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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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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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Reasons to go here:Quite BrightAnthropology
Reasons to go here:

-Small classes*
-Accessible professors*
-Small campus; not a lot of walking*
-Tight-knit social scene (notice I did not say community)*
-Very small*
-Some quirky, not annoying students*
Reasons not to go here:

-Cliquish
-Holier than thou attitudes, both among many students and the administration*
-Nothing to do except drinking & drugs, some decent lectures and plays to attend
-Annoyingly, you still have to take boring intro classes to qualify for more interesting, upper-division classes.

-Excessive workload-- Felt like some professors gave a lot of work for the sake of giving a lot of work.

-Laundry machines and printers need some work
-Annoying knee-jerk liberal self-righteousness/ political correctness*
-However (in reference to above point), not as politically active as anticipated
-Very small*
-Many very biased (politically) professors. Atheism and free love equals A if you write semi-well with some professors (not all). Anything less and you'd be trying your luck.

-A very, very modest number of good-looking girls (I know that's superficial, but hey, just putting that out there.)

-Not open-minded (I don't know what impression you've gotten from my previous comments...). If you choose to go here, do not defend any of the following: libertarian ways of thinking, laxer gun laws, not affirmative action, not radical feminism. You must always state that the administration is not doing enough for gays, bisexuals, and lesbians (though Grinnell is quite friendly in this regard...).*

-Sense of community seems strained, factious. A lot of people seem content with doing their own thing with their friend groups.Asterisk by qualities that apply to all left-leaning LACs

2nd Year Female -- Class 2013
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: F
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