All-campus picnic to wrap up NSO events before school

About Grinnell

From here, the great go forth.

Founded in 1846, we’re a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Our community embraces intellectual journeys of all kinds, and provides the individualized guidance to dive deeper, define new directions, and follow their passions across the world. We call ourselves Grinnellians.

Students test water quality at CERA

Grinnell at a Glance

Shortening our story is one tall order. But here’s the quick version.

What Grinnell is about, what you can find on campus, what sort of people make up the student body, and what they go on to do after Grinnell.

two students in study carrels

Mission and Values

What it means to be Grinnellian.

Quirky. Curious. Particular in our pursuit and quick to question with what we find. Grinnell is home to a collective of individuals whose minds and hearts are wide open to new people, new ideas, and new possibilities. Each of us claims the Grinnellian name with our personal expression, but we’re all grounded by what we’re here to do: learn.

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National recognition, global contribution.

Faculty who are devoted mentors and expert researchers. An inquiry-based curriculum and a globally informed community. Scholars who collaborate to work toward the greater good. When your collective story is made up of people who prefer to write their own, it’s no surprise that we stand out.

A place defined by its people.

No two Grinnellians are the same. But something brings us all together here, and keeps us rooted to this place, no matter how far we journey. Maybe it’s how our community embraces you for who you are. Or maybe it’s how we empower you to take part in shaping who we are as well.

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    Leadership & Administration

    Position doesn’t take precedence.

    Our leadership style reflects the kind of leaders we want to see in the world. Town-hall meetings and community hours bring together students, faculty, and administrators to discuss issues of purpose, responsibility, and justice. It’s just one of the ways our students become active and vocal citizens, both here on campus and beyond.

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    We celebrate individuals anywhere who better our world.

    The Grinnell College Social Innovator in Residence honors individuals who are leading social change with responsibility, commitment, and creativity — bettering the world in a way we recognize as Grinnellian. We’re proud to give them the recognition they deserve.

  • Polling


    Taking the temperature of the heated discussions of our time.

    Grinnell is a place where honest conversations happen and differing opinions collide. But what happens when we launch an innovative study that documents the details? Well, it might just bring forth a fresh perspective and influence the national discourse.

Welcome to Grinnell, Iowa.

The prairieland may seem like an unexpected setting for bringing the world together. But look closer. You’ll uncover a unique mixture of environmental, economic, and political ecosystems.  In fact, one visit to our vibrant, progressive college town will call into question everything you think you know about Iowa.

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Jul. 18

Sustaining Vision

Bucksbaum 131 - Grinnell College Museum of Art
Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 11am – 5:30pm
Jul. 18

Yoga in the Museum

Bucksbaum 131 - Grinnell College Museum of Art
Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 12:15 – 12:50pm
Jul. 18

Aikido Practice

BRAC P103 - Multipurpose Dance Studio
Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Jul. 19

Sustaining Vision

Bucksbaum 131 - Grinnell College Museum of Art
Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 11am – 5:30pm
Jul. 19

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

BRAC P103 - Multipurpose Dance Studio
Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 6 – 7:30pm
Jul. 20

Sustaining Vision

Bucksbaum 131 - Grinnell College Museum of Art
Thursday, July 20, 2023, 11am – 5:30pm


We are accredited by the 高等教育委员会. Our last Comprehensive Evaluation was in 2018-19. We are currently preparing our Year 4 Assurance Review due in June 2023. Our next Comprehensive Evaluation will be in 2028-2029.

Questions about our accreditation can be directed to our Accreditation Liaison Officer, Cynthia Hansen, Associate Dean for Student Academic Life or our Accreditation Data Update Coordinator, Carlie VanWilligen, Director of Institutional Research.



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