College Junior 2011-11-16T23:05:03Z
Pretty Good! Most of the meals are very good at the dining hall. It's by no means exceptional, and it does get boring sometimes, but there are plenty of options, even for vegan/gluten-free. If you get bored of pizza, burgers, and the plat du jour, you can always go to the make your own stir-fry station, sandwich station, or pasta station.
College Senior 2011-11-15T22:01:22Z
Not Great During Winter Time – There are not that many options and it is difficult to get permission to live off campus. The convenience of living off campus is not that great, especially in the winter time. Most students prefer to live on campus because of the proximity to academic buildings and the availability of information on what is happening on campus. Grinnell is generally a very safe area.
College Senior 2011-11-15T21:56:14Z
Intense but Helpful – Grinnell College is a liberal arts college so it is pretty small and the class sizes are small. That means there is a lot of one-on-one time with professors but it also means professors expect a lot from students. There are many classes to choose from and almost all professors are great at teaching and to talk to. The workload keeps people busy but there is also room for some free time. Economics is one of the most popular majors.
College Junior 2011-11-10T21:48:30Z
The Campus facilities at Grinnell great, all the buildings are impeccable. The nicest buildings on campus include the JRC, Noyce, and the Bear. All of these buildings are pretty new, greatly upkept and modern architecture.
College Senior 2011-11-09T00:35:21Z
There aren't a lot of options as far as majors go, and although the school flaunts students' ability to create independent majors, these are strongly discouraged and support is minimal.
College Junior 2011-11-06T10:37:20Z
Salad Bowl – There is every kind of people at Grinnell. Some nerds, jocks, preps, etc. Because of its diversity, everyone seems to get along well. People who value diversity gather here. Campus is extremely liberal towards LGBT society and everyone of every race hangs out with each other.
College Junior 2011-11-06T10:34:57Z
East Campus Rules – Campus housings are divided into three: North, South, or East Campus. Generally, North and South Campus dorms are old and do not have a/c, heater, elevator, and very few laundry machines. East Campus, the new dorms, have almost everything. Not that many parties are held in East Campus because of the personalities of people living there.
College Junior 2011-11-06T10:32:37Z
Good, but Need More Variety – Usually, students cook. Food is edible and they are sometimes really good, especially the stir fried rice (for Asian students) and vegan sections too. However, on a Thursday afternoon, you'll notice that you ate the same thing just a week ago... They seem to follow certain pattern. Wish there was more variety...
College Junior 2011-10-19T01:54:38Z
A Dream Come True – Grinnell is my home. As cheesy as that seems, it's the truth. For the first time I feel as though I really belong somewhere, that I fit in. That is what Grinnell is all about, everyone fits in, everyone is friendly and inclusive. It is super easy to find your social group, whatever that may be. I first visited Grinnell believing that I would hate it, I mean it's in Iowa. Soon I realized though, that I love Grinnell and even Iowa has begun to grow on me :).
College Junior 2011-10-19T01:49:58Z
Self-Gov Is Love – Grinnell uses Self-Governance as its main "rules." This means that the administration gives very few rules, in fact the biggest rules are do not touch the train (which goes right through campus) and academic honesty. This can often lead to the assumption that Grinnell has no order/no rules. This though is somewhat accurate, but at the same time through Self-Gov, Grinnellians live to keep themselves and others safe.
College Junior 2011-10-19T01:44:14Z
It's a Self Afflicted Wound – It is offten said that Grinnellians work very hard and this is true, but this wound is self inflicted. Almost every Grinnellian is looking for challenging academics that relate to their interests. Using the open curriculum this is easy, you only have to take the classes you want to. This is a responsibility that Grinnellians are always up to, creating a challenging schedule that reflects their interests.
College Junior 2011-10-13T22:26:36Z
Oh Harris – Nightlife at Grinnell leaves a lot to be desired. There is not always something "major" going on. Now with that said Grinnellians are very creative so it is not hard to find something to do. The best and worst activity every Saturday is Harris, this is a dance party open to all students. The themes change every week and there is usual beer but Harris gets boring very fast. With good friends and a little creativity it is not hard to have a great weekend
College Junior 2011-10-13T22:23:07Z
Not Great, Not Bad – The town of Grinnell has seen better days but it offers a nice range of dining options, from the Peppertree to La Cabana. Most places are good and all are fairly priced
College Junior 2011-10-13T22:21:38Z
Health & Safety:
So Safe – Grinnell is the safest campus I have ever heard of. Due to its location and Self-Governance Grinnellians feel extremely safe. Students leave their backpacks everywhere, their rooms unlocked, and bikes unhooked. The crime rate at this campus is nonexistant.
College Junior 2011-10-13T22:05:17Z
To Each His Own – There are three "campuses" (dorm clusters) at Grinnell, East, South, and North. Each campus offers a different scene and different attributes. Although many of the campus stigmas are not always accurate. All housing is perfectly fine and the FMs (Facilities Managment) do a great job keeping the halls clean.
College Junior 2011-10-13T22:00:34Z
The D-Hall – There are only two options for food on campus, the D-Hall and the Grill. Both are really good and ofer a wide variety of options. The only downside is after about 6 weeks the D-hall gets repetative, but at least the repetative food tastes good!
College Junior 2011-10-13T21:59:18Z
There are many computer labs throughout campus, all the computers run either Mac OSX or Windows 7, depending on the user's preference. Printing black and white is free and unlimited while color costs $.30 per page. The college uses a pretty cool system to print. A software app is downloaded onto your computer and then you are able to print from your computer and pick up at any printer on campus using your P-Card (Pioneer ID)
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-14T19:15:04Z
There are plenty of computer labs on campus for those without laptops, printing is free (there is absolutely no reason to have your own), and the wireless is pretty fast and reliable (although streaming videos can be iffy)
College Junior 2011-08-24T00:30:34Z
There are a lot of options, including vegan options. Breakfast choices are sparse but at other meals there is plenty. Try the pizza! And the soup! And the ice cream! And the meatloaf/mashed potatoes! Really, there are a lot of delicious choices at the d-hall. There's also the Spencer Grill or Bob's Underground cafe if you're not feeling like the marketplace one day. Also, all dorms have an oven and microwaves in them if you want to cook.
College Junior 2011-08-24T00:27:34Z
Darn good. I live on East campus (Lazier Hall) so some might say I'm privileged with air conditioning, but I think each of the campuses have great pluses. North is right next to Harris and the gyms, East is new, and South has a lot of personality and it's close to the library and Bob's Underground cafe. Based on what I see I'd have to say that halls are most closely knit on South campus and least on East, so if you're looking for a lot of floor companionship, don't request East!! The rooms are very nice and pretty spacious, unless you're really unlucky and get one of the few that are tiny. Communal bathrooms are unfortunate, but hey, most colleges have those. Overall, really good!
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-27T15:50:02Z
Need Is Met, Mostly. Grinnell is more generous than many other schools when calculating need, but as with most college financial aid programs, it often isn't really enough. Grinnell does have a $2,000 suggested loan cap and there are plenty of work-study jobs on campus. Merit scholarships generally increase the same percentage of tuition annually as well.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-27T15:24:50Z
Professors Are Hired to Teach, Not Research – The professors at Grinnell are there because they love to teach, not just for research. Courses are taught by the professors, and TAs are there for extra help and additional review sessions. Although the focus is teaching, professors do have research projects and labs, and take students to work with them for summers and both semesters. A research project is required for the Chemistry major, and there is a strong summer research program at Grinnell. In general, courses are demanding, and labs are long, but you will learn the skills and content necessary to be successful in a research/internship setting, to enter industry, and/or graduate programs.
College Senior 2011-07-11T07:42:01Z
Gender Neutral! The diversity at Grinnell is awesome! The only thing I'd have to criticize about is the liberal-ness of the students here. We are so left wing, it almost compromises our judgement of any other view.
College Senior 2011-07-11T07:36:47Z
Dorms a-Ok – The dorms at Grinnell College range from mediocre to pretty good. There are stereotypes associated with different parts of the campus; for instance, South: druggies, North: athletes, and East: nerds. I think they hold true for the most parts. However, the RA's are very accommodating and as you climb up in class, you tend to get better rooms.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-30T12:28:40Z
While the network speed is admittedly not always the best, there are more than enough computers for everybody's usage all over Campus. Printers are sufficient although access to colored printing is somewhat difficult.
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