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Location
Grinnell, IA
Undergrads
1,615
Tuition
$41,004
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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 Sophomore

Facilities: Student life in grinnell is rich and exciting. There are always things to do. There are many student unions, from nerf to religious ones that are funded handsomely by the college. There are a lot of sports for people to participate in and there is always something going on on the weekend both for people who are not substance free and for people who are. The college also does a great job of encouraging floor community through its student adviser program (student advisers are students in charge of a floor and are resources for students and also throw events). Everyone can find something they love to do in Grinnell.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Grinnell is really good at providing aid for summer internships. I cannot afford doing a summer internship on my own but with the college's help i will get the experience i need for grad school. It is easy to apply and you will receive some sort of aid if you demonstrate real need.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are up to date and very nice. It has an amazing athletic facility and natatorium as well as good dorms, dining area, and academic buildings.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 64th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 133rd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 141st
    Best Student Centers
  • 475th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 664th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Akshay Bajaj
Hometown
Mumbai, India
Major
Economics
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Grinnell is going through a revamping of its facilities. Dedicated in 2008, the Noyce Science Center (named after Grinnell alum/inventor of the microchip Robert Noyce '49) is fully stocked. From a modern greenhouse on the top floor to nuclear research facilities, science majors never need to search for opportunities to experiment.

The next major project was the construction of the modern Harris Center. Most of the multicultural club offices, an art gallery, and the Grinnell radio station KDIC are in this building. New buildings have been built in a completely different style from that of Grinnell’s older Gothic architecture, and rather than the red and black brick stonework that decorates most of North and South Campus (there are few things that look cooler than gargoyles over the doors), a newer, more modern apparatus will line the walls of campus facilities and eateries. Even in Iowa, college campuses inevitably change with the times. Other campus hubs like the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center house everything from the Spencer Grill to the Crady Mail Room to the many many administrative facilities.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
119
Campus Size
120 acres
Student Centers
  • Harris Center
  • Joe Rosenfield '25 Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Burling Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bob’s Underground Café
  • Harris Center
  • Joe Rosenfield '25 Center
Coffeehouse on Campus
Bob's Underground Café
Movie Theater on Campus
  • Harris Cinema in the Harris Center
  • Movies are also shown in the Forum every weekend, and special-interest films are usually played in ARH (Alumni Recitation Hall).
"Green" Initiatives
The dining hall, the Alumni Recitation Hall (ARH), and dorms all have recycling amenities. The sports buildings all have green-engineered lighting, too.
School Slang
  • Beach: The area in front of a dorm; for example, Norris "Beach" is the courtyard in front of Norris Hall.
  • FM: Facilities Management
  • Hell Week: The week before finals, when papers and other assignments are due for most classes
  • Hookup: Generally taken to mean a one-night session full of anything from making out to sex
  • Leiny's: Leinenkugel's beer, a Grinnell favorite
  • No Love: "You have failed."
  • Pit: The basement level of a residence hall
  • Plancrastination: Procrastinating by checking or updating plans
  • Prospie: A prospective student
  • Sketchy: Of questionable morals
  • Stalker Net: The Grinnell Online Directory
Traditions
  • 2 a.m. Bakery Run: On weeknights, the Danish Maid Bakery finishes baking its pastries at 2 a.m. If you're up late studying (or doing anything else for that matter), it's traditional to take a quick run downtown to get something fresh out of the oven.
  • Alice: The traditional outdoor Alice party began in 1980, died out in the `90s, and has recently been revived. The main point of Alice is to get as "trippy" as possible, in the literal, hallucinogenic sense of the word. While not everyone at Alice is actually tripping, the party focuses on activities that could be really cool in an altered state, like making tie-dye shirts and mixing a giant batch of home-made Play-Doh in a kiddie pool.
  • Block Party: On the last day of finals, a sizable chunk of High Street is blocked off from early in the afternoon until early evening. Most students say the main purpose of Block Party is to get extremely drunk, but on a nice summer day after you've won your freedom from a hard school semester, sitting out in the sun with a bunch of friends is fun any way you look at it.
  • Burling 4th Bathroom: It's a tradition to scrawl graffiti on the walls of the bathroom on the fourth floor of Burling. The Burling fourth floor bathroom also has a reputation for being the location of many scandalous encounters.
  • Moose: By far the most popular drinking game at Grinnell, this beloved sport involves an ice cube tray, a quarter, and a whole lot of beer. The idea is to bounce the quarter into the ice cube tray. If you succeed, count how many ice cubes away from the front the quarter landed; this represents the number of chugs of beer involved. If the quarter lands on the right side of the tray, you select one other person to take that many chugs. If it lands on the left side, you drink that many chugs of beer. If the quarter lands in the last two cube compartments, everyone has to put their hands up next to their head (moose-antler style) and scream "Moose!" The last person who does this has to drink the whole cup of beer (known as the "Moose Cup"). If the person playing gets the quarter into the cup, he or she has to drink the Moose Cup. The tray moves on to the next person as soon as the person playing misses. Most students are introduced to this game their freshman year.
  • One Acts: One Acts is a theater tradition on campus that has been going on for years. These short plays are student directed and acted, and each lasts for about 15 minutes to half-an-hour. They're usually played in The Wall Performance Lab in Bucksbaum for two nights, and like most plays, they sell out quickly, so get a ticket early. The types of plays range from conventional to extremely experimental. Some are actually student written.
  • Relays: This late-spring event is something of a spoof on the Olympics, complete with a faculty-lit flaming toilet bowl to kick off the games.
  • The Salon: Around finals, a student art show is held in Faulconer Gallery. All students can submit work, and a professional artist judges the pieces and decides which ones to include in the show. The judge also decides which piece is the best in the show. Two runners-up are also named.
  • Spring and Winter Waltz: These are the two formal dances at Grinnell that take place, as the name suggests, every winter and spring. The dress code is very formal. Men wear tuxes or suits, and women wear dresses fit for prom night. High-class pre-parties with fancy foods are the norm, and most people get a bit drunk before hitting the dance floor in front of a live jazz band. Sometimes, campus groups host a dance class before the waltz so people actually know what to do when the waltzing music starts. Normally, students end up looking like fools, but it's a blast all the same.
  • Titular Head Film Festival: Near the end of the school year, Grinnell hosts a spoof film festival where students submit movies that run under five minutes. Tickets always disappear early. A panel of judges hands out zany-looking trophies to the best films and a series of prank awards to all the runners-up.
Urban Legends
  • More than 60 percent of Grinnell alumni marry other Grinnell alumni.
  • Students can be expelled for grabbing onto the side of one of the slow-moving trains that goes through campus.
Favorite Things To Do
Many students take advantage of the free movies in Harris and in the South Lounge of the Forum on weekends. Plays (also free) are put on by both the College theater department and an independent theatre group, but tickets (which can usually be found at the box office in Bucksbaum) tend to go rather quickly. The numerous bands that Grinnell brings to the stage also tend to attract a large crowd. When you need to take a break from studying, there are pool tables in the Harris Center and the Forum, art shows at Faulconer Gallery in Bucksbaum, and frequent concerts including classical, student, and professional performances. Punk bands from across the nation are booked regularly.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.grinnell.edu/student/groups
Student Newspaper
Scarlet & Black
www.thesandb.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are plenty of student organizations to go around. And if you can't find the right club for you, it is so easy to get funding from the College to create your own club; many students start their own organizations during their tenure at Grinnell.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
A student-led committee receives a budget to book concerts for the entire year.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 25 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 15% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 38% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 46% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 42% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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