First-Year Academics

Grinnell’s individually-advised curriculum lets you choose your own unique set of courses, grounded in the liberal arts, with help from your faculty adviser, whom you’ll come to know well during First-Year Tutorial.

First-Year Tutorial

The First-Year Tutorial, a central feature of Grinnell College’s curriculum for more than 45 years, is designed to give you significant practice in analytical and critical reading, writing, and speaking. Faculty from all departments of the College teach in the tutorial program.

Review the tutorial titles and course descriptions on GrinnellShare (you will receive your log-in information via mail in May), and then choose five that interest you by June 30. In August you’ll learn what tutorial section you’ve been placed in, and, consequently, who your academic adviser will be.

Academic Planning

What courses might you want to take your first semester? To consider your options, we encourage you to review Academic Planning for New Students before coming to campus.

To give your faculty adviser an idea of your academic background and interests, complete the Advising Information form (included in the Incoming Student Checklist) by July 20 and return it by mail or by email to (In May you will receive access to GrinnellShare.)

During New Student Orientation, in consultation with your adviser, you’ll register for your other classes, creating a well-balanced liberal arts program.

During your time at Grinnell, expect everything to increase your knowledge, your curiosity, your world view, the way you perceive connections among disciplines, and your confidence in your ability to make a difference. Through consultation with your faculty adviser and engagement in your classes, you will discover the world at Grinnell, in your own way, and you’ll build the future that’s best for you.

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