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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Grinnell College is definitely diverse for a private liberal arts school but we still have work to do

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is pretty good for a school in the middle of Iowa.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Grinnell is extremely accepting of people from all walks of life. We have tons of programs and groups on campus to accomodate all students, such as Concerned Black Students, Cultural Diversity Panel, Spectrum, and Queer Students of Color.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity here is amazing. I am good friends with a lot of people from around the world and from my city. It is really nice to get to know everyone here because I can learn so much about their backgrounds and get a first-rate experience of what their cultures/lives are like.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is something that Grinnell prides its self on.

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According to the faculty, the percentage of minority students who go to Grinnell is comparable to other liberal arts institutions across the country. Still, there is only a small number of ethnic minorities on campus. This may be due to socioeconomic reasons—Grinnell is expensive. Unfortunately, there have been reported incidents of racism in town, and while this doesn’t represent the attitude (or intelligence) of all the townies, as a rule, they tend to be more closed-minded than college students and faculty.

Ideologically, it’s not surprising that Grinnell is an overwhelmingly liberal institution, and around campus it is more acceptable to be in a left-leaning state of mind. There are a few conservative students who love Grinnell as much as any liberal, but it’s likely that most right-wingers don’t even consider Grinnell. The College Republicans have about six members, but they bring in controversial speakers. Occasionally, someone brings up the complaint that the gay, bisexual, and lesbian community doesn’t stick together, but the counter-argument is that there’s no need for them to stick together because everyone is fully accepting. Gay and straight people take advantage of the Stonewall Resource Center, a facility that houses a sizable library on topics relevant to the gay, bisexual, and lesbian community. Students are also accepting of sexual experimentation, which also eases the impact of coming out of the closet.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
7%
Hispanic
8%
International
12%
Native American
0%
White
58%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
91%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
18-19: 48%
20-21: 43%
22-24: 6%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
44%
Male Faculty
56%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 77%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Grinnell is amazing when it comes to gay tolerance and is one of the most open colleges in the country. Many gay, lesbian, and bisexual students at Grinnell come out of the closet to their peers before they come out to their parents. Organizations like Stonewall Coalition serve as hubs for the homosexual community, and students harassing others on the basis of their sexual preference is unheard of and would not be tolerated. However, there have been frequent complaints about people who live in town, particularly high school students, harassing random Grinnell students in passing with derogatory references to homosexuality.
Political Activity
Many students believe that there is too little political diversity on campus. Most students are moderate to radical left wing, and Republicans and right wingers often feel that their views are cast aside too swiftly by their peers. However, when it comes to the views on the left, you will find anything from devout Democrats to outright anarchists, and every person in between.
Economic Status
While there are a good number of upper-class and upper-middle-class students at Grinnell due to the College's need-blind admissions policy, many people from underprivileged families also attend the school. The College has recently made some changes in its recruitment (though not admissions) policy to try to attract wealthier students on the grounds that it increases economic diversity (or possibly that they need more funding and would like to grant less financial aid), but this policy seems to be failing so far.
Most Common Religions
The Christian community on campus tends to be the most visible through student groups, but other religions are widely accepted. There also seems to be a sizable atheist and agnostic community, and while these groups tend not to make much noise, some religious students are occasionally scrutinized by others who have anti-religious views.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many different minority groups on campus, including those for Asian Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans, just to name a few.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 22 responses

  • 36% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 14% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 28 responses

  • 75% Progressive/very liberal
  • 21% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 60% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 43% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 73% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 27% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 23 responses

  • 83% Very accepting.
  • 13% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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