faculty, and staff, and ask all your questions about Grinnell.

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Events for Parents and Families

Zoom registration required.
  • Virtual Happy Hours. Join our hosts — parents of current or recently graduated students, and staff from Admission and Alumni Relations — during these Zoom happy hour sessions. While students are welcome to attend, this event is geared toward parents and families. 
    • Sunday, Feb. 6 @ 6 p.m. CT
    • Sunday, April 3 @ 6 p.m. CT
  • Student Affairs Presentation and Q&A with Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Ben Newhouse
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Events for Students

Parents are welcome to accompany their student!

Please note that these programs require registration through your student's admitted student portal (login required). 

  • In-Person Admitted Student Days (registration available in mid-March)
    • April 8, April 22, and April 29
  • General Admitted Student Program (Virtual)
    • Sunday, Feb. 13 @ 2 p.m. CT
    • Sunday, April 10 @ 2 p.m. CT
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Grinnell (Virtual)
    • Wednesday, Feb. 9 @ 7 p.m. CT
    • Saturday, April 9 @ 2 p.m. CT
  • The International Student Experience at Grinnell (Virtual)
    • Wednesday, Feb. 9 @ 7 a.m. CT
    • Wednesday, April 6 @ 7 a.m. CT

Helping your student get ready for Grinnell

Congratulations! Your student has been admitted. What's next?

Here’s a brief timeline of activities and events to plan for before the school year begins.

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Commit! And keep learning more about your student’s new community.
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May – June

Make some exciting decisions.
  • May 1: This is the deposit deadline for students who were admitted through Regular Decision.
  • mid-May: Your student will receive their Grinnell email address and network credentials.
  • mid-June: Your student’s roommate and housing preferences form is due. (And don’t worry, we have space for everyone!)
  • late June: Your student’s top-five ranking of First-Year Tutorial options is due.
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July – August

Help your student stay on top of the paperwork.*
  • late July: Your student’s first Grinnell College bill is due.
  • early August: Your student will receive their roommate and residence hall assignment.
  • late August: Your student will participate in New Student Orientation (NSO).

* All forms will be available through Grinnell’s intranet site, GrinnellShare (login required).

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    Parent Testimonial

    “Our daughter formed a tight group of friends on the second floor of Norris, where she lived during her first year. These friends sustained and supported her during the period of remote learning. She has been challenged by the courses in her intended majors (biology and Spanish) and is excited about exploring new areas (dance and East Asian religions).

    Faculty and staff have worked hard to provide our daughter with the best possible college experience. Professors have been actively engaged in her education in many ways, including one-on-one conversations outside the classroom. The administration has been responsive to her needs. When she needed to return home mid-semester for family reasons, the student assistance staff were very helpful.”

    — Bret & Doreen Gifford, P ’23

Keeping your student safe

Grinnell’s campus is nestled in a residential neighborhood, just one mile from a regional medical center. The College takes your students' health, wellness, and safety seriously.

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COVID-19 Planning and Resources

We are able to offer a robust in-person campus experience — within the responsive standards of community health we have used throughout the pandemic — thanks to several important actions we have taken and resources we have in place.

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Student Health and Wellness

On-campus offerings include in-person and virtual appointments with nurses and a counseling team that includes licensed psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed independent social workers.

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Welcome, International Students and Families

Our Commitment to Experiential Equity

We meet full financial need for all students, and we do it without loans. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our community-minded campus. Funding for internships, off-campus study, and paid research opportunities means that support is available for everyone. In fact, among our students who are studying off campus this year, the number of very-high-financial-need students matches the number of students who are not receiving any need-based financial aid. And our students are taught and mentored by full-time faculty members, not TAs. This kind of commitment to experiential equity turns heads, and it brings together a remarkable group of students. Here are just a few national rankings that acknowledge our dynamic student body:

Most International, U.S. News & World Report
Diversity, Niche
Princeton Review

Understanding financial aid and billing

Here are some things to keep in mind in the months ahead.
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Review your student’s notification of financial aid eligibility and plan ahead.
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May - June

Prepare for the fall semester bill.
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July - August

Pay the fall semester bill and prepare to arrive to campus.
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Just hit “play.”

Hear from our students, faculty, staff, and alumni themselves.

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