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Reviews 462 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: you need a car to get to the nightlife or know someone who drives

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Houses tend to be run down but cheap.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good, cheap food all around. Better and cheaper than college food.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Poor quality dorms for the endowment size. 10th highest endowment per capita in the U.S. yet wont pay for livable dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students do participate in sports and intramural but it is not a big part of campus life.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many choices for off campus dining. Students can go to few fast food restaurants and some chain restaurants, however they still feel that there should be better options.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Students are provided with great resources and opportunities on campus. Professors are always there to help and students can go to other members of the Grinnell community for academic guidance.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Shuttles only run around breaks, so you usually have to find a friend to drive you, which is fairly inconvenient. But rarely do you need to go somewhere outside of Grinnell.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being a Division III school, Grinnell has a very inclusive athletic program for anyone wishing to participate, but overall the campus has struggled in the past with a divide between athletes and non-athletes. That stigma has really been improving over the years, but as a result of that past problem, the teams are very tight knit, which I really appreciate. Athletic facilities at Grinnell are amazing, very updated, and nationally recognized, for example, the Indoor track is hosting 2016 Division III nationals, which is usually hosted by larger schools. It would be nicer if the general school population were more into sports and attendance and interest was higher, but friends and professors are very supportive of my athletics, like with any other student and their respective interests.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The school does a fairly good job providing tech support, especially since there aren't many other options for tech help. The school is equipped with a number of computer labs in each building, but almost all students bring personal computers.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Grinnell, while very isolated and small, gives you a lot of true Midwest small town charm. There isn't a ton going on, but the town is accessible, cheap, and the college gives it a bit of life. Some local attractions will offer student discounts, or alumni will generously pay for free admission to the pool or movies. Enough happens on campus though, so going off campus for a meal or a movie will happen monthly on average.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Aside from fast-food, Grinnell is fairly limited in terms of the number of options, but has fairly quality restaurants. Some good restaurants include Prairie Canary, Chuong Garden, Relish, Pagliai's, all of which have good food at decent prices.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: While it may seem like nightlife revolves solely around partying, there are endless things to do on weekends out in the cornfields. Virtually everyone stays on campus on the weekends, and a typical weekend's offerings will include one or two activities held by Weekend, the really fun sub-free group on campus, a Harris party once every three weeks, a handful of off-campus parties, or simply hanging out with friends in someone's dorm room and watching a movie.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food at Grinnell is generally pretty good. Despite there only being one dining hall, they work hard to bring variety to the meals, and you can always find something you want to eat. In addition, having one dining hall really helps campus community, as the Dhall serves as a very central, joining place for Grinnell. There are two or three other on campus options, but i usually stick to the dining hall for meals.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students coming to Grinnell expecting the large university caliber looks will likely be disappointed, but in retrospect will find Grinnell students with very attractive and fun to be around personalities. Grinnell students are usually very casual, wearing what they want, doing what they want, which makes many students down to earth. In general, there is a bit of a clash between the hookup culture and those interested in pursuing long-term relationships, which makes the dating scene a little crazy, in addition to the school being a small campus. But in my opinion, the guys and girls being less about looks and more about personality helps students foster long-term relationships.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: In general I feel very safe on campus, and the majority of students feel the same way. Students at Grinnell are very trusting of each other, and are not afraid to leave their doors unlocked or walk around alone at night. There have been a few incidents with items being stolen, but like many other aspects of life at Grinnell, students are very bought into Self-governance. The campus does need more blue-light security posts, as even though campus is small, there are only three or four currently around campus in rather obscure locations.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: School is not very strict--self gov.

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1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is a huge problem here. There are hospitalizations every year. I believe it is a result of the stressful workload and lack of healthy social events. People work really hard during the week and only get Saturday night off so people let loose.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It's a liberal arts college so all the majors are pretty broad. You can create your own major if you're unsatisfied but it's fairly uncommon.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: BioChem is a lot of work but Grinnell provides ample support so that anyone can succeed if they apply themselves.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is pretty good for a school in the middle of Iowa.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You can walk to everywhere in Grinnell.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you want clean and quiet but no floor community live on east. If you want old and dirty with a floor community live in north or south.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: It's cold from October/November to late April. Winter is cold and dark :(

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a quiet town but you won't notice that because you'll be so busy working you'll have no time to adventure out.(depends on major)

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Akshay Bajaj
Hometown
Mumbai, India
Major
Economics
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A vast majority of students loves Grinnell. They love the challenge they get from their academics and their peers, and they love the amount of freedom that the administration gives them (mostly through self-governance). Some students would say that they learn more from discussions amongst peers than classes. Grinnell students are free to learn and grow into responsible, conscientious adults, and the students are thankful that the school they’ve chosen gives them the opportunity to thrive. Some students can’t even imagine what it would be like if they’d ended up somewhere else.

Yeah, Grinnell students complain sometimes about the things that aren’t available to them that would be at their disposal at a larger, city school. They gripe about excess construction, bogus administration policies, and the things that fellow Grinnellians do that just plain bug everyone. Overall, though, most of the students are happy with the decisions they’ve made and the direction they’re going in their lives. A lot of students have the Grinnell faculty, students, and townspeople to thank for that. Although living in rural Iowa does take some getting used to (especially if you’re from out of state), most students don’t mind making Grinnell their home for four years. Despite the schizophrenic weather, lackluster athletic program, and the immature townies, many students have taken comfort in the fact that it’s “just us” amongst the cornstalks. When a Grinnell graduate thinks back upon his or her Grinnell experience and all the fond memories that come along with it, everything else seems like small potatoes.

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