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Welcome, Grinnellian

Welcome to the Class of 2024

We are so excited to welcome you to our community!

Last year’s first-year class included 20% international students, 22% domestic students of color, and 12% first-generation college students, and represented 45 states and 20 countries around the globe. We haven’t met you all yet, but we have every confidence that you will enrich — and be enriched by — our intentional and inclusive community of fearless learners, thoughtful leaders, kind human beings, and responsible citizens of the world.

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Meet Your Class & Stay in the Know

Ready to connect with your future classmates? Join some of our virtual community spaces, connect with student affairs, and keep an eye out for new content that we’ll be adding online in the coming months.

Our Students

Meet our three summer student interns and hear in their own words why they love Grinnell.

Elizabeth Collinger

Elizabeth Collinger ’21

St. Louis, Missouri | sociology and Spanish double major

“Grinnell is a place that has challenged me both academically and personally. More than anything, I love the supportive community of friends and faculty that allow me to not just survive in college, but thrive. It is because of this community, that it’s so hard to say goodbye each academic year.”

Wagih Henawi

Wagih Henawi ’22

Laughlin, Nevada | computer science and economics double major

“Grinnell has given me so many opportunities that I never imagined I would be able to pursue. The accessibility of resources provided to the students makes me truly believe that Grinnell really cares for it’s students’ success.”

Malia Wells

Malia Wells ’21

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin | anthropology and biological chemistry double major

“During my time at Grinnell, I have always felt accepted and supported by the community. I have grown as a person and as a student by taking classes that I have never tried, taking chances on new activities and putting myself in leadership roles. I have met some amazing people here who have become my greatest friends and have helped me get closer to my goals.”

Our Commitment

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International Students

We know this is a challenging situation for you, made more complicated by forces that we cannot control as an institution. Grinnell has always been committed to international diversity, and that will not change, even though your first year experience is turning out differently than any of us expected. We stand with you, and want to share some resources, virtual community spaces, and more for you to explore (until we can meet in person, on campus!).

Please keep checking in on these pages — we’ll be adding new things to them throughout the summer.

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Racial Justice

The brutal killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others against the backdrop of the disparate impact of the coronavirus on Black communities across the United States has awakened this country. We must continually recommit ourselves to challenge systemic racism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy by interrogating our history and changing the future. In our commitment to sustain the anti-racist work of our community, the College has developed a plan of action and released statements to the community; below you will find a list of links and resources which we encourage you to explore.

Eat, Live, Learn

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Living on Campus

In addition to providing a safe and comfortable living space, the residence halls at Grinnell College foster a strong sense of community. Within these halls, you’ll learn to practice self-governance, a policy of living and working well with others to promote an inclusive and healthy environment. 

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Your Dining Options

A community gathering space with globally-inspired and award-winning dining, our Marketplace Dining Hall offers a depth and variety of food choices to keep you satisfied. Our menu also accommodates all dietary needs. Learn what eating in our dining hall is like from current students. 

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Finding Your People

Moving to a new home and starting a new chapter of your life can be challenging. At Grinnell, we thrive on individuality, diverse perspectives, and fostering a community that is welcoming to all. As you settle into our campus, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with others, whether through the classroom, more than 150 student organizations, or at campus events and parties that are free of charge and open to all.  

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A Sense of People and Place

We encourage you to get to know what makes Grinnell’s people and place so unique. Explore our campus; watch some videos from our current students, faculty, and staff; and give a listen to our collaborative Pioneer Playlist on Spotify.

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