About Grinnell College

Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a private, coed, residential liberal arts and science college located in Grinnell, Iowa. The college confers bachelor of arts degrees in 26 major fields and offers individualized curriculum planning and advising.

When Grinnell College formed its charter in the Iowa Territory of the United States in 1846, it set forth a mission to educate its students “for the different professions and for the honorable discharge of the duties of life.” The College pursues that mission by providing an education in the liberal arts through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas. As a teaching and learning community, the College holds that knowledge is a good to be pursued for its own sake and for the intellectual, moral, and physical well-being of individuals and of society at large. The College exists to provide a lively academic community of students and teachers of high scholarly qualifications from diverse social and cultural circumstances. The College aims to graduate individuals who can think clearly, who can speak and write persuasively and even eloquently, who can evaluate critically both their own and others’ ideas, who can acquire knowledge, and who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.

About Grinnell

Grinnell, Iowa, known as the “Jewel of the Prairie,” is a vibrant, progressive small town founded by abolitionists in the heart of the Midwest. Frequently named one of the nation’s best college towns and coolest small towns, Grinnell has beautiful vintage houses, unique student hangouts, an arts center and museums, and prairie-style architectural gems such as a Louis Sullivan-designed bank.

Suggested Reading

On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life by Paul Froese ’90

What is your purpose in life? This simple question motivates some of our most life-altering decisions, deeply-held beliefs, and profound emotions, as well as the choices we make every single day. How we derive meaning from our existence is crucial to finding happiness, developing relationships, and building societies.  In On Purpose, Paul Froese ’90 brings together data from large national and international surveys with interviews that illuminate the ways in which people from all walks of life grapple with their continuous search for reason, truth, sense, success, happiness, and — ultimately — transcendence. Froese argues that the desire to connect with something larger than oneself is a universal urge, manifested most directly, but far from
solely, in religious communities. Written in vivid, accessible prose, On Purpose takes the reader on a journey through the complexities and consequences of life’s most important question.