For first-generation students, getting into Grinnell is just the first hurdle. Figuring out how to survive, much less thrive, is a whole series of hurdles. And it’s less a sprint over a brightly lit track than a marathon through a dark tunnel with blind curves, switchbacks, and alarming obstacles.
On March 7, 2019, Grinnell College was made aware of suspicious activity in our admission database. We immediately closed access to our database, notified the FBI, and launched an investigation. We determined that some admission data may have been accessed by an unknown party. We have no evidence at this time that this incident has included financial information provided by students or parents on financial aid applications, application essays, letters of recommendations, or transcripts. The investigation is ongoing, and we will provide follow-up notification as appropriate.
Grinnell is committed to strengthening the educational components of student experiential learning opportunities on campus. Long-term strategic planning efforts focused on student employment opportunities led to the creation of a Training and Student Employment Coordinator position in the Human Resources office in 2014. Now, we are in the process of creating a new position to focus exclusively on supporting the academic component of paid student positions on campus, and of considering additional opportunities for making sure these positions prepare students with critical career-readiness skills.
Tommy O'Donnell ’20, a resident of Plymouth, England, will to travel this summer to Arizona, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and New York to explore how U.S. communities are creating and defining their own food and agriculture systems.