College Sophomore 2013-03-07T06:11:21Z
Although Grinnell is extremely diverse in terms of sexual orientation and personal disposition, the institution lacks diversity in political affiliations and religious views.
College Sophomore 2013-03-04T21:06:37Z
The application process is fairly easy, but Grinnell is different in that you don't declare until your second year. This is so you can explore and get a good sense of what you want to do. There is a great variety of possible majors that you can choose from. After you declare, you choose your academic adviser within the discipline of your major and they help you get choose the classes that will get you to your major while also earning a balanced liberal arts degree.
College Sophomore 2013-03-04T20:58:23Z
The majority of the buildings have been renovated recently. The "best" or "newest" or "most modern" buildings are the athletic facilities (the BEAR), the science building (Noyce), the dining hall/student center (the JRC), and the fine arts center (Bucksbaum). The libraries are also fairly updated (Burling and Kistle) and there is talk of renovating the humanities building (ARH) and expanding it. There are some older buildings on campus (such as Goodnow Hall, Steiner Hall, and Herrick Chapel) but they are still really nice.
College Sophomore 2013-03-04T20:53:12Z
This is a very accepting campus. The college does a lot to support diversity and variety from the demographics of the students and faculty, speakers, student groups, awareness events, campus discussions and campus initiatives. This is a very liberal college with tendency to be left-leaning politically, but tries its very best to be truly accepting and inclusive of all walks of life (i.e. conservatives).
College Sophomore 2013-03-04T20:43:46Z
There's a saying, "Grinnell, far from ordinary...and everything else". I agree with the first part of the statement. Grinnell is an extraordinary place, both the town and the college. It is filled with vibrant and opinionated people who are well educated and passionate about a variety of different things. I have never been in a place so full of energetic purpose. The last part of the saying I don't agree with. While Grinnell is a small rural town and the college is a small private school, there's so much going on. There is at least one concert every weekend from artists of all disciplines and origins. Engaging and thought provoking guest speakers often come to give insightful lectures on a broad range of topics. Need to go shopping? If it's not something you can find in town, there's a shuttle to either Des Moines or Iowa City (both an hour drive) every other week so that college students can shop. The college has gotten tickets for musicals and other events in these cities for students who want to get off campus. This is a place replete with connections and opportunities, not a deserted, barren island in the middle of a corn field sea.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T22:51:58Z
The academics are really challenging and focus on broadening the minds of the students. There is a heavy focus on being able to communicate clearly and effectively as well as understanding each subject within the larger scope of things.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T22:50:29Z
The night life is fairly calm. The college does a good job of pairing people with similar sleep habits. Most people are too busy doing homework to party and stay up late on the week days.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T22:49:02Z
There are drugs on Grinnell's campus, but I think that the administration does a good job keeping the dangerous ones off campus and keeping it from getting out of hand. There are many places you can go and many events on campus that are substance free if you wish to avoid that lifestyle.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T22:46:42Z
This is a really rigorous college, but totally worth it! It's like an intense personal trainer for your brain. If you apply yourself, you're going to be so much better coming away from this place. The staff really try to make you think about how the subject and what you're studying applies to the real world. Great experience!
College Sophomore 2013-01-17T23:33:51Z
Great variety of majors, double majoring is common and easy. Creating your own major is an option as well.
College Sophomore 2013-01-17T23:13:39Z
The college is known for its challenging and engaging academics and has been ranked very highly on U.S. News and World Report among other lists of top schools in the U.S. Hard work is usually required, but as the saying goes, it always pays off.
College Sophomore 2013-01-17T23:09:39Z
Guys & Girls:
A good amount of attractive people, it really depends on what you are looking for. Being such a small school, there is not much of a selection when compared to a large university, but it holds its own pretty well.
College Sophomore 2013-01-14T16:46:17Z
There are definitely drugs at Grinnell. There is little enforcement as long as drug usage does not affect other people, and drugs are pretty unnoticeable. However, certain dorms (Cleveland) stink of marijuana.
College Sophomore 2013-01-14T16:43:37Z
Most of the dorms are pretty old with lots of stairs, but they have nice, bigs rooms. The campus is really small, so nothing is really too far away. However, the East campus dorms can be a pretty long walk to the library and academic buildings.
College Sophomore 2013-01-14T16:39:16Z
There are lots of available computers, but they are very slow and the labs are understaffed. Printers are often out of paper and toner, sometimes for days at a time.
College Sophomore 2013-01-10T01:36:22Z
An extremely diverse campus with students from over 30 different cotnries and about 20% international. Only 10% are from Iowa. However, sometimes the level of "political correctness" can be overwhelming.
College Sophomore 2013-01-10T01:30:23Z
The college has great facilities that are conducive to the needs of the students.
College Sophomore 2013-01-10T01:27:24Z
Great facilities! New and accessible. Never something students complain about.
College Sophomore 2012-12-20T00:03:21Z
The area is really safe and really friendly, there just isn't very much to do in Grinnell.
College Sophomore 2012-12-20T00:01:48Z
There are very few restaurants around. The college even lists the grocery stores as "restaurants" on their handouts!
College Sophomore 2012-12-19T23:59:35Z
It is really hard to get any non-need based financial aid. Basically, they just decide with your admission what you will get.
College Sophomore 2012-12-12T16:12:09Z
We have the policy of self-gov, so the school pretty much lets us do whatever we want.
College Sophomore 2012-11-21T23:04:37Z
Every professor I've had has imbued me with some sort of perspective changing knowledge. Our faculty is incredible and will always give you their time if you are putting in effort.
College Sophomore 2012-11-21T23:03:21Z
SELF-GOVERNANCE YO! Grinnell is extremely lax when it comes to almost everything. We have concerts on the loggia (roof) of buildings, climb academic buildings, have parties in college buildings (Harris / Gardner), drink where we want (don't cross the street with alcohol though!), smoke where we want (although security may come give the occasional ticket).
But don't worry! Grinnellians are pretty tasteful about it, and if you express discomfort with people smoking pot or cigarettes on your floor, your fellow students will respect you. Self-Gov is a magical thing...
Also, keep in mind if you don't want to be around substances (very little around other than alcohol and marijuana), there is ample substance free housing available!
College Sophomore 2012-11-21T22:57:51Z
Health & Safety:
In terms of health, Grinnell is great. We have a student health facility that always has plenty of availability and provides excellent service. The nurses are very mom-like when you're sick, and will give you everything you need if you come down with a circulating cold. If they can't help you out, they'll get you to a doctor off-campus ASAP that takes your insurance.
Safety wise, Grinnell is extremely secure. I've never had a moment where I have felt at risk on campus or in town. Most students feel so safe that they go as far as leaving their dorm room doors open 24/7. I will say that I have heard of one instance where something has been stolen from a room, which has caused me to lower the grade from an A+ to an A... But c'mon... One instance of theft on a campus where almost everyone's door is open. In the grand scheme of things, that's nothing!
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