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If you are one of the following people,Quite BrightUndecided
If you are one of the following people, Grinnell will be perfect for you:

a) An athlete who enjoys having friends only from your team and drinking heavily 4 nights a week
b) Someone a little "quirky" who maybe didn't have such a great time in high school
c) A little pretentious, someone who asks what your preferred gender pronoun is before addressing you and talks about Charles Bukowski like he puts the stars in the skyHowever, if you don't fit any of these molds, do not come to Grinnell. I did well in high school and had a great group of friends. Coming to Grinnell, I am overwhelmed by the atmosphere here. The drinking culture is huge - between that and marijuana, there is nothing else to do on the weekends. Yes, there is no pressure, but it is so, so far-reaching that you would be hard pressed to find other things to do. The people here are extraordinarily clique-ish. Three weeks in, everyone had cemented their friend groups and made it very difficult to penetrate them. A lot of people are nice, but are either cliquey or very "unique." (into pokemon or anime or computer games) Seriously, my first year was so terrible and lonely, please think before coming here. The academics are incredible, the profs are amazing, the campus is pretty good for being in Iowa, but the social scene is just something I could not get past. Also, remember that it is the middle of nowhere. The campus is small, the student body is small, the town is small.

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A, Surrounding City: F
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Great college where most excel.BrightPsychology
Great college where most excel. It certainly has its whiners, but they're easy to avoid. Some people are really dissatisfied with their time here, but these people are not taking advantage of opportunities presented. Student involvement in extracurriculars is high among most students. When you're involved you're having a good time, so stay involved in something(s).

College is what you make of it, but Grinnell certainly gives you everything you need to be fulfilled academically and socially. They always have academic talks by visiting lectures from evey field. If you want to start a new club or create your own major the only person holding you back is yourself. It is super easy to start a club; just go to student gov and present your idea and I don't think anything has ever been denied.

There are drugs on campus if you want them, but I feel like a majority of people aren't doing drugs (besides caffine... and a lot of people drink on the weekends).

People are socially akward and maybe not the best at following norms all the time, but are always more than polite. Advice: Avoid sociology majors. They're the worst. So preachy, obnoxious, and hypocritical.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Surrounding City: C-
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I did exceptionally well at Grinnell, as aQuite BrightEnglish
I did exceptionally well at Grinnell, as a student of color. But many of my friends did not. I found it to be a terribly alienating environment. The worst were the so-called white "liberals" who were so condescending. I hated the most the way they picked on students of color and professors of color all the while pretending that they were politically correct. A real pack mentality there.

This place reeks of "privilege," even as it pretends to reject it. People always pat themselves on the back for being "different" and not going to State Schools (as if State School Students are mentally deficient). Many of my friends--people of color--simply had to leave. Slink off. With their tales between their legs. Also, there is way too much drug abuse on this campus. Way too much drug abuse. What bothers me is I have never once smoked or drank anything and yet if a stray bottle was found anywhere near my vicinity, people would like at me with knowing glances. Not cool.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: B+, Education Quality: F
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