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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students coming to Grinnell expecting the large university caliber looks will likely be disappointed, but in retrospect will find Grinnell students with very attractive and fun to be around personalities. Grinnell students are usually very casual, wearing what they want, doing what they want, which makes many students down to earth. In general, there is a bit of a clash between the hookup culture and those interested in pursuing long-term relationships, which makes the dating scene a little crazy, in addition to the school being a small campus. But in my opinion, the guys and girls being less about looks and more about personality helps students foster long-term relationships.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is very original and free here. We all march to the beat of our own drum. No one judges anyone else for being individual.

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2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I can count the number of hot girls on my hand, so there aren't many. But when they're hot they are smoking!

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Grinnell definitely has a more natural and down-to-earth kind of attractiveness

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People of Grinnell college come from all over the country and the world. We get a lot of different types of people. Nearly everyone is ready to get involved in some sort of movement of social change, athletics, or other activities.


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Grinnell students are rarely hot. While there are a few tan, thin, blond girls and a handful of buff guys with chiseled features and moussed hair, if you come to Grinnell to look for them, you’ll be disappointed. Few girls even wear makeup, and some guys haven’t showered or changed clothes in a week. If you’re willing to look for something beyond a Calvin Klein commercial, you may be in luck. Grinnell students are intelligent, socially-concerned, fun-loving, friendly individuals. They’re capable of holding a conversation after an evening of drunken debauchery. Believe it or not, some girls actually like the shaggy, rugged, hippy look on guys, and there are guys who like girls who are spunky and unique looking.

While finding a make-out buddy on a Saturday night is usually not that difficult, finding a girlfriend or boyfriend might be. It’s notoriously difficult to stay in a relationship at Grinnell. Nobody’s exactly sure why it’s so difficult to keep one dance partner, but it may have to do with the general acceptability of making out with random people or casual sex. That freewheeling atmosphere probably puts a lot of strain on relationships, as does the unwieldy amount of academic stress. However, many Grinnellians marry each other after they graduate.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Condoms are available at the Health Center and are given out free (two at a time) by friendly mom-like employees.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Bob's Underground Café
  2. Parties on High Street
  3. The Spencer Grill
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Dorm shower
  2. Harris Center
Social Scene
The student body at Grinnell tends to be friendly and accepting of pretty much anyone. It's easy to find a group of friends at the beginning of school, and there really are no cliques or social circles, so ultimately, it becomes easy to meet people through friends. It's also relatively easy to simply bump into someone and start a conversation. This kind of interaction shortly becomes commonplace in a small college when you see the same people every day.
Hookups or Relationships?
Most students on campus seem to be more interested in hooking up with someone than actually dating. While dating does happen on a regular basis, there is absolutely no pressure to have a boyfriend or girlfriend, and a lot of students would rather do without, so there are usually plenty of singles out on the weekends who want nothing more than a good fling.
Dress Code
The Grinnell style of dress covers the entire spectrum, but it tends to be heavy on the peculiar or hippie side. Most students will simply go with a pair of scuffed-up jeans that haven't been washed in a few days and a dingy T-shirt to match, but it's not uncommon to see designer bowler hats and camel hair coats on guys or broomstick skirts and trench coats on girls. Nobody will give you a second glance as long as you have something on.
Did You Know?
  • There's a widely-circulating rumor that Playboy magazine ranked Grinnell as having the least attractive student body. Another equally-circulated rumor says that Playboy also ranked Grinnell's women as being more sexually satisfied than women at any other college in the country.
  • Sixty percent of Grinnellians marry other Grinnellians.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 21 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 19 responses

  • 33% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 14% Casual dating at your school
  • 14% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 11% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 11% Long-distance relationship
  • 11% None
  • 6% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 5 responses

  • 31% In classes
  • 23% In extracurriculars
  • 15% Parties on High Street
  • 15% Harris
  • 8% Bob's Underground Café
  • 8% Through your friends
  • 0% The Spencer Grill

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Dedicated
  • 25% Liberal
  • 12% Smart
  • 12% Atypical
  • 12% Invested

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 50% Talk to people in class
  • 29% Go to events
  • 14% Join Clubs and Organizations to meet people
  • 7% Join SGA

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 39% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 52% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 9% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.


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