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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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Academics: Classes are challenging, but well worth the effort if you wake up in time to get to them.

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Academics: The teachers are, for the most part, quite good. There are a couple classes that, although I have no interest in, I would take just because of the teacher. The teachers know their stuff, and they're open-minded about classroom ideas.

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Academics: Of course my classes are interesting, and one of the wonderful things about my liberal arts education is that all of my classes seem to interweave and relate to each other. Some professors here would rather be doing research all of the time, but most are very concerned with the learning that takes place in their classroom.

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Academics: The professors at Grinnell are amazing! They all seem so interested in what they are teaching. My classes have all been really fun and interesting.

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Academics: Your academic experience here depends entirely on the department you choose. They are all very willing to have one-on-one interactions with students; they enjoy their subjects, and they are genuinely interested in helping you in whatever way they can.

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Academics: Professors are very accessible, and they're willing to help any student who comes to see them. They are engaging in class and very informative. The professors are concerned, not only about a student's performance in class, but their general well-being in life. The classes are generally quite interesting. There are some classes that aren't as good as others (i.e. statistics), but most classes are interesting and fun.

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Academics: There aren't a lot of options in the course catalog, which is one disadvantage of having a small school. Luckily, though, the few classes that are available have excellent professors who know what they're talking about, and they are more than happy to devote individual attention after class. It's also usually a good idea to stay away from temporary profs. Fortunately, they are few and far between.

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Academics: Most of the classes for my major (sociology) were interesting. The professors tried their best to make the class time go by fast. Most profs are older men who have a lot of experience in their field. We`re starting to get more minorities and women professors, which is good.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are very nice guys (the one female guard is wicked mean, though). However, officers are required by law to report what they see. So don't let them see it.

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Campus Strictness: Policies are extremely lax in an official sense, with a strong emphasis on having students govern themselves. SAs monitor for habitual drug or alcohol (problem) users, and those people get sent to rehabilitation. If you want to walk around and have a few beers or smoke a joint, absolutely no one will bother you. Police presence on campus is very rare.

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Campus Strictness: Security is not very strict here. The College feels that its students are responsible adults who are free to make their own decisions and mistakes.

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Campus Strictness: Grinnell exists under the auspices of self-governance, a policy which assumes students are adults and expects them to act as adults. Thus, students are expected to take care of themselves and each other. Rather than have outsiders enforce rules, Grinnellians are content to self-regulate and act as a community.

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Campus Strictness: Campus security is very lenient about student drug use. The SAs here work as volunteers and nothing more.

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Campus Strictness: We have an honor system, so if you keep illegal substances in your room (or at least inside), you are pretty much safe from outside interference.

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Campus Strictness: The level of strictness here varies case by case. Usually, the College seems to have a `no harm, no foul' stance that works very well. Besides, the workload here is so large that no student would dare risk getting too involved with drugs or alcohol, because they'd do poorly in their classes. Most students are responsible and look out for others, but there's also a support system for those who need some help.

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Campus Strictness: Authorities aren't strict at Grinnell; self-governance ends up meaning that people are free to smoke up and drink in their rooms or lounges. There's not much done about illegal activity. Just don't let the town cops or the cleaning personnel see you.

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Akshay Bajaj
Hometown
Mumbai, India
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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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