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Grinnell, IA
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1,615
Tuition
$41,004
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Health & Safety: The dorms are locked 24 hours a day, but the students are so nice, they will let anyone in. We have had a few assaults, but mostly internal. There have been some robberies, but mostly over breaks.

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Computers: Most campus-owned buildings are wireless to some extent. Most students bring their own computer for convenience's sake, but it is not necessary.

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Computers: Students actively fight to maintain a variety of 24-hour labs. Recent complaints suggest that the labs might be overcrowded, but I've never had a problem finding a computer on campus at any hour.

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Computers: I have my own laptop, and I definitely recommend bringing a laptop if you bring a computer. The labs aren't usually that crowded, but they aren't in every dorm. So, having your own computer is a definite plus.

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Computers: Most students have their own computers, so one can almost always find a free computer in the labs, except sometimes during exam week. There is so much work that it would probably be best to have your own computer to work on, but if you don't have a computer, you'll be fine.

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Computers: The network is pretty good here. The only time you will have trouble finding a computer is during finals week, but even then, it is still possible to find one. Most students do bring their own computers, easing the strain on the labs and making them most useful for printing and group projects. There is a decent-sized wireless network on campus, which is steadily increasing in size.

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Computers: There is always a computer open, with the exception of the last two to three weeks of school. Then, there are times when the main labs can fill up, but I never had a problem finding an open computer.

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Computers: We have a ton of computer labs, so if you don't have a computer, you can always find one. The only reason I would suggest bringing your own computer is if you want to download music or something, but for papers, you can use the labs. They are only crowded around finals.

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Computers: Although a computer is not necessary, I'd recommend one. Practically the entire campus has wireless Internet coverage. The network is quite good, except when people download viruses. A computer can usually be found in a pinch, but sometimes it's an old one.

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Computers: While it is convenient to have your own computer, there is always a computer somewhere on campus that you can use, although you may have to hunt for one during exam time. The computers are fast, and you can choose between PC, Mac, and Linux boxes.

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Computers: If you have a computer, bring it. However, a lot of people who have their own personal computers still use lab computers to write papers because you can focus better in the labs. I would say the labs are sometimes crowded, but that's just because students don't know where to go. There are a lot of underutilized computers on campus.

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Computers: The trend on campus is to get rid of computer labs; lots of people don't have computers, but your best bet is to bring one. You'll check your e-mail a lot, and you won't have time to play computer games. I'd recommend having one computer per room.

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Guys & Girls: The guys and girls are super intelligent and cool. People here are very attractive, although not in a traditional way.

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Guys & Girls: The guys here tend to be varied; there are a few jocks, but mostly geeks. The women aren't terribly attractive, but that gets better once you realize that most students don't waste time on their appearance. The dating scene is pretty feminist with both sexes being on pretty equal footing.

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Guys & Girls: Everyone gets so used to each other here that no one bothers to dress up, which gives Grinnellians a reputation for being ugly. Personally, I think that we're just comfortable with each other. For the most part, though, they are very accepting, wonderful people, and after a while, you stop caring that they're so, well, comfortable.

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Guys & Girls: The girls are not super-model quality, but many of them are attractive.

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Guys & Girls: Everyone here is ugly. I grew up in a rich neighborhood in New Jersey. The first thing I noticed when I arrived here was how ugly everyone was. If you are used to startlingly beautiful people, or if you're from a high-income neighborhood, then yeah, you have to look past the skin, kids. I'll wear things at college that I wouldn't be comfortable wearing in my own home.

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Guys & Girls: While there are some attractive individuals, Grinnell is not the hottest school, though guys are generally considered more attractive than the girls on the whole.

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Guys & Girls: Most students here are cute, but few are hot (if that makes any sense). However, almost all students are interesting, intelligent, and able to hold up their end of a conversation. We all have some kind of quirk, but practically everyone here is a nice, interesting person if you take the time to get to know them. However, Grinnellians are in no way proud, either.

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Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at Grinnell are plain, weird, and just plain weird. These kids are concerned more with changing the world than changing their looks.

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Guys & Girls: The students here are hot, smart, and rich-enjoy!

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Guys & Girls: Students here are artsy, and chances are, they're bi, gay, or lesbian. I've started liking several girls only to find out that they were gay, and my current girlfriend is bi. It just seems like it's a very prevalent trait. I suppose some of the guys are hot, but they're probably also gay. They're also probably the ones that bathe regularly. The opposite goes for the girls.

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Academics: Most of the professors I've had truly invested themselves in the students and the material. They also had high expectations for their students.

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Academics: Most of my teachers have been incredible, but a few have been really bad. Even at worst, professors are accessible at almost all hours and are competent in their field. At best (and best is often the case), the teachers serve to inspire and create an environment of comprehensive enjoyment for the material outside the classroom. I hated high school, but these classes are great.

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Academics: The teachers here are the hardest, most intelligent, most understanding teachers I've ever had. There are classes that you'll go into knowing that you won't get an A, but you are guaranteed to learn more than you ever have in one class. Teachers who do not push their students often end up having the students push them (figuratively, of course). The only class that I have had that was not interesting to me was improved by outside discussions with fellow students.

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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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