New Student Orientation

Welcome new students, families, and guests! We are so excited to welcome you to the Grinnell community.

New Student Orientation (NSO) will take place August 21-26, 2020. New students move into their fall housing assignments on Friday, August 21. 

Please note that fall varsity athletes and pre-orientation participants will receive early arrival approval through these respective programs.

The NSO 2020 schedule is not yet available. Please check back in early summer. Upon arrival on-campus during new student move-in, you will also be able to download the Grinnell College Events app (Google Play, Android Apps, App Store) for the most up-to-date schedule.



During New Student Orientation (NSO), incoming students have the opportunity to spend time with lots of people who will be important to their time at the College.  NSO is a six day immersive experience that helps students feel welcome at Grinnell, learn about the school’s values and resources, and bond with their fellow peers! NSO has mandatory events broken up by a wide range of optional recreational activities. Past years’ activities have included karaoke, movie screenings, dorm-decorating events, glow-in-the-dark field games, canvas painting and mocktails, board game nights, and trivia games.

Family & Guests

We would like to invite you to participate in our family and guest orientation program where you will be introduced to the campus and the many resources and services available to your students. Separate from the student program, the family and guest program is tailored for your specific needs and interests. You will hear from faculty, staff and administration about the ways you can support your student’s academic and personal success during his or her college years.  The family and guest orientation program generally takes place during the first two days of NSO. 


If you or a family member requires an accommodation in order to attend or fully participate in this event please contact Assistant Dean of Disability Resources Autumn Wilke. To learn more about the accommodation process consider attending Navigating Grinnell: Services and Supports for Students with Disabilities or contact Disability Resources at 641-269-3089.

Requests for an ASL interpreter or closed captioning must be made at least two weeks in advance of NSO.

International Students

The International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP) takes place immediately preceding NSO, in order to support the unique regulatory and culture transition for students coming from outside of the U.S.A. F-1 students are required to attend IPOP, in addition to participating in NSO. Visit the Office of International Student Affairs for more details about IPOP, and the variety of services and programs that help make Grinnell an International Student Friendly campus.

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