Come as you are.  Leave a Grinnellian.

Welcome to a place that thrives on individuality, diverse perspectives, and opportunities for all. It’s an environment that’s possible only because of the people here. As you grow, explore, and begin to find yourself in your own college experience, you’ll also bring your own influence to the Grinnell name and community. And we can’t wait to see what that looks like.

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Diverse Perspectives

Hearts and minds wide open.

Our community is built on awareness and respect. So you’re encouraged to explore issues of purpose, ethics, and social responsibility both here on campus and beyond. To have tough conversations with your peers and discover the power in embracing socioeconomic, cultural, and intellectual differences. This not only creates a welcoming environment for all students, but it provides an essential part of your education and influences how your curriculum takes shape. For more information about campus policies and resources for students, please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or International Student Affairs.

Lifelong Connections

On campus and for decades to come.

Beyond the friends you’ll make here on campus, there are generations of Grinnellians all over the world who are dedicated to your success. Tap into this network of Grinnellians for Life. Shadow an alum for a few days with our externship program, complete an internship in an industry of your choice, or follow Alumni Stories to see what they are up to. You’ll probably meet some alumni when you move to campus in the fall. Many graduates return to help new students move in, answer questions, provide snacks, and help you get settled in your new home.

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Take it all in.

These people. These resources. This place. It’s all here for you. At Grinnell, we want you to explore as many opportunities as possible.



By seeing the bigger picture, Grinnellians are empowered to make better decisions.

Global Understanding and Diversity  



Behind every Grinnellian’s success are a set of life-changing mentors.

Advisers at Grinnell



From concerts and clubs to athletics and the arts, Grinnellians do it all.

Campus Culture


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Related Links

Continue to explore more of the Grinnell experience.

Majors and Concentrations


Where the humanities, social sciences, and science converge.

Life at Grinnell


Grinnell, Iowa: An unexpected setting for bringing the world together.

After Grinnell


You're now part of a powerful network of thinkers, change-makers, and society-shapers.

Student Quote

Nobody at Grinnell has an “I’m better than you” attitude. I visited a lot of elite institutions with very prestigious names. Going anywhere else would have been a social step down.

Julie Sloniewsky '21