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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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Amazing school. Hard, so very hard. Sleep will not be a frequent occurrence. Don't mess up your opportunities.
1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C-
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Grinnell is a magical place in the middleQuite BrightSociology
Grinnell is a magical place in the middle of nowhere. It's a liberal arts haven for all those quirky, geeky, smart, motivated, enthusiastic about learning, and eager to have fun. The academics are fantastic--professors are SUPER accessible (have had dinner at several profs' houses), classes are challenging, and the academic environment is supportive and fosters learning for the sake of learning. The Grinnell community is also absolutely wonderful--people are friendly, eager to help each other out, and the study body is diverse in more than just the race/ethnicity stats sense. Students are involved in a hundred different activities and that girl you know from swing dance club is likely to also be your student government senator and a physics tutor. Grinnellians are interdisciplinary in the truest sense and so passionate about what we do. The social life is certainly what you make of it--we are in the middle of no where Iowa, and so weekends are usually spent on campus or grabbing a movie/coffee in town every now and then. The college does a great job of bringing people to the campus though and is very cognizant of the fact that we are in the middle of no where. We have bands, concerts, comedians, guest lectures and a ton of events going on every weekend and very rarely (if ever) is there *nothing* to do. Some of my favorite Grinnell memories include mattress sledding in the humanities/social sciences building after hours, building a giant snow dragon with friends out on Mac field, stargazing out in the cornfields (quite literally), trying out rock climbing on the climbing wall one random Thursday night just because, going cross country skiing for the first time with several grinnellians I didn't know until that day, Harry Potter week, Mel Brooks movie marathons, and a slew of other random, nerdy awesome experiences. The social life is what you make of it--there is a party culture and if you choose, you can certainly partake in it. If you choose not to, that is also completely fine and there are plenty of people to hang out with and things to do. Personally, I've found it really refreshing to be able to hang out with one group of friends that does party some weekends and do fun sub-free things with another group of friends on other weekends. There's the freedom and flexibility to be who you want to be here and the campus culture is very supportive.
4th Year Female -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: D
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