New Student Orientation 2022

New Student Orientation Schedule

New Student Orientation for fall 2022 will run from Friday, Aug. 19, to Wednesday, Aug. 24.

New Student Orientation 2022
Class of 2026

Times and locations subject to change

Students will receive information on how to access the finalized schedule, your NSO group numbers, etc. upon arrival to campus.

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a time for new students to begin building relationships and networks that are essential to assisting in a sense of belonging in the Grinnell community (College and surrounding community). All sessions will provide information that will assist you in many ways during your experience at Grinnell College. All are strongly encouraged and expected to attend and engage in all sessions. A variety of fun events planned for you while you build lasting friendships. We look forwarding to hosting you during your first week at Grinnell College!

Friday, Aug. 19

8 a.m.–1 p.m. Check-in/ Residence Hall Move-in, Harris Center

8 a.m.–3 p.m. *Family and Guest Lounge, Harris Center Lounge

8 a.m.–3 p.m. New Student Orientation Info Desk, Harris Center Atrium

8 a.m.–3 p.m. Student Health and Wellness – Discuss Outstanding Health Requirements, Harris Center

9 a.m.–2 p.m. Employment Paperwork, Rosenfield Center, Room 209

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Technology Services Desk Kiosk, Rosenfield Center , First-Floor Lobby

9:30–11 a.m. Dietary Restrictions Dining Tour, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

1:30 p.m. Gumma: Muslim Prayer, CRSSJ Muslim Prayer Room

2–3 p.m. Energizer with NSO Group, Mac Field
Rain Location: Bear Athletic Center, Darby Gym

3:30–4:30 p.m. *Welcome Ceremony, Commencement Stage
Rain Location: Bear Athletic Center, Darby Gym
Watch the Livestream

4:45–5:30 p.m.  Class photo, Bear Athletic Center, Darby Gym

4:45–5:30 p.m. *President’s Reception for Families and Guests, Commencement Stage, Kington Plaza
Rain Location: Bear Athletic Center, Natatorium Lobby

5:30–6 p.m. *Farewell Goodbyes, Mac Field
Rain Location: Bear Athletic Center, Darby Gym

5:30–7 p.m. *Shabbat Table Dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat, Rosenfield Center (JRC), Room 209, Second-Floor Balcony
Please RSVP to Rabbi Sarah by Aug. 14 with the number of guests and dietary needs to ensure your meal for the event.

5:30–7:30 p.m. Dinner, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

7:15–8 p.m. First Floor Meeting, Residence Halls Lounges

8–11 p.m. Silent Disco, Harris Center, Concert Hall

Saturday, Aug. 20

7–10 a.m. GrinCity Bakery and Saint’s Rest Run

8–9:15 a.m. Breakfast, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

9:30 a.m.–Noon The Importance of Your Safety while at Grinnell, Harris Concert Hall

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

1:30–3:30 p.m. First Tutorial Meeting, Various Locations

3:30–5:30 p.m. Languages and Culture at Grinnell, Kington Plaza
Rain Location: HSSC, A1231 Multi-Purpose Room

5:30–7:30 p.m. Dinner, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

7:30–9 p.m. Cluster Activity, Residence Halls

8–8:30 p.m. Havdalah, Chaverim Lounge

10–11:15 p.m. Mentalist, Wes Mathison, Harris Center, Concert Hall

Sunday, Aug. 21

8–9:15 a.m. Breakfast, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

8:45–9:45 a.m. NSO Group Meeting, Assigned Classrooms

10–11:15 a.m. Thriving in Your Academic Transition, Harris Center, Cinema

10:30–11:30 a.m. Interdenominational Christian Worship, Herrick Chapel

11:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

Noon – First-Generation College Student Brunch, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining Whale/Rib Room
All new first-gen students are invited to join returning students for brunch in the private room on the west side of the main dining room.

1:30–2:30 p.m. Get into Grinnell, Hotel Grinnell, Ballroom

3–4 p.m. NSO Group Meeting, Assigned Classrooms

5:30–7:30 p.m. Dinner, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

8:30–10 p.m. Hollywood Murder Mystery, Harris Center, Concert Hall

Monday, Aug. 22

8–9:15 a.m. Breakfast, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

9 a.m.–Noon Employment Paperwork, Rosenfield Center, Room 209

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Individual Advising Appointments, Various Locations

9:15–9:30 a.m. NSO Group Meeting, Assigned Classrooms

9–11:45 a.m. CLS Exploratory Adviser Meetings, Harris Center, Cinema

9–11:45 a.m. Student Health and Wellness – Discuss Outstanding Health Requirements, SHAW Office, Lower Level of the Forum

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

1–2:45 p.m. Student Health and Wellness – Discuss Outstanding Health Requirements, SHAW Office, Lower Level of the Forum

1:30–3 p.m. Getting Involved: Building a Mindset for Service and Social Innovation, Rosenfield Center, Room 101

1:30–3 p.m. Living Inclusively at Grinnell, Harris Center, Concert Hall

3–5 p.m. Grinnell Singers Auditions, Bucksbaum Arts Center, Room 152

3:15–4 p.m. Roommates Across Cultures, HSSC, Room N1002; HSSC, Room S1003; Kington Plaza

4–5 p.m. Department of Theatre and Dance Information Session, Bucksbaum Arts Center Courtyard
Rain Location: Roberts Theatre

4:15–5 p.m. Global Opportunities at Grinnell, HSSC, Room N1164 and Atrium

5:30–7:30 p.m. Dinner, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

8–10:30 p.m. Salsa Magic, Harris Center, Concert Hall

Tuesday, Aug. 23

8–9:15 a.m. Breakfast, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

9–9:45 a.m. CLS Exploratory Adviser Meetings, Harris Center Cinema

8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Individual Advising Appointments

9:15–10 a.m. NSO Group Meeting, Assigned Classrooms

10–11:30 a.m. Getting Involved: Building a Mindset for Service and Social Innovation, Rosenfield Center, Room 101

10–11:30 a.m. Living Inclusively at Grinnell, Harris Center, Concert Hall

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

1–1:45 p.m. CLS Exploratory Adviser Meetings, Harris Center Cinema

1–2:30 p.m. Music Department Info Session, Sebring-Lewis Hall

2–3 p.m. Passport to Dining Employment, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

3–3:45 p.m. Money Matters: Student Financial Services/ Accessibility Services/ Development and Alumni Relations Harris Center, Cinema; Rosenfield Center, Room 101; HSSC, Room A2231

4–4:45 p.m. Money Matters: Student Financial Services/ Accessibility Services/ Development and Alumni Relations Harris Center, Cinema; Rosenfield Center, Room 101; HSSC, Room A2231

5–5:45 p.m. Money Matters: Student Financial Services/ Accessibility Services/ Development and Alumni Relations Harris Center, Cinema; Rosenfield Center, Room 101; HSSC, Room A2231

5:30–7:30 p.m. Dinner, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

8–11 p.m. Night at the Bear, Bear Athletics Center

Wednesday, Aug. 24

8–9:15 a.m. Breakfast, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

9–9:30 a.m. NSO Group Meeting, Assigned Classrooms

9:30–10:30 a.m. The Center for Religion, Spirituality and Social Justice (CRSSJ) Welcomes You/ Sexual Respect in a Self-Governing Community, Title IX Rotation, Harris Center, Cinema, and Rosenfield Center, Room 101

  • The CRSSJ Welcomes You
    Students will learn about all the offerings through the CRSSJ including a panel with Grinnell Advocates.
  • Sexual Respect in a Self-Governing Community, Title IX
    Students will learn about community standards and expectations regarding sexual respect on our campus, as well as be prompted to reflect on their own values and decision-making processes.

10:30–11:30 a.m. The Center for Religion, Spirituality and Social Justice (CRSSJ) Welcomes You / Sexual Respect in a Self-Governing Community, Title IX Rotation, Harris Center, Cinema, and Rosenfield Center, Room 101

11:30 a.m.–Noon NSO Group Meeting, Assigned Classrooms

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch, Rosenfield Center, Marketplace Dining

3–4 p.m. Post Registration Forum, Harris Center, Concert Hall

3:30–7:30 p.m. All Campus Welcome Festival, Mac Field
Rain Location: Bear Athletic Center, Fieldhouse, Darby, and Auxiliary Gym

6–7:30 p.m. All Campus Welcome Dinner, Eighth Ave. in front of the Rosenfield Center

Rain Location: Bear Athletic Center, Fieldhouse, Darby, and Auxiliary Gym

*Events/Activities denoted with an asterisk (*) are open to family and family friends

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