Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
African American: 6%
Asian American: 7%
Native American: 0%
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.
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.
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.