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Congratulations, Grinnellian

Welcome to the Class of 2025

Our campus brings together students from all over the United States and the globe (nearly 50 countries!), and our student body includes 26% domestic students of color, 20% international students, and 15% first-generation college students. 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.

Meet your class

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Get to Know Grinnell

Explore our campus and town through videos, live events, and more - at your leisure.

In their own words

Students talk about why they love Grinnell.

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    Mark your calendar.

    Upcoming Live Events

    Registration is available through your admitted student portal. Some events are not yet available — keep checking your portal and email for information on future events!

    • Drop-in chats with current students (open, casual, and come-and-go-as-you-please) -select Fridays through spring 2021
    • Faculty-led advising sessions (first-come, first-served) - March 2021
    • Student-led information sessions - select Saturdays through spring 2021
    • From Our Point of View: panels with faculty experts
      • Jan. 27 - How We Recover from COVID-19
    • Informational panels on opportunities at Grinnell
      • March 31 - The Academic Experience
      • April 7 - Student Affairs (Residence Life, New Student Orientation, Disability Resources, and Student Health & Wellness)
      • April 14 - The Center for Careers, Life, and Service
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A Sense of Place

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Find Your People

Learn what makes Grinnell’s people and place so unique. Meet your future classmates, follow us on Instagram, or explore our videos on TikTok.

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Here for you.

First-generation professors and employees of Grinnell College share advice for prospective first-generation college students.

Student Journeys

Extraordinary journeys begin in unexpected places. Read more about the extraordinary places these students experienced through their Grinnell College journeys.

Elizabeth Collinger ’21 in South America

Elizabeth Collinger ’21

Elizabeth explored her passion for music, language, synchronized swimming, and more during her journey that took her all around the midwestern United States and down through South America.

Cinthia Romo in front of Monet painting

Cinthia Romo ’21

Cinthia took advantage of internships and service opportunities all over the U.S., explored Europe through the Global Learning Program, and prepared for a Ph.D. in sociology.

Andrew Tucker and Joe Biden on CNN

Andrew Tucker ’21

Boston, Boise, Costa Rica, Cuba, Copenhagen... these are just a few of the stops in Andrew's Grinnell journey. He also met several U.S. presidential candidates and appeared on national television.

The First-Year Tutorial

The First-Year Tutorial is your academic and social introduction to Grinnell. It’s also technically the only class required for all students, but calling Tutorial “required” doesn’t quite do it justice. Here are a few examples of previous Tutorials - which would you choose?

See More Fall 2020 Tutorials

Alumni Stories

Allison Wong ’12 at the United Nations Foundation

Why would I go somewhere that doesn’t feel the way Grinnell feels? I knew I wanted to be in an intentional community — with individuals who were both focused on their academics and dedicated to creating a supportive environment.

Allison Wong ’12, Officer, United Nations Foundation
Read Allison's Story
Blake Creasey ’16 in New York

I wanted to be making my own choices. Grinnell was willing to give me the power to do that.

Blake Creasey ’16, IT strategy senior consultant, Protiviti
Read Blake's Story
Alexandra Odom ’16 in front of a tree with autumn leaves

There was a point that I was like ‘I love teaching, but I also really love research,’ and I didn’t realize that there was a career where I could kind of meld the two.

Alexandra Odom ’16, Ph.D. student in history, University of North Carolina
Read Alex's Story
Raghav Malik in London

In business terminology, we call this thinking laterally and working cross-functionally. That’s basically, in my opinion, having a liberal arts education.

Raghav Malik ’13, Digital payments product owner, Mastercard
Read Raghav's Story
Amaris Bates in a theater

It was really cool to be able to get that experience under my belt and to be able to be in that professional performing environment.

Amaris Bates ’18, Management assistant, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Read Amaris's Story

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