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Grinnell, IA
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1,615
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$41,004
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Campus Housing: The dorms are extravagant, with the exception of Norris, a temporary building that's just a horrible sight. The floors are small, and the students living together have very tight-knit relationships. Don't expect to get a room to yourself before your third year, though.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are quite good. There really are no dorms to avoid.

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Campus Housing: All the dorms are pretty nice; you really can't go wrong with any of them. There is the very occasional tiny shoebox room, but generally, there is plenty of space, and they are pretty comfortable.

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Campus Housing: Norris is the worst dorm, and the rest of the dorms are all about personal taste. I like Main the best, and I always will. Main's a party dorm full of lots of hard-core party kids and drug users. There are few, if any, jocks, so things don't get brutalized too often. Also, at Main, you have the dining hall and a formal lounge on the first floor and in the basement we have Gardener (the scene for indie rock shows), Bob's Underground Café, and the laundry room. It's easy to get through an Iowa winter in Main. Just don't leave the building unless you have a class.

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Campus Housing: Norris has a bad reputation as being the worst dorm, and it isn't terribly nice, but it makes up for that in the atmosphere. I think Norris is the most social dorm on campus. The new East Campus residence halls feel very sterile.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are very nice, the rooms are spacious, and the lounges are great, too. There aren't any dorms to avoid, and there isn't a specific senior dorm or a freshman dorm. All classes get mixed together, which is great for the first-years because they can talk to juniors and seniors about which classes to take and which professors are the best.

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Campus Housing: Norris is an older dorm with lots of character, which makes it my favorite, but many people prefer the newer dorms in East Campus because they have bigger rooms. East dorms feel too hygienic for me, though. North and South Campuses have great rooms, but you have to know the character of the dorms. Norris is full of cracked-out first-years; Cowles has lots of `Dungeon and Dragons' type of people; Dibble, Clark, and Younker all have lots of jocks; and Smith students are conservative about everything. In South Campus, Loose students have, well, loose attitudes about everything, Cleveland is constantly smoky from the lounge, which always has a couple people smoking pot in it. Finally, Main is more slanted toward the drug users and intellectuals.

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Campus Housing: The dorms, altogether, are quite nice. North and South Campuses date back to the early 1900s and have quite a bit of character, whereas East Campus is new, which provides its own set of advantages. The only dorms I would suggest staying away from are Cleveland and Norris, mostly because of the great amount of smoke within each.

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Campus Housing: The dorms here are very clean and not at all crowded. I would personally suggest avoiding South Campus if you do not like smoke. Also, East Campus is new, so it is always a fine choice to live there.

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Diversity: There is quite a large percentage of international students, but the socio-economic diversity seems to be on the decline.

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Diversity: Most of our minorities come from countries other than the U.S. Economically, the school has been catering more to the upper class, but the promise of meeting full need brings in more economically-diverse people than peer schools. The campus is incredibly tolerant and obvious examples of prejudice are simply nonexistent.

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Diversity: I would say campus is relatively diverse. I see a lot of international students when walking to class, but not a lot of the people I remembered from home. There are not a lot of Muslims, and not a lot of inner-city blacks. For instance, the freestyle contest was a huge letdown. No one could rhyme like my friends from Newark-no one. It made me miss home, but helped me to realize that I had arrived in the cornfields, for real now.

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Diversity: Politically, there are many diverse ideas, though most of the ideas would be classified in the liberal spectrum. Socially, there are a lot of different ways people prefer to spend their time. Racially, there is more diversity at Grinnell than exists in Iowa on the whole, but the school is working to increase diversity on campus. Also, there are quite a few international students on campus.

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Diversity: Campus is not diverse yet, but it's getting there!

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Diversity: Grinnell is pretty diverse. I know that I have not lacked for interracial or intercontinental friendship in my three years here.

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Diversity: Socio-economically speaking, the campus is very diverse. Racially, it's not that diverse, but the college is much more diverse than its surroundings. The campus isn't that diverse politically in that the political scope of the campus generally ranges from liberal to extreme leftist. Additionally, there are a fair number of international students who add to our diversity. Also, the campus is quite diverse in terms of sexual orientation.

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Diversity: Geographically, Grinnell is very diverse; there are a lot of international students, but they tend to hang among themselves. Grinnell tried to recruit more `ethnic' students and faculty, but since both are self-selecting, for the most part, racial diversity is scant.

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Diversity: All the diversity makes this campus seem like an urban city in itself. The liberality of the student body can make it seem closed-minded to the conservative side.

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Diversity: The campus could use more African Americans, but for the middle of rural Iowa, I think that it's really pretty diverse. There are a lot of people who are not very rich who seem rich, and there are many more who you would assume to be dirt poor, but are rather well off. There are diversity issues, but the campus is very open, and there are many different types of people here. The smallest minority is either Morman (LDS) or Republican.

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Nightlife: The parties on campus are quite excellent. Grinnell students party as hard as they work. There is one bar off campus that is quite good also.

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Nightlife: One of the coolest things about parties at Grinnell is that they are open to anyone. You don't have to be a member of a particular frat or sports team to come. There's usually a party at Harris (an all-campus center, which houses dance parties and movies), a party in a dorm, and a party or two off campus.

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Nightlife: Parties are entirely on campus. Themed parties happen every week at the Harris Center and attract a decent crowd (they're also funded by the College).

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Nightlife: The Harris parties on campus are okay depending on the theme and DJ.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus are free and open to everyone. There are two lackluster bars in town, but most students choose to party on campus.

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Nightlife: Harris parties are like going to a club, except that you know everyone there. So, some students avoid going at all costs. Other parties can be really fun. Birthday parties, music shows in gardener, all that is a good time-10/10 is awesome. My friends from Carleton come down just to be around for 10/10.

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Akshay Bajaj
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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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