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Grinnell College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
1,660
Total Undergrads
Including 46 Part-time
415
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

54% Women
46% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division III (with football)

Midwest Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

10
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $82,426)
10
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $73,706)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 35 - Yes -
Basketball 23 16 - Yes
Football 48 - - -
Golf 11 6 - -
Soccer 26 23 Yes Yes
Softball - 14 - -
Swimming and Diving 37 44 Yes -
Tennis 16 22 - Yes
Track and Field, Indoor 45 39 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 47 32 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 37 41 - -
Volleyball - 18 - Yes
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Rowing - - - Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes Yes

Diversity

Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 4.3%
Hispanic 6.8%
Non-resident alien 10.4%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 6.6%
Two or more races 3.9%
White/non-Hispanic 62.3%
Disabilities
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
Living
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 20 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Other
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 7
Liquor Law Violation 8
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 2
Property Crime 20

Notable Alumni

  • Bruce Friedrich, Director of Vegan Campaigns for PETA
  • Gary Cooper, actor (did not graduate)
  • Herbie Hancock, jazz musician
  • Ian Roberts, actor/co-founder of "Upright Citizens Brigade"
  • Nordahl Brue, founder of Bruegger's Bagels
  • Roberta Smith, art critic for The New York Times
  • Thomas Cech, co-winner of 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Nathaniel Borenstein, designer of the MIME protocol for sending multimedia email
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Jenny from Long Beach, CA
  • 4
  • The bathrooms may get a little dirty on the weekends, but there is a good policy of self-governance that keeps everyone responsible for themselves. …

  • Jun-15-2012 Read More
  • DJB from Grinnell, IA
  • 5
  • The three campuses bring an interesting dynamic to Grinnell. There is something for everyone. The college really does their best to ensure you are placed in the dorm where you…

  • Oct-25-2012 Read More
  • Yazan from Chicago, IL
  • 4
  • Dorm life is split off between North, East, and South. Within each section, there is countless communities within. To generalize, East Dorms are clean and new buildings with air condition.…

  • Aug-20-2014 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Anna from Westby, WI
  • Mar-17-2017 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Fairly typical college food, and seems like it would be easy to get bored. Admissions says there's a ton of great restaurants around town, but my student host seemed to disagree.

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  • 4
  • Loyal from Urbandale, IA
  • Feb-20-2017 I am a current student here

    There's usually something pretty good in the dining hall, but if there isn't, the grill is always a great option.

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  • 4
  • from Grinnell, IA
  • Mar-01-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food is alright. Not the best I've ever had, but much better than a lot of places.

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  • 3
  • DJB from Grinnell, IA
  • Oct-25-2012 I am a current student here

    I'm harsh on the food because I'm from the West Coast. People from the Midwest tend to love Grinnell Dining. There are some quality options, but I find it to be just OK for the most part. Definitely not crappy though!

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  • 4
  • Jenny from Long Beach, CA
  • Jun-15-2012 I am a current student here

    Grinnell serves very, very high quality food compared to other college dining halls. However, it can get very repetitive at times.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • DJB from Grinnell, IA
  • Oct-25-2012 I am a current student here

    None! We instead have project houses, which allow students with a common interest to apply to share a living space. This year, we have EcoHouse, Food House, and Tennis House. We also have language houses available.

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  • 0
  • A
  • Mar-27-2012 I am a current student here

    Non-existent, but most sport teams have houses and they kind of act as our form of Greek Life.

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