Grinnell College

Grinnell College

Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college. We confer bachelor of arts degrees in 27 major fields and offer individualized curriculum planning and advising. Independent majors are possible.

The Grinnell Difference

Individually Advised Curriculum
Outside your major, you have only one required course at Grinnell — First-Year Tutorial, an eye-opening seminar — and after that, it’s up to you and your adviser to construct each semester’s focus and course load. That’s one reason why Grinnellians’ interests cross so many boundaries and why our insights illuminate the unexpected.

Dedication to Social Justice
Grinnell’s social justice ethos dates back to the 19th century. When you come here, you stand on the shoulders of change agents who have influenced policies and lives everywhere. Grinnellians soak up knowledge and explore dynamic viewpoints on campus precisely so we can wield those tools as agents of change in the wider world.

Self-Gov
Grinnellians actively shape and govern campus culture, which means we’re accountable to each other for making our community vibrant, safe, diverse, challenging, and respectful. That’s sometimes a tall task for undergraduates, but Grinnellians are nothing if not resourceful and enterprising.

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