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Grinnell, IA
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1,615
Tuition
$41,004
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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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Athletics: Grinnell is a Division III college, but we still take sports seriously. The intramural sports are pretty big as well. Intramural soccer is growing by the year!

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Athletics: I don't know anything about sports except that our basketball team rocks.

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Athletics: Lots of students play varsity sports; 25 percent, I heard somewhere. Lots of students pick up Frisbee or soccer teams on their own; it seems like everyone used to play something in high school. Sports games are not really well attended, except for basketball-everyone watches basketball here.

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Athletics: As a Division III school, students who play varsity sports do so for the love of the game. Intramurals are very popular and are organized through talent levels rather than class rank.

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Athletics: A fair number of people play varsity sports, but academics are top priority at Grinnell. Grinnell has a no-cut policy, though, so if you want to be on the team, you can be. You may not compete your first year, but you can become a part of the social network of the team. Intramurals such as ultimate Frisbee and rugby are particularly popular.

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Athletics: People on the sports teams here think they're better than everyone else, but I don't think anyone else cares.

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Athletics: Athletics here are not for the extremely competitive. This is not the University of Iowa, people!

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Athletics: Varsity sports? We have varsity sports? The people attending the games are the players and/or whoever the players cajoled into going to watch. The College is fiscally supportive and has a number of good teams, but save for basketball, no one gets too competitive. Intramural sports are huge, though; ultimate Frisbee and basketball are two Grinnell favorites.

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Athletics: Grinnell is Division III, so varsity sports are not that competitive. Grinnell tends to have an unwritten `no-cut' policy, which means that anyone who is willing to put in the work and effort to be on the team (and isn't a complete novice) is welcome to participate. This doesn't mean one will play in a game, but it's a great way to stay healthy and meet more people. IM sports are not as big yet, but they are growing in popularity.

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Athletics: Sports are much bigger than one might expect; college wouldn't be the same without a select few dumb jocks.

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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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Nightlife: Parties on campus are a ton of fun. Most dance parties are themed, and all parties are open to everyone. There are no cover fees, but students are expected to donate at each party. Some parties serve alcohol, but there is a wrist-band policy in which all students 21 and older receive wrist-bands. The nice thing about Grinnell parties is that students watch out for one another and make sure they don't get themselves into trouble.

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Nightlife: Parties? Ha! Don't come to school here if you're looking for wild parties, or tame ones for that matter.

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Nightlife: The parties on campus are awesome. I could name several that were a highlight: 10/10, Alice in Wonderland, Relays, and especially Block Party (the best time I ever had in my life was at block party this year). Also, all the parties on campus are free.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus are pretty lame compared to a state school, but they get the job done.

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Drug Safety: There are a lot of potheads at Grinnell, but there's no pressure to become one. Alcohol is generally the preferred drug, but it gets pretty old pretty fast.

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Drug Safety: There's an active drug scene on campus regarding soft drugs (marijuana, LSD, and mushrooms). Methamphetamines have invaded rural Iowa, but certainly not at this school. Hard drugs are extremely rare and tend to be a private affair.

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Drug Safety: There's lots of pot on South Campus, but very little hardcore drug use goes on anywhere around campus.

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Drug Safety: Hard drugs (i.e. crack, cocaine, ecstasy) are rare, but there are a lot of students on campus who smoke marijuana. However, there is never any pressure for a student to experiment with any drug. It's not like they're trying to sell students crack in the library.

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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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