Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a small private liberal arts college in Iowa where innovative intellectual discourse is central to learning. Guided by a commitment to academic rigor and a “commitment to social justice,” the school stresses self-governance (“Self-Gov is Love”) and the “very supportive” student body has the power to make change on campus. “Grinnell operates on self-governance which means the students are held accountable for their actions by their fellow students rather than being cited by RAs or school officials,” says a student.
Learning at Grinnell “can be characterized as entering into a dialogue with professors and classmates.” The curriculum stresses the methodology as well as the content of a given discipline; professors “expect students to be able to evaluate scholarship critically and come to their own conclusions.” Faculty here are “incredibly diverse” and “eager to teach in a small liberal arts college,” and “they all are willing to meet outside of class and leave their schedule open to help you.”
Grinnell is one of the few schools without required general education courses, and students here “are truly free to explore their passions without feeling obligated to study things they don’t enjoy.” The school encourages students “to try a bit of everything” whether or not it’s related to their major, and is “wonderful about bringing in important speakers to help you learn outside of the classroom.” However, the school’s size means there aren’t as many classes offered as larger universities, and “some classes are only offered in either the spring or fall semester.” Still, the school dedicates tons of resources for students, and “individual needs, especially academics related ones, are always met.” The college also heavily subsidizes “spring break volunteer trips, conference travel costs, student groups, unpaid internships, trips to job-shadow alumni, and so much more.”
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