Grinnell College Visit Report by d'smom
Visit to Grinnell College in October 2009 by d'smom(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since July 15 2009 with 451 posts)
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Admissions Interview: Yes - Went well. Interviewer put son at ease and they had a great conversation. Seemed to be evaluative in nature. They discussed all kinds of information. i/e grades, courses, EC's, sports, clubs
Information Session: Yes - Went in October during their Grinnell Open House Weekend. It was wonderful to hear the President speak. We attended the financial aid meeting and listened to various professors speak as well.
Campus Tour: Yes - BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS! They definitely have spent some money. All the buildings are top notch. The campus center, theatre, athletic bldgs, science center, arts center are all wonderful.
Classroom Visit: Yes - Sat in on intro to Poly-Sci class & a Sociology class( loved it). Really impressed with how the professors get the kids engaged in class discussion based learning. No 200 kid lecture style class
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Campus Visit Notes for Grinnell College
We can't say enough great things about our experience. This school has it going on. Our over night host was one of the nicest kids. My son and him are still communicating.
We loved how diverse and open the people are at Grinnell. There was none of that "oh your a dumb jock or nerd" type attitude. There are no dumb jocks at Grinnell. All the athletes are smart and are there for the academics first and foremost.
There was none of that pretentious attitude thing lingering in the air like you find at some other elite schools. We sensed no competition type attitudes here. Everyone knows that everyone else is smart and nobody goes around flaunting it.
We really liked that although Grinnell is not located in a mecca for shopping, theatre etc....everything that one could need and want is right there on the campus. This school does a very good job making sure these students have a lot to chose from on a Friday and Saturday night. There are various music, art, lecturers and athletic events. The party scene was there, but in a good way. No frats or cliques here. Who needs frats?
These kids like to have fun. We got the sense that they work very hard, but know how to let their hair down on a Friday and Saturday night. My son also liked that there was no pressure on him to drink. Everyone kinda does there own thing.
What we probably love most is that our son met a couple kids in just two days while there and two of them are keeping in very close communication with him. They treated him like he was already in college and that really has meant a lot to him.
Another thing that really stands out as a positive is the fact that the school allows the kids to self govern themselves. There is a lot of responsibility put on these kids, but isn't that a large reason why they go off to school in the first place?
Definitely on the top of our list!
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
Stayed at the Best Western which was very clean and new. Good price and nice staff. Next time would like to try a B&B.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
The mexican restaurant is great and the coffee house is cute.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Parking was no problem. About one hour from Des Moines. Very easy drive from there to the college. They also offer a shuttle for the kids, so a day in the city is very doable even without a car.