School Spotlight: Grinnell College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA

“Social responsibility” isn’t just a catchy phrase at Grinnell College; it’s a way of life. Students in this artsy, intellectual college town are committed to a philosophy of personal responsibility and self-governance, and many graduates go on to fulfill their dreams of making positive change in the world. The College provides ample opportunities for its 1,700 students to engage with the world beyond their progressive Midwestern town. The popular Global Learning Program features semester-long tutorials that immerse students in two or more international cultures while studying specific themes such as migration (in Greece, Spain, and the southwestern US) and tolerance (in France and Germany). After completing a first-year tutorial course, Grinnellians are exempt from any core requirements; a flexible curriculum and personalized advising give students the chance to chart their own academic journeys. Fun fact: over 500 free events take place on campus each year. On a typical spring day, students could peruse a photography exhibition in the Faulconer Gallery, enjoy lunch with faculty and students at the Japanese Table, unwind in a yoga session, partake in a club soccer practice, relax to the strains of a string quarter performance, and work up a sweat at belly dance rehearsal!

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Justin Hayworth, Grinnell College


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.