Early Arrival

International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP)

Grinnell’s International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP) is held just prior to New Student Orientation (NSO). Attendance is required for new international students and language assistants.

Few IPOP attendees have visited Grinnell before their arrival in August, so the program includes campus and community tours, shopping for items that don’t ‘pack well’, and time to open a U.S. bank account. Sessions also address cultural and systemic challenges that students from abroad often encounter as they transition to life and learning in a U.S. context. This program is sponsored by the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA). IPOP participants also attend NSO.

Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Leadership Institute (PCPOP)

The Peer Connections Pre-Orientation Program (PCPOP) is a year-long program designed for first-year students from historically marginalized identities and backgrounds, including but not limited to, students of color, first-generation students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ students. PCPOP creates opportunities for emerging student leaders to express their authentic self, acknowledge the realities of others, and recognize the impact of the environment they are in. PCPOP serves as a chance for students to build intentional relationships with students, staff, and faculty to greatly enhance their academic, social, and cultural capital during their tenure as students at Grinnell College.

This program is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs. All inquiries can be directed to Intercultural Affairs, 641-269-3700.

Grinnell Science Project (GSP)

The Grinnell Science Project (GSP) includes a one-week pre-orientation, intended to build a community for new students interested in the sciences who come from groups typically underrepresented in science and math fields. Using the students’ college applications and their transcripts, we select a group of students to invite to participate in the GSP pre-orientation. The aims of the pre-orientation include:

  • providing a student cohort in which relationships and a support network may be built;
  • creating supportive relationships between students and a variety of science faculty;
  • acquainting students and helping them to feel comfortable with an array of support services the College provides;
  • helping students become comfortable with the campus geography, the libraries, and residential life.

New Student Athletes

If you are a fall sport athlete you may be arriving to campus early to start training and practice. You will be contacted directly by your team's coach with further instructions on arrival dates, times, and move-in procedures. All incoming athletes will also receive an email with a link to submit all required athletic forms. For more information, athletes can directly contact their coach, or Terri Stark, administrative assistant, at 641-269-3804.