New Student Orientation

Welcome new students, families, and guests!

We are so excited to welcome you to the Grinnell community.

Grinnell College welcomed the class of 2026 on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, with a traditional ceremony for the students and their families in Darby Gym.

Learn more about the class of 2026, the ceremony, and why the newest Grinnellians chose to join the Grinnell community.

SGA President Loyal Terry speaking from podium with audience in the background

Fall 2022 New Student Orientation Welcome Ceremony

Video chapters:

  • 0:00 Loyal Terry ’23
  • 4:21 Sarah Moschenross
  • 8:32 Beronda Montgomery
  • 15:26 Anne F. Harris
  • 24:45 Nino Parker ’07
  • 31:40 Distribution of Medallions
  • 47:40 Michael Sims

Fall 2023

New Student Orientation (NSO) dates for fall 2023 will be Friday, Aug. 18, through Wednesday, Aug. 23. 

We will announce the NSO schedule for fall 2023 once it is completed. We will provide details of an online pre-orientation system for some content to be completed prior to your arrival. We will continue to update our website as more information becomes available. Should you have any questions, please email the NSO team.  

Families and Guests

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus for move-in day! NSO programming for families and guests will conclude on Friday, around dinner. We will be offering virtual opportunities to learn about campus resources and offices. More information to come. If you have any questions please email the NSO team.


If you or a family member requires an accommodation in order to attend or fully participate in this event please contact the Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Disability Resources Autumn Wilke. To learn more about the accommodation process and campus accessibility contact Disability Resources at 641-269-3089.  

Requests for an ASL interpreter or closed captioning should be made at least two weeks in advance of NSO in order to ensure availability.  

International Students 

The International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP) takes place immediately preceding NSO, in order to support the unique regulatory and cultural 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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