Location
Grinnell, IA
Undergrads
1,615
Tuition
$41,004
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 434 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I think Grinnell has a lot of charm. It's a great little town with a lot of fun businesses and restaurants. The college also offers a plethora of activities and things to do.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is very original and free here. We all march to the beat of our own drum. No one judges anyone else for being individual.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Everything about our campus life and school policy revolves around Self-Governance. It is the first thing we learn at orientation, and it is truly part of everyday life on campus. If you are acting with respect for yourself and others, you won't encounter problems.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are several fast-food chains in town such as McDonalds, Taco Johns, and Hardees. However, the town also has a wide variety of family-owned businesses with many options.

5 College Freshman

Academics: We have very strong academics. Every freshman is paired with their Tutorial professor as an academic adviser, which creates a really strong relationship. There are tons of resources on campus for improving academic achievement, such as the Writing Lab, the Math Lab, the Spanish Lab, Student Tutors, Writing Mentors, and others.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived in off-campus housing, but I know many students who do. The school is very helpful in finding students a place to live. But living on campus all 4 years is not uncommon.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Grinnell is extremely accepting of people from all walks of life. We have tons of programs and groups on campus to accomodate all students, such as Concerned Black Students, Cultural Diversity Panel, Spectrum, and Queer Students of Color.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We have a really wonderful dining hall on campus. There are plenty of options for any kind of diet (vegetarian, vegan, Halal, Kosher, gluten-free, etc). We only have one dining hall, but it has many options. Students are also able to get "Outtakes" at the grille in place of a meal in the Dining Hall.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's no secret that we are in the middle of the Great Plains of the Midwest. We get a typical Midwest winter, lots of snow and wind, affectionately called Iowind. Facilities Management is really good about making all areas of Campus accessible even during the worst of winter. It can be tough, but we get all four seasons in Grinnell, which is really nice.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The Drug and Alcohol policy at the College is extremely comprehensive. Like most colleges, drugs and alcohol are present on campus. However, it is something completely up to each individual if they want to take part in them. Most policies on campus can be boiled down to our philosophy of Self-Governance. Basically, if you're not hurting anyone else, you can live your life however you wish. If a student needs medical assistance from drugs or alcohol, neither that student nor any of their peers will get punished. This makes it so that students never hesitate to get the help their friends need.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a lot of different options for nightlife in Grinnell. No matter what you're interested in, there is something for you to do. Every two weeks or so, there is an All-Campus party at the Harris Convention Center. They always have fun themes, and people get really into them. Weekend is our sub-free program on campus. Every weekend, they offer substance-free events like bingo, free movies, or cookie-decorating. It's always a good time.

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Majors: I haven't had an internship yet, though I do plan on getting one. I think they are an invaluable way to get hands-on experience and networking in a field that interests you.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm currently in the Education program with a Major in English. I love both programs. Something unique about studying Education in Iowa is that the Iowa licensure is one of the most prestigious in the country. Therefore, Education students begin with rigorous and engaging coursework from the beginning.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus life is great in Grinnell. We are close-knit, but I still feel like I meet new people all the time. We have a lot of All-Campus Events that are a ton of fun and a great way to meet people. We are a very green campus, with a lot of outdoor green space and environmental awareness.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Grinnell is a wonderful place for growing into your own skin. Everybody on campus, be it students, professors, or staff, cares so much about making your experience the best it can be. Grinnell is a cut above the rest.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, I have loved being here at my school. Everyone has been so accepting and nice and I would not want to go anywhere else. My classes are great and I like my professors.

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Off-Campus Housing: I am not sure what the off-campus housing is like because I am only a first year. I imagine that there are great places to live off campus (i.e. houses, apartments, etc.) because I know a few upper class men who say that living off campus is very reasonable and a great experience.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are a lot of opportunities for my major (especially through programs like study abroad). I think that the school is also really good and creating opportunities where we can learn how to apply our majors to the real world.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity here is amazing. I am good friends with a lot of people from around the world and from my city. It is really nice to get to know everyone here because I can learn so much about their backgrounds and get a first-rate experience of what their cultures/lives are like.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid I am receiving is okay. I think that it is going to be worse next year because the tuition was raised by 5.5%. The school is good with giving financial aid to some students however there are some that are unable to receive good financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a lot of options for students on campus. There are parties every weekend, and there are also substance free opportunities such as Bingo, Karaoke, and bowling.

3 College Freshman

Weather: In the summer it can get to be a little overwhelmingly hot and in the winter it can get to be very cold. Some people have reconsidered being in the school because the weather can be so extreme, however I live in a similar situation back home so I am used to it. The weather does not greatly affect my experience but if I want to walk somewhere far I wouldn't be able to in the winter because there was a lot of snow and ice.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing is very nice on campus. There are many choices for where you would want to live (i.e. substance free dorms or non-substance free). There are some dorms that have computer labs, printers, laundry rooms, and air conditioning. Overall the dorms are very nice to live in.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We are located in a small rural town in Iowa. The people are very friendly towards the students and there are some local shops and a small movie theater within walking distance of the campus. There are some restaurants as well that have good food.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: We do have Campus security take students to the store or the doctor/hospital. There are a few Hertz cars as well that aren't very expensive. There is no public transportation.

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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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